Happening Photos: Blog https://www.happening.photos/blog en-us (C) Happening Photos (Happening Photos) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:24:00 GMT https://www.happening.photos/img/s/v-12/u435729310-o467757516-50.jpg Happening Photos: Blog https://www.happening.photos/blog 120 94 How to Help Your Photographer Make a Great Portrait https://www.happening.photos/blog/2019/1/how-to-help-your-photographer-make-a-great-portrait  

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This seems like a pretty dry topic, and I’ll provide some basic tips in a bit, but I’d like to start with a suggestion that might not seem so obvious: Prepare to have fun.

What? Fun? Headshots? Isn’t there a formula or something? Well, sort of, but as much as lighting and clothing matter, what really makes a portrait is active involvement on the part of the subject, and if it’s not there, the photographer can’t Photoshop it in. Even when the goal is a business-like demeanor, if you’re having fun doing it, it shows up in your eyes and the relaxed appearance of your face in a way that presents you as someone who’s accessible, self-assured, and interesting to talk to.

Think of your portrait session not as a trip to the dentist, but as play time where you can invent, like an actor, the character you want to present. That character may or may not be who you feel you really are. You might be a party animal who wants to look “respectable”. Or, you might be a shy person who wants to look like a leader. It’s up to you. The key thing is to realize that your mental image of yourself doesn’t encompass all the versions of you who actually show up in all the various moments of your life and that you can choose whichever version you want to show. Have fun with it, and your portraits will really look alive.

As for the rest, here are a few practical nuts & bolts tips.

Clothing -

Choose clothing that matches the character you’re playing. A bit of color can help, even if your character is conservative. For clothing that is close to your face or next to your skin, choose tones that are somewhat, but not radically, lighter or darker than your skin tone. No white shirts on anybody, and no black shirts on light-skinned folks. Avoid wearing white as an outer garment, as this will vanish against a white background and glare against a black one. Keep patterns simple and subtle unless you’re going for a “wild” look. Avoid clothing with large blocks of text on it. Wear shoes in which you can stand and move comfortably - tippy stilettos may make it hard to relax, especially if you’re on soft carpet.

Makeup -

Makeup looks different to a camera than to the naked eye. Bright colors may appear stronger in a photo, so if you wear makeup, tone it down just a bit compared to your target look. If you’re using foundation or powder, keep it subtle and pay particular attention to taming bright spots on your nose, cheeks and forehead. Even without anything else, blotting paper and a little powder can make a huge difference. Your photographer will try to minimize bright spots by using soft lighting, but shiny skin is one of the biggest technical challenges.

Useful things to bring

  • Blotting paper and/or powder for last-minute shine reduction
  • Comb or brush for tidying hair
  • Lint brush or roller for clothing
  • Outer layers (e.g. sweaters, jackets, shawls)
  • Alternative neckties
  • Cloth to clean your glasses

That’s it. Let’s play!


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My Computer Melted! - How to Avoid Digital Disaster on the Road https://www.happening.photos/blog/2016/7/my-computer-melted Photographers, like event planners, often work on the road, and we rely on our computers to get our work done. Getting knocked out of action by a hardware or software failure is not an option. Now, because our computers are pretty reliable, it’s easy to just grab the laptop and head out the door without pondering the possible consequences if today is the day our tech goes south. However, as I was recently reminded, most of this stuff will one day bite us, and if we’re not ready, it could really hurt. So, I offer some simple steps you can take to keep damage and downtime to a bare minimum and get your work done.

What prompted me to write this article was a computer meltdown of my own while I was on a month-long trip. The prospect of being without my computer and all the information & photos therein for weeks was too terrible to contemplate. Now, many of you have probably lost the occasional document or photo or email, but in my case it was the entire drive in my laptop that just…stopped. No signs of life. No recovering the data with a utility. Silence. It was a 4-year-old SSD that decided it had done enough work, thank you very much, and was ready for The Long Sleep.

If it had held the only copy of my data, I’d have been toast. And, even though I had backups at home, they were thousands of miles away. Fortunately, I had created a digital doctor kit that had everything I needed to get back up and running as if nothing had happened. Here’s how you can create a digital doctor kit of your own that can stop Armageddon and fit in your pocket. I use a Mac, so I’ll describe the tools for Macs, but the concepts apply equally to Windows PCs.

