One of my favourite parts of my job is getting out to shoot on location. And I especially love when on location shoots stretch over a few days across a conference type event, because I can really capture the flow of emotions and experiences everyone attending shared.
This past winter I had the chance to shoot for GE VENTURES all-hands conference in Phoenix with their employees from all over the country. It was hot on the heels of a brutal winter storm, though, so unfortunately the three day event had to be compressed into just two jam-packed days.
Day One featured keynotes, and breakout sessions at the Waldorf Astoria during the day, followed by Hummer rides through the desert that night with a cook out and line dancing! The country and western theme of the evening fit the setting and gave everyone the chance to let their hair down.
Day Two was filled to the brim with meetings, with an awards ceremony in the evening for GE VENTURES in a gorgeous 1920s themed room. The decorations throughout were amazing - Katie Bertelsen did an incredible job showing off her event planning skills. Throughout I was there, quietly snapping away in the background, creating a photographic record of the event.
It was exciting to be a part of this event, even if only in the background. I got to feel the excitement of the employees who attended as they connected with one another and interacted with the program that had been put together for them. For me as the photographer, the best part is being able to capture all those special moments and provide everyone who attended with the memories for those exciting two days.