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

Your Company Photos Can Have Personality

Sure, we’ve all seen static, traditional business portraits or company photos. Heck, I’ve made a bunch of them when that’s the look the client wants.

But your business headshot, or your company group photo, doesn’t have to be dull or traditional. We can take an outdoor portrait in Portland and give it some personality based on the pose and attitude of the subject:

Outdoor Portrait in Portland

Sure, we could do a picture of your team standing against a blank wall. If you’re a traditional bank, that’s probably appropriate. But if your organization is one where we can display a bit more personality, we could make a Portland company photo up on your rooftop and let folks have some fun.

Portland Company Photos

Get in touch if it’s time for a fresh image for your company.

Event Organizers and Conference Photography: You’re Doing Awesome

I love photographing conferences, trade shows, and other business events. While doing conference photography It’s always great to work with an event organizer who understands the value of having solid images of the event.

Conference and trade show photography can serve a variety of purposes. Marketing future events is a primary scenario, but I’m increasingly finding photography clients who want me to work the social media angle during events. I will partner with the event organizers to provide conference photography during the event that can be shared rapidly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.

Let’s work together.

Conference Photography - WordCamp San Francisco

This image is from WordCamp San Francisco 2014; the speaker is Mickey Kay.

Home from Atlanta and Imaging USA

Like 11,000 of my photographer colleagues, I was in Atlanta last week for Imaging USA, the annual conference of the Professional Photographers of America.

Imaging USA Atlanta

Imaging USA is a huge event, featuring a huge tradeshow, three days of educational classes, and a variety of social and networking opportunities for all varieties of professional photographers. I was able to meet quite a few interesting photographers, chat with some of my favorite photography vendors, and learn from experts in posing, editing, and lighting.

This year I had a bit of a dual personality at Imaging USA; in addition to being there to learn personally for my photography business, I was also there representing the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. As the 2016 Vice President, I had the opportunity to attend PPA affiliate leadership meetings where I could swap notes with other state and local leaders from around the country. It was a good opportunity to hear what’s working elsewhere, what challenges some are having, and to build relationships to help strengthen the industry for serious photographers.

But it wasn’t all business: there was plenty of fun to be had as well. I led a small group to check out one of Atlanta’s craft breweries, ran into some old friends at the opening party, and got to hang out with a good crowd from Oregon for a group photo and lunch:

OPPA at Imaging USA

Portland / Vancouver Event Photography: Comcast Cares Day 2015

It’s always a treat to work with clients on an ongoing basis and to see how their corporate events evolve. Once again in 2015 I provided event photography in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington for Comcast Cares Day. Here are a few images representative of the day and the photos I delivered to the client.

Portland Event Photography - Glenfair Elementary School

Event Photography in Portland - Glenfair Elementary School

Portland Event Photography - Glenfair Elementary School

Working at three job sites, Comcast employees partnered with local groups to provide community service including landscaping work, playground cleanup, painting, gardening, and fence-building. My goal was to create images telling the story of these volunteers providing service.

Portland Event Photography - Glenfair Elementary School

In telling the story of a corporate event, photography can showcase both the people involved as well as the projects completed.

Vancouver Washington Event Photography - The Gardner School

Event Photography in Vancouver Washington - The Gardner School

For examples of my past event photography for the Comcast Cares Day corporate event, see this past article or an older one as well.

For corporate event photography around Portland and Vancouver, contact me and let’s create images of your event that’ll meet your needs for publicity, history, and social purposes.

Photographers that Play Well With Others

There’s an interesting thing that happens in the photography space (well, in many businesses I’m sure): some photographers work together, collaborate, and share their knowledge to grow together. Others go off on their own and are afraid of opening up or working together.

I’d like to think I’m in the former category. I value photographer collaboration.

I enjoy chatting with other photographers. Sometimes we get together and play around with light and lenses and experiment with various effects. Occasionally it leads to nothing, but usually something fun happens. Here’s Portland photographer Joe Wilson when we were messing around with light at his studio.

Photographer Collaboration

It’s not all play; some of my photo assignments and projects require assistants or other photographers to get the job done. When I need a second shooter, or a photographer to help me light a big assignment, I have a trusted network of friends and colleagues whom I can call upon. Networking with others is one of the reasons I remain involved with the Oregon Professional Photographers Association.

The ability to work with others is one of those skills that can be as helpful as understanding light and shutter speeds.

Vice President of OPPA for 2016

I’m pleased to note that I was recently elected Vice President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association for 2016.
Oregon Professional Photographers Association
I’ve been involved in the OPPA since its founding and am looking forward to providing leadership for the group. It’s an interesting time in the professional photography world, and true professionals are able to stand out among the many fly-by-night hobbyists. OPPA works to educate and represent pro photographers in all areas of the craft and business of photography through our various educational events, social programs, and structured photography competitions.

I’ll be heading to the Professional Photographers of America’s annual Affiliate Leadership meeting in January, and I hope to continue the work of past OPPA leadership that has positioned us as a one of the leading PPA affiliates in the country.

Thanks to the OPPA members for placing faith in me; I look forward to an exciting 2016 for photographers in the northwest!

Comcast Leaders and Achievers: Event Photography

I’ve photographed a few events at Portland’s World Trade Center (yes, there are World Trade Centers outside New York) and a recent event photography opportunity allowed me to make some fun images in this space. While there are a variety of spaces for events and photography at the Portland World Trade Center, this event (the Comcast Leaders and Achievers awards breakfast and ceremony) was on the third floor sky bridge space, featuring high glass ceilings and lots of natural light.

World Trade Center PDX

High school youth were being presented with scholarship checks and other financial awards as they prepared to head to college this fall, and the event featured a few speakers.

World Trade Center Portland Event Photography

Portland Event Photography

Portland World Trade Center Event Photographer

After speeches at the event from a Comcast vice president and Oregon’s Attorney General, the youth were presented with awards, including a couple extra scholarship prizes awarded to a few youth who had gone above and beyond in their achievements and leadership opportunities as high schoolers. I had a great time doing event photos in the World Trade Center space, and look forward to working here again soon.

Portland World Trade Center photography

Have an event at the Portland World Trade Center? Drop me a note about having some great images made!