10 Years On

Micklefield HallI am very fortunate to have been photographing Micklefield Hall as a location and event venue for over 10 years now. For the past 5 years The Great Barn at Micklefield, a 16th Century threshing barn, has undergone a magnificent restoration and now is one of the most stunning venues for wedding and events. In 2015 the restored Great Barn was awarded the winner of the Chilterns Building Design Award. Searching around in my archive of Micklefield Hall images, I managed to find a photo taken when the barn was in a fairly derelict state in 2005 – and side by side with the latest interior photo you can see what an outstanding transformation has been made with incredible detail and craftsmanship throughout the restoration. (more details on the Micklefield Hall website)

Airline Hand Baggage

Ask any photographer and they’ll tell you that travelling with photo gear adds a certain amount of tension to your journey especially when coupled with some of Europe’s “cheap flight” carriers. They each have their own set of strict hand baggage restrictions. Some are more lenient than others – especially when it comes to tripod bags.

Here’s a quick guide that I will be adding to. Sizes include handles/pockets/wheels

British Airways: 1 cabin bag + 1 personal bag
Cabin bag: 56cms x 45cms x 25 cms
Personal bag: as of 18 August 2015: 40cms x 30cms x 15cms

EasyJet: 1 cabin bag (easyJet plus, flexi fare and upfront/extra legroom customers get an additional personal bag allowance)
Cabin bag: 56cms x 45 cms x 25 cms
(personal bag: 45cms x 36 cms x 20cms)

RyanAir: 1 cabin bag + 1 personal bag
Cabin bag: 55cms x 40cms x 20 cms – max 10Kg
Personal bag: 35cms x 20cms x 20cms

August 2015 has seen a number of changes from American carriers – mainly reducing carry on allowances.
Here’s an updated list:

American Airlines (Check website for American Eagle)
One carry-on bag and one personal item. Carry-on bag total dimensions may not exceed 45.3 inches (length + width + height). Maximum dimensions cannot exceed: 22 length x 14 width x 9 tall. Your bag must fit in the baggage frames located throughout the check-in area at the airport. One personal item, such as purse, briefcase, laptop bag or a similar item such as a tote. The personal items must be smaller than your carry-on bag and must fit under the seat in front of you.

Carry-on allowance is one bag and one personal item (such as: purse, briefcase, laptop bag). Size may not exceed 45 linear inches in combined length, width and height, including any handles and wheels. Baggage must fit in the Carry-on Baggage Check – approximately sized 22 x 14 x 9 inches) – near the check-in counters.
Passengers traveling on Delta Connection flights & any flights with 50 seats or less, are only permitted to carry personal items, due to limited overhead space.

Carry-on allowance is one personal item per person, max. dimensions: 18 x 14 x 8 inches, which may be a handbag, backpack, briefcase, laptop. One larger carry-on item, with max. weight of 35lbs, & max. dimensions: 24 x 16 x 10 inches but there is a charge – see the Frontier website for full details.

Southwest Airlines
You’re allowed one bag and one small personal item as carry on. The personal item can include purse, briefcase, camera, laptop (case included) Carry-on bag maximum dimensions: 10 x 16 x 24 inches. (Weight restriction not specified).

United Airlines
You can carry-on one bag and one personal item per person. Carry-on bag maximum dimensions 14 x 9 x 22 inches. Personal item maximum dimensions, such as a shoulder bag, backpack, laptop bag or other small item must be no larger than 9 x 10 x 17 inches. (Weight restriction not specified).

US Airways
One bag and one personal item as carry on allowance. The personal item needs to be smaller than your carry-on item and must fit under the seat in front of you. Carry-on maximum dimensions 14 x 9 x 22 inches or 45 linear inches. (Weight restriction not specified).

Virgin Atlantic
One item of Carry-On – Approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches, max weight: 22 lbs or 26 lbs for Virgin First Class.
Virgin Atlantic – Upper Class
Two items of Carry-On – approx. 9 x 14 x 22 inches for each one. Maximum weight combined = 35.2 lbs (max. weight individual item = 26.4 lbs.)

posted on Tuesday, August 25th 2015 by Jon Kempner

The Proof that Video Works

2 years ago I produced a short film to promote Micklefield Hall as a venue for weddings and parties and over those 2 years it’s had around 1,500 views – not bad.

This year I re-wrote and re-shot everything to coincide with the launch of The Great Barn at Micklefield Hall – a beautifully restored 16th Century barn set within the magnificent grounds at Micklefield Hall. Within 2 months of the new film going live on the Micklefield Hall YouTube Channel it has had over 1,020 views – and hopefully will hit 1,500 views this month – in addition, most of these views have been on mobile devices, proving that video does have a real impact in getting your business message across.

