10 Years On

Great Barn, Micklefidl Hall, Before & After | Jon Kempner Photography

I am very fortunate to have been photographing Micklefield Hall as a location and event venue for over 10 years now. For the past 5 years The Great Barn at Micklefield, a 16th Century threshing barn, has undergone a magnificent restoration and now is one of the most stunning venues for weddings and events. In 2015 the restored Great Barn was awarded the Chilterns Building Design Award. Searching around in my archive of Micklefield Hall images, I managed to find a photo taken when the barn was in it’s derelict state in 2005 – and side by side with the latest interior photo you can see the outstanding transformation that has been made with incredible detail and craftsmanship throughout the restoration. (more details on the Micklefield Hall website)

Airline Hand Baggage

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you that traveling with photo gear adds a certain amount of tension to your journey. especially when coupled with some of Europe’s “cheap flight” airlines. They each have their own set of strict hand baggage restrictions. Some are more lenient than others – especially when it comes to tripod bags.

Here’s a quick guide that I will be adding to. Sizes include bag handles/pockets/wheels

British Airways: 1 cabin bag + 1 personal bag
Cabin bag: 56cms x 45cms x 25 cms
Personal bag: as of 18 August 2015: 40cms x 30cms x 15cms

EasyJet: 1 cabin bag (*easyJet plus, flexi fare and upfront/extra legroom customers get an additional personal bag allowance)
Cabin bag: 56cms x 45 cms x 25 cms
(*personal bag: 45cms x 36 cms x 20cms)

RyanAir: 1 cabin bag + 1 personal bag
Cabin bag: 55cms x 40cms x 20 cms – max 10Kg
Personal bag: 35cms x 20cms x 20cms

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The Proof That Video Works…

A couple of  years ago I produced a short film for Micklefield Hall to prmote it as a venue for weddings and events. Over those 2 years it’s had around 1,500 views – not bad.

This year I re-wrote and re-shot everything to coincide with the launch of The Great Barn at Micklefield Hall – a beautifully restored 16th Century barn set within their magnificent grounds. Within 2 months of the new film going live on the Micklefield Hall YouTube Channel it has had over 1,200 views – and hopefully will hit 2,000 views this month. What’s more, most of these views have been on mobile devices, proving that video does have a real impact in getting your business message across.

The barn’s meticulous restoration has been purpose designed for functions and events. It’s a stunning venue. Both Anna and Jamie at Micklefield are always personally involved in ensuring that their brides’ dreams come true at Micklefield – and they were both happy to be involved in the creative process of the video production, as well as featuring in the video, giving the film a very genuine and personal touch.

Small and large businesses alike need to consider video as part of their approach to effectively engage with customers. Creating short films to focus on key marketing messages is now an affordable and accountable solution to this. If you would like to chat about how we could help your business grow using online video, please contact me.

Getting the most from your headshot session

Business Headshots | Jon Kempner Photography
Today, more than ever, the importance of a professional headshot can mean the difference between getting in the door to pitch to a new client, getting on a recruitment shortlist, or not. So here are 10 tips to help you get the best business headshots and make the most of your headshot session.

10 top headshot session tips.

1. Decide what messages you want to portray in your images; approachable, confident, professional, experienced? We’ll help you get your message and more into your headshot – so that it really enhances your personal brand and says “I’m worth buying into” about you. We will take time to discuss your personal brand with you so that we can depict the key elements into the style of your photos. You may need to use different business headshots in different situations so aim to get a few varying poses from your corporate headshot session. We will help you with how to pose, how to stand and what to do – work with us during your session and we’ll help you to achieve your best presentation – with your personal brand shining through. Your results will speak for themselves.

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New Micklefield Hall Film Makes the Phones Ring

Over the past few months I have been producing a new short video for Micklefield Hall to promote it as a wedding venue. Last Friday, as part of the launch of the promotional film, we set up Micklefield Hall’s own YouTube Channel and also added the new film to the home page of their website.

I was more than delighted this morning when, on meeting up with Anna and Jamie at Micklefield Hall, they told me that their phones had been much busier than normal with enquiries for wedding bookings for next year and the year after, most within a couple of hours of the film going live on their website.

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On Board HMS Victory

On board HMS Victory today at the Historic Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth. Nelson’s famous flagship is best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar.

Just Chilli’n

On Sunday I went to West Dean College, near Chichester to visit their Chilli Fiesta. There were 250-plus chilli varieties to see, some 80-plus stallholders selling everything from Chilli seeds to Chilli chocloate, Chilli cheese and even Chilli beer! As well as some very fiery food tastings there was a great Latin rhythm band and hundreds of people – all interested in these powerful little plants.

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