Amadeus Asheville Festival

Over the weekend I photographed the Amadeus Asheville festival put on by Daniel Meyer and the Asheville Symphony. Amadeus is one of my favorite movies so it was neat photographing the symphony performing Mozart (and even Salieri too). There were spectacular performances during the festival such as Grammy award winner Emanuel AxOrion Weiss, and Franklin Keel, Jason Posnock & Kara Poorbaugh of the Asheville Symphony. Enjoy these photos from the Diana Wortham Theatre and Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.

Made in Henderson County at Legacy Paddlesports

I had a great time photographing the Made in Henderson County event this week. Hundreds of 8th and 9th grade students toured manufacturers throughout Henderson Co. to see the products they make and hear from the people who make them.

Here are a few photos at Legacy Paddlesports in Fletcher, NC; they are manufacturers of liquidlogic kayaks.

National Youth Project Using Minibikes – NYPUM Ribbon Cutting

Last night Black Mountain Home in western North Carolina held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the launch of its NYPUM shop. National Youth Project Using Minibikes is an organization promoting positive youth development utilizing off-road motorcycles. The shop at BMH is named Live to Ride in memory of Matt Bartosek. HondaTennoca Construction, and Makson are a few of the companies that made this program possible for the youth.

2013 HCPED Banquet

It’s always a pleasure working with Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development on their annual report. The banquet to reveal the report was in Hendersonville, NC at The Oriole Mill — it’s a unique and intriguing place for event photography.

Kate of Farmhouse Graphics does a marvelous job every year with the design. Sierra Nevada, Burntshirt and Hubba Hubba Smokehouse were all on hand to provide food and beverages to the guests.

2012 ArtSpace After Hours Cabaret

I was glad to be back this year for Artspace Charter School’s After Hours Cabaret. The benefit was held at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC and many great acts performed, such as Sirius. B, Hobey Ford, Honeybee Democracy, and Underhill Rose. There was a silent auction with lots of cool items to bid on and even a raffle for an iPad.

exterior shot

Event in Asheville

Live music

Musician playing

Improv duo


Unique instrument

Blue lights


Indian dance

Photos by Derek Olson

Musician before concert

Hobey Ford

country singers

live music



Sirius B playing live



Through the tambourine

Photo of band

For the photography geeks: I shot this with a Nikon D4 using various Nikon lenses  – 24mm 1.4, 35mm 1.4, 45mm 2.8 PC-E, 70-200mm vrII – and the Sigma 50mm 1.4 & 85mm 1.4.

2011 North Carolina Mountain State Fair

I posted images from the 2010 NC Mountain State Fair and figured I’d post a few from 2011. These were taken in September 2011 on the last night of the fair at the WNC Agricultural Center.

Swing ride

Uncle Sam

Fair games

Ski lift


Concession stand


WNC Ag Center


Kid on bull ride

Fair at night


NC State Fair

Man with hat