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Katie & Joe – July 24, 2015
Starting the Wedding Fun off @ The Platinum Salon in Hanover Square, with a familiar crew of Family & Friends all around, for my Niece Katie’s big day.
I’ve been working my way through a Full Summer of Shooting Weddings Each & Every Weekend, and guess what kiddo?
I’ve FINALLY started yours! Here’s just a little tease preview for you, because you’ve been so patient!!!
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Katie & Joe – July 24, 2015

Today my Niece Katie takes that walk down the Wagner’s Winery Aisle to meet her Groom Joe.
Thursday Nights Rehearsal & Dinner was fun! CONGRATULATIONS & have a GREAT Wedding Day today!!!
BLUEMOVES even made the trip up to Lodi! She hasn’t been that far away from home in 25 years!
It’s funny…even now when I get behind that wheel..I still feel like that 18 year old kid who bought her, nearly 40 years ago!
Really “Cleaned the Pipes” if you know what I mean!

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“Trust Me Boys…Just Trust Me!”

So it’s Cassie & my old buddy Matt’s Wedding Day.

I’m shooting the ladies through the early afternoon as they are getting ready at a local winery, and I have to meet Matt & his guys down in Downtown Watkins Glen on The Pier @ 2:30 to do our shots of the guys along the Watkins Harbor. I’m halfway there when Matt calls me and says “Watkins is just Nuts!” It’s the Cardboard Boat Regatta in full force, and traffic is barely moving. Parking spots? Good luck there! People ALL OVER EVERYWHERE! Our Pier idea is toast. OK……so this is where I’m Really, Really Good! Improvising! Creating Something out of Nothing!

As I’m driving, I remember that I just passed this great old, beat to hell cottage/farmhouse that I have passed a million times while heading up the lake to other Weddings. So I tell Matt to meet me there with the guys, and we’ll do our shoot right there. So the Boys arrive, and while getting out of their cars they all give me “THE LOOK”. I’ve seen it a Million times! Whenever I take clients to spots that I just know will be killer backgrounds, they ALWAYS give me this “LOOK” of total disbelief! “WTH are we going to do here” they always ask? This time they were also worried that the place was going to collapse on all of us! “So when exactly did the Beverly Hillbillies move out?” someone asked…lol and I’m chuckling all the while.

“Trust Me Boys! Just Trust Me!”….when you finally see what I’m creating here….you’ll ALL be telling me what a Camera God I TRULY AM! Like my hero David Letterman always says…..”There’s NO OFF POSITION on the GENIUS SWITCH!”
So Gentlemen……….What do you think now?
You’re Welcome!!!!
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“Pavarotti” of First Arena!

A shot I took early in the 2014-2015 Elmira Jackals ECHL Hockey Season of Talented Elmira Soloist Michael Burrell, performing the National Anthem. A moment of Pleasure of both Sight & Sound.
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Flam! Bam! Thank-You Ma’am!

Exciting news at the 211 Studio. Mysteriously last night, I found two new Baby Flamingo additions to my already assembled Flock! It’s as if I found a Baby wrapped in a Blanket on my doorstep!!!! Perhaps someday the mystery will be solved!

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From “CHEERS” to Root Beers?

A scene from last night’s Wagner Vineyards Wedding Reception of Lydia & Mark, while one of he crew was dishing up delicious Wagner Root Beer Floats!  She insisted that her name was Olivia, but we all know that she was really Kirstie Alley, less her Vulcan Star Trek ears! These Celebrities….always trying to go incognito on us!
So whadaya think????
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Rain, Rain…………………… C’Mon Let’s Play!!!

So who says that you can’t have fun, while at the same time Capturing Lots of Really Great Images if it just so happens to sprinkle a little bit on your Wedding Day???
Who says that? NOT  Melissa & Matt, nor I or their fun Wedding Gang up at Wagners!!! LET IT RAIN!!!!
PS: Remember….The absolute BEST light for photography is when you have a cloudy sky to kill the harsh, contrasty light & shadows that you get in bright, direct sunshine!

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And We’re Off…..My 2015 Wedding Season has Begun!

A few quick, sweet shots from this evening’s Wedding of Natalie & Jared – May 01, 2015.

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“His Spirit Lives On”

A while back I posted this original image from my recent shoot of the Horseheads Fire Department. Since then I received a couple of requests by family, to see if I could add Brother & Father Dick into the mix. Not one to back down from a challenge, I figured this would be a great way to show off some of my Photoshop skills! I did it in a couple of versions…one where he looks real and where he was actually a part of the shoot, and the other is a more spirtual looking version. Let me know what you think, and which one you like the best?As many of you know Dick Sullivan was the Past HFD Fire Chief and he passed away very unexpectedly on 04/05/06.
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“Where there’s Smoke, there’s Fire”

I’ve been busier than hell the past few days with the beginning of a week long portrait shooting session of ALL the Members of the Horseheads Fire Department…my buddies across the street from my 211 Studio. Having formerly been both a Horseheads, and a Town & Country Fireman myself, this shoot provided me with the chance to greet and catch up with many old friends, as well as to meet and get to know a bit, many of the newer members that have joined the ranks in recent years. Speaking of old friends, this afternoon I had the privilege to shoot my lifelong old buddy, HFD Chief Artie Sullivan, along with his two nephews, Kevin & Patrick, both of whom I have known since they were little boys. In my opinion, this is one of my all time favorite, meaningful, family portraits.

So what do you think? Is this shot SMOKING HOT, or what???
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