Whitby Abbey Vampire World Record Photography

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Ancient warriors march through York city centre for annual festival

To celebrate the 125th anniversary for Bam Stoker’s book Dracula, Whitby Abbey hosted a world record attempt.

They aimed to beat a decade long record of people dressed as vampires. They beat the record by over 300 with a total of 1,369 people.

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York Press, YorkMix

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Press photography

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York Viking Festival 2022 Photography

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Ancient warriors march through York city centre for annual festival

JORVIK Viking Centre, a tourist attraction based in York, hosted its annual Viking Festival.

The festival kicked off on Saturday 28th May with a march from York Minster, through Coppergate and on to the Eye of York where a battle was reenacted.

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York City Cruises Photography

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Taking shipshape photos for an early evening summer cruise

York City Cruises wanted some new images that could be used on their website and marketing material to promote their early evening cruises going into the summer period.

We came onboard and capture a range of images during one of their evening cruises. Working with constantly changing light and on a moving boat presented some challenges, but we were able to capture some striking images to support their marketing.

The brief

The images needed to show people enjoying themselves on a York City Cruises early evening cruise.

We needed to show off the features of the sightseeing cruise by capturing shots of the sights from the boat, as well as the fun of being onboard.

The photos were to be used on their website and other marketing material, so we would need to shoot various different frames of shots to allow full flexibility.

The work

Shooting on a moving boat in early evening presented some challenges. The changing light was something we had to learn to work with. Sometimes using the sun to light the faces of our models, whilst other times backlighting them.

Additionally, with constantly changing scenery, sometimes we only had one chance to capture the perfect image, for example, getting a shot of York Minster in the background.

We were able to deliver the brief and the client was thrilled with the results.

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Grays Court & The Bow Room Social Media

Grays Court Hotel York

Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant

Organic Social Media Management

Grays Court Hotel is the oldest occupied house in Britain, dating back to at least 1091. This award-winning hotel is situated in the heart of York, and is also home to the award-winning & michelin guide restaurant, The Bow Room.

They were seeking help with running and managing their social media channels for both the hotel, and the restaurant, after recovering from the pandemic.

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Grays Court Hotel & The Bow Room Restaurant

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Social media

The brief

To create a consistent presence on social media and reflect the brand’s tone of voice and style.

To increase reach and awareness of the hotel and restaurant.

Facebook

We utilised Facebook’s data insights to understand the differences between the Grays Court Hotel audience and The Bow Room Restaurant audience. Taking this data, we were able to build relationships with people that are interested in each brand.

Social media was often the first place where people visited to ask questions, make plans with friends and share their experience at the hotel or restaurant.

Over the course of six months:

Instagram

Instagram is a highly visual and brand-driven platform. We wanted their Instagram grids to act like a brochure for their hotel and restaurant.

We introduced a mixture of photography, short-form video reels, and frequent stories for the Instagram accounts for Grays Court Hotel and The Bow Room Restaurant.

During the first six months we saw:

What our client said

We have found working with Alan and Megan to be seamless and enjoyable. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they are always willing to accomodate any requests and go that extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction.

Sarah Czarnecki

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Visit York Tourism Awards 2022

Visit York Tourism Awards 2022

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Celebrating York Businesses

The Visit York Tourism Awards returned in-person after a virtual ’21 in March 2022. The event shines a spotlight on excellence in York’s tourism sector and rewards outstanding service, innovation, quality and resilience.

After working this event in person in 2019, we returned to capture the event through photography.

Photography

For this event, Alan and Megan had a ‘paparazzi’ set-up for the guests that were arriving on the red carpet before the event started. After this, general photos were taken of the opening ceremony before the awards were handed out. Once the award ceremony began, Alan took the photos of the presenters and the winners on stage, then Megan took the photos of the winners before their interview in-front of a Visit York and LNER backdrop.

These photos were turned around on the day and the very next day, so Visit York could use them straight away, and get them sent out to the businesses and guests in attendance.

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Visit York Ice Trail 2022

York Ice Trail 5 March 2022

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Capturing a frozen spectacular

Every year, Visit York organises an Ice Trail across the city for residents, tourists and local businesses to get involved with. This year, Ice Box Designs provided two lots of 43 unique ice sculptures with the theme ‘Around The World’ which were placed around the city centre.

This event is a brilliant way of getting people into the city in the early months of the year. We were delighted to be asked to take a promotional video before the event, two days worth of photography of the event itself, and a video to look back on after the event had finished.

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Visit York

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Video & Photography

 

The brief

Visit York were looking for a 1 to 2-minute teaser video to show the ice sculptures being made by Ice Box Designs in London to build up excitement for the event.

They also required two days of photography during the event to capture each and every ice sculpture, along with the crowds of people that turned up to partake in the event.

We were also asked to film one day of the event to use as a look-back video to use on their website, and on social media too.

The work

We enlisted the help of freelance videographer and milnerCreative partner, Alex Brown Media, to work on both videos for this project.

Alex was able to travel with us to London and film the making of the sculptures in a giant freezer at -8C.

Alex then filmed the event with the help of Megan, whilst Alan spent the two days taking photos to capture the event itself.

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Photography

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BigChange Brand Values

BigChange Brand Values CEO Interview

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Showcasing a Mission

BigChange is a job management platform that provides various resources and tools to enable field service businesses to develop and take control of day-to-day operations, deliver winning customer experiences, and build stronger reputations with customers.

They were looking for a video to be created for their website that highlights their core, brand values and shows an insight to their purpose and mission.

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BigChange

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Video

The brief

BigChange were looking for a 2 to 3-minute video to sit on their website, as well as being shared on YouTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

They have had videos made for them in the past with their branding and guidelines on, so we had to ensure the video we created would fit in with their current content.

Once it was created, they would upload the video to the ‘About Us’ section of their website for potential customers to watch.

The work

We enlisted the help of freelance videographer and milnerCreative partner, Alex Brown Media, to work on this video.

Alex was able to travel to their offices and sit down with CEO, Richard Warley, to film this video with him.

Alex, once again, turned this video around incredibly fast so BigChange were able to update their website in the same month.

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York Retail Forum Portraits

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Consistent headshots

York Retail Forum is the local voice for retailers and businesses within York.

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York Retail Forum

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Photography

The work

York Retail Forum wanted new headshots of their for their steering group to display on their website.

The photos needed to be consistent, so we brought our portable portrait studio to their meeting to capture headshots at the end.

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Hole in Wand drinks photography

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Magical drinks

Hole in Wand released a new range of magical drinks for their Tavern.

After a round of wizard golf, visitors can enjoy a hot drink or cocktail.

The work

We visited the Hole In Wand Tavern to take pictures with their potion masters. Using their bar as a backdrop and a two-light set up, we captured photography for their social media platforms.

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Caramba Steakhouse food photography

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All you can eat steak

The Brazillian rodizio styled restaurant, Caramba, recently opened a second restaurant in York. This follows the success of their first restaurant in Selby.

The work

Caramba booked a half day photoshoot to refresh their social media, as well as get photos to update their website.

We were able to capture a range of photos including interior photos, as well as their full selection of meats.

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