Whenever I see a university graduation ceremony in a movie, it is outside on a beautiful summer day.
Unfortunately, a pitch black gymnasium and hallways filled with horrible fluorescent lights are the reality when I am taking photos during the week-long convocation ceremonies at the University of Calgary every June. The moments in beautiful natural sunlight are brief.
However, along with the challenging lighting conditions there is a lot of excitement and genuine emotion to be captured. And that is what I spend my week looking for. Those great candid moments.
After years of late nights, energy drinks, research and stressful exams, the students get a chance to reflect on their hard work, to be proud and to finally collect that little white piece of paper with their name on it.
I was also lucky enough to have one of my photos featured on a billboard again :)