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Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Blog, See All Posts |

The Gift of a Portrait

The Gift of a Portrait

As a professional event photographer I often get the chance to work with a variety of wonderful organizations but one of my favorites is St. Joseph’s Mercy Care, a local foundation here in Atlanta that provides medical, dental, behavioral health and social services for people in need. When I found out their were hosting their 9th annual Fall Festival, which is a big party for their poor and homeless clients in the downtown community, I didn’t hesitate to volunteer my services. Many disadvantaged people don’t get the chance to have high-quality pictures taken, let alone own any pictures of themselves, so I was excited to help change that. That morning at the venue we set up a studio complete with lighting, backgrounds and a high-resolution photographic printer, so we could put the pictures in special folders and give them out on the spot. More than 200 poor and homeless clients, including some with children, had their portraits taken that day. What a rewarding experience to see their faces when we...

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Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog, See All Posts |

That’s one tough mudder!

That’s one tough mudder!

Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses that test the strength, stamina and mental grit of its competitors. Evidently only 78 percent of entrants successfully complete each challenge. When I shot this event just outside of Atlanta in January it was something like 12 degrees outside. That didn’t stop people from jumping through water, mud, you name it. Through my lens I observed that there are basically three types of people who participate in this extreme, ultra-challenging event: ex-military who miss pushing themselves and getting dirty; serious athletes who want to push themselves to the limit and prove that they have what it takes to finish the courses and finally, people who just want to get dressed up and try it for the hell of it, win or lose. Shooting this event was both fun and enlightening for me of what people are willing to do to test themselves physically and mentally.  Click here to see more...

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Blog, See All Posts |

Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving

Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving

After my daughter Britt and I left Greece we went to Istanbul.  This was one of the greatest cities I have ever been to. We had such a good time and made some new friends there.  We met a wonderful guy named Gabe who is from there but lives in Dallas as he finishes up college.  Because he spoke English and his family was established with hotels and restaurants, he was able to show us a side of the city we wouldn’t have seen on our own. So I want to thank him for being such a gracious host. Another great experience was when we went to the Greek Orthodox Fanari, which is the head of the Greek Orthodox church.  While we were there we got to see Archbishop Demetrius and His All Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW. What a great trip! Click here to see the other...

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Blog, See All Posts |

It Takes a Greek Village

It Takes a Greek Village

I’m so happy that I was able to share our greek heritage with my daughter Britt. We arrived and rented a car to drive to the village where my grandparents are from. It’s a small village named Alea outside of Tripoli.  We stayed with my 90 year old Aunt Maggie.  She didn’t speak english and we didn’t speak greek but you would know it by how we got along.  I had been there 30 years earlier and it all came back to me and the fun I had when I was 20 and my uncle was there taking care of his apple orchard.  The other photos are from Athens and our drive around the country. Click here to see the other...

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Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 in Blog, See All Posts |

The Cake Boss is in the House

The Cake Boss is in the House

What a fun job I had when I got to shoot the Cake Boss taping his show when he made the 50th anniversary cake for Century 21.  The party was help in Vegas with 4000 of their closest friends.  The only thing I didn’t like was that everyone in the room had a camera, cell phone camera shooting the show and posting it on Facebook etc…  Me being the official photographer had to sign a deal that I would do anything with the photos until the show aired months later.  I’m kidding, I didn’t really care. Buddy couldn’t be any nicer. Click here to see the other...

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Posted by on Feb 8, 2012 in Blog, See All Posts |

The Cirque is in Town

The Cirque is in Town

When I was shooting in Quebec City, I heard that Cirque Du Soleil had a free outdoor stage that during the summer had free performances.  My buddy Andrew, another canadian photographer, and I went down to see if we could shoot the show.  I know that normally they won’t let you shoot with your cell phone in a normal show but didn’t care if we shot his one.  What a wonderful treat to shoot these fantastic athletes/actors do their thing.  Thanks Cirque far a great gift. Click here to see the other...

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