Natalie Slater Photography, LLC


Photographer + Designer

TOMS Shoes: Event Photography

A few weeks ago I got an email from a friend of mine that works at Soderquist Center, in Northwest Arkansas. Apparently Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes, was going to be speaking at John Brown University for leadership week, and Soderquist Center needed a photographer to document the event. I had heard of Toms Shoes and I knew their basic mission as a company, but most of the information I knew was from passing conversations and campus events that I had experienced during my undergrad. It was such a pleasure to meet Blake, I had the chance to ask him a few questions and listen to a lot of great stories while the journalists backstage interviewed him. I think the biggest thing I took from interacting with Blake was a reminder that giving back can be simple, but not easy. Toms Shoes reminded me and reinforced the idea that I really want to find a way to use my passion of photography and design in a giving back kind of way, maybe through something like Help Portrait, but, Blake got my brain spinning, trying to think of ways that I could give back to the world through my abilities. I have yet to come up with how to apply his wisdom to my passions, but, I know it'll come together.

Anyway, here are a handfull of pictures from the day:

TOMS Shoes...

The Interviews

Chapel Video

Blake Speaking

Blake Talking about TOMS Shoes

Blake took photos with students

He also signed things..including shoes...

In the Afternoon there was a Q&A

More Q&A

People could text in questions and Blake would answer them

Blake Mycoskie founder of TOMS Shoes

Anyway, it was a really great day, I learned a lot and I want to thank Soderquist Center for hiring me, it was a joy to photograph this event.