A Trustee Dinner.

"Sophomore Niloofar Nourbakhsh receives an applause after giving a brief piano performance in front of the Board of Trustees and members of the Senior class at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland Friday, February 24, 2012."

I was lucky enough to get a call to shoot photographs at last week’s Board of Trustees dinner with the Senior Class at Goucher College. I’ve attended several of similar events myself, and I’ve photographed many more. 

They’re always enjoyable, and always bring together an interesting mix of people from different parts of the Goucher world. 

I was there as a photographer for the cocktail party and for some award presentations after dinner, but as per ritual whenever time allows, I wandered off and shot a bit on my own. That probably wasn’t the best idea, as I was so sick that I don’t even think I could see what I was shooting. It was day three of some awful virus.

That’s why I like this one better black and white, dark, and nondescript. It’s kind of how my Dayquil/Nyquil/Advil filled brain was functioning at the time. 

Networking.

"Student-athletes talk with a recruiter after listening to a career advice panel discussion at a networking event designed for graduating Seniors at Goucher College Tuesday, November 15, 2011."

This is about as exciting a photograph one can make at a networking event. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the discussions held and the questions raised while I was shooting, but visually, it was as ordinary looking as it gets. 

Sometimes that’s just how it is, and it’s important for me to keep in mind that I’m not going to make amazing pictures at every assignment I shoot. As long as I get quality images of what’s needed, then I’ve done my job. Such was the case from this event. 

If anything, it’s a good piece of PR for Goucher.