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

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

American Society of Echocardiolography Event Photos

I’ve done event photography at the Oregon Convention Center for quite a few events; these images are from a conference and trade show last year for the American Society of Echocardiography. The event was their annual scientific sessions, and I covered the four-day event with a variety of photos including group portraits, keynote speakers, informal happy hours, a formal masquerade ball, and an exhibit hall. Most of their program was in and around the Oregon Convention Center, with some evening activities at The Nines Hotel, another great Portland event venue.

Oregon Convention Center Event Photos

Like most of my convention event photo clients, most of these images were delivered digitally for the client to use for a variety of purposes, although I did make professional prints for their new board photo which was to be sent to each of their state offices.

Portland Business Group Photo

Portland Trade Show Photography

Senator Ron Wyden Speaking in Portland

Oregon Convention Center Trade Show Photography

The Nines Hotel Event Photography

Oregon Convention Center Conference Photography

Portland Oregon Keynote Speaker Photography

Fraud Force: Event Photography at The Nines

Late last year, I was contacted by another local photographer to assist him in covering an industry conference and trade show in Portland. He photogaphed some of the events while I was the photographer for other portions of the multi-day conference.

The event photography at The Nines included conference keynote speakers on stage, with an audience of several hundred folks learning about industry trends, topics, and case studies.

Conference Keynote Speaker at The Nines

Event Photography at The Nines Portland

Trade Show Photography in Portland

Conference Event Photography - The Nines Portland

In the evenings after things wound down at the formal conference, a variety of Portland nighttime destinations allowed folks to kick back, have some fun, and build relationships. I photographed at Punch Bowl Social and Oba for evening event photos.

Oba Event Photography

Punch Bowl Social Event Photography

Portland Punch Bowl Social Event Photos

Oregon Story Board Demo Day

Last week I had the chance to do some work in Portland with some Hollywood Theatre event photography for the Oregon Story Board Demo Day. Oregon Story Board showcased five companies on stage, with each offering a bit of insight into the projects, passions, and people that make things happen.

This was a new Portland event photography venue for me, but the images from before the event, the main program, and a VIP reception afterward turned out great and told the story. Here’s a selection of images (with a link to the full set at the bottom).

Hollywood Theatre Event - Terry Starbucker St. Marie - Oregon Story Board Demo Day

Hollywood Theatre Event Photographer

Event Photography - Hollywood Theatre - Portland

Portland Event Photography - Hollywood Theatre

Hollywood Theatre Event Photography

Oregon Story Board Demo Day

You can view all of the images on Flickr.