Over the weekend I covered an 18th birthday party at the Hatfield Forum. The event was attended by around 100 guests, starting shortly after 9:30pm.
The brief was similar to other functions I’ve photographed – to capture the evening and present an online gallery for the client and guests to view shortly after. The venue was a small bar with a capacity of 150. There was also an outside area used for smoking.
I started out by taking a few scene-setting photos using natural light but other than that I used a flashgun throughout.
All of the guests were contemporaries of the hostess with many keen to be photographed, which certainly made my job a lot easier! Many of the girls were happy to pose and the hostess would frequently request photos with guests. As well as the posed shots I also took candid shots of the guests enjoying themselves, both inside the bar and out.
I spent about three hours at the event leaving around 1:00am. The following day was spent selecting and editing images – correcting lighting, removing red-eye and sharpening before posting the online gallery less than 24 hours after the event. A CD of the images was delivered to the client the day after.
Today I’ve launched a new exhibition website featuring photographs from around the county of Hertfordshire.
Over the last few months I’ve been to every corner of the county to provide material for the site, which features both rural and urban scenes.
The gallery slideshow plays automatically and each picture is accompanied by a short description, which can be shown by clicking on the info symbol in the to left-hand corner. You can also chose between light and dark themes.
Initially the site features 32 photos but I anticipate the number will increase over the coming months.