East Carolina University Event Photography: Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc Probate

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Those who follow this blog know I’m a proud member of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. As a matter of fact, next week marks 20 years of my membership in this great organization.

During my early years in the fraternity, I was a cops reporter in Greenville, N.C., where I not only chased crime scenes and bad guys, but also helped start the fraternity’s Epsilon Pi Chapter at East Carolina University.

The chapter unfortunately died out and was dormant for 15 years - until Monday.

As president of the fraternity’s graduate chapter in Raleigh, N.C., I played a role in guiding these two men into Iota land, which has revived my involvement in the fraternity’s footprint at ECU.

And judging by the support from brothers, the ECU community, and the interest that came from the probate, I expect the chapter to grow and flourish.

Richmond Headshot Photography: A trio of fun

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I love it when someone’s need and perfect timing coincide with each other.

This session started out with Jill, a long time friend of mine, asking when I was going to be in Richmond, Va. It so happened that her text came two weeks before a pre-scheduled trip to the RVA. And while I had no plans to shoot, why would I turn down an opportunity to do so?

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What I enjoyed about this session was the variety. Jill wanted more traditional headshots while her two friends were along for the ride and wanted some nice professional photos.

While most people get headshots for professional reasons, there’s nothing wrong with having pictures done just for the fun of it.

Cary Event Photography: NPHC Easter Egg Hunt

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One of the great things about being a member of an organization like Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., is the opportunities I have to give back to the community - especially when it involves making kids happy.

I happened to have my camera with me as I volunteered at the Raleigh NPHC Easter Egg Hunt at Harold D. Ritter Park in Cary. Despite the dark clouds and the damp ground from the previous night’s storms, dozens of kids and their parents came out to collect easter eggs filled with candy and stickers.

I’m a strong believer that photographers should also use their talents for good. We can’t give away shoots all the time, for we are running a business, but we should take the occasional opportunity to give back to our communities.


Raleigh Event Photography: LLS Student of the Year

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I’m a strong believer of photographers using their skills to help others.

When I previously lived in North Carolina, one of the groups I volunteered with was the North Carolina Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

I become involved with the organization through shooting a fashion show that benefited LLS, and that grew into me shooting a few of their fundraisers, including Light The Night, Man & Woman of the Year, and Student of the Year. 

When I returned to the Raleigh-Durham area, I wanted to continue my relationship with them, which resulted in me shooting this year’s Student of the Year event. 

Students of the Year is a philanthropic leadership development program for high school students where they raise funds for LLS. The event culminates at a gala at the Raleigh Marriott City Center where they announce the student who raised the most funds.

It was wonderful donating my photography services for a great cause. I’m looking forward to doing more things like this.