Friday, August 31, 2007

I've been what?!

Under protest I am taking part in an online version of "tag". Thanks to Laura and Desiree I am continuing this viral game of online blog tag. In this "game" I am supposed to tell you eight things about myself you might not know.. OK - not that anyone cares - here goes:

8) Favorite movie - Problem Child. Those who know me well know I LOVE this movie. Not sure why (I just love that kid in the bowtie), but it makes me laugh.

7) My Pops worked for one of the original glam rock bands The New York Dolls and appears briefly in the documentary "All Dolled Up". This has nothing to do with me, but it is interesting and the documentary was made by notable rock photographer Bob Gruen. As an aside, Bob took a great pic of my Dad during that same time and he was nice enough to make a print of the photo for me a few years ago. You can read more about this neat story by clicking here.

6) My wife and I met on a blind date. Our first date was an NIT basketball tournament at Brendan Byrne Arena and was under the impression she was a sports fan. I was duped. :)

5)I have held full time shooting jobs for Caldor, J. Crew and Conair/Cuisinart. At one point Conair had me model for the beard and moustache trimmer which was on all their packages for about 5 years. I was paid 50 bucks for the modeling gig. :)

4) My second favorite movie is Problem Child II

3) One of my favorite photographers is NYC's own Weegee. This is my favorite photo. Someday I'd like to buy an original print of this.

2) My favorite food is Cheese - Its. I am so happy Football season is here, because I limit my Cheese - It intake to Football season only. :)

1) Our house was struck by lightning while we were both home! Fried every piece of electronic device in our home with the exception of my computer gear which was well protected. It was super scary, so for those of you who don’t have serious protection for their computer gear - well, you never know!

My apologies in advance to those I am tagging next, so I've decided to pick the best of the best! :)


The REVOLUTION crew. :)


...and the wildcard

Cheryl and Tim

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Let the REVOLUTION begin!

I am proud to announce a new project that I have been working on with my good friends TJ Cameron and Chris + Lynn. It has been a lot of work, but I know we have planned something really special that photographers will LOVE.

I especially want to thank the folks at Big Folio, and Graphi Studio for your generosity in supporting this seminar. BIG BIG thanks also goes out to Laura Ann Cinema for putting together our AWESOME promo. I'm not sure how you did it, but it ROCKS! You're the best!

Please visit our website for more details. Looking forward to seeing everyone in October!

Friday, August 10, 2007

Jess and Miles

August is usually one of those months where I take a "breather" before the fall wedding season kicks off. Not this year. :)

Jess and Miles asked if I would take a ride up to Boston for their engagement shoot. Boston is where they met and they said it would mean a lot to have their pictures taken up there. I love Boston and don't get up there as often as I'd like so I jumped at the chance. I took the Acela train up and I have to admit it is a really nice ride. The 4 hour trip cruises along the coast and was a gorgeous ride home along the water. We spent the day roaming around the city and the Harvard campus where Miles went to graduate school.

Click the picture below for their slideshow. Looking forward to seeing you guys in October, thanks for the fun day! I had an awesome time with you guys!

For those who have emailed me about the "super secret", check your email boxes soon for an announcement! ;) The super secret announcement is coming this week - I promise!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Photo Booth!

When Donna and Eric were planning their wedding, Donna asked me if I could set up a photo booth at their wedding. They knew their friends would enjoy being able to take their own photos and have fun with it. Donna obviously knows her friends well! 500 pictures into the night they were still going strong! Here's a few:

The wedding was at one of my favorite locales - The Woolverton Inn in Stockton, New Jersey. I have shot a bunch of weddings here and it is always so much fun. It is a really cute B&B only about an hour outside the city, so if you're looking for a quick get away make sure to check them out. The inn keepers are super nice and have a KILLER breakfast in the morning.

I was fortunate enough to come out on Friday night for Donna and Eric's rehearsal dinner and spend the night - my first full night's sleep in 2 1/2 months, so it was like mini vacation for me too. :) Thanks guys! It is always nice to be there the day of the wedding and already know everyone as the day unfolds.

Donna and Eric were so lucky to have an awesome day for an outdoor wedding in July. Mid 80's and low humidity. Click the photo below for their slideshow!

Thanks again to Donna and Eric (and to all their fun friends and family!) for a fun weekend! Once again BIG thanks to Sofia Negron for all your help. I also want to take a minute to say thank you to my assistant Nicolette who not only ran the photo booth, but has also worked extremely hard for me over the last few months. I could not have done it without you!!


Quick update as I have been getting a ton of emails regarding this last post. This comment was left on my blog by "anonymous" a few minutes ago:

Anonymous said...

After checking out Bridal Hood, Project Wedding, and Our Wedding Day, it appears that only Project Wedding tries to "profit" from your information with ads. The other two websites does not. And only Project Wedding has an image for your listing, which could have been stolen or added by the bride that added a review for you. On Bridal Hood, they had no image associated with your listing and it looks like they only use images uploaded by the photographers themselves.

For the record - yes - that image was lifted directly off my blog and the "review" that was posted was lifted right from this link here. That review from the knot is almost 3 years old and I know my bride didn't post it on this other site.

So I am to assume that these guys are doing it for fun or out of the goodness of their hearts? This may be true, but I am sure it will be just a matter of time before they put out the "sandwich board" on the sidewalk and ask us to "come on in" or "get in on the ground floor" of this amazing website.

I just want to say that I am not posting this because I am mad, as a matter of fact I am flattered! However - I'd love to work with them personally - ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS ASK! I just can't offer something I don't know about. :)

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Bogus wedding websites

It seems every day that there is a new crop of Wedding websites, each one claiming to have something unique to offer. Slick marketing campaigns and flashy websites each grasping for a little piece of the wedding industry pie - so to speak....

These guys are a whole new breed unto themselves - and they are completely BOGUS! The funny part is they seemed to have cropped up all in one week. Thanks to my friends Phil Mantas, and Jennifer Davis for pointing them out these two out to me:
"Bridal Hood"
"Project Wedding"

Then I found this one this morning! Unreal!
"Our wedding day"

Not only was I not asked to be part of their website - they have completely RIPPED my photos off! They've stolen the pictures from my blog, website or from my ad on the knot. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind it at all when people link my website or blog as did Brooklyn Bride on her blog, but when the blatantly steal my info for their greedy purposes that makes me crazy. Especially when my info is just plain WRONG!

So I am going to stand on my "Soap Box" for a minute and say to all those planning their wedding, to make sure you check your references. It's not all as it seems sometimes! :)

Friday, August 03, 2007

Welcome Fintan Seamus!

Well this blog entry definitely qualifies as a little late, but in my defense Fintan Seamus arrived a week early -- this past Sunday - 6lbs 13oz and 21" long!

Two weeks ago I ran over to Sean and Ambra's house to grab some maternity photos of the two of them. I photographed their wedding back in November 2003, I can't believe it was almost 4 years ago! Wow - well we can't stop time. :)

Here's a few photos from our shoot. I have been shooting maternity photos for my wedding clients for some time now, and love doing them. I love having that long term connection with my couples as they move through life! Soon, I'm hoping to add some of the photos from these sessions to the website along with the kids' photos.

Check back soon for pictures of Fintan Seamus - I'd better get over there soon, if I blink he'll be leaving for college.

Congrats to both of you!!! Thanks for the link to the photos, he is really cute!! I think Phoebe and Fin will have to have a play date soon! :)