Although are home bases for convention and conference photography are the Long Beach Convention Center and the Anaheim Convention Center we are always very happy to go to other venues to do the photography coverage for conferences, conventions, business and sales meetings.
Such was the case for a recent conference held at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach; and although most of the referrals we get come from the Convention and Visitors Bureau this one came directly from the venue itself. We have been honored to do a number of events at the Aquarium each year for over ten years; events ranging from wedding and social events to corporate parties and conferences and sales meetings.
For this particular conference, the coordinator at the Aquarium referred us because she knew of our familiarity with the venue and our experience in doing portraits, event coverage as well as conferences and conventions. Their need was very specific, they needed a formal portrait of all 110 attendees, in other words a nicely posed and composed large group picture. The coordinator was right, we knew exactly where in the Aquarium to place everyone so that the portrait was well composed and just as importantly so that the Aquarium itself was a prominent part of the image so that years from now when the conference attendees look at the photo they will automatically know exactly where the picture was taken.
Although the session immediately before the scheduled photo time went long and the conference attendees had a dinner boat to catch, our familiarity with the venue and the Aquarium staff paid off because we were in place and ready for their closeup!