Saturday, January 31, 2009

USAID King Holiday Observance

Photos (c) 2009 Laurence L. Levin
January 30, 2009--Washington, DC--Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president, University of Maryland, Baltimore County addresses several hundred at the United States Agency International Development (USAID) remembrance and celebration event for the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King.  Hrabowski shared his experiences growing up in the civil rights movement in Alabama in the 1960's.  As well as earning a mathematics degree at age 19 with highest honors from Hampton Institute.

The Howard University Choir conducted by J. Weldon Norris 

Friday, January 16, 2009

DCP Productions

January 11, 2009--Fort Lauderdale, FL--DCP Productions filming a new series of GEICO commercials using the RED Digital Camera.

The Gekko with Bruce Rossmeyer

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Life is Sweet 4

November 18, 2008--Tyson's Corner, VA--Best Buddies Virginia's Life is Sweet event matches Washington, DC's finest pastry chefs with a buddy chef. The pair prepares a pastry to serve the 600 guests who attended this year at Tyson Corners Audi.
Brasserie Beck's Pastry Chef Shaun McCarty, Buddy Chef Jesse Helton and Event Chair Chef Roland MesnierSargent Shriver and Best Buddies Founder and Chairman Anthony Shriver

Save The Children

December 18, 2008--Williamsburg,KY--Julianne Moore reading to students at the Whitley County Central Primary school.

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear with participants of the Save the Children in-school literacy program.

"I SEE YOU" Soiree: Arabian Nights

December 13, 2008--Rockville, MD--Miss USA Crystle Stewart at the Best Buddies Maryland event for friendship.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Miami Gala

November 21, 2008--Miami, FL--Spanish themed Best Buddies Miami Gala

Buddie Ambassadors Eric Matthes and Brett Banford

On the red carpet, Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza
Verne Troyer

National Commission on Children and Disasters

October 14, 2008--Washington, DC--Senator Chrisopher Dodd addresses the nine member NCCD Commission. This bi-partisan group is mandated by the president and congress to address the needs of children when faced by natural disasters.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator R. David Paulison briefs the commission.Sometimes you just get what you can when time is short. Now at least the commission has a group photo.

Swiss Embassy’s 7th Annual Alumni Garden Party

September 24, 2008--Washington, DC--Switzerland's Ambassador Urs Ziswiler throws a party to celebrates the awarding of the Tell Awards. The award recognizes North American companies that make investments in Switzerland.

Ambassador Urs Ziswiler with Tell Award winner, Johnson & Johnson executive David Bankraft in the residence. The other companies who received the award were Merck, Albany International and Intuitive Surgical.

After the presentations, several hundred guest enjoyed Swiss hospitality and cuisine.


September 15, 2008--Washington, DC--Breaking of the fast, Iftar Dinner celebration at USAID.

Senator Hagel

September 09, 2008--Washington, DC--Senator Chuck Hagel book signing at the Army Navy Club in Washington, DC.

Best Buddies Challenge

September 6, 2008--Pacific Coast Highway, CA--Nine hundred riders rode along the PCH from Carmel to San Simeon to raise awareness and money for people with intellectual disabilities. With starting points for each skill level, there was a party at the end of the ride at Hearst Castle to celebrate.

David Hasselhoff with Buddy Ambassador Brent Banford Will.I.Am
The Black Eyed Peas performed

Making Friends

July 2009--Bloomington, IN--For three days in July, over two thousand students from around the world converge at Indiana University to learn how to be better friends. Best Buddies an international organization enhances the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one to one friendships and jobs. Hilary Cruz, Miss Teen USA 2008 (left) and Maureen McCormack with friends.

High school and college leaders spend three days in classroom and small groups learning skills to bring back to their Best Buddies chapters and community. This training impacts lives and make a difference in people's lives.

National sensation, accappella group, Straight No Chaser, made a special appearance.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Jason Campbell

July 2008--GEICO USA--Washington Redskins Quarterback Jason Campbell photo shoot for his GEICO commercial. Pretty close to the perfect subject to photograph; he was poised, confident and striking. The commercial produced by DCP Productions premieres Jason Candle ad his agent.
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Jason Campbell pose.

Jason Campbell

Monday, January 05, 2009

Carolyn and Tod

June 28, 2008--Kansas City--All I remember is the heat...... but then how could I forget the humidity. I agreed to do the photography as their gift. There were conditions: there had to be lists: a timetable, who needs to be in which picture and we had to scout the locations for all those group shots. On the wedding day, the trolley bus was supposed to have a working air conditioner. We went from garden to garden then to fountains to make the group shots.

The friendly midwesterner
Who is that guy? No one knew him, he just jumped in for one photo.

We planned each shot at the rehearsal. It was photographed so everyone felt comfortable in front of the camera and was not shocked when I got on a ladder during the ceremony.


Carolyn & Tod