But when a regular client contacted me with a job, it was impossible to turn down the opportunity to work. So we trimmed 2 days off our planned getaway so that I could photograph an internal conference at the local convention center for a major international pharmaceutical company.
I cut my teeth as a photographer in my 20's doing just this sort of work for a large insurance company and I know that the pace is going to be grueling.
After finding a place to safely stash my extra equipment and having a good look at my schedule, I make a quick stop at the coffee station to get a bit of caffeine to keep me going. Then I head in to the ballroom to find myself a seat that gives me good access to photograph the podium and move around the room without getting in people's way. Since the events are being webcast internationally, I take a quick scan of the video set up and their line of view to make sure that I stay out of it!
Test shot of the podium. This is going to be my view off and on throughout the day. But this is not all sitting around!! The presentations in the ballroom are just a small portion of what is planned so I am racing in and out at a quiet but rapid pace.
If I am not running, I am waiting. I must keep my cell phone on but it is kept on vibrate (throughout the conference, I am at the beck and call of literally a dozen people!). But when things get slow, I surreptitiously check it for business emails and really important stuff like the news feeds of social media!
Whats in the bag?? Two Nikons, three lenses, one Quantum Q-Flash, three Quantum batteries, a JustRite Bracket, one Nikon SB-800 outfitted with one pretty expensive piece of Tupperware that I have borrowed from a friend to try out before buying (the jury is out on this one.......somehow I resist spending $125 on something that needs gaffer tape to keep it in place). Also; extra batteries and media cards. If this isn't enough, there is back up equipment in the car.
This conference is not about pharmaceuticals......it is about food....endless amounts. The continental breakfast gets cleared away and morning coffee and snacks set up. That gets cleared up for lunch....which gets cleared up for afternoon coffee and cookies.
And that is not all! Every trade booth has a candy bowl. You can tell Halloween is just around the corner.