Semper Fi Fund 2010 Marine Corps Marathon Pasta Dinner!

Back in October I was asked by a fellow photog to help him shoot the Semper Fi Fund’s Pasta Dinner the night before the MCM.  Since I wasn’t shooting or running in the marathon itself, and Marines kick ass, I was happy to come down and help him out. Of course only after I agreed to that did I realize I had to get into DC the night before the race which just happened to be when people who attended ‘The Rally To Restore Sanity/Fear’ were heading out of town. Good luck finding parking!   

The event itself was wonderful. I was honored to be in the same room with so many men and women who have served and serve in our military.

It was an especially great honor to have General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps in attendance, and speaking to the runners, Marines and family. The joy on each Marines face as General Gray made it rounds to the tables was immeasurable.  Of course the most moving story of the night was hearing Ronnie Porta speak before the crowd of his fellow Marines.  Ronnie is a young Marine, I believe he is 24 or 25, and has endured numerous surgeries for his injuries sustained while serving in Iraq.

Ronnie Porta and General Al Gray

Click here to see the full gallery from this wonderful event!

Thanksgiving Weddings!

Talk about a busy weekend!  Normally my Thanksgiving holiday is filled with trips around the Beltway, eating way too much and feeling as if the long weekend off wasn’t long enough.  This one was no exception, other than instead of trips around the beltway to visit my wife’s family it was driving all over Northern VA to shoot some weddings.

Krista and Brendan were high school sweethearts who exchanged vows on the day after Thanksgiving with family, friends and fellow Marines in attendance.  I was lucky enough to have Bonnie Velazco show up on short notice to help me cover some of the ceremony and reception.

After a short rest it was right back to work with Joalene and Jerry who met in Aruba two years ago and were married last week in her hometown of Seattle.  They came out to visit Jerry’s family here for the holiday and had a lovely reception at his parent’s home for those who could not attend their wedding.

Full reviews and photos coming soon!

Fashion For Paws First Annual Photography Exhibit!

On November 4th FotoWeekDC kicked off in a new way when Revamp.com and Fashion For Paws held the first ever Photography Exhibit at L2 Lounge in Georgetown.  This would be the second F4P event in as many weeks I had the honor of being invited to attend/photograph.

Dr. Katy Nelson recreates the famous pose

Fashion For Paws, the brainchild of Tara de Nicolas, held its first runway show in 2007 as a new way to raise money and awareness for the Washington Humane Society.  In April of this year I was proud to take part in the show as one of the many photographers there to cover all the action.

Daniel Swartz of Revamp.com and Tara had the wonderful idea to showcase some of the great photos taken over the years with their first ‘F4P Photography Exhibit.’  A collection of some of their favorite pictures were printed and hung on the walls for all to enjoy, and purchase, while various projectors showcased 100’s of images from the first three years of the runway show.

Tara de Nicolas (left), Tiffany Carter (far right)

I was honored to see two of my prints hung up and happy that in some small way I could help bring a little extra money in to WHS.  Now we just count the days until April 9, 2011 and the fifth annual Fashion For Paws Runway Event!

Linda and Tom – June 12, 2010

I was honored last year when Linda asked me to photograph her wedding this June in New York at the Mount Vernon Museum. I met Linda years ago via Mike Calinoff (spotter for Nascar driver Matt Kenseth) and over the years pestered her with requests for Poison tickets and yet she still talked to me.  She’s a saint!

Linda and Tom had a beautiful ceremony outside in the Mount Vernon Museum Garden before moving inside to the Colonial Dames of America Abagail Adams Room for an amazing reception complete with confetti, bubbles and cake all over the groom’s face as well as the floor! Tom and Linda were serenaded beautifully by John’s husband, had a beautiful first dance and two wonderful toasts to the new couple.

As luck would have it the wedding took place the day before our vacation so this was one hectic day! I took the train up, almost had a full on panic attack when it was delayed, had a fantastic time covering one of the more entertaining receptions I have ever been a part of, and caught the train back to VA arriving home around 3am. Six hours later we were on the road to Kill Devil Hills!

Congratulations, Tom and Linda!  Here’s to many wonderful years together.