Photography Connecting Community


This community page is a compilation of private, public, and non-profit events covering a range of topics that express different aspects of the human experience both joyful or challenging.

Non-profits and volunteers locally and world-wide give of themselves and their resources to improve the lives of people in some fashion, including advocating for rights, improving housing opportunities for the impoverished, fundraising for educational or medial support, addressing climate change, and to simply lift the spirits of a person down on their luck. My community event photography documents in an authentic manner our shared yet diverse human experience.

Through compelling photography, your clients will visually experience the genuine expression, intention, and service of your agency or group. Non-profits and individuals use their images to enhance grant applications, advertise for fundraising events, build their web presence, inform sponsorship or funding reports, for just a few examples.

My clients retain me because they know I will create truthful images of real people making the world a better place. My service packages are customized to your needs for the given event or ongoing project. Ask me about my non-profit rates.

In general, I offer flat rate services which include the actual photography, my post production on the digital files, two sets of the digital assets (sized for print and web media), and licensing. On occasion, I also offer my services pro bono, particularly to social justice causes.

Note: The viewer will find some non-profit imagery on the business page also as there is cross-over connections. Also please be aware that in some of the rows related images from the same event are placed next to each other and in other rows, three distinct events are featured.

Please click on each image to read the description accompanying it.

I serve small and large non-profits, NGOs, and individuals. I am available for travel anywhere in the United States and abroad. Please contact me directly at 520-245-6711 to discuss your photography needs and upcoming events. You can also reach me through leaving a message on my Contact page. We will schedule an appointment where I can show you full albums of images from events I documented that are similar to yours. This way you will gain a direct understanding of my comprehensive coverage.

Click on each individual image below for a description.


