Friday, June 28, 2013

Event Photography

Well, I've been horribly negligent about posting in this blog. You can find a lot more of my recent work on my Glenna Photography Facebook page at this link:
But for now, while you're here, I have to tell you about some of the amazing and uplifting events I've had the privilege to be hired to photograph this month. First, there was a surprise graduation party for a young woman with brain cancer. It was the inaugural Coloured Marble Celebration and listening to the speeches left me with tears in my eyes, hearing the obstacles this young woman had to overcome to graduate from university. Truly inspiring!
Then there was the 75th anniversary gala for Canadian School of Ballet where I got to watch the stars of tomorrow including Kira Hofmann who has just graduated from Royal Winnipeg Ballet's program and will be heading overseas to continue training with the Stuttgart Ballet's program in the fall. This young woman has an amazing future ahead of her!
Then I really got my eyes opened to a whole other world when Spinal Cord Injury BC hired me to photograph their camp out at Fintry Provincial Campground last weekend. I confess that I have had very little exposure to people with spinal cord injuries before and getting to hang out with this awesome group for the day was just so inspirational. I met this one amazing  quadriplegic who wanted to try waterskiing and his attitude was incredible, and some volunteers who made my eyes well up with their dedication and amazing kindness. I was especially blown away by the young volunteers from the organization CRIS Adaptive Adventures who helped two different groups of quads and paraplegics to go hiking up the mountainside to view the Fintry Falls. What an incredible day. Thank you SPIBC for entrusting me with this heartwarming and inspirational assignment.