Urban Portland Business Headshots: Kris

About a month ago, I made some new business portraits for Kris. Among the options, we went for a couple urban locations for portraits in Portland’s Pearl District.

Pearl District Portland Portraits

While there are a lot of options for outdoor portraits or Portland business headshots, I often find that when it comes to a business portrait, simple is best. I’m a big fan for creativity for one’s portrait in many cases, but if we’re talking about a business portrait for traditional usage, it’s best to have something without distractions or elements that might lead the viewer astray.

Portland Business Headshots

American Society of Echocardiolography Event Photos

I’ve done event photography at the Oregon Convention Center for quite a few events; these images are from a conference and trade show last year for the American Society of Echocardiography. The event was their annual scientific sessions, and I covered the four-day event with a variety of photos including group portraits, keynote speakers, informal happy hours, a formal masquerade ball, and an exhibit hall. Most of their program was in and around the Oregon Convention Center, with some evening activities at The Nines Hotel, another great Portland event venue.

Oregon Convention Center Event Photos

Like most of my convention event photo clients, most of these images were delivered digitally for the client to use for a variety of purposes, although I did make professional prints for their new board photo which was to be sent to each of their state offices.

Portland Business Group Photo

Portland Trade Show Photography

Senator Ron Wyden Speaking in Portland

Oregon Convention Center Trade Show Photography

The Nines Hotel Event Photography

Oregon Convention Center Conference Photography

Portland Oregon Keynote Speaker Photography

Third Place Commercial Image from PPA

I was surprised and honored last month to find out that I received a prestigious award from the Professional Photographers of America at the annual Grand Imaging Awards ceremony.

My image “The Future is Looking Up” (shown below) was selected as the third place image for 2014 in the Commercial category. Out of thousands of photos entered in PPA’s annual International Photographic Competition last August, the “best of the best” form the pool from which the Grand Imaging Awards winners are selected. I’m flattered that out of all of the commercial images submitted by professional photographers in the organization, mine was selected as the third place image.

I love creating commercial and illustrative photographs that tell a story and I look forward to continuing to develop my portfolio of work with various clients.

To learn more about the Grand Imaging Awards or view the rest of the winners, see this page on PPA’s website.

The Future is Looking Up

Fraud Force: Event Photography at The Nines

Late last year, I was contacted by another local photographer to assist him in covering an industry conference and trade show in Portland. He photogaphed some of the events while I was the photographer for other portions of the multi-day conference.

The event photography at The Nines included conference keynote speakers on stage, with an audience of several hundred folks learning about industry trends, topics, and case studies.

Conference Keynote Speaker at The Nines

Event Photography at The Nines Portland

Trade Show Photography in Portland

Conference Event Photography - The Nines Portland

In the evenings after things wound down at the formal conference, a variety of Portland nighttime destinations allowed folks to kick back, have some fun, and build relationships. I photographed at Punch Bowl Social and Oba for evening event photos.

Oba Event Photography

Punch Bowl Social Event Photography

Portland Punch Bowl Social Event Photos

Oregon Story Board Demo Day

Last week I had the chance to do some work in Portland with some Hollywood Theatre event photography for the Oregon Story Board Demo Day. Oregon Story Board showcased five companies on stage, with each offering a bit of insight into the projects, passions, and people that make things happen.

This was a new Portland event photography venue for me, but the images from before the event, the main program, and a VIP reception afterward turned out great and told the story. Here’s a selection of images (with a link to the full set at the bottom).

Hollywood Theatre Event - Terry Starbucker St. Marie - Oregon Story Board Demo Day

Hollywood Theatre Event Photographer

Event Photography - Hollywood Theatre - Portland

Portland Event Photography - Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre Event Photography

Oregon Story Board Demo Day

You can view all of the images on Flickr.

Aaron Hockley awarded the OPPA President’s Award

As we move into 2015, I’m pleased to announce something that happened at the end of 2014.

As many folks know, I’m on the board of directors for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. In mid-December I was announced as the recipient of the President’s Award for 2014, one of the highest honors presented by the organization.

The OPPA President’s Award is presented annually to an active member of the organization whose dedication and service benefits the organization, while being of service to the community and a photographer ambassador to the public.

