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Event coordinators who are looking to hire a professional photographer to document or cover a multi day convention, often make the mistake of looking for and hiring someone who specializes in weddings. Trust me, a convention is NOTHING like a wedding, or vice versa.

A multi day convention has no central character to follow (Bride and Groom), or families to deal with. There is no drama, there are only fast-paced, grueling 15-18 hour days containing meals, programs, breakouts, bus tours, walking tours, meetings, group photos, headshots, cocktail hours, dinners, awards, banquets, and near impossible deadlines to meet. THAT is a challenge that peaks my interest and I LOVE getting that call.

The following images were created at the most recent three day convention we covered.

Enjoy!

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

Convention photographer, Las Vegas

Scott Kelby of KelbyOne Media

Convention photographer Las Vegas

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!

convention photographer, Las Vegas

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.

 

 

 

 

I LOVE Nashville! Fortunately, I’ve had the pleasure of visiting there several times over the past few years, and have always enjoyed myself.

This trip was to document a three day event for Interior Design Magazine. It was a gathering of some of the country’s top designers and suppliers who are actively designing hotels and restaurants across the country. Programming is often followed by bus tours of local hotels and restaurants that have been designed as boutique/chic/hip, or have become local icons for their designs.

Dinner music at the Ryman was supplied a country music trio, who played every song you already know the words to!

Dinner music at the Ryman was supplied a country music trio, who played every song you already know the words to!

Nashville designer, Hannah Crowell (daughter of Roseanne Cash) presented "Little Known Facts About Nashville" to the attendees.

Nashville designer, Hannah Crowell (daughter of Rosanne Cash) presented “Little Known Facts About Nashville” to the attendees.

Dinner one evening was held on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.

Dinner one evening was held on stage at the Ryman Auditorium.

Designer Andrew Dent presented on how technology is employed into futuristic designs.

Designer Andrew Dent presented on how technology is employed into futuristic designs.

An exercise room on steroids.... get it?

An exercise room on steroids…. get it?

My third trip to California this year placed me in the heart of San Francisco to photograph another corporate event for Interior Design Magazine. As is customary with their events, a bus tour was arranged to visit several corporate offices of “tech” companies. This year visits were made to admire the office designs for Visa, Wired Magazine, Yelp, Weebly, Luminosity, ZenDesk, and NeuStar. The tour guides were the architects and designers who created these playgrounds for the millennial generation. Some of the most innovative ideas, designed to attract and keep happy, the 20-somethings that currently rule the world! Here’s just a very small taste of designs/features/benefits of working in one of these incredible office spaces…

This was very apropos for their staff.

This was very apropos for their staff.

The Campbells Wall for Tiny Plants. Employees plant their own.

The Campbells Wall for Tiny Plants. Employees plant their own.

This is set up just as you walk into the cafeteria in one company. Employees grab them on the way in and oddly, look just like they're playing on their iPhones... but they're not. :-)

This is set up just as you walk into the cafeteria in one company. Employees grab them on the way in and oddly, look just like they’re playing on their iPhones… but they’re not. 🙂

The Landry Room. Now why doesn't EVERY company have one of these?

The Laundry Room. Now why doesn’t EVERY company have one of these?

Photoshop World 2015, Las Vegas

Photoshop World 2015, Las Vegas

Providing professional photography coverage for a three day convention is exhausting all by itself. Add to that, the convention is attended by several thousand photographers, and it takes on a whole new level of pressure and stress. And when the convention is the well known, Photoshop World and held in Las Vegas, you’re more than flattered that you’ve been asked to be their official photographer, and handed the task of creating images that will used to dress up their website, and market their next convention.

Industry Icon, Jay Maisel

Industry Icon, Jay Maisel

The speakers at this convention are some of the industry’s biggest names, and not just running the “speaker circuit,” but icons that are consistently creating great images over a long storied career.

Dave Black

Dave Black

Joel Grimes

Joel Grimes

Joe McNally

Joe McNally

Jason Groupp

Jason Groupp

Peter Hurley

Peter Hurley

Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis

David Ziser

David Ziser

 

Adobe Guru, Julianne Kost

Adobe Guru, Julianne Kost

The party at Photoshop World.

The party at Photoshop World.

Jack Reznicki

Jack Reznicki

Scott Kelby on the strings.

Scott Kelby on the strings.

Rebel Soul rocked the party.

Rebel Soul rocked the party.

Scott Kelby joined the band at the party and shredded a guitar!

Scott Kelby joined the band at the party and shredded a guitar!

Scott Kelby, Founder of KelbyOne Media

Scott Kelby, Founder of KelbyOne Media

Event photography is a big part of my business. Corporate and company event, annual awards banquets, and conventions, are right up my alley. I’ve been very fortunate to have been selected to cover events in many parts of the country, my latest event was in Palm Springs, California (my third event there in as many years). If there truly is a “glamorous side” of being an event photographer, it’s working with the people who put on these events, and documenting THEIR story, and the locations, food, and activities they create for their attendees.

Registration Gift Bags

Registration Gift Bags

Making new business acquaintances.

Making new business acquaintances.

Garden Party Dinner

Garden Party Dinner

Larry Smith, Author of the Six Word Memoir Project.

Larry Smith, Author of the Six Word Memoir Project.

Attendees, Sponsors, and Staff of the event are always connected.

Attendees, Sponsors, and Staff of the event are always connected.

The details are not the details!

The details are not the details!

Balloon Rides at Dinner!

Balloon Rides at Dinner!