Simon Butler Photography: Blog https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Simon Butler Photography (Simon Butler Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:29:00 GMT https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u766686483-o708878640-50.jpg Simon Butler Photography: Blog https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog 90 120 Photos of the amazing new Barnsley Library https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/10/photos-of-the-amazing-new-barnsley-library Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council have recently opened a fabulous new library as part of their new £180M Glass Works regeneration programme for the town centre. My son Jonny has been volunteering at the Library where his Mum, Anna, works and I was only too happy to pop along to take some free photos for them to use.

Anna and her colleague Dave have set up a fantastic music studio for local young people to use to make music as part of the Library's ‘Music Production Taster Sessions’. Jonny helps the young people to record their music. It is a brilliant setup and I loved photographing it.  I especially enjoyed seeing a family enjoy making music.

You can see the photos I took below.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Barnsley guitar Library Library @ the Light Box music Music Production Taster Sessions photography Photos studio https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/10/photos-of-the-amazing-new-barnsley-library Thu, 10 Oct 2019 16:11:36 GMT
Photos of Sheffield Law School students https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/9/photos-of-sheffield-law-school-students

I was recently booked to photograph law students at the University of Sheffield Law School. It was great fun and the students were all so lovely. I got some great shots and learned some interesting things about consumer law from a mock lecture that one of the lecturers was kind enough to do!

I also enjoyed taking photos of the Law School building Bartolome House, a lovely red brick building. It was great that the rain stayed away for these photos.

I'm really pleased to see that they are already using my photos on the Law School's Twitter and Facebook.

You can see a selection of my favourite photos from the shoot below and the full shoot here: Law School photos.

Thanks very much to the Law School for booking me!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Bartolome House building Law School lecturer marketing photography Photos promotional Sheffield student students The University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/9/photos-of-sheffield-law-school-students Fri, 20 Sep 2019 09:03:02 GMT
My photos featured in Tramlines Times https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/my-photos-featured-in-tramlines-times This year at Tramlines I was working for Exposed Magazine, the excellent free monthly entertainment and listings magazine. As well as producing Exposed, the team also produces Tramlines Times (TT) for the festival, a free daily paper given out each day at the festival. In the past some of my photos have been featured in TT but as I was working for the festival they were also used for the website, social media and press.  This year was the first year for me that I was directly working to have photos published in the newspaper. And I loved it!

Joe Food, Editor of Tramlines Times, was really happy with my work and left me a lovely review on my Google page:

"Simon was assigned to shoot a number of shows during Sheffield's Tramlines Festival for a daily paper I was editing, The Tramlines Times. Enthusiastic and friendly, Simon submitted his work ahead of deadlines each day and the quality was superb. He's a pleasure to work with!"

There was a small team of 3 photographers covering TT and I was fortunate to have my photos on the front cover of both the Saturday and Sunday editions of the paper! Above you can see my photo of the excellent Johnny Marr on the Sunday edition. And below you can see my photo of the equally excellent James Dean Bradfield of the Manics was on the front cover of the Saturday edition too.

My photos were also heavily featured inside the paper on both days too as you can see below. It was a great experience being so heavily involved with Tramlines Times this year and I hope to do the same again next year.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Courteeners Everly Pregnant Brothers gig Johnny Marr Manic Street Preachers Miles Kane music photography Photos published Sheffield Tramlines Tramlines 2019 Tramlines Times Two Door Cinema Club https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/my-photos-featured-in-tramlines-times Wed, 31 Jul 2019 07:34:53 GMT
Urban Studies and Planning students photo shoot in Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/urban-studies-and-planning-students-photo-shoot-in-sheffield Last week I had a blast photographing 5 Urban Studies and Planning (USP) students at the University of Sheffield. The USP department needed some new marketing photos of their student ambassadors to use in their departmental prospectuses, website and other uses. I was very happy to oblige.

The reason why the shoot was so enjoyable was because we took the students to many different locations, the best of which were Kelham Island and Neepsend the scene for many of Nat and Ryan's wedding photos last year.  It was also because the 5 students were great company and made for great subjects.

Charles MacDonald-Jones, the Marketing Assistant from the department booked me and he wrote a lovely review on my Google page about the photos: "Very quick turnaround on the processing. Simon got some great pictures and was helpful with his suggestions. A good experience from start to finish."

The reason why we went to Kelham Island and Neepsend was to simulate a field trip that these students routinely do during their studies. It was great fun photographing them by the iconic street art and both the new and industrial heritage buildings of the area. We also visited the USP / Geography department labs (that were a lot like chemistry labs, who knew?!), a USP seminar room, Weston Park, Firth Court and the Student's Union which were also great locations.

You can see highlights from the shoot below or see all the photos here: USP students photo shoot.

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(Simon Butler Photography) corporate Firth Court Geography department Kelham Island Neepsend photography Photos seminar room Sheffield Sheffield Student's Union University of Sheffield Urban Studies and Planning USP Weston Park https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/urban-studies-and-planning-students-photo-shoot-in-sheffield Tue, 30 Jul 2019 09:24:24 GMT
Tramlines 2019 - Sunday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/tramlines-2019---sunday Sunday at Tramlines was a much more relaxed and chilled out day. And ended with probably the best Tramlines set by any act I've ever seen at Tramlines in my 9 years photographing the festival: Nile Rodgers & CHIC were simply AMAZING!

As Tramlines Times isn't published on the Monday my photos weren't required for publication so I didn't have to upload any. So I kind of had a free day which meant i could watch whoever I wanted to.  So i tried to make the most of it.

First up were Madchester veterans Happy Mondays. I had never saw them live back in the day and they were much better than I was expecting.  Yes, Shaun was ramshackle and pretty useless as a front man. But Bez, however, more than made up for that by patrolling the stage and working the crowd. And the rest of the band were pretty tight. I ended up enjoying them and my melons were suitably twisted by the end. Call the cops!

I then headed over to a rammed Leadmill Stage to catch Phill Jupitus. Here being a photographer came in useful because I could make my way to the front and sit in the photographers pit even though there was no where to sit in the tent itself. He was excellent, really funny and I was surprised to see that he had added poetry to his act since I saw him last live in 1995. 

After PJ, there wasn't anyone I wanted to see so headed over to the Library Stage. I loved how chilled out it was with lots of people sat down enjoying Guest Singer play.

Sleeper on the Main Stage were next for some 90s Brit Pop. Louise Wener still looked great and they put on a good show.

Next up I had a conundrum: should I see Peter Hook and the Light or October Drift? I have been a big Joy Division and New Order fan and have never photographed Hooky before. But he insisted I signed a contract before photographing him which put me off. October Drift were fantastic at the Crystal Bar at the Fringe a couple of Tramlines ago so it would be good to see them live at Tramlines proper. Especially as they were on the Library Stage which had had a largeish crowd there earlier on in the day.

So I decided to shoot October Drift which was a little bit the wrong choice. Yes, OD were really excellent but only about 20-30 people were there to witness them. Everyone else was either seeing Hooky or Lewis Capaldi on the Main Stage which was awful for them. They deserved a much bigger crowd. As did my photography when the lead singer came off the stage and over the barrier and sang in the middle of the crowd. The photos would have looked much better if there had been a big crowd.

I then had a rare moment of boredom. There were no bands on any of the stages I specifically wanted to see apart from Nile Rodgers & CHIC who were headlining later. So I decided to check out two bands on the Leadmill stage, neither of which particularly grabbed me. First up were whenyoung and then Good Cop Bad Cop. Whenyoung were OK and at least they were well lit. Good Cop Bad Cop weren't well lit at all so I haven't bothered even editing their photos.

However, the boredom soon passed as I made my way to the main stage to photograph the main event, and the band I'd been most looking forward to photograph, Nile Rodgers & CHIC. And they didn't disappoint. They were simply superb and were the perfect end to a great weekend of music. In my 9 years of photographing headliners at Tramlines I have never seen the *whole* crowd dancing with their hands in the air before and yet Nile Rodgers and co managed to achieve this multiple times. And this photographer found himself joining in too! They were a joy to photograph and even better to listen to. 

Below are my highlights from the day but you can see all of my photos from Sunday (and the other two days too) here: Tramlines 2019 photos.

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) event gig Guest Singer Happy Mondays music Nile Rodgers & CHIC October Drift Phill Jupitus photography photos Sheffield Sleeper Sunday Tramlines Tramlines 2019 whenyoung https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/tramlines-2019---sunday Sun, 28 Jul 2019 08:05:37 GMT
Tramlines 2019 - Saturday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/tramlines-2019---saturday Friday at Tramlines was amazing, but a bit wet. Saturday was possibly even more amazinger and was sunny and dry all day! Here is a summary of my fabulous day at the festival.

First up my most serendipitous moment.  While walking into the festival site I heard some great drumming in the distance and headed straight to the source: Hands Off Gretel, first up on the BBC Introducing slot on the Library Stage. They blew me away: a mix of Hole and Nirvana played at a million miles an hour. The best new band I've seen in a long time.

Next up I decamped to the Main Stage and stayed there for the rest of the day.

First up were the mighty Everly Pregnant Brothers. This was the 3rd time I'd photographed them - the previous times were on the old main stage on Dev Green and on top of the bogs of the Fat Cat - and it was their biggest gig yet. They had increased in size since I last saw them but they were just as sing-a-long-tastic and very amusing. Big Shaun worked the crowd like Freddie in his prime and everyone, young and old, sang their hearts out (including this photographer!)

Next up were two 6 Music favourites: She Drew The Gun and Miles Kane. I enjoyed both immensely although it was a shame the crowd didn't seem to know any of the SDTG songs: it seemed only I did!

Next were local faves Reverend and the Makers. I didn't photograph them from the pit because I needed to use the time to upload the photos from the day so far. But I did manage to get a great crowd shot at the end of their set as Jon McClure whipped them up into a frenzy!

Next up was one of the highlights of the day: Johnny Marr. I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy him as I assumed he would be playing lots of solo stuff and I wasn't that aware of his solo stuff. But to my great delight he played loads of Smiths and Electronic songs and was fantastic. It was great to enjoy the Smiths songs without a racist, xenophobic far-right sympathiser singing the lyrics too! And I was surprised to see all of the young kids knew all the words of the Smiths songs, especially the lad with the Yorkshire flag who was screaming them as loud as he could! 

 Last on were The Courteeners. I only stayed for their 1st song because I needed to head to the PR office to upload my photos by 10PM, but what I heard from the office sounded good!

So that's the first two days done and dusted. Bring on day 3 and the musical genius that is Nile Rodgers! Can't wait!

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Tramlines 2019 - Friday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/7/tramlines-2019---friday I am very fortunate to be covering Tramlines again this year. Here are my highlights of the first day, Friday.

This year I am working for Exposed Magazine who produce Tramlines Times, the free newspaper published each day of the festival.  The guys at Exposed are really cool and supportive to work for and I'm having a blast so far!

Unfortunately the weather wasn't the best so to avoid the rain I spent most of my time in The Leadmill Stage and I saw three very different but great to photograph band: Bedroom High Club, The Seamonsters and Easy Life

There was then torrential rain in during the build up to the Manic Street Preachers. It was so heavy that there was a mini waterfall of rain coming off the Main Stage roof and into the photo pit! Thankfully the rain stopped just as the Mainics took to the stage and they played a fantastic greatest hits filled set that the crowd - and this photographer - really loved!

Last up were headliners Two Door Cinema Club who had a fantastic stage set including an electronic stage background where they projected images. It made for some great photo backdrops of the lead singer Alex Trimble.

You can see all of my photos from Friday in my Tramlines 2019 gallery but below are my personal highlights. Can't wait for what Saturday brings now!

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English Language Teaching Centre photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/5/english-language-teaching-centre-photos Last month I had the great pleasure to be booked by the University of Sheffield to photograph their English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC). The ELTC offers a wide range of English language courses and services for University students and departments, as well as the public.

My brief was to photograph students and teachers interacting - either in a class or being tutored - as well as students presenting at a white board and photos of the building too. I think I delivered on this and Dr Hans Heap, Deputy Director of the ELTC agreed and he left me this nice review on my Google page:

"Nice photos of our centre, lovely bright feel, good rapport with the "subjects". Would recommend and book again".

You can see a selection of the photos I took below and more in this gallery here: ELTC photos.




