I had the sincere pleasure of shooting this year’s Net Driven Christmas party earlier in December, and wanted to share a few photos from that fantastic evening. This is my second year providing photographic coverage for Net Driven’s party, and I am just thrilled that they invited me back. Throughout the past year I kept hearing about how much fun they were having with the photos from 2014, and that’s about the highest praise a photographer can get!
This year’s party was held at the Colannade in Scranton, an old mansion in the historic Hills Section that’s been restored to glory and now serves as an events space. I can’t overstate what a lovely setting it was, especially done up for the holidays, which included at least three large, ornately decorated Christmas trees. I was able to setup in the blue room, using the fireplace as a backdrop, and with the addition of a little photography lighting magic we had the perfect set.
I think it’s a good tradition, having photos at a Christmas party. It’s a way of recording a company’s history, or including it’s employees, but most of all it’s just plain downright fun! Folks really get into it, and I had a steady stream of smiling models all night long. I shot couples and friends, coworking teams and even whole departments.
And as they did last year, Net Driven provided a supply of props that could be used in the photos, everything from Santa hats and reindeer antlers to oversized sunglasses and silly signs. The props are a big hit, and while I shot a lot of prop-less photos for people who wanted a nice holiday photograph, many of them then opted for a second, fun photo to indulge a moment of silliness.
Of course no party would be complete without some dancing and karaoke at the end! And I made sure to grab a few photos of that as well. Those probably aren’t the shots that will make the company newsletter, but I know that everyone will enjoy them!
Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all! Here’s to new photographic adventures in the year to come, and good times with friends and family!
Got a wonderful email from the folks at the Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation the other day; I entered their photo contest back in the spring and won first place in the outdoor category with a photo of Lackawanna Lake during the Halloween snowstorm in 2011.
Well, turns out that PPFF liked the image so much, they used it on their holiday postcards! I received an envelope in the mail a few days later with a handful of postcards that they were kind enough to send me – that’s the scanned image above.
I’m thrilled – what a kickoff to the holidays!
Ah, the obligatory couple’s Christmas photo. It’s a tradition. The girlfriend gets all excited while the photographer boyfriend becomes all sorts of awkward at having to sit in front of the lens. Not the place he feels comfortable. But in the end, it was worth it. And we had fun. After all, sometimes you only have to take one serious photo, and then you can be goofy. “Christmas Gothic,” for instance.Read More...
This is Gianna, one of the cutest gals I’ve had the pleasure of working with, and certainly a far cry younger than the high school seniors I’ve been working with! Her mom wanted photos for the annual Christmas card, so we got together at the local playground and did the a series outdoors. It took little Gianna a few minutes to warm up to the camera, but after that, she was magic. Read More...