CORPORATE & SOCIAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY
WHY SHOULD I BOOK AN EVENT PHOTOSHOOT?
Events are so diverse, so as you’d expect so is event photography. Whether you’re hosting an awards ceremony, music event or a graduation party, documenting the occasion should be first on your list. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a photographer.
Here’s 3 reasons why event photography is worth its weight in gold…
- Organising events doesn’t come cheap. Not only that but it also takes a LOT of time and effort, which makes having photographic evidence of what you’ve achieved, a must.
- The last thing you want to be doing is ‘playing photographer’. You’ve spent all your time organising the event, so the least you can do is enjoy it.
- Use a professional photographer and you’ll achieve stand out shots. For a businesses these are PR perfection and can increase the calibre of your social media.
WHAT HAPPENS ON AN EVENT PHOTOSHOOT?
I’ll be there before you to set up, scout out the venue and assess the weather and lighting conditions. Then once you arrive, I’ll pull out my camera and get your event photoshoot underway.
From my experience there’s two types of people at every event: those who can’t get enough of my camera lens and those who conveniently turn away once they see it. So to ensure your images show your guests at their best, with events in particular I prefer to adopt a more of a varied approach.
Posed shots to catch those who are camera crazy and more candid images to catch those who are slightly more lens-shy.
*If you’re after any specific shots then do let me know. To learn more about the types of shots I take at an event, see my FAQs below.
WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY?
Booking event photography relies on coordination. What I’d suggest is coming to me with at least a few rough dates in mind, then I can advise you on which would be best depending on my diary. From here I can pencil you in and go over this is pen once you’ve confirmed it with your venue.
In the case of event photography, booking at least 12 weeks in advance is my usual advice, especially if you’re after a certain date or time. But that’s not to say that last minute bookings are impossible – in some cases they can fit in rather well. Only I wouldn’t rely on this being the case as I don’t like to disappoint.
*If your event is rescheduled last minute and you’d like to rebook, please call me directly as time is of the essence.
CORPORATE & SOCIAL EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
If I make you my event photographer, what types of shots can I expect?
Make me your event photographer and you’ll receive a diverse collection of shots that capture both the mood and ambience of your event. After all, the typical event is bursting with interesting perspectives, which being a photographer I can hunt down and capture from a unique angle.
So to give you a better idea of how I do event photography, here’s just a few of the shots i look to achieve…
- Set the scene – To do this, I use wide angled shots and (if possible) somewhere elevated to capture the overall sense of the event.
- Up close and personal – These shots involve me catching you and your guests in action, be it laughing, hugging, dancing or capturing you in ‘networking mode’.
- The cheeky character – At every event there’s always one. A flamboyant and rather characterful guest, that you can hear ten minutes before you can see them. That’s who I’ll be aiming for with this shot.
- Deep in the detail – Event photography doesn’t just focus on guests – it also incorporates those subtle details, which transport you back to the time of the event later down the line. I’m talking the cuisine, venue and entertainment.
Want to know more about my style of event photography? Give me a ring to discuss the full list of shots I look for.
Event photography is a broad term. What does that cover?
You’re right, event photography really is a broad term. So you can see just how broad, here’s just a few of the event types that I’ve recently attended and photographed…
- Gala Dinners
- New Year Eve Parties
- Magic shows
- Business launches
- PR shoots for pop-stars/ sports personalities
And that’s just the start. Event photography also branches into conferences, festivals, award presentations and even graduation parties!
*Got quite a niche event you want photographing? It’s worth remembering that from a photographer’s perspective, the skills required to capture each event are essentially the same: scope out the location, find your shots and get snapping.
Ooops! My event may overrun slightly. What happens now?
Time flies when we’re having fun, so in the case your event does run slightly over schedule, there’s two scenarios that could possibly unfold…
I leave at the time originally agreed – If I have a shoot scheduled after your event or early the next day I will need to leave on the allotted time. Have a chat to me before the day and I should be able to tell you if this is the case. Saying that though, I’ll only do this if I’m satisfied with your shots.
I stay slightly longer – Just like you, I’m human, so in some instances I will make certain allowances. I know ‘slightly’ is quite a broad term, so here’s my definition in black and white: if you require me for another 10 – 15 minutes or so, then it’s on the house, but if you require an extra hour or two then that will come at a charge.
My event is outdoors. If it rains will you not turn up?
If it rains I’ll still turn up, providing there’s no cancellation on your end.
However if you do decide to change the location because of the weather, such as go inside or opt for a marquee, then I’d appreciate if you let me know in advance. Reason being that with the change of location, I may need a different or equipment. In short, the more informed I am, the better your event photography will be.
*Also, in the event you do reschedule because of the weather, I’d require you to let me know in good time, otherwise I may not be available for your new date.
My event’s not exactly ‘local’ to Yorkshire - will you cover it?
While I am primarily a Yorkshire photographer, I will travel further if need be. However this will come at a slight cost, so if you’re outside of Yorkshire and wondering whether I’m still an option, do get in contact.
How do you differ compared to other event photographers?
My style of photography is not too ‘in your face’. At most events I’ll be hovering in the background scoping out photo opportunities from afar. Saying that though I do like to ensure a balance in all my shoots so will of course do portraits and group shots too.
I find the best time for these is when you arrive, as not only do you look your best, but they’re also far easier to coordinate.