The Museum of the Bible exhibit display was located right outside the entrance of the Dove Awards. So that evening in October I had the opportunity to do photography As participants were attending and entering the Gospel Music Awards / DOVE Awards.
I have attended the Dove Awards in the past they are a lot of fun, and I enjoy the program. On this particular occasion, I did not have the opportunity to attend the Dove Awards, but I was hired to do photography for the production company that was managing the Museum of the Bible tour across America for the museum exhibit.
So on a beautiful October day that started a little cool in the Lipscomb University courtyard, we did photos of people with the Museum of the Bible display which was about About five stories high and 40 ft wide weighing 3 tons.
The museum exhibit takes two flatbed tractor-trailers to carry it across the country utilizing a setup team engineers and cranes. I am told it takes about two days to set up the display and about one day to take the display down.
The Green family are the founders of Hobby Lobby are the managing founders of the Museum of the Bible. While working the Museum of the Bible event at Lipscomb University in front of the Dove Awards, I met Fred Whitlow II.
He was there attending the event as a guest, and he is also a musician and leader in the Huntsville Alabama area. Somehow we got to talking about portraits of love and ended up falling up with each other after the event.
After some phone calls texting and messaging, we decided on doing the portraits of Love event in Huntsville, Alabama on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018.
So we went from bumping into each other at the event in October to planning a photoshoot in Huntsville Alabama. Fred Whitlow II Was able to provide us with a host location to set up for the portrait event and he also provided us with families and individuals to work with on doing the portraits.
One of our promotions was doing Facebook live on his Facebook page. This turned out to be a great way to get the message out in to explain the vision behind portraits of love.
We did a Facebook live interview together and ran down the different parts of portraits for love. The main idea behind Portraits for LOVE is to provide photos for individuals and Families that cannot afford professional portraits. At the Portraits for LOVE events volunteers assemble to help families in need.
Recruiting Volunteers for Photography
Recruiting volunteers can be a very challenging opportunity.
Thank goodness we had two wonderful photographers show up and volunteer their time and talents for the event. There is no way I could have done the event by myself. Every time slot for the event was filled with a family or individual for portraits.
Special thank you to Patrick Collins and Vic Vergara for providing for photography and gear for the event.
Loading photography gear can always be an interesting task. I have an old Dodge Caravan that makes this task very simple. But the old Dodge Caravan that was used for family vacations and did concerts events is no longer in the best of conditions. So most of the time it is just setting in the driveway and is used as a junk hauler from time to time.
I have recently become very skillful at loading everything into a Nissan Altima. One of the tools that I have to make packing and unloading simpler as using a red folding cart with wheels.
This allows for all the lighting stands and tripods and backdrop stands to be rolled in and out of the location making load loading time shorter and less time-consuming.