As an appreciation for the hard work, I was invited to this masked ball event by my editor of the Lithuanian lifestyle magazine Londonietė I was writing for at the time. I of course accepted the invitation gladly as it was a chance for me to try my brand new 50mm lens and also meet up with the editor and other fellow columnist.
The event took place at the glamorous Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street. The crowd was mainly Lithuanian and Russian, and a few English speaking people.
The Carnival coincided with London Fashion Week and everyone was encouraged to wear a mask or a costume. However, not everyone did, including me. In my defence, I ordered my mask online and it didn’t arrive on time, booo!
Like I mentioned, main objective at the party was to play with my new lens and figure out the best ways of shooting in low light. And oh my word, did I find it challenging!? Yes, I did!
The bar kept changing lights, which was fun, but not for my camera settings. I was totally out of my comfort zone, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the learning curve.
I am still shy when taking photos of people. I get especially nervous when people pose for me, no pressure then!
The event kick started with a smooth cocktail and a performance by Laura Laurita, an independent Lithuanian/Russian Electro Pop, Dance, Soul, and RnB singer.
The entertainment continued with a fashion show by an independent Lithuanian designer Daiva Mikuckiene. Daiva is a recognised creator of vintage, needlework, and baroque couture.
The stage was the most challenging spot to shoot, but I did my best. After the event, some of my shots (mixed with other photographer’s shots) appeared in the magazine. Yay!
I am looking forward to getting to know my new lens better.