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Governor Deal Signs House Bill 429

If you or anyone you love has been diagnosed with autism, you may already be aware of Georgia House Bill 429. The bill aims to ensure kids with autism have early access to critical therapies by requiring state-regulated insurance companies to cover treatment for those ages 6 and under. This is a huge victory for Georgia’s kids and legislation we can all celebrate, regardless of our political leanings.

We were thrilled to have our own Jason Hales on-site at the Capitol to capture the signing of the bill by Governor Nathan Deal. The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta mascots brought their usual spirit to the event!

The autism insurance reform bill was sponsored by Senator Charlie Bethel (R-Dalton) and passed as an addition to HB 429, sponsored by Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah). Along with Senator Bethel and Representative Stephens, many members of the General Assembly worked together to make this a reality, including strong support from Governor Deal, Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, Senator Renee Unterman (R-Buford) and Representative Richard Smith (R-Columbus).

Special thanks to Patty Gregory at CHOA for allowing us to cover this momentous event. We applaud your efforts in supporting kids with autism.

2014 in Review: Photo Highlights

As photographers we’re consumed by every event and wrapped up in every moment we have the good fortune of documenting for our clients. Closing the calendar on a year is a rare opportunity to take a moment to look back and relive all of the wonderful events we’ve shot and the fascinating people we’ve connected with along the way. Please join us in a review of 2014 the AEP way — in pictures, of course.

We are grateful for the incredible variety of experiences this year afforded us. We dined for a difference in support of Families First, watched special needs kids light up at the circus, and admired tired cyclists who pushed on to finish the Bike MS: Cox Atlanta Ride. Our hearts were warmed by the community-building efforts of corporate leaders like Cox Enterprises and by the good work of CHOA.

We saw people hard at work, celebrating the fruits of their dedication as well as the friendships and camaraderie that formed in the process. And we were thrilled to help celebrate and honor some of the hardest workers in our community–the public servants and military personnel who fearlessly protect us.

Our encounters with the design community, including Vern Yip, the Traditional Home team and a host of talented design bloggers, were a feast for our eyes and camera lenses.

This wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the sheer fun and excitement of photographing talented musicians like Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker. On more than a few occasions we had stars in our eyes–but managed not to miss the great shots.

Thank you to all of our clients for helping make 2014 a successful year for Atlanta Event Photography. And if you haven’t yet worked with us, we’d welcome the opportunity to help you capture the most meaningful moments at your organization’s events in the coming year. I’m looking forward to exploring all that 2015 has in store with our amazing, talented team–Lyndsey Wright, Jason Hales, Sara Edelstein, Brandon Andrews, Kevin Liles and Brandon Perry. Happy New Year!

CHOA Circle of Care

Last month we had the pleasure of covering the 2014 Circle of Care Celebration held by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The event honored the contributions of nearly 450 donors.

Tommy Holder, Chairman of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, and his wife, Beth, graciously opened their beautiful Atlanta home to CHOA guests.

Foundation donors fund programs that take care of kids in many nontraditional ways. Music and art therapy, and even therapy dogs, make a stressful hospital experience a bit less frightening. Insurance doesn’t typically pay for these sources of comfort, so the personal donations of Circle of Care members are critical to keeping the programs alive.

We helped welcome two of Children’s own music therapists, Beth Collier and Cori Snyder, as well as patients Drew Kelly and Jacob Moore for a wonderful performance of The Beatles’ classic song “Here Comes the Sun.”

Jonathan Goldman, Chairman of the CHOA Board of Trustees, and Donna Hyland, Children’s President and CEO, reported on the remarkable growth of the Circle of Care and the many initiatives donations have helped support. They asked guests to connect with potential new members and help widen the Circle of Care even further.

We are proud to call CHOA “our” children’s hospital, which was ranked among the nation’s top pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report this year. Many of us on the AEP team have kids, and we’re grateful as parents to know that CHOA is there. We are also grateful for the many guests we photographed who combine joyful spirits with incredible generosity.

Kudos to event designer and caterer, Legendary Events, on a gorgeous and delicious outcome!

 

B King’s Audio Visual Services also ensured professional quality presentations. Thank you to Katie Hammett at Children’s for including us in a beautifully coordinated event that we hope will quickly expand the Circle of Care.

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Best of 2013 – Part I

For me an important part of turning the corner into a new year is always reflecting on the past year — accomplishments, disappointments, joys, lessons learned — and 2013 offered plenty to chew on!  I’ve been thinking about the wonderful events and people AEP covered on behalf of many outstanding Atlanta organizations, like Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Cox Enterprises. We were also really excited to start working with Fox Sports South and to expand our reach beyond Atlanta’s borders to work with hugely influential companies like WebMD, headquartered in NYC. I want to share with you some of the best of the pictures we had the pleasure to take in 2013 and the organizations that made those pictures possible. For me that means photographs with staying power – with the ability to move us, whether bringing us to tears or gently brightening our day with their beauty. Enjoy!

WebMD Personal Stories

Last summer WebMD started following four people as they explored the new health insurance marketplaces.  They have been updating their stories as they made their choices. AEP was engaged to photograph two of the Atlanta-area women they have been following. Ines is the first lovely lady we had the pleasure of meeting. She is a breast cancer survivor. To say her journey has been challenging is an understatement. In her words (straight from the WebMD article): “I’ve been in shock with the cancer,” she says. “I don’t know how Obamacare will affect me. I’m lost.” This lady’s smile could warm any winter chill, nonetheless. Ines, you are one of our heroes!

Her full story is well worth reading and you can find it at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-costs/personal-profile-ines

Laureen is the second woman we had the pleasure to photograph. What she has endured is chilling and heartbreaking. She lost her health insurance when her company shuttered. While she was still looking for another job, her sister suffered a debilitating stroke and needed Laureen’s care. At 60, Laureen found herself without health insurance. She faced a serious quandary:  She was too young to apply for Medicare, yet not eligible for Medicaid. I think you’ll agree that nothing could dull this amazing lady’s sparkle or spunk. You go, girl!

You can find Laureen’s whole story at http://www.webmd.com/health-insurance/insurance-marketplace/personal-profile-laureen.

Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Braves Night

We were thrilled to be at Turner Field on May 30 to cover Braves Night, held by Aflac Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. What we loved most was that the main focus of the event was clearly on the precious patients of Aflac Cancer Center and their families. The Atlanta Braves players could not have been warmer or more wonderful with the kids. Director of the Aflac Cancer Center, Dr. William G. Woods, attended the event along with Dan and Kathleen Amos (Aflac Foundation President and Aflac CEO, respectively).

Thanks to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, WebMDAflac and the Aflac Cancer Center for the opportunity to capture the beautiful spirits of so many wonderful people in 2013! I’ve gathered many other photos from the past year that I can’t wait to share with you, so stay tuned!