A lot of single people hate Valentine's Day, but I don't mind it. This may be due to the fact that it's always a big work weekend for me.
Valentine's Day Eve was my busiest shooting day thanks to dance parties, Hotel Valley Ho's spectacular Cocktail Carnival, and the Arizona Strong Beer Festival.
The biggest event was the aptly named Butthurt Valentine's Dance Party. The event was organized by Tempe activists A Claire Slattery and Sarah Richie Rich and featured live music from MAN-CAT and Serene Dominic. There was also free candy and Donna Lewis' "I Love You Always Forever." What more could you ask for?
I was the event's official photographer and also posted some photos to AZCentral. I'm sure you'll be hearing more about Butthurt Tempe's events in the future.
I bought a wide angle lens on Saturday and got to test it out that evening. Suffice to say, I love it. This lens works great for nightlife.
I also took photos of the final monthly Obscura Dance Night. The event will continue periodically in the future.
I spent most of Saturday overdressed thanks to Arizona Cocktail Week's annual Cocktail Carnival at Hotel Valley Ho. I'm not complaining, this vintage hotel is a the perfect place to go when you're feeling fancy.
One of my favorite experiences from the weekend was capturing this photo. I managed to talk my way into getting on a highrise (thanks, beer company! I was a little overheated so I forgot which company you were specifically, my apologies). The Arizona Strong Beer Festival was packed, and it was great to get a high spot to take in the crowd.
Plus, look at all of that tasty beer! I sampled beer the first year I photographed the event, and I would highly recommend buying a ticket for next year's festival if you are a beer fan.
I rounded it all out by photographing The Yard's Last Slinger Standing Competition in Tempe.
See you in the photo pit.