 

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(Simon Butler Photography) ELTC English Language Teaching Centre international students overseas students photography Photos Sheffield students study teachers teaching tutoring University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/5/english-language-teaching-centre-photos Tue, 07 May 2019 09:53:48 GMT
University of Sheffield Discovery Night 2019 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/3/university-of-sheffield-discovery-night-2019 Last week I was fortunate to be booked by The University of Sheffield to photograph their wonderful Discovery Night

Discovery Night is where the university opens its laboratories and lecture theatres to the public for an evening of science for the whole family. There were talks, exciting demonstrations and hands on activities from across science, engineering, medicine and dentistry. It was a fantastic event and a joy to photograph.

As a scientist by background myself it was especially great to photograph the kids interacting with the demos and lab equipment and getting inspired and wowed by science.

I also enjoyed the liquid nitrogen demo. I made some GIFs of a bunch of flowers being frozen solid in the liquid nitrogen and then being smashed. It's a demo I've seen many times before but it never gets old.

You can see some highlights from the night below, including the GIFs from the liquid nitrogen demo.

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) dentistry Discovery Night engineering event maths medicine photography Photos public engagement science Sheffield University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/3/university-of-sheffield-discovery-night-2019 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:26:13 GMT
Photos of the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/photos-of-the-muslim-chaplain-at-the-university-of-sheffield Today I had the real pleasure, and honour, to be booked by the Global Engagement Team to photograph the Muslim Chaplain of the University of SheffieldImam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail. I hadn't photographed an Imam before, and I have to admit, I was a little nervous beforehand. But I needn't have worried, he was the loveliest man.

If I was a student, and had a problem, I couldn't think of a better, and more welcoming, person to speak to over a cup of tea and a biscuit - which I noted were provided free in the Chaplaincy - than Imam Ismail. He said everyone - any faith, no faith - was welcome to visit the Chaplaincy and this inclusiveness was wonderful. I also liked the subtle rainbow stickers on the doors too which were a lovely touch. The students are certainly in safe hands with him.

He seems to know everyone and I really enjoyed it when he showed me his Facebook photos of him meeting the Queen, Theresa May, David Cameron, the chief Rabbi and many other VIPs. 

Below are some of the photos I took in the session and you can see them all here: Muslim Chaplain Photos


 

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(Simon Butler Photography) chaplaincy corporate education Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail Muslim Muslim Chaplain photographs photography Photos university University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/photos-of-the-muslim-chaplain-at-the-university-of-sheffield Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:35:44 GMT
One year old toddler Jack's relaxed and informal portrait session https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/one-year-old-toddler-jacks-relaxed-and-informal-portrait-session Late last year, I did a very relaxed, and informal, portrait session for the beautiful one year old Jack. It was a lot of fun and I'm really pleased with the results.

Although I do have a "formal" studio set-up with a white background and studio lights, sometimes some more relaxed photos in the client's home work better. Everyone is much more relaxed. And this time they certainly did!

Jack's Mum, Ange, also agreed and sent me some very kind words about the photos:

"Simon's photos of Jack were amazing. I loved how he captured Jack's beautiful large eyes".

I'm available to take photos of your babies, toddlers and older children. Click here for my portrait prices which start at £100.  You pay a one off fee for the sitting and I send you the full resolution photos as digital files that you can print out yourself. You can also buy prints from an online gallery of photos that I will send you.

Below you can see more photos from the shoot including a great behind the scenes shot taken by my girlfriend Sarah
 

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(Simon Butler Photography) big eyes boy informal jack one year old photography portrait relaxed toddler https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/one-year-old-toddler-jacks-relaxed-and-informal-portrait-session Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:23:20 GMT
MAPP Lab and Royce Translational Centre at The University Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/mapp-lab-and-royce-translational-centre-at-the-university-sheffield Just before Christmas I was booked by the University of Sheffield to take some photos of there very impressive MAPP equipment at the equally impressive Royce Translational Centre at Royce@Sheffield. The equipment in the lab is right at the cutting edge of manufacturing engineering and the inner scientist (and pretend engineer) in me loved them!

The lab is all about using the latest state of the art advanced powder processes manufacturing equipment that will provide low energy, low cost, and low waste high value manufacturing routes and products to secure UK manufacturing productivity and growth.

I was asked to take photos of the equipment, some wider shots of the lab, some details shots and some photos of some example components that had been manufactured using the equipment. I was also asked to take some photos of the main advanced powder process machine depositing powdered metal onto a component the technician was manufacturing. The former set of photos were easy to do but the action shots of the powder depositing machine were very challenging. This involved me taking photos through a glass viewing window into complete darkness with occasional "sparks" of life. I managed to get some good photos and a video that the client was very happy with so I was really pleased.

You can see a selection of photos and the video from the shoot below.

 

 


 

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(Simon Butler Photography) advanced manufacturing engineering manufacturing using advanced powder processes mapp royce translational centre royce@sheffield university of sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2019/1/mapp-lab-and-royce-translational-centre-at-the-university-sheffield Fri, 11 Jan 2019 10:09:51 GMT
Photo published in British Council Pakistan Newsletter https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/photo-published-in-british-council-pakistan-newsletter Corporate headshotCorporate headshot

Back in January I was booked by the Global Engagements team at the University of Sheffield. I was tasked with taking photos of a Pakistani student, Obaid, for a social media campaign (one of them was the photo above). I loved how good he looked in front of the Florence Blanchard mural

I have kept in contact with Obaid via Instagram and I was thrilled to see via his feed that one of the photos had been published in a British Council magazine for Pakistan.

Obaid kindly sent me the magazine in PDF format and you can see the advert below.

I think it looks great and I'm really pleased that the image has been used for more than social media.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) advert British Council Florence Blanchard Global Engagement Obaid Pakistan photography portrait Sheffield student University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/photo-published-in-british-council-pakistan-newsletter Mon, 15 Oct 2018 07:46:29 GMT
Chevening Scholarship Students at The University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/chevening-scholarship-students-at-the-university-of-sheffield

I was booked by the University of Sheffield Global Engagement Team to photograph the latest batch of international students who have been awarded a prestigious Chevening Scholarship. We took the photos in the stunning Diamond Building and this made for an excellent backdrop.

As per usual, I couldn't resist to make a GIF of the group photo. But the rest of the photos were pretty normal.

My contact at the university, Jen, loved the photos and very kindly left me a positive review on my Google page:

"Excellent! Simon was really quick to respond to a request to take photographs at an event. He was really efficient at taking shots which met our brief perfectly at the same time as being very friendly and professional. His photos are of a great quality and he had them back to us very soon after the event. Would highly recommend."
 

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(Simon Butler Photography) chevening scholarship group photos international students photography portraits sheffield the diamond building university of sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/chevening-scholarship-students-at-the-university-of-sheffield Thu, 11 Oct 2018 21:09:42 GMT
Streak gig photos and video - Café Totem and Record Junkee, Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/streak-gig-photos-and-video---cafe-to

Streak are a new, up and coming band from Sheffield. I think they are fantastic but I should point out that Jonny, my son, is the lead singer and lead guitarist.  As well as being their number 1 fan this means that as well as being official photographer (videographer) for the band I am also roadie and general dogsbody too!

They have spent the summer writing songs and rehearsing them at Stag Works, a fantastic converted industrial complex and are now starting to play them live. Their first two gigs were in September and these were at Café Totem and Record Junkee. They were bottom of the bill at both but at Record Junkee they drew a bigger crowd than either of the other two acts that followed them.

Unfortunately the lighting wasn't brilliant at Café Totem: Estelle, the drummer was perfectly lit, but Jonny was in almost darkness. So I was only really able to photograph Estelle drumming. At Record Junkee the lighting was much better so most of the photos (and the only video) in this post are from the Record Junkee gig.

First up is a video I took of their last song at Record Junkee.

I made lots of GIFs, the first one is from Café Totem and the rest from Record Junkee. And then after that are photos I took at Record Junkee.

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(Simon Butler Photography) band Café Totem event gig gig photography music Record Junkee Sheffield Streak https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/streak-gig-photos-and-video---cafe-to Sun, 07 Oct 2018 09:28:33 GMT
IPPA International Course in Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/ippa-international-course-in-sheffield

Thanks to my friends at Marketing Sheffield, I was booked to photograph the 40th IPPA International Advanced Course in Paediatric Pathology. This prestigious course was brought to Sheffield by Sheffield Children's Hospital Pathologist, Dr Marta Cohen.

Delegates from 35 countries gathered in Sheffield for the course which was held at the lovely Royal Victoria Holiday Inn. Having been hosted in a variety of European destinations over the years, it was apt that the course returned to Sheffield as the first course was organised by Sheffield Pathologist Prof John Emery.

I was booked for two photoshoots. The first to take a group photo of all of the delegates at the hotel on the Sunday.  Then again on the Thursday for a small ceremony at Sheffield Children’s Hospital reminiscing on the very first course and an unveiling of a plaque to honour Professor Emery and his legacy as a pioneer of paediatric pathology. It was attended by the CEO of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital, Mr Peter Emery, John’s son and other family members, the current IPPA President and past course directors.

Both shoots were a lot of fun and it was great to photograph such a prestigious event. And I was thrilled to see that one of my photos was picked up by The Sheffield Telegraph. 

You can see above that we had some fun during the group shot which I just couldn't resist to turn into a GIF. The rest of the photos are below.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) course Dr Marta Cohen event International Paediatric Pathology Association IPPA photography plaque unveiling Prof John Emery Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/10/ippa-international-course-in-sheffield Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:57:10 GMT
University of Sheffield Global Ambassador Photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/university-of-sheffield-global-ambassador-photos On Wednesday I was booked again by my friends at the University of Sheffield's Global Engagement team to take some photos of their Global Ambassadors (students who have spent a year studying abroad who can act as advocates for this excellent scheme). We had a great time in Weston Park again with some lovely early autumn sun which hopefully you can see from the photos below. I was especially pleased with the waving GIF above, especially as I worked out a way to stabilise my camera movement in Photoshop!

You can see all of the photos here: Global Ambassadors photos.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Global Engagement team green background group photo headshots photography Photos Sheffield team University of Sheffield Weston Park https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/university-of-sheffield-global-ambassador-photos Fri, 28 Sep 2018 17:00:02 GMT
Nat & Ryan's wonderful industrial, graffiti and street art inspired Sheffield wedding! https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/nat-ryans-wonderful-industrial-graffiti-and-street-art-inspired-sheffield-wedding Nat & Ryan Sheffield colourful, graffiti and industrial themed weddingNat & Ryan Sheffield colourful, graffiti and industrial themed weddingNat & Ryan Sheffield colourful, graffiti and industrial themed wedding What a day. Weddings don't get much better than this!

Lovely, extremely photogenic bride and groom? Check.

Lots of fabulous street art and industrial backdrops for the couple to pose in front of? Check.

Wonderful venues for pre-ceremony drinks (the lovely Mercure Sheffield), ceremony (the characterful Town Hall Sheffield), extremely informal wedding breakfast (the fantastic Broadfield Ale House) and wild industrial themed evening do (the fabulous The Holt)? Check.

We even had a bit of panic at the beginning of the day with both sets of family stuck on the M1 meaning that with 10 minutes to go I was going to have to be one of the witnesses (the other being a bar lady from the Mercure!) However, in the nick of time, both families arrived so I went back to being just the photographer.

Nat and Ryan had set me a challenge of wanting some colourfu photos amongst Sheffield's best street art and industrial locations. We went scouting for them in their engagement shoot earlier in the summer and decided to base the shoot around the Burton Road / Neepsend area of Sheffield. I was so pleased we did because the street art and industrial buildings were really great there!

I need to give some shout outs for the other amazing suppliers that Nat and Ryan used: Sarah Brown Jewellery provided some lovely rings, Moss and Clover provided wonderful flowers that matched Nat and Ryan's colourful scheme perfectly, the cakes from the Cheesecake Shop in Nottingham were as delicious as they were beautiful and the Broadfield's buffet was also delicious as was The Holt's curry.  Top work all round!

Below are a selection of my favourites from the day. You can view more photos in the gallery here: Nat & Ryan's wonderful Sheffield wedding

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(Simon Butler Photography) colourful graffiti Hall Nat & Ryan Neepsend Pete McKee Phelgm photography Photos Sheffield street art The Broadfield The Holt The House Skatepark The Mercure Town wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/9/nat-ryans-wonderful-industrial-graffiti-and-street-art-inspired-sheffield-wedding Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:44:31 GMT
Tramlines 2018 - Sunday Highlights https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---sunday-highlights Sunday at #Tramlines10 was FANTASTIC. The weather was amazing and, unlike yesterday, I spent the whole day at the main festival site.

