A friend of mine hosts a holiday tradition he started in college. Every year, he and his friends from his alma mater gather in front of the fire with various adult beverages, and enjoy the Colbert Christmas special that aired in 2008.
Hot chocolate, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and baked goods are always present, as well as good conversation and catching up on old friends. I volunteered to photograph the party as a means to experiment with shooting tight-quarters events.
It can be difficult to get close up with a 50mm as an outsider on a group of longtime friends. My challenge was to get candid shots while capturing faces, people having a good time and to be the fly on the wall. Ultimately, I learned to get over my shyness and get the shot. This event cemented my dogmatic belief in getting a 24-70 and the 70-200.