I’ve been shooting the Saint Lambert Figure Skating annual event for, about 15 years now! wow!
This year’s, seems to have been the most smooth-run show that any of us veterans of the event can remember.
This is also one of the reasons why I haven’t posted in the last week. Between juggling the regular mish-mash of awesome portrait session experiences in studio, I had to fill my responsibilities for pulling off another successful year at the figure skating show.
People ask me often, “What’s involved? . . . Is it worth all the work?”
answer: LOTS, and duh??!
I do have to say, it is a pretty intense 35 hours of work.
Here’s what the schedule was this year:
Last Friday afternoon, I packed my gear in the car and set up at the arena around 4 pm, to be ready for shooting all the kiddies in costume (this was their dress rehearsal) at 5:30 pm. I shot about 700 different portraits in the following 4.5 hours. Packed all the gear up and got back to the studio. Worked till 5 am non stop to edit, adjust, crop, and print ALL the portraits in enlarged 26″ contact sheets, along with a whole slew of select enlargements to display. Then went home and slept a few hours. Returned to stick all the prints onto poster boards and returned to the arena to stick them all on a long wall in the lobby! The figure skaters and all their families started arriving at 5:30 pm to get ready for the first of two shows. I manned my table from 5:30 till 10:30 pm, taking custom orders for enlargements and prints before, during intermission, and after the show ended until the place was empty. Went home and had a well deserved glass of red wine. Then slept solid.
Went back and set up my table on Sunday for the last show that started at 1 pm. Took orders until the last people were gone around 5 pm. During the actual show, when it was quiet, I threw all the orders into a spreadsheet to help me organize which files had to be sent to my lab, and for what sizes. Monday, I separated all the files that needed to be printed and organized them for export to my lab with sizes and quantities set, doing the required retouching where necessary. Went to my lab, convinced him to work hard for me and have it all ready for Tuesday night. Tuesday I sorted all the orders and (thank goodness for google maps) laid out my delivery route. Wednesday, with stacks of a 1000 different sized pictures, I sorted them all, and stuffed the envelopes with the orders sheets. Then, by 4pm, was off to start delivering. DONE at 9pm!! Man! I did quite a bit in those few days! Logistically insane.
SO here are a few tidbits to show what I’ve loved doing for Saint Lambert for many years now, and thanks to amazing digital technology, reliable macs, a bit of experience, and a hint of … talent … it translates into SUCH a worthwhile, draining, but FUN experience. And it’s been great watching so many of these skaters grow up, and improve over the years!! I love them all!
Part of my wall, set up for all the spectators and family, to aid them in the ordering process.
Part of my delivery route:
And finally, some samples of the kind of classic and fun shots we do with all the kids:
NOW… I have to figure out what to post from the last couple weeks of studio sessions to bring things back up to speed.
Thanks everyone for your patience.
I’ll continue tonight after dinner!