Darrell Gwynn Foundation - Day Museum Gala Event Photography Arizona

Generous people all gathered around a awesome car museum to help the Darrell Gwynn Foundation raise money for kids in wheel chairs who's families either can not afford them or who have been turned down by insurance. Doing event photography Arizona is not the only place my job takes me. This month it got me out of the heat and took me to Corona, California where the Day family was kind enough to host a fund raising Gala for the Darrell Gwynn Foundation. It was a gather of many people who are in the motor sports industries in all sorts of ways with a dinner, silent auction, a live auction with the popular and always entertaining young guestauctioneer Cole Ashley, followed with live music on the rooftop of the Day Family Museum.  I am lucky enough to be able to call Darrell Gwynn a friend of mine and he is one of the nicest and most inspirational people I have ever met.

Darrell was in a tragic top fuel dragster accident just over twenty years ago which left him in a wheel chair. Since that day once he recovered he dedicated his life to helping others in wheel chairs have a better quality of life through better mobility. Darrell and his foundation raise money non stop all year long all over the country getting involved with events from fishing tournaments to the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions.

The gala had such celebrities attending as Craig Jackson, Bill Goldberg, Don Prudhomme, and Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs. It was a great evening at a great place with plenty of awesome cars to check out. And, for those who stayed late the party ended up around the Day's bar with Cole's father schooling the Day family, Ryan of West Coast Customs, and a lucky few other of us with some top shelf premium moonshine.

Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Day Family Museum

West Coast Customs

Barrett Jackson

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Event Photographer Arizona Was The Beginning For Barrett Jackson

I went to the very first Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale in 1971 when I was just a little kid. Now, as an event photographer Arizona is home to both my business and still theirs. And, a life long love and appreciation of cars has come of it. That weekend was and is probably the reason I have spent my life as a fairly avid car loving guy. I rode my bike up to the hotel parking lot where the auction was held and walked around asking people for work until one guy handed me some wax and a towel. He told me to to start at nose end of his Corvette and wax my way to the rear bumper. And, then when I asked him what I could do next he said now wax from the rear to the front. And, that is what I did all day long and I think I waxed that car probably five times that day. When the day was coming to an end and the car was getting ready to get rolled on to the auction block he handed me a $20 bill which I excitedly pocketed.

I have been going back to Barrett Jackson auctions on and off for pretty much my whole life. Eight years ago back in 2005 I got to photograph my first auction for Barrett Jackson directly as one of my clients. We both have grown a lot since then. Now Barrett Jackson event are filled with a range of nice clean affordable clean cars to ultra high end one of a kind rare gems. They are also populated with celebrities like Bret Michaels and Jay Leno and filled with charity cars that raise millions of dollars from each and every auction.

It has been great to watch them grow and to be able to be a part of that. Darrell Gwynn is a hero to many for raising money for wheel chairs for kids and families who can not afford them. He is also one of the many people I have been lucky enough to become friends with through my doing photography at Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions. There are many of us and you know what they say... Once a car guy always a car guy.

Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions

The Darrell Gwynn Foundation

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Phoenix Event Photographers At Barrett Jackson Las Vegas 2011

As one of the leading Phoenix event photographers I was out in Las Vegas shooting the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction in the fall. We do a lot of work in Las Vegas where there are more events than anywhere in the world. This event was at Mandalay Bay Resort which was really nice being able to stay, work, and play all in the same destination without ever having to leave. Whether shooting myself or with a team we always use only the ultimate and most up to date top of the line Nikon and Cannon equipment. Though photography is all I have ever done my entire life it never gets old because of the ever changing technology whether it be at my end being the user of the cameras and software or because of the clients ever changing technologies. It all supports a unique ever changing ever evolving challenge and ability to continually  re invent and create new and different for my clients.

