Event Photography: The Nation’s Report Card and 12th Grade Academic Preparedness Regional Symposium

The National Assessment Governing Board’s symposium in October featured remarks from Governor Deval Patrick and regional leaders in government, education, business, and civil rights.

Governor Deval Patrick at NAEP education symposium in Boston
Governor Deval Patrick at NAEP education symposium.

Sooz photography provided event photography services for the National Assessment Governing Board’s symposium on October 24, 2011  at the Westin Waterfront in Boston. View the photo gallery to see more photographs from the event.

About the event:

The NAEP 12th Grade Preparedness Commission is currently hosting a series of symposia across the country to discuss how The Nation’s Report Card can serve as this critical indicator. The Boston symposium, the second of the series, will convene regional leaders in government, education, business, and civil rights to obtain local perspectives on the utility of the NAEP initiative and its relevance for Massachusetts.

Concert Photos: Hey Mama and Girls Guns & Glory at the Middle East Downstairs

Before officially moving on to new projects, Hey Mama reunited for two “Bring It Back Home” shows in Burlington, VT and Boston.

After calling it quits several months ago to move on to new music projects, Hey Mama reunited for a couple “Bring It Back Home” shows in Burlington, VT and Boston in early October 2011. See the concert photos I shot of Hey Mama and their old-school country rock and roll friends Girls Guns & Glory on Exploit Boston!

Photos: OldJack on the main stage at 33rd Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square

There are few things more awesome than making your way through Harvard Yard while hearing the old soul rock and roll sounds of OldJack hitting you from from Harvard Square. The band performed on the main stage at this year’s 33rd Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square.

OldJack perform at Harvard Square Oktoberfest 2011
There are few things more awesome than making your way through Harvard Yard while hearing the old soul rock and roll sounds of OldJack hitting you from from Harvard Square. The band performed on the main stage at this year’s 33rd Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square. See the rest of the photos at my event photography website and watch the slideshow video, too!

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Photo Slideshow: “Chorus Line” by OldJack with photos from Oktoberfest

Event photos of the Hungry Tiger Street Festival in Union Square

I doubt I could possibly mention enough how much I love living so close to Union Square in Somerville. It’s somehow managed to stay a “real” neighborhood with an emphasis on local first.

I doubt I could possibly mention enough how much I love living so close to Union Square in Somerville. It’s somehow managed to stay a “real” neighborhood with an emphasis on local first — and there are always fun and interesting events happening thanks to groups like Somerville Local First, Union Square Main Streets and the Somerville Arts Council. SAC hosted the first Hungry Tiger Street Festival on Saturday night — turning Union Square Plaza into a swarm of people, street food and music — and the enormous tiger made out of wire mesh and decorated colorful plastic sheets.

View the photo gallery to see more event photography from the Hungry Tiger Street Festival.

the giant tiger at Hungry Tiger Street Festival in Union Square Somerville

Event photos of OUTSPOKEN 2011: Queer Women of Color & Trans POC spoken-word and live music showcase

I shot event photography at OUTSPOKEN, part of Queer Women of Color and Friends annual QWOC Week.

Letta Neely at OUTSPOKEN

Last year I tagged along with friends to an event called OUTSPOKEN at Precinct. It was part of Boston’s Queer Women of Color and Friends’ “QWOC Week.” I’ll confess, whenever I heard the words “spoken word” it’s not something I would generally seek out for an event.  But OUTSPOKEN was good, very good. I learned about London Bridgez — and now when someone says “spoken word” I’m not so quick to judge. I happened to have my camera with me last year and shot a bunch of photos.

The 2011 event happened this week. Browse the event photo gallery of OUTSPOKEN 2011 photos I shot on August 4th at Club Choices in Somerville.

Learn more about Queer Women of Color and Friends on their website and at Facebook and Twitter.

A photo walk through the Minuteman National Park in Lincoln

When a friend with a car says he wants to take photos at a location you can’t generally get to — you know it’s going to be an awesome day. As a result of my friend Mike visiting from New Jersey, I finally made it out to Minuteman National Park outside Lincoln, MA a few weeks ago for a photo walk. It was a perfect day to capture photos of the lush green landscape, flowers and the occasional squirrel.

Here are a few of my favorites from that day. You can see all of the photos in my photography portfolio. I ordered a 20″ x 30″ metallic print of the first photo and it turned out superb. If you like my photography work and feel inspired to order a print, please do! The watermark of course is not shown on ordered prints.