First up was a blast from the '90s past, the amazing Mr Motivator on the main stage. He got the crowd moving with his exercise routines!

Suitably warmed up we then headed over to see The Seamonsters. They were at the same school as my son and I first photographed them 2 years ago at KESJam, the school's talent contest. It's been great to see how far they've come (via Outlines in 2017) and I was thrilled that they opened the T'Other Stage.

We then headed off to the Leadmill Stage for a comedy marathon. We saw Tanyalee Davis, Jarred Christmas, Tom Wrigglesworth, Bethany Black and John Shuttleworth. The highlight was definitely Jarred Christmas - he was fabulous and very funny.

Next, I headed to the Main Stage to see The Sherlocks. Unfortunately, there had been a schedule change and Loyal were playing instead. I then headed to T'Other Stage and shot Little Comets, followed by the fantastic Sheafs. Sheafs were brilliant live, especially their frontman.

Next up was some old skool hip hop from De La Soul who were as great as they were in 2015 when they last played Tramlines.

The final act I photographed was Teleman on the Library Stage. They were another band I'd photographed at a previous Tramlines, this time in 2016. And like in 2016, they were fantastic too!

So that was Tramlines 2018. It was FANTASTIC! If this is my last year of photographing Tramlines it was a fabulous way to end my 8 years as an official Tramlines photographer.

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(Simon Butler Photography) #tramlines10 . Bethany Black De La Soul Hillsborough Park Jarred Christmas John Shuttleworth Little Comets Loyal Mr Motivator Sheffield Tanyalee Davis Teleman The Seamonsters Tom Wrigglesworth tramlines 2018 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---sunday-highlights Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:21:21 GMT
Tramlines 2018 - Saturday Highlights https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---saturday-highlights Saturday at Tramlines 2018 was a mix of the fringe and the official festival for me.

First up, after a wonderful lunch in Tamper, was a wander around the city centre to take in the street entertainers around Barkers Pool where I greatly enjoyed The Cling Film Guy, Granny Turismo, The Bee Gees and the two blokes having a rave. I made GIFs of 3 of these (see below).

I also popped into The Crystal Bar and caught two acts: Ivory Wave and Tyni. I enjoyed both but Tyni were especially photogenic!

We then headed over to the Red Lion on Charles Street to photograph two bands: The Silver Darlings and Sieben. The Silver Darlings were great, playing laid back tunes in a lovely old boozer.

But Sieben were something else. At this point I have to admit to a conflict of interest here: my son was singing backing vocals for the band. Photographing, and videoing, him performing at Tramlines was probably the proudest moment I have had in 8 years of covering Tramlines! However, even if my son hadn't been singing, I'd have enjoyed Sieben immensely.  As it was, I loved them!  They played to a packed pub who all seemed to enjoy the gig as much as I did!

We then headed back to the main festival. We were very fortunate to catch Boy Azooga; they were possibly the best band I've seen live at the main Tramlines festival (although I've seen some equally cracking live bands on the fringe, like Sieben earlier today). Boy Azooga were fantastic and were a real treat. Especially as they were a late replacement for a band who pulled out.  Although they didn't pull in a big crowd to the Leadmill Stage, they had a contingent of super fans in the crowd who made it a great atmosphere!

We saw Rat Boy after Boy Azooga but the lighting for Rat Boy was awful so I didn't get any good shots of the band but I did get some of the crowd.

Finally, after some amazing pizzas, churros (for me) and crêpes (for her), I took a few photos of the massive crowd for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

You can see a selection of the photos and GIFs from Saturday below. But you can see more my Tramlines 2018 gallery.

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(Simon Butler Photography) #tramlines10 boy azooga granny tourismo ivory wave noel gallagher's high flying birds rat boy the bee gees the cling film guy tramlines 2018 tyni https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---saturday-highlights Sun, 22 Jul 2018 10:02:37 GMT
Tramlines 2018 - Friday Night https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---friday-night For the 8th year in a row I have a photo pass for Tramlines. But it is all change this year. The festival has moved to be all in one location - Hillsborough Park - outside of the city centre.  This means that there are 4 stages in one park and the festival is now much more like a smaller version of something like the Leeds Festival than a city centre festival.  There is still a fantastic fringe festival in the city centre but it seems quite removed from the new location (especially as unfortunately the trams were on strike).  However, the park was rammed with people and the atmosphere was amazing.

I loved the new Leadmill tent - and craft beer bar behind it! - and I can't wait to photograph at the new T'Other Stage once it opens today. There was a very good range of food stalls and I also liked the Library stage even though I didn't get a chance to photograph there - I hope to rectify this today.

For me personally, there is one major change: unfortunately the festival organisers have decided not to use the same photography team as their official photographers this year. This means that I - and my 6 extremely talented colleagues - are not directly working for Tramlines this year. We all still got photo - and VIP! - passes but we are working for ourselves rather than the festival. It's a shame, but things change. I'm determined to enjoy this festival to the max just in case I don't get a pass next year!

So, on to the photos and short write up of the first night of Tramlines.

After what felt like weeks of 25C permanent sunshine it was disappointing to report that it rained but it didn't dampen the atmosphere - I had a blast! I managed to avoid most of the rain in the excellent new Leadmill tent but I did get wet during Everything Everything on the Main Stage. It was worth though because they were fantastic. Other highlights of the night included the wonderful Mystery Jets in the Leadmill tent and the Into the Trees 80s DJ after the bands had finished.

Below are some highlight of my photos from the night; you can see more in my Tramlines 2018 gallery here: Tramlines 2018 gallery.

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(Simon Butler Photography) #Tramlines10 2018 event Everything festival Gang gig Hazels High Jets Magic music Mystery photography Photos Sheffield The Tramlines https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tramlines-2018---friday-night Sat, 21 Jul 2018 09:14:16 GMT
University of Sheffield Global Engagement Team Photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/university-of-sheffield-global-engagement-team-photos University of Sheffield, Global Engagement team photosUniversity of Sheffield, Global Engagement team photosGroup photos and headshots of the Global Engagement Team from the University of Sheffield taken in the beautiful Weston Park, Sheffield. As well as being booked by the University of Sheffield to photograph the 2018 Summer Graduation on Monday, I was also booked by the university to take photos of one of their teams on Monday afternoon. The team was the Global Engagement Team who wanted some team group photos as well as some headshots.

We met up in the wonderful Weston Park to take the photos. Weston Park was as lovely as ever but you could tell it hasn't rained in Sheffield for weeks: everywhere was very parched. 

Below are a selection of my highlights from the shoot and you can see all of the photos here: Global Engagement Team Photos.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Global Engagement Team group photo photography portrait Sheffield team photo University of Sheffield Weston Park https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/university-of-sheffield-global-engagement-team-photos Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:57:45 GMT
University of Sheffield Graduation 2018 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/university-of-sheffield-graduation-2018 University of Sheffield Graduation 2018University of Sheffield Graduation 2018Photo from the University of Sheffield Graduation 2018 I was booked by the University of Sheffield to take photos of their graduation on Monday. The brief was to take photos of the graduates and their families outside of the Octagon Centre - where the graduation ceremony takes place - and the Student's Union next door.  I went slightly outside of the brief to cross over the road to take photos of graduates outside of Firth Court, the main building of the university.

It was fantastic to photograph all of the graduates and their families. There was so much positivity in the air and everyone was more than happy to have their photo taken.

I was, however, slightly gutted that I didn't get booked to cover the ceremony on Wednesday because McNulty himself, Sheffield's own Dominic West, was one of the honorary graduates. It would have been amazing to photograph him!  Maybe next time.

Anyway, the graduates I did photograph were amazing and you can see a selection of the photos below.  

One of the things I got as many of the graduates to do as possible was through their mortar boards in the air. I turned a number of those into GIFs:

All of the photos I took can be found on this gallery here: Graduation 2018 photos

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(Simon Butler Photography) 2018 event families graduates Graduation photography Photos Summer University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/university-of-sheffield-graduation-2018 Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:11:36 GMT
Lorah and Terry's Scunthorpe Wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/lorah-and-terrys-scunthorpe-wedding Lorah and Terry's Scunthorpe WeddingLorah and Terry's Scunthorpe WeddingLorah and Terry's Scunthorpe Wedding at St Peter ad Vincula Church and Grange Park Golf Club

I had a blast photographing Lorah and Terry's wedding at the weekend. It was a wonderful day fun of lots of sunshine, laughter and love.

I was booked to photograph the wedding by Lorah's brother Deyne, an old photography friend of mine. He said that when his sister got married he wanted me to photograph the wedding. Thanks for the booking Deyne!

Lorah and Deyne certainly know how to organise a great do. They chose two fantastic venues: the Church of St. Peter ad Vincula, Bottesford for the ceremony and Grange Park Golf Club for the reception and evening do.

I started off the day with the bridal party taking photos of the girls getting ready. It was a busy, yet very relaxed, couple of hours mainly thanks to the great organisational skills of Emma, one of the bridesmaids. The bridal party were getting ready at her house and she had them all up at 8AM for a 2:30PM wedding start. So it was easy for me to wander about taking snaps as they had their hair and make up done. Not even a bird flying into the house before I arrived put them off!

I then headed over to the church to photograph guests arriving and also speak to the vicar. She wanted to speak to me about the photography and she couldn't have been more lovely and accommodating to my photography needs. She ran a really lovely, relaxed ceremony and I loved her attitude to including children in the ceremony: they will make noise and parents should just let them. She didn't want any parent to say "shush!" or similar and provided lego at the back for the children to play with.

I made a few GIFs from the ceremony as well as one of the happy couple driving away from the church in a wonderful classic car.

 

 

 

 

The reception and evening dos at Grange Park were lovely too. The venue was very tastefully decorated and the BBQ was delicious (thanks Lorah and Terry for letting me have some as well as a lovely Eton Mess too!).

All in all it was wonderful and below are my highlights from the day.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Bott Bottesford Church of St. Peter ad Vincula evening do Grange Park Golf Club Lorah and Terry photography Scunthorpe wedding wedding reception https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/lorah-and-terrys-scunthorpe-wedding Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:09:37 GMT
Portraits of Charlotte in Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/portraits-of-charlotte-in-sheffield Charlotte portrait in SheffieldCharlotte portrait in SheffieldCharlotte portrait in Sheffield I was thrilled to be booked to take profile photos of Charlotte, a psychological therapist, who lives in Sheffield. There were two reasons for this: firstly she is very photogenic and the second was that we did the shoot in her wonderful garden. It made for the perfect location!

As well as photos of Charlotte we were able to take a quick few photos of her with her husband Luc too.

Below are a selection of the photos and you can see all of the photos in the gallery here: all of the photos from Charlotte's photoshoot

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Big CACTUS end of study event - University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/big-cactus-end-of-study-event---university-of-sheffield Last month I was booked by the University of Sheffield to photograph an event to mark the end of a 4 year, £1.5M, research project called Big CACTUS. The project looked at whether people with aphasia can continue to improve their ability to talk after completion of traditional NHS therapy, and whether this can be achieved cost effectively by offering computer treatment at home. More than 350,000 people in the UK are living with aphasia. The language disorder, which is caused by an injury to the brain, can make it difficult for people to talk, understand, read and write. One in three people are affected by aphasia after a stroke.

It was a fantastic event held in Firth Hall at the historic Firth Court at the university. The audience was made up of people living with aphasia, researchers and their families, carers, health care staff, service providers and commissioners to mark the end of the project.  There was such a positive atmosphere and it was a pleasure to photograph 

My brief was to document the event, then photograph some of the teams who worked on the study.  You can see some of these photos below; all of the photos I took can be found in this gallery: Big CACTUS end of study event photos.

By the way, I can report that the cakes tasted as good as they looked!

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(Simon Butler Photography) aphasia Big CACTUS end of study event event NHS photography Sheffield stroke University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/7/big-cactus-end-of-study-event---university-of-sheffield Wed, 04 Jul 2018 06:25:07 GMT
Jack's Sale Christening https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/jacks-sale-christening I had the pleasure to photograph the christening of 6 month old Jack on Sunday. He was christened at St Joseph's Church in Sale followed by a reception at the Belmore Sale. The event was a delight to photograph and I can recommend both venues if you live in the area.

Below are a few highlights from the day. You can see all of the photos in this gallery: Jack's Sale Christening.



