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Anchors Away…

This afternoon, I had the pleasure to meet & shoot a military long timer @ the 211 Studio. Bert J. Olechnowicz – 3rd Assistant Engineer – U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command…..Bert’s back home in Binghamton, NY for a short but well deserved break between deployments in the Middle East. He says he’s heading back in a few weeks for his 5th deployment. Thanks Bert, for all you do to keep us all safe!
And to the rest of you Active Duty Military people out there….contact me while you are home on leave, and as my sincere Thanks to you for your service to all of us….I’ll shoot you for FREE! & you don’t even have to duck!!!!

Daddy’s Dance

Jenny & Jim light up the crowd at the Esperanza, in my first Spring 2014 Wedding of the new Season!


Irish Sushi……Irishi?

From a quick shoot this weekend…. up at Elmira’s Beautiful Hill Top Inn.
“SUSHI” in Japanese = “Stove’s Broke”….Always Loved that one!
Bet you didn’t know that I spoke fluent Japanese, did ya Mike?


Fall…..Seems So, So Long Ago.

Some Selections from a really pretty & fun,Fall Shoot. Great Job D !


“At Close Range”

August 25, 2012 I had the honor to Photograph the Wedding of Katelynn Reed & Billy Olin. Keith Reed was Katelynn’s Dad. Some of my Wedding Images will be a part of this documentary, airing Friday Night on NBC, detailing the story of Keith’s murder, less than 4 weeks after the Wedding.
In September 2012, the body of popular school superintendent Keith Reed was found by his home in western New York.As his family struggled to make sense of the horror, investigators looked for answers. Friday March 21, 2013 on Dateline NBC, Dennis Murphy reports on a story about a small-town murder brewed in cyber-space.



Olympic Silver Medalist visits First Arena!

Two-time US Olympic Silver Medalist Kacey Bellamy dropped the Ceremonial First Puck & was signing autographs & greeting Jackals Fans during the first intermission at SplitRock Brew Pub at tonight’s big Jackals win over Evansville.


First Arena Faces – 02/22/14 Gamenight

Lots of Faces in the crowd this Winter Saturday Jackals Gamenight….from Coach, to the Jackals Army, The Flagman, Dr. Jackal, Our Boys on the Ice, Zamboni Guys, Jackals Laundry Men, Blade, The Organ Donation Folks, Strobes & the Jersey Auction Crew, & finally Capt. Borb’s wishing his Biggest Little Fan a Happy Third Birthday…..and she says she’s sure that’s the reason why he scored the Hat Trick on Friday Night! Three Years, Three Goals…..Sounds Good to me! This Folks, is Elmira Jackals Hockey Night @ First Arena!

“The Diner” Couldn’t Be Finer!

Early this afternoon I had lunch with some family & friends just around the corner from the Studio. Actually, they had lunch & I had a great omelet breakfast at Horseheads’ newest old eatery, now known as “The Diner”.
In a past life,  this was formerly “Sullivan’s Diner” owned & operated by my lifelong friend Artie Sullivan’s Mom & Dad, Fran & Art Sullivan, who rescued it…the old “Vick’s Diner” from Madison Ave. in Downtown Elmira after the great flood of ’72. They lovingly filled many “Horseheadian’s” bellies for well over 30 years.
Recently though, the Diner was given a new life when it was purchased & completely & painstakingly renovated, modernized & updated, while still maintaining that original old time classic diner “feel”. The new owner is my friend & also my in-laws neighbor, Tom Witzel,  who also happens to be a die hard N.Y. Yankees fan. You would never guess that fact after seeing the new color scheme both inside with the new tile & countertops, & outside complete with reverse Yankee Blue Pinstriping on the fabric of the front awnings.
Anyways, the food was great! And even though Tom was filling in for an under the weather waitress, the service was great & friendly as well! Do yourself a favor and stop by sometime…. you’ll be glad you did!
In case anyone was wondering, that’s Sue & George Yamasaki sitting across the booth from me.

Home Again In Horseheads NY One Hundred Years Later

Here’s a neat story about another addition to my collection of “Treasures”.
Last month a family friend, Marcie Baer came up from her home in Maryland & spent the weekend. For a few years she had mentioned that she had a surprise for me, something that she had from a long time ago. She brought up with her an old piece of oak & glass furniture, an old retail umbrella sales & display case. It was in her Dad’s basement for many, many years until he died only a few years ago.
This case was manufactured by the Oscar Onken Company of Cincinnati, Ohio at the turn of the 20th century. Umbrellas were used a lot more back in those days, and were considered a vital and necessary part of every well dressed persons wardrobe. These cases were usually found in most clothing stores and haberdasheries. They were also commonly found in the general stores or local gathering places of smaller communities that sold tobacco, confections, newspapers, etc. So much for the description of what this piece was in it’s past life.
So Marcie knows I collect and appreciate historical items, and knowing that she did not have any practical use for this thing…it now became mine!
It was in terrible shape. It was watermarked, dirty, full of cobwebs, had 2 broken panels of glass. Despite all of this, I saw a real gem inside!
Over the past month, I cleaned it up, hand rubbed it all with Tung Oil, had the missing glass panels replaced, and in general brought this beauty back to life, as these images beautifully show. I actually use it now to hold the many umbrellas that I use here in my Studio. But the neatest thing about this whole story is that this case started out it’s life in the early 1900’s in one of those above mentioned little shops….a place called H.A. Messings – A store selling men’s furnishings – tobacco, magazines & books. It later was sold and changed names into Rudy Baer’s Corner, right on the corner here in Hanover Square, just two blocks away from where my Studio stands today, and where that case will now call home, at least until I retire!
Welcome home to an old friend, back home in Horseheads, NY…..where you began….where you belong!


The Iggy’s – July 6, 2013

You really know that time is moving along on you when you begin shooting the Weddings of one of your Best Friends Daughters. Today was Michelle & Iggy’s chance for their Happy Wedding Day, and the second time this 2013 Wedding Season that I had the pleasure to be a part of one my buddy Artie’s Daughter’s Weddings, as we already had a blast with Tricia and Chris’s Rochester Wedding way back in April! I was honored to be a part of both Happy Occasions, and I hope that my work will bring smiles to your faces, and many Happy Memories as the years pass by! God Bless you all!

And MY GOD, I still think that you guys looked like the Beverly Hillbillies Clampett’s when you were all on that Damn Old Fire Truck!






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