TechCrunch Disrupt parties

TechCrunch Disrupt took place in New York City from April 29 - May 1, and I had the pleasure of photographing each after party. When I was approached to shoot the parties, I immediately said yes. After all, I love tech, I love TechCrunch and I love to party!


Each night had a very different vibe, even though I saw many of the same people at each party. The venues were different every night, and so were the DJs (for those of you into that sort of thing, Kevvy Kev and Derrick Carter were the DJs for the last two nights). 


The first night was a little tame, perhaps because it was the first after party and everyone was still getting comfortable with each other. The party took place at Santos Party House, a venue I've photographed before, and it was incredibly dark inside. Everyone was chatting with each other, few were dancing, but we could hardly see each other's faces! The lighting would turn out to be the same, or worse, for the final night.


The second night was at Hudson Terrace, a beautiful venue right next to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. The energy here was a little higher, and the space and lighting were gorgeous. The final night took place at Le Poisson Rouge, and by then everyone had learned to cut loose.


The best part of it all was sharing drinks and conversation with new and old friends. Many attendees came from Europe and were happy just to be partying in New York City -- they were the ones who were most wild on the dance floor!

In the end, it was very exhausting, hot and sweaty and also a little tipsy by the end of the last night (attendees who had recognized me from the earlier after parties insisted on getting me drinks, taking my camera from me and photographing me with everyone else!). I loved every minute of it and look forward to doing it again this September in San Francisco!

That's me in the plaid shirt!

That's me in the plaid shirt!


Tina is a good friend of mine. We were both living in the same neighborhood in L.A. when we worked at True/Slant, a now defunct publication that was mostly acquired by Forbes. I moved to New York City not long after that, and Tina ended up moving here a short time later, too.

At dinner one night, I asked Tina if she'd let me shoot a few photos of her, just for fun. Since winter is still in full force in NYC, I checked the weather for the coming week to see which day would be best.

Friday? 50 degrees and potentially sunny? It's not going to get any better than that!

A day or two after that dinner, Tina told me that one of her friends is a make-up artist, so she could have her make-up done for the photo shoot. I thought, "Uh oh. I was hoping it'd be casual, but if she's going to have her make-up done, I guess I'm going to have to really shoot some killer photos.


Friday came around and the weather was just awful. It was freezing cold, incredibly windy and cloudy with a good chance of rain. Any light in the city would be flat and dull, so I packed a flash unit just in case.

When I met with Tina on Friday, she was having her make-up done by a make-up artist at the Current TV building in Midtown West -- way west near the water. As I walked toward the building, I started looking around for a place to shoot good photos. I wasn't very happy with the light already, but what's worse was that the surrounding areas were under construction and very ugly. It just wasn't looking good!

So when Tina's make-up was finished, her make-up artist said that we could get roof access to the building. Perfect! I can just get cloudy, dramatic skies behind Tina and I wouldn't have to worry about the construction and cranes. Wrong! The roof itself was cluttered with satellite dishes, vents, air conditioning units and hardly any clear or clean spots to serve as the backdrop for Tina. To make matters worse, it was incredibly windy and cold. Our jackets and bags were being blown all over the place, and her great hair was being whipped left and right.

At one point, we nearly decided to give up. She was cold, so it was getting a little hard to direct her, and I could hardly feel my hands anymore. The tiny little rooftop offered few options in terms of good pictures, so why not call it quits and try another day? But before we left, I decided to pull out my speedlight to see if I could at least darken the skies or give good separation between Tina and the cluttered background.

It's not the best photo I've ever taken, but it was probably the best I could do given our conditions. And I'm glad that Tina was such a good sport about it! Shortly after taking this photo, we found some warm comfort food and cold beers. Thanks again, Tina!


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