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NACE 4TH ANNUAL COMPETITION

Last week I had  the pleasure to be invited to photograph the entries for the 4th annual Event Elements Table Top Decor & Confectionery Creations Competition and Annual Fundraiser organized by NACE Phoenix at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas. The theme this year was Love Story.

Special thanks to Oscar Morales for giving me a hand that day.

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The entries:

Crazy in Love – Tammie Coe Cakes 1st Place/Best in Show:

Letters to Juliet – Rendezvous Catering 2nd Place:

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Taj Mahal – JW Marriott Desert Ridge:

The Five Senses of LOVE – Scottsdale Hilton Resort & Villas:

Lady and the Tramp – Kick Ass Kakes:

John and Yoko – Butterfly Petals 3rd Place:

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Mae and Clay  by Nicole Cowgill:

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Chocolat – Four Seasons Resort 3rd Place/Peoples Choice:

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Romeo and Juliet - Seville Golf and Country Club People’s Choice

Love Potion - Tri Rentals:

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Marc Anthony and Cleopatra – Honeymoon Sweets 2nd Place:

Love Through The Ages – Radisson Ft. McDowell:

A Groovy Kind of Love – La Dolce Pesca:

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On a Bed of Roses – Hotel Valley Ho 1st Place/Best in Show Photos:

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FLAMENCO ROCKS!

Back in June of this year, while covering a corporate event, I had the great pleasure of seeing the Chris Burton Ensemble perform a couple of flamenco pieces. I think that flamenco is one of the most passionate forms of artistic performance. It always gets my heart racing when I hear the heels hitting the stage. I was very happy when Lena Jacome (dancer and member of the Chris Burton Jacome Ensemble) contacted me and hired me to shoot one of their performances at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

I had the pleasure to spend the whole day with them; photographing the rehearsals and the actual live performance. If you ever have a chance to see them perform, just go; it is a great experience.

The ensemble:
Chris Burton Jacome (Guitarist)
Adrian Goldenthal (Bassist)
Kristofer Hill (Percussionist)
Martin Gaxiola (Flamenco Dancer)
Olivia Rojas (Singer)
Lena Jácome (Flamenco Dancer)

Lena Jacome rehearsing steps outside the hall

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Martin Gaxiola rehearsing.
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It’s showtime.
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Adrian Goldenthal (Bassist)

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Martin Gaxiola
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Chris Burton Jacome
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The end.
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