Monday, April 27, 2009

My biggest night as a photographer

I was honored to be a part of the Boys and Girls Club fund raiser last weekend. Hall of Fame Baseball player Cal Ripken Jr. was a part of the event as well. The day started off with Cal visiting the local Boys and Girls Club in Newport News. I was able to be there to photograph Cal playing with the kids. I rushed home to change into a suit and picked up some more gear and Michele. Jim (Brikee), Jerry Gammon, and Mark Warren, and I rushed to setup our lights, backdrop, and table. Mark powered the AlienBees to perfection. Several people made a hefty contribution to the Boys and Girls Club to have their portrait made with Cal Ripken Jr. Once Cal arrived, the show was on. The line for photographs grew fast but it went smoothly. Nothing failed, thank God! Cal was very kind and gentlemanly with everyone including the photographers.

Once all the portraits were taken, we hurried and broke down all the gear, packed what we no longer needed into our vehicles, and setup in the convention center where dinner was served to close to a thousand people. Mark, Jim, and I photograph every moment.
All in all, it was a great experience and I was honored to be involved with it.

Cal pitching to a kid at the Boys and Girls Club

Michele with Cal:

Cal talks to the crowd about what he's up to these days:

The dinner at the Hampton Convention Center:

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