Event photography is akin to documentary photography but with a twist: you actually get to interact (or not) with your subjects. The challenge is to capture the sweep of feelings and personalities that attend the event. The photographer walks a line between being visible and engaging to invisible and unobtrusive.
People are dynamic subjects, always ready to start mugging for the camera. Sometimes you just have to go with this. But, there always comes a moment when they disarm and you can get that great natural shot that exudes personality.
Ron has worked a variety of events, including the 1987 Governor’s Conference on Women, the Montreal International Celtic Festival (2000-2003, official site photographer), and Vermont Clay Studio annual tea party and classes. Other events include a behind the scenes look at community theater rehearsals (North Hero Village Players), a pig roast, and the now infamous Pisces Party. He’s photographed weddings as well, including his own!
Of course, one’s own family is a rolling series of events. Those photographs can be accessed through the Personal or Albums sections of this web site.
Digital photography has opened up new opportunities for self-expression. Some of the above links go to static images, collections of photographs of particular events. However, in several instances the photos have been combined with music (and eventually with voice-overs) to convey more “information” about the event, as slideshows or, as I prefer to call them, mini-movies (most of these shows are rather large and will work only with broadband and the latest browser versions; an alternative is to download the show separately using the links at the bottom of the slideshow main page). In the Missisquoi Bay Bridge turtle monitoring project, these “mini-movies” have been particularly useful.