I recently photographed an awards ceremony in Manchester – inclusive of work on 3 consecutive days.
The company I was commissioned by is one that I have undertaken previous product photography. They are a marketing company working for Colgate.
The event was to take place in two different locations, so involving travel to and from Manchester city centre with a very heavy rucksack full of my equipment – including a range of lenses, two camera bodies, flash guns, filters, memory cards and, of course, chocolate biscuits for sustenance.
Event photography really is thinking on my feet not only the timings of getting to the venues and getting entry to the event, but also during the event, using creative angles but also aiming to fulfil the brief given by the event organisers.
On arriving at the first venue, one of the Hilton Hotels, I was given my brief and advised that it was actually a confidential summit and that the discussions taking place were of a sensitive nature. But I can tell you that the summit was organised and run on behalf of the toothpaste giant Colgate, and had European and American delegates. Photography included photographing the speakers, delegates and general goings on, into the evening when the delegates sat down for a rooftop meal with views all over Manchester.
The awards ceremony on the next day was in one of the meetings rooms attached to the BDA ( British Dental Association) exhibition and conference at the Manchester. This included a select number of awardees winning funding for community projects. Guests included top Dentists in the UK, dignitaries of Colgate and the new President of the BDA.
After a dentistry press conference at the Manchester Library with news about a new development in Colgate’s products, it was home time until the next day and photography of a Lecture given by Dr Panagakos, working and researching for Colgate, announcing the new development.
Images were then backed up 3 times and once processed forwarded to my client within the week.