WE DAY Part 2 (Winnipeg Event Photography)

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Here are some of the highlights of my day of photographing  Craig Kielburger at WE DAY and at the events the night before.

As I wrote in my post yesterday, I was impressed with Craig. A couple of the things that struck me about him were how he always took the time to pose with people or shake their hands. It didn’t matter if the people  were Martin Sheen or someone he didn’t know. He was the same friendly person. The other thing that struck me is this. I had previously only seen his onstage presence which is so full of energy and excitement and I was struck by how calm he was off stage. My impression of Craig Keilburger was of a deeply committed young man who is now in charge of a very large and very successful charity. I think Craig and his brother may just be what our troubled world needed.

Thank you to both of them for inspiring our youth and ourselves to do better.

To say this day was a high for me is putting it mildly!

Click on the slideshow below to see these images.

This one of Martin Sheen was taken at   the gala dinner the evening before at the Radison Hotel.we day sm 13-201

An amazing speaker for a 10 year old but also a smile that lit up rooms!



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Craig’s willingness to engage with kids and adults was alway apparent.


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Is this the singer from Neverest giving the personal assistant to Craig a massage? Her job is no easy task. She has to get Craig to where he is going on time.

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These were taken at the press conference where Martin Sheen’s sense of humor was enjoyed by all!

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The arrival of former president of Mexico and his very lovely wife.

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More of the show.

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Love the visuals in this display! WOW!

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WE DAY 2013!

WE DAY 2013!

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And that of course, is me onstage! With no audience of course!


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My apologies on these being in the wrong order. It’s late at night and I am tired and was having trouble figuring out why the order is mixed up.

These next images were taken at the dinner the night before. First is Martin Luther King Jr.

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Winnipeg We Day (Winnipeg Event Photographers)


Yesterday was a day out of a fairy tale for me. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. Magical, profound, inspiring, spine tingling, WOW, are words that I would use to describe my experience with We Day yesterday. Many factors created that WOW feeling. The people who organized this event were amazing. The whole day was so well-organized and run. (90% run by women!).  Everyone was so friendly and caring. Then there was the “talent”. Now, I’m not a person who buys celebrity magazines and watches ET and I didn’t even watch the last royal wedding. I don’t care about the private lives of people who I don’t know. But, it was a thrill to be in the same room and be able to photograph the likes of Paul Martin, Rick Hansen, Mia Farrow etc,  etc. It was a thrill to be able to wander around back stage and talk to the presenters and bands with no restrictions. The one thing that everyone there  had in common was a mission to make a difference in the world; to help children in particular. And to get children moving so that they help other children. Children have been a part of my life both as a teacher and as a photographer. I applaud these people for what they are doing. I think they have it right. I think that it is the next generation of young adolescents that will make the difference.  There is huge energy available in these young people who hasn’t been tapped before. As Mia said, they are the generation we’ve been waiting for.

It was an amazing day and I loved every second of it.

Here’s a few of my favorites from the day.

Sean Desmond was the most fun to photograph. He designed the black and green t-shirt that you may have noticed people, including myself wearing.

Someone’s drink spilled! Love this shot. I converted a lot of shots to black and white as the arena lights made for weird colours. Love the energy you can see in the image!

The man was a child soldier. He witnessed his mother being raped, his father being killed and had to shoot his own best friend. He survived and he wants people to know his story and to help the other children who still live that kind of life.

Hannah Taylor! I had heard her story before but had never met her. She saw a homeless person at the age of 5 and was so appalled by it that she did something about it. He Ladybug Foundation has raised 2 million dollars for the homeless. And she’s only 15 now.

The man on the left was in charge of getting people set up with microphones. Al Gore was the one he wanted a picture taken with.

Sigh,  me with Mia Farrow.