PubCon 2012 Las Vegas Photo Opportunities

If you know me you know it’s no surprise that I’ll have my camera while at this year’s 2012 PubCon Las Vegas. Since last year’s event, I’ve gotten a new camera and a few new lenses, and I’m excited about taking many high quality photos. The majority will get posted to a 2012 PubCon Las Vegas photo set on Flickr. SEO industry professionals can download photos from my Flickr set for use in blog posts, PR news releases, as social media avatars, etc. When making use of my photographs please respect my photography copyrights.

I’ve been taking photographs at conferences for more than a decade (Internet World 1999 was my first) and I’ve discovered a few ways my work can help you out.

BlueGlassLA in Downtown Los Angeles

Team or Company Photo while in Las Vegas – You’ve invested quite a bit of money in bringing some or all of your team to Las Vegas for this conference, wouldn’t it be great to have a professionally taken group photograph to remember the event by? The Expo Hall makes a great place for taking group photos. All you have to do is coordinate with me and get your team together. I’m easy to find, just tweet me @chiropractic.

Mat SiltalaYour New Social Media Avatar – If I had a link for every time an SEO or Internet Marketer asked me if they could use a photo I took as their avatar, I’d have a lot of links, but that’s not my motivation. I actually like seeing my photography is useful, so feel free to put my photos to work for you.

The Faces of PubCon 2011 and 2010 PubCon Las Vegas Photos resulted in lots of new avatars, and some are still being used today. Maybe it’s time for an updated look. Put on your best smile or scowl and come find me, or wait until I find you (no guarantee that will happen).

I try not to be creepy at conferences so if I don’t know you (or don’t know that I know you) I may not be taking your photograph. Don’t be shy if you want your photo taken either by yourself, with friends or coworkers, or with someone else at the conference.

Also (and this is important), in the event you don’t like a photograph I’ve taken of you that’s been posted online, simply DM me, or e-mail me, and let me know. My intent is to have your most flattering photographs appear in the top of search results.

Photo with an Internet Superstar – This is my most common request while attending conferences. While in Las Vegas you’ll have the rare opportunity to possibly have your photograph taken with Internet superstars like Matt Cutts of Google, Lisa Barone (Top Online Journalist Providing PubCon Coverage), Brett Tabke of PubCon, the keynote speakers, and anybody you may be a big fan of. This is a bit more difficult for me to coordinate but if the opportunity comes up and you see me around feel free to ask.

Your Best Poker Face – Last year I provided unofficial photography for the 2011 Raven Tools Poker Tournament, mostly because I’m terrible at poker and was out of the game pretty quickly and I needed something else to keep me occupied other than the open bar. This year I will be providing official photography, so if you’re in the game (or even spectating), be prepared to show me your best poker face.

Read my PubCon conference guide, get to Las Vegas safely, and I look forward to seeing you there.

BlueGlassLA Photography and Headshots

Another BlueGlass conference has come to Los Angeles. BlueGlassLA was held on April 23 and April 24 at The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. I had anticipated taking many photographs at the SEO barbecue but I was too busy pouring drinks and cooking hamburgers, so I never picked up my camera. Thanks to everyone who came out for Sunday’s event.

The photographs here are a selection from BlueGlassLA, I’ll either do an additional blog post or post the remaining photos to my Flickr BlueGlassLA photo set. If you’re doing recaps of the conference, you’re welcome to use images from the Flickr set or this blog. If doing so, please review my photo use policy.

BlueGlassLA Downtown Los AngelesBlueGlassLA in Downtown Los Angeles

It’s not often you can get a group of people together for one photograph, let alone in front of branding material for the event that featured BlueGlass and sponsors like Raven Tools. If you want a larger size version, just click on the photo. That’s Patrick Winfield on the left, he is the amazing graphics designer behind the BlueGlass brand.

