I had the pleasure of shooting the TechCrunch Disrupt after parties again - this time it was the fall conference in San Francisco. The weather was lovely - September is typically summer in San Francisco - and TechCrunch Disrupt attendees are always excited to be around like minds and passionate tech folks.
From September 9 - 11, the conference ran and was followed up by an after party each night at different night clubs in San Francisco. During the conference, hundreds of startups - from software to hardware to the service industry - show off their new products and fight for media attention.
The conference also features speakers like Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Dick Costolo and other big names in the tech industry.
Once the day festivities are over, the after parties begin.
The first night was at Mighty, the second at Temple SF and the last night was held at 1050 Folsom. The last night is when attendees and guests typically let themselves get wild, and it was a lot of fun!
The final night had two rooms with two great DJs: Kevvy Kev and Talib Kweli. It was a blast bouncing back and forth between rooms: both had different lighting, different feel and different types of music. It was a hell of a party.
TechCrunch Disrupt after party photography challenges
Photographing extremely dark night clubs with everyone dancing is a huge challenge, but it's a lot of fun to be right in the mix of things. Getting people in focus, especially when they're swerving, gyrating and bouncing around is hard enough, but when the lights go out it gets even harder!
The upside is that most people aren't so shy around the camera when it's dark, there's a lot of dancing and plenty of booze. At parties like these, I can jump right into the dance floor and shoot away!
This time around I also had help from my friend Mauricio Arias, who is a wedding photographer with Chrisman Studios - the best wedding photographers in the world! Thanks, Mauricio! You made the parties more fun and TechCrunch was super happy to have you there.