Imaging USA Day 1 was a ton of fun, and Day two continued on with the same emotions. Day two was where I realized what a historic organization PPA is. To give perspective, I asked an employee “so, how many of these events have there been?” The answer I got was “I dunno- maybe 120 or so?” I knew PPA has been around, but I had no idea they celebrated their 50th anniversary as an organization in 1930! You can read more about PPA’s history here, including some amazing stories that range from World War I Signal Corps photographers becoming honorary PPA members to George Eastman introducing the first Kodak camera and film system to convention goers in 1888. Once again, I was so happy to be a part of this historic organization and convention.
In addition to classes and the expo, PPA students were taking certification exams.
Dane Sanders giving away prizes after his class.
The Muñoz Brothers taught a very exciting and humorous live shooting class
Including posing tips…
The official PPA mascot for the event- Flash- heading downstairs to the Expo.
David Bergman showing the Nikon booth area how to snap great event and sport photos.
Photographing the volunteers proves to be quite humorous. They were barking questions as me from below. ”What’s your f-stop!? What camera setting are you using?!” When I would tell them my answer, they would always reply “NO! That’s wrong!!!” :)
Lindsey Adler teaching a small group of PPA students.
Michael Barton came away with a few awards at the Grand Imaging Awards ceremony, including photographer of the year.
This character also won an award for best image with his shot of the final shuttle launch. I was amazed at how he took this photo. Because NASA won’t let anyone around for miles, he set up his tripod a few miles inside the “danger zone” the day before the launch. He set the camera up on a sound trigger and hoped for the best. The next day, he went to find his camera had captured a number of images, including this winning shot!
Last August I was approached by the marketing director for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). She had seen some of the work I did at Social Media Day at Terminal West last summer. She said she really like my event work and that they were unimpressed by last year’s event photographer at their yearly Imaging USA event. I was extremely flattered to be chosen as the photographer to photograph photographers. :) It was last Sunday through Tuesday at the Georgia World Congress Center. It was a ton of fun, albeit a little crazy with over 10,500 photographers in attendance!
Though they had pre-classes Thursday through Saturday, Sunday was opening day of the Expo. I had my lovely assistant, Curt, with me for part of the day. He was a great mule on the Expo floor carrying my gear and also gave me the idea to borrow a monopod from Manfrotto to get some of the “aerial” shots of the floor. People did look at my pretty crazy hoisting my rig 7 feet in the air, but it captured a few neat shots. First up, I have a few shots from one of the most popular speakers, Jerry Ghionis:
My favorite shot of the weekend. Can you tell who the excited audience volunteer is in this photo?
As people gathered on the 3rd floor for the Expo opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, my event contact, Sarah Ackerman, snapped this photo from above and posted it to Twitter. With all the hustle and bustle of the #IUSA13 tag, the photo was at one point trending on Twitter. :)
After the ribbon cutting:
mule assistant heading down to the Expo with me.
My friends generally know that I often have busy weekends. However, this weekend was my first wedding double-header in a while- one Friday and one Saturday. On top of that I had a maternity/family session on Sunday and a 3-month baby session on Monday. Needless to say I was a bit nervous about it all week. My main fear, oddly enough, was that I throw my back out at the Friday wedding and was unable to shoot the Saturday wedding. That obviously didn’t happen, but I did find out for sure that I have begun getting tennis elbow from lifting about 15 pounds of camera, batteries, battery grip, flash, and wireless flash trigger over 1,000 times each day with poor form by my right arm. Both nights I actually had to ice my elbow! I’m getting old!
Both weddings went great. If you were outside at all this weekend you know the weather was some of the best Atlanta has to offer. Blue skies, warm days, cool evenings- just about everything you could ask for in a wedding- both of which were outdoors! I’ll give more dedicated posts on both weddings once I get through editing the photos, but I will say I had a ton of fun all weekend. Rachel and Andy had such a fun group of guests and bridal party at Park Tavern that I ended up spending most of my time on the dance floor!
Here are a few photos from Rachel and Andy’s wedding:
Lindsey and Mario had a beautiful wedding at Donaldson Bannister Farm in Dunwoody- actually the very first one that the venue has seen! I initially thought they “just” planned the wedding (note: the word “just” is in quotations), but after the ceremony Mario told me the ceremony site- a beautiful grassy garden area on the property- was a swimming pool just about a month ago! He laid all of the sod and did the landscaping himself! Here are a few from their wedding:
Now here are a couple from the Sullivan family shoot followed by two from my sister’s 3-month old- Hudson. I know I know- I’m an incredibly efficient blogger! I say that jokingly- more on these 4 events to come!
He’s a quick shot we pulled off just before the toasts at the wedding reception this Saturday at Wahoo Grill in Decatur, GA. I had just a couple of moments to steal the bride and groom away for this shot that I’d had in mind all day. I’m just glad the cars moved out of the way and the sun went down (well, that’s kind of an expected outcome). Congrats to the newly married couple! They are off to Greece in a few days for their much anticipated honeymoon, but not before I give them an in-person photo lesson on how to take great vacation photos. Maybe I’ll start offering lessons to all my brides and grooms- what do you think?? :)
Family number two of our Super Sunday Photo Block (sounds like a radio show, right?) was the Sullivans. We’ve seen them on the APG blog before but the occasion today was Elena’s two-year photos. She is such a cutie and was definitely taught the word “cheeeeeese” as can be seen in this first photo. She was saying it even before I started snapping photos, so you could tell Mommy and Daddy prepped her well.
Throwing stones with Mommy.
Saturday, Keri and I attended Ross and Courtney’s wedding- Keri as guest and encourager, and me as photographer.
It’s so easy to shoot weddings when there’s good weather, a pretty church, and good lookin’ people. I’ll have more pictures soon, but for now here’s a shot from Kimball Hall’s courtyard. This so far is my favorite pic from the night. Thanks to Ross and Courtney for being so good at holding still for a slow shutter speed.