LinkedIn Local in Stratford upon Avon

Sally Crane Ian Tomlinson and Julia Suzuki at the LinkedIn Local Stratford upon Avon 12 July 2018 by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer-1

I’d never heard of a LinkedIn Local meeting before, but it sounded like a good idea when Ian Tomlinson mentioned it to me.

I’ve been to a lot of Tweetups, and they’ve been great for business and socially. The Stratford Tweetup organised by Sharon Stephens and Lou Fox is particularly good.

I’ve organised an Instagram gathering (Instacake) which was great fun and really rewarding.

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Do you want to meet people who are on Instagram?

Charlie Budd and Instagram Logo Original Photo by Sally Crane
I have no idea what this photo signifies except silliness and Instagram – two things I’m rather fond of. (Photo by Sally Crane, silliness by me.)

We seem to inhabit different worlds these days, the tactile, scent-laden, visceral ‘real’ world and the electronic, glass-enclosed, remote ‘virtual’ world.

Only that’s not really true, of course, because they both interweave and blend into each other.

And this is especially true when we get the chance to mobilise our sedentary arses, get out of wherever we live and work, and actually meet, face to face.

I did that yesterday, and it was fantastic. More on that later. Continue reading “Do you want to meet people who are on Instagram?”

Stop Motion Animation Coffee Cups

Sometimes you just have an urge to make a little stop motion film about belligerent, colourful coffee cups.

Don’t you?

I’ve had a little play with stop motion on my iPhone once or twice over the past year or so. But it was a challenge on Instagram from one of my favourite film makers, Xanthe Berkeley that finally spurred me on to make a ‘proper’ little stop frame sequence.

Xanthe was doing a promotion with the marketing agency Whalar, and Workshop Coffee. And the challenge was to tell a little story about coffee on Instagram.

Xanthe created this fabulously fun, and characteristically colourful stop frame animation to inspire people.

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This week I’m collaborating with @whalar for their new #ObjectProject challenge… our theme is coffee and I’ve created this simple stop motion with my own spin on it, by painting the coffee beans in bright colours… now it’s your turn to join in… by creating a photo, video or even a stop motion, with coffee as your subject and sharing it with the tag #ObjectProject_Coffee – there are some great prizes to be won from @workshopcoffee for our favourite entries. The “behind the scenes” of me shooting and a little interview, plus loads more details about the brief, can be found over on @whalar and in my stories… I do hope you’ll take part… I can’t wait to see what you create! . #xanthefilms #makefilmscourse #stopmotion #colorcolourlovers #abmlifeiscolorful #myunicornlife

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I’m organising a meet up of Instagrammers in Stratford upon Avon on 26th of June.

It will involve cake.

The Instacake Instagram Meet Up in Stratford upon Avon at Boston Tea Party by Charlie Budd The Tall Photographer Cake Coffee Cafe-7

It started with a conversation on Twitter, as it often does.

It went something like:

“We should organise an Instagram meet up in the Midlands.”

“Yes, with cake!”

“Why don’t we call it Instacake?”

“Okay, I’ll organise it.” Continue reading “Instacake”

The Leamington Business Show 2018

I didn’t expect to see so many people I knew at the Leamington Business Show 2018 – I could have chatted half the day, catching up.

Dave Guice of AES Graphics at his stand at the Leamington Business Show 2018
Great to catch up with Dave of AES Signs and Graphics whom I’d not seen for years.

It’s organised by the Leamington Business Forum, headed by Jonathan Smith, who owns and runs Business Forums Ltd.

The Show is a business to business (B2B) Expo showcasing the businesses of the region and the services and products they offer to other businesses. Continue reading “The Leamington Business Show 2018”