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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

Environmental Corporate Portraits ~ San Francisco Portraits ~

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Environmental Corporate Portraits

 

Blog by Misti Layne

Valley of the Moon Winery Celebration ~ Napa Event Photography ~

It was great fun photographing the event at Valley of the Moon winery to celebrate their 150th anniversary.  It was great fun, great food provided by The Girl and the Fig,  The Speakeasies were a lot of fun and well of course the wine was fantastic!  They really know how to throw an event in wine country.

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

 

Valley of the Moon celebrates their 150th

by Misti Layne

My First Wedding Photography Assignment ~ San Francisco Wedding Photography ~

Misti Layne “working” her first wedding!

 

I remember this day so vividly it’s amazing.  It was not a good day!!!  For some odd reason I was not happy about this wedding and being in this wedding.  I remember my mom trying to get us both ready and I just wasn’t happy.  She called her DJ friend who was on duty and had him play my favorite song–Seasons in the Sun–which he did.  Yes, I know now it is quite a morbid tune BUT as a kid and you can sing “seasons in the sun” it is quite fun!  So anyway on to the story.  I don’t recall the ceremony but do remember the reception and just being a little pissy UNTIL I was given this camera.  I remember the moment vividly and fortunately someone was there to take a photograph of me.  Now of course there is the ahem, cute factor going on here.  The point however is I guess I was just meant to be a wedding photographer!  The road I took was quite winding and the road less traveled to be sure but I did find my destiny.  I love just waking up every day knowing I’m going to photograph something…anything!

So I guess it just goes to show that some things are innate to us but not always obvious.  Thankfully, I found the right road eventually.  No regrets at all!

 

 

The Nitey Awards ~ San Francisco Event Photography ~ Misti Layne

The Nitey Awards had laughs, entertainment and fun by all!

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

The Nitey Awards at Castro Theater, San Francisco

 

 

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.

Napa Valley Wine Auction ~Corporate Event Photography Napa~

An amazing corporate event photography for the Napa Wine Country Auction with Pat Friday’s beautiful floral arrangements,  Billy Valentine serenading the crowd and A-Max Entertainment wowing the guests!

Napa Wine Auction, Colgin Cellars ~Napa Event Photography~

Every year I photograph the Napa Wine Auction dinner at Colgin Cellars in St. Helena.  It’s truly an incredibly beautiful place.  Thomas Keller of French Laundry personally caters the event for guests from all over the world who have come for the Napa Auction.  It’s fun to watch Thomas in the kitchen and just how smooth the process is especially when compared to me in the kitchen.

Colgin Cellars is high above Lake Hennessy in St. Helena and provides the most gorgeous of sunsets.  The wine is to die for and the furry residents are most adorable!  Ann and Joe always provide a great time.  Dancing, music, amazing food and a setting not open to the public provide an amazing time.   It’s truly a privilege to photograph this wine country corporate event and all its glory.

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.

 

Professional Environmental Corporate Portraits ~Corporate Portraiture San Francisco~

Professional images for business or corporations are more important now than ever.  They are used in promotional materials, websites, LinkedIn, blogs, speaking engagements etc.  Setting consistency in business is always important and now that images are so prevalent these days it’s just as important in most any corporate and professional service industries.    Business owners, attorneys, corporations, speakers, realtors, authors and all types of industries are changing from the standard gray or black or white background to something that shows more personality and depth.  Environmental corporate portraits can take place in an office or on the street which makes for an image that can really stand out from the rest.

My experience photographing people in and environmental setting have an easier time and feel less stressed in this situation which brings about an image that can express a person and personality far better than the sit here, turn, angle, chin down image.  Images have texture and depth that just isn’t the same in a studio shot.  I often hear a client say “I just want my image to have more personality than the standard kind of gray look.”  This is exactly what you do get.

Living in the San Francisco/Bay Area we truly set the tone in many industries especially in technology and creative industries.  There is no reason why your photograph shouldn’t represent you at your best, be something you are actually proud to use and help your business too.

A partial list of my clients are here.  If you want an image that resonates and makes a great impression, call me.  See the difference yourself.

ABC 7, AIG, Alain Pinel Realtors, Anshen + Allen Architects,  Bingham, Bryan Cave LLP,  Buzz Media, Cisco, Colgin Cellars, Dave Flemming-Giants Announcer, Disney,  Goodwin Proctor, Green Ivyed,  Incisive Media, Merrill Lynch, Payne + Fears,  Reid Hoffman-LinkedIn, Ropes Gray, SAP, ShotSPotter,  TAJ and many more.

More on Wedding Day Details… ~San Francisco Wedding Photographer~

Here are a few more shots that I think are worth seeing.  Again the details just say so much about you and your day and set a vibe that guests remember.  So have fun and be creative!  A big budget is not necessary for this.  The card holders made of the tree slices were cut by the groom himself.  The brides bouquet had rosemary, heather and other various “weed” type plants to fit the surroundings of Big Sur.  Plants and vegetables make great additions to bouquets.  The cakes with the fine detailing are by Patisserie Angelica.  Something so simple in an outdoor, wine country wedding are perfect.  Let nature speak for itself!  Splashes of color can have huge impact in a natural setting.

If your wedding is in a hotel or more urban setting usually lines are better when clean and work with the architecture.   A large room needs large centerpieces but be sure your guests can see and speak to each other!  Nothing worse then leaning into your neighbor to converse with the person across from you.

But most importantly just have fun with your plans and be creative.  Let your professionals help you to create something that is unique to you.

Vintner Dinner at Colgin Cellars ~San Francisco Event Photographer~

This years event at Colgin was of course catered by Thomas Keller of French Laundry as usual and again an amazing menu! It’s always fun to watch him and the crew in the kitchen.  The entertainment started with the bartenders!  Don’t believe me, well take a look at them!  From Cirque USA, they really had people entertained including Ryan Seacrest.

Welcome to Arista!! ~Napa Wedding Photographer~

So I’ve been absolutley blessed with the honor of working with the McWilliams family at Arista Winery.  They have put together a team of vendors to provide a full service venue from food and music to decor, transportation and of course photography!  The people they have pulled together are truly wonderful and I look forward to this venture with them!  We had an event last week to bring together other vendors and event planners to see this beautiful new venue and it was a great success.  The venue is just amazing with so many options and breathtaking views everywhere you look.  So cheers to Arista!! A fun time was had by all. Enjoy a few shots of the night, I have tons more if you are interested in the venue so please feel free to contact me. Be sure to check out the site at www.aristawinery.com!