Event Photography: Science Club For Girls Catalyst Awards at the Broad Institute

Catalyst Awards keynote speaker Una Ryan with Science Club For Girls participants

boston event photography at the catalyst awards

Sooz photography provided event photography services for The Catalyst Awards, Science Club For Girls’ annual award ceremony and fundraising event featuring 2011 honorees Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister (CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center) and Douglas Banks (Publisher, Mass High Tech). Festivities were held at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

View photos from the event in the photo gallery.

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About Science Club For Girls:

Now in its seventeenth year, Science Club for Girls (SCFG) has established an excellent reputation as a nonprofit organization with expertise in girls-specific programming in underserved communities. SCFG was recognized with one of six national MetLife AfterSchool Innovator Awards in Fall 2010 for the design and impact of our Science Clubs and CELLS program. We are also the recipient the Nonprofit of the Year award by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce in 2009.

Currently, SCFG provides free, hands-on science and engineering programs to over 1,000 girls in five cities in eastern Massachusetts (Cambridge, Lawrence, Boston, Newton and Fitchburg), and in Pokuase, Ghana.

About the Catalyst Awards:

The Catalyst Awards recognize individuals who are strategic, innovative and effective in promoting diversity in science, technology and engineering; who are skilled and dedicated to effecting change from a systems level down to a personal level to help individuals and groups realize their dreams; and embody those qualities that inspire the best in us: a sense of justice, dedication to excellence, and genuine engagement.

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

Governor Deval Patrick at NAEP education symposium in Boston
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.

The Sooz List: Spotify playlists for Boston bands and other favorite music

spotify music listening serviceSpotify has become my favorite music listening service. I love how easy it is to make and share music playlists.

Here are a few of my music playlists. If you’re on Spotify, click the subscribe button to save the playlist so you can come back to it later. This is especially handy for playlists that are updated more than once including my Boston Rocks! playlist.

Nostalgia For The Present— new songs I’ve dug up
Boston Rocks! — songs by bands from the Boston area, 5+ hours
The Tragically Hip — my favorite Hip songs spanning their 20+ year career
Lloyd Cole — one of the most talented singer/songwriters of our lifetime
Everything But The Girl — I’m not as into the newer “remixy” music but this band remains a favorite

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

OldJack at Harvard Square Oktoberfest

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

Retweetable and true: A quote from Chris Anderson about doing what you need to do

Pattenburg (Musconetcong) Tunnel

photo of Pattenburg (Musconetcong) Tunnel by Owls Flight Photography

I’ve spent the past month (aka my first month after job layoff) rethinking and remodeling my consulting business and my website projects. It’s as if it was Spring cleaning in July/August! Late last night I saw a tweet by Chris Anderson (you know, that long tail guy) that was retweeted 3093030 times. (OK, maybe only 30303.) I don’t think there could have been a better thing to read at that very moment. In fact, I plan to read it every morning before I dig into the day’s work for the foreseeable future.

In crazy times, put your head down & build something cool. Ignore the noise & follow your nose. If it matters to you, it matters.


One of the projects I’ve done some rethinking and remodeling for is Solo Boston. It’s an idea that has had a few different project names over the years since 1999. It seems like this name just might stick! If you work on your own in the Boston area as a freelancer, free agent or consultant — join us. The monthly lunch I hosted for many years is coming back to life in September. The motto of Solo Boston is “solo but not alone.” Indeed!

Photo of Pattenburg (Musconetcong) Tunnel by Owls Flight Photography on Flickr.

Event photos of the Hungry Tiger Street Festival in Union Square

Edward Norton's Stationary Marching Band performing 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 — 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

OUTSPOKEN, Queer Women of Color event at Club Choices August 2011

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

orange flower at 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.


face on an old tree at minuteman national park

squirrel in the tree at minuteman national park