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Helene Foundation Annual Gala 2016

Bidders winning at the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video


Covering the The Helene Foundation Annual Gala 2016 is the best!!!  I love it when an event is seamless ~ these guys have it down.  It was an honor to photograph this event again ~ seeing a lot of the same faces from last year and then all the new faces!  The Helene Foundation does amazing work in this community and it is an opportunity for me to see the good that is being done, happening right here in the area.  The Helene Foundation Gala 2016 celebrates the opportunity to give to those who need the help  while going through cancer treatment.  I am so proud of this foundation and all who play a part in making this event so successful!  Enjoy a few of the photos!  I had a blast and so did everyone else!


Logo for the Helene Foundation

The Helene Foundation logo



Who We Are
The Helene Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established in 2009 in honor of Helene Davidian. Although she retired from nursing when her children were born, she spent her life serving and giving to others. In May 2008, she was diagnosed with cancer and was taken from us on May 31, 2009. The Davidian family felt that establishing a Foundation in her name would allow her to continue her passion of serving and giving to others.
Our Mission

The Helene Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to North Carolina families with mothers actively undergoing cancer treatments. We focus on immediate, practical support and services for mothers and families fighting cancer.
The assistance we provide includes, but is not limited to, meals for the families delivered to the home, housecleaning, child care, tutoring services if needed, and assistance with arranging transportation to medical appointments. Each family and situation is unique and their services are based on the mother’s requests. The Helene Foundation strives to help families keep as normal an environment as possible while engaged in their cancer fight. Families are referred by a hospital social worker, and upon acceptance, are “adopted” for a 6 month period. Should the mother lose her fight with cancer, the family continues to receive assistance through their 6 month adoption. Since 2009, the Helene Foundation has provided over $100,000 to 32 North Carolina families!

Exciting times for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Exciting times at the beginning of the event

Bidders winning at the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

I won the bid!!!!

Room set up for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

A room with a view!

Candles photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Candles for those helped

Guests being photographed by iWP Photography & Video

A toast to the Helene Foundation!

A beautifully made program for The Helene Foundation Gala 2016

Program for the event

Helene Foundation Gala by IWP Photography & Video

Foodies unite! The North Hills Renaissance Hotel has amazing food

Fun times to be had on the stage soon at the Helene Foundation Gala 2016

The stage is set!

Green Screen photography by TapSnap

TapSnap working their magic at the event for green screen photography

Guest at the Helene Foundation Gala 2016

That’s a great looking group!

Helene Foundation Gala 2016

A beautiful cake decorated with a peacock for the Gala

Table setting for the Helene Foundation Gala photographed by IWP Photography & Video

Table setting for the Helene Foundation Gala




Custom Benefit Auctions

Ben Farrell getting the crowd excited about the auction

Press release for our big news!!!! IWP has been nominated for Best Event Photography by ISES!



PRESS RELEASE                                                                                       

Contact: Mica Parekh @

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International Special Events Society

Tesh Parekh, Owner of IWP Photography & Video, Raleigh, NC is an award recipient for the prestigious ISES Esprit Awards from the International Special Events Society (ISES) in the categories of Best Event Photography for Rakhee and Hiten’s Magnificent Indian Wedding.  Tesh has been a special event professional for 10 plus years.  In that time, Tesh has also won Best Entertainment for Weddings, presented to him by NACE for his other talent of LIVE Watercolor Paintings.

The Best Event Photography event nominated for a 2012 ISES Esprit was a beautiful multiple day Indian wedding that captured all the glamour and grandeur of Rakhee and Hiten’s special day.  They wanted a photographer that would capture the details of their event, and the depth of their love, artistically.

Tesh Parekh  says” “Quote”

ISES honors industry excellence through its prestigious awards program, the ISES Esprit Awards which fuel a spirit of competition within designated categories. ISES Esprit Awards gain global visibility and recognition for ISES members. It honors special event professionals who exhibit a “spirit of excellence” in their work. The importance of global industry recognition helps improve industry standards internationally and further promote our professionalism. ISES is dedicated to recognizing excellence in events and rewarding those individuals whose vision and creativity make their events “Special.” (

Taste of NC 2012 at the Pinehurst Resort – by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

As commercial photography and video business, we provide our services to hotels and restaurants. So when we were thrilled to be the part of North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association‘s 2012 Taste of NC. This year’s event was at the beautiful Pinehurst Resort. Mica and I provided photography and video service for the event. This post is preview of the images. A highlight video clip will be posted soon. The English Garden provided beautiful and interesting floral arrangements and centerpieces. We enjoyed capturing the food, fun and award ceremony…

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

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Meet our newest team member – Liz Riley

IWP Photography & Video, along with Tesh’s Fine Art and Photography is proud to announce that Liz Riley has joined our team as a Senior Account Executive.  Liz has many years in sales and marketing and is very excited about her opportunity with IWP.   When asked about the most exciting part of this new venture, Liz said: “I look forward to working with Mica and Tesh to help build the Corporate National Account side of their business!” Liz will be covering a large territory for IWP Photography & Video and be working with mostly corporate accounts.  Please call Liz Riley at 919.606.2225 to welcome Liz and when you have a Corporate Photography need.  We are excited to have her as part of our team!

