With summer well and truly done and Autumn in full swing I thought it would be fun to have a look back to some of the events I covered whilst the sun was still shining post 6pm. Photographing events are some of my favourite jobs and the O&G Summer Ball was probably my favourite this summer. We all know the stereotype of doctors and nurses knowing how to party, and I can confirm that they definitely do!
The ball was held for all of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology departments from NHS hospitals across the South West at Kings Western House which is a beautiful venue. The sun held out all evening and there was a stunning golden hour which only made it even more fun to work. Everyone was dressed to impress, there to let their hair down and super friendly which obviously helped with getting some great natural shots. I’m sure the alcohol probably helped that a little as well.
The organiser, Sarah, had made sure to carve out a time and place for everyone to gather and have a group photo before heading into dinner. She’d made sure this was in the invitations so all the guests were aware ahead of time. I cannot emphasise how helpful this was. Getting a big group shot is a staple for this kind of event and letting people know a fixed time and defined location before hand means it is easier to gather everyone together. This is something I always advise to do. No matter how big your group is if you’re missing a person or two its just not the same and getting that big group shot is such a great memory.
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Back on a hot September day I paid Roger Wilkins, Cider King and owner of Wilkins Cider, a visit and wrote about it for Pellicle. It was a glorious day and a real experience. Roger is a huge character, there is no way you can be crowned a king without having a personality to match. I learnt a lot about cider and came away with a greater appreciation of traditional farmhouse. But I also learnt about how in decline traditional cider farms in Somerset, the home of farmhouse cider. Roger reckons he’ll only be in business for another two years as he has no one interested in taking over his farm. He’ll continue to make cider for himself and his locals as he’s a cider man through and through but you’ll have to visit him to try his delicious delicious cider.
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On Thursday and Friday I was lucky enough to go to my first IndyMan and it was a blast. I drank a lot, but not nearly all, the great beer on offer. Hung out with some of the Crafty Beer Girls. Poured (and drank) many thirds of OverWorks and by proximity Track & By The River. Met some lovely people. Had an all round good time. I Wish I could have stayed longer and hang out in the absolute belter of a city that is Manchester and see all the people I missed, but its my Mum’s birthday weekend so I had to head back down South.
If I’m working at a festival and I’m there multiple days I only every really have one big drinking day and I’d decided that was Friday. Thursday I’d been up since 5:30am and spent most of the Thursday session serving on the OverWorks bar. Friday I’d intended to drink a lot of beer and hang out after the festival late into the night but this time I just wasn’t feeling excessive drinking. I still tasted a lot of bloody good beer but only had one pint at Port Street Beer House and went back to the Air BnB once it shut. I still had a great time but woke up sans hangover.
I’m not here to sound preachy because I can guarantee that I’ll drink to excess sometime in the future but this year I’ve been more conscious of my drinking and was just nice to experience a festival in a different way.
Anyway, I had a great time and I’ll definitely be back!
TL;DR - didn’t get really drunk at a beer festival and still had a good time.