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!
This time of year is something special. Like everything else, it comes and goes and before you know if, it’s gone. I usually set aside some important time to go out and shoot fall foliage, but this year has been real busy. However, I was able to deprive myself of some much needed sleep and head over to Belmont Lake State Park early one morning this week at sunrise and get a few images. Holy shit was it cold, but it is beautiful and peaceful to be at such a busy place that early in the morning…..and so close to home.
It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over. This summer was no doubt the busiest summer season I have had yet and things don’t really change gears from this point. School begins next week, kids sports and activities are in full swing and wedding season does not begin to slow down until November.
Portrait bookings are coming in for late summer/fall outdoor family shoots. This is actually the perfect time of year to shoot outdoors as the heat and haze of the summer does not dilute the skies true clarity and color saturation. I am shooting just as many outdoor sessions over the next few months and I am in-studio sessions here at home base.
For this weeks image, I wanted to post one of my favorite images from summer. It’s an image of the fire island lighthouse I took at sunset at the Fire Island National Seashore. As breathtaking as this image looks in color, I chose to have this printed on metallic paper in black & white due to the tasteful tones and contrast the image displays when the color is removed. It places more of the focus on the lighthouse in this composition, because the lighthouse itself is black and white.
I hope everyone had an awesome summer and I look forward to a very picturesque autumn season.
This weeks image is one that is almost impossible to figure out the context unless you are actually familiar with the subject. This gentleman happens to be the lead singer of a kick-ass wedding band named The Times Square Orchestra. The message this image conveys for me is this; If the singer of the band at your wedding puts on a Michael Jackson glove and starts singing Billy Jean, there’s a chance the bride and groom may want to remember that.
I hope everyone had an awesome 4th of July yesterday!
Just a sneak peak at the wedding from this past weekend. We were blessed with such a beautiful day and we all had an awesome time. I grabbed some from the batch as I skimmed through quickly and decided to post just a few. There is still a lot of work to be done as this was a very long day and a lot of pictures to go through.
I am going to be very busy through the next few months, but I will definitely find some time to post some pictures with a little blurb at the very least.
Congratulations Angela & Mark!
The wedding album is the icing on the cake for me when it comes to wedding photography. It’s the ultimate presentation of the favorite images and it better be pretty damn awesome. Which is why I enjoy designing these books so much.
Some time after the bride & groom have seen their images, they will select their favorites for the album or allow me the power so select these images, or a little of both. In either case, I then get to work on designing a book that begins as a single blank white page and becomes a carefully designed masterpiece filled with some of their most cherished memories of the wedding day.
With such a beautiful day, spring fever has kicked in pretty hard. I booked a couple of weddings this past weekend for guests that attended a Fire Island beach wedding I photographed. I got inspired to build a few collages from that beach wedding and one communion collage since it is that time of year. I hope everyone is enjoying the weather we’re blessed with this weekend.