Shark & Yeti just photographed a lovely 50th Wedding Anniversary party in Redmond. We did portraits most of the night in front of a red velvet curtain we set up in the event tent. There was a James Bond Casino Royale theme for the event and the red velvet curtains help to give the portraits a nice lush glamorous feeling. Dan and I are just now looking last night’s photos and thought we would send out a quick “thank you” photo to the hosts of the event and to congratulate Umesh and Kanak for celebrating 50 years of marriage! Here’s the link to all the photos:
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The number of elements that need to be considered for a corporate event are enough to stump the most seasoned event coordinator. With that in mind Shark & Yeti Event Photography has put together a list of 5 things that will help your photographer deliver better images from your event. We hope they help lighten the load.
GOOD VANTAGE POINTS
During panel discussions and keynote speeches there are often platforms for video cameras but a good vantage for the still photographer is often overlooked. There are several ways to approach this: if there are already platforms for videographers another just in front of that platform at a slightly lower level will allow an advantageous location for the photographer and allow the videographer to shoot over there head unimpeded. If no videographer is present one raised platform at the center of the room about a third of the way back works great. If setting up platforms is not practical then a couple of seats reserved close to the front and on an aisle will give the photographer enough room to put down their gear and to have an acceptable vantage on the speaker.
Check with all of your presenters and ask them for permission to photograph them and if anything in their visual presentation is proprietary information that should not be photographed. If they agree to photographs, ask if it’s OK to use flash. If anyone says no to any flash photography during their presentation, ask if a few flash photos at the very beginning or very end of the presentations would be permissible. We’ll do our best to cover the presentation without any flash, but even a few flash photos will definitely improve the chances of images turning out sharper and with better color balance. And finally, if there are any presenters with any of these special photographic requests, be sure to get these requests to your photographers! Otherwise, photographers will assume that flash photography is permissible everywhere.
LET THERE BE LIGHT
Making good photographs takes a lot of light. If a speaker has requested that the photographer avoid using a flash (not advised) make sure that the stage lights are as bright as possible and that if you use colored lights that they are only on the background and not falling on the speaker(s) face.
MOVE THAT MIC
Make sure that short speakers are given a platform of some kind to stand on so that they do not end up hidden behind the microphone in all of their pictures. It is a good idea to have someone on your crew responsible for resetting the microphone height between each speaker if you are having several.
MAKE IT SAFE
Your photographer will be bringing heavy and expensive equipment with them and will need a secure (locked or continually monitored) space to store his or her gear. Hauling it all around slows down their ability to speed from breakout session to breakout session. If the room is locked make sure the photographer has a key.
If you have an event in the works and you want images that keep working for you, contact Shark & Yeti Event Photography. We’ve got you covered.
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