Monday, March 2, 2015

50th Annual Gala for Knoxville's American Advertising Awards

On Saturday, February 28th, 2015, Knoxville's best of the best in advertising donned their finest threads and made their way to Downtown Hilton Hotel for a snow-free evening of photographs, food and well, you guessed it, awards at the 50th Annual Gala for Knoxville's American Advertising Awards.

Allan was there photographing folks as they arrived and covered the awards ceremony too. There were a lot of our friends and acquaintances in attendance and Allan said I really should have come along to chat with everyone. Congratulations to all of the winners!

If you would like to view/free download/purchase prints of the images from the event click here. There are a lot of them!

Click here for more information about AAF Knoxville and for details about the 50th Annual Gala. I'm not sure where they are posting the award winners, but I'm sure you will find them on the website soon.

Oh, and don't forget to give us a call to photograph your next social or company event! From red carpets to fundraisers to corporate retreats, we can cover it all. Give me a call at 865-406-3870 or send me an email for a quote.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Trail Blazing with Appalachian Mountain Bike Club

Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is blazing trails in Knoxville, TN

Mountain biking is awesome. Enough said.

Allan has been mountain biking for many years and has been trying to get me on board with the sport for about 7+ years. This year I finally got the hang of it and have really been enjoying it. It helped that Allan took the clipless pedals off my bike and let me ride with flats. I'm less freaked out about crashing with my bike still attached to my feet!

Allan joined the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club last year to become more involved in the mountain biking community in East Tennessee and has worked a couple of trail work days with them, but Sunday was my first time swinging a hoe. It was a blast! I now want my own Rogue Hoe!

While Allan was wandering around taking all these awesome photos, I was swinging that hoe and meeting some really cool folks. There were a lot of people our age and older which was amazing. I love spending my time around people who don't think life ends at 40! And who love being outside doing physical activities.

Nearly 50 people showed up at 9AM on a Sunday morning to work on the trails at Sharps Ridge in North Knoxville, about midway between Downtown and Fountain City. The good folks over at Fountain City Pedaler provided a delicious lunch of tacos for us when we finished up about 11:30AM. Oh, and there was beer too! I was in heaven! 

Speaking of Fountain City Pedaler, there was an article in the News Sentinel about Luke Grieve's involvement with trail building in Knoxville and the AMBC. Pretty cool! It was nice that they included one of Allan's photos in the story too.

Luke Grieve, Fountain Ciy Pedaler

If you are interested in learning more about the trails and mountain biking opportunities in Knoxville, pop over to the AMBC Facebook page or website and become a member. Or drop by Fountain City Pedaler, Cedar Bluff Cycles, Tennessee Valley Bicycles or the Bike Zoo, to name a few local bike shops with a passion for trails.

Here are more photos from Sunday and you can see everyone was having a great time. 

For some folks, like Allan and I, it was a rare day to hang out with family and friends!

We look forward to seeing you on the trails soon!

DSLR selfie!
Here is a video of a ride on the trails from the Fountain City Pedaler!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Shut Up & Ski | Eskimo Escapades 2015

One of our favorite events to photograph each year is Eskimo Escapades. Eskimo Escapades is a fundraiser to benefit the Eskimo Escapades Foundation which supports Patricia Neal IRC, the Amputee Adventure Camp, and Dream Connection. This year wasn't as cold as usual which meant there were more wakeboarders, water skiers, and tubers taking the water for their lap around Ft. Loudon Lake. From my vantage point on Volunteer Landing, I was able to capture lots of photos of the riders on the lake with the 600mm lens and Allan got up close to the riders from one of the boats.

We love being a part of this event and encourage you to volunteer, sign up to ride or just tell your friends! This year's event has over 50 participants and raised over $10,000!

Photos for free download are available here and you may purchase prints here. All proceeds from the sale of prints goes back to Eskimo Escapade Foundation.

Take a peek at all the fun!

We look forward to seeing you at Eskimo Escapades next year!

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