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I was asked to photograph the 20th annual Fairfield County Heart Walk at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. My father had a heart attack at the age of 47 and survived. So I felt like an alumni of some sorts. The SLOBS ( Service League of Boys) was one group of many volunteers lending a hand. The Stamford Hospital had a mobile bus capable of screening patients for heart disease, breast cancer and ultra sounds. There was face painting, cheerleaders, food and CPR training. My friend Doc was there, he survived a heart attack this summer. Click here for that story on Westportnow. The Sacred Heart University Kappa Kappa Psi Band and Brien McMahon High School cheerleaders provided music and motivation to the walkers, what a fabulous turnout. It is always tough to shoot at the beach. The sun, reflections and wind can really through you off.

 

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On a shoot in Boston this past week, I decide to stop by The Ray and Maria Stata Center located on The MIT Campus in Cambridge, Ma. I was not disappointed. I think I found the structure at the perfect time of day. Right before sunset where  the shapes and shadows came out really nice. Architect Frank Gehry received a lot of  criticism for designing the building. I feel it is very unique and creative.

“Boston Globe architecture columnist Robert Campbell wrote a glowing appraisal of the building on April 25, 2004. According to Campbell, “the Stata is always going to look unfinished. It also looks as if it’s about to collapse. Columns tilt at scary angles. Walls teeter, swerve, and collide in random curves and angles. Materials change wherever you look: brick, mirror-surface steel, brushed aluminum, brightly colored paint, corrugated metal. Everything looks improvised, as if thrown up at the last moment. That’s the point.”

 

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Lindsay and Tyler were married at Compo Beach in Westport.  I love shooting on the beach. It is a little tougher than most shoots because of the intense sun, reflections from the sand and there is no shade. The ceremony was preformed by Steve Rubin. It was bittersweet because he is such a great guy and he is moving this month to south Carolina. I will miss him. The catering was by Marcia Selden, all I can say is yum yum, she always has great people working with her and her food is fantastic.

 

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Maria  hired me to photograph her new line for her store Bianca  Boutique.  I set up my computer, lights and background in her shop and we really had a great time. Make up was done by Jaime Fanelli and the music was provided by Pandora.  It was the perfect space for a shoot. When I shoot for a client, I usually photograph with my camera tethered to the computer so we can make changes as we shoot. It is very convenient for the client to see the images on a very large screen rather than the back of a camera. You can view all the images on Maria’s website at http://www.shopbiancaboutique.com/

 

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