Event Photography And The Gonzo Journalist
Updated: Jan 25
Tim Butler-Jones waxes Hunter S Thompson style on the subject of Corporate Event Photography.
We were somewhere around Tauranga on the edge of The Kaimai’s when an idea began to take hold. I remember saying something like ``Taking photographs at an event’s a bit like Gonzo Journalism....'' And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of huge bats…
Corporate event photography is a whole different beast than your run-of-the-mill family portraits or landscape shots. It's a wild, unpredictable world where the unexpected is the norm and the only rule is that there are no rules. And that's why I absolutely love it.
As a corporate event photographer, you have to be prepared for anything and everything. One minute you're snapping shots of the CEO giving a keynote speech, the next you're capturing the look of pure joy on an employee's face as they win a prize. It's fast-paced and always changing, and that's what makes it so exciting.
But it's not just about capturing the big moments. It's also about capturing the little moments that make the event special. The way the light catches someone's smile, the way a group of coworkers laugh together, the way a team huddles together before a big presentation. These are the moments that make an event truly memorable and it's my job to make sure they're captured.
And let's not forget about the gear. Corporate event photography requires a heavy-duty camera and a bevy of lenses to make sure you're ready for any situation. From wide angle lenses to capture the big picture, to telephoto lenses to get those close-up shots, you have to have the right tools for the job.
But perhaps the most important aspect of corporate event photography is the ability to think on your feet. Being a corporate event photographer is not just about capturing what's happening on stage, it's also about capturing the energy of the event, the excitement of the crowd, and the buzz in the air. And that's where the Gonzo journalism style comes in.
Gonzo journalism is all about immersing yourself in the story and becoming part of it. It's about being in the thick of things and capturing the raw energy of the event. As a corporate event photographer, I strive to be part of the action, to blend in with the crowd and capture the real emotions and experiences of the attendees.
In conclusion, corporate event photography is a wild, unpredictable world where the unexpected is the norm and the only rule is that there are no rules. And that's what makes it so exciting. It's about capturing the big moments, the little moments, and the energy of the event. And as a corporate event photographer, it's my job to immerse myself in the story, become part of the action, and capture the real emotions and experiences of the attendees.