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Western Regional Conference - Portland

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 8:30 AM until 7:00 PM
Marriott Residence Inn on Brookwood in Hillsboro
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3160 NE Brookwood Pkwy
Hillsboro, OR  97124

(503) 844-7777
Debbie K Cruikshank
Regional Conference
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Hello from your Western Regional Director!


Are you ready for a great time in the beautiful Pacific NW??


We are gearing up for the western conference on September 9th. I have got some fun things planned, and I really hope you can join us! It will be great to see everyone and learn something new and worthwhile.


I’m taking this conference into more of a workshop type approach. We are going to focus on getting those artistic shots, how to market that shot once you’ve got it, and then we will lead right into business development looking at how to brand yourself. We will be having a number of sessions such as a brainstorming session, a ground photography session, a critique session, a business development session and to end it all we are going to jump a train, or you can drive, and head into downtown Portland for a photo walkabout. We will end it with dinner in downtown. You cannot come to Portland without spending some time downtown seeing all the weirdness that abounds in this city!!!


I have invited Erica Thomas of the Works Progress Agency to speak and run a couple of workshops. She has a Masters in Fine Arts and is a business consultant specializing in branding. She’s very insightful and you will thoroughly enjoy her talks on art, photography, client prospecting, and today’s trends towards branding your visual identity.

Where are we staying?


I have booked the Marriott Residence Inn on Brookwood in Hillsboro. Rates have been reserved for $119/night for the King Suite. All the rooms are “King Suites” at the hotel, for those of you sharing a room it does have a comfortable, cushy, pull out couch. You can take a look at photos of the rooms in the link below. The suites are basically a mini studio’s pretty posh & modern. It also comes with a complimentary hot breakfast buffet. This is a beautiful facility that was built 2 years ago with lots of amenities.


The conference schedule.

I have outlined a temporary schedule below of how I think the day will unfold. The order may get revamped but the concepts will remain the same. Again, I want to focus on artistic interpretation, design principals, and business development & branding.



On the agenda:


8:30 -    9:00    Introduction

9:00 -   10:00   Ground Photography with Todd Quam

10:00 - 11:00  Design principals

11:00 - 12:00  I would like to have an open question period where we can discuss anything business or design related. I would love for people to send me questions in advance that you have been pondering. It can be on any topic related to aerial photography.

12:00 - 1:00    Lunch on the patio – please don’t let it be raining, if so, we’ll head inside.

1:00 -   2:00     Erica Thomas on branding

2:00 -   3:00     Erica Thomas on design principals

3:00 -   4:00     Print critique with group participation

4:00 -   7:00    We will board the Max train, or drive, to downtown Portland to go on a photo walkabout for the afternoon/evening. Todd will give some tips on lining up that perfect ground shot for your customers. You will also have an opportunity to see some strange sites & people, remember Portland’s motto is “Keep Portland Weird” and boy, do they try hard at it!! Please bring your camera! You could always use your phone, but there’s always interesting things to see & photograph around here..

7:00 dinner downtown – I’m still working on figuring out pricing for everyone on dinner.


The attendee list so far:

Yours Truly

Todd Quam

Dan Bigelow

Don Eichelberger

Susan Frye

David Wyatt

Kemer Nelson

Wayne Parslow

Alec Parslow

Allen Macbean

Stan Macbean

John Wark

David Sievert (?)

I’ll update the list as more people sign up.


So who else wants to join us?? I really hope to hear from others that are interested!! We are going to have SO much fun! I can't wait!!!



Night Helicopter flight: Who’s interested??


I am still working on a possible night helicopter flight. Dan Bigelow & have been talking and he had a good comment. He said that Portland from the air at night might be a little disappointing after flying around Vegas or San Francisco. It’s a relative small city but some of you may still be interested. Let me know if you are interested. I can arrange the helicopter and Dan is also working on some options for helicopters.

Scenic Flight anyone?

The other option we have is a scenic flight around Mt St Helens which blew her top in 1980. I have my plane & pilot on standby. Maybe some other PNW pilots could also offer a ride to fellow PAPA members. Can I get a head count of how many would be interested in doing this?


Mt St Helens