Chris Winfield Raven Tools CookieChris Winfield with a Raven Tools Cookie (they were yummy)

The determined, ambitious and enthusiastic Chris Winfield shows off a Raven Tools cookie. Raven Tools provided cookies and energy drinks during one of the afternoon breaks, they are a great conference sponsor. Word is there’s a Raven Tools Poker Tournament taking place in Las Vegas October 2012, I’ll see you there.

Pamela Lund BlueGlassLA Brian Lafrance BlueGlassLA

Two of my favorite friends in search are Pamela Lund and Brian LaFrance. There’s no sugar coating from either of these two. Pam is the likely reason nearly every BlueGlass employee at my barbecue ate meat but skipped the buns, we had a lot of white flour carbohydrates left over. Brian shows us that cookies from Raven Tools didn’t go to waste.

Arienne Holland BlueGlassLAArienne Holland at BlueGlassLA

It’s a rare occasion we get to see Arienne Holland not wearing a Raven Tools T-shirt. Arienne is communications director a Raven Internet Marketing Tools and she’s also the person behind the October poker tournament. I took photos at the previous poker tournament, and count on me taking photos at this year’s event as well.

Andrew Norcross BlueGlassLAAndrew Norcross at BlueGlassLA

Senior WordPress developer at BlueGlass, Andrew Norcross gets things done. Here’s a list of WordPress plug-ins he’s developed. I could definitely use some custom WordPress plug-in development myself, time to get moving on that.

Brian Clark BlueGlassLABrian Clark at BlueGlassLA

Another person you won’t find sugarcoating is Brian Clark of Copyblogger Media, that’s got to be the thing I like about him most. While he’s done a gazillion things since writing 10 sure-fire headline formulas that work, it’s the bookmarked post I’ve come back to for years. Brian Clark embodies the words “persistence alone is omnipotent.”

Dennis Goedegebuure BlueGlassLADennis Goedegebuure at BlueGlassLA

Dennis Goedegebuure has some pretty impressive photography gear, so I want to hang out with him at more conferences. Dennis also posted photos from BlueGlassLA to his Flickr photo set, he takes some great pictures. Aside from that, Dennis is an ultra cool dude.

Joost de Valk BlueGlassLAJoost de Valk at BlueGlassLA

Speaking of ultra cool dudes, I got to meet Joost de Valk for the first time, and the BlueGlass conference was his first time in Los Angeles. The weather was truly terrible, but I think Joost had a good time visiting otherwise. Joost is an authority on WordPress, WordPress plug-ins & website optimization. If you use WordPress, chances are you’re using a plug-in he’s developed, and you most likely been on Yoast.com.

Kevin Gibbons and David Reynolds at BlueGlassLAKevin Gibbons and David Reynolds at BlueGlassLA

Kevin Gibbons and David Reynolds travel from the UK for the conference in Los Angeles. Not wanting to look out of place, they purchased swim shorts and flip-flops before coming over my house for the barbecue. Problem for them is the sun wasn’t out it was in the low 60s outside. Good thing there was plenty to drink. These two guys are a good example of brilliant people you can meet at a BlueGlass event. Kevin is the founder and director of strategy at SEOptimise and Dave Reynolds is Director of SEO at Reed Business Information.

Michelle Robbins BlueGlassLAMichelle Robbins at BlueGlassLA

Michelle Robbins is passionate, powerful, and quick-minded. The Secrets of Successful WordPress sites session she did with Joost and Andrew Norcross was one of my favorites. I had three key takeaways to get applied to my WordPress sites. Michelle is the street car driving expert (VP of technology) that keeps the engines running at Search Engine Land and other Third Door Media properties.

Raven Tools Team BlueGlassLARaven Tools Team at BlueGlassLA

I didn’t get everyone from the Raven Tools team all in one photograph but I’ll work on that when we are in Las Vegas in October. Thanks to everyone from Raven for being inventive, entertaining and enthusiastic.

