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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.



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 d√©cor.

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.


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


Dinner in the backyard one evening.


Coffee by the Fire Pit.


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


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


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!


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