2016 Half Moon Halloween Party

Since 2009, Studio Laurent Photography & Design has captured every Halloween party at Half Moon Sports Grill in north Phoenix, AZ. This year was no different and as usual, we had such an awesome crowd with tons of very cool and creative costumes… Definitely a very fun evening!

If you missed it, here are a few pics…

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6th Annual Knuckle Ball… A Pitch for Life, A Huge Success!

The Sixth Annual Knuckle BallOn October 17, 2015, Studio Laurent Photography & Design was thrilled and honored to attend and capture the photography at the 6th annual “Knuckle Ball… A Pitch For Life” a black-tie evening and amazing gala event organized by The Joe Niekro Foundation at the JW Marriott in Phoenix.

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Get Ready to Pitch Another Great Evening

Studio Laurent Photography & Design is very much looking forward to photographing this event on Saturday night!!!

The Joe Niekro Foundation

Chairman, Natalie Niekro, of the 6th Annual Knuckle BallA Pitch for Life, on October 17th, at JW Marriott Desert Ridge, is pleased to announce some of this year’s participating athletes who will be honoring her father and former MLB pitcher, Joe Niekro while raising funds for brain aneurysm, AVM and hemorrhagic stroke research.  Attending and mingling with the guests, to name a few, will be:

  • Vince Coleman – MLB – 1985-1997 – 2x All-Star, NL Rookie of the Year and 6x Stolen Base Leader
  • Tony Phillips – MLB – 1982-1999 – World Series Champion
  • Tim Kempton – NBA – 1986-2000
  • Steven Hunter – NBA – 2001-2011
  • Nick Lowery – NFL -1978-1996
  • Steve Ontiveros – MLB – 1985-2000
  • Brandon Webb – MLB – 2003-2009 – 3x All-Star, NL Cy Young Award, 2x NL Wins Leader
  • Cassie Gannis –Nascar

Since Joe Niekro’s tragic and sudden death in 2006…

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The Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life is Heading to Phoenix

As some of you may know, my daughter Chloe was born in January 2014 with a Vein Of Galen Malformation (VOGM), which is an extremely rare type of AVM. Over the past 18 months she has gone through 6 brain embolizations. Her first two taking place at one and two-day old and the last one being in December 2014. She is doing much better now but her VOGM is still there. She has received tons of wonderful support from The Joe Niekro Foundation and its members over the past several months and I have offered my photography services to this wonderful organization and their Annual Knuckle Ball event on October 17th in Phoenix. See event details below…

The Joe Niekro Foundation

Joe Niekro Foundation Knuckle Ball

On October 17th, 2015, athletes from all over the country will come together, in association with The Joe Niekro Foundation and The Society of Neuro-Interventional Surgery Foundation, to support brain aneurysmAVM and hemorrhagic stroke research and awareness, for the 6thAnnual Knuckle Ball…A Pitch for Life at the JW Marriott Resort in Phoenix, AZ.

The black-tie evening, hosted by actress and brain aneurysm survivor, Tamala Jones, will feature a festive reception, silent auction, formal dinner, event program and LIVE auction (plus a few surprises in between).  The gala is the foundation’s largest event of the year and pays tribute to those that have lost their lives to these fatal conditions, while honoring the survivors who are fighting everyday to recover.

We are proud to announce that Petrice “TC” Schuttler will be honored as the Joe Niekro Humanitarian of the Year for her outstanding commitment and contributions to the Phoenix community.  Petrice…

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2012 Boobalooza at Gold Key Racquet Club

On Sunday April 15, 2012, between 9 AM and 1 PM took place the FIRST ANNUAL BOOBALOOZA at Gold Key Racquet Club in Phoenix, Arizona.

Studio Laurent Photography & Design was honored to cover this inaugural event as well as donate a photography session for the silent auction that took place as part of the event. You might wonder what a Boobalooza is? In short, it is a fundraiser event to benefit the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center.

The long version is that everyone is affected by breast cancer in one way or another. It may be a friend, neighbor, relative or even yourself that has been afflicted by this dreaded disease. It is likely you will know someone who will encounter breast cancer, as one in eight women in the United States will develop it at some time in their life.

You’ve heard stories, some tragic and some with heart warming endings. I’d like to tell you Abby Irish’s story. She is a friend and fellow member of Gold Key Racquet Club in Phoenix, AZ.

Abby was first diagnosed with breast cancer in September 2007. She had been fortunate enough to be connected with the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center in Phoenix. After many anxious days that led into weeks and months, Abby came through the difficult surgery and rehabilitation with flying colors (She loves purple so let’s say purple and pink!).Abby had a lumpectomy and ‘thensome.’ The hospitals give out mastectomy baskets and include a pillow of sorts. Not a very comfortable one but something to help ease the pain while recovering. During this time, Abby’s mom, Adrienne Kurland, was in Rancho

Mirage dealing with Abby’s dad who just had a quadruple by-pass and couldn’t leave the hospital. Abby’s mom saw the ‘heart’ pillows that were given to the heart patients and thought why not a ‘booby’ pillow for breast cancer patients! There it was, in the thought process and then a couple of days later in reality. Abby received the first ‘booby pillow’ of its kind. The pillow was hand-made by Adrienne in very pretty pink fabric.

Wanting to give back, Abby decided to donate booby pillows to the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center. They became very popular with the patients. To date, around two hundred pillows have been donated by Abby.

At first, her mother, who lives in California, was the main seamstress of the pillows. Abby enlisted another seamstress and it soon became a big and costly project. So once again, Abby’s creative juices started flowing. She wanted to combine her love of tennis and the love of her passion to help others through her pillows. She came up with the idea of a fundraising event, called BOOBALOOZA and engaged Gold Key Racquet Club as the host venue. She had been hitting the streets, not literally or at least not on purpose, for donations and support and was hoping to raise at least $500. John C. Lincoln also pledged to match the $500, which would be enough to supply a little over sixty-six pillows for the Center. Each pillow takes almost fifteen dollars to make. The cost of living goes up as well as boobs! That means sixty-six women would receive some comfort as they recover from the breast cancer surgery. However, there are many more going through the difficult aftermath without the comforts of a booby pillow.So Sunday, April 15, 2012 was the date of the BOOBALOOZA. The weather was perfect and it was an event to remember with everyone wearing pink for fun tennis, fabulous food, hilarious booby prizes and a special silent auction. In the end, THIS EVENT RAISED $1,837.00 for the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center’s booby pillows!!!… There will be a lot of smiles and comfort for the ladies in need 🙂

In addition to the images included in this post, you can also view the full image gallery by going to my Client Galleries on my website or by clicking here!