So last week there was a post on one of my business networking FB pages that the owner of Mainstreet Bar & Grill in Stafford, VA www.mainstreetstaffordva.com needed a photographer for an event they were hosting. It appears that reality show star Beardimus Maximus was going to be kicking off a fund rasing event and MTV would be filming that night, and she would like someone to document the event. Uhm, YES I would be very interested in donating my time & skills.
Now truth be told I was a nervous wreck the days leading up to the event. I happen to view events such as this just like a wedding or other important event when one shot is all you get. This is a chance to show my ability as an event photographer and maybe help me get my name out. Did it help that I was going to be in a room full of bearded men, yes that didn't hurt the situation at all.
The venue was darker than I thought and I didn't want to be using a high powered speed light with MTV filming as well. So I decided to use my on camera flash with a diffuser to provide me with the light I would need and to be able to move around a crowded bar with beer in one hand and camera in the other.
I know that alot of photographers wish to not photograph events because they can be nerve racking and how many award winning photos can you get of people mingling and dancing. However, I have to say that the rush that comes from looking for the action, getting up in there without being in the way, getting the shots that ok maybe won't be winning any awards but capturing the beautiful and oh so classy Mrs. Maximus getting an impromptu lap dance from a random girl in a bar is priceless!!
In conclusion, I hope you enjoy looking through the photos of the event. I highly suggest checking out Beardius Maximus on MTV (I will be in the episode) and follow his blog on FB at http://www.facebook.com/savethebeard they are really down to earth people & fun to be around.
Should you as a photographer ever get the chance to photograph anything outside your comfort zone, take it. You really never know what you might get.
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