GRAND BALL AND DINNER WITH THE IMPERIAL VIENNA ORCHESTRA – THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE NORWICH – NORFOLK EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER
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Well, I mentioned in an earlier post that I had an engagement the evening of my first solo wedding up in Burnham Market……well, here it is, my first solo formal event to photograph! Of course, it was not only my first solo formal event but my also first ever attempt at using off-camera flash in such conditions. So, no pressure then!
Having left Lisa and Nathan to enjoy the rest of their wedding day in Burnham Market, I sped to Norwich (via home for a quick shower, a battery re-charge and to collect my assistant for the evening (my long-suffering wife!)) where a Grand Ball and Dinner were being held at the splendid Assembly House. On this occasion, while not shooting with Phil Barnes, I was shooting on behalf of Phil as he was unable to personally cover this event. Having worked at The Assembly House with Phil previously, I knew that I needed to arrive nice and early to make contact with the event organisers, find a good spot to take some formal shots and to get set-up. Fortunately, throughout the evening I was in the great hands of Karen Wortley and between her and my brilliant assistant we managed to capture all of the group and formal shots outside The Assembly House prior to everyone sitting down to dinner. It was a little cold, dark and windy outside but, aside from the odd lighting brolly falling over, we managed to capture some nice shots of everyone on arrival.
After what looked like an absolutely fantastic meal, the majestic Imperial Vienna Orchestra provided an amazing musical accompaniment to the Grand Ball which ran on for the remainder of the evening. While I know absolutely nothing about dancing (dad-dancing aside!), I do know what people having fun looks like and it was an absolute delight after such a long day of taking photographs to be still enjoying capturing shots of people literally having a ball late into the evening. At 11pm, Pauline and I said our farewells to Karen, Donna and Dario and went home for the deepest of sleeps I’ve had for some time.
A day of firsts for me and my fledgling business but, on reflection, a hugely rewarding day that stretched me while ultimately boosting my confidence hugely.
Finally, if you are organising an event and think that you’d like to have a photographer along to capture the moment, please do get in touch. My event photography rates can be found here and I’d love to hear from you.