I shot some documentary photography and portraits in Los Angeles during UCLA graduation day recently. It was for a family album for a client who hired me to visually tell the story of the day. The UCLA campus is lush and beautiful. It was buzzing with hundreds of graduates from many schools throughout the campus. Above is a photo I captured in the summer heat during a long ceremony.
Mother of the graduate was all too proud that her youngest son graduated and was ready to begin his new life. She said "You want to equip your children with the tools for success" and I could not agree more. Below is a portrait I shot with so many people walking around it was difficult to get a clean backdrop. I was happy to find this little area and shot the portraits as fast as possible.
Many people don't realize how little time a photographer sometimes has to get several great shots. Here I was photographing portraits with only minutes after the ceremony until my client was scheduled to attend an event. I also parked partially in a red zone so took a risk so that I could start my shoot on time. I had some luck that day and did not get a ticket after all!