Cirque du Soleil (giveaway 2 posts below!)

I never blogged about the original reason why I went to Washington DC in April. Shameful.

Sometimes I get really lucky. Like when Mona, the executive director of the Mosaic Foundation (a non-profit dedicated to the improvement of lives of women and children abroad) asked me if I would like to be her personal photographer at their BIG fancy Gala in April.  

I thought about it for a good .2 seconds before screaming yes.  And it was a blast.  

Before the gala, I got a tour of Washington DC with Mona's children.  I brought my camera and got some real gems around town and back at their hotel room.  Sometimes being a photographer can seem pretty cool and glamorous (mostly just cuz I like to get 5 star hotels on pricline for like $20 bucks a night when we travel), but most times, you find yourself wrestling around the ground with kids who shriek and claw and elbow you as you try to get that awesome playful shot.  I like both aspects. (!)

Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer

Shooting at the hotel was pretty fun- while Mona was getting her hair and makeup done, I entertained the kids with a rousing game of hide and go seek. (They were always hiding behind the curtains and never failed to shriek loudly every time I found them.)

The main entertainment at the Gala later that night was a special, never-seen-before and never-to-be-seen-again performance by Cirque Du Soleil.  The Gala was focusing on how we can all save water and provide water to African/Arab nations in need. So Cirque's performance was all about water, and the ways they used water was so amazing (it was all recycled later). 

Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer
Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer

 These shots were all taken at 12,800 ISO, by the way. Go Nikon D700!  Anyway, do you see that cool floating stingray in the air? They had a bunch of Radio controlled sea animals floating around during the performance. And isn't that building COOL? It's the National Building Museum in DC.  Took these guys 4 days to set up, according to word on the street.

Other than the circus, there were all these Super Important People there, and I was like, "Hey, I'm a silly redhead from California, what's your name?" And the Super Important People were like, "Give me your business card so we can hire you for Other Important Events" and I was like, "ok."

Here are some more shots from the night.  But by the time this event was over, I felt like I would never be able to walk again. I wore high heels and though I looked totally foxxy, I shall never, ever do that again. 

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Salt Lake Utah Lifestyle Photographer

I sure wished Tyler could have come on this trip with me. But alas, we weren't comfortable with putting the children in a box and telling them to fend for themselves this time.  So he stayed.  Way to go, Ty!

 

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