Atlanta Event Photography: His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It's been a while since I had the privilege of photographing His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Emory. I wanted the folks who hired me to have a chance to use the images before I posted to to my blog. What an opportunity! Especially for a recent seminary student and admirer of the man of peace. As you might imagine, I had to undergo the scrutiny of the State Department before being approved as a photographer for the event. Thankfully I passed muster.

The event took place in a large gymnasium turned auditorium and believe me, the shooting conditions were far from ideal. The lights were turned down low to suit His Holiness who has sensitive eyes. (Even with the lights turned down low, he eventually pulled out his visor to shield his eyes.) I turned up the ISO to 3200 and pulled some Lightroom 3 noise reduction tricks to produce the images below.

I also had to contend with State Department security, but that's another story.

** Check out the Center for the Study of Law and Religion web site for more information about the Interfaith Summit on Happiness.

Atlanta Event Photographer

Cindy Brown

I'm an Atlanta wedding photographer who takes soulful, quirky and honest photos ...

I'm also an adventurous traveler and all-round nerd. I love to hike with my beagle/cattle dog Roux and best friend/spouse.

I was born in Atlanta, moved around a lot--30 cities and 5 states--and then came back.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Atlanta, I took a job at asmall newspaper in south Georgia, where I photographedhospital teas, pecan farmers, and beauty queens.

I photographed a biker funeral, death penalty protests andTed Bundy while interning with the Associated Press.

While a photographer for two dailies in Florida, I photographed Ronald Reagan, a train derailment and the dedication of a screened-in porch.

An unexpected life turn took me to Vermont where I fell in love with Bernie Sanders and on to Indiana, where I edited photos for a major daily, and nerded out getting a master’s and PhD.

After teaching photojournalism at colleges and universities in Florida, Indiana and Mississippi, I returned to Atlanta to earn myfifth degree--a Master's of Divinity.

My passion for storytelling with my camera and my interest in religious diversity led my to the field of wedding photojournalism.

I have documented weddings large and small, Unitarian and Pagan, indoors and out, Christian and Muslim, in backyards and in churches. The most exotic wedding I have photographed took place in Mexico and was officiated by aMayan shaman.

When I'm not photographing weddings, portraits or corporate events, I work on personal photo projects, visit friends in amemory-care home, and volunteer at a recovery center.