Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Cooter Sisters

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing an amazing group of friends The Cooter Sisters! They all worked together in collage and have been friend forever since. Unfortunately one Cooter is missing, she was feeling under the weather. Chrissy decided to gift this photo shoot to her fellow sisters as they gathered for a farewell to Natalie who is moving out of state.

We started a little later than planned dinner ran late. There was an added challenge of shooting with very little light but the girls were very flexible and we had fun.

Before dinner the girls met at the tattoo shop to get lasting memories of their friendship.
Showing off their new friendship body art.
Having outside in the setting sun.

Going a little retro with this one

Beautiful Women+Beautiful Souls=Beautiful Friends

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Favorite images from SF Avon Walk 2010

Sadly this is the last post of my Avon Walk 2010 crew experience. These are a few of my favorite shots from the weekend.
Awesome Cheerleaders at the finish line
I Love Love the look on these ladies faces
The Tower that is in each city.
Judy one of my favorite walkers. She is a multi city walker and walks with her DSLR (it was seeing her with hers that inspired me to do the same. Judy thank you for sharing your energy to all of those around you!
Carla our team leader with her mom and my friend Jean who was also a team leader at closing ceremonies in the background is Mike.
Jean and Carla supporting each other during closing ceremonies.
If you have been inspired by my post or just have a few dollars laying around many members of my team are walking in Santa Barbra (used to be Long Beach) please go to the Peggy's Spirit sit and help someone out if you so desire.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Walkers and Cheer Leaders

The reason we were crewing was to support the real hero's and fundraisers and sometimes even survivors the walkers. Here are some of my favorite pictures of walkers and cheerleaders. I really did try to just pick my favorites!

Cheer leaders at rest stop 5
This little guy giggled every was hanging out in the park on a play date. Every time I rang my cow bell he came closer and was more curious. I asked (with parent permission) if he wanted to ring the bell. He cheered on walkers for 20 minutes or so. His play date was a cutie in a princess dress.
These girls waited patiently for their friend and cheered on every other walker like family. It was so beautiful to see these rays of sunshine keeping the walkers energy up.

There was a fleet of personal vehicles along the route cheering people on with blow hors blasting high energy music, the walkers needed it for those huge hills. This particular van was full of ladies dressed just like their van advertised.

Walkers coming entering our rest stop 21.6 miles of 26.2.
This was the first walker to get to our stop. Way to go Karen! One question though how do you walk that far and still look so fabulous?
I loved the t-shirt on these two amazing walkers. They are from a city in CA known for garlic, their shirt says (save the bulbs)
Amazing outfits gentlemen
Although this team of angles do compute for the cutest outfit in the walk
Hmm maybe it is this guy in the spiffy gold outfit he walked in several people.
Side not the guy in the pink hart hat is Mike from our team in fact his mom is the Peggy in Peggy's Spirit. Mike walked up the route and cheered people on talking and singing his songs.
Moto Crew they are the awesome men and women who help walkers across busy streets. Check out the whirly gig on the back of his bike. I wonder if Moto Crew decorates their bikes like this for Sturgis?
Sweep Vans
These highly festive vans cruise up and down the route picking up injured or exhausted walkers along the route. I have used their services once in Long Beach and I have to say the high energy and cool decorations help distract you from the frustrating fact that your body gave up before reaching your goal.
Set sail with Sweep
The Finish Line
I was so grateful to get into closing ceremonies to see so many amazing walkers finish. When I walk I tend so see the same walkers over the two days since we all have similar paces, and I usually finish near the end, and them I am worried about my own aching body. It was fun to see so many people cross the emotional finish, and cheer them in.

I love the emotion on the faces of these 3 fantastic ladies
Still smiling beautiful
I loved these fans with a theme "Putting a cork to breast cancer"
Watch what happens in the next picture...
Her friend were so proud and happy for her. Way to go!
Read the pink shirt, the lady in white is an amazing friend to do this. Bonus to the walker in pink at least she could not see the hills looming and extending in front of her.
The power of Pink Diva Friends
Families waiting with proud
A special thanks to the San Jose Police/Fire they had many walker I am not sure of the official number but I would guess 20-30 and most of those had a bike cop cheer leader who rode the route, and helped keep the walkers and their co workers safe. San Jose ROCKS!!!
The emotion on this gentleman's face and the picture on his shirt choked me up and most around me.
Mendocino Cancer Resource Center does not just give you care they help fund raise and raise awareness for their patients. Way to go! You can see how hard this route was on their faces. the second lady in makes my shins hurt just looking at her.
Thank you to every walker I and the rest of my team know that you have not only committed to a weekend of walking but also fundraising $1,800+ each walker, training, etc. thank you for raising along with crew 5.5 million dollars this weekend!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Day 2 Crew and Closing

Day 2 started with our crew duty of tearing down the Wellness Village. We tore down hundres of tables and chairs, scanned the area for garbage and tent stakes, and had fun doing it in record time.

each stack has 50 chairs (that is me in blue in the center)
As you can see the energy in the bus ride to closing cermonies was a little more muted than leaving opening. Who knew crewing was so much work, but fun work!

Chrissy on the bus ride

When we got to closing cermoines I went to the med tent for a little love and care on my back. How often can you get a massage/adjustment with a perfect view of the golden gate bridge?
View from the table AMAZING!!!
After I was relaxed I pushed my struggling voice and cheered on the walkers who were finishing see MORE the next post for pictures from that.

Chrissy before closing ceremonies
Finally it was time for closing ceremonies
Crew marching in

The view behind us

Chrissy and I crewing ro end it together! Notice our cool hats! Thank you do everyone that helped us fundraise we had to raise $500 each for the hats.
My team at closing ceremonies during the stories and emotional parts, I take pictures to keep crying and love their faces.

Laura and Jerry
Mike, Jean, Cheryl
Me and Pinky at Closing ceremonies

Rais your hand if you are a survivor of breast cancer, Lost someone to breast cancer, know someone who has had breast cancer, are in it to end it raise your hand.