This past Saturday night, we had the pleasure of supporting the charity organization “Wings Over Haiti” by providing the main photography for the red carpet VIP area and the nighttime performances for their annual “Hamptons for Haiti” benefit. The Event was hosted by Omarosa of Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” .
When invited to shoot the event by organizer Amanda Bellino, we were more than happy to help. As most people know, last year Haiti was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake and the need for assistance has been and still is dire. Two hundred and twenty thousand victims perished and over one million people were displaced from their homes. Now that much of the immediate relief is well underway, the process of rebuilding areas affected is proving to be very difficult and time consuming. Wings Over Haiti’s founder, pilot Jonathan Nash Glynn has been instrumental in both of these efforts. After the earthquake, Jonathan used his single engine airplane to shuttle medical supplies into areas that were unreachable by larger, conventional international-aid aircraft. Risking his life during every flight, Jonathan never stopped to worry about his own safety and had to learn, in real-time, how to land on runways that were often littered with trash, debris and shrouded with dangerous blowing cross-winds, often exceeding the safety margins of the aircraft he was flying. As I spoke with Jonathan, he told me how it was only upon reflection that he realized how dangerous the missions he flew really were. The airstrips and surrounding areas were so devastated that Jonathan would have to resort to the surrounding water’s white caps to determine the crosswind direction and intensity right before landing.
The night of the Hamptons for Haiti benefit, we had the opportunity to meet the other founders of the organization and partners of Jonathan Nash Glynn: Melissa McMullan and Shad St. Louis. This is a great group of people that are genuinely passionate about what they are doing. There are children being given educations today that otherwise would have been only a dream if it were not for Wings Over Haiti’s dedication and efforts in the building of a school built in Croix-des-Bouquets.. We were honored to provide the photography for this event.
We started the evening by setting up our VIP red carpet shooting area (pictured here). This is where VIP’s and performers were able to have their photos taken for media release. As the night progressed, it was apparent, many people were interested in having their photo taken with the Wings Over Haiti logo board and we didn’t mind shooting anyone who was interested. This was a benefit for a great cause, so the more photos we took, the more exposure we could provide for them.
Next came time for the main performances by the young Sag Harbor phenom Dylan Jenet Collins, local drumming group Bastards of Boom, funk/R&B singer Francois Alexander, and up and coming talent Alex Young. The night was rounded out with an amazing performance by Wyclef Jean’s sister, Melky Jean, all the while guests were dancing and having a great time supporting the cause.
The next event has not been announced yet, but we do know it may be sometime this summer. Wherever and whenever it is, we’ll be sure to be there to capture it all. You can see the event photos by clicking here.
More photos from the Hamptons For Haiti – A Benefit for Wings Over Haiti event in Wainscott, NY at East Hampton Studios on January 15th, 2011