Annual chili cookoff brings coworkers together for food and fun
Employees from Columbia Credit Union dance while giving out their chili at the MFA Oil Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. The Columbia Credit Union team decided to make their chili based on food from Louisiana. They wore clothing typically wore during Mardi Gras and danced to the live music during the cookoff.
Chili made by the U.S. Bank team sits on their table at the chili cookoff on Saturday. U.S. Bank, who had a Jurassic Park-themed booth, has been to the competition every year, but have never won.
Jennifer Archuleta and the dinosaur mascot from U.S. Bank dance to the live music during the chili cookoff on Saturday. “We try to have as much fun as possible,” Archuleta said. “It’s so much fun dressing up with coworkers and hanging out outside of work.”
Mike Davis, dressed as Guy Fieri, convinces chili connoisseurs to try his chili on Saturday. “I wouldn’t say I’m like Guy Fieri, but he definitely inspires my cooking,” Davis said. Davis’ friend, Ed Kinkade, was there helping him make the chili. “Don’t listen to Mike,” Kinkade said. “He is very obsessed with Guy Fieri.”
Jessica Taylor bring chili over to some friends during the chili cookoff on Saturday, Feb. 18. There were over 50 teams at the event, which lasted from 2:00-6:00 p.m.
I definitely think I could have done much better covering this event. Compositionally, my photographs were not great and there wasn’t a great story arch in my selects. However, this event was huge and there was a lot to consider or photograph, so I think I did a good job narrowing what I wanted to cover. I captured a lot of emotion and adults having a good time.
I also should have taken way more frames. I did not have a lot of time to shoot this, but regardless I was just very timid when I was there. I probably could have gotten better frames if I had worked a situation more. I got stuck in a rut of shooting the same thing because I wanted a particular shot. I didn’t experiment as much as I should have.
For my character profile, I’m going to work really hard to compositionally make my photographs more beautiful but storytelling as well. I think there is more of an opportunity for me to tell a deep story about a hardworking woman. I think having a more narrow subject will make this a lot easier for me. A chili cookoff is just to broad.