Event photography on a grand scale
Here’s the latest instalment in the series that I could so easily call “No two jobs are ever the same in the life of a commercial photographer”.
Today, it’s event photography. You can divide events into two categories: business events – usually involving speakers and seminars, they are designed to convey knowledge or a message; and entertainment – weddings, awards dinners, birthday parties and so on. Wearing my other hat as a wedding photographer (at www.martinhambleton.com if you didn’t know), I’ve shot a lot of entertainment events. I’ve also shot a lot of awards, prize givings, charity dinners and, as here, birthday parties.
Credit (a lot of credit) needs to go to Out There Events for organising such a magnificent evening – a splendid setting, a quite superbly dressed and lit marquee, an impeccable schedule and managing to keep the identity of the mystery guest a secret from everyone – and The Fine Dining Company for putting on such wonderful food and drink for 200+ guests. It’s great working with such professionals.
As it was April, the evening gave me the great opportunity of creating two quite distinct looking sets of images. Early evening drinks in the front part of the marquee and on the veranda were in daylight, quickly turning to dusk as the evening wore on, while the main part of the event took place inside the main body of the marquee. With night having fallen, the only lighting was provided by the event company (and what great lighting it was!).
After a sumptuous buffet and dessert, the main event was announced – the singer Mick Hucknall and his band, performing a set of hits made famous by his band, Simply Red.
(Please note: As this was a private birthday party, I’ve taken pains to only select photographs that, while conveying the atmosphere of the occasion, don’t identify any individuals. I take my clients’ privacy very seriously, as I’m sure you understand.)
This is possibly the largest event I’ll shoot this year … unless you’re planning something equally grandiose and would like to talk? Or maybe you have a smaller, more intimate occasion in mind. No matter, I’d be happy to discuss recording it for you for posterity. You can call me or contact me via the form above.