Corporate Holiday Event Photography for Coalfire

By Douglas Gritz

Denver Photographer

Coalfire is a Denver-based company that creates cyber security programs for businesses. They held their annual holiday party this year at the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Yea, that’s a mouthful!

When they first contracted me about being their photographer for the event and told me this was where it was going to take place, my reaction was “Oh boy.” I’ve shot in this location before and it is easily the most challenging venue I have ever shot in.

The bar has an all black ceiling with little lights that make it look like a starry night sky. Yes, cool, but very unfriendly to photography because it eats up whatever little light there is in the room, which is next to none. Photography doesn’t work without light, of course, so how to make it work?

Fortunately, the bar area does have some light, so I chose to concentrate my work around that area. It’s where most people congregate anyway. I also took one lens, a Canon 35mm prime that opens to 1.2. Usually I come with several zoom lenses to be able to get a variety of shots, but in this case I was gonna need every bit of stoppage I could get just to get anything. So I stuck with the one lens and just tried to get creative. Below are some of my favorite shots from the event.

A woman in a blue dress smiles to the camera during a corpoarte holiday event party in Denver

A man in a brown suit hugs a woman in a red dress

A woman in 1940s fashion laughs while talking to coworkers at a corporate party in Denver

A woman with big blonde hair and a big diamond necklace laughs while talking to two other people at a corporate party

Two women and a man clink glasses together to cheers at a corporate holiday event party

A woman in a white turtleneck sweater laughs out loud while holding a drink

A woman in a sleeveless black dress laughs while holding a glass of wine at a holiday event party

A couple dressed up laughs while standing under a ceiling that looks like a starry night sky at a bar in Denver

Three men talk together while standing under a ceiling at a Denver bar that is designed to look like a starry night sky

A man laughs while getting food at a buffet at a Denver bar

Four people talking make funny hand gestures at a Denver bar

A woman in a black paisly dress and blonde hair laughs while talking to a man

A couple desends down a flight of stars at a bar at Denver's Performing Arts Complex

Two men in suits laugh hard while talking at a corporate holiday event party

Three people pose for the camera holding drinks while at a holiday party for a Denver corporation

An older woman in a purple dress holds back laughter

A woman in a black dress smiles while talking to coworkers at a holiday party for a Denver business

A woman with blonde hair and glasses laughs while talking to another woman as they stand at a bar

A woman in a red dress listens closely to a man while standing under a ceiling at a Denver bar designed to look like a starry night sky

Four people pose for a selfie at a table during a corporate holiday party

A woman in a black dress with blonde hair laughs while talking to another woman with blonde hair

A woman with short blonde hair laughs while talking to a group of people

A woman with long brown hair lets out a big laugh while at a corporate holiday party

A man in a suit with a pink tie makes a hand gesture while talking to two other people

 

 

 

 

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