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The Cake!

At every event, there is usually a cake. And that cake may have been custom made for an honoree, or was picked out of a catalog. Nonetheless, it is an important decision in the planning of your event…..and should not go undocumented.

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Happy 4th of July!

I know it’s a little late, but I was not able to post this on time. After all, the holiday fell right smack in the middle of the week. Anyway, these are a few fireworks shots I took when we visited Disney earlier this spring. I love the show they put on at the Magic Kingdom. By the way, the view from the Robert Moses Bridge on Wednesday night was pretty cool seeing all the residential fireworks for miles.

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Congratulations Christopher!

It seem like such a short time ago when I was trying to teach my son Christopher to speak, and now I can not get him to be quiet. They say time flies when you’re having fun, but it takes some real effort to take it all in and enjoy every moment. Here you are, just completed your first year of elementary school and with flying colors and smiles.

I am so proud of you Christopher in all that you have achieved. You are very intelligent and there is never a dull moment when you are around. You are always eager to learn and always keep me active playing sports together, doing things we both enjoy. I am very proud when you call me dad and that you still say I am your best buddy in the world, because you are mine.

What tops it all off is your amazing personality. It is setting a great example for your proud, silly sister who is certain to follow in your footsteps. She sure enjoys being around you.

Love you Buddy!

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Last day in Florida….

It is a beautiful one at that. In a few minutes, I’ll be enjoying a Jai Alai IPA from Cigar City Brewing here in Tampa Florida. This may be one of my favorite beers on the planet. I get this in the craft beer section of my local distributor on Long Island. They sell this in the supermarket down here.

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Florida Continued….

Every time we visit Mom in Florida, we always take a trip to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. Lots of cool animals that you can see up close. It seems to put the kids in a good mood, which then puts me in a good mood. We had a nice time.

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The many silly faces of Mackenzie. Her and Chris love to make us laugh.

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Sunshine State

View from the balcony this morning. Missed the sunrise by a couple of minutes, but I took a couple of snaps anyway. I wonder if I lived here, would I appreciated this as much……hell yeah!

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– Mark

Rumors Confirmed – Disney Is Fun!

I haven’t been to Disney World since I was a kid, so I was looking forward to going almost as much as the kids. Chris got a Disney trip for his 6th birthday and has been waiting for 4 months to go. What a huge place! Words can not describe how big this place is (unless your discussing the actual square mileage of property).

It felt good to get away, even if it meant two straight days of walking and carrying stuff. Mackenzie actually stayed awake through the fireworks whereas Chris was knocked out before they even started. Of course, cause he did all the walking while the princess rode in the stroller and had a nap.

Chris really wanted to try his first roller coaster. So we went toward Space Mountain and jumped on the rocket ship ride directly across from it. Lots to see and do, had an awesome time with the family.

Just a few of Chris’ favorite pics.

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Youth Sports

My son Christopher has become quite the aspiring athlete. Ever since he was born, I dreamt of coaching him while he learned and grew playing sports. At 5 years old, he has already played soccer, pee wee tackle football and he is now in his 3rd year of baseball.

As a manager/coach of his baseball team, I am not able to get pictures of him playing in the games, while I am on the field coaching. My wife takes care of that with her camera and she does a good job. I was always interested in trying my skills at sports photography and what better way to get a feel for it than to shoot your own kid.

When he began playing football last summer, I was able to bring my camera down to the field while he practiced and get some nice shots from outside the fence and I was happy with that. After a scrimmage game right before the season began, I shot over 300 pictures of all the players and emailed the gallery to the coaches and parents so they could see and enjoy all the photos. They were all very appreciative to see such close action pictures of their own kids playing in game.

I approached the head coach and asked if it were possible to get onto the field for all the games and shoot from the sidelines. In football, the only people allowed on the field were coaches and players. Sometime this meant that you were watching the game as far as 50 yards away. In return, I would document the entire game and be sure to get pictures of all the players and email the link from my site to the coaches and parents each week to they can see all the pictures. They were excited about the idea and now the team had an official photographer.

Each week the pictures got better and better and I was really enjoying sports photography.  I covered every game from 2011 season. The parents were enjoying the photographs each week, so much in fact that I was actually getting hired to shoot some away games for the older divisions. I began to wonder if this could be another opportunity for me. As a wedding photographer, I love shooting weddings and events. Shooting sports to me was very different and so much fun. I felt it was a perfect balance to keep shooting all the time and never get tired of it.

I recently went to register my son for football this upcoming season and I met the commissioner who had apparently seen some of the photos I took from last year. He asked if I would be interested in covering some of the games this coming season for him and the photos would be showcased in the league newsletter and who knows what else will come of it.

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