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Help Portrait 2012

Three years ago I joined a Help Portrait community with the help of 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.

St. Patrick’s Parish in Bayshore puts on a really nice Christmas party for families in need that do not have much give their children this year. The church feeds these 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 kid a huge bag of gifts that were on their Christmas lists. It is one of the most heart-warming scenes I could ever describe.

My role in this whole thing is to take portraits of all the families that wish to receive a free portrait. The portrait could be of the children or the entire family. Giving the gift of photography, as the Deacon described it. We took professional portraits of each family and our friends at Picture Picasso are gracious enough to print all the pictures out for free. The photos are then delivered to the church where they are distributed to the families for Christmas.

It’s difficult to describe the excitement you feel when you are about to do something good and the reinforcement you feel once you have. I felt like I was on assignment to shoot an important celebrity and I wanted to crush it. I feel like we did. I am privileged to be one of the main shooters for this awesome event and I look forward to doing this and other charity events like it for years to come. If anyone does any charity work and would like to suggest adding photography to the mix, let me know. I would love to help!

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!

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Congratulations Peggy & Michael

Peggy & Mike are two very cool people. I had such a great time documenting their wedding for them. The weather was perfect, the Harbor Links Golf Club is awesome, The Times Square Orchestra kicked ass and their family and friends kept the party going strong all night. You just could not help yourself from singing the words to every song they played. There were not many people sitting during this reception.

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Congratulations you guys. I know you will have an awesome life together.

– Mark

To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as…

To continue my series on reflection images, I thought I would include this shot as I feel it can be important to the preparation images. Most often when covering the bride getting ready, it is tight quarters with people and stuff everywhere. It can sometimes be difficult to capture candid images of anyone when there is no where to hide…..always in their face. This is another situation where a mirror can really help. I was shooting some detail shots of the dress, shoes, etc. I hung the dress right next to the mirror on the closet door and I opened the door so my angle of view was of the bride having a moment to herself before she put her dress on. Simple and Effective. Without the dress in the composition, you wouldn't even know she was a bride. She could be tying her shoes getting ready for a run.

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Here is yet another piece of my reflections series

As much as I love and look for reflections when I am shooting, I will emphasize that they should be used smart and sparingly. I never did like the mirror prop for the class pictures in high school. I thought it was cheesy.What a coincidence that this newlywed and mother-to-be in this photo happened to post a reflective photo of herself recently of her baby bump. Nice work Kelly and I hope you're feeling well.

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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!