NYC Party of 3

24 02 2008

I received an email from Mike Larson last November (I know, I’m just now catching up with my blogposts from the busy holiday season!).  He was going to have a small workshop in New York City in the beginning of December and wanted to give me a heads up.  I was thrilled with the possibility to gain knowledge from him again.  He had previously flown out from California in October to share with the Washington and Baltimore PUGs (Pictage User Groups).  He was fresh, insightful and positive.

I was able to work it out and am so thankful that I could. 

Mike shared his time, ideas and knowledge with Lloyd, a photographer from NJ  (his site isn’t live yet),  and Stephen a photographer from Florida  and me! 

Mike shares studio space with Present Focus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on the 27th floor of a highrise.  Here’s the view from the balcony…
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It had been a couple of years since I’d been to the city, I miss it and LOVE IT!!

Here’s a picture of the late afternoon sky…INTENSE!!!
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The winds were moving at about a gzillion mph.  We almost tied ourselves to the railing on the balcony just to take the pictures!!

Photography is more than snapping great pictures.  It’s a constantly evolving profession.  Lighting, posing, camera operations, exposure, color temperatures,  post processing, marketing, product research, learning how to be efficient,  accounting, public relations, customer relations, training….the list goes on.  If you want to be a real pro in this field it takes huge commitment in regards to both time and money.  I have a genuine passion for this medium and I’m thankful that there are others who are willing to share from their experiences.  Mike is one of them.  He’s traveled the miles to help others, all with integrity and great character.  Thanks Mike, you are truly appreciated.

Thanks also to KISS Wedding Books and California Sunbounce for sponsoring this workshop.  The cost of this learning experience was really reasonable, partly due to them.





Handsome brothers…

24 02 2008

I received an email from Tammy, the mother of a high school senior, asking me to take her son’s pictures.  He had senior pictures taken last summer, but he’d grown quite a bit since then.  I enjoyed our phone conversation; Tammy seemed like a really cool mom and a smart and fun person.  She’s great friends with someone near and dear to me so there was an instant connection.

Tammy greeted me in her driveway with a hug…a welcoming, warm hearted person…right up my alley.  They live in a beautiful home out in the country and I was really glad that the weather people were wrong…again 😉 …it was a nice sunny day instead of a cold rainy one!  We had great natural light coming through their windows. (Okay…it did start to drizzle when we were outside taking the soccer pictures) 😀

Christopher graduates this year…
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How ’bout these handsome guys…
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Christopher has played soccer for years. Both he and Ryan demonstrated for me their ‘juggling’ abilities. They both rocked. Here’s Christopher…
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Tammy, it was so fun coming out and photographing your boys.  Thanks for trusting me with this great honor!  Christopher and Ryan, you did a great job and I know deep down inside, you didn’t mind, right????? 😀

And let’s not forgot cute little Oreo…
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and Amber…
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Tracy, thanks so much for referring me to Tammy.  xoxo