Shooting parties isn't usually a photographer's primary work. But ceremonies and customs are a huge part of all of our lives, and if we're trying to understand and document life they're a big part of that. The elements we search for in our favorite subject matter exists at ceremonies as well, and photographing at these events is a great way to shoot different subjects that challenge us and give us ideas to bring back to our "serious" work.
During our time in college, we have all had the opportunity to photograph at a party. In fact, it would be hard to go through college without doing such a thing. Parties are a regular occurrence not only during college years, they continue whether it be wedding receptions, 50th birthday bashes, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and even funerals receptions. There is almost always something being celebrated somewhere. It’s the perfect sort of event to photograph because not only is there a story unraveling, there are moments, and there is time to anticipate, compose, and create powerful images. All 5 of us have the strong creative impulse to make images that communicate with us and our viewers.