What's in the digital doctor kit

A portable drive containing:

  1. An up-to-date mirror-image copy (“clone”) of your “boot” drive (the one your computer uses to start up),
  2. An incremental backup of changes to your data over time,
  3. Software utilities for repairing damaged data on a drive, and
  4. Installers for your operating system and mission-critical applications.

How I used the kit to get back to work

First, I plugged it into the laptop, started up while holding down the “option” key (this is specific to Macs), and selected Clone as the drive I wanted the laptop to boot from. I wanted to try to repair the original boot drive, and you can’t do that while booted from it. Next, I tried some disk utilities to see if they could repair the damage, but they couldn’t even see the drive - it was well and truly expired. OK, so, for the time being I could continue to use my Mac booted from Clone, and it was exactly as if I were working from the main boot drive at the time the Clone had last been updated (which had I set up to happen automatically every evening). If I were on deadline, I would just continue working.

How I used the kit to restore my computer

But, this was a temporary solution. I wanted my main boot drive back. And, some of the data on Clone was corrupted, as it had been copied from the failing boot drive. So, I needed a new drive to replace the expired boot drive. Now, if Clone were in perfect health, I’d just clone Clone back onto the new drive, but it wasn’t, so I needed both a fresh installation of the operating system (OS) as well as a restoration of all my personal data onto it. I bought a new drive and followed video instructions at MacSales.com to physically install it into my laptop, using a tiny screwdriver and a plastic card. Next, I started the computer from Clone, used Disk Utility to format the new drive, and used the Mac OS X installer to put a fresh copy of the OS on the drive. Once that was done, I restarted the computer from the new boot drive and used the kit to restore my applications and personal data from it onto the new boot drive. And that’s basically it. Several hours later, I was back in business and had lost nothing.

How to make your own digital doctor kit

So, how to create such a wondrous device? First, the drive. It needs to have storage capacity equal to at least 300% of your boot drive ’s capacity. So, if your boot drive holds 500GB, your doctor kit will hold about 1.5TB. More is better. Using a disk utility, divide the drive into three volumes (“partitions”), each of which appears on your desktop as a separate drive. The first volume (I name it "Clone”) should have the same capacity as your boot drive so that it can hold an exact duplicate of it. The second volume (“Time Machine”) should have at least 200% of the capacity of your boot drive, so that it can hold all that data plus copies of the various versions of documents as they are deleted or changed over time. The bigger this volume is, the more historical data it can hold, allowing you to go back in time further to retrieve earlier copies of things. The third volume (“Installers”) is where you can keep OS and app installers that you might not want clogging up your boot drive. I keep an installer for the latest version of OS X and for the main applications I rely on frequently. 50GB should be plenty.

Second, the “Clone” mirror-image copy of your boot drive. In the event that your boot drive croaks, you can use Clone as an alternate boot drive to start your computer and either repair or restore the original boot drive. On Macs, you can clone your boot drive using a third-party utility such as Carbon Copy Cloner, SuperDuper! or Déjà Vu. Note that you cannot create a bootable clone by simply dragging the contents of the boot drive onto the Clone volume, as the OS will not recognize this as a bootable volume and you won’t be able to start up from it. You must use a cloning utility.

Third, the Time Machine backup. On a Mac, when a new empty volume appears on your Mac for the first time, a message pops up asking if you want this to be used as a Time Machine volume. Just say yes. From then on, as long at the volume is mounted on the desktop, Time Machine will back up the latest changes to your data every hour, without you having to do a thing or even think about it. Now, Time Machine is a Mac OS X feature, but I’m sure there are Windows backup utilities that will similarly keep what's known as an “incremental" backup.

Final thoughts

It’s worth having both a clone backup and an incremental backup. You can boot from the former but not the latter. You can recover older versions of documents from the latter but not the former (which has only the latest version). And, if one gets damaged (as happened to my Clone), you can recover your data from the other.

I won’t bore you here with the many pages of tedious step-by-step procedures involved in using these tools, but you can find instructions on Mac- and Windows-related sites. My goal here was to give you an overview of the possible issues and solutions and the basics of creating your own doctor kit to take with you when you travel so you can keep working when digital disaster strikes. Or better yet, to win eternal friendship by rescuing your colleagues when digital disaster strikes them. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask questions via email or the comments section at the bottom of this page.

