Sandals Event in San Francisco

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Corporate Event Photography at Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco

We recently photographed an event for Sandals/Beaches resorts at the Parc 55 in downtown San Francisco. The event was for travel agents from all over Northern California. The resort was introducing the new CEO and new products like the Destination Wedding Program and new properties. We were there to capture the buzz. It was an amazing event.

Photographing the Set Up

We arrived before the travel agents to document the set up. The Cyril Magnin Foyer on the 4th level of the hotel was full of product information (brochure etc.) beautifully arranged for the travel agents to take and use. We photographed the set up before anyone arrived. Later we photographed the foyer full of people, while everyone was collecting information and talking to the Sandal’s representatives. We then moved to the Cyril Magnin Ballroom to photograph the room, set up for dinner before the guests entered.  The staff at the Parc 55 had prepared the room per the request of the Sandal’s staff.

Speakers and Presentations

After dinner started the presentation. Wow! What a presentation. All of speakers were so inspiring. They were all about support for the travel agents, whatever they can do to help them book vacations. By the end of the event I wanted not only to go to one of the resorts, but also become a travel agent. This is what is written on their website above their awards. To be the very best requires creativity, commitment, and constant innovation – all things we do very well at Sandals Resorts. And that’s why, year after year, we’re proud to have been showered with some of the most prestigious awards and accolades from renowned consumer and travel publications.

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Company Retreat for US Foods

Company Retreat Photography

We just recently photographed a fun event for US Foods, you might call it a company retreat. They brought the top producers and executives from the Southern California region up to The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay for a weekend to relax and celebrate their hard work.

Day 1 of the event photography at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in HMB

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Ritz Carlton Hotel in Half Moon Bay, CA

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Sounds like fun!

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While waiting, practice is a good idea.

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Stuffed animals with the golf clubs.

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roup photo of the golfers from the US Foods employees at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in HMB

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Group photo of the US Foods employees in Front of the Ritz Carlton Hotel in HMB

If you have never been to The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay, you should plan to visit. It is one of the most beautiful properties we have the pleasure of working on. There are so many amazing views to take in. We were asked to come and take some group shots during the activities and the evening party on their last night.

They had three planned activities on their first day that they could participate in Golf, a hike or a visit to a couple local wineries. We photographed a few group shots and candid photos of the different groups as they went off for their activities. They all seemed to be looking forward to having a wonderful time.

Day 2 of the event photography at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in HMB

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Cooking demonstration by US Foods chef

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Group photo of all the winners with their spouses

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Let’s make it more fun.

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Speeches are common during events like this one.

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Candid photo during the event

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Candid photo

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Candid photo during the event, guests having fun.

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Award winner receiving a prize.

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Making S’mores during the evening.

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The Ritz in Half Moon Bay night view.

The second day’s event was a causal dinner reception with food stations. We covered the event in a documentary style with mainly causal candid and photojournalistic shots. The event was in the Miramonte room and the adjacent patio with a fire pit. They used the fire pit to makes S’mores at the end of the evening. They also had brought one of their chefs to give a cooking demonstration. It was fun and interesting to watch. He made a risotto that was wonderful!

During the evening event they had some awards and wanted a few posed photographs. We used the beautiful grounds and the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop for some photos of couples and a group shot of all attendees and their significant others and one of just the attendees.

Opening Ceremony Of The Observation Post At The Presidio

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Caterer Display during the Opening Celebration of the Observation Post at the Presidio in San Francisco

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Table Flower Display by a florist

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Photo of the circular window at the Observation Post at the Presidio.

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General View during the event.

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Caterer with his display during the Opening Ceremony.

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Guests posing during the opening ceremony.

We were fortunate to be invited to the opening of Opening Ceremony of the Observation Post at the Presidio in San Francisco. This new amazing venue brings to it’s guests a view of some much of what is San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz, Crissy Field and the Marin Headlands can easily be seen from this new event facility. We are looking forward to photographing many celebrations and other happening at this new San Francisco venue.

The ballroom was beautiful with the stunning lighting during the opening you can see it would ideal for celebrations and ceremonies, as well as meetings and retreats. An adjacent lawn is available for standing receptions or seated ceremonies. For the opening a there was tent for the “sweets” and dancing on the lawn. The tent was clear so you could see the beautiful surroundings yet be protected from our San Francisco weather.

Some of the sponsors for the evening who provided wonderful and a gorgeous ambiance were: An Affair to Remember; Best Beverage Catering; Bi-Rite Catering; Carrie Dove Catering; Delicious! Catering; Got Light?; Hartmann Studios; Knight’s Catering; Living Room Events; McCalls Catering and Events; Melons Catering and Events; Miraglia Catering; Spiral Hand; The Party Staff; Toast Catering; Violetta Flowers; Waterlily Pond; Bartenders Unlimited; Just de’ Lights; Mandy Scott Flowers; Michael S. Hensley Party Rentals; The Spinheads.

