I was lucky enough to meet a true living legend of photography, Ben Fernandez (www.benedictjfernandez.com) and mentor to my friend, Michael Hintlian. We have a Visual Reportage Workshops gallery show hanging in Ben’s Almanac Gallery in Hoboken for the next several months. Listening to Ben’s stories and enjoying the hospitality he and his wife, Siiri, extended us this weekend was just icing on the cake. Here is a quick set of images I made while taking the long-way home from the gallery after hanging our show. It is a new way of “seeing” for me something Michael has been teaching me. Reacting without thinking.
Asha is the room parent for my daughters classes at Cambridge Montessori School and I don’t know where she finds the time between all she does but one of her duties, so to speak, is to come up with an auction project to raise money for the school. A couple years ago we made this uniquely DMPJ yearbook for her class and it was wildly successful. I think we sold books to all the parents and some grandparents and raised a good chunk of money for them (kids need books and pencils and little strange counting things plus scholarships, teachers, administrators, gym teachers, after-care peops, art supplies–well you get the idea). So when Asha hit me up to do this again how could I resist. I spend me career working to help others with my camera and talent and this is just such a no-brainer–you just carve out the time when its for your kiddos!
Two years ago we did ultra-closeup, in-your-face head shots so this time I wanted to do something that might allow the students to express a bit more of themselves; after all they are first-, second-, and third-graders. They brought their Pokemons, snow boards, magic cards, dolls, stuffed-dogs-that-look-like-their-real-dogs, Calvin and Hobbes books, skim boards, skis, hockey sticks, soccer balls and even yoga mats. They were awkward and outgoing; shy and silly. They laughed, danced and karate chopped and basically conducted themselves like contestants on American Idol. Even their teachers (they’ve got 3 in one classroom!) got into the act and yukked it up for my camera.
The book will include various shots from what I accomplished today but the meat of the book will be saturated with photos from photographer friends like Bethany Versoy and one of my NESoP students, Ryan McBride. These two shot photos over several days while the students went about their daily doings–everything from art to ski school, gym, music and just doin’ their school work (the readin’, ‘rightin’ and ‘rithmeticin’). I can’t thank them enough and will certainly post some of their great shots soon.
This wouldn’t be complete without turning the camera on ourselves. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words but a group of photos together can tell a story. Here’s to the story of this time in their young lives. Look at their faces and we see ourselves; our dreams–I’m hopeful.
One of the best investments we’ve made is to have a dedicated PR person working to get our beautiful wedding photography work published. I can not stress how wonderful it is for this Boston wedding photographer to have someone working behind the scenes on this so we can stay focused on building our business, creating beautiful work and serving our clients.
We have to thank the folks at Boston Magazine for the feature in their gorgeous pub Boston Weddings Spring/Summer 2011 edition. A nice full page and we were able to add some of our local advice for couples and other photographers. For an article on the “City’s Best Backdrops” we were happy to contribute to Donna Garlough’s piece on where to find some nice spots in the city for day-of wedding portraits. We chose Post Office Square since it is a little oasis of green right in Downtown Boston. What Boston wedding photographer couldn’t make this spot work and it is especially convenient to all the main venues in the area.
And we can not forget our friends at Bride & Groom for featuring Vani and David’s beautiful wedding at Radius. Great work on this wedding from our photographers, Nathan and Janice. Some wonderful details from this unique spot.
As an artist, it sometimes takes a team to bring the work out into the world. I have a great team!
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