As I said in the Shane Ritchie post a while back it is always nice to work with fellow professionals. Ms Patsy Kensit was photographed yesterday in West London, and it was a refreshing change from some of the tantrum throwing celebrity wannabes, to work with an actress that was professional, courteous and completely charming. Completely cheered me up 🙂
It’s not always nice to go to a celebrity wedding, however, when it is attended by professional old hands such as many of the cast of East-Enders it makes life a lot easier. Despite Shane Ritchie doing a buy up deal with a magazine, myself and two snappers from the News of the World, were surprised to find ourselves the only photographers present. I managed, just to get a smudge of him arriving at church, a big pull up, on a 70-200
Usually such events are widely known about in the media, especially since the date had been published in the Sun a short while ago. So we had the job to ourselves, except for the security staff, a couple of whom behaved like the sort of twats that get the industry a bad name.
Bloody good job too, we need to get these chavs out of the industry. As I posted a little while ago it is these sorts of arseholes that contribute to the very poor reputation that proper press photographers have, I for one will be pleased if the twat never works again. Now in the eyes of the public we will be tarred with the same brush, so all press togs will be the undeserving victims of even more abuse and spite.
So Jessops are to spend £3,000,000 squid to boost their standing by using an advertising agency to boost it’s brand. Seeing as the Olympic Committee spend £400,000 on their branding, I am wondering what Jessops expect to achieve. My personal thoughts would be use the £3 million in a more effective way. Recruit and train staff appropriately, Improve customer service, stop printing catalogs that are out of date before they reach the printers, aggressively price products in the shop and on-line.
Their logo could certainly do with refreshing, it seems very dated, but to be honest, most customers don’t really buy because of a logo, they buy because they get Good Advice, Good Choice, Good Pricing, Good After Sales support, and a warm comfortable feeling from doing business. Generally I haven’t heard a bad word about their after-sales support, but then that may not be a good thing, I have heard many stories of customers returning perfectly good equipment and getting refunds or replacements when a reasonably knowledgeable member of staff could have solved the problem without the expense. And in doing so would probably have gained a very loyal customer.
The jury was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two other defendants – Adel Yahya, 24, and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 34, who deny all charges. Both will be held in remand until a decision has been reached on whether they will face a retrial. Adel Yahya was originally out on bail until the court hearings, this has no been reversed. Asiedu was caught on CCTV footage with the other 21/7 bombers buying Hydrogen Peroxide and abandoned his bomb in a park, whilst he may have given evidence against the other members, he must face a prison sentence for his involvement.
I was glad to hear on the BBC News 24 that the Four failed Suicide Bombers; Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder at Woolwich Crown Court.
Having recently changed allegiances (at least in terms of the newspaper I work for) I had a pleasant experience on Friday, actually taking photographs, rather than sitting watching empty houses, or parked up for days outside the wrong address, the day started with a Tony and Cherie Blair, at their new house.
They left separately, but I got them both, but one of the things that staggered me was the amount of security they require and how many people it takes to provide it, I dread to think of the costs to the tax payer.