When I'm contracted to photograph an event, my first obligation is, of course, to fulfill the client's requests. It can't just stop there. Today, there are so many people showing up events with expensive of digital camera equipment, it's hard to tell who's the professional, or who's been hired to cover the event.
There's always someone with cameras and lenses equal to or (depending on which camera body I brought) better than what I'm carrying. That means any number of people, eager to post something on their Facebook page, can produce images of equal quality to mine. Lacking the experience and training, if they take enough shots, they will come up with some pretty good stuff. That means I, and every other professional, always has to deliver something more.
One of the ways I do that is by turning the event into an undercover portrait shoot. I grab any opportunity to capture a great portrait within an otherwise candid photo moment. The shot featured was from a birthday celebration. The setting was High Tea at The Rotunda Restaurant, inside Nieman Marcus San Francisco store.
The host had each of the ladies wear fashionable hats. The light was fantastic. It was bright enough, with a soft quality that yielded some gorgeous images. Of course I had quite a few of my client, but I also captured at least one of each of the 11 guests. Where they all had expected basic shots of the event itself, going without flash for the portrait shots allowed me to capture some beautiful images without any posing at all.
The sots are always there. When you're not creating the moment, you just have to look a little deeper to find them.