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(Simon Butler Photography) Christening church event photography priest Sale service St Joseph's Church The Belmore https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/jacks-sale-christening Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:41:02 GMT
Awards Ceremony at the fantastic Lambert's Yard, Leeds https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/investors-in-the-environment-and-pennine-pack-awards-ceremony-2018 I was very fortunate to be booked to photograph the Investors in the Environment and Pennine Pack awards event on Wednesday afternoon. It was at the fantastic Lambert's Yard in Leeds which was the perfect venue: trendy loft conversion style layout with lots of low light filament bulbs, red brick walls and vintage floors. And not forgetting a lovely little bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks.

The event was organised to highlight, and present awards to, companies and organisations who have made significant reductions in resources such as electricity, water and other resources. The highlight for me was the fact that Barnsley Metrodome have installed two 'superloos' that use 80% less water per flush!

I took lots of initial photos of people arriving and networking followed by the talks by John Mooney, Director of Pennine Pack and by keynote speaker, Tony Juniper. Tony is a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist. His talk was fascinating.

Following on from the talks Becky and Graham from Pennine Pack then gave out awards to members of Investors in the Environment and Pennine Pack for their environmental achievements. i then took a group photo of the winners.

I'm thrilled to say that I've been provisionally booked to photograph the same event again next year and I already can't wait!

Below are a selection of photos I took, you can see the full set on my website here: Pennine Pack photos

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(Simon Butler Photography) awards ceremony corporate photography event investors in the environment lambert's yard leeds pennine pack photography photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/investors-in-the-environment-and-pennine-pack-awards-ceremony-2018 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:08:40 GMT
Nat and Ryan's colourful Sheffield pre-wedding photoshoot https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/nat-and-ryans-colourful-sheffield-pre-wedding-photoshoot Last week I met up with Nat and Ryan ahead of their September wedding to scout out locations for "photos with the graffiti and industrial places around Sheffield" that they wanted as a backdrop to their wedding photos. Sheffield has so many locations with both that it was difficult to choose the best location.  But we decided to start in Neepsend and see if that had enough suitable locations. And it certainly did!

Neepsend is home to fantastic graffiti from Pete McKee - his wonderful Frank the hobnob dogPhlegm at the House skatepark and Kid Acne at piña (plus loads more by artists I didn't recognise) as well as loads of industrial units. Perfect for a graffiti and industrial photoshoot.

I took my camera with me to take some test shots. I took so many that it kind of became an informal pre-wedding photoshoot. I was concentrating more on the backgrounds and colours than what Nat and Ryan looked like but I am really, really happy with the locations we found. I can't wait to shoot their wedding in a couple of months!  I just hope the weather is as good as it was perfect on that Monday evening.

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) "nat and ryan" neepsend photography pre-wedding "scouting for locations dog graffiti" hobnobs kid acne pete mckee sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/6/nat-and-ryans-colourful-sheffield-pre-wedding-photoshoot Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 GMT
Robots, bridges and balloons: a school science event https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/4/robots-bridges-and-balloons-a-school-science-event I was recently booked to take photos at a STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) event at Batley Girls' High School.  It was a great event and featured robots, bridge building, keyhole surgery and chairs made of balloons.  

My photos are featured on page 1 and 15 of the school's spring newsletter here: Batley Girls' High School Spring 2018 Newsletter

You can also see all of the photos below.


 

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(Simon Butler Photography) balloon chairs batley girls' high school bridge building event keyhole surgery photos robots stem https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/4/robots-bridges-and-balloons-a-school-science-event Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:42:26 GMT
Lucy - contortionist . gymnast photoshoot https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/2/lucy---contortionist-gymnast-photoshoot

I was contacted by Laura, the Mum of 9 year old Lucy, back in late 2017.  She wanted to buy a portrait photoshoot as a Christmas present and I was more than happy to oblige by making up a voucher. And I was looking forward to the shoot as Lucy is a talented contortionist and gymnast - see her Instagram to see some of her amazing moves. We had the shoot today and we had a blast! Contact me if you'd like to buy a similar voucher for your child or relative.

I was very fortunate that Lucy's Dad runs the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield as this made for a fantastic location for the shoot. And that Lucy could contort her body into many painful-if-I-tried but amazing looking positions!

You can see a selection of my picks of the shoot below as well as a wider view of my "studio" set-up.  And you can see more in the full gallery of photos. By the way, Lucy's friend Tia accompanied Lucy to the shoot and I took some of her and the two of them together. I've not shared any photos of Tia until i've had a chance to speak to Tia's Mum. So I will add these photos once I get permission.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) contortionist creative arts hub girl gymnast gymnastics lucy mirfield photoshoot https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/2/lucy---contortionist-gymnast-photoshoot Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:37:28 GMT
Louise photoshoot https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/2/louise-photoshoot

I was really pleased to be book by Louise to take some headshots earlier this week. It was great fun and we got some great shots that she was really happy with.

The lounge in my new home makes a perfect pop-up studio for these sessions as you can see in the behind-the-scenes photo I took with my phone below. The eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted I have two new bits of equipment for my studio: a Neewer 47"/120cm Octagonal Softbox and a YongNuo YN-560 III Flashgun, both of which are excellent additions to my arsenal of equipment!

You can also see some more of the photos I took of Louise below.

Let me know if you want me to take some studio style headshots for you or your business!

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(Simon Butler Photography) headshot mirfield portrait social media profile photos studio west yorkshire https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/2/louise-photoshoot Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:50:46 GMT
Wedding fayres agogo! https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-fayres-agogo

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am now able to devote more time to photography, which I am thrilled with. This has allowed me to actively seek out photography jobs rather than rely on people finding me as I did before.  One area I wanted to grow my photography in is definitely wedding photography. I LOVE photographing weddings and am keen to photograph as many as I can.  So I am thrilled that I am booked to exhibit at 3 wedding fairs - or fayres as they are called - over the coming days, weeks and months.

And there is an extra special reason for brides and grooms to visit the wedding fayres: If you book me for your wedding at the fayre you can get a free pre-wedding shoot that usually costs £125! 

First up is on Sunday this week: the Yorkshire Wedding Fayre at Leeds Crowne Plaza. This will be my first wedding fair and I can't wait to meet lots of prospective brides and grooms!

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Then on Thursday 22 March and Thursday 13 September this year I am really excited to be exhibiting at the wedding fayres at Dewsbury and District Golf Club in Mirfield.

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I look forward to meeting as many brides and grooms as I can at all 3 fayres and showing them examples of my past wedding photos!

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(Simon Butler Photography) crowne plaza leeds dewsbury and district golf club photography wedding wedding fairs wedding fayres yorkshire wedding fayres https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-fayres-agogo Fri, 26 Jan 2018 14:25:03 GMT
Exciting times! https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/1/exciting-times For the last few years I have been an evenings and weekend photographer, fitting in my photography with my full-time day job. Because of this, I have had to turn down photography jobs during the week because my day job prevented me from being available.

However, in November 2017, I was given a brilliant opportunity: I started working part-time in my day job, allowing me to dedicate more time to photography.

I couldn't be happier with this new arrangement. It has already led to lots of wonderful photography jobs and I am very keen to add more photography jobs for 2018!  So please do contact me if you are looking for a wedding, event, portrait or corporate photographer.

Another change for me is that I moved from Sheffield to Mirfield, West Yorkshire, in September 2017. My day job is still in Sheffield so I am very much available for photography bookings in Sheffield and surrounding areas as well as in West Yorkshire (i.e. Leeds, Huddersfield, Bradford, Dewsbury as well as my lovely home town of Mirfield!).  And of course I'd be more than happy to travel further afield - I'm thinking of you Doncaster, Manchester, York, Nottingham, Liverpool etc - so please let me know if you need a photographer in far flung places.

Below is a selection of photos I have been booked to take since November 2017.  I have had more bookings than those I show below; this is because quite a few of my bookings have asked for the photos to not be shared publicly.  For instance I have photographed a 5th birthday party, a 6th birthday party, a new-born baby shoot, photos of University of Sheffield Computer Science students undertaking research with robots (!) and a science event at a secondary school, none of which unfortunately I can share.

Sheffield Hallam University Graduation 2017

I was booked by a number of Sheffield Hallam University graduates to take some informal photos of their graduation with their families.  Please get in touch if you want me to do this for you when you graduate!

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Sheffield Hallam University 'MD's Club' business event

This event is run in conjunction with the University of Sheffield and is an invite only business event for Sheffield based companies.

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I was booked by the Global Engagement team at the university to photograph one of their international students for a social media campaign to attract more international student. I especially liked the background we chose for the shot; a great mural painted on the side of a university building.

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(Simon Butler Photography) corporate graduation photography sheffield hallam university the university of sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2018/1/exciting-times Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:55:03 GMT
Sunday at Tramlines 2017 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/sunday-at-tramlines-2017 Sunday at Tramlines 2017 was even more magical, spine-tingling and amazing than the first two days. It may even have been the best day ever at Tramlines for me!

This was mainly due to the first band I covered: the Sheffield Sgt. Pepper Project. This was a collection of 30 Sheffield musicians and singers who performed a note perfect version of the whole of The Beatles Sgt. Pepper album. It was one of the best gigs I have ever had the privilege to photograph and experience. Magical doesn't really do it justice.  It was on at 1PM in the Folk Forest and they drew an enormous crowd, which was amazing for the opening act of the day.  If all I did was watch the gig and take a few photos it would have been wonderful but I was asked by the Folk Forest organisers to get on stage at the end and take a photo of the crowd. And that was FANTASTIC. So many people were there and they all, mainly, followed the instructions to raise their hands in the air as you can see from the photo below.  The performance is being repeated at the O2 in November so I'd highly recommend you getting tickets if you can.

So how do you follow that?  This was a question posed by John Joseph Brill who was next on stage at Folk Forest. I didn't take any photos because I was too busy eating a wonderful chickpea curry with pakoras from the lovely curry stall followed by delicious rose lemonade and a wonderful-as-usual Forge Bake House brownie from the coffee truck.

I then headed to see Loyle Carner at the Main Stage. I think he's great and loved all of the songs that 6 music have played of his over the last year. I was gutted that I didn't know who he was last year when he played Outlines so I missed him then (I missed him because I rely on 6 Music to introduce me to new music and as they weren't playing him in Feb last year, and I'm not quite cool enough to get my new music from other sources, I missed out).  Am so glad I caught him this time as he was really excellent.  A real show man and really very expressive so a joy to photograph.  Just wish that someone in the crowd hadn't thrown him a t-shirt as he held on to it which made keeping him in frame difficult.

Unfortunately the soles of my girlfriend's boots came off her old boots so we had to quickly nip home to get her some different shoes so I had to miss a bit of the festival. However, once we returned, we headed to Devonshire Green to see The Coral. It was great to have Dev Green back as a stage as it's an excellent venue for photographs. The banked stage which is higher at the back than the front makes taking shots of the whole crowd really easy.

The Coral were fantastic and it was wonderful to see a packed Dev Green bouncing along to Dreaming of You, their final song despite the rain.

As with Saturday we headed to The Crystal Bar for the end of the night and the festival itself.

Here we saw two very different bands to those we saw the night before. The first was a band based around a singer called Keir. Keir was a real talent who seemed a mix between Prince and Mika (but in a good way!).  He really gave his all while singing and in a more tender song about unrequited love he actually broke down and started crying 3/4 of the way through the song.  He was very embarrassed and kept apologising but everyone in the crowd were cheering. It really added to his performance. If he's not a big star in a year or two I will be very surprised.

The final act of the night, and of Tramlines 2017 for me, was Faerground Accidents.  They were very entertaining and an excellent end to the festival. I'd heard good things about them in the past but I'd never seen them before. So it was great to finally see them.

So that is Tramlines over for another year. I had an absolute blast and I already can't wait until Tramlines 2018!

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(Simon Butler Photography) 2017 event faerground accidents gig keir loyle carner music photography sheffield sheffield sgt. pepper project the coral tramlines https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/sunday-at-tramlines-2017 Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:41:58 GMT
Saturday at Tramlines 2017 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/saturday-at-tramlines-2017

 

 

 

Days 2 of Tramlines 2017 was one of the best, and most eventful, days of the 7 years I've been covering Tramlines. It had everything: exciting and amazing gigs, crowd surfing, torrential rain, glorious sunshine and wonderful festival goers.

I started off my Tramlines Saturday by covering the street entertainment. As per usual they were incredibly entertaining and a great free gift to the city of Sheffield from Tramlines. I caught the Beegees, Granny Turismo, the SWANK girl guides and two street theatre performers. All really entertained me and made me laugh loads.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I then headed over to the main stage to catch Toots and the Maytals followed by Cabbage. Toots and his band were fantastic and drew an enormous crowd. He played all of his hits and was thoroughly entertaining while being the coolest, and most laid back, 70-something in the world. It also helped that the sun was shining so I also was able to take lots of photos of punters enjoying the atmosphere.

