Event photography is a blast. You never quite know what to expect, and the energy is fabulous. Although I started my photography business doing only portrait sessions, after photographing my first event, I was hooked!
A bit of a back story on why this may be so….I spent nine years in capital equipment sales and those nine years were filled with a lot of “firsts.” First sales call, first sales meeting, first lost sale, first won sale, first equipment failure in front of a chief decision maker…you get the picture. A LOT of firsts. The night before every sales call was filled with a mix of preparation and anxiety, and each day was filled with knowing new people and new environments, and I loved the energy it filled me with. Connection became my calling and fed my heart and soul as I sold hematology equipment throughout New England. I saw myself as a problem solver and I prided myself on making people’s lives easier because of my equipment. What to some might have looked like ‘just a sales job’, was something entirely different to me, because I loved connecting with my customers. Finding out what they loved and what mattered most to them was my joy and lead to many wonderful friendships and sales. Sales was not my focus, connection was.
Flash forward to my photography business and what has driven my energy….yes, I love the technology and the light, but what truly drives me is the people. Connecting with people because of my photography has been such a joy. And through an event, you come to meet so many people doing what they love to do while they are connecting with those they love doing it with. It’s like speed dating 20-100 people at a time, and it’s a perfect match for my personality. The added bonus is solving the event-giver’s ‘problem’ of how to capture the memories and yet still enjoy the party…click! I completely love my portrait business and getting to know the families, teens and adults who I have the privilege of photographing, and I am happy to say, that I also love my event photography and being a part of the memories, joy and connection that is the wonderful by-product of group gatherings.
So, there you have it, I’ve once again found a career for myself that thrives on firsts, and I’ll be the first to say…I absolutely love it! 💕
These photos are all from a recent event I photographed for the Spear family at Woodland Golf Club. I so enjoyed capturing their ebullient and beautiful daughter, Jenny, at her high school graduation party. Her gorgeous and fun-loving friends surrounded her in celebrating this important milestone, and their willingness to ham it up for the camera was a pleasure. It was a non-stop 3 hour event full of gathering and re-arranging the guests in multiple poses and settings, and we all had a great time doing it.
“We contracted Beth to take informal and formal pictures at our daughter’s graduation party. The girls loved having their pictures taken and Beth made them feel so comfortable and captured unposed moments that ended up being all of our favorites. Beth was able to gather groups together without being intrusive or taking too much time. I would highly recommend Beth for any occasion!”
Linda Spear, Wellesley, MA