While I typically work with international companies and event organizers to photograph corporate events and conferences throughout Europe, I'm always open to new types of assignments that provide me with both new opportunities and challenges as a photographer. Prior to 2016 I had only photographed one graduation assignment back in 2014, a very small ceremony for Master graduates at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. This year was different, however, during the months of September and October of this year I was hit with an avalanche of graduation photography assignments – totaling 6 different ceremonies during the span of two weeks.
I had such a great time taking on these assignments while working with the incredible support staff at the Erasmus University. The graduations I photographed varied greatly in terms of size, from a small ceremony consisting of 15 graduates to a extremely large event with more than 700 graduates and thousands of friends and family members present. It was so much fun being immersed in something new while simultaneously being back at my old alma mater. I am an alumnus of two of the programs in which I photographed, International Bachelor of Communications & Media (Bsc.) and Media & Business. My status as an alumnus made photographing these two graduations extra special for me, it was both an honor and a privilege.
I felt very natural leaping in to this new form of event photography assignment. Nevertheless, that is not to say that it came without challenges. The most notable challenge was coordinating the group photos. Trying to guide and position large groups of energetic graduates oftentimes felt like herding cats, a seemingly impossible task. Thankfully, through the help of support staff and the incorporation of a loud voice and clear communication, overcoming this challenge ended up being a much easier task than initially expected – I am really happy with the results of the group photos.