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!

Awarded Photographic Craftsman Degree from PPA

Earlier this month I had the honor of receiving my Photographic Craftsman degree from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The degree was presented to me by PPA President Lori Craft, Hon.M.Photog.Cr., in San Antonio, Texas, at Imaging USA, which is PPA’s annual convention.

The Photographic Craftsman degree represents demonstrated accomplishments in the photography industry as a speaker, writer, and mentor. The work in achieving this degree spanned a four-year period.

Here I am pictured with Lori along with Bryan Welsh, who I selected as my sponsor. His guidance and leadership over the last few years was a key part of helping me earn my degree. Maybe next time I’ll smile?

PPA President Lori Craft, Aaron Hockley, and Bryan Welsh

Event Photography Scheduling – Avoid the Last Minute!

As we’re in mid-January, I’m starting to chat with folks about the usual spring rush of events in the coming months. Savvy event planners will figure out event photography scheduling sooner rather than later, knowing that calendars start to fill. I always feel bad when I have to turn someone down on an event inquiry because I’m not available on that date.

Before PIE Demo Day 2014 - Gerding Theater at the Armory Lobby

Whether we’re talking a conference, trade show, nonprofit fundraiser, company party, or other event, there’s always quite a bit happening in the spring months, so if you have something coming up, drop me a note and let’s get you on my calendar.

Event Photography Scheduling

Sure, having attendee photos from their iPhones is a great addition to your event, and if you let attendees be your photographers you’ll get some good photos. But if “some good photos” isn’t good enough, and you want to ensure you have all the photos that you want of your speakers, your crowd, and your program, bring in a professional event photographer. One with expertise in photography, experience with events, experience delivering images, and with things like backup gear and insurance and all those things that don’t matter… until they really matter in a big way.

Let’s get your event booked today. You’ll have one more item off your checklist, and you’ll have the confidence that you end up with images from an experienced pro.

Punch Bowl Social Event Photography

Portland and Beaverton Event Photography – Comcast Cares 2016

As I catch up on my photography blogging, I wanted to share some images of some Portland event photography from 2016 for a repeat client. I again photographed Comcast Cares Day, a corporate day of service where thousands of Comcast employees take part in various community service events in their areas.

Portland Event Photography

Portland Event Photographer

This year allowed me to make location photography in Portland and Beaverton as employees performed a variety of tasks around a school in a low-income neighborhood, created quilts for those in need, and planted numerous trees in a greenspace near a creek.

Portland Nonprofit Event Speaker

Portland Event Photography

As I make the corporate event photographs, I’m working with a bit of guidance from my client as to the highlights they want captured in the images, as well as the messaging they want to convey. After I’m briefed, I take a more photojournalistic approach as I explore the job sites, preferring to make candid images as folks work instead of posed, static photographs.

Beaverton Event Photography

Beaverton Corporate Event - Comcast Cares Day

With an event of this magnitude (they perform work at a lot of sites in the area – I generally am assigned to cover three of them) they have volunteer employees take photos as well throughout the day. But they also hire pro photographers, such as myself, to handle the flagship sites and to ensure that they get the most important images.

Sure, cameras have gotten better and you can probably have someone volunteer to take photos, and they’ll get some good shots. But if you want all the shots, and you want the most important shots, reliably, you’ll hire a pro photographer who will have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to deliver the results.

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.