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Jacques documented for USAID its supported Dialogue on HIV and TB Project commemoration of International Memorial Day of People Who Died from AIDS in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The challenge was to capture the spirit of the event without photographing any of the attendees, as privacy around the issue of HIV remains very sensitive.

You can see USAID's article here.

(Happening Photos) AIDS Almaty Asia Central Dialogue on HIV and TB Project International Kazakhstan Memorial USAID commemoration prevention https://www.happening.photos/blog/2016/3/aids-memorial-day-in-almaty-kazakhstan Sun, 13 Mar 2016 08:29:15 GMT
Copyright and Usage Rights - a Primer https://www.happening.photos/blog/2015/9/copyright-and-usage-rights---a-primer-for-event-planners-and-photo-buyers World chess champion Magnus Carlsen at a First Move chess event - event photography in New York City by Happening PhotosWord Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen congratulates a challenger at a First Move chess event held by America's Foundation for Chess, an organization that promotes chess in schools as a way of developing critical thinking skills.


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Let’s face it - copyrights are not what you think about on weekends. It’s an obscure topic that most people, even some photographers, don’t consider until it’s time to draft a contract. In this article, I’ll briefly outline the basic issues and options so that you, as a photo buyer, can be sure that you’re getting what you need and not paying for things you don’t.

When you hire a photographer, one of the things you’re paying for - along with production expenses, shoot fees, postproduction time, and sometimes equipment rental - is a set of rights to use the photos. There are two basic approaches here: buy the images outright (a “buyout”) or pay just for rights to use the images in specific ways (“licensing”).

Buyout vs. Licensing
When you buy images outright, the photographer transfers to you the ownership of the copyright. You then have exclusive control over how and where the images are used. A buyout generally costs more than licensing because it includes all rights, including many you may not need, like the ability to print images on keychains and sell them at shopping mall kiosks (no, we’ve never done this, either). Also, in surrendering copyright, a photographer is giving up the ability to use the images to promote his business, so it’s normal to charge a buyout fee to make up for this loss of value. Still, there are situations in which a buyout might make sense. Say you or your client are holding a private event where trade secrets or other confidential information might be presented. Exclusive ownership of the images gives you total control over when, where and how the images are used.
For 99% of our event clients, licensing usage rights is the practical and cost-effective way to go. A typical agreement grants the rights to use the images in all media forever for purposes of promoting their events and business and for sharing with attendees for personal enjoyment. That usually covers all the bases. And, of course, we can tailor agreements to meet different needs. The advantage is that we can charge less by licensing because we get value out of being able to use our work to promote our business. As you might guess, photographers who can’t show any of their work face a, um, unique challenge when it comes to marketing their service.
Why Is This Even A Thing?
The topic came to mind recently after we encountered some misunderstandings among the general public and news stories about photos being appropriated from the internet and used commercially without permission. Our clients are pretty well informed, but many regular folks make two faulty assumptions related to copyright:
“I’m in the photo, so it’s my photo.”
I heard this one from an attendee several days after an event. Now, normally, if someone declines to be photographed, I respectfully move on. And, if an attendee requests a keepsake copy, I'm always happy to oblige, provided the client approves. The solution in this case was for the client not to use the photo, out of respect for the attendee's wishes.
The misunderstanding got me thinking, though, and it can be cleared up by the question, “Does the Mona Lisa belong to Leonardo da Vinci, who painted it, or to Lisa Gherardini, whose likeness it is thought to represent?” Yeah, it’s Leo’s painting. No controversy there. Well, photography is no different from painting, songwriting, or literature in this regard. A photo belongs to the person who made it, and US copyright law automatically assigns ownership of works of art, including photos, to their creators at the moment of creation.
“It’s on the internet, so I can do whatever I want with it.”
I think everyone can understand that if you see an online display, or if you're lucky enough to buy a print, of Ansel Adams’ stunning and world-famous “Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico” you are entitled to view it and enjoy it, but not to make and sell postcard-size copies on the street or use it in a national ad campaign.
Bottom Line
At Happening Photos, we offer both licensing and buyout terms in order to best serve various clients with diverse needs. When you contact us with an RFP, let us know which approach seems the best fit for you. We’ll be happy to discuss the pros and cons and will tailor a proposal that meets all your needs at the lowest possible cost.
(Happening Photos) copyright copyrights event event photography event planners events image images license licenses licensing photo photo buyers photography photos planner planners rights usage usage rights use https://www.happening.photos/blog/2015/9/copyright-and-usage-rights---a-primer-for-event-planners-and-photo-buyers Thu, 03 Sep 2015 06:21:35 GMT
Photo Tips for Public Speakers - How to give a great presentation and look good doing it. https://www.happening.photos/blog/2015/4/photo-tips-for-public-speakers If you’re making a presentation at a large event such as a conference or fundraiser, there’s a good chance the event organizers will have a professional photographer there. The photos will be used to publicize the event, and you may want some for personal or professional use. There are a few simple things you can do when making your presentation to help the photographer portray you in the best possible light and make captivating images. These tips apply to effective public speaking generally, and they can greatly improve not only your audience engagement but also the quality of your photos.

