Rodeo and Country Dancing Event Photography

Event Photography is quite diverse. I never realized that until I started pursuing it. I first fell in love with it when I attended concerts and took images there for the newspaper. Since then, my passion for it hasn’t lessened. The past two weeks I went to a few events, both of which are very “country.” What did I expect when living in Southeast Idaho?

Eastern Idaho Gone Ridin’

Last weekend I went to a rodeo. This was the first rodeo I have ever been to so it was a bit exciting. I went with a friend who had been photographing rodeos for years because her grandchildren participated. She gave me great tips on what shots were the best and where I would be okay shooting. The closest I could be was just right by the seating for attendants. The only photographer that can be inside the

is the contract photographer. Check out Hayseed Photography for some great images. I brought two lenses, but ended up just using the 70-200 lens. My shutter speed was high, but kept my aperture low so I could capture some great depth of field. I didn’t realize how fast each participant moved so that was an adjustment. I enjoyed capturing images of the tie-down roping, bucking bronco, and the rodeo clown.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie All Night

Unlike rodeo’s, I have gone to country dancing many times. It was different this time taking pictures instead of actually dancing. For this event, I chose to use a 24-70mm lens so I could zoom in if needed, but also get those wide angle shots of the dancers. I had a fast shutter speed shooting continuous and adjusted my ISO depending on the change of daylight.

My goal was to capture the emotions of the people dancing because I want the viewers to see how fun country dancing actually is. I also took an image of how people pay to get in as well as different moves of country swing. For other dance photography click here.

Sign in at country dancing, country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook