Tag Archives: Charity Events

International Surgical Foundation ~ Event Photographer Scottsdale ~

I’ve worked with the International Surgical Foundation on numerous events (see my other posts especially the Surgeries in Domincan Republic) and there are always a lot of laughs but it’s never forgotten that the purpose is to raise funds to bring help to those in need.  The Venue in Scottsdale provided an amazing location.   The event was hosted by Kaley O’Kelley from 3TV and Kwamie Lassiter (who has his own foundation as well) and Junior Spivey came to lend their support as well.  Great job and effort done by all.

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

ISF Fundraiser at Venue, Scottsdale

 

Blog by Misti Layne

SIlicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge ~ Music Photography San Francisco ~

A great time was had by all at DNA Lounge’s Silicon Valley Rocks event to help bring music and keep it in schools so that kids may rock on for years to come.  I was happy to share in the music and fun with such a great group of people.

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

 

Silicon Valley Rocks at DNA Lounge

Blog by Misti Layne

Happy Birthday Ms. Marian Brown!

Ms. Marian Brown, one of the Vivian and Marian Brown twins who is a true icon to San Francisco, celebrated her birthday at the Sir Francis Drake hotel and her fans came to celebrate this day with her.  Sadly, her sister Vivian had died just two weeks before and her departure was truly felt by Marian who’s birthday wish was for Vivian to share the day with her.  I’m honored to have been a part and been blessed to know her.

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Marian Brown Celebrates her 86th Birthday

 

Don Reed entertains to support 51Oakland.org ~ San Francisco Event Photography ~

Don Reed is an amazing talent.  He brought his show East 14th Street to Yoshi’s in San Francisco in support of 51Oakland.org a charity started by Yoshi herself and Jason Hofmann.  The show was truly brilliant.  Don Reed was funny, entertaining, poignant and reverent all in one.  You really must see his show at some point.

The Brown Twins find support at Red Devil Lounge ~ San Francisco Event Photography ~

The Brown Twins, Miriam and Vivian,  of San Francisco are living icons of this City.   We have something in common too in that we are all from Michigan!  These lovely ladies have been gracing this City for decades and an event put on at the Red Devil Lounge by Jenn Bergeron brought out supporters from everywhere.  It was fun, joyful and a great time was had by all.  The talent included Kim Nalley, legend Frank Jackson, lots of amazing burlesque dancers and was hosted by Suzanne Ramsey.  The lovely and talented Jane Weidlin of the Go Go’s even dressed up as one of the Twins!  It was a fantastic turnout and made me proud to be there and a part of it.

 

Equality California Event at The Fairmont Hotel ~Event Photographer San Francisco~

I had the pleasure of photographing the Equality California Charity Event last week and it was a great time for all.  Held in the ballroom of The Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the charity event raised over $45,000 to support the LGBT community.

Senator Dianne Feinstein received an award from the group honoring her support of the LGBT community.    The adorable Wilson Cruz of film and TV fame did a great job hosting and the crowd just loved Thelma Houston.  Ms. Houston sang all her old signature songs and just had people dancing in the aisles.  It was a fantastically fun charity event to photograph and I hope the photos show that!  Who says a corporate event photographer can’t have fun.

 

Little Angel’s Baby Portraits for Moment by Moment

I met Angel and his family back in February to do family portraits.  Mom had him dressed just like a little man!  He’s the sweetest little boy and takes everything in stride quite well considering most of his time is spent in hospital.  This session was set up by Moment by Moment and I’m happy to be a part of the group.  Mom asked me back recently and it was great to see how much he’d grown.  Once again he was looking quite dapper!  All the best to little Angel and his family.

Joe Buissink’s Big Heart

Last night I got to listen to Joe Buissink speak for a local group of photographers and once again he inspired me.   I met Joe many years ago at a class he was teaching. I’m sure you know how sometimes you can meet a stranger and there is just an instant bond?  That is how I felt with Joe.  He just puts you at ease and when he smiles it’s the kind that comes from deep in his soul.  I only get to see him once in a while but when I do he always picks me up.  I shoot a lot like Joe and when I first met him and he said he was shooting film and the same films I shot with I was thrilled!  Everyone even back then was saying why would you when digital is so much better?  Well, it has its ups and also its downs but this is not a conversation about that.  This is about doing what you are passionate about, giving back to the world and being true to yourself.

Photography is how I make a living to be sure but when I photograph a couple at a wedding, a newborn baby, a huge family reunion or your dog it’s about connecting with these people (or pets) and making a memory for them that I love most.  Making someone happy and sharing what I do with a captured smile, the simple essence of a child’s laugh or the look of admiration and adoration is really what my photography is all about.  I can go through my stacks of albums and remember my grandma’s touch and smile, my mom’s soft glance and smell and the story around the belly laugh of a good friend.  This is what photography brings to the world and what it should feel like in your soul.

Love you Joe!

Children’s Photography for Moment by Moment ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

I recently had the absolute pleasure of photographing little Angel this week.  He’s a total charmer!  He’s a patient at UCSF unfortunately but they are taking great care of him.  His older brother and mom visit him every day and the nurses just love and pamper him like crazy.  He has the most amazing temperament being confined in a hospital.  I’ve been working with Moment by Moment for years and so highly recommend them and the idea of giving families a chance to photograph their kids in sometimes very difficult situations.  I wish all the best to this wonderful family.  Please visit www.momentbymoment.org and your support is greatly appreciated.

Asian Pacific Islander Benefit at Design Center ~San Francisco Event Photographer~

I had the pleasure of photographing the Bloom Gala at the San Francisco Design Center for the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Benefit.  It was definitely a successful event with an auction and speakers that ranged from Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN, local AIDS awareness spokespeople and politicians Fiona Ma and Phil Ting promoting health in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  It was a night of great food from Yank Sing, Anzu, Jasmine Gardens, KC Catering, Le Soleil, Mercury Lounge, Patisserie Phillipe, Poleng Lounge and Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Cuisine.  The entertainment–Good Asian Drivers–was truly unique with a mixture of poems, rap, singing and laughter.

SPARK ~San Francisco Event Photographer~

This past week I had the pleasure of helping out a local organization for middle-school kids. It’s called SPARK and helps kids with mentoring, community, passion and learning. It’s really a great group and the people who showed up at 7am, including believe it or not myself, are a testament to them.

It was hosted by Kate Kelly from Channel 5 and Superintendant Carlos Garcia spoke to the crowd as well. If you get the chance check them out at www.sparkprogram.org and if you can, lend a hand!