Optimum asked a handful of small businesses to do a commercial for them last November. When I first got the phone call from the producer, Laura, I thought she was pulling my leg.
Pet Portrait event Saturday March 4th.
Bring your pooch in for a shoot!
Heres the SCOOP!
Session fee is Free! We just ask that you make a $25.00 donation to Grateful Greyhounds.
Grateful Greyhounds is a wonderful non-profit, organization. They use donations to cover the cost of veterinary care for broken legs and other serious conditions.
After the session your dog will receive a doggy bag filled with lots of cool stuff and a special homemade treat from Barkfield Road.
To learn more about Grateful Greyhounds http://www.gratefulgreys.com/
A professional portrait holds a very unique value. It's not only about the beautiful piece of art that you get to display on your wall, it is also about the experience. A day you have set aside for your child. It's a day they will forever remember and treasure. At Zoot Shoot Photographers my goal is to get to know, understand and capture their true essence. Communion portraits are available in my Northport studio, Northport Harbor, at the Vanderbilt Museum, the Cutting Arboretum or anywhere you desire. See more images here
A few years back after my daughter flew the coop I had this desire to do volunteer work. I went to Haiti with a group and captured the beauty of the Haitian people. But I wanted to do something more, (and Still do). Something that would last a lifetime to the people I am photographing. To those that can't, well, necessarily afford it. I came across Flashes of Hope in a Google search. I had signed up to be a volunteer photographer and I guess I forgot that I had done it. (I don't know why? Could be my crazy life I guess.) A few months ago I realized that I am receiving every once in awhile an email from Eric Hason asking for volunteers. Who is this guy? I Google him along with Flashes of Hope. He's a great photographer and Oh Yeah! Now I remember! This is what I want to do! I email Eric back a few hours later. He replies, Thanks Jen but someone beat you to it. Ugh! Ok next time I'll be a little bit more speedy. September 6th I get an email from Eric requesting volunteers for September 24th. I quickly check my calendar and bingo! I'm available! I email him back and that was it. I never received a confirmation, so I thought. September 21st I get an email addressed to the photographers signed up for the 24th. Gulp!! I didn't know I was shooting.....check the calendar.....still clear! Thank goodness! I settle into the realization that I will be packing my entire studio up and heading into Manhattan. This is going to be an incredible experience and that it was.
It was The Hassenfeld Family Fun day held at the Armenian Church on 2nd Street. Yes one block south of the tunnel. Need I say more? So many volunteers. I just love seeing the love people have in their hearts and are so willing to share. It makes all the difference in this world.
That day we saw a lot, encountered wonderful families and courageous children. We heard happy stories of children in remission and we learned about circumstances that aren't going to go the way we so very much pray that they would. These parents are pretty much living our worst nightmare yet they find the strength everyday to show up for their children and families. God bless them! They continue to be in my thoughts and prayers every day. And I hope the images bring them joy for a lifetime!
To the children - as Eric put it perfectly "The real Super Heroes" - Thank you for coming into my life!
To the parents - Thank you for showing me incredible strength and courage!
To Eric Hason - Thank you for being so generous with your time, talent and most of all for being the head of the NY Chapter for Flashes of Hope. Oh and yes you did respond quite promptly to my email. I just missed it!
To the volunteers - Thank you for sharing your love!
To Dennis Kleiman - Thank you for putting so much of yourself into capturing a moment in time the children and families will cherish forever.
Stephen D. Hassenfeld Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders NYU Langone Medical Center - http://www.med.nyu.edu/hassenfeld/about-us/how-help
Flashes of Hope - http://flashesofhope.org/support-us/donate
I was determined this year to make it to the The Great Cow Harbor 10K Run! The day Northport Village is taken over by athletes from all over the country. I had my morning all planed out. I told my daughter that I was flying out the door at 7 am and I wouldn't be able wait around for the babysitter. As long as I give her a heads up all is well! I got to my studio in the Village by 7:15, gathered my gear, put on my Spider Holster camera belt, (first had to check in the mirror that it looked good) haha. Then I bolted out the door. Headed toward the Harbor. It's now 7:30 and I see the finish line is still being set up. I photographed it because it's still cool, but I realize as I continue my walk to the harbor all I see is the HARBOR! Good God! Where are all the runners?
I had the pleasure of photographing the "Wine Under the Stars" event this year for the Huntington Historical Society held at the Kissam House on Park Avenue. It was a beautiful evening for a fundraiser. The honorees were Hoffman and Grayson Architects. A beautiful cake was made for them by Reinwald's Bakery in Huntington. Wine was donated by Bottles and Cases and Joanina Wine Shop Enoteca. A nice addition this year was craft beer by Blind Bat Brewery. Unfortunately since I was photographing the event I didn't get to sample any of the wonderful Spirits or food! Darn! The food looked amazing! The line for each of the restaurants were long and worth the time waiting. Everyone I spoke to was thrilled with all of the food and choices. Christopher's was there along with Bee-ORGANIC, California Pizza, Kerber's Farm, CREW, The Culinary Studio, Jeff's Surf and Turf, The Shamrock, IMC, HONU,Bon Bons Chocolatier and TOA. A big round of applause for all of these wonderful businesses that DONATED their food and services. Please make sure you acknowledge their great gesture the next time you dine at their restaurant, buy a bottle of wine or have a cold brew!
You can see the images here
[Today blogging is essential to a business, in order to make sure you get a great placement in the Google rankings. Ugh! I just have to hear the word blog and I look like that deer in the headlights! To have to come up with a topic and then to write about it stresses me out. The thought of blogging stops the possibility of any creativity. You would think that as a creative this should be a simple task. For me, I have to be passionate about what I am writing, I have to feel it inside. Like when I’m taking a photograph - it's visceral, it's a part of who I am and capturing it is easier when I can feel it. The feeling I have when I am in the moment is equivalent to loving someone so deeply that it just makes you happy. Your heart opens up, your eyes go wide with excitement and wonder. Your heart is connected to the universe and everything just seems to be perfect and nothing else matters. …..Well that's what capturing a photo feels like for me. The moment of pure love and connection.
So I guess this brings me back to my original question. What would I rather be doing instead of this blog? I would rather be laying in the sand with my grandson Henry. Experiencing with him the first time he got to feel sand. The wonderment and curiosity he was experiencing I was able to capture every moment down to the little grains of sand trickling through his fingers as he watched with amazement. These are the moments and feelings that are so important to photograph and capture.
He had a cast on his leg for 8 weeks so this was the first beautiful day he was able to be outdoors without it. It took about a week for him to learn to walk again so there we were in the middle of this big field, and I was wondering what he was willing to do. Then, he just went! He didn't care that his leg wasn't perfect, that the strength wasn't there. He tumbled, he rolled, he face planted, and he was having the time of his life. That day he learned to run! I felt his excitement, freedom and even his runny nose; I felt it all and captured it all. Even down the the moment he was scolding me!
I ended up doing a lot of the shooting with my heart rather than looking through the viewfinder that day. The heart sees moments very differently than the eye and those moments, for me, bring the greatest smiles!
I hope they bring you smiles too!
I love doing newborn portrait sessions, mostly because I love kids! The session was at the families home, and as soon as I walked in big brother Joey wanted to show me his magic tricks. I have to say he was pretty good at the Sword and The Stone. Although he showed me how he did it I still made sure I couldn't remove the sword. By the time I was set up Joey was ready to rock and roll and show off his new baby sister. And such a sweet little girl she is!
A family portrait is a must!