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“Stylin’ Stephen”… The ’30’s Are Back!

My favorite shot from this afternoon’s Studio Session.
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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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Hanover Harvest Moon – 9/8/14

Great MoonRise earlier this evening as I was heading into the Studio, so I grabbed my camera and ran back over to the Square, and…. that was that!
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Castle For A King

The Beautiful Belhurst Castle, located at the North West end of Seneca Lake in Geneva, NY., during a recent Wedding Shoot.

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“It’s Almost Time…”

I ALWAYS loved the way this place looked, each & every time I passed it by. I finally got to shoot it a few Weddings back, and it did not disappoint!

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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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Another Wagner’s/Ginny Lee Winner!

From Ashley & Paul’s May 31, 2014 Wagner’s Vineyards Wedding…always a beautiful setting for a really great day, complete with loads & loads of beautiful, creative & fun images! By Me, and my partners for the day….my Great Wedding Couples along with their families and friends!!!

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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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It’s Really NOT all about Price Alone…

http://snapknot.com/wedding-photography-prices

With the glut of newby photography amateurs out there, who buy a cheap digital camera & are immediately calling themselves a “Wedding Photographer” perhaps you had better look a little deeper into exactly who you may be hiring to capture one of the most important days of your life. Great article above.

And as Denis Reggie once said in a seminar that I attended (Denis is the BEST Wedding Photographer in the United States today)…  “Good is NEVER CHEAP…..and Cheap is NEVER GOOD”
Proven words to live by, especially with once in a lifetime moments in the balance….like YOUR WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHY!
Don’t let an amateur wannabe ruin your big day.

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Esperanza’s Ad…Not Bad!!!!!!

Was pleasantly surprised this afternoon to see one of my favorite shots from this spring made the cut & appeared in the new ad for the beautiful & elegant Esperanza Mansion up on the north end of Keuka Lake. Always makes me proud!

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