Last Friday I was asked to do event photography for The HOPE Centre, a charity based in Bromyard, Herefordshire that in their own words is ‘for children, families and the community. The HOPE Centre runs adult learning courses for anyone in the community to improve their skills, which may lead to a new job or to further education, or just because they want to learn. HOPE also ensures that their staff get opportunities for additional training and learning so as to advance their careers.
The event I was asked to photograph is called Celebrating Our Achievements, and is an awards ceremony to celebrate those local people, volunteers and staff who have achieved their learning goals to improve their lives. Attended by many staff, trustees, and local and county dignitaries, including the Mayor of Bromyard, representatives from the Lord Lieutenant’s office, plus HOPE’s patron Sir Andrew McFarlane, it was held in the café at the HOPE Centre.
The café quickly filled up with friendly people, many of whom were interested in my photography, so I had several interesting chats in between photographs. From a photographer’s point of view I was pleased that the room was well and mostly evenly lit, so I could avoid unsightly shadows on people’s faces without having to use a flash and I had no issues with white balance from different light sources, as I’ve had in previous event shoots.
If you’ve read some of my other event photography blogs you’ll know that I prefer not to use a flash for such photography work so that I remain an observer, and don’t interfere with the people attending the event with bright flashes of light that simply announce “photographer in the room”. Once people are more aware of a photographer they often tense up and the photographs I get are not as relaxed or natural.
I wish The HOPE Centre all the best for the future.