White House Correspondents Dinner Weekend part 1. {Washington DC Photographer}

Saturday night the White House Correspondents Dinner, aka Nerd Prom, hosted it’s 100th event.  Before DC heavy hitters, politicians and Hollywood a-listers descended on the Washington Hilton Friday saw a host of parties spread out all over town.  I’ve always wanted to cover this weekend, and for the first time in my career I was invited to cover some of these events for Hollywood on the Potomac.  My first event was at the Longview Gallery where HBO and POLITICO were hosting a screening for the documentary “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro Sr.”

Washington Humane Society: Pups in The Park With The Washington Nationals

On a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, the Washington Nationals once again hosted the Washington Humane Society‘s Pups in The Park.  Pups in The Park has quickly become a favorite event for fans of both the Nats and WHS.  The first of four sold out events for 2014 took place against the St. Louis Cardinals and, before the game, dogs were allowed to take a lap around Nats Park.

Fans began lining up for their chance to take the field as early as 10am!  Once inside an amazing cast of our canine friends took their lap around the park, taking in the sights and playing up to the crowd.

Following their lap the pups made their way inside the park to catch some Nationals baseball.  Unfortunately, the Nationals fell to the Cards 4-2, but they didn’t care. As long as there were other pups to play with, water to drink and plenty of love to go around they were happy as can be. The Nats are hosting three more PITP events this summer, so come out to section 143 and say hi!

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A snap Washington Humane Society’s Pups in The Park with The Washington Nationals from Washington DC photographer Rich Kessler.

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Photos From Fashion For Paws 2014

Saturday night, the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington DC played host to the 8th Annual Fashion For Paws Runway Show to benefit the Washington Humane Society.  F4P, moved to the Omni after three successful years at the National Building Museum.

This year’s event was hosted by longtime F4P supporters, and models, ABC7 Senior Political Reporter, Scott Thuman and Dr. Katy Nelson, host of the Pet Show on News Channel 8.  With a new location, new hosts and a new set from Design Foundry,  the sold out event  raised over $400,000 for the Washington Humane Society.

Congratulations to WHS, Design Foundry, The Aba Agency and all of the models, supporters and friends who came out to enjoy a wonderful night in the nation’s capital.

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Angela + Judy: Married!

Last month, while were getting pelted with one miserable snowstorm after the next, Angela and Judy took a trip from Indiana to get married in our nation’s capital.

In what turned out to be a rare beautiful May day, Angela and Judy exchanged their vows in a private ceremony at Marriage DC and then we headed up to Meridian Hill Park to capture their first moments as newlyweds.

After discussing the finer points of Doctor Who (Tennant is still the best, ladies!) and snapping a couple of Polaroid pictures, we piled back in my Jeep (which marks the first time I ever had a newlywed couple in my car!) and made our way to DuPont Circle to visit the Krispy Kreme sign.

Just before we parted ways I suggested that a cake cutting was in order and we walked over to Hello Cupcake! for a pair of delicious peanut butter cupcakes.

Even though we were only together for a few hours, I had an absolute blast with Angela and Judy.  They were such an amazing couple, extremely fun to be around – as you can see in the photos – and being Doctor Who fans never hurts 🙂  Angela and Judy, thank you for letting me be there to capture these pictures for you.  Here’s to many, many years together!!

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Tomb Of The Unknown Solider Wreath Laying Ceremony At Arlington National Cemetery

Last Tuesday, I was invited to cover the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

I’ve lived in Northern VA my whole life and this was the first time that I would have ever been to ANC.  As has become the norm lately snow was falling which could have only meant spring in NoVa was here!

After waiting for our escort at the gate, we drove up to the tomb and filed in with the rest of the family members, veterans and other media.  I lagged behind just a little bit to snap some of the first series of pictures you see.  The snow fall was just to beautiful not to take a moment and capture some images.

The second half of our day took us inside the Women in Military Service for America memorial for the Citizens Service Before Self awards.  Three recipients were chosen from a pool of hundreds of nominees across the US.  The honorees were Michael Landsberry, a school teacher who lost his life last year when a student entered his school with a gun.

Michael tried to talk the 12-year old down while giving his class the time they needed to get to safety.  I remember reading about him when this happened and couldn’t imagine what his family had gone through.  Michael’s wife, Sharon, accepted the award on his behalf and it was an honor to meet her.

Connor Stotts received his award after saving five of his friends from drowning after a strong riptide had pulled them to sea.  Michael, who was only 17 at the time, was a junior lifeguard and risked his life, even swimming, at one time, with one arm while holding an unconscious friend to keep her arms from slipping from around his neck.

Troy Yocum is an Army veteran who, after witnessing his friends and fellow soldiers suffer the effects of PTSD, embarked on the “Hike for Heroes” in 2009.  Troy walked across America, over 7,800 miles, and raised $1.3 million to support military families.

Troy founded Active Heroes in 2011, a program which provides lifetime assistance funds for wounded vets, a fitness team building program, a community program which has repaired over 25 homes for military families, and a healing program which will build a 144-acre military family retreat to help combat the veteran suicide epidemic.

This was an event that I never thought I would partake in, and one that truly has a lasting impact on you as a person.  The ceremony at the Tomb of The Unknowns was an experience everyone should be part of at least once in their life, and I can’t believe it took me this long to get out there.

The snowfall seemed to give each image that much more of an impact on me once I got home and started going through them, and being surrounded by so many veterans and current military was amazing.  I hope that I can do this again and strongly suggest everyone take a trip to ANC soon.

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