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Jensen Sutta selected as Top Photographer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

Jensen Sutta selected as Top Photographer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

Jensen Sutta selected as Top Photographer of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP)

“Jensen Sutta, founder and photographer of Jensen Sutta Event Photography, was selected as Top Photographer of the Year for 2018, by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry.

While inclusion with the IAOTP is an honor in itself, only a few members in each discipline are chosen for this distinction. These special honorees are distinguished based on their professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, longevity in the field, other affiliations, and contributions to their communities. All honorees are invited to attend the IAOTP’s annual award gala at the end of this year for a night to honor their achievements.www.iaotp.com/award-gala.

With almost two decades of professional experience as a world-traveled photographer, Jensen has certainly proven himself as an accomplished professional and expert in the field. Jensen is the “Photographer to the Stars” who has traveled the world in order to capture some of today’s most important events and persons. He specializes in corporate and event photography, documenting non-profit work, incentive trips, musicians, concert photography, politicians, and conventions. He has photographed events in Italy, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, England, Morocco, Spain, France, Monaco, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Nevis, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and all over the U.S. His extraordinary insight and keen eye to capture an event are simply exceptional. His impressive repertoire of celebrities he has photographed includes the Obamas, the Clintons, George W. Bush, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joe Biden, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Clint Eastwood, Sandra Bullock, James Cameron, Oprah Winfrey, Ben Affleck, Steven Spielberg, Rob Lowe, Jay Leno, Quentin Tarantino, B.B. King, Taylor Swift, Sean Penn, Smokey Robinson, and so many more. Some notable highlights from his career include photographing at the White House, the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, Elton John’s Oscar Party, Concert T-Shirts for LeAnn Rimes, coffee table book for Elton John, the cover of Sarah Palin’s book, and non-profit work in Haiti.

Previously, Jensen was a professor at the Art Institute of Colorado where he taught photography and business courses. He taught in the Wedding Photography Certification Program and was a Board Member at the Brooks Institute of Photography. Jensen earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Philosophy from the University of Richmond, and his Master’s Degree in Photography from the Brooks Institute. The President of IAOTP, Stephanie Cirami, stated that “Choosing Jensen for this award was an easy decision for our panel to make. We got to see, firsthand his beautiful way of documenting an event from what he captured at our Awards Gala. He is a brilliant talent and a leader in the industry. He was exactly what we were looking for and we know we will be seeing more outstanding things from this man. We also hope to spend time with him at our gala this year at the Plaza Hotel in NYC.”

Throughout his illustrious career, Jensen has been recognized worldwide for his work and has received numerous awards and accolades, and has been featured in several publications. He was named Top 25 Young Professionals in the Colorado Biz Magazine. For 2019 he is being considered for a feature in T.I.P. (Top Industry Professionals) Magazine, and for the Business Innovator of the Year Award by the International Association of Top Professionals. For 2018, he was named Top Photographer of the Year by IAOTP. He was the Alumni Spotlight for the Brooks Institute of Photography, highlighted in many newspapers, and chosen to be interviewed by Inspired Impact.

Aside from Jensen’s successful career, he is also a passionate philanthropist who gives back to the community any way that he can. He is always seeking assignments to help non-profits and he is a Board Member of Believe in Haiti, and sits on the Advisory Board for the Zoology Foundation to help improve the lives of animals through educational programming.

Looking back, Jensen attributes his success to his persistence, mentors he has had along the way, and staying passionate in all of his works. Jensen says he is very grateful to love his profession and feels this is just the beginning. When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys. For the future, he will continue to thrive as a photographer and will continue to capture life’s most precious moments the best way he knows how, through his lens.

For more information on Jensen, please visit: www.jensensutta.com

 

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About IAOTP

The International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) is an international boutique networking organization which handpicks the world’s finest, most prestigious top professionals from different industries. These top professionals are given an opportunity to collaborate, share their ideas, be keynote speakers, and to help influence others in their fields. This organization is not a membership that anyone can join. You have to be asked by the President or be nominated by a distinguished honorary member after a brief interview.

