They say (and I have no idea who 'they' are) that difficulties are opportunities for learning. I think that in this case that is true. If I had it to do over again...
This session was challenging in many ways. First, the recital took place in a gym lit with flourescent lights. While in itself that isn't bad the light level was still pretty low and I would have liked to use a little flash so that the photos would be less grainy, but I was worried about being a disruption, not only to the performers but also to the proud parents.
I arrived early to check out the lay of the land. I was asked to take photos that would be printed at 4 x 6 to be given to the parents. The head of the music school also wanted a group shot of all of the performers.
To minimize the distraction of having a photographer present I took the beep off of the camera and I used no flash. I used a tripod and took it around the outside of the room to find better angles.
Another challenge is that the kids who performed have been taught to look at their music all the way through, so no one lifted their head resulting in no full face photos. Since I have a love of candid photos I found that to be disappointing in a way. However, I did get some opportunity to capture a few candid moments! This little one's face when Santa arrived was priceless!
She was also quite the dancer!
I would love the opportunity to try this again...I discovered that when doing this kind of photo shoot the photographer has to take charge more than I did. The group shot at the end of the program was near impossible. Each parent in attendance had their phone out to take the picture and I ended up on a chair to even get a clear angle...I had not expected that and didn't take control. This resulted in a badly posed group picture.
The group shot was taken at the end of the program and a great many of the families had already left.
This one was definitely a 'live and learn' experience!