Why Best Friends Pekka & Mike Are The Ultimate Best Buddies

March 16, 2022

As some of you may know, Best Buddies Tennessee is one of my absolute favorite charities that I work with. Mike Maguire and Pekka Rinne are proof that Best Buddies has a positive impact on not only the buddies but those who witness the true friendship. The Best Buddies mission is to: create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership experiences for people with intellectual disabilities, and to promote inclusion in every aspect of society. For the past 8+ years, I have had the pleasure of capturing so many amazing moments, but … THESE PRECIOUS MOMENTS FROM PEKKA RINNE‘S RETIREMENT PARTY IN NASHVILLE TOP THEM ALL.

For those of you who are not from Nashville, this is Mike Maguire and Pekka Rinne from the Nashville Predators. Pekka retired at the end of February this year and is beloved by many for his truly incredible contributions to the Preds team, but I must tell you from YEARS of photographing these two, he truly has an amazing heart and has been such a wonderful friend to Mike, along with all of the participants of Best Buddies. Pekka became buddies with Mike 10 years ago and it’s no surprise that Pekka and his sweet family spent their last night in Nashville, before flying back to Finland, celebrating with Mike for his 55th birthday.

Pekka, you’ve got a heart of gold and I admire that about you. You are in a position to influence so many people with your generosity and compassion, and I truly hope that you continue to do so. Alongside Best Buddies, the world will become a better place.

PHOTOGRAPHY SETUP: To keep things soft, simple, and clean, I used a single strobe modified with a large umbrella and diffusion fabric. This gave me great, even coverage, and allowed for the focus to be on these two and their friendship!

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