In April, I photographed the Small Biz Pitch Event in Washington, DC. Andrew Roby the event producer from District Fete was holding this event for entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. Similar to a show like “Shark Tank” this event would give business owners a chance to present the story, product, and their vision of the future.
It was inspiring for me to be in the room as they did their presentations. In addition to get good feedback from the judges, the presenters needed to have a few items prepared. Moreover, a combination of an interesting product, and a clear view of where they want to go helped get their point across. Moreover, this will help them pitched to investors for their company.
Andrew Roby is an event planner and producer working in the DC metro area. I have worked with him on a number of fashion shows, media events, and parties where customers are looking for a high-end event that look great on social networks. His events run smoothly even if there are a lot of moving parts.
At this event, there were 3 judges, 10 presenters, sponsors, and a sold out audience. The site for the event was the very modern workspace at iStrategy Labs. Not only was this a great place to have an assembly for this kind of event, but it was a very creative space for this creative agency. It was an appropriate space for aspiring creatives to further their business aspirations.
Let’s celebrate Christmas in July! I am clearing out my photos from my computer and I came across these from the complete opposite end of the calendar. Even though we are in the middle of the summer concert season at the mall, the holidays are the most colorful and may have even more visitors than summer days.
One of the largest differences in these two times is the
shortness of the days. The early sunset really makes it easy to get some blue-hour
photos of the center. Blue hour is what photographers use to describe the time
after the sun has set in the horizon, and the approximately the next hour.
During this time there is still plenty of light in the sky and it is usually a
beautiful blue color especially in the winter. This makes for a beautiful backdrop
for holiday lights.
But the cold is perfect to keeping the ice in the rink ready
And of course, we cannot forget about Santa Claus! He is one
of the hardest working people at the mall during the season. He has the
traditional portrait sittings at his set in Fashion Court, but he also has several
other appearances over the two months leading up to Christmas. He has the Santa
Breakfast, along with meet and greets throughout the center. I love to see the
reactions to Santa whether young or old, and it always makes for a great photo.
Back in February, I covered and appearance by Karl Alzner at Tysons Corner Center. He is a defenseman for the Washington Capitals. If you are not familiar, the Capitals are the professional hockey team based in Washington DC, and Alzner has been a standout player for the team since he joined them in 2008.
Of all the professional sports teams in the DC area, it is a popular opinion that the Capitals are the team that is closest to winning a Championship. Although the did not make the playoffs in 2014, they have made it every year since 2008 reaching the conference semi-finals 3 times. It is a popular chant in the arena to ‘Rock The Red’ so the Concourse at Tysons Corner Center was decked out with red.
Karl greeted a lot of fans young and old. He signed autographs for a line of people that came prepared with memorabilia, shirts, pucks, for him to add his signature. While he was there, and they had the gear, he watched people take some shots at an inflatable goal setup. He gave tips to help some people make better shots through the back of the net. He was very patient and took a lot of time with those that came out to see him.
Karl Alzner skills challenge
There were other notable people that were in attendance. Grant Paulsen from 106.7 the Fan radio station was there to emcee the event. Being a host of a daily sports radio show made him a perfect person to keep the crowd entertained. Slapshot, the Eagle mascot of the Capitals was also there! He even put on some skate to take a few turn around the ice rink out on the Plaza!