‘Tis the season for prom photography
It’s something that I first did two years ago: prom photography.
It’s one of the most demanding photography jobs to undertake – shooting literally hundreds of portraits in a couple of hours. But, if I’m being honest, prom photography also creates some of the most fun jobs of the year. Because it’s simply so all absorbing, busy, energetic, fast moving and loud!
The season’s just started again for this year, and I marked it by shooting the Sixth Form prom for Sale Grammar School at the Cresta Court Hotel in Altrincham a week ago. Prom evenings tend to follow a similar pattern: formal/semi formal studio style portraits (and small groups) during the early evening, followed by a buffet or meal, perhaps some presentations and then a disco. During the meal or afterwards, people may come out for more portraits, but the bulk of them are shot in an hour or so before the call in to dinner. Which means a bit of pressure, yes, but also great fun. It’s fast and furious photography – posing people, getting a good range of expressions and shots, and doing it all at high speed.
Personally, I prefer more relaxed portraits to the more formal, so that’s what I’ve chosen to show here. I think they give a more accurate picture of the evening, and a probably a truer reflection of the people in them.
I’ve still some spaces in my diary for this year if your school or college is planning a prom and would like to create a record of the event like this. Of course, I’m also happy to provide a service like this to a company get together, reunion or other business event too. Please just get in touch to tell me a bit about the occasion and I’d be happy to provide you with details of what I could do for you.