Make eye contact with the audience -
Looking at your audience creates the impression that you care about your message and they should, too. It engages them. And, it shows you connecting with the world. If you make a point of looking around the room - left, right and center - you'll also get photos showing your face from a variety of angles.
Show enthusiasm for the subject matter -
Enthusiasm is contagious, and when you show it with your words, facial expression and body language, it captivates your audience and lights up a photo.
Pause for impact -
If you pause briefly once it a while, it gives the audience a moment to absorb your words, and it gives the photographer a chance to catch you when you’re looking out at the crowd with your eyes open and your mouth still.
Move -
Feel free to move a little, shifting your weight, standing straight, leaning forward, and using (even subtle) hand gestures. You’ll appear as a speaker rather than a reader, and in photos you’ll get a variety of moments showing dynamism and engagement.
Dress to stand out -
In this case, stand out from the background. Colors that contrast with the background, rather than blend in, will help make attractive photos. A black suit against a black background will disappear, leaving just a head and two hands floating in space.
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(Happening Photos) presentations presenters public speaking speakers tips https://www.happening.photos/blog/2015/4/photo-tips-for-public-speakers Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:04:46 GMT
Lawyers' Portraits https://www.happening.photos/blog/2013/4/lawyers-portraits We've posted a new gallery of lawyers' portraits in the "recent work" section of our site. In addition to some conventional headshots, we also got to make a series of more personality-driven portraits for the New York State Bar Association's membership marketing materials. This was great fun, and our subjects seemed to have a good time. Having done this for several years in a row, we adopted a lively new approach to lighting that gives the portraits a bright, sunny feeling. You can view more of our photos from this event in our recent work gallery.

(Happening Photos) New York New York City headshot photography portrait photography https://www.happening.photos/blog/2013/4/lawyers-portraits Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:36:10 GMT
NYC Compete to Win Press Briefing https://www.happening.photos/blog/2013/1/nyc-compete-to-win-press-briefing Another new client, Sacks Communications has hired us for a number of projects recently, beginning with coverage of a press briefing at City Hall to publicize New York City's Compete to Win initiative. Sacks Communications is working with the City to publicize the program, which is designed to create more opportunities for minority- and women-owned businesses to compete, connect and grow their business with the City. The briefing was attended by reporters from a wide range of the New York's community press organizations and featured presentations by City officials and staff as well as in-depth discussion among all the attendees. You can view more of our photos from this event in our recent work gallery.


(Happening Photos) City Hall Compete to Win Happening Photos New York New York City Sacks Communications event photography press briefing https://www.happening.photos/blog/2013/1/nyc-compete-to-win-press-briefing Mon, 07 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT
MPI Westfield Chapter's 2012 Awards Dinner https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/meeting-professionals-international-westfield-chapters-june-2012-awards-dinner Meeting Professionals International Westfield Chapter joined our roster of repeat clients this year when they invited us to photograph their June 2012 Awards Dinner at the Larchmont Country Club. A number of the Chapter's past presidents were on hand to celebrate, and everyone seemed to have a good time. The staff were gracious and thorough, and I felt genuinely welcomed as an equal participant. You can view more of our photos from this event in our  gallery.

I look forward to working with them again at their upcoming "Naked Negotiating" event on September 13 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel.


