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

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.