The Balancing Act

This week I had the pleasure of shooting a couple events for Aerotek, an operating company within Allegis Group, that provides professional and technical staffing services.  I’m not new to shooting corporate events, as I’ve shot a number of different events for a wide range of companies, and I’ve learned that one thing remains consistent in the corporate world.  The people at the top usually don’t like having their picture taken!  Just as in the wedding industry, “traditional” style photographers who are often “in your face” the entire time, have once again given photographers in general a bad name!  So knowing this was a concern, just as it is in the wedding world, I made sure my subjects knew that I was to try my hardest not to be seen, or heard, the entire time!

It’s a fine line you walk as the type of photographer that I am –  trying to constantly balance between being too involved and noticeable on one hand, while trying to make sure you take the right positions and get the best shots on the other hand.  That’s not something that can be taught very easily.  This is where I think my experience in poker comes in handy (in case you did not know, my wife would say I’m addicted – but sadly, it’s just a hobby).  I’m constantly reading people’s non-verbal cues to judge if I can move in, if I need to move out, if I can go ahead and fire, or if I need to hold tight for a bit.  I also draw on my experience shooting politics, corporate events, weddings, etc. to read various personalities and apply the appropriate technique to each situation.  Many photographers say that having a photographic eye is one thing that cannot be taught.  But, I think the balancing act of knowing where to be, when to be there, when to and when NOT to shoot, is one more thing that cannot be taught.  In many ways, knowing that balancing act is just as important as having a “photographic eye.”

When shooting corporate events, you always wonder what the company’s culture is like.  I tend to automatically think corporate events are more “timid” than the weddings I shoot on a regular basis.  But this could not have been further from the truth with this week’s events – the people at Aerotek were outgoing and friendly while maintaining a great deal of professionalism.  I could not have asked for a better group of people to work for and enjoyed being as “ninja like” as possible in getting my shots while being as discreet as possible.  “Traditional” photographers take note – nobody likes a photographer in their face!

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Darrell Issa, the Not-So-Grand Inquisitor (Mother Jones)

 

 

 

 

Congressman DARRELL ISSA chairs a hearing on "Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).".... (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman DARRELL ISSA chairs a hearing on "Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).".... (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Mother Jones picked up this photo from the stock library for an article on Congressman Darrell Issa – click here to read the full article – http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/09/darrell-issa-house-oversight-chairman

If I’m on the “Super-Committee”, I’m a “Super-Congressman” right?

I have no doubt that the creation of a so-called “Super-Committee” by the President served as an extreme ego-boost to all of the congressman and senators who serve on it.  I mean, who’s head wouldn’t get bigger if they were appointed to anything “Super”?  Back in my days of pumping gas (yes, yes I did), I bet I would have been on cloud 9 if my boss appointed me to a special “Super-Pumper” position!  I like to think I was a “Super-lifeguard” — but of course everyone back at Arlington Forest Swim and Dive Club knows this — afterall, just look at how things took a turn for the worse once I got a “real job”! 🙂  And I know I was a “Super-Intern” at my various internships in college! 🙂  lol — and my wife will tell you I’m a “Super Husband” —  I think I’ll start wearing a cape around all the time.

The terminology is certainly entertaining – but as “Super” as these people are I’m kind of shocked.   The entire time I’m sitting in the well taking (super) photos and listening to what the CBO Director is saying – I’m a surprised that the members of the “Super Committee” are acting like what is coming out of the CBO Director’s mouth is NEWS to them!!  I’d like to not believe that the fact that the US spends far more than it brings in, and can not sustain this path is not NEWS to our congressman and senators —  but apparently it is.  —  The same way I sat in on congressional hearings involving the US Postmaster General warning of dire financial situations for the US Post Office — and yet, our leaders still continue to act like this is NEWS —  I’d like to tell them “HEY, This guy came in here over a year ago and warned you of this – and obviously you guys did nothing to solve the situation”.

I’m beginning to think the only thing that gets done in Washington is a lot of talk —  about things they are going to talk about next.

Hey, “Super” Committee –  Stop spending like you are in congress! — oh…. wait.

Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders.  The committee discussed "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats", and Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders. The committee discussed “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats”, and Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders.  The committee discussed "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats", and Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Congressional Budget Office Director DOUGLAS ELMENDORF testifies before the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee, deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders. The committee discussed “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats”, and Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Maryland Congressman CHRIS VAN HOLLEN during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders)  hearing on "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats."  Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Maryland Congressman CHRIS VAN HOLLEN during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders) hearing on “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats.” Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Massachusetts Senator JOHN KERRY during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the 'super committee' by Washington insiders)  hearing on "The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats."  Elmendorf said that "Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both." (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Massachusetts Senator JOHN KERRY during the Joint Deficit Reduction Committee (deemed the ‘super committee’ by Washington insiders) hearing on “The history and drivers of our nations debt and its threats.” Elmendorf said that “Citizens will either have to pay more for their government, accept less in government services and benefits, or both.” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
FBI Director ROBERT MUELLER testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Homeland Security Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on "Ten Years After 9/11:  Are We Safer?" (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)
Homeland Security Secretary JANET NAPOLITANO testifies before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Hearing on “Ten Years After 9/11: Are We Safer?” (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)