NC State Alumni Awards Event

Background Story

We were recently hired to photograph the distinguished alumni awards event for NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, or as I learned very quickly, “CALS”. Yes, I kept thinking everyone was saying “cows”, so I chalked that up to something to do with the agriculture program, but finally figured out it was the acronym for the college. 🙂 You learn something new every day, right!?!

All kidding aside, it was quite an experience get to hear what some of these distinguished alumni have accomplished in industry and academia. Some were head of large global research companies and some were distinguished professors at other leading universities etc. etc. Quite impressive to say the least, but the one common theme was how much they all gained from their time with all the incredible professors and staff at NCSU.  It’s always fun and interesting when we photograph events for organizations, because they’re all a little different and you get to learn some cool new things, if your lucky, and meet lots of great people, like Gary Hahn – the voice of the wolfpack, who was emcee for the event (you can see him in 4th image below).

The Photography Challenge

For this job, we were photographing in a large hall with high ceilings and a really challenging mixed lighting situation. We had lots of natural light coming from the large wall of windows (which was gradually changing as we went from day to evening), which was mixed with the incandescent room lighting. We needed to photograph the speakers speaking along with a group photo just after their speech, so we were shooting with two different lighting set ups. We shot the speakers with ambient light, using high ISO and fairly wide aperture settings because we couldn’t use flash since it would be distracting. We had lights (on camera and off camera flashes with modifiers) for the group photos, and of course we carefully balanced that with ambient light so the background wasn’t to dark. On top of all of the technical challenges, we had a fairly small space for the group photos and had to work around a somewhat annoying school photographer shooting with a mobile phone. All that to say, hiring a professional for your important events is the key to getting great results regardless of the situation. As a pro, you always have to bring not only the right equipment, but more importantly the technical & people skills to every job, because you never know what you’ll run into.

After reviewing the images from the event, the director that hired us said she was absolutely thrilled with the results. She even wanted to go ahead and book us for next year’s event and expand the scope to photographing the tail gate event (NCSU football) for all the alumni in the PNC Arena. Super excited about that for next year! Thanks for reading, enjoy the images below and hope you enjoyed a little slice of what we do everyday.

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Children’s Bereavement Camp Donation

I’ve had the privilege to work with an incredible organization over the past 5 or so years. Comfort Zone Camp is a nation wide bereavement camp that helps children, who’ve lost siblings or parents, grieve, heal and grow. You can’t help but be moved by some of the
stories shared and transformations that I’ve witnessed while photographing at the camps and fund raisers. It certainly makes you stop appreciate your own family and children.

New York Life is one of the major sponsors of the local camps, that are free to attendees, and they recently presented a $25,000 check to CZC during a mini family camp event here in Raleigh. Loved helping out with our small contribution and photographing the check presentation for them!

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SMO Golf Tournament Photography

I had a blast photographing again this year for the SMO golf tournament! Pat Teague is a former NCSU & NFL football player who runs http://sportsmissionsoutreach.com/  here in the Raleigh area to help build character & develop leadership in athletes through sports. I love giving back and helping his organization every year to support the great work he’s doing with our youth! Check out the SMO website above for more info on what they’re doing to help develop tomorrow’s leaders.

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Corporate Event For NY Life

I recently had the privilege to photograph the NY Life annual awards event & company party here in Raleigh at the Embassy Suites at Brier Creek. The ES staff was fantastic to work with and I had a blast with all the NY Life people too! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph several NY Life events recently and have enjoyed getting to know some of the NY Life people. I even got to see a gentleman get a 60 year service award – must be some kind of record. Below are few images from the event. Let us know if you have an event that you need photography for. Our 20 plus years of wedding experience makes photographing events second nature for us.

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