(Happening Photos) Happening Photos MPI MPIWC Meeting Professionals International Westfield Chapter awards dinner event photography https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/meeting-professionals-international-westfield-chapters-june-2012-awards-dinner Mon, 17 Dec 2012 11:00:00 GMT
4A's PR Conference https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/4as-pr-conference Following hot on the heels of our coverage of Transformation LA, our friends at the 4A's called us back to photograph their 4A's Pr Conference and reception in New York City. The conference drew a crowd of 200 marketing journalists, marketers and PR practitioners who gathered to discuss best practices for reputation management through internal and external marketing programs, social media, sponsorship, cause marketing, and brand journalism, among many other topics. Presenters included top names from a broad range of industries, including press, advertising, television, airline, and political messaging. You can view more of our photos from this event in our recent work gallery.

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(Happening Photos) 4A's American Association of Advertising Agencies Happening Photos New York City PR Conference event photography https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/4as-pr-conference Wed, 12 Dec 2012 20:29:41 GMT
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/brooklyn-heights-montessori-school The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School recently hired me to make a book of photographs of their Two's program for a school fundraiser. I love making photographs of children and was happy to help out a local school. Needless to say, we all had fun and the book was a tremendous success. Here are some of the photographs. You can view more of our photos from this event in our recent work gallery.

- Steve


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(Happening Photos) Happening Photos busy events event photography event planners event planning tips scheduling photography https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/12/brooklyn-heights-montessori-school Mon, 03 Dec 2012 22:28:38 GMT
Tips for Event Planners: Scheduling photography for simultaneous sessions https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/8/scheduling-photography-for-simultaneous-sessions If you're planning a busy event, consulting with your event photography provider a few weeks in advance can make the difference between great shots and snapshots. We often photograph large events where lots of things are going on at the same time, and we've gleaned a few tips from our experience over the years.

First, consult on timing with your photography provider as soon as you have a rough schedule of the event. This way you can discuss how best to allocate coverage time and exactly what kind of shots you need in each situation. An experienced event photographer can help you anticipate where scheduling bottlenecks are likely to occur and suggest ways to avoid them. In addition, you'll have the opportunity to arrange for additional photographers if there is simply too much going on for one photographer to cover well.

Second, allow enough time for each subject. Our rule of thumb is a minimum of 15 minutes in each room for a single subject. This is because it takes time to cover a speaker from several angles, get wide shots, close-up shots, room shots and audience reaction shots, and make enough photos to ensure that the speaker's eyes are open and mouth is closed. It also helps to wait for gestures to add some visual excitement. This can't be done by just walking in and taking a few shots from the back of the room. Plus, if the lighting in a session room is dim or unflattering (e.g. most hotel conference rooms), it may be necessary for the photographer to set up a small additional flash at the side of the room to supplement the flash on the camera. This helps by lighting the room evenly and preventing unflattering dark shadows under people's eyes. It takes a minute or two and makes a huge difference.

Third, consider hiring additional photographers for peak times. If you only need photos of one speaker in each of three simultaneous one-hour sessions, and if the rooms are close to each other, a single photographer may be able to cover it. However, If you've got multiple simultaneous panel discussions and you need photos of each panelist speaking, a photographer will probably need to stay in one room for the entire session. In this case, you may want additional photographers to ensure adequate coverage of each session.

We know that budgets are tight and extra coverage is not always an option. Consulting with your photography provider in advance enables him or her to ensure that you'll get the coverage you need and quality you'll be happy with.

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NY Nonprofit 2012 https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/8/ny-nonprofit-2012  

Since 2008 the Direct Marketing Association has hired Happening Photos to document many of their events. This summer I photographed their annual New York Nonprofit conference at the Grand Hyatt New York. More than 600 fundraising and marketing professionals were on hand to exchange ideas and generate creative fundraising solutions. You can view more of our photos from this event in our recent work gallery.

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by Steve

(Happening Photos) DMA Event photography Fundraising Grand Hyatt Marketing New York Nonprofit https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/8/ny-nonprofit-2012 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Teeny tiny little portrait studio https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/8/headshot-in-a-tiny-room Here's a lawyer's headshot I did recently. I think it's a nice portrait, and the client was happy with it. But, the fun story behind it is about the teeny tiny little room in which it was made. It was one of those meeting rooms with just enough space for a 3' round table, four chairs, a small filing cabinet and a potted plant. Maybe 8'x10'. We're talking small. Especially when you have to cram in all the gear needed to make a well-lit portrait: a 6'x7' backdrop, a large main light on a stand, a background light on a stand, and a hair light on a stand, plus the subject and the photographer.

