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.

Native American Pow Wow Photography

In conjunction with the NIEA conference I photographed in Portland, there was a Native American Pow Wow held where both local and visiting native people were able to dance, sing, drum, and tell stories together in a pow wow setting. I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect for my first pow wow photography venture, but I wasn’t disappointed.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

I’ve been to a few pow wows in the past; this was my first experience doing pow wow photography and it was interesting to move around and capture different angles as the dancers moved into and around the venue.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

The focus of the pow wow, and the focus of my photographs was on the dancers, and specifically on the colorful regalia worn by the native dancers. The dancers spanned several generations; from young children to elders all seemed to be having a good time. I’m thankful that my client invited me to photograph this event and I hope to do more of this sort of work again.

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Native American Pow Wow Photography - Portland, Oregon

Event Organizers and Conference Photography: You’re Doing Awesome

I love photographing conferences, trade shows, and other business events. While doing conference photography It’s always great to work with an event organizer who understands the value of having solid images of the event.

Conference and trade show photography can serve a variety of purposes. Marketing future events is a primary scenario, but I’m increasingly finding photography clients who want me to work the social media angle during events. I will partner with the event organizers to provide conference photography during the event that can be shared rapidly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media.

Let’s work together.

Conference Photography - WordCamp San Francisco

This image is from WordCamp San Francisco 2014; the speaker is Mickey Kay.

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