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face on an old tree at minuteman national park

squirrel in the tree at minuteman national park

New Drupal work and photos from the Drupal 7 Party

Jay Batson DJing at the Drupal 7 Release Party in Boston
Acquia co-founder Jay Batson DJing at the Drupal 7 Reease Party in Boston

I’ve been digging back into Drupal work this year via consulting work for Michael Skok at North Bridge Venture Partners. One of the projects is The Future of Open Source forum that leads up to the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco each year. Built with Drupal Gardens, the forum is the companion website to a survey about the future of open source and includes “Blog the Future” where industry leaders share thoughts about where open source is headed in 2011 and beyond. My last Drupal project was as a project manager consultant at Pearson Education in 2009 working on the redesign of MyMathLab.com and its move to Drupal. I’m excited to be working in the world of Drupal again! My interest in Drupal began back in 2007 when I worked at BostonNOW newspaper managing the web department and the redesign and transition to Drupal. In 2008 I was the event planner for DrupalCon Boston.

The Drupal community celebrated the release of Drupal 7 with release parties around the world on Friday, January 7th at 7pm. I attended the party hosted by the local Boston Drupal User Group at Revolution Rock Bar in downtown Boston and helped with event photography. Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal and co-founder of local Boston tech company Acquia attended the festivities as well as state senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (whose website is built with Drupal). You’ll see some “Drupal blue” hair in the photos, too.

View the photos I shot at the Drupal 7 Release Party in Boston at Sooz Photography.

View photos tagged D7RP on Flickr taken at Drupal 7 Release Parties around the world.

New photo: woman in a tree watching a performance at HONK!

The 5th Annual HONK! Festival
Saturday, October 4, 2010

I shot this photo at the HONK! Festival while wandering around checking out the various performances. Perched up in the tree, she had a great view of the street band playing in front of a big crowd.

See more of my portrait photos in my portfolio at Sooz Photography.

Photo: Journeyman Restaurant at night


photo taken outside Journeyman Restaurant, 9/23/2010, 7:30pm

Journeyman recently opened in Union Square, Somerville after a year-long adventure bringing the restaurant to life. They’re located at 9 Sanborn Court towards the back of the same building that Ronnarong is in across the alley from The Independent. I took a look at the menu information on the website and it mentions that they can accommodate dietary restrictions beyond just omnivores and vegetarians. Looks like my vegan friends should join me there sooner than later!

The big window in the photo was originally boarded up. After removing all the wood they transformed the space into a huge, beautiful window that is now the home to an enormous herb garden that extends from floor to ceiling at the front of the restaurant.

Here’s how they describe themselves:

Journeyman is the project of a handful of food-loving friends who believe that fine dining should be a comfortable, intimate, and delicious experience. We’ve created a small, refined restaurant that serves elegant but unpretentious food and drink with relaxed and respectful service.

Our food comes from local farmers and artisans, often people we know and respect in our personal lives. We grow edible herbs and flowers in our window garden, and are working to become an active member of the Union Square Community by supporting as many local producers as we can, including some neighborhood favorites like Taza Chocolate and Pretty Things beer.

Our beverage program focuses on the strange and wonderful back alleys of production, featuring wines made in traditional ways in unusual areas, beers brewed with special care all over the world, and a wide selection of superb aperitifs and digestifs. We bring in our teas from Upton, and our coffees from Counter Culture, and the selection rotates regularly.

Connect with Journeyman on Facebook and Twitter.

Trying out a recipe: Post Punk Kitchen vegan tofu scramble

I’ve been making a lot of tofu scramble since I became vegan in March; but I hadn’t tried out Post Punk Kitchen’s recipe yet. I finally made it for lunch today. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the ingredients that their vegan tofu scramble recipe called for (including nutritional yeast) but I did have all the spices so I used my variation on the vegetables: brussels sprout, peas and vidalia onions. The resulting scramble was very tasty; but I have a feeling that the nutritional yeast is an important ingredient. I’ll have a legit vegan kitchen when I buy some of that — it’s included in many recipes.

Photo: Post Punk Kitchen vegan tofu scramble

Post Punk Kitchen's vegan tofu scramble

See more of my food photograhy and other photos at Sooz Photography.