Category: Events

Pioneer – Annual Leaders Conference Photography


Capturing Christian large events is one of the things I do regularly. I have been to venues all over the country, with all different streams of Churches, but this was right at home in Manchester.

Who are Pioneer

We’re a relational network committed to connecting, inspiring and equipping churches in the UK and globally. We want to play our part in the re-evangelisation of the nations, planting churches, equipping existing churches, and training and releasing leaders

Their website

The conference was a few hundred church leaders from around the UK and world. They have an annual conference for leaders, and they host this in the North and South of the country on alternating years.

What did I do

Photograph the event. I had my GH5 with me, and I captured a range of key moments throughout the conference. You can see a quick selection below —

See the photos in the wild

Inspire Magazine

Pioneer’s Blog 

Tech Partnerships North Event

A large conference put on for students studying on one of Tech partnership’s Gold accredited degrees. I was asked to capture the event. I took a number of photos along with filmed the event with some interviews. I also filmed a couple of the sessions.

Client –
Venue –
Delivering – A set of event photos, an event highlights film and a number of the conference sessions in full.
Turn around – 2 Weeks

Watch the event film:

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Some of the conference photography:

Running an event like this and looking for Photography or film of the day, get in touch today!

Kingdom Encounter 18 – Conference Highlights Film

The event was in Ealing, London, with a few hundred people of 3 days. It was already being live streamed by Word Out Media, but I came in to photograph the event and capture it from another perspective away from the demands of streaming. Traveling with the GH5, a gimbal, and the Fuji Xpro2 for stills, I captured the event, editing the photos as I went so David + Kingdom Encounter could keep their social media updated after each meeting.

After the event, I put together a highlights film, alongside a 60-second version for Instagram. I used the Live Stream for the stage stuff hence the quality difference. [it took me about 4 hours to make both versions]


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And some Photos —

Find out more about Kingdom Encounter here.

His Presence 2017 Conference – London

This was one of the longest events I have been on in a while. It was loads of fun and loads of work. I was tasked with capturing all the sessions from the day. Along with this, I was also taking photos. I was filming from three angles by myself, which is harder than it sounds. With cameras needing to be checked every half hour, and speakers moving all over the place it’s not a perfect situation, but I can happily say that I pulled it off.

The filming of the conference

With the three angles, one was centre straight at the speaker, and one to the right. The third was set behind the speaking getting a nice wide shot of the room along with the side of the speaker – definitely one of my favourite shots. The full sessions are now on Youtube, I have attached one below, along with the highlights film from the day.

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And one of the session videos…

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Conference Photos

Some of the photographs from the event

Show Up North Conference – Christians in Politics

This was a great conference to be part of, a full day of Christians from all over the political spectrum meeting to discuss politics. My role was like any other conference, to capture the event and all that was happening. I was asked to create a highlights film along with a set of photos from the day, both turned out really well. Along with the highlights, I also produced full-length recordings of each seminar.

The video was shot on my G7 + BMPCC, and the sound recording came straight from the desk using my Tascam Dr-05. I used my Rode Video Mic to record a number of testimony clips at the end of the day.The photos were, as usual, taken on my Pentax K5. Capturing a conference of any type is always good fun, there could be any number of scenarios and situations throughout the day and it’s important to be prepared for them all.

Highlight video

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Conference Photos

If your looking for media coverage for your event, why not have a look at our options here, and get in touch today.

Awakening Europe – Scandinavia

The Brief

Where do I start with this, Awakening Europe was incredible and a real privilege to be part of it. The event saw thousands of Christians gather from all over Scandinavia and Europe. Ben Fitzgerald and GODFest Ministries hosted the event. The event had the heart to disturb the normal and see Stockholm and Europe saved. It also equipping people to share the gospel. God TV streamed the event live and the event will soon be on their website to rewatch.

The brief was to capture the testimonies from the event, along with creating Roundup videos of each day.We played videos on the main event screens to open each of the conference sessions. The roundup videos were also put up onto the event’s facebook page, gathering collectively over 180,ooo views over the weekend. I needed to create the videos in very short time frames. They played the first video at 2pm on Saturday, with only footage from the previous evening’s session.


