As a photographer, I have the opportunity to cover a variety of events. This is one of my favorite things to do. In addition to being a freelance photographer for the Colorado Springs Gazette, I cover various other events either as a staff photographer or independently. This blog serves to highlight some of my favorite events and share the photos that I take along the way.
Night 2 of DFW was all about local Colorado fashion designers and boutiques. The pre-show party was DJ'd by the very cool J'adore. The lineups included presentations by Oscar Utierre, Steadbrook, Crystal Lee, Yotomi Yoshida, Jiberish, Tikwid, and Mondo. Mondo was certainly the most anticipated lineup of the night, and the most popular (he was the runner up finalist on Season 8 of Project Runway and later won the series' first All-Stars season). However, I was completely fascinated by Tikwid's style and use of animal carcasses in its lineup. It was a great show and very interesting. I hope to go back next time because unfortunately I had to miss night three, which was the highly anticipated hair styling competition.
See photos from DFW's Night 2 here:
So Denver has a pretty cool fashion scene. Really, I heard about Denver Fashion Weekend through Schomp MINI's advertisements on Facebook. I'm a fanatical MINI owner. When I heard that MINI was a sponsor and would be showing their clothing line, I was hooked. I obtained a media pass and drove up to check it out. Night 1 kicked off with three national brands: MINI, Ducati, and Burton. Prior to the show, there was a cool cocktail party, music, and vendors giving away free stuff. Very fun atmosphere. And then the show started. Although I am partial to MINI, I have to say that Ducati and Burton have some fabulous clothing lines as well.
I think the photos do a better job than I can at describing the show:
Colorado Springs always has fun St. Patrick's Day festivities. I've covered this for the past two years for the Gazette. The morning starts off with a 50K bike ride and includes some pretty hilly sections. I like to get some photos of the start of the race and then I zip over to Garden of the Gods to get some scenic individual shots of folks cruising through the park. As you'll see from the photos, most of the bikers like to dress up. The same goes for the runners who participate in the 5K run. I've shot photos of a lot of runs, but the 5K racers on St. Patty's Day are the craziest by far. It's always fun to see a huge field of green swarming at me as everyone takes off from the starting line. The race happens downtown and huge sections of the city are blocked off to traffic for the race and the parade that follows. The festivities come to a close with the parade. Over 100 entries stroll down the route including bands, floats, flags, leprechauns, firetrucks, and more. Oh, and obviously there are swarms of bagpipes filling the air. It is a great tradition and a lot of fun. It would probably be an even bigger event with even bigger crowds if it weren't for the fact that our cold Colorado winds seem to always come out in full force around mid-March.
See more photos of the festivities here:
Animeland Wasabi is an anime themed convention and I had a great time as one of the official photographers for the event. What is anime? While most think of it as Japanese animation, it really is an art form using a style of hand-drawn or computer animation that can be found anywhere in the world. While Wasabi attracts a whole lot of anime-related characters, it caters to all kinds of animation from everywhere. This is a great place to see people dressed up as all kinds of cartoon characters and video game characters of all types. Wasabi really tried to step it up this year with a formal dance, a rave, a huge video game room, rock bands, bouncy castles, and an extensive vendor showroom. There is something here for everyone and the whole weekend seemed like one big party.
Check out more photos from Animeland Wasabi here:
A unique feature about GalaxyFest in Colorado Springs each year is the fashion show that they put on. There were SteamPunk and SciFi related themes, but there were also just regular fashion lines as well. It was nice to see local artists and designers being promoted.
See more photos from the fashion show here:
GalaxyFest is a multi-genre pop culture convention in Colorado Springs, CO. It is held each year around the February time frame. The convention has a little bit of everything: SciFi, Fantasy, Anime, SteamPunk, Horror, and more. Being that it is held in Colorado Springs, it might not be as large as some of the conventions in Denver, but GalaxyFest definitely holds its own. It attracts great guests, hosts numerous panels, and has a huge vendor area. This year I enjoyed most hearing from Joyce DeWitt, who played Jan on "Three's Company". Oh, and the zombie crawl on the first day was also memorable. There were zombies throughout the rest of the con. I kept my distance from the creepy clown that kept popping up when I least expected.
Head over to my Facebook page to see more photos from GalaxyFest:
One Nation Walking Together is a non-profit organization in Colorado Springs that helps Native American tribes around the region by collecting and distributing donations. I work with One Nation periodically to cover different events that bring publicity to their cause such as Pow Wows, and Cultural/Educational events.
Here are a few photos that I have taken at some of these events: