• Meet Kevin and Betty Kay Becker, Allee Photography

     
    FROM THE Fall 2014 ISSUE
     

    Whether it’s weddings, events or life in general, the owners of Allée Photography are artists in sync.

Kevin and Betty Kay Becker know that circumstances—or a camera lens—make you look at life differently. In 2004, Kevin left his job as a bank executive and moved his family from Amsterdam to Pueblo to care for his Alzheimer’sstricken mother. Betty Kay had been a graphic artist and jewelry designer. Both enjoyed taking pictures, but didn’t consider a career in photography until family asked them to photograph social events. “We have never looked back, and we love what we do,” Kevin says.

Others also love what they do; Allée Photography has earned accolades including a top 10 wedding photo selected by Professional Photographers of America in a 2012 international competition.

COM+E: Do you see things from different perspectives?
BK: The way we shoot is totally different.
K: I focus more on the lighting and how it affects the subject and the mood.
BK: We’re both shooting until we do family groups. It works well for him to be focusing on all the camera stuff while I’m getting the people positioned in a creative way.

COM+E: How has shooting weddings helped you with events?
BK: We like to make sure everything’s on schedule.
K: Wedding photography is the extreme end of event photography. You have to master the lighting. You have to know what you are doing and be able to change your settings in a heartbeat.

COM+E: What is your goal with event photography?
BK: We want to make sure they get what they want out of it.
K: We like to do more than your typical event photography of people smiling, looking at the camera.
BK: In fact, that’s not what most of our corporate clients ask for.
K: We shoot as if vendors will use our images in their advertising. A vice president said, “Give me a sense of the experience.” This is what we do for every event whether or not we’re asked—convey a feeling, tell a story. (Allée Photography; 720.936.5678)

Gary Schirmacher is devoted to serving others and the industry he cherishes.

Gary Schirmacher, CMP, is one of only two people who have chaired the global foundations for both Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). It is fair to say he is one of the most connected individuals in the meetings and events industry, as no one gets elected to international roles such as these without excelling at building relationships, fundraising, and bringing expertise to the table.

 

During the height of COVID-19, 26-year-old Anna Zesbaugh was furloughed from her creative manager position at ACCESS Destination Services - Colorado. As venues turned into ghost towns, an initial six weeks turned into six months and then became permanent. Like the proverbial lemons to lemonade, she decided to take something bitter and transform it into something better. For her, it was the probiotic, stomach-fortifying drink, kombucha—in this case, the hard kind.

 

Uncharted Society works with outfitters across the globe to give groups and individuals the opportunity to try motorsports on BRP-certified vehicles. Teams can bond in some of the nation’s most beautiful spots on a wide range of nature tours offered on land, snow, and sea. Check out these three examples from Colorado and Utah.