I love event photography clients that “get it.”
They take the simple but important steps to enable me to do my job well. They communicate expectations and logistics ahead of time, allowing me to mentally and technically prepare for the shoot ahead. They also don’t put up any barriers between me and a successful shoot – like having the event in a not-so-ideal kind of space, or crowding it with too many other photographers (pro or amateur), or making it so loud that I can’t talk to the people or so dark in the room that my camera gear can barely meter the scene.
Great event photography clients also pay on time and credit their photographers when appropriate. Plus they don’t mess with my photos as they post them to social media. (OMG don’t ever put an Instagram filter on professional’s photo. Eeek! Gross!)
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is a great client. I’ve worked with them for about three years, shooting their large scale events. Below is a gallery picked from my shots of their annual Men’s Event, a fundraiser for the non-profit that calls specifically on their male support base, though some ladies were present. The Jewish Federation holds a similar annual event for ladies, which I shoot as well.
For this event I started with step-and-repeat photography by their logo wall as guests arrived and the sun set. Then I moved on to roaming event coverage during the drinks, dinner and speakers portions of the evening. Another photographer was capturing the speakers up close, so I focussed on the guests and tried to capture the scope of the event. We were on a large grassy field but there was some lighting provided and my Speedlite did the rest.
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It was a beautiful shoot! Working with Brendan was so easy and you could tell he wanted the lighting and the shot to be perfect. He knew what he was doing because the final product was better than I imagined
He didn't make anything feel forced or staged. I am really, really happy with the pictures he took because they came out looking very natural.
Brendan was so personable and easy going while maintaining the utmost professionalism, which was a nice change from photographers I've worked with in the past.
I would recommend working with Brendan if you want to feel comfortable and want professional, amazing pictures done.