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The Business of Corporate and Architectural Photography

  • 05/06/2023
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219


  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Members
  • Non Members

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The Business of Corporate and Architectural Photography

with Steve Whittaker

Date: Saturday, May 6
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Location: Multnomah Arts Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
(Hybrid option available too!) 

The business of commercial and architectural photography encompasses many aspects that constantly require attention. Estimating, licensing issues, scouting assignments, creating that shoot list — all are important factors. Once the client signs that contract and pays the 50% retainer, project coordination comes into play. That includes security clearances, site preparation, transportation arrangements, permits, releases and authorization. All of these areas need to be conveyed to the client. This presentation covers all of that and more.

The presentation is a combination of visuals showing projects that he has worked with, along with the topics listed below, and more.

Topics covered:

Estimating, contracts, stock issues

Assignment project coordination

Permits, release forms, film commissions

Risk Management, safety issues

Assignment preparation, scouting

Assignment execution / post production

Case studies-business, lighting and safety issues

Case Studies: assignments / copyright infringement


About your Speaker

Steve Whittaker

Steve is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, moved to the Portland area in 2013 and covers local, regional and national assignments. His assignments cover everything from aerials, annual reports, life style, interior spaces to illuminating the exterior surfaces and interior space of buildings for dramatic dusk images. The key aspect is controlling lighting to gain the strongest visual impact possible.

His clients include architects, interior designers, advertising agencies, graphic designers, construction, hospitality, editorial and corporate direct clients.

Steve is past President of ASMP Oregon, is currently an ASMP Oregon board member, served two terms as an ASMP National Director and is a past President of the ASMP Northern California Chapter, now known as ASMP San Francisco. He encourages both emerging and practicing photographers to get involved as advocates in promoting best practices in business and in advocacy to further the interests in professional photography.

OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.


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