Here's how I adapted my technique to the space to get the lighting I wanted. First, the main light had diffusion material on the front, so I was able to position it right up close, within 3' of the subject. This helped to minimize the amount of light bouncing all over the room and landing where I didn't want it. Second, I positioned the subject close to a white wall so some of the main light would bounce back and fill in the shadows. Third, as there was no space to position the hair light above him and I couldn't bounce it off the ceiling without also lighting up the backdrop, I tucked it between him and the wall and aimed it at a point on the wall above and behind his head so the light would create a gentle rimlight on his head and shoulder. Finally, I used a relatively wide lens aperture so that I could position him close to the backdrop and still have the backdrop somewhat out of focus.

And voilà. One of the things I like about working on location is that every job presents new challenges, and coming up with the right solutions is oh so satisfying.

by Jacques


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(Happening Photos) New York headshot lawyer's lighting technique portrait https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/8/headshot-in-a-tiny-room Thu, 23 Aug 2012 21:33:25 GMT
A Long Walk Home https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/6/a-long-walk-home Scheherazade Tillet was a student of mine at Rutger University in 1998. In my documentary photography class she began a project using art therapy and photography to help her sister heal from sexual violence. Scheherazade has subsequently nurtured that project into an incredible non-profit organization. A Long Walk Home uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women. On April 27, 2012, A Long Walk Home kicked off a fundraiser event at Gloria Steinem's House. I was honored that Scheherazade asked me to photograph the event. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.


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(Happening Photos) A Domestic Empower Fundraiser Gloria Home John Legend Long Scheherazade Sexual Steinem Tillet Walk assault violence https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/6/a-long-walk-home Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:25:10 GMT
Spring 2012 Update https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/6/spring-2012-update  

This is the first of our planned quarterly updates. We'd like to tell you about our recent work, our new referral incentive program, and our online service expansion.

Thanks for coming back! This year started out with a bang for us, with several multi-day conferences, a couple of new industry-leading clients, and stepped-up demand from familiar ones. We've maintained a customer loyalty ratio of over 95%, with almost all of last year's clients coming back to us again this year, and a couple more coming back after a recession-induced hiatus. This is great news because it indicates that 1) our clients are happy with our work, and 2) economic conditions have improved. 

Now you can get us for free! We're implementing a new referral incentive program to reward you for helping us make new friends. When you refer a new client to us, we will give them a 10% discount on the first job, and we will credit your account with the same amount, to be applied to future work we do for you. For example, if a new client you've introduced hires us for $5,000 of conference coverage, we'll give them a $500 discount and give you $500 of free work the next time you need us. We love our work, and if you can help us do more of it, we'd like to return the favor.

Client galleries are now searchable! Last year we massively upgraded our website in order to offer you a whole suite of new online services, including searchable photo galleries of unlimited size, online print ordering, and customized galleries for event guests. This has worked really well for some of our nonprofit clients' fundraisers, as it allows guests to view photos and order souvenir prints online and frees staff from the burden of fielding requests. Another added value for our clients is the ability to locate specific photos by typing the name of an event, session, location, or individual in the search field.

Our "recent work" gallery beckons! As part of our ongoing effort to make our website more informative and useful, we've added a "recent work" gallery which features our favorite photos from each of several recent projects. We hope you'll drop in to see what we're up to, comment on specific galleries or photos, and leave feedback in our guestbook.

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NYSBA 2012 Presidential Reception https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/6/nysba Steve had the opportunity to photograph the NYSBA's 134th Presidential Reception. President Seymour James enjoyed the company of friends, colleagues and close family members at the Appellate Division, Second Dept., in Brooklyn Heights. Steve has enjoyed covering events for the NYSBA for twenty years. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.

