written by: Caroline Thompson•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 7/12/2010
The commercial photographer’s how-to on shooting event photography. A breakdown of how events are shot from contact to image presentation
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Event Photography Breakdown
Event photography can be fun and a great way to make money. Photographing events is hard work, but attending the various events is educational and filled with interesting people to meet. The event photographer needs to make sure to get all the details of the event and capture the necessary images for the client. Event photography follows a general flow that can be broken down into three areas, before the event, during the event and after the event.
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Make contact with the client to confirm event times, location and specifics of the shoot. Find out what types of images the client is expecting. Get information on parking, number of guests, if it is a formal event, etc. Arriving at an event wearing jeans when it is a formal event will not get the event photographer a call back for future jobs.
Always dress professionally and appropriately for the shoot. If the shoot is at a rodeo, then jeans are the best bet. If the event is a formal affair, formal attire is recommended. Professional business attire works best with most events.
Ask for the name of your contact at the event.
Get the cell phone number (or event location phone number) of your contact at the event. Give them your cell phone number or business card.
Find out if there are any special requests such as a large group photo. If this is the case, the photographer needs to get all the information to determine what camera set and special equipment will be needed to capture the shot.
Discuss with the client what the final use of the images will be and what file sizes will be needed. This will enable the event photographer to plan on the amount of memory cards and type of camera they will bring to the shoot.