Event Photography – Oconomowoc Luncheon

Posted on June 3, 2014 in Professional Photo Portfolio


This June I was hired to shoot an event in Oconomowoc. The luncheon was hosted by the Jewish Women’s League, and was an annual event to celebrate a year of Jewish Women’s programming in the area. There were 40 or so participants, and the event included several speakers and performers. It took place in the Oconomowoc Community Center, a beautiful space overlooking Lac La Belle in Oconcomowoc, Wisconsin.




The space was very interesting, but also challenging. The vast amount of window light was useful in some circumstances, but often left the subjects backlit. I had to be careful with my exposure compensation. Fortunately the ambient light remained consistent throughout the afternoon. There were also overhead lights that offered a combination of cool spot lights and incandescent chandeliers.








I was shooting with my Yongnuo 568EX on the camera, and was trying out my small Rogue Flashbender for the first time. I shot TTL using Flash Exposure compensation to dial in more or less light as needed. That combination worked well for this event.

During the performance portion of the event, the space in which this took place had a slanted ceiling. I was able to reverse my flash head to bounce light off the ceiling behind me to get a pretty even light across the area. Of course, shooting behind me, I had to be aware of the appropriate angle as I maneuvered around the audience.






I shot this event largely with my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 and my recently acquired Tamron 18-200mm lenses. I also shot a few candids with my Nikkor 55mm f/3.5 Micro manual focus lens.