I had the opportunity to photograph the events of Friday evening at the 2011 NHL All-Star Wide Open in Raleigh, NC for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance! It was packed and chock-full of goodness and eccentricities. Best of all, it was full of a lot of Pittsburgh fans. ;) Kids and adults alike sporting Pens jerseys. Even the buildings downtown had big posters of Crosby. I’m not a big hockey fan, but I do love the hometown so it was nice to see. :) And Raleigh, my second hometown, is such a genuinely beautiful city. I always adore photographing down there at night.
Ms. Deborah Morgan and I meet again! I had the opportunity to photography and meet the WRAL anchor through the DRA last year. She’s such a nice lady!
Below: Representin’ the ‘Burgh in the south commercially…
And representin’ the ‘Burgh in the south with fashion. You go, kid!
Shot down Fayetteville St. of the Capitol Building in Raleigh. Raleigh does a lot of awesome things here throughout the year where they shut down Fayetteville and surrounding streets to cars in order to have festivals, markets, and other activities.
So this is where things get creepy. Before now there was a cupcake eating contest, people were ice skating and watching WRAL’s broadcast, just generally hanging out and exploring the city. I’m not quite sure when and how this happened, all I know is that the Carolina Roller girls came out with some sort of drumline behind them… followed by GIANT PUPPETS. And I mean giant. They were huge. People were holding said giant puppets, others were in them and on stilts. Still others just had on giant puppet heads and were walking around.
Woah. This is all getting very Pan’s Labyrinth here.
Giant scary monster puppet on stilts… bringing down her wrath on this innocent videographer.
…And before you knew it, it was back to your regular programming. Ice hockey, everyone!
Local cheerleaders from the high schools held a pep rally and I was super fond of this Jaguar. Giant animal mascots crack me up – especially when they’re stuck in a perpetual roar.