NCSU CALS Alumni Event

Last year we had the distinct pleasure and honor of photographing the North Carolina State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Event. After we delivered the images from that event, we were immediately booked for this year’s Alumni Awards Ceremony. This year, we also photographed their Tailgate event which takes place the following day. One of the greatest compliments we can receive on our work is additional business.


In the middle is Richard Reich, one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

NCSU_CALS_Alumni-8629_PrintNCSU_CALS_Alumni-8793_PrintLindsey Skinner, the Assistant Director of CALS Alumni and Friends Society, helped us plan the photography for the event. We were able to receive a tour of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility ahead of time. That tour enabled us to plan for lighting and the best vantage points for photographing the tailgate event. The Awards dinner would take place at NC State’s Park Alumni Center on Friday evening. The Tailgate event would be Saturday morning.

NCSU_CALS_Alumni-8862_PrintNCSU_CALS_Alumni-8877_PrintThe images captured at each of these events are being used in CALS marketing materials as well as their Website. Lindsey was kind enough to recommend us to other departments at the University because of our work with the CALS events. We look forward to shooting other events for the University as the opportunity presents itself.

We Can Photograph Your Next Event

If you’re looking for a professional photographer for you next event, look no further. We are able to work in all types of lighting and settings to present you with captivating images. Don’t take our word for it! Let these pictures speak for themselves. Give us a call (919)850-0492 or shoot us an email ( about all your event photography needs.NCSU_CALS_Alumni-9015_PrintNCSU_CALS_Alumni-8998_Print

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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