Behind the scenes
I have photographed many corporate and charity events over a 10 year period. I don’t blog about many of them but as I have been commissioned to photograph at several events with government speakers from No.10 and No.11 Downing street and the St. Giles Trust is such a noble charity to work for [I have photographed key events for them over the years and created their 2011 Christmas appeal fundraising film] I thought I would write about this one as both are connected.
One thing I wanted to address is how important it is to ‘work’ the room. By this I mean get creative and move around to take photos from different positions in the room and with different lenses and don’t be shy but be mindful and respectful of your surroundings. You can see what I mean by looking at the set of images during the speeches.
The client received almost 3 x the photos I have selected here but these represent a few highlights.
The key to doing this as a photojournalist is to be invisible as much as possible but also be everywhere. Difficult for me to explain but as you can see from the small room with everyone standing I need to be in peoples way briefly, but at the same time I often get comments from clients how they had not noticed me at an event and that for me is a compliment.
Also having done events and awards ceremonies like this clients for the most part just let me get on with what I do. I always ask them to point out key figures if required, otherwise my coverage is always compressive.
Ambient lighting in the room was from one large chandelier only, fast lenses and the 5D MKII high iso are in their element in these difficult situations.
On some of the networking shots I used the Canon 580EX Flash with a soft box.
St. Giles required rush processing of the full event for press purposes for speakers Ken Clarke, Gus O’Donnell and Lord Phillips. This is a service I am used to providing and dealing directly with officials, magazines and newspapers.
Finally, the work that the St. Giles trust have done in their words ‘to break the cycle of offending’ when people leave prison is so important to the whole of the country and I am proud to continue my relationship with all involved.
Gear & Tech
Canon 5d MKII / Canon 580EX Flash
Quantum Turbo 2×2 / Canon 24-70 F2.8 L /
Canon 70-200 IS F2.8 L / Micro Apollo soft box
“Our 50th anniversary event was an important and one-off opportunity to raise our profile, therefore it was extremely important that we had a reliable photographer. Karim was working in fairly difficult conditions in a crowded party where he had to get pictures but not be disruptive to the event. He managed this perfectly and captured the essence of the event through excellent photographs which were available from first thing the next day so I could meet press deadlines. Many people have commented on the fantastic quality of the pictures and it has helped us get coverage both online and in traditional print. ”
Tamsin Gregory, Communications Manager, St Giles Trust.