We love photographing holiday parties! We’ve shot a lot of events at 111 Minna over the years. Its a great venue with cool art and stiff drinks icon smile Holiday Party Photos at 111 Minna   App Annie 2016 Thank you to App Annie and to the amazing event planner, Matt Forsyth!

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We recently photographed an amazing events industry networker at Hack Temple in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Hack Temple is a new event venue in 100-year-old church. It is a must-see venue! The event was sponsored by a large number of local bay area event vendors.

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Hornblower Cruises has been one of our favorite partners for several years. Their yachts are amazing and the bay they ride upon is always breathtaking. Recently, they held an event for all of their industry partners which took us on a dinner cruise to Alcatraz Island. The weather was perfect and Hornblower did an amazing job with the food and the hospitality.

Hornblower recently acquired the motorized streetcars adapted from the original San Francisco cable cars. Here is one of them below.

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The event was held upon the Hornblower San Francisco Spirit Yacht. It was beautifully decorated and furnished as you see here.

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We were treated to scrumptious eats to and from Alcatraz island.

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On the island we were given tours by the very knowledgeable Park Rangers who know the island better than anyone.

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Thank you, Hornblower for a fantastic event!

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The awesome people at EventWorks from Los Angeles hired us to photograph a client appreciation event they produced for Visit Anaheim. The event was held in a large suite at the San Jose Shark Tank for the San Jose Sharks vs. the Anaheim Ducks. The Sharks pulled out a win in overtime.

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We have been a member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) for several years. They are an events industry association that brings together event professionals from all over the world to facilitate collaboration and communication. It is a fantastic group to be part of and its filled with wonderful people.

Each year, ILEA throws a huge party in San Francisco for its members and other industry professionals. This is an amazing event – not only because it is spectacular to experience – but also because it is completely sponsored by in-kind donations from all of the event vendors.

I was the photography chair on the gala planning committee this year and also photographed the event with several other photographers and videographers. Once again, this was an incredible event and I’m so grateful to all those who made it possible.

To give you a taste of what it was like, here are a few of my images from the event.

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Below, you can see the Step and Repeat photo booth I setup for the event.

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Finally, here are some of the guests having a great time. That’s me with Colson and Christine in the selfie icon smile Annual ILEA Gala Event Photos at The Armory in San Francisco

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There were so many awesome vendors that made this event possible. Here is the full listing:

This year’s gala committee members:

Gala Co-Chairs

Design Committee

Entertainment Committee


Food & Beverage Committee

Graphics & Marketing Committee

Photography & Videography Committee

Production Committee

Silent Auction Committee

Volunteer Committee

Below are the sponsors that made the night possible:

Event Photography provided by

Event Videography provided by Mirrorless Media

Rainforest Sponsors

Rainforest to Universe Tunnel Sponsor

Universe Sponsors

General Event Sponsorship provided by

 

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The date was September 5th, 2015 – the day they burn the Man at the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, Nevada. I was having the time of my life photographing the fun and mayhem of the Distrikt camp day party at Burning Man. I misread the faces of a few of my friends,who to me at the time, looked like they just woke up from a long nap with puffy, red eyes. I had no idea that I would soon learn of the tragic news that was the true cause of those puffy, red eyes. The news was spreading among Mike’s friends who had been expecting him to show up at Burning Man this year. The terrible news was spreading that sweet Mike had chosen to leave this world and that we’d never see him again.

It has been very difficult for many to come to terms with Mike’s departure. He was so adored by so many and will be greatly missed.

On September 13, a large number of Mike’s friends and family gathered at Ocean Beach in San Francisco to remember him and to honor him. I was there. I captured a few images that give a sense of just how much Mike meant to all of us.

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This year, Burning Man was all about the dancing and socializing for me icon smile My Burning Man 2015 Highlights Not a lot of sculpture and landscapes to share this year. Just lots of smiling, happy people!

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For the past 11 years, local breast cancer charity “Beats for Boobs” has been hosting fashion/art/music events to benefit breast cancer awareness and the search for a cure. I have had the honor to photograph these events since their humble beginnings.

Below are a few of my favorite images from 2015.  Enjoy!

