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!

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

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!

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

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!