Cabbage were a complete contrast and, although I enjoyed them, they weren't as popular as Toots; the crowd dissipated quickly after Toots finished which was a shame as Cabbage were great high energy indie punk noise pop. 

Next up was Cate Le Bon at the Folk Forest where I met up with my girlfriend Sarah. Unfortunately the glorious weather was replaced by torrential rain so my camera stayed in its bag for that one.  It's just as well it did as we got completely soaked (and I discovered that my rain coat wasn't so waterproof after all! 

Afterwards I was supposed to cover Primal Scream but I didn't fancy getting wetter still so we headed to the Crystal Bar as this was indoors and dry!  And I was so pleased that we did as I finally, after 7 years, managed to experience and photograph some crowd surfing at a gig! It was during the performance of Avalanche Party. The lead singer was singing really closely to the front of the mosh pit and he suddenly launched himself onto the crowd. I quickly grabbed my camera, put on the trusty ultra-wide lens and got in amongst the throng to capture the action.  Unfortunately I forgot to put on my flashgun so the resulting image is a little dark and grainy but I think it works.  You can see the crowd surfing photo at the top of this post.

The next band on the bill, October Drift, were every bit as entertaining as the previous band. Instead of crowd surfing the singer of this band jumped up onto the roof and sang down to the crowd!

And that was Saturday done and dusted.  You can see all of my photos from Saturday here: Tramlines 2017 photos

Stay tuned for my Sunday report coming soon... 

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) 2017 avalanche party cabbage crystal bar event gig music october drift photography photos sheffield toots and the maytals tramlines https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/saturday-at-tramlines-2017 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:25:16 GMT
Friday night at Tramlines 2017 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/friday-night-at-tramlines-2017 For the 7th year in a row I am again one of the official photographers for Tramlines. And for the 7th year in a row I am having an absolute blast covering the festival!

Last night was the opening night and I based myself at the Main Stage at Ponderosa Park.  It was a great night despite the light rain that accompanied some of headliners The Libertines barnstorming set.

Below are my highlights from the night. Can't wait for the rest of the festival!

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(Simon Butler Photography) 2017 event gig main stage music photography photos sheffield the libertines tramlines twin atlantic https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/7/friday-night-at-tramlines-2017 Sat, 22 Jul 2017 06:55:06 GMT
Outlines Festival 2017 - Out of this world! https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/3/outlines-festival-2017---out-of-this-world Last weekend I had the enormous pleasure of being one of the official photographers for the Outlines Festival.

Now in its second year, Outlines 2017 was a bigger and better event than last year, mainly due to it expanding to be a 2 day festival having added a Friday night to the programme.  And I was really pleased to see that despite the rain the crowds came out and supported the event.

Highlights for me this year included the Nirvana and Pixies-influenced - and very hairy - The Wytches at the Harley, the amazingly photogenic Law Holt at Plug, the loud and punky Cowtown at Queens Social Club and the R&B with attitude of Bossy Love.  But one of the proudest moments was photographing The Seamonsters - a band from my son's school - playing to a large crowd at 6PM on a Friday night in the smallest room in Plug. They were excellent and hopefully this will be the stepping stone to greatness...

Anyway, below are a selection of the photos I took (you can see them all in the Outlines 2017 gallery here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Bossy Love Cowtown Law Holt Outlines Festival 2017 Photos Plug Queens Road Social Club Sheffield The Harley The Wytches event gig music photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/3/outlines-festival-2017---out-of-this-world Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:31:57 GMT
Brick in the Wall https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/1/brick-in-the-wall On Saturday I was the official photographer for Brick in the Wall at the O2 Academy in Sheffield. This was an evening of 6 unsigned Sheffield bands, one of which, Cover Up, has my son Jonny as guitarist and lead singer. 

The event was a huge success and the kids managed to sell an amazing 250 tickets. It was a real pleasure to photo the bands and artists and I'm sure they will all go on to bigger and better things in the future.

First up was the aforementioned Cover Up who opened up the evening with a barnstorming set of alternative rock covers and one of their own songs. I took some photos and then, for the first time as a music photographer, I made a couple of videos. You can see my video of their last song, a raucous cover of Out of the Black by Royal Blood below.

Next was the marvelous Pippa Crossland. She has a fantastic voice and it was like Amy was in the room when she did a perfect cover of Valerie.

Third up were the very entertaining Bailey Street. I was especially impressed with the bassist's wonderful Henderson's Relish bass guitar!

Next were one of the main highlights of the night - Smart Life. They had such an infectious energy and they were very entertaining.

Second on the bill were Rehash. I really enjoyed their psychedelic rock and also photographing them for the second time - the first was at KESJam last year. 

The headliners were Humbar, who are a Soul, Jazz and Fusion influenced band. I especially enjoyed their excellent cover of No Diggity.

You can see highlights from the night below and all of the photos I took can be seen here: Brick in the Wall January 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Bailey Street Cover Up', Crossland" Humbar O2 Academy Sheffield Pippa Rehash Sheffield Smart Life event gig music photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2017/1/brick-in-the-wall Thu, 12 Jan 2017 21:17:52 GMT
Koshinkan Karate Association Gashaku https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/9/koshinkan-karate-association-gashaku

Last weekend I attended, and photographed, the fantastic Koshinkan Karate Association Gashaku. This was a weekend of karate and socialising between the karate clubs within the association at the beautiful location of the YHA Castleton.  I have been learning karate for over 5 years now so it was great to combine karate with my other passion of photography for the weekend.  

Below is a selection of the best photos I took during the weekend. You can see the full set here: KSK Gashaku photos.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Elite Karate Centres Koshinkan Karate Association YHA Castleton karate weekend https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/9/koshinkan-karate-association-gashaku Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:41:26 GMT
Farapack Polymers Ltd photoshoot https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/farapack-polymers-ltd-photoshoot

Back in May I was booked by Farapack Polymers Ltd to take a series of photos for their new website.  These included staff portraits, photos of the staff working in their labs and a photo of the Dainton Building, the building where they are based.  The website is now live so I can finally blog about it.

Farapack Polymers is a company based in the department of Chemistry at the University of Sheffield.  They offer R&D services to the global polymer industry and are wholly owned by the university. As you would expect, they have access to lots of great high tech, and very photogenic, chemistry equipment. I am a chemist by background, and in a past life spent many years working in chemistry labs, so it was great to be able to photograph lots of people in white coats, lots lab equipment and lots of multi-coloured liquids.  I felt right at home!

One of their most impressive bits of kit is their 10 litre Lara® Controlled Lab Reactor. Andy, the scientist who I was going to photograph using the reactor, had kindly filled it with an indicator that changed colour depending on the pH of the liquid (if you remember your school chemistry the indicator would change colour depending in if the liquid was acidic or alkali). He added some acid to the mixture and it changed colour, which made for some visually interesting photos. I snapped away while this happened and turned the colour changes into an animated GIF. 

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Other photos I took included some in their NMR lab, their chromatography lab and their X-ray lab as well as their polymer lab. I also took some portrait photos of the team too. And a few weeks later, on a clear night, I returned to take a dynamic night photo of the building. 

You can see all of the photos I took in the gallery here: Farapack Polymers Ltd photos.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Department of Chemistry Farapack Polymers Ltd Photos Sheffield University of Sheffield chemistry chemists coat lab laboratory photography reactions science https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/farapack-polymers-ltd-photoshoot Tue, 30 Aug 2016 10:00:00 GMT
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At Tramlines two weeks ago I was photographing for 3 different purposes - the festival itself, Tramlines Times (the free newspaper that is published each day at the festival by Exposed Magazine) and Exposed Magazine itself.  There is no guarantee that my photos will be used by any of these, but I am really pleased that all three have used some of my 2016 photos.

Quite a few of my photos have been used by the festival's social media - for example this photo of the crowd watching Dizzee on Facebook and this one of the confetti cannon during Dizzee's set on Twitter - and my photos were also published in both the Saturday and Sunday editions of Tramlines Times.  

In past years I've had a few front covers of Tramlines Times but this year I only had photos inside the newspaper.  This was partly because I wasn't covering Kelis on the Saturday and I was charged with getting the photo of the confetti cannon during Dizzee's set on the Friday which meant I missed the deadline for submitting a photo for the front cover.  I think it also had a lot to do to my colleague's photos of Kelis and Dizzee being amazing and deservedly chosen ahead of mine.

Most of my photos used in Tramlines Times were used for reviews of artists and all of those have also been published on the Exposed website.  So you can see my photos used in reviews of Emma Crowder at the Cathedral, Dizzee on the Main Stage and Napoleon IIIrd at Folk Forest on the Exposed reviews page.

I was really pleased, however, to see so many of my photos published in the August issue of Exposed Magazine. Exposed magazine is Sheffield's premier entertainment guide and is always a good way to find out what's happening / happened in Sheffield each month.  It's also a great read too.

In the August issue have used one of my photos of the crowd from Dizzee Rascal on the Friday night on the main stage on page 16 and 3 of my photos are included in their 8 favourite photos from Tramlines on page 83 (my photos of three guys really going for it at Black Peaks, of the Super Mario Bros Tramlines stag and of the Folk Forest).

You can see the photos below.

 
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(Simon Butler Photography) Exposed Magazine Tramlines 2016 gig photography photos published https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/my-tramlines-photos-published-in-exposed-magazine Sat, 06 Aug 2016 16:43:01 GMT
Laura & Sam's wonderful wedding - Swinfen Hall Hotel, Lichfield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/laura-sams-wonderful-wedding---swinfen-hall-hotel-lichfield Laura and Sam wedding Swinfen Hall LiichfieldLaura and Sam wedding Swinfen Hall LiichfieldLaura & Sam's wonderful wedding at the beautiful Swinfen Hall, Lichfield

What a wedding! Laura and Sam certainly know to organise a top do. Beautiful location?  Check. Lovely guests?  Check. Great food and drink?  Check.  Perfect weather?  Eventually!

I have known Sam for over 5 years. During that time Sam has beaten me up numerous times. So has Matt, his best man and brother, as well as both of his parents Sue and Steve.  Before you worry about my safety, we all were / are in the same karate class.  Sam and Matt left karate to go to university a few years ago but I still do karate with Sue and Steve.

It was that connection that prompted Laura and Sam to book me to photograph their wedding and I'm so pleased they did.

The location of the wedding really was stunning. Swinfen Hall Hotel in Lichfield is probably the prettiest wedding venue I've photographed at and that's a grand claim as I've shot at some stunning locations in the past.  

Unfortunately the only thing that wasn't wonderful about this wedding was the weather. It was dull and grey when I arrived at 8:45AM and it started raining heavily during the ceremony and for about 2 hours afterwards.  It kyboshed our plans to take the group photos outside but we used a lovely room in the hotel instead.

During the wedding breakfast the weather improved.  So before the evening do Laura, Sam and I were able to take some nice photos in the grounds of the hotel which was great.

Below are my picks from the day but you can see all of the photos I took here: Laura and Sam's Wedding.  I also converted some of the 'you may kiss the bride" photos into an animated GIF and you can see that below too.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Laura and Sam Lichfield Staffordshire Swinfen Hall Hotel Wedding bride event groom photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/8/laura-sams-wonderful-wedding---swinfen-hall-hotel-lichfield Mon, 01 Aug 2016 09:30:00 GMT
Sunday at Tramlines 2016 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/sunday-at-tramlines-2016

Sunday at Tramlines 2016 carried on the awesomeness from both Friday and Saturday.  It was a day filled with street entertainers, checking out energetic men of a certain age at The Crystal Bar, the amazing Thomas Truax at Folk Forest, Gaz Coombes and Fleetmac Wood at Fusion amongst the highlights.

I started off the day in town at midday. I walked past the Crystal Bar and heard live music being played so I headed in. I'd seen and admired lots of photos by my friend, and amazing photographer, Kevin Wells of bands in this bar in past years.  But I'd never had the time to pop in before.  So I decided to head in for a few minutes. And I was pleased I did because not only did the venue have amazing light, the band who were on, Rinse, were really great.

