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A couple weeks ago I shot photos for Jennifer Robyn Laskey’s 33rd birthday party at the new industrial modern multi-level indoor/outdoor loft event space 800 Main in Venice.  The party was also held to showcase 800 Main as a future venue to be used for upcoming events put on by Jennifer’s company RedLight Special Events & Promotions.

I got the gig when I was taking pictures at another friend’s birthday back in May and happened to bump into Odessy Barbu, another excellent photographer I happen to know.  We got to talking and he asked me if I shot events which I said I did.  He told me his friend Jennifer was having an upcoming birthday party and asked if I would come and shoot at it.  I said yes and and am so glad I got the opportunity to shoot at her birthday party because it ended up being a very entertaining and fun night!

I showed up before the party started to capture some setup shots of the venue with decorations before the crowd came for promotional use in the future.  I really liked the layout and architecture of the building.  It was definitely an awesome place to throw a party.  It was very accommodating and spacious.  I loved the rooftop area!  It even had an indoor lap pool that mermaid Virginia Hankins swam in all night!  Jennifer “LA’s Key” did an excellent job of organizing and curating the event. Catering was done by Lido Di Manhattan, bar/cocktails by Bacardi USA, and music DJ’d by Audiomoe and Beat Ventriloquists.  Triumph Photo Booth provided a photo booth on the second level where guests could dress up in fun and silly costumes and take pictures of themselves.

All in all it was a great evening and I’m glad I even ran into some friends of mine who attended the party.  I was very pleased with how the pictures turned out.  I shot with my Canon 1-DX camera, 24mm lens, and Quantum QFlash TRIO with a Turbo 3 rechargeable battery pack.  Below are some of my favorite shots of the night.

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Silver Couch Interior Design

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Decorations Table Lights Vase BFloral Decorations by Yvonne Van Pelt of Empty Vase Florist of Los Angeles

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Balcony Rooftop Modern Glass TaRooftop deck of 800 Main

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey BirthdayCocktails curated by Jaymee Mandeville of Bacardi USA

00 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightLiquid Sponsors: Bacardi, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, and Brancott Estate Other drinks: Hint Water and Red Bull

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightRentals/Furnishings by Del Rey Party Rentals Inc.

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800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightFloral Decorations by Yvonne Van Pelt of Empty Vase Florist of Los Angeles

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightMoses Truzman aka DJ Audiomoe

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightMermaid and pirate provided by Sheroes Entertainment Mermaids and Pirates

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightWine provided by Brancott Estate

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightMermaid Viginia Hankins of Sheroes Entertainment Mermaids and Pirates

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800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightPhotographer Jane Evgeniya Shalakhova

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightCatering by Lido Di Manhattan Beach

800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red Light 800 Main Venice Event Loft Space Jennifer Robyn Laskey Red LightPhotographer Odessy Barbu on right

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The Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity and Sorority chapter of Loyola Marymount University had its 2014 Spring Formal this Friday at Bardot Nightclub in Hollywood and I was hired to do the event photography.  The event was facilitated and put on by Recess University which is known as being the premiere entertainment and event provider for students in the greater Los Angeles area.

I’ve shot many college party events for Recess University and always have a blast taking pictures at them.  This last event was no different!  This actually marks the second time I’ve shot at Bardot Nightclub in Hollywood.  I was thrilled to shoot here again because the venue always caters to capturing great photos.  It’s a big space, has a great vibe, and sounds awesome inside.

The LMU college students arrived full of energy and danced the whole night away!  Everyone came dressed upscale and classy.  The girls wore fashionable dresses and the guys showed up wearing stylish suits, ties, bow ties, and even suspenders.  It was a very photogenic and attractive crowd.  The DJ was great, everyone enjoyed themselves and I was very happy with how the pictures turned out.

I shot with my Canon 1-DX camera and Quantum QFlash TRIO attached to a Turbo 3 rechargeable battery pack.  This is my go to setup for events these days.  The results I get with this combination are remarkable, especially in dim lit situations.  I shot with my 24mm lens in manual mode with my shutter speed set to 1/160th of a sec.  My aperture ranged anywhere between an f-stop of 2.2 – 3.2 depending on the area of the club I was in.  My ISO was usually set at either 2500 or 3200.  I usually aim my flash behind me so it reflects against the room and gives me nice even lighting on my subjects.  For the shots where I turned my speed light off I shot at a shutter speed of 1/80th of a sec with my aperture set to its widest position of 1.4 and an ISO as high as 32000.

The event ran from 11pm to 12:30am and I took about 250 pictures.  Below are my favorite selects of the night.  Enjoy :)

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