2017 NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, CA

This was my sixth year photographing theNAFSA Annual Conference & Expo.  NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the leading organization committed to international education and exchange, working to advance policies and practices that build global citizens with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today's interconnected world.

Given recent changes to immigration policies, this was a very interesting and busy year for this year's attendees.  The plenary keynote speakers came from a very diverse background such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Abigail Disney, and the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi,

Corporate Event Photography at the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel

One of my client's asked if I would fly down to Orlando, FL and photograph at event / conference they were having at the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando, FL.  It was tough duty, but somebody had to do it.  

I can honestly say that this was one of the best orchestrated events that I have ever been to.  It was two days of presentations in a large ballroom.  This could be pretty boring stuff.  Every presentation had plenty of humor and multi-media so that there was never a dull moment.  Oh yea, the hotel wasn't too shabby either.



NAFSA 2015 Annual Conference - Boston, MA

NAFSA's annual conference is the largest gathering in the field of international education.  Over 11,000 people from around the globe attended this year's  conference in Boston, MA. 

Over the five days that I was photographing the event, I had the opportunity to meet and photograph Malcolm Gladwell, Gladwell is best known for his five New York Times bestsellers – The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw, and, most recently, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants.  Also speaking was Caroline Kennedy, the 29th ambassador of the United States of America to Japan.

 

Steve Harvey's Act Like A Success Conference

Strayer University was a sponsor of the Act Like A Success Conference presented by Steve Harvey which was held in early March in Reston, VA.  Strayer invited me to photograph the event for them.  

Steve Harvey was the keynote speaker on the second day.  He was funny (as you would expect), inspirational, and motivational.  The cornerstone of his presentation is that he believes that everyone has a unique, God given gift that you need to discover and then leverage that gift to achieve happiness and success.

He is great to photograph because he so animated and he has his audience hanging on his every word.  I never realized that not that may years ago he was bankrupt and living out of his car.  He discovered his gift (comedy) and leveraged that into the success he enjoys today with his own talk show and as the host of Family Feud.  He as written a book and has started the Steve Harvey Radical Success Institute ... a busy man.

Defense Logistics 2014 Conference Photographs - Alexandria, VA

I was the event photographer for the Defense Logistics 2014 Conference that was held in December at the Hilton Mark Hotel in Alexandria, VA.  This training event is popular among of hundreds of logisticians and has proven to be an influential forum of great logistics minds in the U.S.  I photographed the event on the first of the three days.  


IDEA World Fitness Convention in Anaheim, CA 2014 - Event Photography

I had the pleasure to photograph the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Anaheim, CA this past August.  This is the fourth World Fitness Convention that I have photographed for IDEA, and the eighth event overall.   IDEA holds a smaller event in the Washington, DC area every year in February and I photograph that as well.

The IDEA World Fitness Convention is the premier fitness conference that features a diverse educational programming from world-renowned presenters. There was over 330 sessions in personal training, sports conditioning, group training, nutrition, business, and marketing.  

Some of this year's guest speakers included world record-setting swimmer Diana Nyad, Jillian Michaels (formally on NBC's The Biggest Loser),  Tara Stiles, the founder and owner of the Strala yoga program, and other regular presenters such as Todd Durkin, Tony Horton, and Chalene Johnson.

You can view/buy photographs from the conference by going to the IDEA World 2014 album on my website.

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.  

 

IDEA Personal Trainer Conference - Alexandria, VA

If you have been following my blog over the last few years you know I have been photographing the IDEA Health and Fitness Association's conferences in Washington, DC (Alexandria, VA) and in California (San Diego and LA) over the last four years.   I always look forward to these because they are so dynamic and enjoyable to photograph.  As you can see from the photographs, their is so much energy in these sessions, my job is to capture that energy via my photographs.  

The challenge is always the same, the lighting stinks, the athletes are moving fast, and I try not to get myself killed as I run, lay on the floor, and get right next to trainers who are jumping and swinging.  But I wouldn't have it any other way ... this is much better than standing back with a long lens getting boring photographs.  

IDEA sets aside one of the conference rooms at the hotel for what we call the "photo booth."  I bring a white backdrop and some studio lights and take photographs of some of the participants.  I spend about one hour a day over the two days in this on-site studio.  What is great it that the light is great and we have total control of what the athletes/trainers do.  

You can read more about the IDEA World Conference in Anaheim, CA this August by going to the IDEA website found here.

Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA
Athlete Event Photographer Alexandria VA

NAFSA - St. Louis 2013 Event / Conference

 

More than 8,000 professionals from around the globe met for the premier event in the field of international education, the NAFSA 2013 Annual Conference & Expo.  I photographed the event in St. Louis, MO in May of this year.  

Among the keynote speakers were: Scheduled keynote speakers are:

  • Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Oscar Arias, two-time Costa Rica President and Nobel Peace Laureate
  • Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, world renowned brain surgeon and former migrant farm worker
  • Rye Barcott, founder of Carolina for Kibera, peace activist, and former marine

 

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