The 11th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction & Calendar benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation: Newport Beach, CA
Whenever I get a text or Facebook message from a friend asking when it would be a good time to talk to me on the phone about something I immediately feel dread and concern. I don’t know why that is where my head always goes. I don’t tend to be a pessimistic person but for some reason I feel like if someone needs to have a planned phone conversation and doesn’t tell me what it is about in text it is some sort of bad news. My husband will also tell you that I hate surprises. And what I mean by that is I actually LOVE surprises SO much that I can’t handle the anticipation if I know one is coming. It kills me. By the way, he loves to torture me with this whenever possible, particularly on my Birthday and Christmas. But I digress.
So when my friend Jaclyn sent me a Facebook message asking when it would be a good time to call I am pretty sure my response was “now” so I wouldn’t have to anticipate what this conversation was going to be about. Fortunately she didn’t keep me waiting long. She started the call by telling me about this charity event she was planning and telling me all about the good cause and all that jazz. I of course assumed at that point she just wanted to talk on the phone because she was going to ask me for a monetary donation and didn’t want to do so coldly via text or FB. I actually appreciated the thought.
But as she got into her pitch, “I know you are really busy, and I don’t want to impose…”
I realized that she wasn’t asking for money.
She continued, “we need a photographer for the event and I love your work and I was wondering if you would be willing to volunteer your time as our photographer?”
I was liking the sound of this. I always love a good reason to take photos. But then it got even better.
“We want to do a calendar for the event, do you think you could help us with that? And if you want to talk to Kris [my husband] first that is fine because the firefighters will probably be shirtless and such.”
Oh, I think I can find the time to volunteer my efforts (and fortunately I already knew Kris would be 100% supportive). I quickly responded, “I’M IN!”
Stay tuned for sneak peeks from my photo sessions with these eligible life-saving bachelors and calendar participants!
Here are the details on the event:
11th Annual Firefighter Bachelor Auction benefiting the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation
Saturday, July 13th, 2013
6:30pm VIP Admission | 7:00pm General Admission
CP Restaurant and Lounge
2800 West Coast Hwy | Newport Beach, CA 92663
This is a LADIES ONLY event!
At the event, twelve single firefighters show off their abs for more than 300 professional, single ladies, to help raise funds for their favorite charity. Ladies place their bids for a spot in the group date with their favorite firefighter. There will be dancing, drinks, appetizers, a silent auction, and HOT, HOT, HOT firefighters, sure to make you blush!
General Admission: $35.00
VIP Admission: $75.00
Tickets available for purchase HERE
VIP tickets holders will attend the exclusive champagne reception with the firefighters before the event starts, and receive an amazing goodie bag!
All proceeds support the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and promote burn prevention education.
The Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF) is a California-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing burns and fires and providing services to those who have been affected by a burn injury. AARBF brings together health care providers, firefighters, emergency workers, burn care professionals, burn survivors and others to enhance the quality of life for burn survivors and to make burn injuries a thing of the past.
What would you if your significant other gave you a pair of matching Miami Beach-style airbrushed t-shirts with both of your giant faces on them for your birthday? If you are Andy Huber you open the gift and ecstatically put said shirt on and demand your significant other do they same so you can wear them with pride as you go out and about to celebrate your birthday.
And what do you do when you are wandering around in your hilarious matching shirts and notice you have landed in a picturesque setting? If you are my dear friend Sylvia (the giver of this most unique t-shirt gift) you decide that since you and your husband never took engagement photos (even though they have been married for nearly a year now) you should have an impromptu engagement photo session since you are wearing such fantastic and matching outfits.
To top it all off, this make-up “engagement photo session” is going to consist only of awkward prom poses. Think about it. That statement needs no clarification. We’ve all been there. There is nothing not awkward about those photos we all took over and over again in High School for the various dances and formals. And if you don’t recall, please enjoy Sylvia and Andy’s interpretations of a few of these poses which are guaranteed to brighten your day:
These two generally love and like each other and were having so much fun laughing at themselves throughout the whole awkward prom poses shoot. I try to always keep the camera up when I am shooting to catch the “in between” moments which are usually my favorites. These sweet candids of the two of them are no exception:
You might recall some of my images of Whistler’s dramatic scenery I shared in my “Happy New Year 2013” post last month. I recently submitted one of those images to Liftopia’s “shot of the week” contest on their official Facebook page.
What is Liftopia you might ask? Well why don’t I just tell you in their own words:
“What is Liftopia? Save so you can spend more time on the slopes. Liftopia is the largest seller of lift tickets online for ski resorts around the world. When you book your skiing and snowboarding with us in advance, you can save up to 80% on your next trip!”
