Wednesday, December 31, 2008
2009 is sure to be a grand one, we're opening our lives to a new beginning with a new president, a new number 9, new months, days and minutes. They can and will all be great. Don't let the worries of another year gone take you down. Look forward. You can do it. We will all continue to grow wise together. With each and every day. We are still growing up, there's no decomposing that is going to happen here. After all, that only happens when you stand still... Are you going to stand still??? Instead what do you say we take the new year on and make it a great one????
Shine on with the new year and remember.... "Nobody can teach me who I am"...
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I often get asked about this blog, and why, as a photographer, the blog doesn't just include photo after photo of every shoot. And while I may not have the perfect answer, or really any answer at all, I will just say that it is what it is. Do you guys want to see pictures from every single shoot? Do you want me to stop with the (at times useless) rants? Or do I just keep going with what's been done? Let me know, leave a comment below and if you haven't already, sign up to receive the blog direct using the sign up box to the right.
As for right now, the grand day of Christmas is rolling around in less than 24 hours and the new year following a week later. In that time many of us will reflect on the year that has passed, or the year to come. How about if we stop for just one minute. (maybe two - or more if you need). But why don't we stop, in silent reflection for just a short while. Calm your thoughts, let everything go. The worries about the holiday in general, the shopping, the preparations, the money. Let it all go. Let everything go. In this moment, simply be.....
There is so much in each and every one of us, and with out a doubt, there is so much more to come. Even with that & the more to come, you have always been and always will be - more than enough!
For right now, let go of how you appear, let go of what you have accomplished. Feel the truth of who you are right in this moment. Feel your own energy. Around you, spinning in a controlled chaos...
In this silence, there is so much you can know. Beyond the thoughts there is so much for you to understand. It's that right there, it's the person that lives inside the person you are. Touch that person. Find them, for that is you. Be immersed in that energy because that is you. Find that power that is always there, no matter what, and know that what ever may come... All it well....
Happy Christmas, be safe and as always....
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
As you can see, these two are total goofs! Always smiling, laughing and in general having fun. The rest of the pictures you ask? For their eyes only...
So here comes the first snow storm of the season. The first real storm of the season.
I know that for us, word on the street is that we'll see anywhere from 9-14 inches. Not bad. No schools are open, people calling into work and well, just getting ready to weather the storm.
For the most part, each and every one of us is going to pull through with out any issues at all. We're going to watch the white stuff pile up into the night, get under the warm covers and wake up to that wonderful blue sky in the morning. You know the sky I'm talking about. The contrast against the white, the sun reflecting on the snow like diamonds. So darn beautiful. Especially in Collinsville, the river rushing through town, the hills and all the wild life coming back out from their dens...
Now look at all of that.
Quite simply, we weathered the storm. We prepared and handled each and every part the best we could and on the back side of the storm is pure beauty... And that's something to look a little deeper into. Take what you see and keep it close. Because it's that - right there that you can use in the future. When things get rough, there's a loss, an accident, a little low spot. It's the preparation and the steps you can take to help yourself get through. And when you have taken all the steps you can muster, maybe you've run out of steam, and you just don't think there's anywhere else to go... Well, call a friend, climb under those covers, maybe watch a movie, get some sleep and know that you've done everything you can to weather that storm.
And keep all of that in mind, knowing that there is beauty on the back side. Know that you'll get through it in all good time. There may always be a lingering effect or two and that's okay. Let it go. