Apr 5, 2012

Here are some images from a conference we shot a few weeks ago for one of the leading 3D CAD Design Software companies, SolidWorks.  We’ve photographed their annual conference every year for the past 4 years, and we love shooting their events because they always have really interesting keynote speakers and they really know how to throw a party. This year’s event was in our hometown at the San Diego Convention Center. Below are some of the keynote speakers, one being Tony Fadell, who created the first versions of the iPod and iPhone. He actually invented the Mp3 player. He just recently started a company called Nest that created and sells a new kind of thermostat for the home. The other speaker shown below is Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs, a show on the Discovery Channel. It’s really exciting to be around the people who design and create the products that makes our lives easier…Another big part of the conference is the parties! The company makes sure that their attendees have a good time, as you can see below. This year, they rented out two blocks of the Gaslamp Quarter for a block party that all of the restaurants on those blocks participated in.  There was an awesome band, in photo above (The Trip), a few food trucks, belly dancers and Indian food, Spanish guitar, sangria and paella, burgers and beers, and just lots of fun. On the last day of the event, the event planning team, who has known us for a few years now, asked us to bring our little guy, Dylan by the Convention Center. So, Dylan, had a little tour of our workplace for the week… Such a fun week that was! Below is a shot of the attendees rushing the hall on the first day.

Mike Rowe, of the Discovery Channel Show ‘Dirty Jobs.’

Tony Fadell, designer of the first Mp3 player and iPod/iPhone and CEO of Nest.The attendees rushing the block party.Awesome DJ, Mike White, getting everyone ready to party.Dylan checking out the new Robot that was designed with Solidworks Software. This robot talks, dances, answers questions, and even does tai chi.

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Feb 27, 2011

While we were in San Antonio photographing a conference, we got to photograph some legit bull riding. Photographically, it was quite the challenge. The lighting was really low and the bulls and cowboys were moving very fast.  Also, most guys got kicked off the bull between 1-5 seconds. So, I busted out our trustee 50 mm lens after having to elbow people to get into my lens bag…the 1.4 aperture is like a life preserver for low light situations.  Once the bull entered the arena, I waited until they bucked out of the shadows and into the light (if they made it that far).  Once they were in the spotlight, I fired away.  Meanwhile, Rick was on the ground working the rough lighting by getting some sweet silhouettes of the cowboys.  We love a good challenge! It makes it all the more rewarding when you get it. And now we feel like we’ve really been to Texas.

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Feb 23, 2011

So, we can now say that we are connected to Kevin Bacon by one degree! (for those of you that are familiar with the trivia game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.”)  We recently had the privilage of photographing his and his brothers band, The Bacon Brothers. Michael Bacon, a well known composer for film and television, and Kevin started playing together as kids and started their band about 15 years ago. With Kevin on vocals, percussion, guitar and harmonica and Michael on lead guitar and vocals, they’ve got some folk/country/rock going on. Kevin’s also got some great expressions and stellar stage presence, surely due to acting background.  We love photographing artists of any kind and are especially fond of being able to rock out and shoot at the same time.

At the show, we also learned that being the good sport that he is and putting the joke made at his expense to a practical use,  Kevin started a non-profit called Six Degrees. It’s pretty cool. It’s basically a catalog or menu for charity work.  You can look up any issue that speaks to you, and Six Degrees will connect you with NGO’s/non-profits that are working effectively on that particular issue. Check it out.

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    March 6th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I recently had the chance to see these guys live on the East Coast and it was unforgettable. Had no idea of what to expect and WOW! what a band. Fun, challenging, haunting, and “just gotta dance” tunes kept the sold out concert tapping their toes and swinging to the beat for near 2 hours. Highly recommend with 2 thumbs up!

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Nov 9, 2010

One of the things we love most about shooting conventions and corporate events is that we get to see/hear the most interesting speakers.  From innovators and inventors to actors and visual artists, our camera gives us ticket to see great speakers.  Our latest gig at the San Diego Convention Center included Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters and a super cool sand artist.  A local production company, MultiImage, made some incredible sets for the show! Gotta love the ocean set with the scuba guy on the cables. Pretty awesome.

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Feb 7, 2010

We had so much fun photographing this Aerosmith cover band called “Draw the Line” (http://www.drawtheline.net/). We love shooting performances. Stage lighting is so dramatic and it’s so cool to catch the light as it casts just the right shadow, hue or ray…

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