Photography for the awards and gala dinner night at the Grace Hotel in Sydney.
Invited guests follow the formal dress code guidelines and look fabulous. With a warm and friendly greeting from the concierge, they are shown to the lifts up to level 1 function room foyer and bar.
The Grace Brothers had grand visions in the 1920s. They wanted a showpiece of their successful retail business. And that they did just that and didn’t disappoint even in the neighbourhood of the very grand Queen Victoria Building nearby. Considering the Grace Hotel in now towered amongst building twice or more its height it still carries it’s own. The Grace Hotel is a great example of Neo-Gothic architecture with an Art Deco interior and oozes style. It is a grand old hotel that has kept its charm and has been well looked after. Great for formal events and photos.
Meet and Greet
During the early part of the night, there is some tension in the air. Some guests are eagerly waiting to see if they are the winners in one of the coveted national awards. So we as photography service providers give the guests a little more space to be served their first glass of shampers.
Then there’s the usual old industry friends and professional rivalry between manufacturers or importers.
During this early phase of the corporate event photography, we keep that little bit of extra distance but watch closely for photo opportunities for when the time is right. And very quickly the first networking session settles in and the clicks of the camera startup to capture all the friendly emotion light up the room. More drinks are served and before too long all the excited guests are called into the ballroom.
Jez Ford, the Master of Ceremonies opens up the night and addresses the guests when everyone is seated and settled.
All the winners get a chance to say a few words, they thank their colleagues and customers after picking up their trophy. Every award recipient had their photo taken as they stood on the stage while voicing their thanks. I recall a few of the winners have picked up a number of awards.
The excitement really started to show through the photos as the night progressed and the winners’ list became clearer. Great buzz.