Liz Riley, Senior Account Executive

AENC’s September 2011 Member Luncheon – by Raleigh Corporate and Commercial Photographer

On September 12th, The Durham Convention Center hosted AENC‘s Member luncheon.  There were several break out sessions and also a special demonstration of

One of our sponsors was Megan Risley, with Dress for Success.  Dress for Success Triangle NC, founded April 2008, promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women succeed in work and in life.

Rod Abraham, from Rod Abraham Group, spoke for a few minutes about his love of Durham and planning events here!

The luncheon was a great success, with a presentation by Harrison Coerver, with Harrison Coerver & Associates.  His book,  Race for Relevance, was the topic and he has some great points to share with the group changes that Associations need to make now for growth.

IWP Photography & Video enjoys covering these events for AENC.  They are alway extremely informative, and all the members are like family!

Mica Parekh


IWP Photography &  Video


Memorial Service for the Fallen North Carolina Firefighters – by Raleigh Commercial and Editorial Photographer

I have to admit that I complain a lot. About almost everything- business, bills, insurance, weather, health, government, traffic, social media, internet, smartphones, f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO- the list goes on… And then I find myself photographing the memorial service for fallen firefighters. I am in a room (a big one- ballroom at the Raleigh Convention Center) full of these brave firefighters, their families and friends. And candles which are symbolic of the fallen firefighters. And there are many candles. Each fallen firefighter will be remembered. Each candle will be lit. Loved ones of the fallen firefighter will stand up (some more than once). It is quiet in the room, except for the announcement of names. This brotherhood is strong. I salute the ones who are present in the room and pray for the ones who are being remembered. Thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for risking your lives and everything else to save others. At end of the service, loved ones will find candles of their fallen ones. I have friends who are firefighters. And I have friends who were saved by the firefighters. Just looking at these images brings tears to my eyes…

– Tesh Parekh

IWP Photography




Bill Cowher (ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach) delivered the keynote address earlier in the day.


Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 4 Seminars) by Raleigh Corporate Events Photographer

Our last day of the photo and video assignment for the Lotus Survival Foundation. We will leave St. Petersburg, Florida tomorrow and head home to Raleigh. We were honored to be part of this retreat. We have met many wonderful participants, speakers and Lotus team members. Claudia and Jose Aguirre continue to amaze us! We thank them for this wonderful opportunity. Today’s featured speakers were Amy Sear, and Scott Phillips. Amy gave a seminar on Asian secrets of self-healing. Scott, who is with Oncology at the Heritage hospital, gave a seminar on Patient Navigation. Very useful information. Lotus Foundation will be sharing information that can benefit both survivors and caregivers. Please check Foundation’s website: in next few days.

This concludes our photography posts on the retreat. We will be posting video clips in next few days. Tesh is working on Tina and Divakar’s Wedding images and will be posting Ceremony and Reception preview soon.

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

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Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 3 seminars) by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

The Day 3 of the retreat featured many speakers who educated participants on variety of topics. Featured here are Susan McHugh, Xiomara Boyce, Tania Fabela and Get REAL & HEEL team from UNC- Amber, DJ, and Jean. All the sessions are very interactive with everyone sharing their life experiences. If one thing I will take away from this retreat is that I should never complaint- there are some amazing folks here who have overcome incredible odds to not only survive, but, thrive! And Audrey Giron was there to make everyone laugh! Mica had photographed Audrey’s Laughing Yoga session couple of days ago. Tomorrow morning I will be off to video her another session in the morning!

– Tesh & Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

919-622-5399/ 919-270-2510



Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg, Florida Retreat (Day 2 Seminars) – by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

Mica and I are in St. Petersburg, Florida to capture Lotus Survival Foundation’s first retreat. We are doing both photography and video for this event. We had published highlight images yesterday and have also started publishing video clips to our YouTube channel:

What can be a better way to start the day than with laughing yoga?! The day was full of fun and educational seminars. Audrey Giron had everyone laughing on the beach, early in the morning. Breakfast was followed by Susan McHugh‘s session on dealing with difficult feelings. Areanne Breedlove provided Tax advice. Lori Ovitz did an amazing make over session! Lori will be doing this session for all the participants. There was even a birthday celebration for one of the participants!

We will continue our assignment tomorrow. Here are some of the highlight images from today.

– Tesh and Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

919-622-5399/ 919-270-2510



Lotus Survival Foundation: St. Petersburg Florida Retreat (Day 1 & 2) by Raleigh Commercial Photographer

Mica and I are honored to be the part of Lotus Survival Foundation‘s first retreat in St. Petersburg, FL. We travelled with Claudia & Jose Aguirre and more than 25 cancer survivors from Raleigh. We are currently in Florida, photographing and videographing the complete retreat. The retreat will feature speakers and sessions to help the cancer survivors heal their mind, body and soul. We urge to visit to learn more about Lotus Survival Foundation and support this great cause. We will be posting more images and video clips over next few days.

– Tesh and Mica Parekh

IWP Photography

919-622-5399/ 919-270-2510



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