I rave about most of the events I photograph, but this one is particularly special to me. Every year I can’t believe the immense talent that comes to our community in this annual celebration of diversity. The Reston Multicultural Festival is an all-day series of concerts, dance performances, food, crafts, costumes, and art from around the world. I’m continually proud of Reston’s cultural inclusivity, and this festival is a fantastic celebration of that spirit.

I photographed this year’s festival for Reston Community Center, and I’m really pleased with the photos. I love all the stories you can find in the people at this festival.

Leila Gordon, the Executive Director of Reston Community Center, sings the National Athem
Leila Gordon, the Executive Director of Reston Community Center, sings the National Athem

 

US Naturalization Ceremony
The country’s newest American celebrate after being announced US citizens at the Naturalization Ceremony.

 

Reston Multicultural Festival mariachi band
A mariachi band led the crowd from one stage to the next.

 

Reston Multicultural Festival child
A seven-year-old girl dressed in clothing from Mexico

 

Reston Multicultural Festival food
Tacos were one of many types of food available at the festival.

 

Reston Multicultural Festival kimono
Visitors could try on Japanese kimonos and learn origami.

 

Reston Multicultural Festival Irish dancers
Irish dancers

 

Belly dancer Madison Nunez at the Reston Multicultural Festival
Belly dancer

 

Furia Flamenca flamenco dancers at the Reston Multicultural Festival
Furia Flamenca dance troupe

 

Reston Multicultural Festival children's crafts
Children’s crafts

 

Reston Multicultural Festival
Burmese dancer

 

Reston Multicultural Festival
Indian dancer

 

Reston Multicultural Festival belly dancer Angel Roman
Belly dancer with sword on her head

 

Reston Multicultural Festival gospel
The Legendary Ingramettes gospel group

 

Reston Multicultural Festival kimono
Kimono

 

Reston Multicultural Festival crafts
Children’s crafts

 

Reston Multicultural Festival
Belly dancers

 

Reston Multicultural Festival Indian dancers
Indian dancers

 

 

Reston Multicultural Festival Indian dancers
Indian dancers

 

Reston Multicultural Festival belly dancer Madison Nunez
Belly dancer

 

Reston Multicultural Festival Nomad Dancers
Nomad dancers

 

What a blast this whole day was!

If you’d like me to photograph an event for you or your organization, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.


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Charlotte Geary

CHARLOTTE GEARY

Lifestyle, event, and portrait photographer with a vibrant, joyful style and 17 years of professional experience.

Located in Reston, Virginia near Washington, D.C. and available for travel.

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