Merry Christmas everyone! This year our family joined others from our parish at Assumption Church in Westport to celebrate Christmas Eve. It is always a packed church with the Christmas Pagent. The service started at 4 but you have to get there an hour before in order to get a seat. This has become one of our favorite traditions. Our daughter was an angel and she was joined at the alter by many other angels, wise men, sheep, Mary and Joseph and can you believe a camel? I wish you all the very best in the upcoming New Year and health and happiness to all.
I love the Bakers! Jenna and Brenden have four beautiful children. Their kids are the same age as mine and we have a lot in common. Life changed this summer for them because Henry, the two-year old, was diagnosed with ALL Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Henry has gone through Chemo and spinal taps in order to fight this horrible disease. I had the privilege to photograph The Baker’s a year ago and now I met up with them at their house for another photoshoot. This time it was more emotional. Knowing what he has gone through really made me feel inspired but also scarred for him. He has so much fight. His Cancer is in remission right now, hallelujah, I just hope it will leave him forever.
Alison and Chris were married at Chapel of The Holy Spirit Church on The Sacred Heart Campus. Have you seen this church? It was my first time there and it blew me away. I love art and architecture and you have to pop in and see this. The mosaic alter, as you can see, is truly magnificent! The light is perfect and the priest is really cool. I love the shots outside the church with just the bride and groom walking along and enjoying each other. Chris’s expressions at the alter was so wonderful, you can see the love that he has for Alison. The reception was held at The Waterview in Monroe and they did such a great job. After the reception there was a sparkler send off, you have to be careful not to catch fire. Congratulations to Chris and Alison!
I ran the Peqout Road Runner’s Race this morning with My friends Alfred and Pete. No, they are not the ones dressed up like Elvis and The Chef. It was a great race and the turnout was 5,000 strong. A great way to start the day. Happy Thanksgiving!
I love photographing families. A camera should always be present at any family gathering, but to get a chance to meet and get to know a family is so special for me. You get to find out all the great things that bind the kids to their parents. David’s kids are special because they shared with me the things that make them happy. Simple things like walking to the beach, playing in the sand and walking in the woods. It is all here for them to experience and so uplifting to see their expressions. A family portrait is more than a picture, it is a grand experience. For me and I always hope for them.
I was hired by Jill Keogh of Top Knotch Productions to capture Rhianna’s performance at Times Square. Jill runs a set up company that provides stages for musical artist. Rhianna came out with her new album and she held a mini concert at times square. The crowd was huge and the energy was unbelievable. I hooked up with Tommy in the scissor lift and we went up forty feet together to capture the event. Thank god I am not afraid of heights. Getting the chance to see Times Square like this was priceless!
I was hired to photograph Jorge Posada for Coca Cola yesterday and wow! It was so exciting! It was a meet and greet at F & J Pine Restaurant in The Bronx. The restaurant is awesome, and it is only a 49 minute drive from Westport. http://www.FJPine.com . I was a scholarship pitcher for my college team Flagler College. http://Flagler.edu so when I had a chance to talk to Jorge I had to tell him about the time my catcher kept calling for a fastball and I kept shaking him off. He would call time out and with the most serious face ever, chew me out on the mound. Then he would go back to his position and I would shake him off again. I think Jorge understood that I was just another flaky pitcher. He is the nicest guy. Even though I am not a Yankee fan, I did consider it. Jorge’s son has Craniosynostosis and his foundation raises money for children suffering from it. Check out his foundation at http://www.jorgeposadafoundation.org/.
I have plenty of weddings and portraits to show you but I can not let a Halloween pass without some pictures from such a fun day. I grew up on Vani Court in Westport and it is always such a great time to bring my kids to visit friends and old neighbors. Mummy dogs, hay rides and just watching the kids have such a great time. I know this happens in every neighborhood but for me to go back to where I grew up it is a real special moment for me.
I love my job. Bye Bye Birdie had their 50th Anniversary Party at Sardis in New York and invited me to photograph their event. I covered the 35th anniversary with my father Cor and it was such an honor to be called back for the 50th. It brought me wonderful memories covering the event with “pops” One actor recalled how she remembered me for the 35th and it really made me feel special. Gene Bayliss was the choreographer for Bye Bye and he was an incredible host. I met Charles Strouse who is the Tony winning composer and lyricist along with Stephen Schwartz the composer of Godspell, Pippin and Wicked. Actors from The Chapin School performed a number from the show, and they were incredible.