Friday, March 23, 2012

Grab the tbt* Today 3/23/12

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Check out my article on beach yoga in today's weekend edition of the tbt*! Huge thanks to Wendy Hessinger for being my instructor that day at the Don CeSar on St. Pete Beach!!!
Don't want to get the paper? No problem! Check it out online
Got an idea for something I should try for a first time article? Let me know in the comments below!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I Got Shot! Me and Tim Tebow 3.9.12

The Famous Ashley Grant and Tim Tebow

I was lucky enough to be chosen as a "second shooter" at the DeBartolo Family Foundation's Ninth Annual All Star Charity Gala on Friday, March, 9, 2012. The main photographer was Glenda Madaris Czaplinski of  Artistic Photography by Glenda.

A lot of  current and former pro athletes were at the event! Two athletes that I was fortunate enough to "get shot" with were Tim Tebow and Joe Maddon. Needless to say Tebow was the star of the gala. Even though the room was filled to the brim with familiar faces, everyone seemed to want to meet the rising Florida Gator! I honestly didn't think I was going to get to interact with him let alone get a photo taken with him since it was such a hectic night, but at the last minute as Tebow was leaving an awesome deputy from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office offered to use my camera to snap the above pic.

Confession: Before that night I never really understood the hype over Tebow. I only really wanted a photo with him to make my pal Meredith a little jealous. Now, after hearing more about him and meeting him in person I can say he is very handsome and seems to be a genuinely compassionate nice guy. He never got mad that everyone was trying to talk to him even while he struggled to eat his dinner. He stopped eating every single time and greeted fans, took pictures and treated everyone as if they were the only ones in the room for those few moments of interaction. It was kind of fascinating to watch the crowd flock to him but I was relieved when they got a couple of security guards to act as a blockade between him and the fans so he could at least finish his meal.

I won't say I'm on the Tebow bandwagon though. Good for him that he is so strong in his values, believes so strongly in his religion and strives to be a great athlete, but I'm not a Tebow fan convert just yet. Maybe its because I can't get over the fact he was once a gator, or maybe the truth is I have never really been obsessed with any athletes...EVER. haha.

On a side note, for USF fans...I attempted to get him to throw the Bulls hand sign in the image he took with me. For a split second he was about to do it, hesitated and then realized what the hand sign was...He said "Hell no!" and then proceeded to laugh about me trying to trick him into it and just smiled for the pic. Glad he didn't get pissed and refuse to take the picture! ;)

The image below is me and Rays Manager Joe Maddon. This photo was taken by Glenda of Artistic Photography by Glenda.

The Famous Ashley Grant and Rays Manager Joe Maddon

I Got Shot! Me and Dan Cathy 3.21.12

The Famous Ashley Grant and Dan Cathy 

I had the pleasure of photographing the Chick-Fil-A lecture breakfast at the University of Tampa on Wednesday, March, 21, 2012. The image above is of me and Dan Cathy, President and COO of Chick-fil-A. Dan's father is Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-Fil-A Restaurants. 

Dan came to the school to talk to students in the college of business about entrepreneurship and leadership. Some of his keys to success included:

- taking care of yourself so that you can be healthy enough to take care of your business. Eat right, exercise, get enough sleep, mind your alcohol and keep your body and good overall shape.
- pass the baton to folks with like minded values. Have a team working for you that thinks the same way you do about business, ethics, morality, etc...
- To get bigger, be better. No matter what maintain a high level of quality. Strive to always find ways to be better at your business.
-  Watch your competitors. visit them, find out what they are doing right and wrong and learn from it!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I Love Living in Tampa Bay!

Downtown Tampa Bay 
I was just sitting here thinking about how much I love Tampa Bay so I thought I would share with all of you a photo I took on a recent photo shoot. We were shooting on Davis Island and this was the view from where I was standing and it just made me smile. 

I often take for granted how lucky I am to live in Tampa Bay. We've got pretty nice weather most of the time (beats the crap out of the weather from my home state of Kentucky); There are lots of awesome places to eat here (I love food!); The bars and clubs don't suck (Ladies night at Blue Martini!!); A beach is always a short drive away (okay so I hate sand getting everywhere, but I love the views!) Ahhhh, it's nice to just reflect sometimes on how great it is to live here.

What do you like about living in Tampa Bay? Chime in with a comment below!
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