The middle of March took me to a venue I’ve known about for some time, but never actually done a shoot in; the Novotel in Stevenage. For this shoot I’d been asked to attend Alex and Aly’s engagement party.
Like most of my work this shoot came though personal recommendation; I’ve known Alex for probably about a year and have done several shoots with him as one of the wrestlers (in fact the Referee) for the Ultimate British Wrestling Federation (to see the Portrait shoot I did for the UBW click here).
Alex and Aly are planning their wedding for November this year but wanted to have an engagement party to get their family and friends together beforehand. My task was simply to take some shots to record the evening and show Alex and Aly enjoying themselves and having fun with their guests. Since I knew that several of the wrestlers were going to be there, I was expecting to find some characters and expecting everyone to get into the party spirit.
Shooting at a party with a disco is always going to be a challenge in terms of lighting. Generally the room will have low lights, but the brightly coloured disco lights will be flashing on and off through-out the evening making natural light photography almost impossible. For me therefore it was simply a matter of ensuring that I balanced my flash with the ambient light so that I could guarantee my subjects would be well lit, whilst still capturing some of the background for effect.
As usual for these events, and as several people have commented in the past I “worked the room” for for the first hour or so, moving from table to table in turn capturing the couples, individuals and families, as well as arranging larger group shots. After that I kept my eyes open for what else was going on within the groups and on the dance floor, so I could capture some of the special candid moments of people enjoying the evening and each other’s company.
Below you’ll find some of my favourite photos from the evening.
The full set of photos can be found on my Pro-Gallery (here), where you can see individual shots, view a slide show or order prints and other photographic gifts.
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