Last Saturday, I had an opportunity to shoot an event at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. This was my first experience shooting an event of this size and I was excited about the opportunity. The three day event I shot was the DFW Golf Show. There were some well know sponsors for this event such as Edwin Watts Golf, HP Byron Nelson Championship, The Ticket Sports Radio, CBS 11, Golf Digest and many more. It was a fun event, with door prizes, shopping deals, skills testing, lessons and competitions. 

In planning for this event, I inventoried my gear to see if I had what I needed to get the job done.  I had all the gear I needed except for one particular lens, the 70-200 2.8. I keep going back and forth on weather I would rent this lens. In the end I thought it would be better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it. I contacted Competitive Camera to see if they had it available for rent, and they did. It was only $35 to rent. I'm so glad I rented because I used for a lot of shots, especially shooting the main stage. This lens is next on my list to purchase. A few days before the event, I got a shot list from the organizer, so I knew what shots I would be taking.

When I got to the convention center, I located the event organizer whom I had communicated with a few days prior to the event. We went over a few details, confirmed I had the shot list, and I was off to shoot the event. For the next four hours, I walked around the convention and took the required shots on the list as well as anything I found interesting. I was surprised how many families where at the event, which was great, because I love candid shots of people. Here are a few shots from the event.

LPGA Pros Brittany Lang, Gerina Piller & Angela Stanford

From Stranger to Client

Back in December (2013), I was at Klyde Warren Park, looking to take some stranger portraits with the huge Christmas Tree in the background. I saw two ladies taking each other's picture in front of the tree and I offered to take a picture of both of them, they said sure.  One of the ladies handed me her camera and I took a few shots for them. I told them I was out taking stranger portraits and would they mind if I take a shot of them with my camera as well, they kindly agreed. I told them if they wanted a copy of the picture I would send it to them and I gave them one of my business cards. 

Nu (right) and friend at Klyde Warren Park

Nu (right) and friend at Klyde Warren Park

A few weeks later I got an email from Nu, requesting a copy of the picture. She also stated she was in real estate and would need a head shot very soon. I sent her the picture taken at Klyde Warren and offered to take her head shot whenever she was ready. In February, Nu contacted me regarding the head shot and we setup an appointment. 

After the shoot, Nu told me this was her first photo shoot and she said something that really blessed me. She said I made her feel very comfortable. That was very encouraging to hear. That's the goal of any photographer, because once you become comfortable in front of the camera, the images become authentic. This is the second time, I've taken a strangers portrait, that later turned into a client. It was a great experience and we had an awesome time at the studio. Below are some of the images from Nu's very first photo shoot.