I love doing meaningful work! I rarely consider photography “work”, but occasionally it requires long hours, lots of sweat, patience and stamina. I love events that don’t feel like a “job”, and this was another one! The Ward 8 Arts and Culture Council sponsors many cultural events in Washington, D.C. in an effort to promote cultural awareness through the arts. On this particular Wednesday, we were able to explore the works of a family of local artists and create masterpieces of our own. All of the events are kid and family-friendly. So art and water it was; no wine. Gateway DC features movies, live music, vendors, food, art and fun for the community. It’s always great to work with and around great people who are just as passionate about what they do as I am.
I LOVE live music and enjoy capturing the passion of this art in my photographs. I love working with independent artists and introducing myself to new sounds and underground talent. For Father’s Day, a few local D.C. artists gave tribute to fathers/ “kings” and brought down the house!
That night, I had the pleasure of capturing photos and video of the soulful sounds of Violet Marley, Andaiye, Tamika Love Jones, Ayanna Gregory and Afi Soul. These women have amazing talent and gracious personalities. It was a pleasure to be in great company and enjoy great music!
I was honored to be one of two official photographers hired to cover the Inspiration & Music Conference in Philly this weekend. This was one of the most inspiring, encouraging and all around awesome experiences of my career. I met soooo many wonderful people and had so many intriguing and hilarious conversations. I’ve never worked so hard and had so much fun at the same time.
I was able to experience two live radio broadcasts, awesome workshops, live concerts, and so much more. It was great to be surrounded by such talented people, who backstage were such… ordinary people. It was an interesting perspective behind the scenes of such an eventful weekend. Definitely memorable!