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Pictage Partner Conference 2009 – New Orleans, Nov. 3-5th

post written on 30 Sep 09 in Giving back, Learning

I am proud to announce that I will be speaking at the Pictage Partner Conference 2009 in New Orleans.  My presentation is titled “Rated MA: For Mature Audiences Only“. You can check out the the schedule for the description about my presentation. There are other great speakers too, who are my friends, like Sara France, Joe Buissink, Me Ra Koh, Amber Holritz, Justin & Mary Marantz, Kevin Meyers, Scarlett Lillian, and Dane Sanders. So if you are into great photography, great speakers,  great locations, and great causes, then I hope you sign up to attend the Partner Conference, it’s filling up fast. I have very a special announcement about something else I will be doing at Partner Con, coming soon, stay tuned!

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Chicago Workshops

post written on 25 Sep 09 in Fashion, Giving back, Learning

At the top of the blog are the tabs for the new Chicago Workshop for October 13th, 2009, or press here FOR REGISTRATION or here FOR PAST WORKSHOP IMAGES AND TESTIMONIALS. Here are some of my personal images from the workshop this past August that many of you have asked about. I didn’t shoot that much since I was teaching and wanting the attendees to get as much shooting as they can during the workshop. Please check out the attendees images on the links above, hope you can join me at the next workshop in 3 weeks. You can also see what my kids were up to at the bottom of this post.

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And while I was teaching the workshop, this is what my family was doing in Chiacgo. Everyone having fun that day!

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Pawpurrazzi Fund Raiser for the Humane Society

post written on 08 Jun 09 in Giving back, personal, Portraits

I wanted to share some fun pictures from a fundraiser called PawPurrazzi we were involed with 2 years ago. Several photographers, including myself, were assigned to local celebrities for us to photograph their pets and in turn the photographs would be auctioned off to raise funds for the Humane Society. It was a great event and raised more then $30,000. The images below are the pets of Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor, shoe designer Donald Pliner, and Barry Gibb of  the BeeGees. It was a blast as you can see.beartaylor_baez_blogbabydollpliner_baez_bloggibb_baez_blog

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Night of Giving for Casa Valentina

post written on 09 Apr 09 in Giving back, personal

Throughout the year my company photographs several events that we think are worthy causes, and we donate our services free of charge. Casa Valentina is an organization we feel strongly about. Feel free to look up their website and donate if you can.


Miami — On March 24, 2009, the National Association of Women Lawyers® (NAWL) will host a Night of Giving in support of Casa Valentina, from 6:30-9:00 PM at Shutts & Bowen LLP, 1500 Miami Center, 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33131. The event is one of four Night of Giving events that will be held during March in different regions of the country, including Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and New Jersey, as part of NAWL’s National Night of Giving month. Each Night of Giving enables women lawyers and other professionals to come together for an evening of philanthropic networking and volunteerism to benefit charitable and community service organizations.
The Night of Giving in Miami includes a group volunteer activity to benefit Casa Valentina, an organization which helps young women transition successfully from foster care to independent living. More information can be found at Participants are also asked to bring a donation from the Casa Valentina wish list. The volunteer activity will be followed by a networking reception for participants and Casa Valentina representatives. The event is sponsored by NAWL, LexisNexis, and host Shutts & Bowen LLP.
Chelsea Wilkerson, Executive Director of Casa Valentina emphasizes the importance of the event to the population Casa Valentina serves: “As these young women transition from foster care to independent living, there are many critical supplies needed to make sure they get a good head start on life. We are very grateful for the support provided by the sponsors of this event as well as each participant, and look forward to sharing these items with the young women we serve.”
“The Night of Giving is a great opportunity to for women from various segments, including law firm and government attorneys, in-house counsel, and other women professionals to get to know each other while having a positive, philanthropic impact,” said NAWL President Lisa Horowitz. “It is an event where we can all do something great for these women whom we want to see join our work force and prosper as they should despite their socio and economic circumstances,” said Aliette D. Rodz, from Shutts & Bowen LLP’s Focus on Women Group. Selene Edmunds, Director of LexisNexis Cares Global, shares their view: “We are so pleased to partner with NAWL on the Night of Giving events, bringing together women in the legal and business community to network while making a difference in the lives of women and girls at Casa Valentina. It is an honor to work with NAWL leadership and to use our collective resources to provide support to those who need it.”
Additional information about this Night of Giving event can be found at and RSVPs can be made via e-mail to
NAWL, founded over 100 years ago, is the leading voluntary organization devoted to the interests of women lawyers and women’s legal rights. NAWL has members in all 50 states and engages in a variety of programs and activities to advance its mission. More information can be found at

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