You may view more photos from this event on our Presidio Observation Post Opening portfolio page.

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IchemE Award Ceremony Photography in San Francisco

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The event took place at Parc 55 Hotel in San Francisco

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Award banner of IchemE

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Brochure and business cards displayed on tables

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Checking out the event brochure.

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Let’s start the event

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Award recipient.

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Candid photo of the award recipient holding his award.

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Attendees giving a big hand to the award recipient

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A few words from the representative of Chevron who was the sponsor of the event.

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A candid photo of the attendee’s titles.

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Group photo of the attendees

The Award Ceremony

We were hired to photograph a corporate event that was an award ceremony organized by IChemE that is an organization for advancing chemical engineering worldwide. The event was held at the Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco – Union Square.

Three awards were to be presented to The Young Chemical Engineer Of The Year, The Chemical Engineering Project Of The Year Award and The Safety Award.

After the opening remarks by Andy Furlong, Des King, the former president of the organization, presented 2 of the awards: The Young Chemical Engineer Of The Year and The Chemical Engineering Project Of The Year.

Lucinda Jackson who represented Chevron, the Sponsor of the event, presented The Safety award.

We took candid photos of the award recipients receiving their awards and posed photos of them with their award.

]Des King who thanked the attendees of the event and congratulated the awards recipients gave closing remarks. He also mentioned how Chemical engineers can this modern world are helping in improving the air, water and food we consume. To view more photographs from this event visit our Gallery Page.

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Stanford Hall of Fame Banquet

Corporate Event Photography at Stanford
This week we photographed an event for SPIRE (Stanford Professionals in Real Estate) at Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford Campus. The event was Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Honors Banquet where two of their members Bill Tooley and Bowen “Buzz” McCoy were honored for their achievements. During the banquet Stanford faculty and student achievements in real estate were also recognized. We were asked to documents the events of the evening.

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The evening started with a cocktail reception in the Ford Garden of the Alumni Center. A student jazz combo played during the cocktail hour while the staff of Perfect Taste Catering passed appetizers and beverages and guests mingled.

During dinner there were many presentations. Phd candidates Roshan Mehdizradeh and Afroz Algiers were each recognized and gave a presentation of their work. Also Prof. Ray Levitt and Prof. Martin Fischer spoke about The Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative. Whenever we photograph events like these we walk away having learned something new. It is amazing the new innovations that are being discovered!

Both Bowen “Buzz” McCoy and Bill Tooley were introduced and a video tribute was paly for both. They each the gave brief remarks about there lives and were presented with a plaque.

We hope you enjoy the slide show. We chose the jazz music as a background because of Bill Tooley’s love of jazz.

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Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research Party

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Holiday Party Photography at Stanford University

Every year caterers caters many Holiday parties for different departments at Stanford University.  We do not cover all of the events for them but when they feel they will need some new photos for their web site or portfolio they will ask me to come and photograph the set up, food, and general ambiance of the event…. 

This event was for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR).  There are so many Institutes at Stanford and I am always amazed at what issues and policies are discussed so close to us. This holiday party was for SIEPR faculty, staff, researchers and their families.  It was on a Friday evening after work so it was a bit more casual than some other events. The building was decorated with a festive holiday tree and beautifully presented holiday buffet. 

I captured the evening using mostly available light to pick up all the details of the decorations and to give the room some depth of field so that the photographs will not come out flat looking. 

When documenting an event like a holiday party you have to show the personality of the event. Yes, the holiday decorations are definitely part of that. The dinner room with green table clothes and red flowers definitely show the holiday atmosphere but this party was on a college campus. The backpacks thrown in the corner of the room absolutely shows a part of the personality of the event.

We will be present at other holiday parties for Stanford this year it will be interesting to see what the personality of the different events will be. 

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San Francisco Holiday Party

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Event photography of the company holiday party

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Tables set up photo at Bimbo’s 365

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General view of the reception room

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Three buffet tables set up for the guest at Bimbo’s

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Waitress doing final touches to the tables.

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Chef in action

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Guests getting food from the buffet table.

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Yummy Dessert

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You can not do photography at Bimbo’s 365 without taking a photograph of the band.

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More fun, dancing candid photo.

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Roulette Table photo showing guests having fun.

We just photographed a San Francisco Holiday Party for DPR Construction. We were there to cover the event for Catering by the Other Woman who catered the party. The party was at Bimbo’s, a San Francisco legendary club. The club has been around since 1931. Growing up in the Bay Area it’s something that I always heard about. If you don’t know anything about Bimbo’s 365 you can read about it on their website.

Since we were there for Catering by the Other Woman, the food and the décor was what we were there to document. Much of what we photographed was with the available light to pick the ambiance of the evening. The rooms were dark and had a real club atmosphere. I think the photos reflex the mood of the evening.