Oregon Professional Photographers Association President's Award
OPPA 2014 President Mark Fitzgerald with President’s Award recipient Aaron Hockley

In a region brimming with photographers, I’m honored to have been presented this award and I look forward to another year of living photography. The Oregon Professional Photographers Association is a fantastic group filled with smart, creative individuals, and I can’t wait to continue working with the OPPA membership to provide fellowship, education, and development for photographers in our area.

photo by Andie Petkus

Portland Incubator Experiment Demo Day 2014

The Portland Incubator Experiment recently wrapped up another class of startup business development, with company founders giving presentations to an audience of investors, mentors, and the public. Portland’s Gerding Theater at the Armory was filled with interested parties as each company shared its product, service, and story.

You can view the full set of images on Flickr; here are a selection of favorites.

Eric Holscher - Read the Docs - Gerding Theater

Julie Logan - Nutmeg - PIE Demo Day 2014

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

Megan Fisher - Shoptender - PIE Demo Day 2014

Kai practicing before the crowds arrived - Gerding Theater

PIE Demo Day 2014 - Everyone

How to Find the Right Event Photographer For You

How do you find the right event photographer? To have the best possible photos for your event, finding a great photographers isn’t as simple as finding one with a bunch of gear or the cheapest rate. Consider the following as you hire a professional photographer for your conference, meeting, trade show, party, or other business event.

You’re Hiring a Storyteller

Your event has a story (the place, the people from your company, the attendees, the speakers, the performers, the decor… you get the idea) and a good event photographer will capture and tell that story via imagery.

Event Photography is a Unique Genre

Reception ConcertGiven the various parts of the story noted above, you need a photographer with a variety of skills. A portrait photographer might be good at posed photos of people. An interior photographer might do a good job of capturing the room. Perhaps a concert photographer would make some fantastic images of the band that’s performing.

An event photographer will have experience photographing all of those things and more, and then edit those images to present an accurate depiction of your event.

You Have a Budget; Be Honest About It

I’ve photographed events for $5,000. I’ve photographed events for $200. I’ve photographed events at various prices in between those numbers. Event photography isn’t simple to quote with only an hourly rate, and one factor will be your budget. An honest conversation about budget will get you the best possible photos for that figure.

What’s Your Communication Style?

Matt Heitzenroder of Orchestrate - PIE Demo Day 2013Do you like talking on the phone or do you prefer email? During the event, is it important that your photographer be able to receive updates from you via text message?

A Good Photographer Has Opinions

In the conversations prior to an event, you’ll share your ideas with the photographer about your event and what sort of images you’d like to see. An experienced photographer will bring his or her own ideas as well; sometimes these ideas will complement your plan and sometimes they’ll be a change of course.

Trust your photographer; if the photographer explains that your plan would result in subpar images, they’re probably sharing that because they learned from past experience. Part of making great event photos to deliver to a client also means not spending time or energy with a plan that is likely to fail.

Keynote Speaker Kevin Carroll on stage

While everything can be part of the conversation, in general I look to the client to explain what they have in mind and I’ll bring my expertise on how would be the best way to create those photos.

If all photographers created the same images and brought the same experiences, attitudes, and technology to an event, we’d all charge the same fees and produce a bunch of homogeneous photos. Thankfully, we’re all a bit different, with different backgrounds, styles, ideas, and experiences.

Consider the topics above as you select an event photographer. You’ll end up with better images (and it’ll be more fun for everyone) if you find a photographer who is a good fit for your organization and event.

(this article is partially inspired by Mike Montiero’s recent piece on hiring a designer)

LinkedIn Live: Oregon Zoo Event Photography

Earlier this year I photographed LinkedIn Live, an event for professionals from a variety of industries to learn about business networking and how to make the most of the LinkedIn platform. I enjoyed doing photography at the Oregon Zoo conference center. There were several individual speakers, a couple panels, and plenty of informal networking time.

LinkedIn Live

Portland Networking Event

Pinky Gonzales, Upriver Solutions

Oregon Zoo Conference Center

Oregon Zoo Conference Event Photography

Contact me for some great photos of your upcoming event or conference!

Three Awards from the International Photographic Competition

Forgive me for a bit of self-congratulations, but I wanted to note that I recently had three images selected for exhibition in the PPA annual International Photographic Competition.

The image below, The Future is Looking Up, was selected as part of the prestigious Loan Collection, representing the “best of the best” of all images entered into competition. I’m flattered to have received this high honor.

The Future is Looking Up

The following two images, Summer Morning Friends and Seattle Cool, were chosen for the General Collection, earning competition award merits and being included in the annual International Photographic Exhibition to be held in early 2015.

Summer Morning Friends

Seattle Cool

All three images are available for purchase as fine are prints; please send me an email if interested.