2017 President for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association

Last Thursday was the annual banquet for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, and I was honored to accept the gavel as the incoming President for 2017.

OPPA Presidents Aaron Hockley (2017) and Bryan Welsh (2016)
pictured with Bryan Welsh, 2016 OPPA President. Image by Andie Petkus Photo

I’ve been involved with OPPA (and a predecessor organization) for several years and have found it to be a very supportive group that helps its members produce better images and become better businesspeople. I look forward to the coming year, leading our board of directors as we serve our existing members and spread the word about OPPA to the greater photography community in the area. I feel like we have great momentum with an increasingly-active membership, and we’re positioned well to help photographers create and sell the value of professional photography as our industry continues to evolve.

We have a (well-earned, I think) reputation as one of the premier affiliates of the Professional Photographers of America, and I have a fantastic board of directors who are working to make 2017 OPPA’s best year yet. If you’re curious about who we are or want to know more about what we do, check out the website or drop me an email.

Oregon Professional Photographers Association

And to answer the most common FAQ: Yes, I (still) live in Washington, but like many things in the Portland metro area, OPPA welcomes members from neighboring areas whose goals and interests align with that of our group. We have quite a few members in Southwest Washington.

A Congratulations to Little Bird

It’s always fun for me when a client or former photography subject has a big success.

I’ve known Marshall Kirkpatrick for probably close to ten years now as part of the Portland tech community, and I had the pleasure of photographing him on stage at the 2012 Demo Day for the Portland Incubator Experiment.

Marshall Kirkpatrick pitching Little Bird

He was pitching Little Bird, a company he founded along with two cofounders. Today they announced they’d been acquired by Sprinklr which will help them grow their platform for influencer discovery in the enterprise space. In looking at my photo archives, turns out I captured the three of them sitting next to each other at another event in a candid audience shot.

Mikalina Kirkpatrick, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Tyler Gillies

Congratulations to Marshall, Mikalina, and Tyler.

Native American Pow Wow Photography

In conjunction with the NIEA conference I photographed in Portland, there was a Native American Pow Wow held where both local and visiting native people were able to dance, sing, drum, and tell stories together in a pow wow setting. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect for my first pow wow photography venture, but I wasn’t disappointed.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

I’ve been to a few pow wows in the past; this was my first experience doing pow wow photography and it was interesting to move around and capture different angles as the dancers moved into and around the venue.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

The focus of the pow wow, and the focus of my photographs was on the dancers, and specifically on the colorful regalia worn by the native dancers. The dancers spanned several generations; from young children to elders all seemed to be having a good time. I’m thankful that my client invited me to photograph this event and I hope to do more of this sort of work again.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

National Indian Education Association: Portland Event Photography

Last fall I was hired for some event photography at the Oregon Convention Center for the National Indian Education Association’s annual conference and trade show. The organization consists of members providing various educational services to Native youth, and this event provides a forum for classes, discussions, keynote speakers, and a trade show where folks can learn about the current state of Native education.

Portland Conference Keynote Speaker Photos

Convention Center Native Event Photography

Portland Event Photography: Group Dinner

From an event photography perspective, this was an assignment to capture the event in all forms: folks attending formal sessions, the keynote speakers, the trade show, and even a Native American powwow (I’ll share some of those photos separately).

Native American Event Photography

Portland Workshop Event Photography

I’ve photographed quite a few Portland events now at the convention center, and while the Oregon Convention Center photography space is always the same, the activities and participants of the event can lead to varying photos. I enjoy working with the event planners or marketing agencies to ensure that the event photography I make captures the spirit of the event and will work well for my client in the future as they share the photos with participants and use the images to promote future similar events.

Convention Center Trade Show Photography

Native American Event Speaker

Portland Keynote Speaker at Event

If you need some Portland event photography for your corporate, nonprofit, or other event, drop me a note and let’s chat!

Event Photography: What Happens After Your Event?

While the most important thing when you hire me for event photography in Portland or Vancouver is that I capture great images of your event, I also value providing a smooth overall experience for my clients – before, during, and after the event.

Whether it’s a conference, trade show, company party, meeting, or other event that I’ve photographed, here’s what happens after the photography so that you end up with a smooth post-event experience. There are two basic scenarios (and of course, I can always customize things for you):

Rapid Image Delivery for Social Media

Increasingly, event producers want event photographs as soon as possible… often during the event or that evening. I can do this and it’s quite within my normal range of services. If you need photos during your event, depending on timing I can either hand images off directly to your media or marketing team, or my assistant can take care of preparing and sharing images on your behalf. I’m set up for mobile photo editing and delivery as needed.

Portland event photography - Gerding Theater at the Armory Lobby

In other cases folks want images relatively quickly, say, before things kick off the next monrning. In this case I’ll do a review of images in the evening, prepare a selection based on how many you need, and get those headed your way electronically overnight.

Standard Image Delivery for Most Events

Beyond the immediate needs, for most events we look at a standard image delivery option that will provide your event photos such that they are ready for your future marketing needs, newsletters, or other post-event activities.

I will typically provide your high-resolution image files, edited, via an electronic download from my website within 7–14 days (timeframe will depend on how many finished images are involved, along with what’s been agreed upon in our contract).

While I find that most of my clients prefer electronic image delivery, if you require images on a CD or DVD that can be arranged and that disc will ship in the same timeframe.

If you’d like to distribute prints after your event, I can make that easy by having them professionally printed and shipped directly to you from my lab. This isn’t common for most events, but I’ve done it a few times. Most recently, a client wanted several dozen prints of the group photo of their organization’s new board leadership. As I was already editing and preparing this image as part of their event package, it was simple for me to have my lab print and ship these images.

Of course, anything can be customized as we prepare for your event, but having a general idea of how I usually work and deliver files after the event can help ensure that we are all on the same page. As your event wraps up, you’ll be ready to enjoy some downtime, and you’ll know that a bunch of great images will be headed your way shortly.

Ready to chat about your upcoming event? Contact me and let’s make it happen.

Kung Pao Chickens at the OpenStack Party