It was an amazing place for a holiday party for a company, they had also incorporated a casino in one of the rooms. Not only did Catering by the Other Woman serve a great meal but also the club looked incredible. There was an entire lounge set up with gaming tables for those who wanted play. The other room was set with 3 beautiful buffet set ups and tables for the guests eat dinner. As the evening progressed and everyone had eaten the buffet table were taken out and it was time for the party to begin. The band Pop Fiction preformed while the guest danced the night away. Those who wanted to play in the gaming room could still have fun there and those who just wanted to socialize also had a place to do so.

I met some of the guests from DPR Construction who told me this was their third year for the holiday party at Bimbo’s and the second year with Pop Fiction. It sounded like if they came back next year they would be happy.

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Conference Photography For Adaptive Planning in Las Vegas

Conference Photography

In January we photographed the Worldwide Partner Summit for Adaptive Planning at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Adaptive Planning provides cloud based Corporate Performance Management (CPM) software. We have photographed a number of events for this company they have great energy!

We were at the conference for 2 reasons, the first to document the conference and the second to photograph some headshots. The headshots were of their employees for internal use and for their Linkedin profile.

Documentary Style Conference Photography

As for the conference, Hagop covered it in a documentary style. Going from room to room, session to session in between the planned headshots sessions. We had a great schedule provided to us by Adaptive that made sure we covered all the important sessions and other speakers, we also had time allotted for the break-out sessions, candid and group shots of the attendees.

The Party

Part of documenting the conference was capturing the party! It was held at Cherry’s at Red Rock Resort. They called the event “The Great Adaptive” themed after The Great Gatsby. It was a lot of fun. Many people arrived dressed for the era, they had hired models dress as flappers (a certain type of woman in the United States in the 1920’s, they were known for their unconventional style and behavior) to greet and take photos with the guests. It was a lot of fun and we got some great shots. There was great food, a photo booth for some crazy photos and great ambiance both in the club and outside by the pool.

Adaptive Insights

One other important event took place at this conference and that was the internal announcement of their new branding Adaptive Insights. The press release was on February 4, 2014. Click to read the Press Release.

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Conference Photography For Adaptive Planning In San Francisco


Corporate Event Photography

The Adaptive User Conference was held at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco


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Conference Photography in San Francisco.

We just finished photography for Adaptive Planning’s Annual User Conference at the Nikko Hotel in San Francisco. This is our 3rd event with Adaptive and each time we walk away with the same feeling that there is such energy in this growing company. it’s amazing and so motivating!

We were at the conference for 2 reasons, the first to photograph some headshots and the second to document the conference.

makeup for headshotThe headshot photos were a part of a team of photography, hair/make up, coordination, and video for Adaptive’s promotional use. This is how it worked: an interviewee comes in, Marla Vigil from Hair and Make-Up Studio did some light make-up and hair touch-ups, we would take a few headshots then the person would go in the video room where we took a few more “behind-the-scenes” shots. At that point they would go into a closed video interview session filmed by Urban Reel. In order to make sure that it all went smoothly, Gaelen O’Connell and Melinda Venable of Social Scouters handled the project management end of it all. The whole team was great to work with.

As for the conference, Hagop covered it in a documentary style. Going from room to room, session to session in between headshots. We had a great schedule provided to us by Adaptive that made sure we covered all the important keynote and other speakers, we also had time allotted for the break-out sessions, candid and group shots of the attendees.

candid photo during the video sessionEven though the conference was important for Adaptive, they also wanted to be sure to capture the party they had planned. It was their 10th Anniversary! They had some special moments that needed to be photographed. There were speeches, a birthday cake, caricature artist, Dueling Piano musicians, great food provided by the Nikko Hotel and of course a DJ.


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Microbiology Conference Photos

Please enjoy these Conference photos taken at the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, CA during the Microbiology Conference organized by ASMCUE June 14- 19, 2012.

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As an event and wedding photographer we receive requests not only from individuals but also businesses, companies and organizations for different profession types of photography services. In fact, I enjoy these different types of events and conferences because I learn new things. Last week we had the pleasure of photographing a conference for the American Society for Microbiology at the Marriot in San Mateo. “What is Microbiology? Microbiology is the study of minute living organisms that can rarely be seen without the use of a microscope. Microbiologists study microbes, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae and protozoa that are ever-present in…” That was on the cover of one of the brochures at the conference.

Conference photos

There are many different aspects of the conference that the ACM wanted documented. Besides the meetings and presentations, the dinners and gatherings were great places for attendees to meet with each other and share ideas. There were even awards that were presented.

On the second day of the conference it was Vendor’s Day. There were exhibitors that ranged from textbook publisher to institutions of higher learning.

View our portfolio on the Microbiology Conference.

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