Humans of Startup Weekend Prague

Humans of Startup Weekend Prague

Startup Weekend Prague is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend. When I heard about this event, I realized that I have to take photos of young people intensively working together for three days striving to make this world a little bit better.

Startup Weekend Prague photo made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg

My goal was to capture teams in moments of glory and despair, show life, energy, tension, and real emotions. I'm not a huge fan of artificial stock photos of perfect teams happily working together in a conference room. I did my best to avoid such cliches and still show the beauty of collaboration, synergy, and teamwork.

Startup Weekend Prague photo of a girl made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg

Moreover, HubHub co-working space is really beautiful, modern and roomy, and I wanted to show this environment in the photos. It was very interesting to play with the reflections and geometry of this space.

Startup Weekend Prague photo reflection made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg

It was challenging for me to come very close to the teams and intervene in their personal space. I was taking photos of the teams from very close distance and, obviously, not always people were comfortable with that. However, after 5-10 minutes they would normally forget about me and keep working, I just had to be patient and wait for this moment to start taking photos.

Startup Weekend Prague intense team photo made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg
Startup Weekend Prague happy team photo made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg

Generally, this project required completely different skills from me as a photographer. Usually, I am working in a photo studio, which means that I can control lights, environment and people in front of me. During the Startup Weekend, I had to wait patiently for the good moments, keep my eyes open trying to find harmony in chaos, and simply change the way I work. It was a very good experience for me and I learned a lot during these three days.

Startup Weekend Prague team photo made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg
Startup Weekend Prague photo of mentor made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg
Startup Weekend Prague photo of process made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg
Startup Weekend Prague photo of a girl made by Tatiana Shalunova Headshots Prague.jpg
Photo of a team member taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
Photo of two team members taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
Photo of two girls taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
Photo of happy  team members taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
Photo of focused team members taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
Photo of a team leader taken during Startup Weekend in Prague by Tatiana Shalunova.jpg
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