Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.”

-Douglas H. Everett

We recently photographed a gala at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The national library serves as the primary place of research for the US Congress. Founded in 1800, it is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States (Library of Congress). So, it would make sense that the building is already a place of wonder as it stands. The walls of books, ornate architecture, and towering columns make all who enter stand in awe. It houses everything from incredibly rare manuscripts to children’s books – and even full collections of music!

Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

To say it’s a uniquely inspiring place to host an event is an understatement. In fact, it takes about an hour to tour and experience all the building has to offer. 

But when you take the venue’s inherent splendor, partner it with an excellent event planner, and add in extraordinary décor and lighting, and you end up with something truly jaw dropping! When we saw how the event planners and professionals utilized creative design techniques, we were amazed by how they transformed an already-incredible venue.

Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

3 Ways to Wow Your Guests:

1.    Stunning Décor – Décor is crucial at setting the overall tone and vibe of your event. Whether you opt for a fun theme or surprise guests with sophisticated, eye-catching designs, a wedding planner can help make sure that your overall look is equally cohesive and beautiful. Décor is one of the best ways to make an impact.

Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

2.    Dramatic Lighting – Yes, the venue probably already has some professional lighting – to an extent. But their lighting is focused on simply highlighting what the venue has to offer. When you invest in professional event lighting, your lighting professional will know how to make the best use of the architectural details and amplify them even more. We’ve seen lighting professionals who made guests feel like they were under water and some who painted patriotic flags across entire walls. Lighting can make all the difference in enhancing the grandeur.

3.    Unique Entertainment – Find a keynote speaker who tells amazing stories or book someone who can reenact a famous politician or celebrity’s famous work. Dinner and toasts are great, but take it to the next level by enlisting some professional entertainment.

Gala Photographers at Library of Congress Washington DC

Once you’ve done all that, don’t forget to document the experience through photography. At Event Photojournalism, we help you relax and enjoy the party while we capture all of the unforgettable moments through lifelike images. For more information, message info@rodneybailey.com.