Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Bravo Mellissa Bitter!

I have been flooded by emails and phone calls from people all over the country about the Celebration Studios debacle. And - I am so proud that many of my colleagues have taken up the challenge. You guys ROCK!

Melissa has put together her first "broadcast" on You Tube, and I think she nails it. Thanks Melissa!

For those of you still looking for a photographer for your wedding - SEND US YOUR STORY! There's a pretty good chance one of us will cover your wedding for free! Unlike Melissa, I do drive, so I'd be happy to cover your wedding anywhere! :)

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Headed to Mystic!

Most people descend on Mystic, CT in the summertime when the air is warm and the ocean breeze cool.

Not me and 100 other photographers. :)

Thanks to the generosity of Walter Van Dusen and the DWF, I am headed to an awesome one day seminar. Looking forward to saying hello to some new and old faces!

As always, I'll do my best to answer emails. For those Celebration Studio couples who've not sent your stories in - send 'em my way!

Due to the overwhelming response from other photographers, chances are your wedding will be shot for FREE by me or some of the other "love cats" out there. So please don't be shy!

Friday, January 18, 2008

New Traditions.

One of my grandfather’s traditions was to give gifts on his birthday. He would say “It’s my birthday and I’m glad you’re here to celebrate it with me. Why should I get all the gifts?” I miss him. I’ve always thought that was a great idea. And I have to admit, I looked forward to his birthdays.

So taking a page from Grandpa Martin, I’d like to start a new tradition. For my birthday each year (starting today), I’d like to give a gift to someone who might need one. This year, my gift is to give someone my services for their wedding for FREE….

Last year, when fellow photographer Jessica Claire announced she was giving her services away to someone who most deserved it, I thought that was awesome and a great way to “pay it forward”. I don’t think she’ll mind (which is why I’m giving her credit), but I’d like to “judge” this process in the same way she did.

What I am looking for:

I am looking for a couple who was wronged by the local behemoth, Celebration Studios.

Celebration Studios has left thousands of couples out in the cold and it breaks my heart. Celebration Studios has left a black mark on our industry and what they’ve done to these couples is a terrible reflection on our craft.

While we (local photographers) had nothing to do with this and owe nothing to those left stranded by CS, I can’t help but feel for these poor people who’ve been robbed. I can’t help everyone, but I can help one couple. I challenge my colleagues to do the same….

If you have been wronged by Celebrations Studios and are a couple who just cannot by any means afford to hire a new photographer, please email me your story with a photo to:

The winner will receive:

10 hours wedding day coverage
An online gallery for sharing and/or ordering pictures + DVD with images
40 page 9.5X13 GraphiStudio album

The top three entries will be posted on this blog on what would have been my father’s 65th birthday, February 11th 2008.

The winner will be chosen by me and a few of my colleagues.

Please grant my birthday wish which is to bring some joy to a very sad situation. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

I love daddy?


This week I am home with Phoebe since she's been sick. Of course, I'm still keeping up with emails, phone calls and blog posts - but it's a challenge with a sick 8 month old.

Yesterday, she was particularly crabby and mealtime was very painful for everyone. Did I mention that we started the day at 6 am? I still thought it was a good "moment" to document. :)

Thankfully, the doctor gave her the all clear to return to daycare next week!

Monday, January 07, 2008

I need your help!

Happy New Year everyone! the new year begins I've hit the ground running, project #1 - new blog. I am so happy to have joined forces with Flosites to create the new look. The blog has become such an important tool for me to share my thoughts, and images, so I wanted to make sure it was H-O-T! :) Ross (at flosites) has been so awesome to work with, I can't wait to see the results (no pressure, Ross!). :)

Ironically - one of his requests in building the new blog is to include photos of my family and I. I dug deep over the last few days, and well I only have a few I like. So I have a favor to ask of you guys...

If I could ask all those fellow photogs, friends and family who might have grabbed a shot of me, and/or Liz (and of course our lovely baby) -- please take a few minutes and dig into your hard drives.

And - for your time I'll give the winning photo (my favorite) a hundred bucks!

My senior picture from high school is just not going to work! :)