The barn’s restoration has been purpose designed for functions and events, it’s a stunning venue. Both Anna and Jamie at Micklefield are always personally involved in ensuring that their brides’ dreams come true at Micklefield – and they were both happy to be involved in the creative process as well as featuring in the video, giving the film a very genuine and personal touch.

Small and large businesses alike need to consider video as part of their approach to effectively engage with customers. Creating short films to focus on key marketing messages is now an affordable and accountable solution to this. If you would like to chat about how we could help your business grow using online video, please contact me.


posted on Friday, April 10th, 2015 by Jon Kempner

Getting the most from your headshot session

Headshots by Jon Kempner Photography, London

Today, more than ever, the importance of a professional headshot or business portrait can mean the difference between getting on a recruitment shortlist or not – and for actors, getting that all important audition call.   So here are 10 tips to help you get the best business headshots and make the most of your headshot session.

10 top headshot session tips.

1. Decide what messages you want to portray in your images; approachable, confident, professional, experienced? We’ll help you get your message and more into your headshot – so that it really enhances your personal brand and says “I’m worth buying into” about you. We will take timer to discuss your personal brand with you so that we can depict the key elements into the style of your photos. You may need to use different business headshots in different situations so aim to get a few varying poses from your headshot session. We will help you with how to pose, how to stand and what to do – work with us during your session and we’ll help you to achieve your best presentation – with your personal brand shining through. Your results will speak for themselves.

2. Preparation is the key. You should feel relaxed and refreshed on the day of your shoot.

3. Be early. Few of us “love” having their photos taken, so arrive for your shoot about 10 minutes early, giving you time to get ready without feeling rushed or under pressure.

4. Relax. Try and relax. We’ll talk you through the session, allowing you to get used to everything that is going on and letting you to settle into the photo session so that the real, natural you shines through.

5. Get your wardrobe right. You know the image you need to show – formal business, casual business, casual, uniform – whichever is right for you. A variety of clothing options in your chosen style is also a great idea.

6. Hair and makeup. Ladies, it’s best for you to arrange a hairdresser appointment for the day before your shoot (or the morning of the shoot if there really is time – without stressing you out). Keep makeup simple. If your not sure, ask us and we can recommend professional makeup artist to be there on the day. Guys, a haircut a few days prior to your shoot will look smart and not over groomed.

7. Stand and deliver. How you stand is crucial to a great headshot (yes, even for  business headshots). We’ll help you – but standing face on with your arms folded is not at all approachable. Stand on your back leg with your front leg turned and pointing towards the camera, with you leaning ever so slightly towards the camera. It may sound and feel odd but it will create an natural and approachable pose for the camera – and a great headshot.

8. The eyes have it. Whilst some portraits use techniques of looking away from the lens, your profile photos need to connect with your audience – so where you look is also really important. Look through the lens of the camera and picture the people who will be looking at your photo.

9. What about my chins? If that’s the case, push your forehead forward towards the camera when you’re being photographed. This tightens the skin around your jawline and helps hide any excess under your chin. Your photographer will also know to shoot you from slightly above.

10. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your shoot. The more you relax and “get into it”, the more it will show in the final photographs.

Find out more about my business headhots sessions.

Please email or call me to book your headshot session or to find out more.

New Micklefield Hall Film Makes the Phones Ring

Over the past few months I have been producing a new short film for Micklefield Hall to promote it as a wedding venue. Last Friday, as part of the launch of the promotional film, we set up a Micklefield Hall YouTube Channel and also added the new film to the home page of the Micklefield Hall website.

I was more than delighted this morning when, on meeting up with Anna and Jamie at Micklefield Hall, they told me that their phones had been much busier than normal with enquiries for wedding bookings for 2014 and 2015, many within a couple of hours of the film going live on their website.

With industry research showing that smartphones and tablets are fast becoming the most common web access device worldwide and that online video now accounts for 50% of mobile traffic, businesses of all sizes need to consider video as part of their approach to effectively engage with customers. Creating short films to focus on key marketing messages is now an affordable and accountable solution to this. If you would like to chat about how we could help your business grow using online video, please contact me.

You can view the Micklefield Hall promotional film here (or on the Micklefield Website here)

HMS Victory

HMS Victory by Jon Kempner Photography

On a recent trip to the fascinating Historic Naval Dockyard in Portsmouth we went on board HMS Victory, Nelson’s famous flagship, best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar. We were lucky enough to be there early in the morning with no other visitors around.

Obiettivo Venezia

Isola di San Michele, Venice - by Jon Kempner Photography © 2012

Isola di San Michele, Venice

Many of you know of my passion and interest in the City of Venice.  This year the City of Venice are running a photographic competition in what must be one of the most most photographed places in the world.  I regularly visit Venice each year, normally between Christmas and New Year. The city is at its most calm and peaceful then. My entries to the competition reflect the calm and peaceful side of Venice and include some of my HDR series of photographs.