Friday, January 21, 2011

The Best of 2010

2010, what a great year! As I put together this little collage, I realized that the majority of my favorite pictures were vertical. Go figure! I'll have to make a point in 2011 to take more horizontals. 

Descriptions, left to right starting from the top:
  • Eels at Terminal 5, NY, September: Finally! I'd been wanting to go to an Eels concert for years and was really disappointed last tour when they canceled their Connecticut show. Many thanks to Vanessa and Squishy for tagging along with me. Terminal 5 was a great venue with a balcony and benches to sit on if you got tired. We topped the night off with a visit to Empanada Mama. The perfect ending to a great day!
  • Jessica and Dave's Wedding: I always feel privileged when friends ask me to photograph their wedding. Jess and I have known each other since kindergarten and it was easy to get some amazing portraits of these two. Thanks for sharing your day with me!
  • PBoo, Knuckles and The Chet from the Eels: By far, my favorite shot from the concert. I've always loved silhouette shots.
  • Mia Louise: Mia is my newest favorite subject to photograph. We've already had a few shoots together, with many more to come.
  • James: Anyone that knows me, knows that I love taking pictures of my nephew. His ever evolving personality constantly cracks me up.
  • Grace Lorraine: My first niece, who just fell shy of being born on Halloween in Sleep Hollow, NY. Pictured above with her mother and father, Grace is already a natural in front of the camera. The first day I met her, Grace gave me her best 'Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?' impersonation. I can't wait to see what sass this little lady has in store.
  • Hiking: I partook in multiple hikes on Sleeping Giant this year. My only other hiking experience was over ten years ago, at Glacier National Park in Montana, and it was horrible. I can now say that I love hiking. I'm really glad I gave it another chance.
  • Product shoot for GG2G: This shoot was an absolute blast! A former coworker asked me to photograph her new line of eco-friendly, recycled material purses. We got permission to shoot in the Milford Diner before renovations started which made for a wonderful atmosphere.
  • Return to Sports! In May 2009, I suffered a complete ACL tear in my left knee and underwent reconstruction in August. It was a grueling, slow recovery that more often than not frustrated me to no end. I can't explain how amazing it was to finally be able to walk back out on the field for the company softball game in July. My team, Tom's Tepid Responses had a decisive 11-3 victory over Marty's Potentially Awesome All-Stars, and I had a two run home run my first at bat. Not too shabby less than one year post surgery.
  • Ben Folds, Bridgeport, CT: What could be better than Ben Folds performing? Being assigned to photograph Ben Folds performing in the City of Dreams! Ben is one of my all time favorite artists. I've always loved the energy he brings to a live performance. Above, he's conducting the audience during Not The Same.
  • Sushi Nights: I attribute my lack of injuries to my personal trainer and owner of Kettlebell Daily, Steve Rowe. Steve fixes people. He can pinpoint what's wrong with your body in terms of movement and then reverse it. I can honestly say, I'm in the best shape of my life, which was an important goal of mine after my injury.
  • Kate Miller-Heidke, Bridgeport, CT: Kate was the opening act for Ben Folds, and I was pleasantly surprised by the cheeky Aussie. I have to say, Ben's opening act is always top notch and Kate almost makes up for the 12 year gap since Fleming & John's last album.
So there you have it. Stay tuned for hopefully more frequent updates.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome to the Blog!

A quick hello and welcome to my blog. I've finally decided to take the plunge in an attempt to document and share my photography. Last fall, a coworker pulled me aside and told me how wonderful my photographs were and immediately chastised me for not doing anything with my talent. She explained that most people were too afraid to follow through with their passion and urged me to overcome my fears.

So, here is my attempt. I'm hoping to post at least once a week, a modest goal to start, and see where it takes me. Enjoy!

P.S. Be sure to check out the playlist down at the bottom of the page. I played with the blog layout and would've preferred to put it closer to my header, but I thought it took too much away from the posts.