When my editor assigned me to photograph Usher, Justin Bieber and Bill Clinton for tonight — well, I thought that was a pretty interesting combination of people to group together and cause the Internet to explode.
Turns out, though, that press photographers could photograph only the red carpet and the finale number. And that Bill Clinton would not be walking the red carpet (and, in fact, would be photographed only by the house photographer).
So my editor told me just to do the red carpet. So I did.
- Usher is shorter than I expected him to be.
- Justin Bieber is about as short as I expected him to be.
- Some of the other photographers seemed to really enjoy shooting the red carpet. I’m glad they were having a good time.
If you ever do a red-carpet assignment, make sure you bring comfortable shoes and a small step-ladder. And make sure your flash has fresh batteries. And format your memory card before shooting.
Fortunately, I did all of those things. And I survived my first red-carpet photographer experience.