On Tuesday I was able to continue my great photography relationship with Office Depot in St. Petersburg by photographing a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new store on 34th Street North. This was also another chance to photograph St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster helping cut the ribbon on a new local business. I am starting to get familiar with who in the local government attends these events, like Council Chair Leslie Curran (4th from right) and Council Member Bill Dudley (5th from right).
After I photographed my first Office Depot event in December I realized how a large corporation like Office Depot actually reaches out to be a helpful member of the local community by investing in local non-profits through donations of both cash and goods. They continued this custom handing out three more checks and 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to be given to local school children. Being able to photograph and be a part of an event like this is a satisfying experience. Office Depot has earned my business, which is mostly the purchase of printer ink, but still, in my mind through their charity work they have established a very positive image. It was also my second time to meet some of the regional management and they remembered me as well. I hope to continue to be able to photograph future Office Depot events showcasing their community work and new stores.