Laugh United {Event Photography – Jill Kirtland Photography – Mid Ohio Valley}

On the evening of April 16, 2016 I was the official photographer for the United Way Alliance of Mid-Ohio Valley‘s Laugh United fundraiser event which included performances by a musician and a comedian, as well as a pre-show VIP event. I never thought I’d get much opportunity to do that here in this small community (which is why I started a family portrait & lifestyle photography business). So now I can say I still do event photography, too!!

Laugh United started out with a wonderfully catered VIP event. I photographed people enjoying the food and networking prior to that night’s festivities. I also took photos of the VIP attendees (couples/small groups) in front of the United Way media wall so they could remember that night.

Then everyone filed into the beautiful Smoot Theatre (Parkersburg, WV) for that night’s entertainment. First up was Columbus-based musician Anthony Mossburg. He entertained us with beautiful soulful acoustic songs, stories of his youth, and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues.”

The “headliner” for that night was comedian Alingon Mitra. Even though I was busy
photographing his different expressions, I still was able to take many moments to laugh at his jokes. He was hysterical. Usually when I photograph a concert/show I am so busy running around and focusing on getting the shots that I don’t get to enjoy the entertainment as much as the audience, but that night it was not my usual fast-paced rock/metal show so I could take some breathing moments and really soak in the atmosphere and the performances.

I am available for event photography whether it be a VIP party, big family reunion, bridal/baby shower, birthday/anniversary party, fundraiser, or a performance. If it is within the Mid Ohio Valley there is no travel fee.