My camera is my passport into the great cultural diversity of the city. Every time my camera takes me to a new place I am mesmerized by the people, the color, the smiles, the smells, the texture.
In this occasion I was invited to photograph a baby shower. I have been in small baby showers before, mostly family gathering of family and closed friends, but at this baby shower there were about 200 people.
The venue was the semi basement of a church in Verdun. The room was decorated with vivid colors and the ambience was festive.
When I arrived the organizers were finishing putting up the decorations and the guest began to arrive.
Some techniques to photograph big events such as baby showers, weddings, baptisms, birthday parties.
The photographer wants to take some images of the empty room waiting for the guest. There is a big contrast with the empty decorated room and the room overflowing with laughter, hugs and tears of joy.
Capture the Sequence of events
You want to tell a story with your photo. The empty room, the first guests, the room filling up, some kind of welcome announcement. the interaction of host welcoming the guest, the eating or drinking or toast, the abandonment of the moment with the performances or the dancing, the guest slowly leaving, the empty room after the party.
Always take more than one picture
When someone is posing for the camera, make sure to take at least one photo, you will see different shades of the smile, different position of the eye, different gestures, all of that in just a few seconds.
Take photos of food and drinks
We are united by the food we eat. Food is one of the big attraction of every event and it is important to save that memory. Many people will say: The party was great and the food was fabulous. The pictures will remind the guest how fabulous was the meal.
Go from table to table asking permission to take a photo.
This is a great opportunity to make sure you get all the guests. As they sit down to eat, you can ask them to turn around for the camera. They will be happy to oblige.
Position yourself close to the door as the party is wining down
This is the last opportunity to get everyone before they leave. Find that strategic point close to the door and ask the guest if you can take one last photo. Some times some of them are a bit drunk from all the drinking and you cold get some funny pictures.
Be part of the crowd
Evey one will recognize you as the photographer, but if they see you as a friend, as a member of the family, the guest will be more relaxed when you take a picture of them and the photographer will add to the positive experience.