Dallas Event Photographer: Back the Blue Bash
One of the greatest parts about my job as a Dallas event photographer is the opportunity to go places and be a part of events I might not other see otherwise. The inaugural Back the Blue Bash, which I was asked to photograph, was one such event and a very cool experience.
The event was put on by the the Arlington Police Foundation. Here is their mission, according to their website: The Arlington Police Foundation funds essential equipment and programs for the Arlington (TX) Police Department which are not included in the city budget. In addition, the Foundation provides financial assistance to the families of Tarrant County (TX) law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
So, the Back the Blue Bash was raising money to help with those two goals: help get essential equipment and programs funded for the Arlington Police department and also support the families who lost their loved ones while making the community a safer place. I’m honored to have been the Dallas event photographer who got to document this admirable goal.
The Bash took place at the Arlington Convention Center, which is in a great location. They are right next to Globe Life Park, and just a stone’s throw from AT&T Stadium. On a side note, I think that is the first time my Dallas event photographer self has referred to either stadium by their new sponsored names. It will probably take a bit of getting used to.
The interior was setup with tons of tables, and had police equipment sprinkled in. I saw everything from motorcycles to one bad to the bone Arlington PD ATV. Unfortunately someone took the keys so I couldn’t go take anything for a spin!
The evening was spent with dinner and dancing to the beat of Emerald City, who has to be one of the best party bands around. I get to hear a lot of bands from all over the country as a Dallas event photographer, and they are definitely one of the very best. They kept a very eclectic mix running, with everything from Garth Brooks to “What Does The Fox Say?” getting airtime. Don’t know that last one? Look it up on YouTube and prepare to either laugh out loud or be completely bewildered, I was the former but can have a weird sense of humor sometimes.
I also had a photo booth running, which only got more popular as the night went on. Everything was shot to green screen, with a background being added in later.
The highpoint of the night was definitely when they gave away a custom-built motorcycle. This Dallas event photographer doesn’t happen to own a bike, but I can appreciate a really cool piece of machinery when I see it. That baby was lean and mean, with tons of chrome. The blue LEDs mounted in the bike shined off of all that chrome, and to top everything off, there were memorials painted on it for Arlington police officers that gave their lives in the line of duty.
In summary, this event was very special, as they took the time to both honor and support those who face uncertain danger every day as they work to keep peace and order throughout our cities. It takes a special kind of toughness to be a police officer, and I for one can’t thank them enough for what they do every day out on the streets. If you have a chance and want to show your thanks, make sure to donate and help the Arlington Police get the financial help they need. Thank you in advance, and I hope you enjoy the photos!