Event Photography Cleveland, OH

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Scott has photographed countless Cleveland, OH area award ceremonies, networking functions, seminars and fundraisers and loves working with nonprofit and corporate clients alike. Esterly Photography will provide a custom quote to any potential client based on their event’s needs and structure. No event is too big or too small.

Scott networks with Northeast Ohio’s finest event planners and producers. Executing any event takes a tremendous amount of planning and preparation. Having a well-rounded appreciation for the industry is an important trait for an event photographer.

Types of events and sample list of clients that Scott has worked with:

  • Various events during NCAA Women’s Final Four
  • Grand Opening of Raising Cane’s in Avon Lake, OH
  • Grand Opening of Fabletics in Westlake, OH
  • Centennial Celebration at Capitol Theater
  • First Pour at Great Lakes Brewery
  • 4 Miles 4 Water & Splash Party for Drink Local. Drink Tap.
  • Commencement ceremonies for Case Western Reserve University
  • Private events for Teach Rock/The Rock and Soul Forever Foundation
  • Private events for Adidas
  • Conferences for AMPO, HCM Society, APA Ohio, NOACA and others
  • Edgewater Neighborfest
  • The Cleveland Orchestra’s Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • ROC in CLE for Western Reserve Land Conservancy
  • Many others!


My number one goal is to never be “in the way” during an event and like to mix candid and posed event photography coverage.
I place a great deal of importance on capturing photos of groups of people enjoying an event. I like to ask event goers if they’d like to pose for a photograph with the people they are networking or celebrating with.
Probably not. I love my smartphone camera, but it does not yield the results that my full frame mirrorless cameras do. More importantly, my smartphone camera cannot compete with the professional camera lenses that I use. Whether it’s a wide-angle image of a large audience or zoomed in portraits of a keynote speaker, my equipment is exponentially better and more capable than my smartphone.
The vast majority of the events that I cover are corporate and nonprofit trade shows, conferences and annual meetings. Within that realm, I also photograph concerts, keynote speeches, award celebrations and really any event you can think of. I’ve also done extensive work for private events. When it comes to private events, the sky is the limit. I’ve photographed birthday parties, meet & greets and rehearsal dinners. Some fun events that I’ve photographed are grand openings of restaurants and retail stores.
Modern mirrorless cameras, camera lenses and photo editing software have come a very long way. Dimly lit rooms no longer need to be a source of nightmares for event planners and event photographers. Cameras now have sensors that capture so much detail that poor lighting conditions are no excuse for poor image quality. Beyond those technological advances, I do use on-camera flash when necessary. I prefer to limit on-camera flash use to when I am taking posed pictures of event attendees or award recipients.
I keep images saved in several physical areas and in the cloud. As soon as an event is over, I import images onto a computer and an SSD that are both backed up to the cloud. I also back them up to my local NAS which is also backed up to the cloud. Images also remain on the original memory cards until my client receives their edited photos. Perhaps most importantly, I only use cameras with two memory card slots. The benefit of two memory cards is that I have two copies of every photo I take.


Yes, I am beginning to roll out hybrid event coverage. “Hybrid” is a combination of photography and videography. More on that to come!
Scott Esterly is the owner and only photographer at Esterly Photography.

Currently, event photography coverage is $200 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

Yes, after the event I will edit and deliver images through an online gallery service.
Quickly! Generally, I provide a seven-day guaranteed turnaround. In practice, it’s always much quicker. If you need edited images on the same day as the event, let me know and I’ll work with you to make it happen.
Currently, I deliver all images electronically via Pic-Time.


This is YOUR gallery and it will be kept private. Passwords ensure privacy and security. 


Absolutely! You can order through your Pic-Time gallery.
Yes, I’m happy to travel outside the general Greater Cleveland area if needed. If the event is more than a half hour drive outside of the Greater Cleveland area, travel fees may apply.
A lot! There is no set number of images that I guarantee, but I take a lot of photos and I deliver as many as possible.
No, I deliver the best photos only. Frequently, I will need to snap many photos in quick succession to get “the one.”
My editing workflow is almost exclusively within the confines of Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom is sort of like a younger sibling to Adobe Photoshop, which is where advanced editing takes place. Lightroom is extremely robust and allows for extensive editing (exposure, color, gradients, etc...). I do use Photoshop, but sparingly.
Yes. I will provide a price quote for you depending exactly on what you are looking for.
No, all images are delivered as JPEGs. RAW files will only be delivered if specified in the contract and invoice.
Yes. My contract makes copyright and usage very clear to all clients. If you wish to retain copyright of the images, I am happy to work out an agreement that satisfies everyone.