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(Happening Photos) Association Bar Court James Jonathan Judge Justice Lippman NYSBA New President's Prudenti Reception Seymour State Supreme York https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/6/nysba Fri, 08 Jun 2012 20:50:43 GMT
4A's Transformation LA 2012 https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/4as-transformation-la-2012  

The 4A's Transformation LA conference at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles brought together leaders from the advertising and media industries for three days of sessions on talent recruitment and retention, regulatory updates, celebration of creativity, social media, and mobility. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.

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(Happening Photos) 4A's American Association of Advertising Agencies Transformation LA https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/4as-transformation-la-2012 Sat, 19 May 2012 01:00:00 GMT
The Hunger Project Africa Prize Celebration https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/the-hunger-project-annual-fall-event This was our fourth year in a row photographing The Hunger Project's Africa Prize Celebration in New York City, this time at Pier 60. Nearly 600 Hunger Project leaders, investors and friends from more than 20 countries gathered for the event, where the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger was awarded to Dr. Florence Chenoweth, Liberia’s Minister of Agriculture. Guests were greeted and entertained by the Harambee Dance Company, a group of African dancers and drummers. The Hunger Project's events are always fun and uplifting, and this one perfectly reflected the spirit of the organization. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.

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(Happening Photos) Africa Prize for Leadership New York THP The Hunger Project event photography fundraiser https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/the-hunger-project-annual-fall-event Sat, 12 May 2012 01:00:00 GMT
Bridge Street Development Corporation - Family Caregiver Awareness Day https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/bridge-street-development-corporation---family-caregiver-awareness-day In recognition of National Family Caregivers Awareness Month, Bridge Street Development Corporation hosted its first Family Caregivers Awareness Day, a daylong event meant to thank, support, educate and empower the numerous, unsung family caregivers of Central Brooklyn. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.


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(Happening Photos) BSDC Bed-Stuy Bedford-Stuyvesant Bridge Street Development Corporation Brooklyn Family Caregivers New York event photography https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/5/bridge-street-development-corporation---family-caregiver-awareness-day Sun, 06 May 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Center for Family Representation - Celebrating Families Gala https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/center-for-family-representation-gala The Center for Family Representation held their annual Celebrating Families Gala at Capitale in New York City. CFR presented its Visionary Award to Linda I. Gibbs, Deputy Mayor for Health & Human Services. Sidley Austin LLP won the Legal Champion Award, and Nicole Franz took home the Spirit Award. A silent auction helped raise funds to support CFR's programs aimed at keeping families together and kids out of foster care. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.


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(Happening Photos) Capitale Celebrating Families Center for Family Representation New York City gala https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/center-for-family-representation-gala Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Portraits of Author Andrea Schenkel https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/portraits-of-author-andrea-schenkel For the release of her new novel "Finsterau", Steve photographed crime novelist Andrea Schenkel. Her debut novel "Tannöd" was published in 2006 and won a Best National Crime Thriller award in Germany and the Martin Beck Award in Sweden. The English translation is available in the US with the title "The Murder Farm". "Finsterau" was just released in March.


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(Happening Photos) Andrea Schenkel Bunker Finsterau Ice Cold The Murder Farm author crime novel https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/portraits-of-author-andrea-schenkel Sun, 22 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT
Netherlands Mission to the United Nations https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/netherlands-mission-to-the-united-nations The Netherlands Mission to the United Nations once again hired Happening Photos to make their group photo to commemorate UN Week. This assignment posed some technical challenges because of the very limited space available. We used an unconventional approach to get everything lit evenly left-to-right and front-to-back. And, we used software tools in post-production to give the image a more normal perspective. To get a sense of just how wide the angle of view was, consider that the front row spanned about 18' and was just 5' from the camera. 


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(Happening Photos) Netherlands Mission to the UN group photo https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/netherlands-mission-to-the-united-nations Mon, 16 Apr 2012 18:49:17 GMT
AESC Annual Conference 2012 https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/aesc-annual-conference-2012 In March, we photographed the Association of Executive Search Consultants' 2012 Americas Conference at 10 On The Park in New York City. We had photographed their Annual Conference before and were very pleased to be called back again this year. The event was well attended, and the enthusiastic participants were in no hurry to leave at the end. You can view more photos in our "recent work" gallery here.


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(Happening Photos) Association of Executive Search Consultants conference https://www.happening.photos/blog/2012/4/aesc-annual-conference-2012 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 00:22:59 GMT