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Too Much Light

Bright afternoon sun from the windows behind the stage threatened to blow out the detail on most of this image. The problem wasn’t too much light. The problem was too much light from one direction. Since I couldn’t turn down the sun, I turned up a lot more light from the other side. Professional Photographers come prepared for all situations and work seamlessly in mixed light under any conditions. [...]

By |2024-05-01T10:23:04-07:00October 9th, 2022|editorial photography, healthcare|0 Comments


We all need balance in our lives. Some more than others. Maybe not as graceful as an acrobat, balance plays an important role in my corporate photography. Great balance gives me access to great perspectives. For event and conference photography, balance allows me to move quickly and fluidly through crowds and narrow spaces, with two heavy cameras swinging from my body, often in the dark. Photographers need to be [...]

By |2024-04-29T09:26:58-07:00September 29th, 2022|editorial photography, healthcare|0 Comments

Backstage Pass

While many yearn for a backstage pass to their favorite bands, photographers yearn for backstage access to their favorite corporate conventions and events. It is one of  the best places to shoot from to show context and relationship between speaker and audience. When available, this is an exceptional perspective. It gives viewers of the photograph a contextual relationship between speaker and audience, as well as a strong emotional take on the energy in [...]

By |2024-04-29T09:26:39-07:00August 15th, 2022|editorial photography, healthcare|0 Comments

First Breath – First Impression

Whether it’s a first breath, a first impression, or the first words spoken to your audience, the beginning of a speech is critical to the success of a presenter. World class executive speech coach, Patricia Fripp says it all, “the first 30 seconds (of your talk) has ripple effects; what happens during that time can make or break a meeting.” Years of event photography have taught me well.  You never know when [...]

By |2024-04-23T18:24:56-07:00July 2nd, 2022|editorial photography, healthcare|0 Comments

Desmond Tutu

The world lost a great leader today with the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a human rights activist who worked tirelessly for peace around the world. In 1984 he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in resolving and ending apartheid in South Africa. I met and photographed Tutu at the invitation of another great leader for peace, Tony Crawford, who arraigned for the archbishop to speak to the students at [...]

By |2024-04-23T13:22:41-07:00December 26th, 2021|editorial photography|0 Comments

Rites of Passage

A ritual of change is the hallmark of a rite of passage, as we transition from one stage of life to another.  Being born is the first rite of passage for all of us, and big one for the new parents too. When my first daughter was born, I was so overwhelmed with emotion I couldn’t hold the camera to take a photo. When my second was born I was better prepared. [...]

By |2019-01-07T22:23:00-08:00December 17th, 2018|editorial photography, education|0 Comments

Burn Baby Burn – The Rise of Mega Fires

To burn or not to burn? That is the question fire ecologist Paul Hessburg poses to audiences in small towns across the western United States. I photographed him for a Weather Channel feature story, Oregon Megafire Man, in John Day, Oregon.  There he spoke about the rise of Mega Fires in the western United States, and what we can do to combat them. Paul [...]

Some Head Shots are for the Birds

Not your average executive head shot, but if you knew Ravens, you know they would be the first to claim executive status. Ravens are smart, cunning and mischievous.  Their brains are more similar to mammals and primates than to other birds.  Flying monkeys is an apt metaphor. Spend enough time with them and their personalities become apparent. From my experience, interactions are distinctly personal.   I’m also fascinated by the similarities between portraits I’ve [...]

By |2018-02-02T13:51:50-08:00January 29th, 2018|editorial photography, nature, wilderness, wildlife|0 Comments

Reflections on Labor Day – Building a School in Rwanda

Blog by Portland Oregon Editorial Photographer: Adam Bacher Labor Day in the United States  brings thoughts of editorial photography assignments from Rwanda over the past eight years. Nowhere else have I consistently seen people work so hard. Without the heavy machinery commonplace our society, the people of Rwanda rely on manual labor to get the job done. As a Portland Oregon editorial photographer, watching a high school being constructed by hand was fascinating. [...]

Halloween Vodou Ceremony in Haiti

Photography has always opened doors I hadn't anticipated going through. One of them was an invitation to attend a Vodou ceremony in Haiti, the night of Halloween. Vodou as well as Catholicism, is  practiced by the majority of Haitian people. Vodou in Haiti is a mix of local culture and worship of god and spirits, not like the extreme practices sensationalized in the western media. On this Halloween there was drumming, dancing, drinking and chanting. Like [...]

By |2018-01-24T01:59:51-08:00November 2nd, 2014|editorial photography, haiti|0 Comments