Happy to photograph Raleigh’s Winterfest for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance again this year! We always have a great time and this year was no exception (except for the brief 10-minute window when Stacey made me ride a Ferris Wheel). Other than that, it was fantastic. :) The ice skating rink and various other activities take place downtown until February, so check it out if you’re in Raleigh! http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/winterfest
As some of you may or may not know, I am an on-site photographer for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance… meaning that when they host an event or activity, they frequently call me to do freelance work for them. They use my photographs in publications for the city and various Raleigh magazines. They do an amazing amount of positive work for downtown Raleigh and I’m always more than happy to work for them! On February 23rd, they hosted the Annual Convention at the Raleigh Convention Center and I was on-board to photograph it. It was an excellent convention with stylish decorations and an amazing speaker. Awards were given out to several prominent members of the community, including CAM and other downtown businesses that have made a positive impact on the community this year. The guest speaker was Roger Brooks, President of Desintation Development International and author of author of several books about how to turn your city into a destination.
And if you get a chance to stop by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance office on South Wilmington, pick up a copy of the 2011 Annual Report, a Raleigh Map & Guide, or a Year in Sponsorships (2012-2013) booklet to see my photography featured! *End of shameless self-promotion* ;)
Last Wednesday was a beautiful day for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and co. to put on the first Farmer’s Market of the year in City Plaza! I was there to photograph the event for them and had a great time, as usual. :) So many great vendors and people there! It’s held every Wednesday from 10am-2pm in City Plaza through October. The vendors come from all over North Carolina and not only have vegetables and fruit, but also fish, flowers, jewelry, crafts, cookies and cakes. :) Check it out!
Mayor Meeker ringing the Farmer’s Market opening bell of the year. The mayor recently announced that he will not be running for re-election, which made me pretty sad as I’ve been photographing him in various locations doing all sorts of things for a while now. He’s always polite, kind, and has done incredible things for the city of Raleigh.
Shaw University was holding an awards ceremony for its athletes which had to be held inside the Marriot lobby due to the brief rain we experienced. Shaw University was badly damaged during the tornadoes a few weeks ago, with them having to cancel classes for the rest of the year and their student union destroyed. They are holding strong and receiving donations from the community to help rebuild, with this ceremony discussing their hopes and plans for the future.
Guys, these are cupcakes!! Adorable cupcakes! Tammy Calaway of Sweet-T cakery made these little guys in honor of opening day at the market. And if I could eat gluten, I’d totally have eaten like ten of these. The peas in the pod are my favorite.