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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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Takin’ The Dive!

Just yesterday was the GREAT Wedding & Reception of Molly & Zach at the beautiful  Icelandic Winds Farm up in the hills of Addison, NY . Molly’s folks live there on this beautiful property, and earlier in the week, we did something really cool that I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while now! They have the really great Pond you see….and I’ve always wanted to do the Bride & Groom Plunge thing….well last Wednesday I fulfilled that desire! With the help of  a Wedding Dress from “Sal’s Boutique”, and two of my fellow Photographer Buddies, Mike Kohberger & Corey Bernas lending a few extra hands on reverse angle camera shots ….well, check these shots out! Pretty Damn Neat!!!!

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Purple Amish…

A quick shot with yesterday’s Beautiful Bride Jackie, in front of this great barn that we shot around up in Hammondsport, NY. Their main Wedding colors were Grey & Purple, so it was the perfect time for sporting my Grey Hair, Grey Suit w/Purple Amish duds….Braces & Purple Converse Hi-Top Chucks. Colored Chucks ARE in the Amish wardrobe, Right?

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RUNNNNNN!!!!

Well, I’ve finally broken down & done it! I don’t do this cheesy stuff that seems to be the latest rage these days with Wedding images, But my Groom Steve pretty much begged me to do this one for them! And I gotta say, they all did a really great job on the “Godzilla Run”. So I said…..like John Candy In STRIPES….. “OK, I’ll Do It!!!”

So we’re up at Sullivan’s Monument / Newtown Battlefield State Park in Elmira, NY……and after most of our “REAL” shots were done, the gang let loose and did the Godzilla Run right past & below the monument. I thought that would look cool and give me the look I’d be going for here. So I picked out the running shot I liked the best….then surfed around to see what was out there for some killer Godzilla shots. Immediately I loved this one because it was pretty large, and also I loved the Purple color (who would have guessed, right?) and all the fire in his mouth. As I started creating this masterpiece, and merged the two images together, I even amazed myself. When I selected the Godzilla shot, I didn’t even realize how perfectly his front arm/claw was positioned & how it would form right around the monument spire!  But it really came together fantastic, as did all the rest of the Photoshop blending, cloning & merging ….and here we are! So I guess I found out that sometimes, I can even impress myself, without even knowing I am doing so! lol
Stevie & Kaitlyn….this one is for you!!! Great Job Kids!

And finally, I’ve gotta say….I’ve seen a lot of these shots, but this one is the Damn Best BY FAR! Color, Creativity, The Runners & the Site Location provide the Perfect Intersection of Fantasy & Reality!

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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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Moonwalk to Eternity…

Today remembering Michael Jackson on the Five Year Anniversary of his Death. What a talented Singer, Dancer & Showman. What a shame he was also apparently possessed, by so many Inner Demons.
Back in the early ’90’s I DJ’d at a club for a bit, and always loved playing “Billie Jean” from the legendary “Thriller” Album. So as a personal remembrance of the King of Pop, I always have with me at Weddings  a few pair of white cotton gloves. During the course of the day and especially into the reception & on the dance floor, I always try to scope out “THAT ONE” particular Guest who through his or her actions just catches my eye, and who I just know are going to be photographically “interesting” throughout the night. Then I wait for the first playing of the Michael Jackson ‘s  “Beat It” or “Billie Jean” are always KILLER! So it’s then that I pop out onto the dance floor and pull out one of those gloves and wave it in front of my victim, and they ALWAYS go nuts! They can’t get that glove on fast enough, and well…the results speak for themselves!  The thing that always amazes me, and that’s how fast they always master that “crotch grab” move, lol ! They sure as hell can’t do the Moonwalk, but they all certainly can “Beat It!”
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Steel & Stones…

Steel & Stones…..from Ashley & Paul’s Wedding Day.

Diamonds, Tungsten, and parts of a a really neat, one of a kind Wood Stove!
As my hero David Letterman always loves to say….
“There’s no OFF position on the GENIUS SWITCH!”

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My Bermuda, Interluda…

In between EVERYTHING else going on recently, I’m slowly digging into some of the images I captured during last months NYC – Bermuda vacation cruise. Here is the first batch of “Island Art” through my lens.
Also, I couldn’t repress the memories coming back to me, of a previous cruise journey that I set out on, way back in 1912. As those close to me know, I believe I was a passenger on the Titanic, and perished on that ill fated journey. Hence the couple of shipboard images that I tweaked from memory, to look vintage 1912. Enjoy!
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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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