The Crystal Charity Ball hits Spalding just as winter kicks in. The perfect black tie antidote to seasonal affective disorder. The night raises a substantial amount of cash in aid of The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, comprising of a charity auction, raffle, dinner, band and DJ. A9K has proudly donated event photography services since the very first event back in 2012 and this year heralded by far, the most glamorous rendition to date. We like to get a full range of shots to record the party – everything from decor to dance floor. Of course we are sticklers for the golden rule of event photography too. Never ( seriously, never ) take photos of people eating dinner. Just don’t do it. Food and full faces is a combination that does not tell a flattering story for anyone. So what photos do work?
- Reception photographs are always a good idea to get the guests looking their most polished. Suits will look their most crisp and makeup will be immaculate for the first part of the night.
- Decor & interiors – It’s a good idea to get there early to grab the interiors before any footfall. If the location has been decorated appropriately you shouldn’t need to do much to tell the story. If the lighting engineer is about it also doesn’t hurt to get them to set the mood you’d like to capture. If they have a spare couple of minutes and you ask politely they might even give you some options with colour and intensity before the night starts properly. The only downside is you might have to navigate around the odd step ladder or catering staff doing their final rounds.
- Dinner – like I said before, just don’t.
- Band – There are a few ways round this but personally I’d always try and take a photo that makes it feel like the viewer is in the crowd. That could be distance with a 300mm zoom or up close with an ultra wide. Either way you should feel like you’re there.
- DJ – Similar to the band but it will be a balance between the crown and the light show. DJs themselves are more difficult to make look interesting compared to a band. This isn’t anything that the DJ can help really, it’s just a lack of props. The band might have multiple guitars, drum kit and horn section to bounce light off, not to mention the singers will be lit with spotlights by default. Just aim for some movement with some long exposures to define the subject matter. It’s far more engaging to create a slight blur on the dance floor than lock it down and freeze all the action. We don’t want a picture of musical statues.
And of course we very much look forward to supporting the event in 2019 and beyond.