Boy oh boy what another fantastic event the Benny Wills Gala night was!
It was as I predicted – full of fun, laughter and tears. This year was different the the time I photographed this event two years ago. Last time there was only one researcher working on a cure, with no progress, this year they have 9 researchers and have grown the tissues in the lab and have come up with a way to slow down the progress of the cancer. This is an amazing thing for the families effected by this and I hope progress continues.
I setup a studio photo booth at the back of the room with some props so people could swing past when I had my lights on and get a few rando snaps and boy I did get some great shots… lol
There was of course a serious side to all of this with the formal part of the evening with the stories and pictures of the children displayed up on the big screen.
Listening to the stories and watching the raw emotion spill out over the floor was very touching and showed the personal effect it has one everyone.
All in all I think it was a successful night and I cant wait for next years gala event where i will once again offer up my time for free to support such a cause.
If you want to have a look at all the photos of the night you can see them from the events menu on the left hand side of this screen.
NOTE: If you find yourself in them you have my full permission to download and use these images for your personal use. 🙂
As I iron my clothes, charge my batteries, format my memory cards and back my bags for tonight gala ball I ponder at what memories I will capture tonight. What people will I meet and what amazing stories will I hear.
The night is bound to be full of lots of laughter and tears for special young children that suffer from terminal brain cancer. As a father it is an emotional event to cover I know all the monies raised goes into finding a cure into something that strikes down the children in our community.
I must say my team seems to becoming the kings of covering gala and corporate events here in Canberra and with my team also traveling to Sydney and Melbourne we are gaining some very valuable skills and experience in this space, and not only do we do photography we also do live internet streaming of these events.
Tonight will be no exception as we will have a photographer and our vidographer at the event to ensure we capture as much as we can do the foundation can use every bit of it to give to their VIP’s while also allowing them to promote next years event and raise even more valuable money.
Whatever you are doing tonight and no matter where you are, take a moment to think of your loves ones… Hug them, tell them you love them and make the most of your time together as you never do know when they will be taken from your arms.
Check out this video that shows some the stuff I am packing for my next little adventure covering the National iAwards conference and gala awards night at the Melbourne Convention Center.
My team comprises of two photographers and an assistant at the iAwards conference and another photographer in my team covering TheMHS conference and awards to be held here in Canberra, so it promises to be a busy week here at Brendan Maunder Photography.
Now I better run as I still have to pack the car and with a 7 hour drive in front of me I think I need a coffee. 🙂
If you a have large event that needs to be covered by a team of experts in the field, drop me a message as I am sure we can help and we do travel. 🙂
We have been busy in the background working with some organisations to make sure we can cover their events and TheHMS Annual Conference for 2015 is one of those events.
It will take part in a few weeks and will be hosting the mental health awards for health professionals from all around Australia.
It will prove to be a fantastic event not only for these health professionals by allowing them to learn and share ideas that will improve metal health throughout Australia, which in turn benefit us all. 🙂
Once again this year I’m privileged to be the official photographer for the Benny Wills gala night.
For anyone that doesn’t know about the Benny Wills foundation you should really pop over to their website and have a read http://www.bennywills.org/
Their story is not only incredibly sad it also is tremendously inspiring. To lose a child to a fatal brain tumour would have to be one of the hardest things to go through in your life but to come back and create a foundation dedicated to the research into the very brain tumour that took your son’s life shows tremendous courage and strength.
To stand there and photograph these incredibly tough parents while they discuss the lives and the process of how this hideous disease takes the lives of their children is heartbreaking. To have to live through that and to know that once your child is diagnosed death is only six months away, I cannot imagine what they would go through. 🙁
It is for this reason I donate my time to this event as I believe that with time, money and the advancement of technology they will find a cure or as a minimum extend the life of these poor children so they can enjoy some additional time with their loved ones.
If you like to book a table or buy some tickets you can do that online and I urge you to come along as it is really a fantastic night.
What is that saying about working with kids and animals????? I think you need to add Ronald McDonald to the list… ha ha ha ha
Working through my photos from last nights Ronald McDonald House Charities Lexus of Canberra Gala Ball held here in Canberra at The National Convention Center I came across this photos and couldnt help but share!!!!
I can now tick off “Get Photobombed by Ronald McDonald while shooting one of rugby leagues top cheerleading squads, The Emeralds” from my Top 10 things I need to do as a professional event photographer list…. bwhahahahaha
Here I was just clicking away and Ronald McDonald comes out of nowhere!!!!!! BAM!!!!!!!
Prepping for an event is a double edged sword… On one side you are getting excited and butterflies for the the excitement of it all and on the other side you are going through your check list to ensure you have all the equipment to take on the event that you are going to cover.
With today’s event being the Ronald McDonald House Charities Lexus of Canberra Gala Ball held here in Canberra at The National Convention Center. It kicks off at 5 pm and will go until 2 am…….
What this means for me is given the size of the event, the use of flash as it will be dark, performances that need to be captured it will take a bit of equipment and more importantly a whole lot of flash units and batteries.
YAY for a party… I do love a good party and this one should be a cracker…
So what does an Event Photographer take on such and assignment? Well this is a very personal thing as each photographer has their own style but this is roughly what I will be taking.
1 x Canon 5D mkII
1 x Canon 5D mkII
1 x 70-200mm F2.8 Canon L lens
1 x 24-70mm f2.8 Canon L lens
3 x Speedlites
3 x external battery packs for the speedlites
Colour correcting gels for the speedlites to balance the colour of the lights against the colour of the rooms.
3 x defusing caps for the speedlites
1 x remote trigger for the speedlites
3 x Elinchrom Rangers Quadra packs
6 x Elinchrom Rangers Quadra heads
6 x Elinchrom Rangers Quadra battery packs
Colour correcting and theatrical gels for the Elinchrom Rangers Quadra, where I can create some unique images.
2 x Remote triggers for the Elinchrom Rangers Quadra
4 x light stands of different sizes
6 x sandbags
1 x GoPro in protective water proof case – ha ha ha…. You never do know what might happen… 😉
28,321,988 x AA rechargeable batteries
Some clips, straps, a few bags, tape, claps, etc
A external charging unit to keep my iphone charged so I can get Behind The Lens shots…. ha ha ha
mmmmmm Am I missing something…. I know I wont need to pack fun as I will find it at the event…. Oh yeah my pack horse… Now where did I put him…. ha ha ha ha
For all you Canberra Raiders fans out there I will once again be running into the best cheer squad in the League if not the country The Emeralds so stay tuned for some great photos of these fantastic bunch of ladies as they will be putting on a performance.
If you want more info on the event or just want to know more about what RMHC does, have a look on the link below.
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