Fernando is an in-home caregiver of his elder father who has dementia. Fernando took care of his mother for a decade before until her passing. Fernando participated in an End of Life Ethnography program through Southwest Folk Alliance so that we could learn about the day-to-day happenings of being a dedicated caregiver.
This unplanned image was taken while I was documenting  schools who incorporate the national El Education curriculum. The child was upset about something unknown to me but the teacher immediately went to her knees when she saw him distressed.
Members of Tucson Samaritans stop at roadside shines denoting where immigrants died in the desert while attempting to find their way to a better life in the United States.
Tucson Samaritan Gail K. picks up a broken cross to bring it back to Tucson to be repaired.  The cross was placed at the location where an immigrant died traveling by foot in the desert. Tucson Samaritans given humanitarian aid such as leaving out water, blankets, and food along known travel routes.
Desiree Cook, Founder of I Am You 360 addresses the audience during a tiny house groundbreaking event where young adults will soon have a long-term transitional place to live and become prepared for full independence.
I Am You 360's symbolic tiny home groundbreaking event. Ten tiny homes will be built on this property to provide long-term transitional housing for young adults to safely prepare for full independence.
A young woman who was served by and benefitted from the I Am You 360 program shares with the audience about her experiences.
Two boys, with their watchful parents in sight, sell snacks during Cyclovia, a community event in which non-motorized traffic occupy city streets on a designated 4-5 mile route, including skaters, walkers, jogger, and cyclists.
With nearly triple digit temperatures, a volunteer squirts water into the mouth of a passerby cyclist during Cylovia, a community event where people occupy the streets on a designated route including cyclists, skaters, walkers, joggers...people from all "walks of life".
Families and community members engage with each to other during the Armando Barrios event in South Tucson. The event was to celebrate the local resources, resiliency and creativity of the residents of the neighborhood. The evening was filled with inspirational presentations, vendors, food, and music.
Bubble glasses! This image was taken during the Armando Barrios community event in which people of the area celebrated their culture, accomplishments, resources, creativity and resilency. It was joyful to see that I depressed my camera shutter precisely when the bubbles lined up with this young girls eyes.
Zoppe Family Circus, a traveling troupe who has been entertaining audiences for 177 years performs in Tucson annually.
Food detail at PY Steakhouse during a fundraising event for Primavera Foundation,  a non-profit that provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization.
Sophia Rankin performs during Troubadour Thursdays, a concept created by Fox Theatre and Downtown Tucson Partnership, in which roaming musicians play small acoustic sets to restaurant goers as part of revitalizing city central following the pandemic.
During a food distribution event hosted by Pillars and Bridges of Tucson, two police officers bend down to speak to a young girl. Pillars and Bridges is a non-profit collaboration with citizens and police in an effort to create effective police reform policies and build relationships with community members.
This is a live radio program on The Common Ground Tucson station in which the hosts interview guests who are making a difference in our local community.
SAAF/Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation’s event, Out Brunch After Dark held at the El Torro Drive-In, Tucson, Arizona. In this image, the awardee mother listens to her son with tears of gratitude as he shares his life experience about his gender identity and his mother's advocacy.
On 10/11/2020 HCW Hosted (Health Care Workers Hosted) did a virtual memorial to honor the health care workers and first responders who died from Covid as a result of treating people with Covid.
A woman shows her excitement after receiving her number to ride in the annual El Tour de Tucson cycling event.
I captured a surprise wedding proposal during the Mount Graham State Hill Climb near Safford, Arizona. I have about a dozen images that sequenced the proposal.
Elijah Ndoye (L) performs during the fundraiser for his non-profit, The Forgotten Children, an organization which is building a residential education center for the children from  the region of Mbour Senegal (West Africa).
The chef tosses carrots while the apprentice chef looks on during the Primavera Foundation fundraiser, a seasonal event that pairs community members with chefs to put on a multiple course meal. The fund raised benefit the Primavera Foundation programs.
Promotional images for Invisible Theater's production of The Lifespan of a Fact.
Promotional images for Invisible Theater's production of The Lifespan of a Fact.
While this image is from a 2018 March for Our Lives protest, it could be from yesterday given the ongoing violence and injustices occurring in our country.
A child delights in being rolled in a “hamster ball” during a Cox holiday party.
In a peaceful protest, Buddhists meditate at the border wall being built near Sasabe, Arizona.
Two women participate in a protest at Reid Park on July 4th, 2022.
Tucson March for Our Lives at Armory Park, 6/11/22.
Taken from a bridge over Congress Avenue in downtown Tucson, Red for Ed protesters march in unison.
Children learn bike handling skills during The Bike Club practice. In this image the riders practice being close to each other having their arms around each other's shoulders while not entangling their bikes with each other.
Children delight in riding the zipline during Cyclovia. While standing on the tower, I captured this image immediately after the children were released.
Homicide Survivors Inc provides no cost supportive services for families who have lost a loved one to murder. This image is taken during a candlelight vigil when the young man found his loved one's portrait on the memorial wall..
Monica performs as Zeus both on the arial ring and while rollar skating on the ground mimicking lightning during the production of Astronomica.
A woman greets the sunset during a Standing with Saguaros community event and year-long program, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Kimberly joyfully plays the marimas for Key Ingredients of African Soul at Monterey Court, an outdoor venue where people dance on an open floor.
July 2022. I visited George Floyd Memorial Square to pay my respects and learn from the local community members about the physical and economic impact of his death in the neighborhood
July 2022. I visited George Floyd Memorial Square to pay my respects and learn from the local community members about the physical and economic impact of his death in the neighborhood.

Partial List of Non-Profit Clients

  • Act One
  • BICAS (Bicycle Inter-Community Art & Salvage)
  • Culture of Peace Alliance
  • Desert Harvesters
  • El Education
  • Evoke/KYNE
  • Girl Power
  • Festival and Events of Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Homicide Survivors Inc.
  • Institute for the Development of the Harmonious Human Being
  • KXCI Public Radio
  • Living Streets Alliance
  • Local First Arizona
  • Many Mouths One Stomach
  • Multiple political candidates for Arizona offices
  • Organize Arizona
  • Pima County Democratic Party
  • Pima County Library Permanent Collection
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Southern Arizona Community Food Bank
  • Southwest Folk Alliance
  • State of Arizona Department of Child Safety
  • Student Expedition Program (S.T.E.P.)
  • TedXTucson
  • Tour de L’Abitibi, Montreal, Canada
  • University of Arizona Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry
  • Visit Tucson
  • Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona
  • Xicoco Shamanic Arts
  • YWCA of Tucson


Thomas Barr, Vice President of Business Development, Local First Arizona

Kathleen is an incredible photographer to work with. She was punctual, professional, and delivered incredibly high-quality photos for our annual conference. We were impressed by her commitment to edit her first day of photos immediately so we could provide feedback for the 2nd day of our conference. While we didn’t have much to tell her to change as the photos were impressive and just what we needed, we appreciated her hard work and commitment to our event. I highly recommend working with Kathleen as she brings the top level of professionalism to your business needs.

