Portland and Beaverton Event Photography – Comcast Cares 2016

As I catch up on my photography blogging, I wanted to share some images of some Portland event photography from 2016 for a repeat client. I again photographed Comcast Cares Day, a corporate day of service where thousands of Comcast employees take part in various community service events in their areas.

Portland Event Photography

Portland Event Photographer

This year allowed me to make location photography in Portland and Beaverton as employees performed a variety of tasks around a school in a low-income neighborhood, created quilts for those in need, and planted numerous trees in a greenspace near a creek.

Portland Nonprofit Event Speaker

Portland Event Photography

As I make the corporate event photographs, I’m working with a bit of guidance from my client as to the highlights they want captured in the images, as well as the messaging they want to convey. After I’m briefed, I take a more photojournalistic approach as I explore the job sites, preferring to make candid images as folks work instead of posed, static photographs.

Beaverton Event Photography

Beaverton Corporate Event - Comcast Cares Day

With an event of this magnitude (they perform work at a lot of sites in the area – I generally am assigned to cover three of them) they have volunteer employees take photos as well throughout the day. But they also hire pro photographers, such as myself, to handle the flagship sites and to ensure that they get the most important images.

Sure, cameras have gotten better and you can probably have someone volunteer to take photos, and they’ll get some good shots. But if you want all the shots, and you want the most important shots, reliably, you’ll hire a pro photographer who will have the knowledge, experience, and equipment to deliver the results.

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