I continued my long standing relationship with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce when I photographed their 114th Annual Meeting last night at the Vinoy Hotel in of course downtown St. Pete. I have photographed several events at the Vinoy Hotel each time getting to see a new ballroom and that continued last night as well shooting for the first time in the Palm Ballroom. It was not unexpected that it was as about as dark as it gets for indoor photography inside the ballroom.
When I arrived I could hardly make my way through the crowd. It was absolutely jam packed. I found a small corner to unpack and get both my Nikons out. That of course made it even more of a squeeze to get through the crowd with two DSLRs hanging off my shoulders. In such situations I look for a bit of breathing room somewhere and stay put and photograph those that pass by instead of constantly moving through the crowd myself. After a few minutes in a spot, I then move to another one.
Dan Heath gave a very entertaining keynote speech. What I will remember from it is that teenagers make about 29% good decisions, roughly the same percent as businesses do! There were several other speakers before him. It actually takes many shots to get one of a person speaking where the person does not have some kind of unflattering facial expression. Many.
It was a fun event to photograph as I got to see many of my networking and Chamber friends in the crowd and as often happens when I photograph events, I got to run in circles I would normally not be found in. Makes me feel like an insider!