Periodically as a Tampa Event Photographer I get to photograph government officials and politicians ranging from the Mayor of St. Petersburg all the way to the U.S. Secretary of Labor. This afternoon I had the opportunity to photograph Florida Governor Rick Scott when he appeared at the Office Depot Foundation event celebrating its charity work giving away backpacks full of school supplies to Tampa Bay area children.
This was my third time photographing an event for Office Depot who I am very glad to continue to have a very good business relationship with. Shooting these events helped me to learn the real world efforts Office Depot puts forth that directly help the local community any particular store is in.
People of all ages were excited for their chance to shake hands with the Governor and have a little chat with him. I was frankly surprised that these girls showed up early to the event just for their "grip & grin" chance as it is called in the industry.
It was a bit of a tight fit, but everyone honored at the event was able to be fit into a single photo. I stood up on a chair to be able to make this shot, guessing that standing on the floor right in front of them may not be enough. The event took place right in an Office Depot in a small area prepared for less people than the many that actually came! It was nice and cozy though.
I was by no means the only photographer there. Plus, there were several camera men. So I had to compete for space and positioning most of the time at the event, as well as predict where the best angle to photograph the Governor would be as he mingled throughout the store. It was a fun challenge and kind of cool to be around the local press and media. Thank you again to Office Depot for the opportunity!