I was kindly asked by Ashby School in Leicestershire to photograph their 6th form prom celebrations. I love these kinds of engagements as it allow me to celebrate with the students who have spent the past two years working towards their A-levels.
The prom was held in a fantastic venue in Leicester called Athena - It seemed to me that it had previously been a theatre or cinema - but just a magical place with great staff.
For proms/dances, I typically work to three main schedules.
Schedule 1 (18:30-19:45) arrivals: I setup in the arrival area with a backdrop and two Profoto B2 heads (and soft boxes) - its a simple setup, but gives great results in most venues. This is where people start to arrive and partake in a welcome drink - this is my opportunity to grab the more formal poses of groups and friends.
Schedule 2 (20:00-21:00) dinner: While dinner is served, I make my way around the tables and grab shots as people are relaxing and chatting. I tried the Profoto A1X flash unit for this event - which worked really well.
Schedule 3 (21:00-22:30) after dinner: folks come back to my photo area for more group shots - only this time, they are more relaxed and we get some really great shots of friends together before heading off into the big wide world.
Thank you to all the staff and students of Ashby School, as well as the management and staff of Athena for a great night.