Tim Mayer BlueGlassLATim Mayer at BlueGlassLA

This year Tim Mayer became the vice president of marketing at shopathome.com, a one stop savings spot for printable grocery coupons, online coupons and deals. Tim is an avid NFL football Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and I respect his courageous loyalty, as he’ll even support his team while in the Raider Nation blackhole. That shows dedication.

Richard Zwicky Chris Winfield Greg Boser BlueGlassLARichard Zwicky with Chris Winfield and Greg Boser at BlueGlassLA

An accomplished leader, Richard Zwicky is the most approachable chairman of the board I’ve ever met. Watching him interact with other BlueGlass team members is captivating. Energetic is a term I’d use to describe Chris Winfield, he is a nonstop “getting things done” kind of guy. Look at the above photo closely and you’ll notice Greg Boser is quite still, it’s likely he was preoccupied thinking about machine-readable structured data during the taking of this picture.

Sean Jackson BlueGlassLASean Jackson at BlueGlassLA

Also from the team at Copyblogger Media, Sean Jackson is another getting things done individual. Energy drinks have nothing on this guy, he’s enthusiastic and quite expressive. Apparently it’s a contagious trait among the people at Copyblogger.

Sonia Simone BlueGlassLA Sonia Simone Copyblogger BlueGlassLA

I wanted to be certain I got Sonia Simone photographed on her good side. It’s easy when you look good to the left, and you look good to the right. She is gifted, and delivers e-mails I’m compelled to read. You take Brian Clark’s persistency, mix it with Sean Jackson’s energy, and top it with Sonia’s intelligence, and you get nothing short of extraordinary.

CK Pam Darryl at BlueGlassLACK Chung with Pam and Darryl King at BlueGlassLA

Known to some as Kid Disco, my good friend CK Chung is a cheerful and kind hearted dude. While Pam may call me a fatty for eating cookies, Darryl King brought me Tim Tams from Australia, and I ate several while creating this post. Darryl lives in Brisbane and operates a full service Web concept, strategy, design and development company called ireckon. Like everybody shown photograph here, he’s a fun person to hang out with.

Note: Being that I’m not a designer, the darned tables I set up to display photos side by side appear to only work in Google Chrome browser, I’ll get that straightened out after I straighten spines today.

2012 Los Angeles Marathon Winner Photos

The 2012 Honda Los Angeles Marathon was run on Sunday, March 18, 2012. This year’s women’s race was won by Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia, and the men’s race was won by Simon Njoroge of Kenya.

Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia wins LA MarathonFatuma Sado of Ethiopia wins 2012 LA Marathon

Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of two hours 25 minutes and 39 seconds. She beat her personal best by more than two minutes which also won her the $100,000 gender challenge bonus.

Fatuma Sado Bib F11Fatuma Sado (Bib F11) Crosses LA Marathon Finish Line

At 20 years of age, Fatuma Sado completed her fourth marathon, and her first in Los Angeles. The Ethiopian distance runner knelt to the ground just seconds after crossing the finish line.

Fatuma Sado LA MarathonFatuma Sado puts her forehead on the pavement at 2012 LA Marathon

In the 2011 Istanbul Marathon, Sado at a time of 2:28:01. For the Los Angeles Marathon, the women’s elite runners had a 17:31 head start against the men’s division. Misikir Mekonnin was the next elite women’s runner to cross the finish line.

Misiker Mekonnin Los Angeles Marathon 2012Misiker Mekonnin 2nd Place Finish at Los Angeles Marathon 2012

Misiker Mekonnin is also from Ethiopia but currently lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. She finished with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 9 seconds (02:28:09). For the men, it was 31-year-old Simon Njoroge of Kenya, taking first place in the 26.2 mile race.

Simon Njoroge 2012 Los Angeles MarathonSimon Njoroge breaks tape at 2012 Los Angeles Marathon

Simon Njoroge broke the tape and finished with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds. The race began at Dodger Stadium and finished in Santa Monica, near the corner of California Street and Ocean Avenue. Many of us were prepared for rain but the weather stayed clear, although it was windy at times. During a post race interview, several of the elite runners said the weather felt as if it had turned cooler as they came into the final miles of the race. Winds picked up on the Santa Monica shoreline for runners making their way towards the finish line.

