1. 2012 Running Start Women to Watch Awards

    During my early career I have been involved with the work of Running Start, an organization dedicated to inspiring young women to run for political office. 

    For the past two years I have had the honor of being their official event photographer at the Women to Watch Awards held annually at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. 

    You can take a peak at my favorite images below, as well as a clipping from a feature in The Hill on May 11. You can view the entire album of images from the May 9, 2012 awards at http://ellievanhouttephoto.photoshelter.com/gallery/5-9-2012/G00003oISqB7odVU

    Special appreciation goes out to the Running Start Team—- Susannah Shakow, Jessica Grounds, and Allison Dunatchik, as well as Gabrielle Giffords, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jacqueline Emerson (Hunger Games actress), Linda Carter, Capricia Marshall, Taryn Davis (The American Widow Project), Rocio Ortega, Natalie Randolph and the many other people who supported Running Start’s 2012 Awards.

    The main ballroom of the National Press Club fills up with guests.

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords enters the stage to receive a Running Start Award with the help of her friends Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.).

    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) stand on stage at the 2012 Women to Watch Awards.

    Hunger Games actress, Jacqueline Martin(far right) waits backstage to receive the Alumnae Tribute Award.

    Taryn Davis, Founder and Executive Director of the American Widow Project accepts the Patriot Award.

    Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall gives remarks to attendees after being award the Trailblazer Award.

    Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall gives remarks to attendees after being award the Trailblazer Award.

    Jacqueline Emerson, a Running Start alumnae and an actress in The Hunger Games enjoys conversation with guests.

    Guests enjoy the music of Suspicious Package after the awards.