Wednesday, February 2, 2011

An Open Letter To Photographers From Northern Light President, Mike Aulie

Feb. 2, 2011

Greetings!   As your Northern Light President, I hope to see all of you at the convention Feb. 26-Mar. 1 at Breezy Point.

However, I have another event I would like you to consider.

An Appeal to Do Something for Our Troops

Sometime later this spring, some 750 troops from the Midwest are scheduled to be deployed for overseas duty.  They will be at Cragun's on Gull Lake with their families for workshops and some fun on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 26 and 27. (Yes, that is the first two days of the convention.)

Last summer, we made a contact with people involved in planning and suggested that we might be able to provide several stations manned by professional photographers to take family portraits and provide them with a free 5x7.  At that time, no date had been set...until now.

Cragun's is located on Gull Lake, about a half hour drive from the convention site at Breezy Point on Pelican Lake.

Basically, it would work like this:  We will have four shooting bays with lights and backgrounds already setup. Photos would be taken between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. It would flow sort of like prom pictures - taking an ID image using  a whiteboard and then 3-4 shots of each family - no breakdowns or extras.

We would like to have a number of photographers involved that would be willing to work shifts of 2-3 hours.  They would need to bring their own camera and flash cards which would be returned to them as soon as the images are downloaded. It would be good for each station to have one or two assistants to help register and pose the families.

If you're coming to the convention (or even if you're not) and would be interested in helping out with this project, please email me at by this Friday, Feb. 4th. We need to know if we will have enough photographers to make it work, or we will have to cancel out.

Because several people will be busy getting the convention going, I am also looking for a project manager that could coordinate and oversee this event.  Let me know if anyone is willing to take this on.

As I mentioned, it looks like we have the lights we will need (dual umbrellas for each station). However, it has been suggested that we use some sort of backgrounds with flags or patriotic themes.  If you have such a background that could be used for the weekend, please let me know that as well.

I know that it is inconvenient for this to fall on the same weekend as the convention, but it is one way for us to give back to our troops for the all that they give and do for us.  And, while it may be inconvenient for us, it is much more inconvenient for them to be separated from their families for a year or more including the holidays.

Please let me know if you are willing to help.

Mike Aulie
Northern Light President

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