Tanya and I are big believers in charitable giving and we frequently look for new ways to give back to our community. One of our grooms this year, Bob, was telling us about a project he and his staff at Elbit Systems were working on called Snowball Express and it got us excited. Snowball Express was founded in 2006 to “Provide hope and new memories for the children of our fallen military heroes who died while on active duty since September 11, 2001”.
For the past few years their annual event has been held in Anaheim, CA but this year it will be in Dallas. Elbit Systems is one of the sponsors for the event and Bob mentioned their idea of doing photography this year, so Tanya asked if we could help with some consulting. We met with their organizers several weeks ago and found out they plan to have roving photographers but they also wanted to do a pirate-themed photo-op. Well, everyone knows that costumed photography is one of mine and Tanya’s specialities so we said “sign us up”! A huge thanks goes out to Shinko, who has donated the 8×10 dye-sub media we will be printing on at the event. We would also like to thank all of our fellow studio owners across the country who have offered to send us their stash of pirate costumes to use at the event – we will post a list of everyone who contributed in a few weeks.
This year’s Snowball Express event will be taking place at the Dallas Convention Center on December 11 – it is not open to the public but people can still show their support by checking out the Snowball Express website. Here’s a peak at the t-shirts we will be wearing: