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World Down Syndrome Day Part I

Global Down Syndrome Foundation World Down Syndrome Day 2014

I had the honor of photographing a day of events in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. It began in the afternoon at Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO with an awards event featuring special guests The Ransom Notes.

World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated by organizations around the world on 3/21. The date represents the chromosomal makeup of Down Syndrome (3 copies of chromosome 21 instead of two).

The stage was set up in the main atrium of Children’s Hospital. The event included tables of information about available services for families, fun gifts and snacks for participants. There was a step and repeat banner set up for families to have their photos taken with the band. On the stage the community leadership awards were given for 2014. Honorees included Jay Mills of Jay’s Valet and self advocate Beth Burczyk. Beth gave a wonderful speech talking about all the ways she adds value to our community. She is truly a shining example of the amazing capabilities of young adults with Down Syndrome.

The event ended with bluegrass band The Ransom Notes performing. Sibling trio Amanda, Michael and Amelia Ransom formed their band in 2008. They gain continued recognition in the bluegrass scene and have played across the U.S. including performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. At the end of their performance they came down from the stage and encouraged dance participation for their final song. Everyone had a blast dancing along.

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After the afternoon event young adults headed to Cherry Night Club for the I Love You Dance Party. More on this event to come in Part II!


Maverick Thinkers Dinner

Urban Peak’s Maverick Thinkers Dinner 2014

The 2014 Urban Peak Foundation Maverick Thinkers Dinner took place at the Sheraton Downtown Denver Hotel. As stated on Urban Peak’s Website:

Urban Peak’s annual evening gala designed to honor those who have made a substantial impact in helping youth who are experiencing homelessness in Colorado through their relationship with Urban Peak.

Each year, Urban Peak recognizes the outstanding efforts of Maverick Thinkers in four categories: an individual; business; a civic/faith organization; and a former Urban Peak participant whose recent successes have inspired us to dream bigger, work harder, and persevere against all odds.

I was honored to photograph this event for the second year, alongside fellow photographers Laura Pearson, Kristina Rice and Julie Kemmerling. The evening staring with guests having the opportunity to pose with signs telling common reasons for teen homelessness in Denver. While solemn, it was a good reminder of just why we were all there.

This year’s honorees included Individual Honoree David Youngren, Business Honorees Jen and Josh Wolken and Civic/Faith Honoree St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. The Keynote speech was given by a former Urban Peak participant whose moving story left not a dry eye in the house, including his own. After hearing his story, which mirrors that of so many teens and young adults in our community, it was hard to ask for donations during the paddle raiser.

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Urban Peak is one of CMH Photography’s four Non-Profit Organizations chosen recipients of 5% of our wedding packages. Read more here to learn about our efforts to make a difference.


Tubbs Romp to Stomp

2014 Tubbs Romp to Stomp Out Breast Cancer Snowshoe Series

The Colorado Tubbs Romp to Stomp took place at the Frisco Nordic Center in Summit County. We arrived the night before to photograph the Pink Party and Packet Pick-up hosted by the Town of Frisco. At the Holiday Inn participants arrived in full on pink gear. There were games, including Bra Pong and the Bra Toss. Food was provided by local vendors, beer poured by the mayor himself and local shops were selling all the pink paraphernalia you could want. It was a great kick off to the weekend.

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There was talk of snow coming, but I wasn’t worried. However we awoke Saturday morning and peaked out the window to see our car completely covered and snow furiously falling. We calmly packed our stuff and headed over to the Frisco Nordic Center, hoping the whole time the snow would subside in time for the race start. No such luck. Chris stood over me with an umbrella while I tried to get photos of participants in the crazy conditions. Luckily it did not seem to sway the mood, and everyone seemed excited for the event to get underway. Once the race started the snow did finally lighten, leaving lots of fresh powder for the snowshoe racers.

My favorite parts of the event included the kids races (such little troopers romping in the snow!), the group Zumba in snowshoes warmup (kick those heels up!) and the survivors singing arm in arm after the event (tissues anyone?).

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Barbara & Brad One Year Anniversary

One Year Anniversary Session – Boulder, CO

I loved photographing this session for Barbi & Brad.  I photographed their engagement session a few years ago, and seeing how their relationship has grown since then warms my heart.  They have matured and grown closer, yet are still totally in love with one another.  Anniversary sessions are a great time for a couple to reconnect with each other in a way they haven’t done since their wedding, and to remember what they love about one another.  I can’t wait to see what the future brings for this beautiful couple!

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As a surprise to the couple I also shot some video for them to remember how they felt at this time in their lives.  I loved watching their reaction to seeing the video!


CMH Photography Benefits Non-Profits

CMH Photography now donating 5% of wedding packages to non-profit organizations

Starting Spring 2014

We have a passion for non-profits.  Over the last few years we have cultivated many relationships with amazing organizations both locally and globally.  I have had the opportunity to help numerous people through the gift of photography and love to do so.  I am always looking for ways we can do more.  With that intention we have decided to start donating to some of our favorite places.

All wedding packages booked from here on out will have the choice to donate to one of four incredible non-profits both in Colorado and around the world.  5% of all wedding packages will be donated by CMH Photography.  In order to raise awareness and help couples choose I will be highlighted each of our chosen organizations on the blog over the next month.  In the meantime you can visit their websites to learn more and find out how you can help in your own way.

The non-profits for 2014 are:

Denver CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children

Urban Peak Foundation - “Serving youth experiencing homelessness in the Denver metropolitan area and Colorado Springs”

Shoeman Water Projects - “We Turn Used Shoes Into Water!”

Global Down Syndrome Foundation - “Dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through RESEARCH, MEDICAL CARE, EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY”

We are so excited to be able to help these people even more and hope you will join in our enthusiasm for changing the world!

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The Shoeman Water Projects team with the drilling rig in Kenya.

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Mayor Hancock speaking on the Denver Capitol Steps at a Rally for Denver CASA.

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Maverick Thinkers Dinner for Urban Peak.

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Having fun at the I Love You Dance Party with Global Down Syndrome Foundation

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