On Thursday I was asked by my lovely friend Jonathan if I could take photographs at an event his work was hosting on Saturday because the photographer they did have couldn't do it at the last minute.
The background to the event is a bit long winded so bare with me! UK Fast is the company Jonathan works for, they sponsor the Sale Sharks and it is Charlie Hodgson's testimonial (10th) year with the Sale Sharks. Fans of Charlie are called Charlies Angels and this was a Charlies Angels event, raising money for the Pink Ribbon Foundation.
The event took place at Harvey Nichols in Manchester and included a catwalk show, auction and the opportunity to have your photograph taken with the Sale Sharks (this is where I come in!).
This is a photo of Rachael and Harriet the main organisers (turns out Jonathan works with some pretty stunning people! UK Fast is an internet hosting company FYI). They are standing against my photo wall for the evening. Obviously this is now second nature to me after Pride (!) however shiny black and flash light is not a great combination for anyone designing these in the future!
I had two cameras on the go, one set up to take 'ready to print jepgs' and my D700 to do the atmosphere. All the photos taken by the wall were printed and sold on the night. And no laptop tweaking so the pressure was on! I definitely need to get better at producing perfectly composed images right out of the camera.
Here's some of the Sharks by the photo wall.
I'd never photographed a catwalk show before so that was a bit of a learning curve (particularly with focusing). However a 'not in a shop' catwalk I guess would have more flattering lighting! Here's my favorites.
Following the catwalk and photo wall I was there to capture the atmosphere of the event. The little silver boxes contained chocolates and for one lucky winner a diamond necklace!
This is the lady who won the necklace.
And it was Jonathan who rounded off the evening with a quick interview with Charlie.
Thanks for thinking of me! I hope loads of money was raised for Pink Ribbon.