Banquet Photography


For the eighth year running, Robert Charles Photography has been privileged to provide photography for a local High School's Winter Homecoming Banquet.   This year's Banquet was held at The Kellogg Center, a part of Michigan State University. 


Every Location shoot brings with it a set of challenges which require adaptation in order to create the best possible images given the limitations of the environment.  This year, the room accommodations included a lower than optimum nine foot ceiling and very tight quarters for a full-length backdrop, large softboxes and, of course, yours truly.  Instead of using my usual set-up - including a hair light and gridded side kicker lights, we resigned ourselves to two large (6' x 4') softboxes.   


Photographer's note:  Why use softboxes which are so large?  With today's digital cameras, we've found that smaller light sources tend to be too "specular", producing unwanted hot spots, while the larger variety of softbox produces a gentle, softer, more forgiving quality of light.  Does it make a difference?  You decide.  Here are a couple of images from the banquet:



            Homecoming Queen and King                                       Lexie and Zach



One of the advantages of photographing a School Banquet where one's kids attend is being able to use the opportunity to create a great portrait of one's own children.  My two older offspring are to the left; all four kids on the right.  The portrait of all four children now hangs in our family living room.


Next week RCP will be photographing a prominent law firm in town for use on the back page of the Yellow Pages phone book.  We look forward to the opportunities and challenges of photographing on location!

Until next time,



Categorized In: | banquet photography | formal photography | location photography

High Tech, Cutting Edge Photography - Why not?

Originally Published March 23


Although Robert Charles Photography has become known for specializing in Wedding Photography and Fine Location Portraiture, regular readers of this blog may be aware that we have been retained as the official School Photographer for Capitol City Baptist School, a local K-12 institution.  As is customary at CCBS, students are provided with Photography twice a year - once in the early Fall and then, again, in the Spring.

This Spring we offered something new, exciting and cutting edge:  Green Screen Photography!  We photographed each Student and offered them a choice of up to four different poses, plus four different backgrounds to combine with their selected pose.  Are any other schools offering this type of cutting edge photography?  Probably not.  But the results are fantastic!

Here's how we do it:

   First, we photographed Mady on a Green Screen.


                             This is Mady

  Admittedly, if we did nothing further with the image, Mady would probably be

       less than impressed with this result.

  Next, we switched out the green screen for a computerized version of a brick wall, leaving Mady, our subject, in the foreground.


                  OK, we're getting closer.  But we're not quite there yet ...

Lastly, we added some personalization and a couple of drop shadows as finishing touches.


And here's the final look!  We've provided a "Senior Portrait" look - for Spring School Photography.  A look that's Upscale, Creative, Cutting Edge and ... FUN!

Until next time,




Categorized In: green screen photography | lansing green screen photography | lansing michigan location photography | location photography