Next I headed over to Barkers Pool to see if there was any street entertainment happening but was disappointed to see that nothing was on.  However, I soon spotted the mobile entertainment, the Granny Tourismos.  Like Crystal I'd seen photos of them before but had never seen them myself.  They were great fun, full of banging tunes, klaxons and dance moves!  In the photo below you can see the Grannies dancing with a shopper.

I then ran into the Cafe de L'Amour, two guys pretending to be French waiters looking for love.  They were hilarious, serenading any women that came across.

I now needed to head back to my car so I could go over to Folk Forest to cover the afternoon there. My car was parked near the Crystal Bar so I popped in on my way to the car park.  I was pleased I did because Repoman, the band playing the stage were fantastic.  They were a band of men of a certain age, having been together for 25 years.  But they played with the energy and enthusiasm of teenagers, especially the lead singer.  He bounced and pogoed around brilliantly.

Below are two photos of the band: the first of the singer pogoing and the second during a song about selfies where he took out his phone and took photos of me and Kev (he's the fella taking photos stage right).

I was heading to Folk Forest mainly to cover Jane Weaver and Marika Hackman, but I decided to make an afternoon of it and stay there to cover all of the other artists too even though I didn't know much about them. Because, why not? In past Tramlines I've made some great discoveries this way.  And this year was no exception because I absolutely loved the first artist, Thomas Truax.  He was simply superb playing songs on his Heath Robinson-style homemade instruments.  He even took two excursions out into the crowd to play acoustically.  He was also really funny too.  Wonderful!

Next up was Jane Weaver.  I had heard quite a few of her songs on 6 Music so I was really looking forward to seeing her live.  And she and her band didn't disappoint, they were great.

My 3rd artist to cover at Folk Forest was C Duncan. This was another band I didn't really know much about.  But as luck would have it I was listening to Guy Garvey on 6 Music on the way to Folk Forest and he mentioned how C Duncan had supported him on his recent solo recent tour.  Guy said they were a lovely bunch of lads and then played one of their songs.  I recognised it - I must have heard it on 6 Music in the past - so I was then excited to see the band.  And they were great.  Lots of close harmonies and chilled out songs.

The headline act for Folk Forest was Marika Hackman.  I photographed her last year in the Cathedral and got annoyed that she insisted that virtually all of the lights in the Cathedral should be turned off.  Which then made it almost impossible to photograph her.  Thankfully this year, there wasn't this problem as the gig was outdoors. She was fantastic and she suited Folk Forest down to the ground.

I could only stay for 3 songs of Marika's set unfortunately as I wanted to head to the Main Stage to make some panoramas of the crowd watching Catfish and the Bottlemen (I also wanted to make use of one of my meal vouchers for Smoke too!).

I managed to take some decent shots before the rain came and this one was my fave.

I decided not to stay out in the rain but instead headed over to The Leadmill to catch Gaz Coombes.  He was good but it was a shame it was just him on stage, I think having a band might have been better. I only stayed for his first 3 songs so I don't know if the crowd got the Supergrass songs they were shouting out requests for.

The reason why I only stayed for 3 songs was because I had to head to the Harley to catch Bernard + Edith.  They were a duo who were heavily influenced by Kate Bush, which is no bad thing, and I enjoyed shooting them (although I had to use my flash thanks to the poor lighting).

Tramlines was almost drawing to a close for me, all I had left was two club nights at the University of Sheffield: Fleetmac Wood in Fusion at the Students' Union and Norman Jay OBE in the Octagon

Fleetmac Wood were a pair of DJs who had remixed Fleetwood Mac songs into dance classics.  I really enjoyed the new way to listen to FM classics.

Norman Jay OBE was playing a mixture of Northern Soul. He was positioned high up surrounded by lots of smoke so was difficult to photograph but I get one decent shot.  And the crowd were having a great time,

So that's Tramlines over for another year.  I already can't wait until Tramlines 2017!

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(Simon Butler Photography) C Duncan Catfish & the Bottlemen Fleetmac Wood Folk Forest Fusion Gaz Coombes Jane Weaver Main Stage Marika Hackman Norman Jay OBE Octagon Photos Sheffield Sunday The Leadmill Thomas Truax Tramlines 2016 University of Sheffield event gig music panorama photography street entertainers https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/sunday-at-tramlines-2016 Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:14:38 GMT
Saturday at Tramlines 2016 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/saturday-at-tramlines

Wow. If Friday was amazing, Saturday was even amazinger! It was all about Super Mario Bros, Teleman, street entertainers, the Snookerstar DJ Steve Davis, sunshine and so much more...

As with my Friday post, you can see my best photos from Saturday below and all of them here: Tramlines Photos.

First up was Napoleon IIIrd at Folk Forest. They played mainly very chilled out music with occasional loud bits and were the perfect start to the day.

Next, in a very typical move for me, I left Folk Forest to head into town despite volunteering to cover most of the rest of the day at Folk Forest. It would have made more sense to stay put as I was covering some more of Folk Forest later but that would be too easy!  I headed into the city centre to cover the street entertainment and Emma Crowder at the Cathedral.  Emma and her band were great and perfect for the chilled out atmosphere in the Cathedral.

After that, I headed back to Folk Forest and covered Laura J Martin, Gwenno, and the band I was most looking forward to the whole festival, Teleman.

I loved Gwenno, her songs sounds beautiful but were about very serious subjects like how appalling patriarchy is, revolution and media intrusion.

Teleman were simply fantastic - one of the best bands I've seen in my 6 years of Tramlines.  Folk Forest is usually chilled out with people sitting on picnic blankets. But not for Teleman - the forest was packed with everyone standing like a proper gig. There was a great atmosphere, the sun was shining and the band were very engaging - perfect.

After Teleman I headed back into town to cover Black Peaks at the City Hall.  I had no idea what to expect from them and they blew me away.  They were very loud, very heavy and did I mention loud...

Next were Mystery Jets at the O2 Academy.  Unfortunately the lead singer of the band had hurt his leg and was on crutches. So he sat down with his face to the side of the stage. Combined with terrible lighting, it made for challenging conditions.  It was also a real shame that they were supposed to be playing on Devonshire Green but Tramlines switched the Dev Green programme to the Academy.  But Mystery Jets were fantastic none-the-less.

I then had a little break to upload my photos to Tramlines Times and the Tramlines Flickr before the real highlight of a day of highlights - the Snookerstar DJ himself, Steve Davis.  He was DJing at the Millennium Gallery and he was actually fantastic DJ as well as being a comedy act.  He drew a big crowd but once people had got over the comedy of a snooker player DJing, they all got into the excellent, obscure music he played.

I then photographed the DJ who had to follow Steve, Mica Levi. Steve was a hard act to follow but she dropped some good tunes

Then to finish off the night, I headed over to Plug to cover legendary DJ Goldie.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Black Peaks City Hall Emma Crowder Festival Folk Forest Goldie Gwenno Laura J Martin Mica Levi Millennium Gallery Mystery Jets Napoleon IIIrd O2 Academy Plug Saturday Sheffield Snookerstar DJ Steve Davis Super Mario Bros Teleman Tramlines Tramlines 2016 event gig music photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/saturday-at-tramlines Tue, 26 Jul 2016 10:15:18 GMT
Friday at Tramlines 2016 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/friday-at-tramlines Jump with Dizzee Rascal!Jump with Dizzee Rascal!Jump with Dizzee Rascal!

Am really proud to be one of the official Tramlines photographers for the 6th year running. And this year has got off to a great - and some would say bonkers - start!

Friday evening and night at Tramlines was amazing. I zoomed around 3 different venues - The Main Stage, The Harley and The City Hall - to cover 4 very different, but very entertaining acts.

First up was the Afrobeatfunk of K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade on The Main Stage. They were great fun and really got the small, but very passionate, crowd going to open up Tramlines. You can see a couple of photos from their set below, or all my photos of the band herePhotos of ZOG

Second was Pixx at The Harley.  I chose to shoot them because they sounded interesting but mainly it was because I knew I could have a cheeky Twisted Burger Company burger and fries beforehand!  I still had a voucher for a free burger and chips left over from Outlines and it was accepted - result! 

Pixx were great but I just wish The Harley would light their acts properly - no spot lights on the band makes my job really difficult.  I really love the Harley - the food, that atmosphere, the beer, the people, the location, the bands - but the lighting sucks.

Anyway, moan over, you can see one photo of Pixx below and the rest here: photos of Pix

Third was back on the Main Stage to cover Dizzee Rascal.  I am shooting bands for Tramlines Times and there were two of us shooting Dizzee - me and my friend, and very talented photographer, Gary.  As we had a tight deadline to get the photos sent over to the Tramlines Times, Gary just stayed for the first 3 songs so he could upload a photo of Dizzee for them to use while I stayed to capture the planned confetti cannon that Dizzee was going to shoot over the crowd.  This meant that Gary will probably get the front cover, but I am glad I stayed because I managed to get a brilliant spot to take a photo of the confetti moment.  And I also - whisper it quietly - really enjoyed Dizzee's set.  He's never been my cup of tea but he put on an excellent show. Bonkers!

The perfect spot I found to take photos of the crowd during Dizzee's set was behind the crash barrier on the mixing desk. The reason why I got into trouble is that although I asked permission to stand there - and I knew it was a bit cheeky and thought they'd say no - one of the junior guys eventually said yes (he wanted to check with his boss, the Production Manager, but he was up in the cherry picker with another photographer).  Once his boss came back half-way through Dizzee's set he wasn't best pleased to find me in the mixing desk area but luckily I knew him, he's a photographer too, so he let me off this once.  Won't be able to stand here again unfortunately but as you can see from the first photo of Dizzee jumping on stage at the top of this post, and the confetti shot below, it was a great vantage point to capture the hands in the air crowd moments.

My final act was Greg Wilson, an old skool Madchester DJ, in the City Hall. This was a great way to round off the night.

Below are my highlights from the night but you can see more in my Tramlines 2016 gallery here: Tramlines 2016 photos.

Thank you Friday, roll on Saturday!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Dizzee Rascal Greg Wilson DJ Photos Pixx Sheffield Tramlines ZOG event gig music photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/friday-at-tramlines Sat, 23 Jul 2016 09:06:21 GMT
Ganglions - live gig at Picture House Social https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/ganglions---band-promo-and-gig

On Saturday evening I headed over to the Picture House Social to shoot a band promo followed by a gig of amazing up-and-coming new band, Ganglions.  

They booked me to take a promo shot and then photograph them as they took to their biggest stage yet, at one of newest, cool and hip Sheffield craft beer and cocktails bar / ballroom / art space.  It was an invitation I found very hard to resist and I had a blast.

I took a selection of promo shots followed by some shots from their live set.  The promo shots are for the band's EP so I can't share those yet. Unfortunately the lighting was very challenging in the ballroom where the gig was being held (very dark apart from one very bright spot light that blew out Eimear's face). But I managed to get some decent shots none-the-less.

I really loved their music and you can listen to their first single on Soundcloud below.

Below is a selection of the gig photos and you can see more here.

 

 
 
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(Simon Butler Photography) Ganglions Picture House Social Sheffield band gig https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/ganglions---band-promo-and-gig Mon, 04 Jul 2016 20:59:48 GMT
KSK Karate Kata Competition https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/ksk-karate-kata-competition


On Saturday I had the immense pleasure of photographing the Koshinkan Karate Association (KSK) karate kata competition.  It was an amazing event that attracted competitors both young - from aged 7 year and above - and slightly less young - 4 very brave adults.  

All of the competitors performed brilliantly and I was able to get lots of photos of them showing immense concentration, skill and power as they showed of their karate moves!

Below is a selection of my own personal highlights. But you can see more in the competition here: KSK kata competition

 
 
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(Simon Butler Photography) Koshinkan Karate Association (KSK) Photos Sheffield competition event karate kata https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/7/ksk-karate-kata-competition Mon, 04 Jul 2016 11:55:52 GMT
The Diamond, University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-diamond-university-of-sheffield The Diamond Building, University of Sheffield, SheffieldThe Diamond Building, University of Sheffield, Sheffield

In my day job I have worked opposite The Diamond since it opened in September 2015 but until yesterday I was embarrassed to say that I hadn't photographed it yet.  So I rectified that by taking some snaps yesterday during the morning and then another this evening of the building at dusk.

While taking the dusk shot this evening I tried out the DSLR Controller Android app to fully remotely control my camera using a Samsung tablet - it was a revelation and made taking the photo a doddle.  I really highly recommend the app.

