Monday, May 31, 2010

Marlboro College Commencement

Marlboro College recently asked me to photograph their commencement.

(You may click on any image to enlarge it.)

Commencements are right up there with weddings and reunions when it comes to event photography. There are a range of emotions, as students celebrate their four years of hard work, and say good-bye to friends and teachers.

Ellen McCulloch-Lovell, Marlboro's president, welcomes the students and their parents.

I'm always looking for three things in creating images at events—the first is finding beautiful light.

The second is catching a moment—a fleeting gesture that is four or more years in the making.

The third thing is composition—highlighting an interaction in the midst of many interactions, focusing on simple, poignant moments.

One of the joys of event photography, whether it is a commencement, a wedding, or performance art, is recording a powerful and important moment so that years from now, we can return to the image and be reminded of the details, the feelings, and the memories of that day.

I loved the light in this part of the room!

Members of the Class of 2025?

The good-byes begin.

Long-time friends bump into one another.

A parent meeting one of her son's favorite professors.

There were a lot of beautiful colors on this sunny spring morning.

Heading off to the next adventures that life has in store.

May your day be filled with new adventures as well!

Thanks for taking a moment to look at these images.