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Help Portrait 2013

This was my 4th year volunteering for Help Portrait. I was turned on to the idea thanks to my friends over at Long Island Photo Gallery. I researched the movement and I found that their mission was quite simple. Find people in need and take their picture. Well, St. Patrick’s Parish in Bayshore made it simple for us. They found us the people and we showed up with tons of gear to take professional portraits for every family.

The church puts on a really nice Christmas party for families in need that do not have much to give their children for the holidays. They feed the families a nice meal, Radio Disney comes in to get the kids dancing and laughing and then Santa Clause comes in for a visit to deliver each child a bag of gifts that were on their Christmas list. It is one of the most heart-warming experiences I have ever been a part of.

My role in this whole thing is to take portraits of all the families that wish to receive a free portrait. Giving the gift of photography, as the Deacon described it. Some of the families do not have much to smile about, but the children were adorable and excited to see Santa. We took professional portraits of each family and our friends at LIPG were generous enough to print all the pictures for the church so they can distribute them to the families.

I am privileged to be part of this awesome event and I look forward to doing it for years to come.

Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

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Image of the Week | Fun Shots

When time allows, I enjoy spending some time with the bride and groom to capture some fun shots that play off their personalities. These shots are never preconceived, it all depends on the subjects. I have been fortunate to have met some pretty cool and fun people, the anti bridezilla.

This week is a quick hit cause I have a lot of work to catch up on due to the holiday week coming up. I want to wish everyone out there a very Happy Thanksgiving and I hope you get to spend some time with the family.

Congratulations Amy & Joe!

I absolutely love doing engagement sessions. Time constraints and agendas are not a factor. To me, it is more like a hang out session and there are many benefits. It gives me the opportunity to get to know the couple that will be in front of my camera on the day of the wedding, and that is huge. Now I know exactly what type of images they are looking for and that mind set is in place to start the wedding day.

They went on their first date in Manhattan where there seems to be plenty to do. They visited Bryant Park on their way to Rockefeller Center to see the tree and then went to the Top of the Rock. Once I heard that after asking for the story of how they met, I knew that was exactly what should do for their engagement shoot. We walked to Bryant Park from Penn Station, then to the NY Public Library before we ended up at Rockefeller Center the day before the tree was to be taken down.

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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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– Mark

Festive Engagement Session – Mike & Peggy

As we say goodbye to 2011, I can’t help but look back at all the great opportunities I was given this past year to capture some awesome images. 2011 was my busiest year so far for bookings and I hope to take it to the next level in 2012. You really do need to give it your everything in order to do this things you love and be successful. Nothing short of my best will do in life. I really believe that I raise my expectations for self-satisfaction every time I shoot.

I look forward to posting a mash up of my favorite images from 2011, but not before my final event which happens to be a wedding on the last day of the year. This post is to congratulate an awesome couple I met earlier this year. We had a recent engagement session at RexCorp plaza and is decorated beautifully this time of year. Great festive outdoor scenery, while allowing for indoor shelter and décor to get the feeling back in our fingers. Especially mine, which was on the shutter most of the time.

Congratulations Peggy & Mike. I look forward to shooting you guys again soon….

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Happy Holidays! I wish everyone a Happy and Safe New Year!