I'm excited to say that this past weekend, July 24th, 2017, I was given the fantastic opportunity to photograph, the Lutherans Over The Edge fundraising event! The event was held to raise money for the local Lutheran churches in the Cleveland area!
The event took place at the Double Tree hotel in Downtown, Cleveland. 21 excited rappellers raised money to descend the 9 stories from the roof of the hotel to the top of the parking garage below!
The equipment & expertise was provided by Over The Edge USA. A very professional and competant company that specializes in helping non-profits put on these types of fundraisers!
The day was full of energy as their were games, families, balloon animals, food and a DJ! It was quite an event!
Following are a few images from the day! Check out videos of each rappeller at the Lutherans Over The Edge YouTube Channel. If you want to order a print of someone rappelling please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhotoshoots, Events, Charity
This past Memorial Day I was so fortunate to be able to see one of my favorite bands in concert - Over The Rhine! This husband and wife duo have been making music for 25 years and their kicking off a new chapter with a "Barn Raising." There's a lot of back story to why they chose to do this - go ahead and check out their site and read all about it. The short of it is, it's a new way for them to continue making and performing music while at the same time have a presence in their community and help young budding poets and musicians.
This past Memorial Day weekend was a 3 day concert to raise funds for the Barn. I wasn't originally able to go, but when they opened up the idea of bartering "work-for-a-ticket", I was on board! I was happy to help and they put my sister (she also came with me) and myself in charge of the merch table. It was fun talking to other fans and helping guide new fans as to what albums they might most appreciate hearing. Here are some photosPhotoshoots, Concerts, Events
The Cleveland Airshow might very well be one of my favorite times in Cleveland. I love the jets! The blue angels! Ever since I was a kid I've been fasinated with planes and flying. I even looked into joining the Navy for that very purpose in High School, but I didn't (and still don't) have perfect vision and I felt like I couldn't get a straight answer out of the recruiter. Go figure... Here are some of my favorite photos that I was able to capture over the weekend!
And they say never to point your camera at the sun! Psh.
All these colors were naturally present in the photograph. I did make them stand out a bit more in photoshop. I think the polarizer filter helped to bring out the colors!
Blue Angel and Terminal Tower
Good ol' Number 5. That seagull is lucky.
I'm not sure why they fly with their landing gear down. I guess cause it looks kinda cool.
I like it when I meet cool people. The obvious response to that is, "Who wouldn't?" I had the opportunity to meet one such cool person, Evan Weiss from Into It. Over It. An Indie Rock / Emo band originating in Chicago.
Evan during his interview with Chris from Stereogum.
While on assignment for an online magazine, Stereogum, I was able to talk to Evan for a brief time and was impressed by his passion, kindness & genuineness. He then proceeded to rock out at the Grog Shop! The fans were crazy and awesome as they were literally hanging from the ceiling and pressing in on the stage. Here are some of my favorite photos from the night, I hope you like them! Check out the full article on Stereogum's website - "Hell Fuckin' Yeah!"
Most expensive sign in this joint. Just Kidding.
Chris interviewing Evan.
That's the dude hanging from the ceiling... nuts.
Evan stopped the concert for 5 entire minutesPhotoshoots, Events, Concerts
I had the honor, joy, & privilege to join my friend Joe (yes we have the same name) in the St. Patricks Day parade held in downtown Cleveland! I got a front row seat with the Local 17 Elevator Constructors. I got to meet some great people and have a fun albeit, cold day! Here are some of the pics from the day!! Enjoy!
A couple of junior local 17 river dancers! Encouraged by the Cavs dance team!
He consumed a lot of Mt. Dew today...
There is something that feels good about showing who you are, what you do or have done that you are proud to display. I'm pretty sure this is the universal feeling of wanting to be known... I had the joy and fortunate opportunity to share a little bit of myself at the Loop Coffee Shop in Tremont!
Every month Tremont holds an Art Walk where a bunch of establishments (Coffee shops, galleries, salons, spas, etc.) display some sort of artwork. The Loop supports many local artists and displays photos, paintings and pretty much anything you can hang on a wall! Last Friday, (September 13th) was the kickoff event for September's Tremont Art Walk. Loop brought in a cool band, "Daylight is the Dream", they rocked it! Quite a few people came out to see the artwork and hear the music!
If you're in the Cleveland area and want to see my nature photos displayed, visit the Loop! 2180 W.11th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. My photos will be displayed until October 11th and are $50Events
This past St. Patrick's day was adventurous and unpredictable! First of all, I'm not a HUGE fan of crowds of people. Such as those that exist at the St. Patty's day parade. I love people, I just hate the shoving, pushing, straining to see, blah blah blah…
On the flip side, I like to go to those events if I know I'll get to spend time with some friends. Plus, if I'm able to help in some way then it's so much more enjoyable. And that's exactly what happened this St. Patty's Day…
I wasn't planning on going to the parade in downtown Cleveland for the above stated reasons, but my buddy who's company was in the parade texted me in the morning and said, "Do you want to walk in the parade with us?" I was like, "Sure. Sounds fun."
My friend Megan
So as I'm moseying around to get downtown he called and said, "Joe! No one brought the pole to hold our banner! Can you bring a 10 foot pole?!" No more moseying afterEvents, Photoshoots
I had the opportunity this past August & September to do some very unique traveling. In addition to shooting photography I also do a fair amount of video shooting and editing. One day a friend of mine who is friends with a Tour Manager of several bands asked me, "Hey Joe, do you want to go to South America and shoot video for Megadeth?" Taken aback just a bit by the grandeur of the simply asked offer, I said, "Sure."
Before I knew it I hit the ground running! I was on a plane to Santiago, Chile. Now, I've shot quite a bit of video but never in this industry so I wasn't sure what to expect. I landed in the airport and had a driver pick me up and we were off to our video meeting. Did I mention I flew through the evening, landed in the morning and our first gig was that night!? It was full speed ahead! But after learning the ropes everything went smoothly! I was part of about a dozen shows in South America and 2 shows in India. The pace in South America wasTravel, Events, Photoshoots
I spent this past week in Virginia to visit some friends and alongside of that I was able to join in on a popular event called "Neigh Day" sponsored by Diamonds in the Rough Horse (Equine) Rescue Shelter.
The event gathered people from all over the area to see the new horses that are available for adoption. Some of these horses have horrible stories of abuse that would infuriate you and break your heart...
Visitors, vendors & sponsors were all invited to help make the event quite a celebration & to raise money for Diamonds in the Rough so they can continue caring for these wonderful animals.
So I spent the day there on April 21st and joined in the celebration and festivites! I also auctioned off one of my pictures to help raise money for the organization. It was a good day spending time with friends and making new ones!
I was able to capture a "portrait" of this fine horse.
How often do you see and a dog & a pig calmly lying next to each other?
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