CRUX Rock Climbing Holiday Party

January 31, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

At the beginning of December, I once again had the fun of working with the fine folks of CRUX Rock Climbing, NYC's LGBT Rock Climbing Group. Each year since 2006, CRUX has hosted their holiday party and used the party not only as a way to get together and celebrate another great year, but also to raise funds for the Ali Forney Center, a group dedicated to improving the lives of NYC's homeless LGBT youth.

The party attendance has increased in numbers to the point where the former venue just wasn't large enough to host it. This year, CRUX went big, and rented out an event space for the night. Along with that, they decided to class it up a bit and actually dress for a holiday party, rather than dress for climbing then go to a holiday party as has been done in years past.

As this group isn't often sighted in the wilds of Brooklyn dressed in much more than gym shorts, rock climbing shoes, a tank top, and chalk bag, I was asked to come in and shoot some "Prom Style" photos of the participants as well as some more traditional event photos. The photos, I think, turned out amazing.

The CRUX folks are just crazy (as you can see in the photos) and a real joy to work with. Most of the event space was black (black walls, floor, ceiling, etc.) and made for a challenge to shoot as I couldn't bounce light anywhere, and the light I did have was sucked up by the space. However, in the main entrance, there was this awesome mural of a horse with a David Bowie styled makeup job and a white tiger with a headband and (I kid you not) Willie Nelson braided pony tails. Backdrop secured. This really was a quick two-light setup. One big light just over my right shoulder and a smaller light into a silver umbrella to the left to get some pop into the image. The tech doesn't really matter here, it's all about the subjects. Funny guys those CRUXers, funny guys.


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