Crystal Ballroom Event Photography – Conference in Portland, Oregon

Let’s take a look at part two of the event I featured in my last post.  In that case I was doing some event photography at CENTRL Office in Portland’s Pearl District… here we have the second part of that event which was held at Portland’s McMenamin’s Crystal Ballroom, a few blocks way.

Although it’s best known as a concert venue, what you’ll see from this Crystal Ballroom event photography is that it makes a fine location for a single-track conference event.

McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom Photography

If you’re going to watch speakers on a stage, you hope they’re having fun and the audience is too, right? Right. Event photography is always best when folks are enjoying themselves. Some might say that I heart it.

Crystal Ballroom Event Photos

One thing that I feel sets apart a pro event photographer as opposed to most casual hobbyist shooters is an attention to detail, and as can be important with some events, reflecting the event’s branding in the images, even when it’s not the subject directly.

Portland Crystal Ballroom Photos

McMenamin's Crystal Ballroom Photos

Crystal Ballroom Event Photography

Let’s wrap up my Crystal Ballroom event photography share as we wrapped up the event: with a Write the Docs conference tradition of a group photo of everyone on stage, or as close to that as we could fathom. It was a bit of a challenge to get everyone in this space but I made use of the balcony in the back of the room and a long lens to capture an image with the group.

Crystal Ballroom Conference Photos

Portland CENTRL Office Event Photography

Another belated blog post here but I wanted to share some event photography at Portland’s CENTRL Office, in this case for the Write the Docs conference last year.

CENTRL Office has an open, airy environment that works well for large group events.

CENTRL Office Event Photography

CENTRL Office Event Photographer

With a large open event space and also some breakout room areas, when I do event photos in a space such as CENTRL Office I look to capture the attendees in the space in a variety of situations. There might be a group meeting, there might be a lecture going on, or as we see with this event at CENTRL Office, there might be folks using laptops to get work accomplished.

Portland CENTRL Office Photos

In the event photos at CENTRL Office, we see that it’s a bit more of an informal space than some others (contrast this with event photography at the Oregon Convention Center), but it still allows for a great environment or a conference or other event. With most events, and in most of my event photos, I capture a mixture of pictures that show the overall event – room shots – environmental images that give you a feel for things, along with some images focused more closely on individual attendees or speakers. In the case of these images, there were no formal speakers as this day was all about working sessions and group discussions.

Portland CENTRL Office Event Photos

My next blog article will cover the other venue for this particular event; you’ll see some examples of Crystal Ballroom event photography.

Five Years with PPA

PPA 5 Year Pin

In Spring of 2012, I joined the Professional Photographers of America, the leading association that promotes and uplifts photography professionals.

PPA membership has brought me a variety of benefits, from the practical (equipment insurance) to the educational (classes and competitions that have allowed me to grow as a photographer).

It’s also brought me into a great community of supportive photo professionals who have an eye on moving the industry forward and helping each other run solid photography businesses. Between the national organization and the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, I know that my photography world would be very different had I not connected with these groups several years ago.

Onward!

Simple Business Portrait in Portland: Matthew

Actors need actor headshots. Models need modeling headshots. And small business owners need a simple business headshot that they can use to put a face on their business. A professional business portrait can be used for your website, social media, and is handy if you’re going to be speaking or appearing at an event.

Simple Business Portrait in Portland

Sure, you can turn it into an order, but a simple business portrait should be just that… simple. An easy experience with the photographer that results in a nice portrait or business headshot that can be used for any number of professional purposes.

This photo is of Matthew. This business portrait in Portland is a good example of the sort of thing that should be painless for all involved. I brought my mobile studio to his location, set up, made several pictures, and was gone in about an hour. It’s an easy experience for my clients; they don’t need to interrupt their workday with travel to a studio.

Find out more about my headshot and business portrait services; let’s get you a current photo!