Taking pictures at an art gallery reception

I’ve been in charge of social media at a local art gallery, Touchstone Gallery, in a part-time, volunteer basis since October. The position has been fun so far. I already use Facebook and Twitter everyday anyway, so using it to promote an art gallery wasn’t too much of a stretch.

The position has given me an excuse to take pictures at the gallery’s opening receptions, which they host about once a month. The gallery director suggested I get pictures of people looking at the art. I totally agreed with her, it conveys the impression the art on display is interesting and people want to look at it.

I like taking pictures at events but still get a little self-conscious when people give me dirty or funny looks right before I take their picture. I’m getting better at not taking it personal. Obviously, if they are giving me signals they don’t want their picture taken I’m not going to take it. Sometimes I’ll cheat a little and have some of the interns pose in front of a painting.

Like in this photo from the December 3rd opening reception:


I like to get people in the act of conversing with each other at events:



I like to get at least one good photo of the overall crowd to give the impression it was a popular event and hopefully entice those who didn’t show up to show up for the next reception.

Here’s a crowd shot from November’s opening reception:


Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW, Washington DC. Come by and visit.

Matthew Dailey

Web developer, photographer, and Photoshop user.