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“Elmira’s Flat Iron Eulogy”

This past year I haven’t gone out and done much “fun” shooting…. shooting stuff just for the hell of it. Just didn’t feel it. Well today was my day to break out of my “Covid-19 Coma”
21 years ago when I was scouring old Elmira, looking for some Grand Old Warehouse where I wanted to locate my soon to be New Studio, this building immediately caught my eye. It was so unique, and could have been a really neat Studio setting, but even in 2000 the place was way beyond repair, that is unless you had a Million Dollars to pump into it. So needless to say I moved on & found and rented my first home just around the corner at 352 State Street before buying my current 211 Studio Building here in Horseheads.
So after seeing all the recent, advanced deterioration of the Flatiron’s roof & upper bricks & the rest of the decay that was destroying this unique Elmira structure, and then learning that it’s days were soon to be numbered, I made my trek downtown to put this Grand Old Lady to Photographic Sleep!
Enjoy, and remember to click on images to enlarge to full size!
PS: if anyone from the City of Elmira or Chemung County DPW sees this, (I believe you guys will be tearing it down) please message me. I want to ask you a question before this building gets hauled away brick by brick to the eternity landfill. Thanks!

 

Style & Grace

NINETEEN Years ago this past Summer I shot Grace’s Mom & Dad’s Wedding. At that time it was one of my Biggest & Most Fun Weddings to date. Well today I had the chance to shoot Stacey & Gary’s not so Little Girl! Man, does time FLY!

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Blue Barn Dresses

From a recent Wedding preparation shoot at White Hollow Acres in Wellsburg, NY…..just when you think that your surroundings might limit what you can create…..then all of a sudden you just SEE how things fit together so perfectly and can work out to create something very, very special.

“Jeepy Grape Graffiti”

Across North Main St. from my 211 Studio in Horseheads NY, is an old railroad track siding/spur that is still used today by the Host Company that supplies fracking sand to local fracking sites. They are always moving freight cars filled with sand in and out as they empty or load the sand into or from their warehouses. From a distance I noticed some bright Graffiti on this one car while walking my dog, and as I got closer I saw how beautiful this one car was painted!¬† So I grabbed the camera, shot some neat images of the sand hopper car, then I drove my 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited over & parked right next to it for these Super Shots! As my hero David Letterman always likes to say…”There is No OFF Position on the Genius Switch!”
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Fontainebleau Dreams

From a Pretty & Very Special Shoot last Spring up at The Fontainebleau Inn located in Alpine, NY.
I shot Emilie & Mikes Wedding there 14 long years ago in 2003, and we re-connected once again while they were in the area¬† vacationing, this time with two little additions…. Lyla & Ruby!
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Evan

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Someday’s Do Come True…

In December I had a 211 Studio Shoot of a couple of “Rose’s”, my friend Mike & his Dad Chuck, both local Firefighters.
Mike is a Firefighter with the Corning City F.D. as well as a member here of the Horseheads F.D., while his Dad Chuck is a member of the Elmira Heights F.D.
Mike also brought to the shoot an old picture from when he was just a four year old boy at the Ward ’79 Parade in 1983, standing with & dreaming of joining his Fireman Daddy someday.
Well….Someday’s Do Come True….and Here’s the Proof!
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New Hero’s

From a recent December Shoot in the 211 Studio, we add two more previously missing members “Hero Cards” to the Elmira Heights Fire Department Members Gallery.
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Ryanna

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