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!

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:

On a more serious side of life, the final guest speaker served as United States Secretary of Defense (2006–2011) Robert Gates:

The highlight of the evening entertainment was none other than John Fogerty, founder and lead songwriter for the band Creedence Clearwater Revival.  It was sad to learn of the terrible contract he signed at an early age that impacted his career and songwriting so much…but holy smokes can he sing (and write!):

While the infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired, there is no question, the people of Haiti are incredible!  Take a look at these smiles!!

Everyone is the same, we like to smile, laugh, play and love!

Based in Colorado, the non-profit, Believe in Haiti is making a real difference in a community outside of Port-au-Prince.  They send children to school, sponsor supplies and uniforms, offer dental check-ups, and provide hundreds of meals a week.  They also offer opportunities for humanitarian trips.  Here are a few images from the Sept 2017 trip which included a visit to a hospital, had a scout project (distributing shoes), and the opportunity to play:

There is so much beauty in Haiti!!

I sure love this event!  Benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Cuvee Ventures pulls out all of the stops to provide an incredible ambiance for this fundraiser.  The entrance is a long red carpet along the X-Jet and Signature hangars at Centennial Airport, lined with exotic cars and private jets!  Cocktail hour is both inside and out front of the hangar with Denver’s top restaurants, live entertainment, elite private aircrafts and ultra-luxury automobiles:

The party then moves to another hangar for the live program, auction, entertainment, fashion show and afterparty!  A highlight was Payton Manning throwing autographed footballs to bidders…one of which was Denver Broncos wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders:

I sure love this event!

 

I’m not a bicycle rider, however, the scenery, finish line, and racers from the title sponsor, Prologis was almost enough to make me want to try!  There are three different route length options and all of the participants (and fans) were there to support fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  The scenery was gorgeous and was really fun to incorporate with the pictures of the bicyclists:

Over 2 days around 2,000 riders and 300 volunteers participate.  Depending on the day or the route choice,  riders go through Copper Mountain, Leadville, Minturn, Vail Pass, Frisco, Keystone, and Ute Pass.  As gorgeous as the scenery is, the best scenes are at the finish lines.  Current and former patients, friends and family all cheering on the riders for the great cause of supporting the work of Children’s Hospital:

All in all, a wonderful event that I’m very thankful to have experienced and hope to capture again… Definitely, the most appropriate place I’ve enjoyed a New Belgium Fat Tire Beer!