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The Gift of a Portrait

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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 handed them their pictures, like the young woman with her new infant son who was so overjoyed to have baby pictures of him, or the older men with their tough faces and thousand-mile stares, who said they couldn’t remember the last time they’d had pictures taken of themselves, if ever. The downtown homeless community is a very tight-knit one, and it was heartwarming to see groups of friends posing together, kidding around as they smiled for the camera. Most of all, it was great working with Communications Manager Denise Garlow and Volunteer Coordinator Nicole Smith, who did such a fantastic job of putting the event together and making their clients feel special. I take head shots of people all the time but this was a truly unforgettable experience.  Go to this page to get more info on Mercy Care Services. http://www.mercycareservices.org   Click here to see more...

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Answering the Call of the Dragon

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Answering the Call of the Dragon

Last Saturday I finally got the chance to shoot an event I’ve been wanting to photograph for many years – Dragon Con. An Atlanta fixture for almost three decades, this enormous multigenre sci-fi and fantasy convention attracts over 50,000 fans, enthusiasts and passionate obsessives every Labor Day weekend. It’s sort of like the coolest nerd pilgrimage on earth. Not wanting to miss it yet again, I made the trek downtown with five fellow photogs to fulfill our mission of shooting the Dragon Con parade, a mainstay of the convention and a city tradition. Luckily a couple of my esteemed colleagues knew the show well and led us to the parade staging area, where several thousand people in costume were hanging out as they waited to strut their stuff. Stormtroopers hobnobbed with Klingons and zombies joked around with Steampunk characters, while wizards shot the breeze with superheroes – it was a veritable shooter’s dream! Everyone seemed to love posing for pictures and playing their characters to the hilt. But more than anything I was really impressed with the obvious time, effort and imagination that went into much of the make up and costumes. It was clearly obvious that for many, this isn’t just a fun pastime – it’s a way of life. After a few hours of shooting an incredible variety of characters, I felt that I had seen and conquered. Didn’t spot any dragons, though. Click her to see more...

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Getting Out and “Bouts”

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Getting Out and “Bouts”

Even though I enjoy photographing events of all shapes and sizes, it’s important to me shoot new activities on a regular basis so I can keep my work fresh. I especially like capturing sporting events I’ve never shot before. So last Saturday Lisa and I decided to check out our local roller derby team, the Atlanta Rollergirls. It was our first experience with roller derby, so we definitely had our fair share of preconceived notions. Yes, there was plenty of the expected pushing, shoving and scrapping (and tattoos, too!) but as we watched the two bouts of the evening –  the All-Star Dirty South Derby Girls take on the Gold Coast Derby Grrrls, then the Apocalypstix face off against the Denim Demons – we realized how much strength, skill, strategy and athleticism is also involved in this little-known sport. To top it off, the derby folks were such a nice, friendly group of people. Next time we want to bring our friends, a cooler of beer and root for our favorite skaters, including Wild Cherri, Afro Dykee, Quadratic Abrasion, Hate Ashbury and Bruze Orman, to name just a few cool characters. Go to their website check them out. http://www.atlantarollergirls.com  Click here to see more photos...

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That’s one tough mudder!

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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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Turkey is not just for Thanksgiving

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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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It Takes a Greek Village

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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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The Cake Boss is in the House

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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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The Cirque is in Town

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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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These Angels are Blue

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These Angels are Blue

A buddy of mine got me into the private Blue Angels show when that came to Dobbins Air force base.  What an amazing show when you think that these guys are each going 450mph at each other and missing by one foot.  I showed these pictures to them after and the ones where I had them together at the perfect moment were their favorites.  I have allot of angels in my life and these are my blue one.  Thanks for a great show. Click here to see the other...

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Swamp Thing

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Swamp Thing

After shooting a show in New Orleans. I had a few hours to have some fun.  I got together with some friends and drove out to the swamps to rent an airboat. Our driver was from there and showed us the back areas and told us stories of growing up in the swamp. The week after we were there was when the oil spill occurred and all that area was covered in oil.  It made my heart sink when I though of all the wildlife and plant life that were destroyed in that mishap. Click here to see the other...

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