Testimony Videos

Testimony videos are incredibly important for many events, especially for ones where capturing what God is doing at the conference. We captured lots of salvation stories, along with healings. There aren’t any of these videos online yet, but keep an eye on the Awakening Europe’s Facebook page for some to be released in the coming weeks.

The testimony videos were, as a majority, and filmed in a studio we set up for the weekend. It consisted of three Arri Event Lights and my BlackMagic Pocket Cinema Camera. We recorded the sound with my Rode VideoMicro, on a mic stand just out of shot and the mic was plugged straight into the Tascam DR-05. Matt Higham filmed these interview/testimony videos, see the team section of this post to find more about what he does.

Awakening Europe Studio

A frame grab from the studio recordings. Graded in Premiere CC

Roundup Videos

These were the bulk of the workload on the project. I was the editor for these videos. The heart behind these is to help engage people at the start of the meeting and build faith for the upcoming session. Building social buzz is a huge reason behind these videos – putting them online and helping people, not at the event see what is happening.

The editing process on these videos was a similar process to the way I edited at the JesusLoves conference, except on a larger scale. I picked up footage from God TV after each session, and along with this, I had the footage the media team filmed. Then, I combined all this footage to create the roundup videos throughout the videos and watching the footage was the most time-consuming part of the job.

I edited the footage in Premiere Pro CC, which is new for me on this kind of project. The closing graphic was made in After Effects and I am really enjoying premiere’s track based editing (vs FCX), and the Lumetri Colour panel. The colour correction on the videos was all the same, and the majority of the styling was done with curves.

TImeline for Awakening

Timeline from the Final Roundup video in Premiere CC

Watch the Roundup Videos.

You can see the final three roundup videos from Awakening Europe below.

The Team + Gear

Date: 28th – 31st of October 2016.
Gear: Canon 5DIII, 70D, 60D, BMPCC, Lumix G7. Rode Video Mirco. Adobe Creative Cloud. Tripod. Glidecam 2000. Macbook Pro 13″.
Team: Thanks to the amazing team, couldn’t have done this without you. Matt Higham – Video | Noah Benjamin – Video | Peter Murden – Producer
Music: All licences from
All produced with thanks to God.TV, Awakening Europe, and Godfest Ministries.
Cover Photo – Frame from Matt Highham.
Map Photo – Alex Mihis.

Live Streaming JesusLoves16

JesusLoves16 was amazing, and you can still watch the whole thing on Facebook Live. I love being part of the conference every year. This year was no exception. The demands of the conference always push what is possible in the time and budget. This year, a week before the event started I was called to say that they needed to live stream the event due to being sold out. I said yes, jumping to put it all together and make it happen. Although I must say now, I couldn’t have done it without the great team we had helping during the week.

Live streaming

There were so many complex parts to this project, but that’s what make me work best. We already had a good number of people on the production/media team for the week so we were sorted there. But we needed to get hold of the right equipment. I went with the Blackmagic ATEM Production Studio 4K as I am familiar with how it works. The price to hire also helped. Along with the switcher and cables, I used a couple of HDMI to SDI convertors to get round the 20m limit on HDMI cables.

Camera wise, we used three cameras, two Lumix G7s, and one BMPCC. The pictures looked a bit out, with the BMPCC being noticeably flatter than the G7 image, but it held up with the G7s in cine d. Doing it again I would look to have all the cameras matched better, but also have a couple more angles. With the changing stage lights etc, you can get away with cameras that are not perfectly matched.

On the computer side of things, we ran the program output of the switcher into an Intensity shuttle, on a MBP Retina 13″. On there we ran OBS, streaming straight to Facebook Live. It worked a dream once we figured out how to get the audio working, along with delaying the audio get the audio in sync.

I have embedded the stream from the last night for you to see. You can find the other sessions on the JesusLoves Facebook Page.

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Other Media + Photos

We didn’t just provide the live stream but also daily round up/highlight videos and Quote images. I didn’t do any photography during the week, we had a number of photographers during the week including Andy Yates.

To sum up, it all went well. There are many things we all learnt, and in so many ways we will improve for next time. If you have an event, or are thinking of using Facebook Live or any other live streaming platform I would love to chat to you, and see if I can help you.


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