Archive for the ‘Corporate Events and Conventions’ Category

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you can’t always get your team or your board all in the same place at the same time. That’s when you need to call a professional photographer who is experienced at “group composite photos.”

A group composite photo is a single photograph that has been created, using more than one image. Essentially, adding one or more individuals to a group photograph when they weren’t really there when the group photo was taken – and doing so convincingly.

Newsome’s Studio has been creating group composites for years, and has found more than one reason they’re great for business. Law firms, Dr offices, Insurance companies, and many other places of business may want a group photo taken for their “Meet the Team” page on their company website. If they ARE lucky enough to assemble everyone in one place for a photo, it is rare that everyone looks their absolute best – all at the same time – in ONE PHOTO! And even if they do, within a year or less, someone leaves the firm, someone gets transferred out of state, someone gets terminated, and BOOM!… the group photo is suddenly rendered useless!

Kevin Newsome has solved this problem for several businesses in recent years. He has photographed the team, board, and staff photo of as many of 20 individuals – separately – and composited them into one “near-perfect” group photo. When one partner leaves the firm, no problem. Delete them and add the new person in their spot, avoiding the need to re-photograph the entire group, saving the firm HUNDREDS of dollars!

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Quality Consulting Group

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Strategis CPAs & Consulting

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West Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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Carrollwood Area Business Association

Photoshop World Las Vegas

For the second year in a row, I was hired to document the Las Vegas convention for Photoshop World, produced by KelbyOne Media.

The four day convention, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, was attended by approximately 1,500 photographers and featured some of the industry’s top professional shooters, presenting educational instruction on everything from Photoshop and Lightroom techniques, to lighting, posing, business, and marketing for professionals in the industry.

My assignment is to create the images that will be used, not only to create a history book of THIS convention, but in the marketing material for NEXT year’s convention. Many of the images were delivered daily, so KelbyOne Media and Photoshop World could use in their daily social media accounts like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

As an event photographer based in Tampa, I find myself traveling quite a bit for different companies who value my perspective, imagery, and ability to keep pace with their event schedule.

If you are in the event or convention planning business and are looking for an experienced professional photographer to provide quality photography coverage, please check out our Corporate Events page and give us a call. I’d be happy to discuss your needs and goals, and show you how we can help you showcase your hard work with great photography.

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Time Magazine cover photographer, Gregory Heisler

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Scott Kelby of KelbyOne Media

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Larry Becker at the closing ceremonies.

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Macro Photography using window light.

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Convention Attendees, reaching for the stars!

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Russell Brown, performing with Cirque du Soleil as part of a seminar.

I’m honored to have been selected to photograph the first annual Women’s Conference of Florida. Approximately a thousand women converged in downtown Tampa at the Marriott Waterside to attend and participate in presentations by some incredibly successful women in business, finance, and the arts.

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The Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Waterside.

The event kicked off Thursday evening at the famed Tampa Theater, built in 1926, with author Cheryl Strayed, who was portrayed by Reese Witherspoon in the autobiographical movie “Wild.”

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The Tampa Theater, built in 1926.

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Cheryl Strayed, author of several books including “Wild,” a depiction of her hike up the Pacific Coast Trail.

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Anna Maria Chavez began her career journey in the same Movement she now leads, Girl Scouts. A lifetime member of Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and an award winning community leader, she developed the leadership skills that propelled her to CEO of GSUSA.

 

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Randi Zuckerberg, the former director of market development and spokesperson for Facebook, is the founder and CEO of Zuckerberg Media and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated.

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Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s Today Show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, and the host of Money Matters with Jean Chatzky on RLTV.

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Arlene DiBenigno, President and CEO of WCOFFL presided over the conference.

I asked someone why they hired a man to photograph the conference.
They responded “We didn’t hire a man, we hired a photographer.”
And for that, I thank, and commend you.

It was an incredible two days of inspirational stories and thought provoking talks. It was about achieving goals that at one time seemed impossible for most women. I assure you, NOTHING is impossible for those that attended this conference.

 

 

 

 

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Giants of Design – 2016, Palm Springs, California

 

For the fourth time in as many years, I was contracted to provide documentary style coverage of Interior Design magazine’s Giants of Design Conference in Palm Springs, California.

Held at The Parker (former estate of Gene Autry, “the Singing Cowboy” from the B&W film days), the event lasted three and a half days and features tours of Palm Springs homes that are of particular interest with regards to design and décor.

100 of the country’s top designers and a few dozen manufacturers are treated to seminars, tours, activities, and meals that continually raise the bar for inspiration, education, and networking within their field.

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Held on the grounds of Gene Autry’s Palm Springs home at The Parker.

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Dinner in the backyard one evening.

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Coffee by the Fire Pit.

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Dinner by the indoor pool one evening, featured “Light Dancers.”

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The meeting consisted of over 100 of the country’s top designers and manufacturers.

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One stop on our Tour of Homes, included the Palm Springs home owned by Elvis Presley at the time he married Priscilla. This is where they spent their honeymoon night!

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Another stop of particular interest, was Sunnylands. Google it. Pretty fascinating.

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Corporate Group Photo

One of the greatest challenges I receive as a professional photographer, is when a new client arrives in the Tampa Bay Area (in this case, a St Louis firm staying at the Clearwater Marriott in Sand Key for a weekend retreat/business meeting), needing to update their employee images on their web site.

 

In this client’s case, they needed one large group photo, several individual images (all looking totally different), and a few “action” shots. The staff at the Marriott was wonderful and very accommodating, allowing us to utilize their beautiful lobby and restaurant to create 16 totally different images.

Working with only one light, modified for different looks, the entire job was completed in about two and half hours.

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Bio Photo for “About” page

 

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Situational Image for Website

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Action Image for Website

or the third time this year, I covered an event for KelbyOneMedia. This time, right in my own backyard at the Tampa Convention Center, Scott Kelby himself, presented a full day seminar that included everything from planning your shoot, lighting, composition, and getting it right in the camera, to his “secret sauce” applied in post-production through Lightroom and Photoshop adjustments.

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A packed house of 300+

I’ve seen Scott speak several times, and his ability to present information in a “learnable” way and entertain his audience with relatable quips and stories, are what gives his seminars value well beyond their price.

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He approaches lighting like an architect – one block at a time.

His “secret sauce” in post-production was a clean, yet very creative workflow that allowed him to get the most impact possible from his images. And it worked!

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The Secret Sauce

Being hired to photograph an event put on by one of the world’s leading authors in the field of photography is always an honor. What I learn while “doing my job” is just icing on the cake.

 

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Scott Kelby of KelbyOneMedia

 

The stage has now been set for another incredible game between the SEC and the Big Ten. The Outback Bowl never fails to deliver one of the best bowl games in the post season. This year it will feature the 8-4 University of Tennessee Volunteers vs the 10-2 Northwestern University Wildcats.

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That’s not the trophy, btw.

The contract signing party took place Thursday night at Raymond James Stadium. I look forward to this event every year because it’s a chance to see and hear the coaches up close and personal together, something that only happens once.

UT Coach Butch Jones

UT Coach Butch Jones

NW Coach Pat Fitzgerald high fiving himself.

NW Coach Pat Fitzgerald high fiving himself.

Game on!

Game on!