While in the studio last year, I reserved some time to make headshots for TEDx Tysons contributors. These were all done prior to the pandemic lock down. At this time they still had speaking and other events to prepare. From speaker coaching, venue logistics, and coordinating volunteers, it is a team effort to pull them off.
With this in mind, I wanted to contribute more than just the event photos to their efforts. I have been exposed to some incredible people while photographing these events. Of course, the talks and the speakers are as inspiring as you have seen on videos.
However, I have been equally inspired by the people working behind the scenes. They are driven to build a community in Tysons. Moreover, they create places for discussion with other attendees between talks. It is here that I see the power of what they are building. These ideas as spreading face to face, not on an internet comment board.
By all means they are planning to return to their events once this is all over. For now, they have many presentations available on their YouTube channel. It is inspiring to listen, absorb, and participate!
After talking with MPO Vazquez at the First Responders Day at Tysons Corner Center, he invited me to cover the 2018 Santa Ride. A few days ago, this ride was done by officers from the Fairfax County Police Department, and the Town of Vienna police. Since I can count on one hand how many times I have even been inside a police station, this was a completely different experience for me! Moreover, this was the 30th anniversary of this event which meant a lot of participation from many officers on this cold morning.
Initially, we started at the Vienna Police station. The group of motorcycle officers from Fairfax arrived in Vienna. They stopped for breakfast and to pick up the Vienna officers that were joining. Afterwards, we all got into vehicles and made a caravan to schools in Tysons, Fairfax, and Reston. Being that this was my first time riding in a police car with lights and sirens, I enjoyed the experience! Since I was specifically assigned to the Vienna police, I made sure to focus on their officers. They were interacting with the school kids throughout the day passing out candy canes during their stops. Of course there were other Christmas characters from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolf and Frosty that also came with us. Undoubtedly this would have been one of my favorite days during school just before Christmas break!
In addition to the schools, we also visited the Fairfax County Government Center. While the kids were excited to see the spectacle, all of the County supervisors were also supportive. To see more of the photos, please visit the Town of Vienna Facebook page.
Last month, I photographed the 2018 First Responders Day held on the Plaza at Tysons Corner Center. This is a particularly favorite event for me to cover both a number of reasons. At first, the vehicles that they display are authentic and on the cutting edge of technology. Also, talking with the service people is inspiring from their passion for their work, and the goal of making our community more peaceful and safe. While walking through I am educated on the technologies that they employ while on the job. Of course the helicopter is a big attraction with the impact a flying vehicle makes overhead. However, fire trucks, bomb-handling robots, and police cruisers will always attract questions. On this occasion, I connected with the Vienna Police Department. Hearing about the events that they plan throughout the year, I may be covering those for them since photos are an important part of their community outreach. Hopefully more of those will be on the blog soon!