I was able to have a live view from the camera on the tablet that gave a preview of what the photo would look like using the settings that I could also change using the app.  One click on the app took the photo and a preview of the image on the camera was then loaded on the screen so I could see it straightaway. The only negative was that the exposure meter on the app doesn't work for my camera but the live view preview and the histogram from a test shot was a sufficient enough substitute that I didn't miss the meter.  I've given the app a 5 star rating. 

Me using the DSLR Controller Android AppMe using the DSLR Controller Android App

 First up are some photos of the Diamond from yesterday at 8AM and then the photo this evening at dusk.

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(Simon Butler Photography) DSLR Controller Android App The Diamond University of Sheffield https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/3/the-diamond-university-of-sheffield Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:41:41 GMT
Outlines 2016 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/3/outlines-2016

A quick catch-up post. Back in February I was fortunate to be asked to be one of the official photographers for the new Outlines Festival.

Outlines is the smaller, winter version of Tramlines and for a first festival it was a great success.  Lots of bands playing on a cold, dark winter's night across 6 different (thankfully!) indoor venues in Sheffield.

Highlights for me were the amazing Roots Manuva in Plug and the captivating and very stylishly dressed NZCA Lines.

First up at 4PM were Joy Atlas at Academy 2. They were great and the lead singer was very photogenic.

I decided I wanted to photograph at as many of the venues as possible so next up I headed over to Plug to shoot Nimmo.

Next was Babeheaven at Queens Social Club.

I then popped over the road to Skate Central.  This was completely new venue for me to shoot at and I have to say I loved it. It is a roller skating rink inside a large casino (!) where the first third of the rink was roped off and converted into a music stage. The other 2/3 of the rink was available for punters to skate around and lots of people did that while Gang of Four played on the stage.  It was just a shame that the lighting on the stage was so red.

After Gang of Four finished I headed over to the highlight of the night for me - the fabulous Roots Manuva at Plug.  He was a real showman and had the audience in the palm of his hand.  It helped that his wife is from Sheffield so he treats Sheffield as his second home and so could relate really well to the crowd.

He also endeared himself to the crowd by mistakenly calling the festival Tramlines on numerous occasions in the first 15 minutes before finally understanding what the crowd had been repeatedly trying to tell him that this was Outlines and not Tramlines!  

At one stage he was given a flat cap and proudly pretended to be a Yorkshire man (and also, bizarrely pretending to shoot himself with two bananas).

It was a barnstorming set full of classics and his fantastic newer stiff and I enjoyed it immensely.  

The only negative was that during the allotted first 3 songs I and my photographic colleagues had to photograph him from the pit at the front of stage he spent most of the time leaning over the front of the stage. Although this was great for him to get closer to the crowd, this put him into almost complete darkness making it a real challenge to photograph him. But I managed to get some decent shots.  Once the 3 songs  were over I managed to sneak into the crowd with my camera and got some much better photos - including capturing the moment he threw his flat cap into the crowd!

Finally, I headed over to The Harley for the last band of the night, the wonderful electro-art-pop of NZCA Lines.  I got there in time to see them sound-check and they were dressed very smartly in modern, London hipster clothes.  They then went off stage and took some time to come back - the Harley is pretty small so shouldn't take them long to get back on stage.  I was confused why they were so long coming back, especially as they were late finishing their sound check and it was at least 15 minutes past their advertised start time. Finally they reappeared resplendent in futuristic white one-pieces that matched their magnificent 70s and 80s inspired electro.

So an excellent first Outlines Festival was over for me.  I really enjoyed it and look forward to the already planned 2017 festival.

 

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Babeheaven Gang of Four Joy Atlas NZCA Lines Nimmo O2 Academy 2 Outlines Plug Queens Social Club Roots Manuva Sheffield Skate Central The Harley festival music https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/3/outlines-2016 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 23:18:45 GMT
KESJAM https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/2/kesjam

On Thursday I had the immense honour to be the official photographer for KESJam at King Edward VII Upper School.  It was an amazing event with just so many talented performers!


KESJam is a talent contest showcasing the best in singers, performers and bands in Years 10-13 at the school.  My son's band Before it Breathes were one of the bands who performed and as you'd expect I thought they were amazing.  But the other performers and bands were just as impressive. I am not allowed to share photos of the other performers and bands which is a shame but I can share with you my photos of Before it Breathes.

The teachers and other staff who worked tirelessly to put on this event deserve a lot of praise as it was an amazing opportunity for the kids. The teachers lined up an impressive list of judges from the Sheffield music scene including record company bosses and a BAFTA award winning musician.

Hopefully this will be the start of something big for all of the performers.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) KESJam King Edward VII School Sheffield gig music photographt school music talent show https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/2/kesjam Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT
Clinical Academic Society Gala Dinner 2015 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/10/clinical-academic-society-gala-dinner-2015

 

 

Last night I had the extreme pleasure to attend and photograph the University of Sheffield Clinical Academic Gala Dinner at the wonderful Kenwood Hall. The night was a lovely do with great food and drink, inspiring talks and some really lovely people attending. I thoroughly enjoyed taking snaps of everyone who was there.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Clinical Academic Society Gala Dinner' University of Sheffield event https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/10/clinical-academic-society-gala-dinner-2015 Sat, 10 Oct 2015 16:20:35 GMT
I see a red moon rising https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/i-see-a-red-moon-rising

Set my alarm for an extremely early 2:30AM this morning. Why? So that I could catch the Supermoon eclipse.


From the BBC:

A supermoon occurs when the Moon is in the closest part of its orbit to Earth, meaning it appears larger in the sky.  The eclipse - which made the Moon appear red - has been visible in North America, South America, West Africa and Western Europe. This phenomenon was last observed in 1982 and will not be back before 2033.

Wandered around an eerily quiet Grenoside and headed into the woods to try to find a suitable backdrop. A tree gave a nice contrast to the moon so I took some photos of the peak eclipse at 3:47AM.

 

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Grenoside Sheffield Supermoon lunar eclipse moon night red https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/i-see-a-red-moon-rising Mon, 28 Sep 2015 11:35:19 GMT
Dee and Warren's Sheffield Town Hall and Hillsborough Golf Club wedding animated GIFs https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/dee-and-warrens-sheffield-town-hall-and-hillsborough-golf-club-wedding-animated-gifs I have converted a number of the key moments from Dee and Warren's fantastic wedding into a series of animated GIFs (animations) and here they are.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Dee and Warren Hillsborough Golf Club Sheffield Town Hall animated GIFs wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/dee-and-warrens-sheffield-town-hall-and-hillsborough-golf-club-wedding-animated-gifs Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:52:07 GMT
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(Simon Butler Photography) Dee and Warren Hillsborough Golf Club Sheffield Town Hall wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/dee-and-warrens-sheffield-town-hall-and-hillsborough-golf-club-wedding Mon, 07 Sep 2015 11:51:02 GMT
Animated GIFs and App now available for all wedding packages https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/animated-gifs-now-available-for-all-wedding-packages

I am thrilled to announce that I can now offer animated GIFs and an Android / iOS app for all of my wedding packages at no extra cost.

At key moments of weddings - for instance the bride walking down the aisle, the 'you may kiss the bride" moment and the confetti - I always take lots of consecutive photos. I can now turn those into animated GIFs which show these moments as cute, short animations. These are popular on websites such as Tumblr and Buzzfeed.  And now you can have some for your wedding too.  You can see some examples in this post of the recent wedding of Georgina and Tobias in this post.

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The app is a free app called Photo Moments that you can install to your iOS or Android smart device.  This will allow you to view, share and order prints from all of the photos from your wedding using your phone or tablet.

Contact me today to book your wedding photography with added animated GIFs and an app to show off your fabulous photographs.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Animated GIFs Photo Moments Photos Sheffield animations app free packages photography wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/animated-gifs-now-available-for-all-wedding-packages Thu, 03 Sep 2015 20:26:17 GMT
Gina & Tobi's wonderful Royal Victoria Sheffield wedding https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/gina-tobis-wonderful-royal-victoria-sheffield-wedding Georgina and Tobias Royal Victoria Holiday Inn and Victoria Quays Sheffield WeddingGeorgina and Tobias Royal Victoria Holiday Inn and Victoria Quays Sheffield WeddingThe wonderful wedding of Georgina and Tobias at the equally lovely Royal Victoria Holiday Inn and Victoria Quays area in Sheffield.

I had the immense pleasure to photograph the wonderful wedding of Georgina and Tobias recently.  The whole day was at the lovely Royal Victoria Holiday Inn in Sheffield and they did a great job of making the day run extremely smoothly.

Gina and Tobi were such a lovely couple and their friends and family were certainly up for a major party!  Jake's bestman speech was fantastic and really emotional as he was certainly talking from the heart when he was describing the positive effect Gina has had on his twin brother Tobi.  Think I may have got some dust in my eye at that point...

The hotel was perfectly placed for a quick trip down to Victoria Quays.  It was just a shame that this coincided with some heavy rain.  But we made the best of it and got some great shots I think.

Below is a selection of the highlights from the day. You can see all of the photos here: Gina and Tobi's wedding photos

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(Simon Butler Photography) Royal Victoria Holiday Inn Sheffield Victoria Quays wedding wonderful https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/9/gina-tobis-wonderful-royal-victoria-sheffield-wedding Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:59:22 GMT
New logo and website design https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/new-logo-and-website-design I have had a refresh of my branding and website with a funky new logo and slight changes to the website to match.  I like it, hope you do too!

Here is my new logo in both landscape and square formats.

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(Simon Butler Photography) new logo new website https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/new-logo-and-website-design Sat, 01 Aug 2015 20:53:50 GMT
Tramlines 2015 - Sunday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---sunday

Even the torrential rain could dampen a fantastic last day at Tramlines. It did rain a lot - and I got very wet - but the artists and bands I photographed (and watched) more than made up for it!

First up I headed to the Folk Forest. My girlfriend and 7 year old step-daughter joined me for the day so the plan was to have a nice picnic in the Folk Forest.  But the heavy rain soon put pay to that plan and we decided to head over to the Main Stage as there was a child-friendly area. But I did manage to photograph one band at Folk Forest, Furs.

As we were leaving Folk Forest I picked up a copy of Tramlines Times and was thrilled to see that one of my photos from Basement Jaxx had made it to front cover.  Not only that but two of my other photos from Saturday were featured inside too.

We got to the Main Stage in time to catch the end of the Buzzcocks set.  They were great but the rain contributed to a relatively small crowd.  As you can see from the second and third photo below some people arrived ready for the weather.

Next up on the Main Stage was Neneh Cherry.  I quite liked her back in the '80s but hadn't heard much of her since.  She really blew me away with her performance and I really enjoyed her newer songs (before she then played her two hits).

Next up was one of the acts I was most looking forward to both photographing and enjoying their set - Kate Tempest.  And she didn't disappoint; she was fantastic, full of passion and energy.

Captured this very colourful Mum and her daughter enjoying Kate inspite of the rain.

The headliners on Sunday were supposed to be Wu-Tang Clan but they pulled out at almost the last minute.  Amazingly the Tramlines team were able to line up an even better replacement in De La Soul.  And they were thoroughly entertaining and got the crowd moving to their hip hop style.  It was just a shame they didn't play many from their first two albums and they didn't play The Magic Number, my particular fave.  But they determined that the whole crowd were indeed 'Hip Hop' though so all was good.

While waiting for them to start I spotted this guy in a great skeleton costume - I hope he could see out of the eyes! 

It was a real shame that the rain - and late change of headliner - resulted in a much smaller crowd than the night before for Basement Jaxx, so my back of the park panorama wasn't quite as impressive. But I did spot a lady and her daughter grooving away in a hip hop stylee so I focused on them afterwards.

I was enjoying De La Soul so much that I decided ti stay til the end of their set rather than getting to the Leadmill for Billy Bragg which was my next shoot.  Unfortunately this turned out to be a poor decision as I discovered much to my annoyance that the Leadmill only let in 5 photographers into the pit and was the 6th to arrive.  So I had to settle for being a punter instead and thoroughly enjoyed his set.

It was at this stage, having spent the whole weekend running around as if I was still 23, that my body screamed out that it wanted me to stop as I'm actually 43.  My whole body ached and I was tempted to go home.  But I still had Craig Charles to cover at DQ.  And i didn't want to miss him unleashing his trunk of funk.  So off I went and squeezed my way to the front of a tiny club room with too many people crammed into it to capture some shots of him spinning his wheels of steel.  Unfortunately the room was so hot and sweaty that my camera and lenses all fogged up so I struggled to get any good shots.  But I got a couple that would do.

