In Mid-October I was given the opportunity to photograph something a little different from the typical weddings that I shoot: a political fundraiser and celebration. The event was held in downtown San Antonio at the historic Spanish Governor’s Palace. I don’t normally photograph celebrities or high-profile clients, but this event had a number of well known Texas faces.
The event location and timing was fantastic. Since I’m from Austin and don’t often get the opportunity to visit San Antonio I didn’t really know what to expect at the Spanish Governor’s Palace; but it was a treat photographing here. The event location is laid out like an historic mission corralled by plaster and stone walls which creates a open air garden/courtyard in the middle, where the event was held. The courtyard was filled with plants and full-sized trees and the ground was lined with brick paths leading around a water fountain.
Since the event was held in the evening, there was a beautiful, orange light that cascaded over the walls and through the trees onto the attendees and greenery inside the courtyard. The temperature lingered in the mid-seventies underneath the shade trees, along with a light breeze, making for a comfortable and enjoyable evening.
Although I enjoy lots of styles of photography including portraiture and landscape, I always cherish the freedom and creativity that is bestowed by photojournalism. And this political event allowed me to simply capture truly candid images of the crowd of politicos and supporters while walking amongst everyone. These quiet moments to one self, photographing people and things without being disturbed is both gratifying to me and an opportunity to truly tell a story from an artistic viewpoint.