Photography Connecting Community
Tucson Black Voices
In early June 2020, after attending a Tucson vigil for the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, I created this evolving portrait series in an effort to be an ally for Black Tucsonans and amplify #BlackLivesMatter. By sharing my photography platforms, my intention is to raise awareness, particularly of our White community, of the diverse experiences of our Black community. The brief statements attached to the images here are excerpts of the person’s full statement. If you are interested in viewing more portraits or reading full statements, please contact me.
Tucson Frontline Workers
This ongoing project which began in late March 2020, addresses the Covid-19 pandemic through the direct experiences of Tucson’s frontline, essential workers, and first responders. Each participant shares in their own words how the pandemic impacted them, their family, the work they do and the people they serve. The captions here are a small glimpse of the subject’s larger statement. To date, nearly 90 individuals have been photographed.
After brief instruction from me, you will look into the lens of my camera as if you are looking at yourself in a mirror with the intention to give yourself a few moments to silently and gently drop all of your titles, roles, and responsibilities, to simply appreciate who you are as you are. For many, a Soul Portrait session is a restorative and transformational experience.
Tucson Black Voices
Tucson Black Voices, a portrait project by Kathleen Dreier Photography, features the diverse experiences of our Black community. May we all become proactive allies as a result.
Tucson Frontline Workers
Tucson Frontline Workers, essential workers, and first responders share their COVID-19 experiences.
Soul Portrait sessions, a portrait project by Kathleen Dreier Photography are a restorative and transformational experience.
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
Marco Colbert, Race Director Tucson Bicycle Classic
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
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