Fatuma Sado and Simon NjorogeFatuma Sado and Simon Njoroge at 2012 Los Angeles Marathon

Fatuma Sado and Simon Njoroge answered questions and posed for photos at a post race meeting with media. Congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve posted a 2012 LA Marathon Photo Set to Flickr. If you ran in the race, or you know someone who participated, check the photos and feel free download and enjoy them. Photo credits are appreciated.

Cheers Los Angeles!

PubCon Paradise After Dark

After two days of Search, Social Media and Sunshine in Honolulu, PubCon Paradise wrapped up with an after party at Jimmy Buffett’s Waikiki in Honolulu, HI. I almost decided not to bring my camera but I’m glad I did. It was after dark so I mounted up a Canon EF 85mm f1.2L II USM Lens, grabbed a locally brewed Longboard Lager, and started capturing some photographs. Here’s what we got…

Aaron ShearAaron Shear

Seen here relaxing on an outdoor patio in Waikiki, Aaron Shear, spoke on content strategies and an expert spotlight session on SEO for large-scale websites.

Dave and CarolynDave and Carolyn

Working in Waikiki was tough work for everyone. When not speaking at the conference, there was a constant battle of whether to work on a laptop in the hotel room or get outside for some sun and mai tais. Oh the struggles of life is an SEO.

Axel MetayerAxel Metayer

Coming all the way from Hamburg Germany for PubCon in Hawaii, Axel Metayer, was a perfect photography subject. I love when friends just carry about with what they’re doing while I take their photos.

Dan Zarrella in Honolulu

Social media scientist, Dan Zarrella, showed us the scientific approach to getting the brass ring on the hook. You had to be there, it was an addicting activity.

Alison Zarrella

Alison Zarrella shows her excitement for Dan’s bar game accomplishments. At PubCon, Alison spoke about Facebook marketing, and she was also part of the Monday Search/Social Media training.

balancing four cups on headbalancing four cups on head

Not to be outdone by SEOs visiting from the mainland, a local shows us some real skill in balancing cups on one’s head. He did this all night, and I think 4 cups was the maximum I saw him balancing, never dropped one. Tricks like that really come in handy at parties.

ladies pubcon after party

The location was perfect for a conference after party, and it was great to see spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, and significant others joining us for a good time on a Wednesday night in Honolulu.

Brian MasseyBrian Massey Conversion Scientist

Even Brian Massey got out of his conversion scientist lab coat to enjoy good times with friends and conference goers. Brian also spoke during the Masters session and he’s a regular speaker at PubCon.

Hawaii-with-flower-in-hair

We were in Waikiki, so wearing flowers in one’s hair was a regular thing to do. The colors in Honolulu were great for taking photographs, and when not taking pictures of people, had to settle for photographing birds. They were quite colorful too.

Scott CowleyScott Cowley

Having a great time in Honolulu, Scott Cowley got into the spirit with a fresh Hawaiian flower lei, and a smile. Gingers make for great photographs.

Todd Malicoat Michael BonfilsTodd Malicoat and Michael Bonfils

Top gun fisherman Todd Malicoat bought me a cheeseburger, so he gets additional extra bonus points for being an awesome dude. I got really hungry taking photographs and I missed out on the nachos being served in the bar. Michael Bonfils spoke on international search and destination SEO, and I have to say that it was really cool PubCon had sessions dedicated to travel & tourism, and even local search for the Honolulu area.

ralf martinibusterWebmasterworld PubCon Attendees

Also visiting Hawaii from Germany was Ralf Schwoebel, and it was good to see Webmasterworld people like Roger Montti (Martinibuster) making the trip as well. This was the first time PubCon was in Hawaii, there’s lots of us hoping it’s going to be a regular thing. Thanks to Michael for buying the beer on Monday nights first networking party of the week. Was great to see sponsors supported the effort in Hawaii, and it was really great to see people stayed for the sessions, even when it was so beautiful outside.

