Oh my goodness, New Years this year was simply amazing! I was asked by Eberly Austin, which is a very popular and high end restaurant, to provide event photography for their James Bond Themed NYE Party. Of course I said yes, I knew this was going to be a glamorous, memorable night!!
Dec 31st 2017 6p, the night of the event it was so very cold!! I don't mean a little cool, I am talking about "my car door was frozen shut" cold. (Texans aren't use to that level of cold - lol)
The evening started off with live music and a burlesque performance. There were bubbles, bites, and endless entertainment throughout the night! Each guest was given about 20,000 chips to use in the Cannon Room Casino, where they played craps, roulette, blackjack, and other forms of poker. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and photographing this kind of event was a lot fun!
There were some amazing raffle prizes that were won through out the night. DJ Men-Yo was on the turntables and was keeping the party vibe going strong all night. I even went out on the dance floor and was shaking my booty just to get that perfect photograph!
Right before the clock struck midnight, we were all handed a complimentary mini-champagne bottle to toast to this great night and to new beginnings! I was ready, camera in hand, and in position, then the clock stuck midnight! People were celebrating, kissing loved ones and cheering together for making it through 2017. I captured every intimate moment as the seconds ticked further into 2018. There was plenty to be thankful for and everyone seemed to embrace the new year with joy.
As the party was winding down and some of the guests were starting to leave. I captured a few more candid moments and then decided I had captured enough. As I was putting up my gear and talking with my assistant, 3 beautiful girls walked passed me towards the exit. One of the girls firmly grabbed my booty!! It took me by surprise, but a welcomed surprise! :D I wonder if I should have said something to them before they walked out, at least ask for a name? However, when I am working, I have the mentality of the event being my work place. What do you guys think, should I have stopped the girls and asked them for a number? or did I do the right thing and kept it professional?
Regardless, I told my assistant about it and she smiled and laughed with me. In fact, we were both smiling about it pretty big. If one of the girls from that night is reading this, thank you for bringing a smile to this photographer and... "call me!" lol :)
In closing, I had a great experience and a lot of fun photographing this event and I look forward to the next one. I am also very thankful for all of the opportunities given to me that allow me to live out my dream. Being an event photographer is very competitive in Austin, but I feel the type of experience I provide while working, capturing moments and telling stories really sets me apart from everyone else.