PIE Demo Day – Gerding Theater at the Armory

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to photograph the Demo Day for the third class of startups to “graduate” from the Portland Incubator Experiment program. At Demo Day, company founders have several minutes onstage to tell the story of their company and their product, pitching it to an audience that includes potential investors, tech press, and the public. The stakes are high and it’s always an interesting event to see the stories told (I previously photographed the first and second PIE Demo Days as well).

Rick Turoczy, Kirsten Golden, and Renny Gleeson hosted the event
PIE Demo Day 2013 - Rick, Kirsten, and Renny

Matt Heitzenroder of Orchestrate
Matt Heitzenroder of Orchestrate - PIE Demo Day 2013

Mara Zepeda of Switchboard
Mara Zepeda of Switchboard - PIE Demo Day 2013

Adam Nikolaidis of Cloneless
Adam Nikolaidis of Cloneless - PIE Demo Day 2013

The entire class of PIE startups
PIE Demo Day 2013

Startup founders, mentors, and investors stick around for a post-event reception
PIE Demo Day 2013 - Post-event reception

View all of the PIE Demo Day 2013 photos on Flickr – and of course contact me if you have an upcoming event that could use some great imagery.

Business Portraits in a North Portland Park: Kronda

A bit over a month ago, I connected with Kronda of Karvel Digital at an event and it turned out we both had some business needs for which the other could help. I was able to use some of her web design smarts to clean things up on one of my websites, and it turned out that she needed some new portraits. As they say, the rest is history.

Portland Business Headshot - Woman

We met one evening at Arbor Lodge Park in North Portland and did a series of photos… some more formal and serious, some more light-hearted. Kronda is like many small business owners with a need for photos for her website, social media, speaking and conference engagements, and more. By providing her with four different portraits, she can choose which look she wants to portray for each of these purposes.

Casual Portrait - Portland

Contact me if you’re interested in some great portraits… either in an indoor or outdoor setting.

People of XOXO

Last weekend I attended the XOXO Festival, an experimental creative tech art festival in Portland. While there, I made some photos.

Matt Brooks, the Noun Project
Matt Brooks, The Noun Project


Reading Offscreen Magazine
Reading Offscreen magazine


Kacie Kinzer
Kacie Kinzer


Allison Rutland
Allison Rutland, Pixar


Rick LePage
Rick LePage, OnOne Software

Book Your Portland/Vancouver Holiday Party Photographer Now

We’re moving into the autumn season and holiday party plans are forming. If you’re preparing a nice event for your company, organization, or other group, there’s a good chance you’ll want some decent photos.

Company Party - Pool Table

Perhaps you’re doing something official and you’d like a photobooth or other themed photographs.

Company Holiday Party Themed Photos Company Holiday Party Themed Photos

Maybe your event is less formal and more casual. Either way, having some photographs for the group’s website, blog, or newsletter can be a great way to remember your group at the time of the event.

Now is the time to contact me to start making photography arrangements for your holiday party – as we move closer to the end of the year, schedules start getting busy. Contact me today to ensure greatest availability.

Portland Holiday Party - Dancing

NALA Convention: Portland Hilton Event Photography

Which much of my work surrounds the tech and startup communities in Portland, I also provide services for other industries. This summer I enjoyed photographing the annual convention for the National Association of Legal Assistants at the Downtown Portland Hilton. The event featured a few hundred attendees, nationwide vendors in a small trade show, keynote presentations, breakout classroom sessions, and a variety of social opportunities.

Portland Convention Photography

Portland Hilton Conference Photography

Portland Hilton Conference Event Portland Keynote Event Speaker

Portland Trade Show Photography

Organization Group Photo - Portland Hilton

Photographer Aaron Hockley’s Work Goes to International Exhibition

Some pretty exciting news and a first for me:

Aaron Hockley of Hockley Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Vancouver, Washington – August 15, 2013 — A photograph created by Aaron Hockley of Hockley Photography in Vancouver has recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2013 International Photographic Competition. Hockley’s work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and just 682 (about 7 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated “Loan Collection” book, and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the “Showcase” book by Marathon Press.

Titled Freedom in Alaska Hockley’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

About Professional Photographers of America
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 26,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry. See why photographers love PPA at www.ppa.com

Contact: Aaron Hockley
360-818-4449
aaron@hockleyphoto.com

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Freedom in Alaska - Bald Eagle in Alaska

This photo will be available for purchase as a fine art print in the coming month as I re-launch fine art print sales of selected work.

Nathan: Portraits of a Small Business Owner

I really enjoy working with other small- to mid-sized businesses in the Portland area. A few weeks back I was able to make a few portraits for Nathan who runs a small software business.

Portland Executive Headshot

Nathan was looking for a few images for various professional purposes. This included a traditional studio-style headshot as well as some portraits that showed off a bit of Portland. We incorporated a bit of the Portland waterfront with the iconic Steel Bridge in the background for one of the photos (shown below).

This allows Nathan to provide a serious, formal photo for those serious purposes as well as a few more relaxed images for his website, social media, or other informal occasions.

Portland Business Owner - Waterfront Portrait

Comcast Cares Day: Beaverton / Vancouver Event Photography

This spring I once again had the opportunity to photograph local events as part of Comcast Cares Day, an annual employee service day where Comcast employees perform a variety of community service projects. This year I was assigned to photograph three locations (two in Beaverton, Oregon and one in Vancouver, Washington) and I spent the morning creating a variety of images that showcased the employees and their work.

Here’s a sampling of some of the images.

Community Event Photography - Landscaping in Beaverton Oregon

Beaverton Oregon Event Photography

Assembling a Play Structure - Beaverton Community Photography

Corporate Service Day - Group Photo in Vancouver Washington

I’m available for corporate and company event photography in the Portland, Vancouver, Beaverton, and greater metro area. Drop me an email or give me a call!

Portland Event Reception Photography

I’ve photographed a variety of events, gatherings, parties, and receptions in the Portland and Vancouver, Washington area. Today I get around to publishing a few images from a reception a few months back.

Dancing at the Reception

Depending on the event, photography will include the attendees, environment, details, and the work of other vendors involved with the production.

Event / Reception Catering

I always enjoy being able to capture an artist or performer while in their element.

Reception Concert

If you want something beyond mere snapshots for your event, contact me and let’s make it happen.

OpenStack Summit Photos – Oregon Convention Center

In April I had the pleasure of providing event photography at the Oregon Convention Center for the OpenStack Summit. Around 3,000 folks involved with the OpenStack community gathered for several days of learning, networking, development, exhibits, and fun.

Jonathan Bryce presents a keynote address at the Oregon Convention Center
OpenStack Summit Vendor Expo

While at the event, I created photos of the keynote talks, breakout sessions, vendor expo floor, and less-formal moments such as hallway conversations and details and ambiance. Complete event photography involves a variety of both staged and candid photos that help share the people, products, companies, and venue.

Mark Shuttleworth - Keynote

OpenStack Summit Vendor Expo

In order to make the images available for the OpenStack Community, they’ve been released under a Creative Commons Attribution – ShareAlike license and the full set is available on Flickr.

If you’re involved with a conference, trade show, company meeting, or other event, contact me about how we can work together and make some great photographs.