It took over a month to produce this album. Sorry about that.

From May 14-16th I attended the Libertarian Party of CA Convention, to do our state party business, elect officers, make any changes to bylaws & platform, and to see my fellow activists! We had a great fundraiser after our gala dinner – I became a Lifetime member of the CA state party as well (I became a Lifetime member of National in July 2020).

I love taking pictures of our events. I like making Libertarians look good, I like our candidates using my photos for their campaign pictures, and I’ve been so touched when I learn that people are using my photos for special remembrances or printed. In 2018 I took a photo of a delegate with some of his friends, and later learned he’d been diagnosed with cancer and passed away – they used the photo I took in his memorial, and his friends cherished that I’d captured their moment with him. These stories simultaneously make my heart break and soar. It is profoundly moving to learn how I can affect people by clicking a shutter.

My photo album from LP California can be found on Facebook here.

I attend conventions in which I’m a delegate on my own dime – I wasn’t paid by the party to produce this album, and I’d have attended the convention whether or not I photographed it. However, people often ask if they can use my pictures (the answer is always yes) and if they can pay me for them. Donations are always welcome – I use them to fund my activism and travel and more photography opportunities.

If you’d like to contribute towards my photos:
-Venmo @avens
-Cashapp $avensobrien
-Paypal is http://paypal.me/avensobrien
-My Bitcoin address:  1Ht8EqhmMmdksgXfY3W7tarfYf1w9iuyPU

Any amount is appreciated. Some people donate $10, $50, others have donated $200 or more.  The average donation is usually somewhere around $30, and not everybody donates – that’s okay! The idea is you get these photos, and if you can, contribute towards it, but I’m not here to make it harder for you to look good. My mission is to make liberty look good, and I don’t want you to miss out because you can’t afford to pay for pro headshots! If you need high-res shots without watermark, PLEASE email me to request them. Sending me which shots you want from the album in unwatermarked/high-res form is helpful so I can find them/you easier. My email for photo requests is applesobrienATgmailDOTcom. You know what to do with the AT and DOT.

Finally:

Message me directly if you don’t like a photo of yourself and want it taken down. Please tag your friends!

Feel free to use these photos anywhere, as profile pictures, as headshots, whatever you want. You don’t need to ask, though credit/tags is always appreciated if appropriate to the context.

For those camera-inclined who want to know what I shot with: it was a Sony a7s with a Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm 0.95 Full Frame Manual Focus Lens.

Peace, love & liberty,

Avens