July 13th, 2017
Capturing the spirit of your event: from conferences to political rallies
Political rallies are exciting to photograph; celebrities, a fired-up, noisy crowd and just tons of atmosphere. Capturing it with my camera can be challenging when everything’s unfolding so quickly. I aim to not just capture the celebrity performance but to find those little moments when something less-staged is happening that tells its own story, similar to conference photography.
Here (top) Eddie Izzard’s bold and theatrical look against a backdrop of people and placards caught my attention.
I was pleased to capture this more contemplative moment of Steve Coogan
A people focused approach
In comparison to a political rally, a formal conference can, on the surface, seem like a less tantalising shoot. It is a subtler approach that’s needed to make it come across just as strongly. It’s people that create the spirit of an event, so zoning in on them is what works. Looking at the smaller details; the more intimate chats outside of the main speeches and turning my eye to the environment around us helps to capture the spirit of this kind of event. In this case, the conference was all about promoting ‘Place’ which felt appropriate in beautiful Corfu (below). With the conference filled with a lovely, lively bunch of people, I milled around carefully capturing those more relaxed moments of conversation, the sunshine and views as well as the formal speeches to get a rounded picture of the atmosphere.