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.

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.

Once upon a time at a book fair in the 'A'

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I often travel for weddings and other events, but this adventure was a more personal one.

My wife started Divine Legacy Publishing last year in an effort to teach authors how to self-publish their books. One year and dozens of clients later, she held her first Summer Book Soiree in Atlanta.

What was great about the event is that not only were there plenty of friends, but strangers stopped by the soiree and bought books.

It's always powerful to watch someone's vision come true, especially when that vision is your wife's.

Probate: Iota Phi Theta @ USF

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I love capturing live action - especially when it's my own frat.

Zeta Delta, the Iota Phi Theta chapter at the University of South Florida, held a probate where the chapter's seven newest members were introduced to the campus.

The probate was part of a weekend of meetings and activities for the Gulf Coast Spring Regional Meeting in Tampa.

Here's some of the other pictures I captured during the weekend:

Thursday's events

Friday's events

Saturday's events

As a photographer, I enjoy shooting probates because there's constant action. The downfall was the heavy reliance on a flash, for this was an outside event at night with little lighting.