I was the official photographer for the 6th Annual Center for Alexandria's Children Gala held at Virtue Feed and Grain in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. 2015CACGALA--239Photo by Jim Craige- www.jimprophoto.com
The event was the night of February 27 and it was a standing room only fundraiser for the CAC. The theme was the seventies, complete with music of the era and a disco ball. Find all the photographs here.
The event started with VIP guests gathering in the back room and presenting awards. The party continued through the bar and restaurant with many guests decked out in their most seventies garb. It was a fun night for all! The food and service was top notch, served in the warmth and comfort of the Virtue Feed and Grain.
The silent auction allowed the participants to make even more contributions to this fine organization, and the tables were busy through the night with many bids. There are few causes that are more stirring than being able to directly impact a child's life. The CAC has a mission of helping children and families who have been victimized or are in need of assistance with parenting classes and activities for the children.
For the evening I slung both the D800 and D700 using the F2.8 zoom lenses but carrying a fisheye, maco, and superwide lens to switch out when needed. The fisheye was the lens I changed into most frequently, the beams and other features lent themselves nicely to that rounding effect. I also staged a Vivitar 285HV flash in the corner of each room to give additional light to the dark and warm setting. Using a wireless radio trigger they fired at the same time as my on-camera flash and really made the difference. Below is a shot with the fisheye, and you can see the Vivitar firing off in the far corner. That fisheye lens is an old beat up one I found in the used section of Bergen County Camera. It was in ugly condition but the price was so good I bought it on the spot. Even being about 30 years old it still takes great shots!
2015CACGALA--482_3_4_5HDR2Photo by Jim Craige- www.jimprophoto.com Virtue Feed and Grain hosted the event, this is a really beautiful restaurant and well worth a visit. It was a great night and I am glad to have had the opportunity to photograph this event. For more information on the Center for Alexandria's Children click on this link. Contact me for your event photography: firstname.lastname@example.org