Sarah CarlingSarah Carling

Scott Cowley wasn’t the only ginger in the room, Sarah Carling got in a few of my photographs as well. For PubCon, Sarah spoke on convergence of social media and search. I’m discovering there’s far too many photographs for a single blog post, so I’m posting the PubCon Paradise Afterparty Waikiki set to Flickr.

Mahalo!

Birds Spotted in Honolulu Hawaii

I am finding birds make good subjects when it comes to taking photographs, and there was no shortage of colorful birds to take pictures of while in Honolulu. On day one I discovered that I had to closely guard my plate when eating things like this cheeseburger, since the local pigeons would jump on the table to steal food.

white feral rock pigeonWhite Feral Rock Pigeon

The rock pigeon (Columba livia) was one of the most common birds I encountered in Honolulu, and it seemed at times there were more pigeons inside open air restaurants than there were customers. “Do Not Feed the Birds” signs were common but I witnessed many tourists feeding birds while dining. White pigeons like the one shown here look prettier to me when up in a tree posing for a photograph with a twig vs a french fry.

hawaiian roosterHawaiian Rooster at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park

I saw lots of feral chickens and roosters during a day trip to Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve Park. There are wild chickens all over Hawaii’s parks, and apparently there’s a great abundance of feral chickens in Kauai. I’ve also seen plenty of feral chickens on Maui. I think most of the birds are accustomed  to being fed, since they showed little fear and stayed pretty close while taking their pictures.

blue and gold macawBlue and Gold Macaw

This colorful blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna) was a chatty bird but it’s not a Hawaiian local. We had an exchange of hellos while I snapped a few pics. The Hilton Hawaiian Village property (where I stayed) had an abundance of birds living on the property, mostly in the lawn areas of near the Koi fish ponds.

pink flamingos hawaiiPink Flamingos

A group of pink flamingos are also residents on the Hilton Waikiki property. I didn’t see them move too far from where they are here on the lawn, sometimes they waded in a nearby pond, not sure what specific species of flamingo these are either. Colorful birds though.

black crowned night heronBlack Crowned Night Heron

The Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) was a bird I saw often perched in and around the Koi fish ponds. They are the same species of bird I see in Venice Beach hunting along the canals. They are great birds to photograph since they are typically standing still waiting to ambush prey (like fish and frogs). One day I’ll sit long enough to photograph one catching breakfast or dinner.

spotted doveSpotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)

The spotted dove (a.k.a. spotted turtle dove) was a species of bird I saw quite a bit while walking/running in Ala Moana State park. It’s a great park (starting point for the Honolulu Marathon) that lots of local birds call home. Besides spotted doves, there were many zebra doves (a bit smaller than the dove pictured here and they have a bluish head), pigeons and other birds. I saw a pair of red crested cardinals flying around, but I didn’t get a chance to take their photograph, they looked like they had red mohawks.

african black footed penguinAfrican Black Footed Penguin

The African black footed penguin (Spheniscus demersus) is not a bird one would expect to see on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. There were several of these cute penguins living on the Hilton Hawaiian Village property. I’m pretty sure their caretaker took them in each night, but during the day they got to walk around and swim in a small enclosed environment that was also home to a number of water turtles and Koi fish. Since 2010, the black footed penguin has been listed as endangered under the U.S.A Endangered Species Act.

bird man moana parkDancing with Birds at Ala Moana State Park

The photo above shows a man dancing in the distance at Ala Moana State Park with a large following of his feathered friends. Some people don’t care for birds (I personally find them annoying when they are trying to steal your lunch) and others can’t get enough of them. While I noticed some parks in the Honolulu area had signs posted that it was illegal to feed birds, others didn’t have such signs.

Happy birdwatching!