Ever since putting up our Facebook page, it seems I’ve been more inclined to “micro blogging” rather than updating here. Since the last update, we’ve been keeping busy photographing lots of pet portraits and a couple amazing milestone events including a 90th birthday party and a 50th wedding anniversary party. In July I took a couple months off to recuperate from surgery, but we are back in action and kicking things off with a wedding at a central Oregon mountain resort. We are also very excited to be working with the Oregon Opportunity Network and will be photographing a series of events for them starting with their Annual Awards Gala and Industry Support Conference in mid-September.
Posts Tagged ‘event photography’
One of the causes near and dear to us at H2Meyer Photography is the environment. Which is why we were honored and delighted when one of our clients, The Freshwater Trust asked us to be part of their 2011 “reThink” Annual Gala & Auction. We are donating our photography services to one of their live auction packages for a Personalized Party for 25 at The Treasury Ballroom. The Gala & Auction will be held February 25th at the Portland Art Museum.
When I left corporate life in June 2007, I made a proclamation of sorts. In my farewell letter I wrote, “… it’s time to simplify and live my values. Focus on having and sharing experiences rather than making money and buying stuff. Biking instead of driving. Taking pictures. Gardening. Raising chickens. Playing with the dogs. Writing letters. Learning new tricks. Climbing rocks. Volunteering. And yes, smelling the roses.”
By November of that year I had covered the list and then some, with the exception of volunteering… Somehow I hadn’t found (made) the time, and wasn’t quite sure who I wanted to work with. That all changed one night while throwing darts at a pub with my husband. A few folks were playing darts next to us, and before long we were getting schooled by a couple of AmeriCorps Vista volunteers. Turns out one of them had just moved to Portland to work with REACH Community Development. REACH is Portland non-profit that provides affordable housing, free home repairs for senior and disabled homeowners, and programs to help residents “stay in their housing, raise their standard of living and connect to local resources and opportunities.”
Before long he learned I was a photographer, and I kid you not, his next words were, “Ever do any pro bono work?” At this point in my young career as a photographer, it seemed ALL I did was pro bono work. But my own words echoed in my head, reminding me of my values and I agreed to shoot an upcoming Community Builders event.
I have been volunteering for REACH ever since, shooting various events and work days throughout the year and sponsoring the 2008 and 2009 Paint & Repair-a-thon. This year, however, marked my first commissioned projects for REACH, and will culminate next week at the REACH Annual Donor Lunch. Each year they do a slideshow or video presentation, and I am honored they asked me to work on the piece this year. Even more exciting for me is the fact that my husband composed and performed a beautiful piano piece for the soundtrack.
As I don’t want to take away from next week’s event, I will wait to post the presentation. In the mean time, do check out REACH’s website, and if you’re so inclined, sign up as a volunteer or donor. It will be time/money well spent. The best part by far, though, is meeting the people who’s lives are directly impacted by REACH’s programs. The stories are inspiring, moving, and some are nothing short of astounding.
I found out via Facebook that I have a photo published in this week’s Portland Mercury…. (Ahh… takes me back to my days of being published in the local weekly music rags.) Sadly there is no photo credit. The photo, of Sunset Valley frontman Herman Jolly, was taken ages ago with a Canon S40 point and shoot. I was at the height of my “let’s push the bounds of what this little camera can do” experimentation. That was also about this time I decided I really needed to step up to a DSLR. While I was becoming frustrated with shutter lag and the very limited control, I think the time I spent really digging into and exhausting all the features available BEFORE upgrading, really made me appreciate the DSLR when I finally switched.
This discovery brings up many topics in my mind. Chief among them: ensuring proper credit and protecting images that are shared online. Upon searching for images of Sunset Valley, I found several blogs using a version of the photo above or one of several other shows I shot and naively uploaded to my old Mac.com page. The reality is I was not a pro shooter at the time, and didn’t really expect to become one again. Of course, now that I am, I regret that I have missed out on several opportunities for some free advertising. And moreover, having now had my eyes opened, what will I change going forward? I already watermark everything and take full advantage of exif data… I know there are a lot of opinions out there, and countless products designed to protect copyright holders. But how helpful are they, really?
On a side note, I am VERY excited to see Sunset Valley tonight. As the article mentions they had a prior “last” show, which happened to be my wedding day, so I missed it. Now I just need to decide what to toss into the camera bag…