I had the opportunity to photograph a lovely get-together an an amazing restaurant called Boulettes Larder. Here is a slideshow of my photos from the evening, accompanied by a little bit of Mozart.
Monthly Archives: April 2009
At business events where I am the designated photographer, I am often called upon to take a group photo (sadly sometimes referred to as the “team photo”…I am of the opinion that teams wear uniforms with numbers and compete against other teams, but I digress!) and it’s one of my specialties. My goal is always to survey the landscape, evaluate the lighting, find an elevated location (that’s one of my trademarks), and make the actual photograph itself take as little time as possible. This week I was in San Jose for a digital sales training, and I was asked to take a group photo. The original plan was to find a location inside of the conference center, but it was a beautiful, warm California evening, and there was a large white building (giant diffused light source!) adjacent to the grass. I couldn’t appropriate an upstairs room (they were all occupied) or a scissor lift (I love those things!), so I went “old school” and got an 8′ ladder. I secured my tripod to the top, and got everything metered and waited. When it came time for the actual photo, I made it as fun as I could, and if you click the video window below, you’ll see what the herding process looked like, and the final product is below (click it to see it larger).
By the way, the video was filmed with my Canon 5D Mark II (which was taped to the ladder) and the actual group photo was made with my Canon 1Ds Mark III, which was on the tripod. The whole thing took about three minutes.
After a long courtship, Lisa and John finally tied the knot the other day in San Francisco. Lisa’s cousin Jeanette (by way of our mutual friend Diane) introduced us, and there was immediate chemistry. Lisa professed to be very camera-shy, and didn’t even want to hire a “real” photographer. I assured her that I work very discretely and that she needn’t be worried. I could tell she was only marginally convinced. But on her wedding day, I was able to help with all sorts of things, including locating the elusive bobby pins to hold her veil on. And Lisa was absolutely radiant. We had so much fun doing photos. John and all the rest of their families and friends were equally wonderful, and I’m still buzzing from the exciting day we all shared on Forbes Island.