PIE Turns 10

How do you throw a birthday party for a well-known startup accelerator in Portland? If you’re the Portland Incubator Experiment, you do it in a new workspace and invite all of your friends and startups both past and present. For me, it was another chance at some startup photography capturing some great folks in the Portland scene, and fitting since I photographed the PIE kickoff event along with all of their demo days.

PIE Birthday Party Photography - Portland

You invite Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who drops by to say a few words about Portland’s startup scene, and of course PIE General Manager Rick Turoczy has some remarks as well.

Ted Wheeler and Rick Turoczy - Portland Startup Events

PIE General Manager Rick Turoczy

You hold the event in a cool new space – The Glass Lab – and find that it provides plenty of room for interesting conversations.

The Glass Lab Portland

Portland Startup Photography

You have some cool swag for folks to play with, making for some interesting opportunities for an event photographer.

Portland Event Photographer

You have the event catered with some great food including Fabo’s Tacos. People are happy, they have great conversations, business connections are made, and the event photographer walks away happy.

Fabo's Tacos Portland Catering

PIE 10th Birthday - Portland Startup Photography

Hosting a fun event such as this one? Whether it’s startup photography, another business event, or a charity, contact me and let’s make some great photos!

Master of Photography Degree from PPA

I’m proud to have received my Master of Photography degree from PPA at Imaging USA this year.

Jennifer and Aaron Hockley with PPA President Stephen Thetford

Presented by PPA President Stephen Thetford, the degree indicates that I have met the standards of excellence set by PPA. The degree is awarded in recognition of superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession.

Along with my Photographic Craftsman degree, I feel this helps set me apart as not just another guy on the internet with a camera, but someone who has demonstrated excellence and has been recognized as such in the industry.

Three Photo Industry Awards for 2018

I was pretty excited to receive three awards at the annual banquet for the Oregon Professional Photographers Association this year.

Aaron Hockley 2018 Photography Awards

I was named the Commercial/Illustrative Division WinnerTechnical Excellence in the large year-end competition.

Finally, the plaque shown above is a high honor indeed: the PPA National Award. This award is given for service to the photography industry, and was presented to me by 2018-2019 PPA President Stephen Thetford. I’m truly honored to join the relatively small number of photographers nationwide who have received this honor, and am thankful that I’ve been able help give back to the industry and help others along the photographic path.

Proper Shapes for a Proper Pour

Event Photography: The Big Picture

As I photograph a variety of events, I get exposed to event photography for scenarios such as:

  • Conferences
  • Trade shows
  • Startup launch parties
  • Fundraisers
  • Community service activities
  • Demo days
  • Scholarship awards
  • …and more

Event Photography: The Big Picture

Although each event is a bit different, there are some common themes when it comes to providing solid event photography coverage. It’s not just about the candids or the “grip and grins.” Yes, those are part of it, but I enjoy bringing a bit of a creative eye to telling more of the entire story. Details. Wide angles. Shots from down low. Shots from up high.

Food Bank and Outdoor Cleanup: Portland Event Photos

As I catch up on sharing some work from the past year, once again I photographed Comcast Cares Day for the local area, creating some Portland event photos that are representative of corporate event work.

This year I was assigned to cover three sites, and as always the common theme was employees from the organization giving back to the community through a variety of community service projects. I’ll share a few photos from a couple of the locations.

Portland Event Photos - Comcast Cares Day - Oregon Food Bank

My first location was the Oregon Food Bank, where after an orientation and group photo, the volunteers packaged various produce into smaller bags to be distributed to families in need. There was a lot of food to be packaged for redistribution, but as you can see from the group photo there were plenty of hands available to do the work. In addition to the Comcast employees and volunteers, there was another partner agency helping out as well.

Portland Event Photos - Comcast Cares Day - Oregon Food Bank

Portland Event Photos - Comcast Cares Day - Oregon Food Bank

The other location shared here is from the Native American Youth and Family Center in Northeast Portland. This organization provides a variety of services for the Native community, and the work here was both indoor and outdoor to improve the grounds and prepare materials.

Outside, there was a lot of physical labor including spreading bark and gravel. Other efforts included installation of two new benches near the garden area.

Portland Event Photos - Comcast Cares Day - NAYA

As examples of Portland event photos, these images are typical for how I will cover such an event in a photojournalistic style that allows my client to use the images for social media, press releases, or future promotional use that shows the work being done by their company at events.