A friend from SonyBMG called me up if i could shoot Beyonce Knowles meet and greet at The Fort. I'll will just shoot just one photo for SonyBMG Music Entertainment Executives for Beyonce Platinum Awarding. Yup. One. Just one. Why one photo? Because thats the rules of Beyonce Management. if i miss that shot, theres no second try. But since its a rare ooportunity, I couldnt let this opportunity pass me by. If I can't cough up dough to watch her perform Nov 7, 2007, at least I will be within a few feet of a singing godess.
I thought everyone are allowed to bring camera and shoot inside the special Beyonce Lounge, but to my suprise Beyonce Management has its own photographer and they dont allow anyone to shoot at Beyonce.
As we fall in line a huge foreigner bouncer/bodyguard saw my DSLR (camera) and he said "that camera" is not allowed inside. But our SonyBMG contact explained Beyonce allowed this shot for Awarding purposes and the bouncer had no choice but to let us in.
Then saw Beyonce in a plain white shirt. Never mind if i got a rough time getting in and having a roucgh time with the bouncer, seeing Beyonce, smiling, is all worth it. She looks much smaller in that room than on stage. I tried to pop some clicks without looking at the viewfinder and maybe i could pop a nice frame...but since the room is kinda dim lighted. Darn, i'm unlucky this time.
So my time to shoot the group shot. I make sure i boosted my ISO to 1600 with my 40D i rather have a noisy shot than a blurred one. After a shot i asked Beyonce if i could have one more (Pinoy Eh) she said "yes! Alright".
Beyonce may be a hard artist to handle with their strict management, bouncers etc. but having a few moments in her presence is all worth it.
This article and photo used with permission. For more regarding Joel Garcia, freelance photographer's Beyonce experience visit februarystar.multiply.com