I have the utmost respect for lighting companies.
They make my job so much easier, and their work can transform the feeling of a space like no other vendor.
There is one piece of equipment that a lighting company can employ that lets me know, the instant I walk into the venue, that this event is no joke.
That piece of equipment is a hazer.
If your job has a single pin spot, maybe you want to think about getting a hazer too.
Being able to see the beams of light transforms them into an additional design element.
A hazer is to event lighting as fries are to a burger.
They round things out and take it to the next level. However like fries, there is a danger of too much hazer.
From a photography perspective they make the lighting pop in room shots and as backgrounds. They can be a problem if there is too much haze and my flash bounces back from it. The party after all was at a venue, and not in a cloud. In my decade-plus doing event photography in NYC this has happened once, and it was a super easy fix, I just asked to have the hazer turned down a smidge.
So the next time you are in a meeting with a lighting company, and they say “You want a hazer with that?” Maybe you should say yes, and go for the combo meal.
Without further ado, here is a collection of some of my favorite images from events where a hazer was used, and one event where god decided to provide the hazer in the form of 1000% humidity.
Here is a shot from a sweet 16 that shows that hazer not only rhymes with laser, the two are also best mates.