 

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I spent the lunch hour yesterday on Market Street in San Francisco documenting a promotional event held by Wells Fargo, Visa, and Cirque du Soleil. This event is promoting an offer from Wells Fargo to upgrade you to front row seats at the Kurios show by Cirque.

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Having photographed events since the 1990′s, I’ve seen it all – from high budget corporate events that photograph terribly, to low budget weddings that look amazing – and everything in between.

Event Planners need great photos of their work to show prospective clients, so why not plan in a way that will enable your event photographer to produce the best possible images for you?

Let’s assume that you already have a great event photographer. If you don’t, we’d be happy to talk icon smile Top 3  Requirements for Planning Photogenic Events In any event, your photographer may not be advising you about how to make your events more photogenic.

Here is what the photographer needs from you:

1. Something Worth Shooting.

As an event planner, you make your living by creating spaces that support the event goals of your client. Whether you are attempting to foster interactivity or inspire awe, keep in mind the eye of the audience who will see the photos after the event.

Give the photographer something to work with – decor, signage, props, architecture, a view. The better the raw subject matter, the better the photos can be.

Focus on making your visuals and props contextual to your event topic or theme. Place your signage and props centrally so they will be featured within the context of the event and not against a wall. Contextual subject matter in the photos will more effectively communicate to the viewer what the event was about and the happy client will have more useful photos of your great work.

2. Good Light.

Good light is the most important thing you can provide to make your event more photogenic. If your photos are important to you, put some budget toward professional lighting. This will ensure that photos of the space have dimension and texture.

If the space is too dark, people lit by flash in the photos may appear to be floating in outer space! There will be no dimension or texture, and no context either. If the room is too bright with even light everywhere, there is not mood. So how do you create dimension, texture and mood?

Use uplighting on the walls of the space to define the perimeter and provide dimension. But please do not use oversaturated colors for the lighting. Oversaturated lighting forces a good photographer to use so much flash that the mood of the space is lost in the photos – and it forces a poor photographer to deliver terrible images.

Use floodlightsspotlights, or pin spots to highlight important subject matter. Focus these lights on key people, displays, art, table centerpieces, signage, etc. Spot lighting is a great way to tell the viewers of the photos – as well as your guests – what you really want them to see. It also gives the photographer the perfect ambient light in which to photograph the important features. NOTE: Spot Lighting should never be colored/tinted because it is meant to show the subject matter with accurate color. They should also not be too bright compared to the surrounding ambient light.

For dance floors, (stay with me) you may consider using LCD light panels similar to those we first saw in Saturday Night Fever from the Disco era of the 1970′s. I’ve shot events with this lighting and the images of guests on the dance floor are incredibly well lit compared to a dark floor. And of course, they are just fun!

Today’s best cameras are getting amazingly good at capturing great images in dim light. (My newest Nikon can shoot at ISO speeds up to 400,000!) While this may sound like magic that makes flash obsolete, good photographers will continue to use flash for a plethora of creative reasons.

3. Adequate Time and Space to Shoot the Event Well.

Make sure the event space is completely set at least 60 minutes before guests arrive.

This requires that you set firm deadlines for all setup vendors. Set these expectations when you hire the vendors. Most events have staff running around the space until the last minute which makes it very difficult to get clean room shots and detail shots. These are the shots that you, as the event planner, will most likely want to use for your own promotion. So please give your photographer enough time to shoot them well. The larger the space and the more details you have, the more time is needed to get great photos.

Nearly all events have some formalities on their agenda. These may be speeches, presentations, performances, demonstrations, dances, etc. Ensure that these special moments are photogenic by making them clearly visible to your guests and to your photographer. Use spotlights, stages, or risers. Put them in good light.

You can further help your photographer by planning the event’s special moments such that there is plenty of time to move from one area to another as the moments unfold. Of course, be sure to share a detailed event timeline with the photographer well in advance of the event day.

A good photographer will offer advice regarding the timeline, lighting, and arrangement of the space. Don’t plan your event without consulting your photographer about what they need to do their best work for you.

Follow these simple tips and you are certain to create more photogenic events that represent your work in the best possible light!

Jim Vetter is a special event photographer serving northern California and destinations worldwide. Professionalism, speed, and attention to detail is what sets us apart. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn.

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