In this digital day and age we are the most photographed generation but in the future, we will be the least remembered. This is due to the fact that very few people ever print their photos. We are not leaving anything for our future family to know we existed. Technology is changing every day and at this point, DVD's are pretty much antiques. I don’t think you can buy a computer with a DVD drive anymore. The USB format is in the process of changing right now. Just think if in the 80’s people only had their images on floppy disk what would they do with them today? So, for all you young ones a floppy disk is the old version of a DVD. You may be saying well I use social media to archive my images. Well, what will you do if Facebook or Instagram ever shut down? It’s just rented space; or let's say your account gets hacked and blocked or even worse the hacker deletes all your photos. You can still see the first photograph ever taken because it was printed in 1826. I live in Suffolk County Long Island and in my area, you can simply go to any CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and print right from your phone. I personally print my personal photos at Costco at .16¢ a print; you can’t go wrong.
Yes, I am a photographer and this comes naturally to me. What I’ve have done in my photography studio in order to better serve my clients and to help them preserve their memories in a more updated way is offering printed products that stand out from your natural framed prints. In the months to follow I will be sharing one of my many modern takes on printed products that I offer. The first one is one of my personal favourites. It is wood prints. Your image is printed directly onto a slab of birch wood. The image almost looks likes a painting. I love how you can see the wood grain through the image. With standard prints, you need to matt and frame them and the cost can get high for framing. These wood prints are routed in the back for screws and come ready to hang. No extra cost of framing is needed. Size start at 5x7 and go up to 40x60. If you would like you can always stop in my studio at 58 Waverley Ave Patchogue NY 11772 to see then up close and feel them.
Yes, I am a photographer and this comes naturally to me. What I’ve have done in my photography studio in order to better serve my clients and to help them preserve their memories in a more updated way is offering printed products that stand out from your natural framed prints. In the months to follow I will be sharing one of my many modern takes on printed products that I offer. The first one is one of my personal favourites. It is wood prints. Your image is printed directly onto a slab of birch wood. The image almost looks likes a painting. I love how you can see the wood grain through the image. With standard prints, you need to matt and frame them and the cost can get high for framing. These wood prints are routed in the back for screws and come ready to hang. No extra cost of framing is needed. These are very popular with wedding photography and engagement photos. Size start at 5x7 and go up to 40x60. If you would like you can always stop in my studio at 58 Waverley Ave Patchogue NY 11772 to see then up close and feel them.
For those of you that follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you may have noticed that in the past year I have made 3 trips to the Middle East. Prior to these trips I have had the pleasure of meeting and building a relationship with the first family of firework, Fireworks by Grucci. To any Long Islander or even New Yorker, they know the Grucci name as Long Islands go to company for any fireworks display. Little did I know that the history of this six-generation family business from Bellport, NY is just 10 mins from my hometown of Patchogue, NY.
I first met CEO, Phil (Felix) Grucci when filming a promotional video for Patchogue’s Midnight on Main St.; an event that the Village of Patchogue runs on New Year's Eve where they have a 9 pm ball drop to ring in the New Year, followed by a grand illumination fireworks display by Grucci. Between takes, Phil mentioned that they may be attempting to take back a Guinness Book of World Record that his father had claimed in 1979 of the worlds largest aerial shell. Phil had asked if I would be interested in coming to the U.A.E. to document the behind the scenes of the build of this attempt? Of course, I had said yes but in the back of my head I was like, “ Ya like he is ever going to call little old me for this historic event”. Well, to my surprise about 9 months later I received an email from Phil’s assistant asking if I would be able to cover it from December 20, 2017 - January 3, 2018. I was torn if I should go; as it would mean being away for my fathers birthday, my god child’s 1st birthday, as well as missing Christmas and New Years Eve with my family and friends. After speaking to my family they understood and said, I needed to go and help document history.
What I thought I was being commissioned for was filming and photographing some behind the scenes of a big fireworks show. Well, I could not have been more wrong.
After the first day of filming an interview back home in Grucci’s Bellport studio, I realized I was taking part in a much more bigger event than a Guinness World Record attempt. In fact, the record was just a side story. I was documenting a man and his families lifelong dream come true. What I was contracted for was a few short videos that ended up being about a 45 min documentary that is still in final revisions.
Below you will find the initial promo video for Midnight on Main St., where I first met Phil, as well a 30 min version of the full documentary along with some behind the scenes stills. I would like to add that the display itself I could not cover as one person so additional footage was provided by Marketeers, the company that covered the broadcast. I was also not able to photograph the display itself so Phil’s daughter Lauren, who is also a photographer as well as Peter Alessandria, and Ihsan Salhia photographed the show itself as I focused on the behind the scenes.
Stay tuned in the months to follow as I will be blogging about the two other events I covered in the Middle East with Fireworks by Grucci.
Midnight on Main St
World Record Family
This past October in my small town of Patchogue the Budweiser Clydesdales made their way down our Main St and hand-delivered Budweiser to many bars. I had a chance to photograph this historic event. The last time the mighty Clydesdales were on Long Island was in 1978. The year I was born. I had some inside knowledge of where they were boarding the horses for the stay on Long Island.
Many years ago I did a bit of equine photography but I always wanted to do a studio style session with a horse. I saw an opportunity to possibly do this with the famous Clydesdales. I head down to Clare Rose our local beer distributor which was where the horses were spending a few days. I figure why not ask? The worst that could happen is they say no. Long story short I did a family photo for the owner with one of the Clydesdales in return to photograph them. I also had to get permission from Anheuser Bush. The Clydesdale handler Lane was very accommodating with me. Below are some of my final images as well some behind the scenes (BTS) videos I took, as well as the Main St Parade slideshow
Behind the Scenes ( BTS)
About the Clydesdales
Just a few months ago I was honored to be part of the team that took the 2nd place win in the Entertainment Video category for Greater Patchogue TV with a sit-down interview with Patchogue Medford high school student and America’s Got Talent standout, Christian Guardino. The award was from the Press Club of Long Island. Long Island's golden boy Christian Guardino in Patchogue