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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.

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?

I’ve said it before… it’s always great to get out of the studio and accept the challenge of covering a fluid event in an uncontrolled environment. Corporate convention photography coverage is both challenging and rewarding for me. Last week, I was sent to Miami Beach to document a three day convention for Interior Design Magazine. I’ve worked with them many times before in some of the most beautiful locations and I love their staff (they treat me very, very well).

My goal with their events is to create commercially useful images that document the event, the attendees, their surroundings, and the details. I use a lot of natural light, but know when and where to add off-camera-flash to create light patterns that mimic natural light, and a shallow depth of field when appropriate. The result is a body of work they can use in the promotion of their next event, in both social media, as well as their magazine.

120+ guests at one very, very long table.

120+ guests at one very, very long table.

Trade Show meetings between designers and sponsors.

Trade Show meetings between designers and sponsors.

Breakfast on the Terrace in Miami while NY is getting snowed in. :-)

Breakfast on the Terrace in Miami while NY is getting snowed in. 🙂

Attendees enjoying an outdoor meeting.

Attendees enjoying an outdoor meeting.

Top Interior Designers from across the country attend these exclusive events.

Top Interior Designers from across the country attend these exclusive events.