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

Your Company Photos Can Have Personality

Sure, we’ve all seen static, traditional business portraits or company photos. Heck, I’ve made a bunch of them when that’s the look the client wants.

But your business headshot, or your company group photo, doesn’t have to be dull or traditional. We can take an outdoor portrait in Portland and give it some personality based on the pose and attitude of the subject:

Outdoor Portrait in Portland

Sure, we could do a picture of your team standing against a blank wall. If you’re a traditional bank, that’s probably appropriate. But if your organization is one where we can display a bit more personality, we could make a Portland company photo up on your rooftop and let folks have some fun.

Portland Company Photos

Get in touch if it’s time for a fresh image for your company.

Portland / Vancouver Event Photos: 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.

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