Two months ago I was invited to photograph the Autism Society of Boulder County‘s annual Wine Tasting / Auction Fundraiser. I accepted right away because I knew this would be a great learning experience for me, working with a lot of awesome folks.
It’s amazing how much you can learn from one several-hour-long photo shoot.
The yellow walls and lighting inside the St. Julian were one of the biggest shooting and editing challenges I have faced. This building definitely has character and I’d love to shoot the challenges it presents again.
Here’s the setup I used for most of my shots:
- My trusty Nikon D5100 with its standard 18-55mm kit lens
- My Yongnou Speedlite (I was amazed at what a difference even a budget speedlite like this could make in my portrait photography!)
- My Vello Light Bouncer Plus with gold foil insert (to match the yellow lighting of the St. Julian)
- My awesome Star Trek strap, custom made for me by the awesome ToBoldlyHold on etsy
The event showcased some student artwork:
There was lots of great wine from many fantastic vendors!
I got involved in this originally through my practicum work at Temple Grandin School (working towards my teaching license), so it was nice to see some of those fine folks there!
It was a lot of fun shooting the lively auctioneer for the event!
One of the best perks of the night: I got to meet two members of the 501st Mountain Garrison (i.e. Stormtroopers)! These guys spend tons of money making their own, awesome costumes, and then make appearances for charity! How cool is that?
Overall, a great way to spend my birthday, and I look forward to working with ABSC again!