On a typical day I generally find myself photographing families, businesses, engagements or weddings but every so often I enjoy doing something different. This is where event photography comes in. Recently I had the opportunity to photograph two non profit events, the Annual Garrison Kingston Family Funfest and the Canadian Cancer Society’s Mudmoiselle. I feel it is important to give back to and support my community and photographing these events allowed me to showcase a small example of Kingston’s good works. There are some really amazing organizations out there doing fantastic things.
6th Annual Garrison Kingston Family Funfest
The 6th Annual Garrison Kingston Family Funfest was held at CFB Kingston on September 8, 2019. It was a day full of activities, including bouncy castles, military demonstrations, face painting, train rides, BMX demonstrations and much more. The event is open to everyone, whether from a military family or not. This year over 12000 guests were in attendance and welcomed by CFB Kingston. The main purpose of the event is for Base Commander Colonel Gallinger to thank his military community for their help and sacrifice throughout the year. The Kingston base deploys men and women all over the world and these individuals may be away from home for months at a time. As a result strong family support is critical. Below are a few samples of photos taken showing military personnel, military vehicles, and lots of people enjoying themselves.
I was happy to be a sponsor for this incredible event and I enjoyed working with “organizer extraordinaire” Leslie Lehman and her team.
5th Annual Mudmoiselle
On September 14, 2019 I had the pleasure of photographing another important community event, the 5th Annual Canadian Cancer Society's Mudmoiselle. This event is to raise money to fund cancer research. It is a 5 km obstacle course open to all fitness levels. I was made aware of the event by Kelly Merrithew, Kingston’s Community Fundraiding Specialist for the Canadian Cancer Society.
A few days prior to the event I met up with Doug Kane, the Senior Manager of the CCS Eastern Ontario Region, he and his daughter Courtnay were putting the finishing touches on the course. Doug told me that everyone working for the CCS, employees and volunteers alike, feel strongly connected with what they are doing, it is more than just a job. The event requires an enormous amount of planning, and it takes approximately 80 volunteers to pull it off.
Kingston has its share of giving individuals and Debbie Proulx is a prime example. Despite having Multiple Sclerosis and walking with a cane, Debbie chose to take part in this year’s Mudmoiselle. She was on “Team Wine Krafting” with her sister Sharon Proulx (owner of Wine Krafting) and Nicole Fray who works at the store with Sharon. The three navigated the course dressed in wine, cheese, and sommelier costumes. Debbie's enthusiasm was not dampened by the mud nor by her physical challenges as she bravely took on and finished the difficult course. As well as sharing a few laughs with teammates, "Team Wine Krafting” raised $1370. Mudmoiselle as a whole brought in $66000.
Check out the photos of the CCS Mudmoiselle event below.
Community is very important and I like to do my part to support it. I was happy to share my particular skill set to help showcase these two valuable community events.