One of the common precepts I hear in photography is to get out of your comfort zone... try a style of photography you've never done to explore new avenues... great way to get more in tune with your gear, potentially evolve your photographic style and techniques, and even expand your post processing style and skills.
That is where my photographic journey took me this weekend.
Large events and conferences are not my particular area... people seated, people talking, people listening... not typically my thing.
Can I tell you a secret? Though I can shift into appearing very comfortable in large gatherings, I'm not... then throw being the photographer of said event, for two days of gathering and talks, on top of that and now you know about how nervous I was as to the outcome of this particular photographic experiment.
This was a good event and an amazing group to step that far out of my comfort zone for and with.
First, I know a few of these folks personally from working with them daily on our campus... and a good many of the others from working with them long distance via email and phone (they came to Chicago from all across the US and Canada - over 350 of them in total).
And they are the most accepting, most loving, most amazing group of people... truly!
The moment they meet you you are their family.
The period at the end of that sentence - it's not just there for grammatical purposes. It's there because there are no caveats to that statement. This is not hyperbole - really!
Now, on the one hand this helped significantly... but, on the other hand I spent a fair amount of time praying that I was doing a decent job with the photos so as not to let them down.
So, Pentax K3ii wearing a Tamron 70-200 2.8 (I like to be out of the action when I shoot people - candid... my favorite style of people photography.) - three charged batteries and one 64gb memory card (well, RAW to one 64gb and JPG to the other 64gb as a backup and for quick social media usage).
Being that these are of people at an event I want to make sure there any privacy concerns are addressed. These will all be publicly posted on our public sites and social media outlets, so I don't see any privacy concerns with sharing them in this way. That said, I won't leave captions on any of them so as to not accidentally cross that line by giving any names or the such. I did scroll through and check for name tags - the only two I saw were one first name (on someone I know won't mind) and one on a priest (so his name is public knowledge and he is also pretty well know on social media for his popular channels).
Side Note: Actually, part of my job is to spread word and 'market' their communities - so if you are interested in more info about an amazing lay/tertiary religious group that has communities across the continent just let me know and I can absolutely get you in touch with a community near you!
Below are some of my favorites from the set.
The full set, ~160 images, is available at https://tinyurl.com/2019LCC
Admittedly, some are 'favorites' not because they are stellar examples of photography but because I know the people and they are, to me, amazing captures of the joy and love I see in all of them. Absolutely AMAZING group of people!
So, How did I do?
So I just went through and CTRL-Clicked the images to select a few of my favorites for this blog and I now realize it is a LOT of images... sorry!