Some of the most talented musicians I’ve ever seen perform live!  Old Crow Medicine Show were playing on street corners in 1998 and today have won TWO Grammy Awards, are on a world-wide tour and the current hit Wagon Wheel is all over the radio.  I was lucky enough to photograph their show at the famous Wiltern in Los Angeles.  Most of the band members played several different instruments throughout the show, it was so entertaining!

CHANCE MCCOY Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals
KEVIN HAYES Guitjo, Vocals
KETCH SECOR Fiddle, Harmonica, Banjo, Vocals
MORGAN JAHNIG Upright Bass
CRITTER FUQUA Slide Guitar, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
CORY YOUNTS Mandolin, Keyboards,Drums, Vocals

I sure appreciate every opportunity to photograph in Southern California!  Especially when it includes a catamaran trip in the bay and staying at the GORGEOUS Fairmont Grand Del Mar.  Really enjoyed the stay and highly recommend the property to anyone looking…

As much as I enjoyed staying on property, this job afforded the opportunity of a lifetime…an event at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (MCAS Miramar)…TOP GUN!  I’ve been so very lucky to travel the world photographing events, but truly, this was one of the very coolest experiences:

The sounds of the jets flying overhead were thrilling!! And they had more aircraft parked inside the hangar for the party:

One of the amazing guest speakers at the event was producer Amy Ziering.  The very well-spoken Ziering has produced two powerful films raising awareness and bringing positive change affecting rape in the military and on college campuses.  Her films are called The Invisible War and The Hunting Ground.

Grammy and Tony nominated Michael Cavanaugh put on a great performance for the group.  He was hand-picked by Billy Joel for the Broadway musical  Movin’ Out:

Being a photographer sure is easy when you are at the Bacara Resort on the coast in Santa Barbara, California.  I sure love photographing corporate events (and the scenery) here!!  Although it’s next to a golf course, and shops are just a few minutes down the road, it seems isolated when you are at Bacara.  Nothing but blue sky, ocean, and coastline on the horizon.  It’s quite peaceful!

One of the corporate events I covered this year had some fascinating speakers.  Billy Beane, manager and part-owner of the Oakland A’s baseball team was one of them.  He was the subject of the film “Moneyball” highlighting his strategy of removing emotion and instead evaluating statistics when managing a MLB baseball club.  Another incredible speaker was Chamath Palihapitiya, an extremely successful businessman who founded ‘Social Capital‘.  I enjoyed learning about the “sampo yoshi” which means good for three parties (the buyer, seller and society).

The Sandpiper Golf Course is breathtaking.  One of those courses where some of the holes are nearly touching the water!  Between Bacara and Sandpiper, it’s such a nice stretch of the Pacific Ocean to spend a few days…

 And when the sun went down, the corporate events had wonderful parties inside and out to photograph:

Although I prefer the Rocky Mountains in the summer, it’s tough to beat any weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch (outside of Vail and Beaver Creek).  Especially when you are not driving in it, the mountain snow sure is gorgeous!

Guests enjoyed skiing, snowboarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing and many more mountain activities.

The job had no shortage of star power… From the best snowboarder of all time, Shaun White, to the best tennis players Venus and Serena Williams and finally, singing superstar Kelly Clarkson:

 

I’m so thankful that this is my 5th year photographing the Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic.  This year, over TWO MILLION dollars was raised to help support all of the Foundation’s outreach initiatives, all focused on making brighter days for children in need.

As usual, it was a star-studded weekend with celebrities from all walks of life.  The gala was a fun celebration dinner, with music, auctions and a fun red carpet entrance.  The true stars of the weekend were the many differently abled guests, most who were previously touched from one of the many Tebow Foundation programs.  However, I was excited to see Harry Connick, Jr, the always entertaining Scott Hanson, singers Gary LeVox, Chris Tomlin, Hillary Scott, Jordin Sparks, Javier Colon and of course, Terrell Owens:

I had an unusually tall ladder for the group picture of the celebrities this year.  It was so tall that even NBA legend Artis Gilmore was looking up:

Hillary Scott, Jase & Missy Robertson, Willie & Korie Robertson, Jep & Jessica Robertson, Anthony Mackie, John Smoltz, Gary Levox, Derrick Henry, Chip Gaines, Harry Connick Jr., Billy Horschel, Jordin Sparks, Marcus Allen, Scott Van Pelt, Chris Tomlin, Coach Dan Mullen, Shawne Merriman, Justin Martin, Gary Sheffield, Kaylee Hartung, Chris Dimarco, Erin Cummins, Lisa Morales, Scott Hanson, Kristy Lee Cook, Javier Colon, Jerry Cantrell, Leon Washington, Artis Gilmore and Tim Tebow

It’s fun crossing paths with such recognizable stars, but it’s especially enjoyable to see them having fun for a great cause spending the day on the golf course!

Shawn Merriman, Jordin Sparks, Anthony Mackie, Jase Robertson, Terrell Owens and Billy Horschel

By far and away the best part of this weekend is the thought that I’m making a difference.  Hopefully, the pictures themselves help too, but even if it’s just supporting the work of the Tim Tebow Foundation, it’s very fulfilling knowing that hundreds (if not more) of lives are changed for the better by Tim Tebow and the work of his foundation!