UIASO Norouz 1393 Celebration

We were honored to cover the United Iranian American Society of Oklahoma’s Annual Norouz Celebration on March 14, 2014.  This huge event was held at the wonderful Farmer’s Market with special guess Omid Sontani.  The event was MC’d by Tehran, who is an amazing comedian and had the photo crew laughing so hard is was hard to focus. And then he finished the rest of his stand-up comic routine in farsi and we were lost! Ha,ha,ha!  We are thinking everyone enjoyed the performance based on smiles and laughter from the audience.

Then Omid came out on stage and thought we would have a riot as the people pushed as close to the stage as possible.  There was even a metal barrier to keep the crowd off the stage.  This was the second time I’ve photographed him in concert and the performance was no less than amazing and uplifting.  His music just makes you want to dance and live life to the fullest.  It’s awesome to see a loyal following of this international singing star.

Don’t think that’s all to this evening.  I’m sure everyone enjoyed the above mentioned performances but we really loved the grace, beauty and talent of the dancers.  The energy and costumes of the dance team made the choreography beautifully synced.  So happy the girls were able to make to get photographed on the green screen studio setup on the balcony.

We would like the thank the other photographers that donated their time and energy to help with this non-profit event for the UIASO.  Thanks to Jim Felder, Eric Epperly, Jayceette Boger and Tyler Sismore.  We couldn’t have covered this event without you.

Here are a few images from the evening for you to enjoy.

 

Speaking at FWPPA – March 12, 2014

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I will be speaking and presenting my XPerience CONTROL short program to the Fort Worth Professional Photographers Association tomorrow night.  As a professional, I feel it important to share knowledge and network with others in the photo industry and be an active participant of the Professional Photographers of America.  The FWPPA has been helping local photographers since 1948 and have a long standing tradition of amazing talent in their ranks, as well, as hosting wonderful speakers and events.

I hope you have an opportunity to come out early to enjoy some social time with us. and our sponsors like XP PhotoGear, BWC & Real Framing.  Oh, did I mention that Jim Felder is coming along?  Yes, in deed, my partner on the Foto Facts Podcast show is coming down and bringing gifts.  Maybe we will even have time to do a local podcast and interview.  Anyone volunteering to sit in the hot chair?

See you there!

 

2014 Mustang High School Cheer Banquet

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Go Broncos!

 

It’s been a great year for the girls (and Gavin) of the 2013-2014 MHS Varsity Cheer Squad.  We are very proud of our daughter, Georgia, who despite injuries took home two of the award at the banquet.  Terri and I were happy to help with our custom backdrop photo station setup for this event.  Everyone was dressed to the nines and I think “The Great Gatsby” background worked well. If you signed up for our newsletter, the emails with the private gallery link are being send out this afternoon.

Here are a few of images we took, and of course, I had to include my girls.  Don’t they look cute?

Spooktacular 2013 {Mustang Wild Horse Park}

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Terri and I were very excited about setting up a photo booth for the Spooktacular hosted at the Community Center by the Mustang Parks and Recreation Department.  It rained most of the day leading up to the time for setup but our hopes were high that the weather would clear for a great event.  Well, the event was great despite the on and off rain.  I was overwhelmed with the positive attitude and friendlyness by the staff, vendors and participants.  It really helps us be happy about choosing to live in Mustang, Oklahoma.

The costumes were amazing this year and some were just down right scary!   Terri and I should dress up next year in something other than comfortable clothes.  Maybe we can go as a camera and flash, that really works, to take photos.  That would be crazy cool.  We passed out candy, socialized with the crowd, since the line seemed to form right by our tent, and took some cool images of families and little ones dressed up for Halloween.

We want to thank everyone that came out for the event, especially those that stopped by for a photo and signed up for our newsletter.  You can download the images HERE.   While we specialize in weddings and portraits, this is the season for many events and we love the holidays.  If you missed us at the Spooktacular, Terri and I will be at Chisholm Heights Baptist Church on October 31 for the Family Fall Festival.

 

Riding Wet {Frogg Rain Gear}

The weather in Oklahoma can be crazy with wild changes daily, but one obstacle can be devastating to a good day’s ride.  Yes, I’m talking about the life giving RAIN.  It relaxes me, feeds our crops and normally a great day to stay home to watch old B/W movies.  Then again, it’s a hard ride home (or to the studio) getting hammered by rain drops cruising at highway speeds.

My old rain gear purchased about ten years from Aerostich is (was) awesome.  Keep me dry on many rides through Europe and the western United States.  I finally meet it’s match on the exhaust of the new bike and I have a huge hole on inside right leg.  And since I lost the top jackets some time ago during moving, I new rain suit was in order.

I checked with some motorcycle communities, mainly Kawasaki Vulcan forums, and found an inexpensive but durable suit that would just stay in the saddle bags.  I found my suit at Walmart in the camping section and so far it has been awesome.  It’s a very lightweight material that packs small and best of all, it was very inexpensive.  Even if it only makes it though a season or two of wet Oklahoma weather, it will be worth it.

I’m not sure that it’s very stylish and I get purchase the XXL version to easily fit over bulky riding gear.  Here I am sporting the new Frogg Toggs Ultra-Lite2 Rain Suit and a shot of the small pouch I was able to cram it back into after the skies parted.

I just checked the weather while writing this post, and I get to use it again this Saturday.  Yeah!  OK, that was a little sarcastic.  Just saying.  Let’s hope for good weather for the Scott Kelby Worldwide PhotoWalk in two weeks!  Enjoy the Day!

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