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I knew this event was coming up. I had a funny feeling this Monday morning and I messaged Marla to ask. She gives me the time and the venue and there will be a ticket at will call. So I ask, what day? She answered, Tonight!!
Having just had all my camera equipment stolen the weekend before (see the previous blog just below this one about that) I rushed and purchased a camera body in the afternoon and literally started it up for the first time at the venue.
Marla Kavanaugh is the founding member of the Scottish music group “The Highland Divas”.
The event, Spirit of Christmas Spectacular is an annual event to raise money for the Catholic schools of Brooklyn and Queens.
You may know Marla’s husband, Daniel Rodriguez. Daniel as sung for years and as a NYC Police officer was known as “The Singing Policeman”, He was a first responder on 911 and witnessed the collapse of both towers nearly losing his life. He was featured at the Yankee Stadium concert “Prayer for America” and I recall the touching voice that helped give America hope and strength.
Also accompanying Daniel was Karina Nuvo who had sang and was included in at least one of Daniel’s albums.
The whole event was beautiful and touching.
Accompanying on piano was the talented Jessie Lynch.
I thought this tender moment was one of the best captures of the night.
My evening with this group ended at a pub across the street, but not before some posing in front of the Lincoln Center courtyard.
Thank you Marla and Daniel!
As we come up to the end of this year 2017, I have befallen another bump in life.
Although there are many more people that are currently going through hurdles much more serious and deserving of support then my problems, I am humbling asking for financial help in replacing all of my camera equipment stolen from my car December 9th.
I was in a restaurant in Pennsylvania in the front parking spot on a major road with my camera bag and laptop left in between the back seats of my suburban. The two camera bodies, lenses and flash were expensive Canon pro models.
Since I am in a bit of flux in my living environment and my truck is quite old with 274,000 miles on it, I do not have renter’s insurance or property loss on the automobile insurance. My client income is down 40% this year. It has already been a struggle.
Rather then put up a simple crowd funding page, I want to offer some packages that may have interest to many of my friends and followers.
In the past year I have taken pictures at numerous events and parties, while also taking numerous portraits without charging or charging for modeling fees. For the most part, I do not receive monetary compensation. Usually entrance and maybe a drink as well and of course ownership of my pictures.
I am offering “unofficial” Year Books of the events for 2017. These high quality, hard cover picture books will feature approximately 24 pictures in each volume. 8.5” x 11” landscape. This keepsake book is ideal for the book shelf, waiting room table, or living room coffee table.
If you had attended an event and I took your picture, I would be glad to make sure your picture is in the volume you purchase. Each book is a print on demand, so customization is possible.
Please visit my Shopify page to see my current offerings:
I will add more including a package to schedule me to shoot your event. $150 and up depending on requirements.
I also created a GoFundMe for Karma, goodwill and appreciation.
Once I achieve replacement cost, I will post and host a thank you event at a location to be announced.
I have had quite an adventure in the last couple of years and the best part was the amazing people I have met in the different communities and circles. Many I cherish as good friends. I want to thank everyone for their encouragement and support. It pains me to put this up because I have always felt that I have more to give people then I would want in return. Unfortunately, I am in a bit of a quagmire without my tools of my passion.
I was at a networking event called ‘Team Rise Together’ about a year ago and as I was talking to people and an actor named Sparkman said to me, ‘It is great that you have so much to offer, but what can we do for you?’ As flustered as I may have appeared, I was truly touched by that.
Up until last week, I did not have an answer.
Scotland part two, Stirling.
Since I did not have an itinerary or agenda, it was just hanging and going with the flow. Staying with my gracious host Yemi, who lives in a flat between the Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, I had a great feel for the town and the people of Stirling.
The Stirling Castle was an amazing place to visit and view the surrounding area. I walked up to the castle walking a path that included the area where they would at one time perform be-headings. Nice.
I really enjoyed being on the castle grounds and touring inside.
Yes, there was a throne fit for a Queen.
The outside walls of the castle still had pot marks and from wars of long ago. The details on the outside were very gothic.
Every day seem dark overcast, but I expected nothing better. It was perfect.
The town of Stirling include some fantastic old buildings as well as warm and friendly residents.
I felt very warm and welcome while walking in the community.
One of the places I enjoyed was Katie’s Bar. A simple but friendly pub.
I would call Stirling my “local” experience. I can’t say I had great food there other then some Irish breakfast meals that I am still craving. The pubs seemed to have mostly pre-made food, not local. I am sure there is better places there to eat and I will search more next time.
and finally, an end to one of their soggy, drunk, nights.
I joke with friends that I have more friends in Scotland then I do in NYC. It feels like that sometimes. So when I needed to get away from the drama in the city, it was not a difficult decision where I needed to go for soul soothing.
Lets start this by talking about Edinburgh.
The city is very international and usually includes a fair number of tourists. October was pretty quiet and I did not have to compete for space among crowds of visitors. It was quite peaceful and relaxing.
I stayed with my bestie Yemi, Yemi King Photography, in Stirling, which is centrally located between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Perfect to connect with friends in most areas of this region.
Easy access allowed me to wander and relax among the restaurants, pubs, and sights of this great old city.
The monuments and buildings had a character of their own and flourished in the night’s light. I was quite happy strolling the area and just enjoying and taking in all the sights and sounds of the city.
The days and evenings spent in Edinburgh also included amazing food, whisky and Cuban cigars. What a thrill it was to sit outside Dirty Dick’s on Rose Street with mussels, haggis, Islay single malt whisky and a cigar by myself in a very light drizzle watching the people walk by. It did not bother me in the least that I know my picture was taken about a half dozen times.
Time with friends in Edinburgh included of course Yemi, Alan, and a visit and fitting at my friends Dan and Vixy at Stewart Christie & Co., the 300 year old bespoke tailor in Edinburgh.
I did not get into a museum or monument, but they touched me nonetheless. I expect future trips will include those.
It was a fantastic time to stroll and take pictures or sit and chat with friends or meet new people.
I will write soon about the other places I saw and the people I met or visited with. Scotland to me was much more then the places. It was the people.
I will be back soon.
Stay tuned for Stirling, Glasgow, Loch Lomond, and Glencoe.
I will be taking 100 Portraits
I am doing an awareness project to bring attention to the garden that the City of New York would like to close and build low income housing in Soho. The park has been there for 25 years and before that it was a school playground and meeting area for many years.
Elizabeth Street Garden is located about two blocks South of Houston Street at 209 Elizabeth Street.
I will be at the garden tomorrow, Sunday, April 9th from about 11am to about 2:30pm.
I will be doing more dates in the weeks to come, as well as appointments, but I wanted to reach out to my friends that are here from out of town this weekend.
Show up and let me take your portrait in support of the garden.
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My vision was to show a connection with New York City, these guys, and working in a creative street environment.
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I took them through a few locations that I knew I could show them in the city night. I also knew of an set being constructed in the street and put them in front of it for effect. The equipment and background added to what I wanted to portray.
There is a certain darkness in the city at night I wanted to take advantage of that lets the background lights add to the picture without distracting.
I really like the effect of this next shot. I went across the street and shot this with the 70-200. Waiting for the right taxi and angle. I really like a NYC shot with a yellow taxi.
Taking advantage of equipment on the street.
I kept in mind through the shoot that I wasn’t only capturing these guys, but also as if what they were wearing, whether it be for editorial or advertisement.
Fantastic gentlemen and professional attitudes. Look forward to another opportunity to work with them.