I love and I mean I LOVE working military balls. I’ve been honored to do a few while we were stationed at Fort Bliss, and as soon as we received our orders last October, I swear our old unit made plans for the spring ball of 2017. They asked me if I could come and set up a photo booth, and I didn’t hesitate for a moment. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to be getting all dressed up for it, it was still our unit of almost 7 years.
A military ball is a formal event, where the active duty member wears his/her dress uniform and their spouse or significant other dresses in formal evening attire. There is a cocktail hour, a receiving line (which is great to learn your unit’s chain of command), a dinner and a dance. Most balls have a grog bowl, which is literally something you should research to learn more about when you have the time. Drinking and dancing are the normal for this type of event, and a photo booth to capture amazing portraits is a required portion of the night as well.
I set up a 10×20 muslin drop, 2 softboxes, and brought along an assistant. We spent roughly 6 hours taking portraits of the most amazing couples. It is so nice to see our men and women that serve everyday to keep us safe, relax for a few hours and have fun.
This gentleman came in and asked me to recreate a pose that Leonardo Dicaprio is well known for doing in his movies. I couldn’t deny him, and we had a blast doing this for him. Now he will have a professional portrait of himself to hang in his home and to display on his desk at work! How fun is this!!!!
It was a long night, but totally worth the trip, the time at the ball and the hours I will spend editing and producing the best portraits I can for them! I really do enjoy the time I get to spend with these soldiers.
My next big military adventure is next month, the Bataan Death March at White Sands Missile Test range. If you do not know of this event, visit this link to learn more and watch for my upcoming journal entry. You won’t want to miss it….