To be quite honest, I don't do much event photography. Portraits are my thing. I love the control and time I can put into a single shot. During events, you have to shoot shoot shoot and hope that you get some good photos (which can be a challenge while people are chewing and talking and you are trying to be inconspicuous!) The lighting changes room to room and you just have to adapt to whatever is thrown at you.
A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph the Rosenwald Gala at Abington Art Center. A night in commemoration of 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Rosenwald Fund and introduce a digital public history project about Lessing J. Rosenwald, collector of rare books and prints, who gave the largest collection of art ever donated to the United States.
The event was very swanky. Live jazz, wine, original artwork on display. A far cry from my usual walk in the woods taking photos.
But to my surprise, I loved it. I loved buzzing around behind the camera trying to capture the moments of connection between people. I loved being offered tastes of this and that from the sleek caterers. I loved feeling professional, blending into the background, and getting paid for what I love to do.