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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???

My Moments with Matt

Had the pleasure today to shoot formal Portraits for my good friend, now Deacon Matt Jones, who is making the long journey towards becoming a Roman Catholic Priest. We had a  lot of fun doing this shoot. I’m hoping/betting that this is my “Get into Heaven Free” card!!! Put in a good word for me Padre’!
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Bridal Show…Here We Go!

I’ve been working the last few weeks, along with everything else over the holidays, on putting things together for this weekend’s 2015 Arnot Mall Bridal/Wedding Show. This is my 18th or 19th year for this annual January ritual (I’ve lost count, and can’t really find out for certain, because I’ve been in this show longer than anyone else, even the management!) Man how time fly’s! Anyway…I thought I would post a Bits-&-Pieces-Tease of these brand new, huge, super-prints of some of my favorite shots from this past, great 2014 Wedding Season. These giant 4 foot x 6 foot prints will be my main display in Centre Court all weekend long. Any of my Brides & Grooms out there recognize any of these shots? Jeremy, you can’t guess because YOU printed them all! lol Great Job as usual, by the way! Stop by, check ’em all out in their entirety, and say “Hello!” as I log in my hours for another yearly show.

My Moments With Matt

Sunday night was a great time to finish off this 2014 Christmas Weekend, so we hosted a small gathering of some very special Family & Friends for a Party/Dinner at one of Elmira’s little known Gems…The Fassett Cottage on West First Street. What a GREAT place! The warm feel, and all the antiques and special holiday touches made it seem like home, but without having to worry about cooking or doing the dishes! The Proprietor Bill Knapp & his partner cooked up a Fantastic Meal to top off the fun & conversation gathering. PLUS++ When was the last time you saw an actual UPSIDE DOWN CHRISTMAS TREE????
The best part of it for me, was catching up a bit with “my Son!” Deacon Matt Jones. Matt is a fine young man whom we have had the pleasure of getting to know from years ago, as he is a very close friend of our niece Katie.  A few years back, Matt answered a calling to become a Catholic Priest, and this June he will complete that lengthy & important journey.
The funny thing is that years ago, it became very common practice for us to be called Father & Son….I’d call him Son, he would call me Dad….because we both shared a common way of speaking! Let’s just say that we both are very prone to use a lot of colorful expletives, and anyone who knows either of us knows EXACTLY what I’m talking about. I mean we are EXPERT LINGUISTS at using certain words in multiple, descriptive ways…as Nouns, as Adjectives, as Verbs! You name it, we can use it with absolute precision for any situation, in any sentence, to describe any given moment in time! SO anyway…. Ole’ Dad was pleased to find out that even after four years of being in the Seminary was not able to alter this endearing trait/skill of his! We sat together at Dinner, and I questioned him on all the things I always wanted to ask a Priest, but was afraid to ask……like “What’s the deal with that Pope Hat?”….from BINGO to Nuns, from Vestments to the Vatican…..and needless to say, despite his incessant urging…..I will NOT be planning to join him in entering the Catholic Seminary/Priesthood at any time soon! At least NOT in THIS REMAINING LIFETIME of mine! Sorry Padre’!  I think I just heard the Pope let out a breath of RELIEF! Great seeing you & breaking bread with you once again Son!

Christmas Cookie Monsters!

For the last couple of years right before Christmas,my 83 year old Mother-In-Law Dev invites the little neighbor kids over for “Cookie Time” as she calls it. They sit around the kitchen table and frost & decorate cookies that she had baked earlier in the day. Then they go out under the Christmas Tree and each get a gift. So this year I hid out with my camera to watch and capture a few of the magical moment’s  taking place during this sweet little tradition that the former grade school teacher has created for these sweet little kinds.


Meet The Press

Favorite Non-Game Action shots from todays game…my buddy Ron Levanduski/Star-Gazette Photographer, some shots from post game ECHL Week Press Interview, and the Wichita Goalie Bunz’s neat Goalie Mask.

“On the Boardwalk”


“Hogan’s Heroes”…………… sorry, I just couldn’t resist!

Jeremy and I have been buddies for 15+ years now, so it was a pleasure shooting his & Melissa’s Wedding on the Geneva/Seneca Lakefront. In regard to this first Image, to those of you in Law Enforcement or Child Protective Services, there is NO NEED for alarm! This little guy is Jeremy’s Nephew, Jack, whom I was warned about well in advance! This little guy is running on 220 Volts – 24 Hours a day!  I swear! This kid has no OFF position! He was sooo wound up to be a part of the Wedding! So anyway, Jeremy was just trying to corral him and keep him from running off head-on into Seneca Falls Main Street traffic!!!

Seventy Five & Still ALIVE!

From tonight’s Great Birthday Bash I captured over at the Elmira Country Club! The Honoree’s Grandchildren had some special surprise Talents  on display for us all. Needless to say, Grandma Shirley Loved The Show!


“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall” to “Sis-Tears”

Spending Saturday Morning 10/04/14 with Holly @ “Touch of Style” Salon / Village Square – Painted Post, NY.


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