Thursday, February 14, 2019

Dancing For A Cure Dance Marathon [Cape Cod Event Photographer]

As a teacher Valentine's day was always one of my favorite celebrations.  Everyone in the classroom participated in sharing cards and a special song, and went home with a happy heart.  February 2nd was a like Valentine's day, as I had the honor of being the photographer for the 9th annual Dancing For a Cure (DFAC) Dance Marathon.  Susan Mendoza Friedman, dance teacher extraordinaire, founded the now Cape-wide non profit organization to honor her friend, Karen Scheck, who was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer at age 51.  Proceeds from the event will fund cutting edge ovarian and breast cancer research at the Dana-Farber Institute.  

Dancers of all ages met at the Mashpee High School gym for 4 hours of nonstop dancing.  Whether you were a participant or supporter there were plenty of activities to choose from:

A raffle table with many wonderful donations,

and some creative face painting,

You could leave a kind message for others at at the Kindness Rock Project table,

redesign your dance shirt,

relax with a chair massage,

or enjoy a bite to eat.

But mostly. it was all about the dance.  

Whether it was dancers on the stage leading the crowd in an easy-to follow routine

or performances from more than ten dance studios. 

There was a flash mob, too, led by Rick Garceau.

Miss Massachusetts, Gabriella Tavares, joined in the fun and helped to make it a special night for everyone.

It was a night when survivors were honored,

and those who lost the battle were remembered.

It was a night of sharing

and caring.

The evening concluded with special song,

a happy heart,

and knowing that together we can make a difference.

Sounds like a beautiful Valentine.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Arabella Salon [Cape Cod Event Photographer]

Cape Cod Life Magazine takes a reader poll every year and publishes "the best of..." in their June issue.  Scott had an appointment with Laurie Broyer, the owner of Arabella Salon in Mashpee when the results came in this year; Arabella was the winner of the Gold award for best hair salon in Upper Cape.  So much excitement!  To celebrate the event, Laurie wanted to treat her Bellas to a special dinner,  and invited me to photograph the group for new website headshots.  It was a perfect evening at the beach at Seacrest in Falmouth, and everyone was ready for some fun!
The gardens at this hotel are beautiful, and proved to be the perfect backdrop for photos.

 Just look at these beautiful happy faces!

As we headed back from the beach I couldn't resist this sign shot.  What are the chances of an Arabella building?

Two of the girls couldn't meet with us that day, and some needed a redo so I used our home garden for those shots.   

In spending time with these bellas  I realized that they don't just work together; they are a sisterhood.    Laurie's dedication to creating a salon that is relaxing and professional is reflected the moment you walk in the door.  It is a welcoming atmosphere, filled with talent and mutual respect and support that these girls have for one another.  

And that is Gold.