Posts Tagged ‘events’

Photographing a Tennis Legend

Last Friday, I photographed a charity event, for Circle of Care, a wonderful organization that provides support to families of children with cancer. HP Hood, the milk company, presented a check to Circle of Care. Hood’s spokesperson for the evening was Chris Evert, the tennis legend. Chris is pictured above with Liz Salguero, Founder and President of Circle of Care.

I had an opportunity to chat with Chris Evert for a half an hour or so before the event. She’s a wonderful person and took a genuine interest in Circle of Care and the stories of the people who started the organization and those they care for now.  And, she was very patient with me as I photographed her with various guests at the event, always willing to pose for one more shot.

After the event, I looked up a few of the highlights of Chris Evert’s tennis career. She won 157 singles tournaments, including 18 Grand Slams. Her career wins/losses record of 1309-136, a winning percentage of 90%, is the highest of any man or woman in the open era. Whew!

Here are a couple of other images from the evening.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

baptism and joyful family gathering!

by Blake Robinson

November 21st, 2010    3 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently I had the honor of  shooting a baptism of two babies and a  gathering of their extended family of 14 people.  We started at the church and took a few images after the service (no pictures allowed during the service – a good thing).  In the image above, if you look carefully at the bottom center of the frame, you will see a small edge of the glass baptismal font – a subtle discovery.  We just had a few minutes to grab these images, as the church was being set up for the next service.  The altar guild was patient with me, for which I am grateful!

After the church service, we went to the home of the grandparents.  A few days before the baptism, I’d scouted the home and had chosen a sun porch to take some of the family pictures. There was a lot of natural warm light in the room and I filled in with one strobe light in an umbrella. I’ve learned to keep things simple.

The babies were adorable. When this picture was taken, one was a bit happier than the other. Both were real troopers!

This was a fun day for me all around.  Everyone in the family was terrific – and photogenic to boot.  The family was pleased with my work, which of course makes it all worthwhile. I don’t do a lot of “event” photography, but after this experience, I’m ready to do more.  Do you have a special family event planned?

After the inside shots, of several combinations of the 14 people, we took some pictures of the whole group outside.

Shooting a Dance Revue

by Blake Robinson

October 4th, 2010    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently I had the opportunity of shooting a dress rehearsal for “An Evening of Dance 2010,” a wonderful dance revue put on by The Darien Art Center. The program featured dancers from middle school age up to adults.

As anyone who has tried to shoot in a theatre knows, the conditions are tough for photography.

It’s dark, so it’s tough to get a clear, well-focused shot. The lighting colors are challenging. And things move fast.

So here are my tips for shooting dance in a theatre:

1)  If you can, see a performance or rehearsal before you shoot – then, you have some chance to anticipate the action.

2) Shoot at as high an ISO as your camera will allow. On my Nikon D700, I shot most of these images at ISO 4000 or 5000. You’ll have some “noise,” which you can alleviate in Photoshop or similar programs – to some degree.

3)  Shoot at a pretty fast shutter speed. In these pictures I mostly used 1/500th of a second

4)  Take lots of pictures, to assure enough keepers.

5)  Shoot “loose” – that is, with a lot of space around the dancers. You can crop in the photos in editing.

6) Keep checking how the images look on the back of the camera. Makes adjustments as necessary as you go along.

7) try different angles – get down low, shoot from the side if you can, etc. Take risks – shoot ideas that you don’t think will “work” – many of them will surprise you.

It was terrific fun for me to shoot this evening of wonderful entertainment.  As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

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