IDEA World Conference in San Diego

This was the seventh IDEA World Conference that I have photographed and the second in San Diego.  The San Diego Convention Center is the best convention center in the country, in my opinion.  The weather, the close proximity to the water, the  hotels, and being a block away from downtown San Diego, make this a wonderful location for a conference.  The weather has a huge impact on the conference itself.  Because the temperatures are between 65 and 75 degrees everyday, and it rarely rains, you can plan activities outside with a high confidence that you will not be rained out, or sweat to death.  

I was able to photograph a half dozen events outside, two of which were on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier (which is just a few blocks from the Convention Center).  

Over 14,000 people attended this years convention.  During any time period there are dozens of events / sessions going on, and of course, there is the huge Expo Hall with hundreds of vendors and activities.  Trying to decide which events to photograph can be a challenge.  Outside sessions get very high priority.  You can't beat the fresh air, open space, and, of course, the great light.  There are a lot of great sessions on nutrition and the science of exercise and diet ... so often I am in a workshop and am totally engrossed in the presentation, but I have to leave to photograph another session ... I would love to go as a participant someday ... even for people who are not Personal Trainers, I think the conference would be extremely valuable if you are interested in nutrition, exercise, and health.  

A new addition to the conference was Les Mills Live.  WOW, their workouts were packed and the energy was amazing.  They started on Saturday morning at 8AM on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier.  See the photos below, but photographing 800 people going through high energy workouts on the Midway was incredible.  Les Mills Live moved to the convention center and the high energy workouts continued but now with an amazing light show to help pump up the attendees.

Chris and Heidi Powell from ABC's Extreme Weight Loss were the recipients of the prestigious IDEA Jack LaLanne Award.  They were so appreciative of the award, and afterwards they led a workout session and lectures.  They were very kind and genuine people, and made themselves available to the attendees for pictures and discussion. I even got a photograph with them!



NAFSA's Annual Conference - Event Photography

The NAFSA annual conference brought together more than 10,000 professionals in the field of international education for five great days of training workshops, educational sessions, networking opportunities, and special events at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA.

I photographed the event over three of the five days.  Much of the conference involves speakers talking to a large room of attendees or workshops.  But there is a lot of activity that does not occur during the scheduled seminars that I try to photograph and capture for my client.  Networking with others is probably one of the biggest benefits for attendees.  The ability to interact with colleagues from around the world is priceless.  NAFSA plans a lot of evening events that allow people to mingle in a casual environment.  The large Expo floor provided hundreds of Universities from across the world the opportunity to talk to the attendees one on one.  

The NAFSA 2014 Opening Celebration featured a live performance by Michael Franti, a musician, humanitarian, and children's book author who is known for his unforgettable, high-energy shows and his pioneering use of music as a vehicle for positive change.  Only in San Diego you plan for a party for 10,000 people outside in a park and not worry about the weather.  The weather was great the entire week. Between 60 and 75 degrees everyday and not  a drop of rain.