The Las Vegas auction is always packed with celebrities and this time I photographed Criss Angel, The Old Man from Pawn Stars, Rick from American Restoration, Josh Duhamel, and many others. Of all the Barrett Jackson Car Auctions the Las Vegas show has the most super cars and the most rest mods which are my two favorite types of cars. And, in addition to all these good things it is a nice relaxing half days drive across the desert so no planes, no security, no rental cars, and we just travel at our own pace and stop along the way to collect odds and ends out of the middle of nowhere desert.

It's almost impossible to be a Phoenix event photographer and not be also regularly shooting high end events in beautiful close by Las Vegas, Nevada.

Barrett Jackson

Mandalay Bay

Cris Angel

Pawn Stars

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Arizona Event Photographer at Barrett Jackson Orange County 2011

As an Arizona event photographer I travel anywhere for my clients and went to Orange County, California for the Barrett Jackson 2011 auction. It was literally cool and Costa Mesa, California cool. They had $14m in sales, $850k was raised for charities, and 60,000 people walked through the gates. 60{04376f0484412bd48343ece1a3e3868b55ebaad017cd0762f25929f2022e4fa0} of the bidders where new to Barrett Jackson and they purchased half of the cars. I got to photograph all the cars, the people, the auctioneers, the charities, the celebrities, and the action. It was a great event and very, very cool.  Barrett Jackson

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Barrett Jackson Scottsdale 2011

The Barrett Jackson 40th Anniversary Collector Car Auction was a huge success. Seemed pretty recession proof. $70m in sales. $4m raised for charities. 250k attended the almost ten day event at West World in Scottsdale, Arizona. Celebrities included Bret Michaels, Randy Johnson, Tim Allen, Parnelli Jones, Alice Cooper, Valerie Bertinelli, Bill Goldberg, Pat Burrell, Richard Petty, Arie Luyendyk, Tom Sneva, Rick Hendrick, Reggie Jackson, and more.

This year the auction week was blessed with great weather which is kind of  rare to the recent history of the auctions. All and all one of the coolest events in the world with every single car selling at one of the only no reserve auctions in the world including super cars, crazy cool vendors, fashion shows, cute kids, good food, great people watching, and more.  They even had mariachis there this year. 

Barrett Jackson

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Barrett Jackson Las Vegas 2010

The third annual Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction Las Vegas Mandalay Bay was a couple weeks ago. They had $23m in sales for about 535 vehicles. And, also importantly raised over $1m for charities including the Darrell Gwynn Foundation which raises $ for specialized wheel chairs for kids when insurance will not pay for them, The Fisher House Foundation for Armed Forces and Veterans Aid, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was founded to support families of military personnel lost in service and for those veterans severely wounded, and for Paralyzed Veterans of America. It was a lot of fun and there was plenty of action, celebrities, and surprises as always.                                      www.barrett-jackson.com                      www.alstrinphotography.com [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]

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Barrett Jackson Las Vegas 2009

Here are some images from last years Barrett Jackson Collector Car Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is held at Mandalay Bay and this years event starts one week from today. We shoot many events from super large like this one to smaller personal events in peoples homes. We shoot in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Arizona and in many other cities around the country. Just thought I would give you a taste of what is to come from my spending 24 hours a day in Mandalay Bay next week.         www.barrett-jackson.com          www.alstrinphotography.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barrett Jackson Orange County 2010

I have been shooting all of the Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auctions since 2005. Now, they are up to four auctions per year. The others in are West Palm Beach, Florida, Las Vegas, Nevada, and the original Scottsdale, Arizona auction which upcoming in January will be the 40th anniversary. When I was 12 I rode my bike up to a hotel at Scottsdale Rd and Camelback where the auction was then  held in the parking lot. I walked around and offered my services up to anyone just to be around all the cars. I ended up working for a guy waxing his Corvette from front to back from back to front all day long for what I think was $20 for the entire day. It is cool to see how big it has gotten now and to be a big part of it and creating the imagery to promote it.                   www.barrett-jackson.com                            www.alstrinphotography.com  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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