I just got back from another successful event shoot for the JDRF. I can not begin to tell you how special I feel to be a part of such a great organization. These folks are just AWESOME! The amount of money that has been raised since it’s inception is just staggering. More than 1.6 billion dollars! With 80% of the funds going to researching a cure for this chronic, auto-immune disease. Just amazing. The dedication that all of the volunteers have towards this cause is to say the least admirable. Then there’s the parents. People don’t realize how hard it is on the parents of the children with this condition. They are the ones ultimately responsible for the health and well being of these children until they are old enough to comprehend and take control of their own lives. So a REALLY big salute to all of them as well. Your courage is astounding!
It was a really great event at the Mansion in Voorhees, NJ. A very beautiful venue for weddings or banquets. I did some more casual portraits for them. Again it’s all people with Type 1 Diabetes. These shots are going to be used for fund raising and will be posted at the Walk in October. Also got some shots of the different speakers and attendees at the lunch. These will be used on-line and in there newsletter. I’m downloading them now and will post some in the next day or so.
A special shout out to Michael Stocklin and his son Andrew (T1D) who head up Andrew’s Army. A team of fundraisers for the JDRF. Great meeting you folks this afternoon. I look forward to seeing you in October. Keep up the good work! Don’t forget……..email! email! email! (An inside joke)
I know. I know. I know. I need to be a little more regular with my posts. What can I say. It’s been a busy and interesting couple of weeks. I have been in West Virginia the past two out of three weekends. Doing something I never thought I’d do. Shooting weddings. Yes I have lost my wedding cherry. I was covering for my good friend and fellow photographer Reid Mason of Mason Photographics. He does amazing work and if you haven’t checked out his website it’s; http://www.masonphotographics.com. Make sure you peruse the Fine Art gallery. He is truly an artist. But I digress. Reid had double booked himself and asked me to cover for him on two weddings. I must admit I had fun doing it. A little hectic. A little crazy. But the people in WV are considerably more laid back than just about anywhere. Don’t get me wrong. I felt the pressure to perform. But I got some great shots and I’ll post a couple in a few days. While you can read all the books you want about how people like David Ziser (I highly recommend his book)shoot a wedding. It can all get thrown out the window when you’re in the heat of battle and just trying to get the shots and not screw up too badly. What they don’t ever talk about in those books are things like, what to do when the bride is running late for the shots before the wedding. What to do when you’re not shooting in a nice venue like a church. What to do when half the group in the wedding party aren’t interested the formal pictures and just want to get to the reception and drink. And what to do when the bride just wants it over with. Not to mention what to do when the bride decides that since everyone is dressed up we should get portraits of all of her brothers and sisters and their wives or husbands and children. Oh well I guess these are things that only experience can teach you how to deal with.
See you next time.