An Enchanted Afternoon
This past Sunday I had the pleasure of photographing an event for a wonderful organization...The Enchanted Closet. The Enchanted Closet is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to physically, mentally, and emotionally outfit Atlanta high school girls from low-income families through programs that prepare them for social and professional milestones. Before I go any further, you're probably wondering "But I thought she was a portrait photographer?" Well I am, but sometimes I photograph events for nonprofits and charities. I do like to give back when I can and that is one of the ways that I do it. As I was saying, this past Sunday was The Enchanted Closet's Board Installation ceremony and it was held at Maggiano's at Perimeter Mall. It was a nice intimate gathering and the wait staff was just wonderful.
During the event I met some really amazing women. We talked about weather, politics, government, music, movies, pop culture and other things that made us laugh. In fact, the entire room did the Mannequin Challenge. How funny is that? Evidently it was so funny that one of the wait staff members couldn't help himself and had to say "Wait, I have to laugh first!" I guess he didn't think a bunch of older people could do the challenge. From what I saw, we did pretty good. I wish I had the video to show, but I don't think it has been posted yet. At any rate, we had a great time and the food was pretty good too.
In between all of this laughter I did have to work. After the Board was installed and the food had been eaten, well all but dessert, we went out on the patio for group photos. I don't know if you remember, but it was rather cold and rainy on Sunday. The patio at Maggiano's is wider than it is deep, so there wasn't enough room for me to photograph a large group of women. So what I ended up doing was standing between the fencing of the patio and some bushes. Basically an area where no one was supposed to be. As I stood shivering and dodging raindrops, I photographed several groups. At one point my batteries started to die, so I had to run into the restaurant real quick and change my batteries. I could have tried to squeeze out another exposure or two, but the recycle time was getting to be too slow and did I tell you it was freezing outside?
I truly enjoyed being able to capture images of that auspicious occasion. My favorite part was being able to fellowship with everyone there. Below are a few of the images that I captured. Here is the President and CEO of The Enchanted Closet, Bonita Johnson with her Charitable Gifts Coordinator, LaChandra Pye.
Here are a few other images I captured during the installation.
In case you're wondering, yes, that's cheesecake. I would show images of the meal, but I kinda forgot to capture that before people started digging in. My bad, I got caught up inn the conversation.
If you would like to find out more about The Enchanted Closet or you would like to donate or volunteer, please click here.
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