If you are looking for discount lift tickets for your next ski or snowboard adventure check them out at www.liftopia.com
And the point of all this free promotion you might ask. I won their shot of the week contest with one of my Whistler images!
Here is the image and what they had to say about it. Thanks again for the props Liftopia!
“We received a ton of incredible photos, but congratulations to Katy Ehlers! Katy submitted this featured Shot of the Week, taken at Whistler Blackcomb.”
Similarly to my last post, this is a mini “first time in the snow” session from our annual Tahoe trip.
Matt & Jessica Wilhite have been our snow travel buddies for many, many years. Matt and my husband Kris became friends in college through a mutual friend (and other previously referred to snow travel buddy, Galen). Matt was also a groomsman in our wedding and Kris in his just a month later. Not only do Matt and Jess have snow-fever, they also have travel-fever in general which pairs nicely with Kris’ and my desire to travel as much as possible in our never-ending quest to “chase the fun dragon.” We have been everywhere from Tahoe, to Colorado, to Utah, to Whistler, to Banff with these two.
As you can imagine, when they told us they were starting a family (actually they didn’t have to tell us, we guessed when on one of our frequent Tahoe trips Jess would not snowboard, enjoy even a single traditional apres-ski beverage, or sit in the hot tub) we were concerned. I know that sounds like a horrendously selfish statement; it is, but when your #1 travel buddies have a kid you know that your frequent adventures are going to be fewer and further between. That all being said, who can’t help but be thrilled for your friends doing something they have been talking about since before they got married. We knew they would be fabulous parents and were and are positive the second they’re able to get back to their frequent adventuring ways they will do-so toting our newest little travel buddy, their son Reid, along.
Seeing Reid in the snow for the first time got me so excited about so many things, namely the first time they get that little man on a snowboard. You know me and my sneaky camera will be sure to be there to document it. Dad Matt grew up quite the adventurer himself, doing everything from traditional team sports to bull-riding, so we know as soon Reid is old enough to stand up and balance himself, his parents are going to have him up there on slopes with the rest of us. Enjoy some of my favorites from his mini session:
Every year we travel up to South Lake Tahoe at the end of January for an annual trip to celebrate the hubby’s birthday with all his best friends (going back as far as High School). What is really special about this trip is that it has been going on for 9 years (and counting) and despite the enormous amount of life changes everyone has gone through over the years, from new relationships, to engagements (we got engaged on this trip 5 years ago as a matter of fact), to marriages, and now kids, everyone still makes a point to save this weekend and make the trip up. It really means a lot to both of us and is an awesome tradition.
Despite not having any of our own kids, it has been fun for the hubby and I to see the evolutions of many of these longtime friends becoming parents and getting to play pseudo auntie and uncle to the all little ones. I especially enjoy using said children as my personal family photography guinea pigs. This year I had to opportunity to shoot a couple of “first time in the snow” sessions which are always super fun. It is always interesting to see how the little ones respond to this foreign, cold, white stuff all over the place.
Our first “victim” was little Jolie Brunnings who belongs to our friends Matt & Leah. And she is actually their second child! They call her JoJo for short, which is just too cute and fitting for this little ball of personality. Matt and my husband Kris are friends and former teammates since High School. Kris was a groomsman in Matt’s wedding and Matt in ours. His wife Leah is best summed up as “Super Mom.” She has always attended these weekends, despite not being into the snowboarding aspect of the trip, always willing to come along for the ride. Like a champ has done so while pregnant multiple times and now with the little ones to watch and entertain while the “big kids” do what big kids do on snow weekends; that is enjoy the slopes all day followed by apres-ski beverages followed extended hot tub sessions. A beer pong game or two has also been know to break out after the kiddies head off to bed.
For this trip they opted to leave their oldest daughter Allison at home with Grandma and Grandpa as at 3 years old she is a little active for the size and varying degrees of “life stages” everyone is at in this group. So unfortunately this is just a partial “Brunnings Family photo shoot.” Leah, again being the super mom she is, had a fabulous snow outfit all ready for JoJo’s little snow adventure. Enjoy the adorable outfit and some of my favorite shots from the mini-session:
Happy New Year from Canada!
The hubby and I and are go-to snow travel buddy Galen spent several awesome days snowboarding and apres-skiing it up in Whistler where we rang in the New Year in snow-covered style.
Whistler is widely considered to be the premier ski resort in the world. From the amazing snow (even though we weren’t blessed with any fresh snow while we were there) to the lively, expansive, and convenient village packed with all the food, drink, shopping, and lodging your heart desires, along with the incredible scenery, it is easy to see why.
Enjoy some of my favorite action and adventure shots from the trip:
…and last but not least…a little self-portrait from my private gondola dance party. Did you know a phone playing music out of the small internal speaker can be easily amplified by putting it face down in a helmet. Genius!