IAOTP’s experts have given thousands of top prestigious professionals around the world the recognition and credibility that they deserve, and have helped in building their branding empires.IAOTP prides itself on being a one of a kind boutique networking organization that handpicks only the best of the best, and creates a networking platform that connects and brings these top professionals to one place.

For more information on IAOTP, please visit www.iaotp.com

Media Contacts:

Company Name: IAOTP
Full Name: Stephanie Cirami
Website: www.iaotp.com

I was in Austin, Texas photographing a corporate event, and was asked to also cover the march.  Because I was ‘on assignment’ my goal was to document it like a photojournalist…  However, it was hard not be moved by the sheer number of marchers, powerful signs and emotional subject matter…

The scene that hit me the hardest was the young girl below with a sign that read “Please Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up!“….but at the same time, the girl and the sign also reminds me that although there are opposing views on gun control, both sides want to make the world a safer place and to protect those around them. It’s just that people on different sides of this argument have different views on how to make that happen.

Texas is an open carry state, so several folks that attended in opposition of the marchers were armed…  Continuing my role as ‘photojournalist’ and inquisitive in nature to begin with, I enjoyed talking with the ‘protestors’.  I started the conversation by asking why the march against gun violence seemed like a good place to bring guns… The answer was pretty reasonable I guess, “the marchers just want their voices heard, and so do I”,  the man in the orange said:

The march ended at the state capital with many speakers that ranged from Austin Mayor Steve Adler to Senator Kirk Watson and various representatives and students.  The most powerful and certainly the most recognizable speakers were Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School senior Jack Haimowitz and actor Matthew McConaughey:

I’m thankful for the opportunity to cover the event and thanks for viewing the photos!

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The weekend begins with a star-studded a dinner gala and concert:

ESPN commentators Tom Rinaldi and Scott Van Pelt help run the program portion of the evening in spectacular fashion!  Javier Colon and Jase Robertson participated in live auction items, and then the evening wrapped in spectacular fashion with country singer, Eric Church!

2018 Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Gala & Golf Classic Participants included Tim Tebow, Chip & Joanna Gaines, Adrian Peterson, Scott Van Pelt, Billy Horschel, Brandon Marshall, Al & Lisa Robertson, Johnny Damon, Kevin Sorbo, Dan Mullen, Laura Rutledge, Bobby Bowden, Urban Meyer, Josh Scobee, Doug Flutie, Shawne Merriman, Javier Colon, Tim Burke, Gary Sheffield, Leon Washington, Danny Wuerffel, Jase & Missy Robertson, Marcus Allen

My favorite part of the day is capturing Tim Tebow’s interactions with so many wonderful people:

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If you are a fan of the mountains in the winter, there isn’t a better spot for a corporate event than the picturesque Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek, Colorado.  The luxury hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access on Beaver Creek mountain:

The abundance of outdoor activities (skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiles, fishing, horseback riding, snowshoes, cross country skiing, dogsledding…etc) helps make this spot ideal for a corporate incentive trip.  However, for this event, it was the TOP KNOTCH celebrity guests and entertainment that made the event spectacular!

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as PyeongChang 2018, were just wrapping up in South Korea so it was timely to have so many Olympic athletes in attendendance (former and current):

Women’s snowboard halfpipe gold medalist Chloe Kim, Former basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, Silver medalist in the luge, Chris Mazdzer and figure skater Dorothy Hamil:

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If you appreciate music, it’s impossible not to love jazz!  Photographing the Jazz Masters and Beyond induction ceremony for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame was so much fun!!

The most famous two inductees were Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn from one of the most successful bands of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire!

The voice that absolutely blew me away, was that of SIX time Grammy winner, Dianne Reeves…so glad to have heard her sing!!!

One of the best parts of photographing musicians is when I’m granted all-access… This was a special moment backstage when trumpeter Ron Miles was practicing the notes with his fingers backstage before performing at his induction:

Guitarist, composer and arranger, Bill Frisell and Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, and composer Ron Miles:

A living treasure, meeting 97 years young Charles Burrell was a ball.  He’s hilarious!!  Burrell has been called “the Jackie Robinson of Classical Music” because he was the first African-American to be a member of a major American symphony. The legend shared the stage with Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and Count Bassie among other legends.