Meet the Gift Shop

March 5, 2013

Of course, the rest of the zoo is the real star, but what a great gift shop!  Didn’t see any actual beetles (or Beatles) though.

All of them are barefoot.  Surely a hidden message!

All of them are barefoot. Surely a hidden message!

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Possibly one of the most frequently asked questions in the history of womankind. And here I not only found one, I found a royal one! I suppose that’s true of all the “thrones” at Kensington Palace.

Royal Restrooms at Kensington Palace, London, England

Royal Restrooms at Kensington Palace, London, England

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A Friendly Warning

February 20, 2013

Using humor to prevent theft, a convenience store offers fair warning amidst the sundries. Whether or not the message led to less shoplifting is unknown. But it certainly led to something extremely valuable–lots of smiles and laughter!

Thieves beware the prize that awaits you.

Thieves beware the prize that awaits you.

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A League of Their Own

February 12, 2013

I was enjoying a lobster at a fish shack in northern Connecticut when in walked several women wearing these rather descriptive jackets. Turns out, they were bowling league pals traveling together for a long weekend, and bringing their team spirit along for the trip. They were sort of a Sisterhood of the Traveling Bowling Jackets. And they were a lot of fun!  Lobsters, laughs, and a camera.  Life is good.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

Bowling league jacket bearing team name.

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While not on assignment photographing executive portraits or otherwise creating imagery for corporate communications, public relations, and business marketing, other equally interesting visual moments pass before me. Like this adorable little tough guy just sitting there on a park bench. We engaged in a little face-off, after which I complimented him on his stylish coat. And off we both went onto the activities we were headed to–he, a little exercise and meet-up with some pals at the dog park, me, a corporate photography assignment filled with lots of faces, thankfully none of which were quite so intense!

Blue-eyed bulldog

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Flu Fear 2013!

January 15, 2013

Widespread, especially virulent, death tolls climbing, and vaccine shortages looming. Every so often a flu like that hits, and now is one of those times. Just as widespread as Flu 2013 are the news stories about it, how to prevent it, and how many have fallen from it. Reaching the masses with excellent prevention advice is the good side of so many news outlets. Then there’s the drama reporting. The intense audio and bold graphics and imagery accompanying flu segments of many broadcast news reports are a bit overblown, even theatrical. Good for ratings, of course. But I find it all needlessly fear inspiring.

Be smart, not afraid, and hopefully wearing a surgical mask won’t become a necessity throughout the remainder of Flu Season 2013.

Virus and germ vigilance

Virus and germ vigilance

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100th Birthday

January 10, 2013

January 9, 2013 would have been the 100th birthday of our 37th president, Richard M. Nixon. In 1990, early in my career, when Mr. Nixon was still a septuagenarian, and I was…well I was a bit younger myself, I was given the great opportunity to photograph the former American president. The assignment was to create an illustrative portrait for The American Spectator magazine’s “Who Reads” ad which ran in each issue.

Although I was too young to vote when he ran for the presidency, I certainly remembered Watergate, his subsequent resignation, and the negativity which became a part of his legacy. For me, he was and remains among the most famous, and certainly the most notorious, person I’ve ever photographed. Mr. Nixon was also one of my best photo subjects, easy to work with, very accommodating, and very easy to direct. He was also quite the gentleman, kind, and made me feel so comfortable. Both his wife and one of his daughters called during the session. As he spoke to each of them, the expression on his face and in his eyes revealed a man who obviously had great love for his family.

So all politics aside, these positive impressions of President Nixon along with the images of a very successful shoot will always also be a part of his legacy for me.

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 2000

Richard M. Nixon for The American Spectator magazine, November 1990

Paris stock photos

October 16, 2012

Mother Mary Comes to Me

April 1, 2011

Whether a believer, or a lover of sculpture, or both, the 48 ft. bronze Rosary Madonna Marian Shrine, as well as the other marble religious sculpture located throughout the grounds of the Don Bosco Retreat in Stony Point, New York, is wondrous to behold. A rather extensive gift and bookshop is a must-see while there.

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