The Headstrong Project's Warrior Cup Invitational | Troon Golf Club | Scottsdale Event Photographer

A few weeks ago, Keith had the good fortune of photographing The Headstrong Project’s Warrior Cup Invitational in honor of our veterans and their families. What an emotional couple of days. The Headstrong Project's mission is to provide comprehensive mental healthcare to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. "Over 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans report symptoms of PTSD.  The VA estimates we lose 18 veterans a day to suicide and the Department of Defense reports 30-50 active duty troops take their lives every month." YET "no comprehensive treatment program has been developed to treat this deserving population.  Under the leadership of Zach Iscol, a combat decorated former Marine officer and Iraq veteran of the Battle of Fallujah, and Medical Director Dr. Ann Beeder, a leading psychiatric and public health expert, we have launched a long term project to provide cost-free, stigma-free, and bureaucracy-free mental healthcare to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans."

Wow. Wow. Wow. It is really hard to put into words the incredible work of this organization. Keith is a veteran himself which perhaps makes him a little more sensitive to the plight of a soldier. But while Keith served during war time, he was not deployed to an area that was in harm's way. But to listen to The Headstrong Projects message, to hear real stories about what these soldiers and their parents and families are going through, to try and comprehend these statistics - it is staggering. And inspirational.

Please take a moment and visit their website. And if you can, please help.

Click HERE to view a slideshow from the Dinner Gala and the Warrior Cup Pro-Am.

Photography Workshop in Paris | arizona wedding and portrait photographer

Our big announcement!!

photo by Keith Pitts

photography unscripted

a 2 Day Experiential Workshop 

Paris, France

July 23rd and 24th 2012

lead by improvisational portrait artist Keith Pitts

see and photograph the beauty of real moments in one of the most beautiful cities in the world

two days filled with instruction, insight and inspiration (and of course, lots of hands-on photography)

with Keith’s guidance, you will learn to:

++define your uniquely artistic persona

++differentiate yourself from other competitors

++deliver a style that will cut through fads and trends - no need to keep reinventing yourself

++create a photo session that is beautiful in it’s pure simplicity

++see and capture the secret beauty of real moments without contrived props, posing or preconceptions

This experience is for the amateur to professional portrait and wedding photographer who wishes to define their unique style and rise above the mundane

limited to 8 photographers, please email melissa@keithpitts.com for an interview

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The Girls Rule Foundation | Talking Stick Resort Event Photography

On Monday, Networking Phoenix held their 10th Signature Event at The Talking Stick Resort.  One of our favorite charities, The Girls Rule Foundation was there to raise awareness of their very important mission - to help girls create bright futures. One of the co-founders of this amazing charity is Dena Patton, life coach extraordinaire and founder of Chat, Chew and Chocolate. We were there to document the attendees of the event - women who were proud to make the pronouncement that all young girls need to hear; that they are all "Brilliant, Beautiful & Bold". Check out Girls Rule!

chat chew and chocolate

Wow, here's some pretty scary stats taken from their website:

Stats That Hurt:

  • Arizona has A 32% high school dropout rate

  • Only 56% of girls like their self-image
  • 60% of girls 14-17 are on 'diets'

  • 1 in 17 Arizona teens are in gangs
  • Arizona's teen birth rate is the nation's third worse
  • 60% of students who have a child don't graduate

  • Research shows that a girl's confidence and self-esteem start to decline during her early adolescence

"Helping Girls Create Bright Futures"

Girls Rule is an organization that provides educational programs that empower and inspire girls in four main areas: how to find happiness within when the world says the opposite, how to be accountable for their own greatness to make wise choices, how to build their self-esteem instead of depending on boys, drugs or peers, and how to become their most brilliant self by learning mapping skills that will powerfully build a step-by-step plan for their future.

drybar scottsdale | event photographer

"Drybar is a brand new “blow dry bar” concept created around a very simple idea: No cuts. No color. Just blowouts for only $35. You see, we believe that almost everyone (even us pros) prefers having someone else blow out their hair. Why? It just looks better! We also believe there has to be a better option than paying $60+ at a traditional salon, or going to a less-than-desirable discount chain. But there’s not. So, we decided to make one." (taken from www.drybar.com)

A blow out...who doesn't just love someone else doing their hair?  You know it never looks the same when you try and do it yourself.  Such a great concept!

Rhonda Rush of Impact Events was the super coordinator behind the opening events held at drybar scottsdale at the Scottsdale Quarter. The parties were a huge success. Lots of beautiful women with lots of potential hair that needs to be coifed on a regular basis, lots of mouth watering food from Fabulous Foods, delicious drinks, and lots of rumors of the Real Housewives of Scottsdale making an appearance.

Check out the gorgeous space on their website (nice job Keith!) or even better, visit them in person - right in the heart of Scottsdale Quarter!

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free arts of arizona volunteer appreciation | phoenix children's museum event photography

One of our children's favorite places in the world is the Phoenix Children's Museum.  It is certainly no surprise that they absolutely embrace every corner of the museum - it is a feast for their senses.  Our kids are the perfect ages (4 and 6) to really get the most that the museum has to offer - from the amazing structure when your first walk in to the art studio to the play grocery store/restaurant.  They (and all sorts of children from around the valley) have a blast from start to finish.

Considering how important the Phoenix Children's Museum is for Valley children it was the perfect back drop for the Free Arts of Arizona Volunteer Appreciation event held last week.  Free Arts strives to impact the lives of children through art - they bring "the healing powers of the creative arts to abused, neglected and homeless children by partnering with over 100 group homes, treatment centers and shelters in Maricopa County."

The volunteers at Free Arts are such an integral part of the program's continued success.  Having the volunteer appreciation event at the Museum complemented the Free Arts message.

When I am at the Museum with my children they are able to express themselves in the safe, fun atmosphere that the Museum provides. Free Arts would like all children to have the same opportunity and be able to express their emotions and thrive in a safe environment. The hard work of the volunteers directly benefits the "thousands of abused, homeless and at-risk children who participate in the programs of Free Arts of Arizona each year." (taken from the Free Arts website)

Thank you volunteers!

(Free Arts of Arizona is the partner charity of Keith Pitts Photography.  We enjoy photographing their events and participating in any way we can be helpful.  We feel honored to be associated with such an amazing charity!)

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