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“Bowl Much?”

Isn’t it funny how things just seem to happen for a reason? I had this past Saturday off without a Wedding Shoot, and that’s not too common an occurrence during the middle of July. But as fate would have it that worked out for the best, as last week an old Fire Department Buddy of mine passed away after a long illness. Thomas Lynch was his name……Tommy to his friends….he owned and ran Hibbard’s Hardware in Hanover Square when we were all growing up. So it was the middle of the week when my good friend HFD Chief Artie Sullivan asked if I was available on Saturday, and if I could shoot Tommy’s Funeral services, that would be held at the Station right across the street from my Studio…and as luck would have it I could.

Tommy  was 74 years old, and a Volunteer for 51 years with our Horseheads Fire Department, and back in the ’70’s when I was also a HFD member, I got to share some fun times with Tommy on the Softball Field and also in the local  Bowling Alleys. He and I, we both bowled a lot and we prided ourselves on being(or at least thinking) that we were pretty good……. so that being said we always joked around with each other….whenever one of us was really sucking up the alleys by having a bad night, missed an easy shot, left a split, or especially if we sucked while out of town at a Fire Department Tournament, we always had  something special to yell at each other, right at that moment when we were so pissed that we either blew an easy shot, or just threw a terrible ball….we’d always yell….”BOWL MUCH?”  , and then bust out laughing! Tommy was the first of my teammates on our old softball team to pass away.
Rest In Peace my friend….and every time I’ll hear the thunder from now on, I’ll think of you and quietly mouth the words while asking that time tested question …..“Bowl Much?”

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Guthrie Corning Hospital – The Future IS HERE!

Took the walking tour this afternoon of the brand new Guthrie Corning Hospital Campus, and let me just say this….IMPRESSIVE!
This Facility is so Futuristic & Hi-Tech, so Beautiful, so Top Shelf…..it ALMOST makes you want to be sick, so you can spend some time there. To all involved….. A JOB TREMENDOUSLY WELL DONE! A Great Addition & Asset to our local Medical Communnity.
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Cruise Tattoo’s

The Family went on a Cruise to Bermuda in mid May to celebrate my In-Laws 60th Wedding Anniversary, and while roaming our ship one afternoon looking for my next photographic conquest, I noticed the large assortment of folks sporting really neat tattoo’s, so I decided I’d chronicle all I could, and post a gallery showcasing them. As I chatted with them before doing the shoot I was amazed that pretty much all of the people had an interesting story or two to go along with each bit of ink, and it was neat listening to all of the proud owners telling me about their unique body art! From the first gentleman who acknowledged he spends way too much time watching monster movies & horror flicks, to the military guy, a few religious/spiritual folks, to the final young man who because of his older brother knew that he would never be his Dad’s #1 Son, so he inked himself as #1A Son on the back of his calves. The compilation came out kinda neat….Enjoy!

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Army Days

Memorial Day, brings back memories from long ago, when brave young men & women went off to fight in World War II, the “War to End All War’s” or so they said……so what a perfect day to post a few more Army & Air Force themed personal favorites from this weekend’s moving Return of the Red Tails event honoring the Heroic Tuskegee Airmen of WWII, held at the Wings Of Eagles Discovery Center. As the Events Official Photographer I had the honor to spend the day amongst these hero’s, and also with one of the only two remaining P-51 Fighters that are still flying today.  It was a true honor. My thanks to all the Period Re-En actors featured in these great shots.

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I’ll Be Waiting….

Memorial Day, what a perfect day to post a few personal favorites from this weekend’s moving Return of the Red Tails event honoring the Heroic Tuskegee Airmen of WWII. As the Event Photographer I had the honor to spend the day amongst these hero’s, and also with one of the only two remaining P-51 Fighters that are still flying today.  It was a true honor. My thanks to all the Period Re-En actors featured in these great shots… our Fly-Boy Calvin, and the lovely, vintage Miss Racquel, who looks like she just stepped out of Hollywood in the ’40’s. Great Job you two!

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Four Years Ago Today…

I just realized after glancing at the Calendar that it was four years ago yesterday & today that Shelly & I  were honored to be guests at The White House while shooting my most incredible Engagement Session ever! To roam the halls of the White House while shooting Mary & David……the feeling just can’t be explained! Then to top that, we received an Invitation to the Formal Welcoming Ceremonies for the Mexican President, all being held the next day out on the White House South Lawn. Never in a Million Years would I have ever dreamed I’d have this chance to shoot at the most famous residence in the world! :)
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Anchors Away…

This afternoon, I had the pleasure to meet & shoot a military long timer @ the 211 Studio. Bert J. Olechnowicz – 3rd Assistant Engineer – U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command…..Bert’s back home in Binghamton, NY for a short but well deserved break between deployments in the Middle East. He says he’s heading back in a few weeks for his 5th deployment. Thanks Bert, for all you do to keep us all safe!
And to the rest of you Active Duty Military people out there….contact me while you are home on leave, and as my sincere Thanks to you for your service to all of us….I’ll shoot you for FREE! & you don’t even have to duck!!!!
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Zeigler Florist – A Taste of Spring!

Bringing a Little Spring to an eagerly awaiting region!

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Our Hometown Horseheads Florists, just around the corner through Hanover Square from  my 211 Studio, is owned & operated by my buddies Don & Paul Zeigler. Needless to say, they ALWAYS do Fantastic work, and are truly a pleasure to work with on each & every Wedding that we share.

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Pink In The Rink

ELMIRA, N.Y. – March 29, 2014
Here’s a couple of my favorite shots from last night’s “Pink in the Rink” Cancer Fighting themed night, all helping the Susan G. Komen  “Fight For The Cure”  cancer fighting crusade. The Elmira Jackals’ inaugural “Pink In the Rink” presented by Wine and Design, drew the largest crowd of the season with 3,995 in attendance at First Arena on Saturday night.
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“At Close Range”

August 25, 2012 I had the honor to Photograph the Wedding of Katelynn Reed & Billy Olin. Keith Reed was Katelynn’s Dad. Some of my Wedding Images will be a part of this documentary, airing Friday Night on NBC, detailing the story of Keith’s murder, less than 4 weeks after the Wedding.
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In September 2012, the body of popular school superintendent Keith Reed was found by his home in western New York.As his family struggled to make sense of the horror, investigators looked for answers. Friday March 21, 2013 on Dateline NBC, Dennis Murphy reports on a story about a small-town murder brewed in cyber-space.
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