Done a “Professional” Photo Shoot (207/366)

Matilda: “Uh, Derek, I don’t know if you’re familiar with the belief that some aboriginal tribes hold. It’s the concept that a photo might steal a part of your soul. I mean, what are your thoughts on that as someone who gets his picture taken for a living?”

Derek: “Well, I guess I would have to answer your question with another question. How many abo-digitals do you see modeling?
~ Zoolander


A little while ago, I did a photo shoot for our friend R because he wanted a few pictures of himself for a project he was working on. That was mainly goofing around, but a few days ago, I was asked to do a simple photo shoot for a business dinner that was taking place tonight – and while it wasn’t much, I was offered a small paycheck for the job. It was pretty casual, just a documentation of the event for the company that coordinated it, but to me, it was a really cool INDT. I’ve photographed A LOT of family gatherings, with family members asking me to “take pictures” for them, but I’ve never been formally asked to be the photographer at an event.

I showed up about half an hour before the event started, and basically took candid shots of the attendees during the greeting/cocktail hour, a few shots of people seated for dinner, and then a few more shots of the guest speakers and some reaction shots from the guests during the program. A few interviews were taped at the end of the event as well, so I snapped some photos of those, too.  Since I was a last-minute addition and there was no formal contract drawn up, I’m not including any pictures of folks who attended the event, but here are a few shots of the space.

This was cool. Since I haven’t turned the photos in to my contact yet, I don’t know if my client will like what I was able to capture, but hopefully I’ve done a decent job documenting the event for them and making it look good. I felt a little out of sorts when I realized they also had a professional videographer, who had a much nicer camera (and better equipment) than mine, but I figured he was also getting paid a lot more than I was (again, my role was a bit last minute).

I also got to have dinner at the restaurant where the meeting was held (La Mar on the Embarcadero), which was nice. I got to eat while the large group was eating, which isn’t how photographers’ evenings usually go when they’re on the job. Normally I’d expect to be on my feet for every minute of every hour the event was going on, and shove food into my face before or after the job, and but it was really nice to be able to have a dinner break in the middle of the evening.

I’m glad I had this experience. I’d love to do it again, and next time I’ll have one “job” under my belt, and will be able to apply some of the things I learned from this. Need a photographer? Drop me a line.

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