So at just before midnight I headed off home happy, but very tired, after the best ever Tramlines.  I already can't wait until next year!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Furs Kate Tempest". "De La Soul", "Craig Charles" Music Festival Neneh Cherry Photos Sheffield Tramlines 2015 event gig music photography https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---sunday Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:52:54 GMT
Tramlines 2015 - Saturday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---saturday Friday night at Tramlines was amazing but Saturday was even more amazinger!  I didn't feel like I covered enough bands on Friday but I more than made up for it on Saturday.

First up I headed into town to cover the street entertainers and general atmosphere.  The best street entertainers by far were the fantastic BGees - a Bee Gees tribute act that turned the cheesiness up to 11.  They pranced around town miming to the best of the Bee Gees and they were hilarious.

Next I headed over to the station to cover the Busker Tram.  As I was early I popped in to the Sheffield Tap as I'd heard they had bands on.  And I caught some of Davey Wilson's set.  He was great, playing popular covers (Artics, Beatles etc).

The Buskers Tram was a real highlight.  Chayser were the band and they played a crowd pleasing set of TV programme themes tunes which included Friends, Happy Days and The Fresh Prince.  It was surreal to see a band playing on the tram as we headed from the Station to Shalesmoor, the closest stop to the Main Stage.

Once I got off the tram at Shalesmoor I headed over to the Main Stage to cover Renegade Brass Band.  I'd missed them when they played Tramlines in previous years so I was keen to catch them this year. And I was so pleased I did because they were superb.

Next up were the legendary Sugarhill Gang!

I then headed over to the City Hall to see Cleft.  There was a little bit of confusion here because they weren't actually playing inside the City Hall but on a small stage outside.  I almost missed them because of this but I'm glad I didn't because the guitarist gave the best "guitar face" I've seen in a long time!

Next up were the always photogenic Rolo Tomassi.

I then caught the headliners on the Main Stage, the amazing Basement Jaxx.

My final port of call was to see the wonderful Marika Hackman at the Cathedral.  She was great but her choice of pretty much zero lighting on the stage meant it was very difficult to take any photos of her.  But being the pro that I am, I did manage to get this decent one. 

So that was an amazing day, can't wait for what Sunday will bring me!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Sheffield Tramlines event gig https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---saturday Sun, 26 Jul 2015 08:34:46 GMT
Tramlines 2015 - Friday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---friday Just when I thought that the amazing 2014 Tramlines couldn't be beaten, along comes the 2015 edition and knocks it out of the park!  The first night was AMAZING and I only got to shoot 3 bands.

First up was the fantastic and very chilled-out Ghostpoet on the new Main Stage at the Ponderosa Park.  He was brilliant and deserved a larger crowd than his 18:15 performance time allowed. And the new main stage venue is really excellent, loads more space than Dev Green and room for chill-out areas and a fun fair so it now feels much more like the grown up festival it has become.

Next up were the extremely charismatic, frenetic and wonderful Slaves. They were simply one of the best bands I have ever seen at Tramlines and they had the crowd moshing at the front like I've never seen before at a main stage gig.  Fantastic.

Next I headed over to The Leadmill to shoot Zoax, a hardcore metal band, which usually isn't my cup of tea. However I was blown away by the performance of the lead singer Adam Carroll.  He looked like a hardcore metaller - beard, tattoos and attitude - but all with huge charisma and an accent that was straight out of Father Ted, especially as he had a great sense of humour.  He also spent a lot of the gig in the crowd, including at one point playing an impromptu un-amplified acoustic number with the crowd packed around him.

So, a great start. Can't wait to see what the next two days have in store!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Friday Music Festival Photos Sheffield Tramlines 2015 gig music https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/tramlines-2015---friday Sat, 25 Jul 2015 09:21:51 GMT
University of Sheffield events https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/11/university-of-sheffield-events

I covered a couple of events at the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare at the University of Sheffield in the last couple of weeks.

The first was the launch of a new £1.5M research project called Big CACTUS a large randomised clinical trial of a computer programme that helps stroke survivors with speech and language.  It was wonderful to be able to photograph some of the stroke survivors who took part in the pilot study using the software.

The second was called ‘What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and what can we do about it?’. MCI is a condition where older people have problems with mental abilities such as thinking, knowing and remembering.

Here are the photos from the Big CACTUS event:

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(Simon Butler Photography) Big CACTUS CATCH Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare MCI Sheffield University of Sheffield event https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/11/university-of-sheffield-events Sun, 02 Nov 2014 21:59:00 GMT
Edwyn Collins: The Possibilities are Endless, Q&A and live at Sheffield Students' Union https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/edwyn-collins-the-possibilities-are-endless-q-a-and-live-at-sheffield-students-union

Last night I had the immense pleasure to attend an evening with Edwyn Collins, he of "I've never met a girl like you before" fame.  It was part of the Off the Shelf festival in Sheffield. 

Edwyn had a stroke 9 years ago and a film about his experiences since, called The Possibilities are Endless, was shown first.  I was expecting a documentary about his recovery and learning to sing again but instead this existential arthouse film blasted out of the speakers.  It was based around audio interviews with Edwyn and his wife Grace placed over very striking visuals about his life - both pre- and post- stroke.  The first ten minutes was especially raw as the filmmakers tried to simulate Edwyn having a stroke via loud noises and images.  

I have to say I enjoyed the film immensely.  Below are a couple of stills from the film.

 

Once the film had ended there was a Q&A session with Edwyn and Grace hosted by Simon Goddard, who 20 years ago directed the video for the single that preceded A Girl Like You being released.  As Simon amusingly recounted, the single of the video he directed bombed, and the follow up single didn't.

Both Edwyn and Grace were extremely entertaining, very funny and I loved how they bickered just like the old married couple they have become.  But at the same time you could see the love and close bond they still had for each other. 

After the Q&A session ended came the highlight of the evening - Edwyn playing some songs from the soundtrack to the film.  He can't play the guitar any more due to his stroke, hence he had a talented guitarist to accompany him, but as a vocalist was still amazing and he even managed to play the harmonica one handed!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Edwyn Collins Off the Shelf Q&A Sheffield Sheffield Students' Union acoustic live https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/edwyn-collins-the-possibilities-are-endless-q-a-and-live-at-sheffield-students-union Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:15:12 GMT
Jasmine's 7th birthday party https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/jasmines-7th-birthday-party

Today was Jasmine's 7th birthday and she had a lovely party at Heavenly Body, where she was pampered along with nine of her friends. The lighting was wonderful and it allowed me the opportunity to take some lovely photos of the girls.  Thanks very much to the lovely ladies at Heavenly Body who were excellent with the girls and gave them a party to remember!

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(Simon Butler Photography) Heavenly Body Jasmine Sheffield birthday party https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/jasmines-7th-birthday-party Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:14:01 GMT
Clinical Academic Society Annual Gala Dinner 2014 https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/clinical-academic-society-annual-gala-dinner-2014

Last night I had the pleasure of photographing the University of Sheffield Clinical Academic Society Annual Gala Dinner at the luxury conference venue and hotel Kenwood Hall. It was a very grand black tie affair and every member of the society looked fantastic dressed up to the nines.

As well as lovely dinner there were two very inspiring talks from two leading clinical academics: Professor Parveen Kumar CBE and Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, DBE, who both spoke about their distinguished careers and passed on tips to the society members.

A great time was had by all and it was a privilege to be their to capture the evening.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Clinical Academic Society Gala Dinner Kenwood Hall University of Sheffield event https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/clinical-academic-society-annual-gala-dinner-2014 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 21:37:33 GMT
University Clinical Academic Training Team Photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/university-clinical-academic-training-team-photos

Last month I was asked to take some photos of the University of Sheffield's Clinical Academic Training team.  They wanted a group photo and then some individual portraits.

They wanted the photos taken outside the Medical School so I did a "corporate" team photo around a flower tub with the university logo. I then spotted some green garages across the road and took the individual photos there which I think worked really well.

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(Simon Butler Photography) University of Sheffield University of Sheffield Clinical Academic Training green team photos https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/10/university-clinical-academic-training-team-photos Sun, 05 Oct 2014 11:35:02 GMT
University staff portraits https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/9/university-staff-portraits

I am usually an ace photographer by night and weekend but in my day job at the University of Sheffield we needed some team portraits taking. So I got my camera and lighting out to shoot the portraits against a lovely red wall in the corridor in our office block.  

Usually I use a white background in my studio at home so this was the first time I'd shot against a coloured background.  I was a little worried about shadows but by placing a back light I managed to eliminate the shadows and add a nice light to dark background effect too.

I am very pleased with how they have turned out and the team loved them too.

 

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(Simon Butler Photography) Portraits University of Sheffield red staff strobist https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/9/university-staff-portraits Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:52:17 GMT
Fire and Astrophotography at Camp Katur https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/8/fire-and-astrophotography-at-camp-katur I have just got back from a fabulous mini-break glamping at the wonderful Camp Katur. It was fantastic to get at one with nature but in some real comfort at the same time.  As the camp was in the middle of nowhere, the night sky was amazing and it was great to unleash the inner caveman in me by lighting a fire each night!

Jasmine, my step-daughter, really loved stoking the fire.  I loved how the sparks flew up in the sky!

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The glorious night sky at the camp gave me an opportunity to try my hand at some astrophotography to try to capture the glory of the universe.  Below you can see our teepee set against the wonderful night sky.

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(Simon Butler Photography) Camp Katur North Yorkshire astrophototgraphy fire glamping sparks https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/8/fire-and-astrophotography-at-camp-katur Thu, 07 Aug 2014 20:10:13 GMT
Tramlines 2014 - Sunday https://www.simonbutlerphotography.com/blog/2014/7/tramlines-2014---sunday

After all of the excitement of Saturday at Tramlines - YEAH BOI! - the big question was could Sunday match it.  And, boy, did it ever! 

Even though this was my fourth Tramlines I had never ridden the Buskers Bus so we decided to rectify that by catching the bus from outside the University Arms and getting off at Endcliffe Park to go to Folk Forest.  On board the Buskers Bus is a band or artist doing essentially an acoustic set.  There was one bus an hour and a different artist on each one. The best thing about the bus is that it's completely free! And it does a big loop and drops you off at the various out of town Tramlines venues.

On our first bus was The Monday Club who were excellent and very engaging.  Unfortunately they only had time to do one song before it was time to get off but the atmosphere on the bus was amazing!  Everyone on board were clapping and whooping along and the cheers and applause from the "crowd" at the end of the song visibly blew away and moved the band.  It was a real shame to get off but we wanted to catch a couple of bands at Folk Forest.

It was a really lovely sunny day so when we got to Folk Forest just after 1PM it was already really busy.  There were some lovely food stalls and vans in the park and after I had bought some drinks at one the owner asked me if I would mind taking a shot of their van which I was happy to oblige.

The first band we saw were Laura James and the Lyres.  Not that I knew this at the time but this wasn't the first time I would see the cello player!

While the band played I enjoyed a bit of people watching...

Next up were Nat Johnson and her band.  

By now Folk Forest was officially rammed!

All folked out we headed back on the bus, this time we were royally entertained by the Natterjacks. Amazingly they had a small fanclub in attendance all wearing white Natterjacks t-shirts and they certainly made themselves heard!

Our next destination was the Peace Gardens to check out some student bands.  The first one was called Somewhat Unprepared and they were excellent - a mix of Green Day crossed with the Pogues and Thin Lizzy.

They asked for a member of the crowd to come up and stage and sing with them and this very excited young lady got picked!

 
The next band were something really special.  Called The Stars Band, they are made up of adults with various disabilities and they really rocked! They were rough around the edges, sure, but they had a real punk rock attitude which more than made up for their limited musical abilities and I enjoyed their set immensely.  After Public Enemy and Screaming Maldini (more of which later) they were my 3rd favourite band of the weekend.
 
 
Next up was Woman's Hour at the Cathedral. I had heard lots of buzz around this band on 6Music so I was looking forward to seeing them. Unfortunately a power problem delayed the start of the gig by over 30 minutes so I couldn't stay for the whole set but I enjoyed what little I did see though.  And the Cathedral was the perfect venue to see them in.
 
 
While we were watching Woman's Hour I noticed someone reading Tramlines Times and I saw that one of my photos of Chuck D made it onto the cover! There were also 5 of my other photos inside the paper as well, so I was very chuffed.
 
 
After I had calmed down from the front page news, I headed over to the Harley to catch two bands - Moko (very photogenic) and BADBADNOTGOOD (less so!):