Catherine Shaw, Marketing Director, Northstar Travel Group

Working with Kathleen to capture our 3-day corporate event was a delight. Kathleen took the time to understand our event format, mission and goals. She was professional, timely and communicative, and of course returned quality images! We will certainly be working with her again.

Marco Colbert, Race Director Tucson Bicycle Classic

I'm certainly glad we engaged Kathleen Dreier to photograph the third stage of the 2022 Tucson Bicycle Classic!  Her gallery of photos was wonderful and truly captured the spirit of the event as we requested her to do.  Kathleen's photos depicted bike racers and their families and friends having fun - which is exactly what our event was all about.  Kathleen was great to work with and satisfied the "shot list" that we gave to her.  She delivered the photos promptly after the event, and I know that she spent a lot of time curating the photos after the event.  The proof is in the pudding, I think.  Kathleen's photos of the TBC have already been viewed over 125,000 times!  We are looking forward to working with Kathleen again in 2023!

Lindsay Dreyer, OSA International INC

We were in urgent need of a photographer as ours had canceled at the last minute. We found Kathleen’s number through an acquaintance. She squeezed our event, which started the evening we called her, after having already worked a whole day at a previously booked shoot. With very little guidance, Kathleen went to work. She captured a wonderful variety of images of our conference, including some amazing photo-journalistic shots of the attendees, speakers, and ambiance. We’ll definitely be reaching out for her photography skills again!

The Wayland Group

Kathleen Dreier was an absolute pleasure to work with! She captured so many memories for us during our corporate event; it was like reliving the event over moment by moment when scrolling through the photos. She did not miss an opportunity to capture our team and was an absolute joy to work with. We look forward to when we are able to collaborate with her again.

James Owen, Vice-President, Edison Electric Institute

Kathleen captured the emotions, the authenticity, and the Kathleen’s energy and professionalism made our jobs easier on-site. She is a very talented photographer who engaged well with our group, culminating in some great photos that we have shared our members.

Alissa Blanchard, Watermark Retirement Communities

We were lucky enough to have Kathleen photograph our annual summit this year! She is meticulous and friendly and produced everything we asked for in the highest quality! We will work with her again in the future.

Kylie Walzak, Cyclovia Tucson Event Coordinator, Living Streets Alliance

Kathleen is wonderful to work with. Her rare gift for capturing the emotion and energy of the human spirit makes her work stand out. Kathleen has been one of Cyclovia’s official event photographers since the event started and each year her images tell the beautiful human stories of the day.

Eileen Wittman McLeod, Executive Director, STEP Student Expedition Program

Kathleen Dreier has been an absolute joy to work with. Her professionalism and clear communication upfront is beautifully paired with her warmth and easy going personality in person. We used her to photograph two events so far for our STEP Scholars and we’ll definitely continue to use her services over and over again. She was able to capture the little moments at our events without ever seeming intrusive and wonderfully managed a huge group for the big moments as well. The photos we received have been super well organized and are stunning. I can’t say enough about her! Tucson is so lucky to have her.

James F. Palka, 2011 Pulitzer Prize-nominated event photographer

I consider Kathleen Dreier to be one of the finest event photographers in the whole Tucson area. She was the first person who came to mind when Getty Images asked if I knew another photographer in town with whom to share a commercial assignment.

David Seeber, Marketing Director, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

As Marketing Manager for the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, I hired Kathleen Dreier to photograph our 9th Annual Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge. In the past, we have always struggled to get truly incredible photos from this event due to difficult lighting conditions, weather issues, tight pathways & large crowds. Kathleen went above & beyond to ensure we got more than just the usual event photos, she gave us photos that told a story, felt artistic & intentional, while also feeling like they captured a split second moment that few other photographers would’ve seen. As a photographer myself, I truly appreciate the extra time put into framing & editing in particular. I would strongly recommend her for your next event!

Act One Arizona

Kathleen absolutely knocked it out of the park! She photography a work event for our non-profit organization and the photos are stunning! She was so easy to work with and great at communications! We will work with her again and again!

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