VIP Red Carpet Events | Washington DC Photographer

Roll out that red carpet! Over the years, our team has had the privilege of photographing some incredible events with even more distinguishable key note speakers – Oprah Winfrey, President Obama, and Jay Leno, just to name a few. As photojournalists, there is no greater honor than being asked to document such historic events and iconic celebrities. 

Photojournalism is more than just taking photos of an event or portraits of people; clients hire us because of our skill and eye for capturing images at just the right moment. Events like these don’t happen every day, especially with such influential and acclaimed speakers, so coordinating angles, expressions, lighting, and timing is absolutely crucial. We know that if you blink, you might just miss that perfect shot. So, our photographers are trained to not blink. 

We’re kidding, of course. 

But all kidding aside, here are three ways our team of photographers – or photojournalists, rather – are both qualified and experienced enough to capture striking photos for your next red-carpet event:

1.   Personification – Our team of expert event photographers knows just where to stand to capture carefully coordinated images. We strive to photograph the distinctive expressions that embody each celebrity’s personality (i.e. the expressions and body language for which they’re known). 

For instance, Stevie Wonder’s bold smile and slightly upturned face as he effortlessly tickles the keys on the piano. You’d know that look anywhere. Or President Obama’s deeply thoughtful gaze that pulls you in as he connects with his listeners about an important topic. These aren’t easy ‘click and capture’ moments – they require anticipation and skill.

2.   Lighting – When you look at TIME Magazine, their images have a certain look. They’re clear and vibrant. You feel like you’re there in the moment through live-action photos. Even with lighting that is less than ideal – as many venues often are – our team of photojournalists excels in finding light and manipulating it to create those bold, magazine-worthy images.

3.   Storytelling – This is one of the most vital pieces of photojournalism. When you ask for event photos, you want images that do just that: convey the event.You probably aren’t looking for posed portraits, and we aren’t leaving after guests walk the red carpet. We’re there to document the entire event as it unfolds: the looks of surprise or concern on the audience’s faces as they engage with the speaker; the handshakes and moments of human connection. Although you can’t hear through images, we want you to feel through them. 

As you view the images from the event, you’ll be able to follow the lighthearted introduction and recognize the transition into something deeper through the speaker’s outreached hand and somber face. 

Images have the power to tell the whole story, sometimes in ways that words alone cannot.