Karli Myers of Karli Ryan Photography, who has captured thousands of photos at Passion conferences, Passion City Church gatherings and Catalyst events, shares best practices for planners looking to get the most bang for their buck when it comes to event photography. Read on for tips on how to set your photographer up for success and avoid stale, stuffy conference photos.
What should planners keep in mind when searching for an event photographer?
The most important thing is to book someone who does more than one specific type of photography. I shoot events but also weddings and families, which helps me step outside of more corporate events and bring some life to them. A [versatile] photographer will be creative and make a conference look unique.
What shots generate the most positive feedback from planners?
People like close-up shots, the ones that make you feel like you were onstage. Wide shots are cool and visually pleasing but don’t show the speaker’s emotion or make you feel super engaged.
What other shots are popular?
People love seeing who is in the audience and what the emotion is in the room. The best [photos] happen when people react without realizing the camera is there, especially during faith-based conferences.
What’s a common miss among planners?
With conferences, there is usually a lot going on at the same time in different locations. It’s helpful to have multiple photographers because it’s impossible for one person to get everything [onstage] captured, much less the more candid shots. Make sure you make a detailed shot list ahead of time and figure out if there’s much overlap.