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!

Scholarship Basketball Tournament Photography: Elks Hoop Shoot

A couple months back, I had the enjoyable opportunity to do some event photography in Vancouver, Washington at Clark College. The occasion was the regional competition for the Elks Hoop Shoot, an annual nationwide tournament put on by the Elks Foundation.

Vancouver Washington Event Photography

The winners of the tournament advance to the national level, competing for scholarships. The photography of this event at Clark College was for purposes of marketing and promotion of the event in the future, so my client wanted me to capture a variety of images of the youth, the volunteers, and the audience.

Vancouver Washington Event Photography Basketball Event Photography

Photographing an event in my hometown of Vancouver was fun, and it was great to see all the enthusiasm in the competitors.

If you’re hosting an event in Vancouver, Washington, let’s chat about event photography.

Congratulating the Contestants

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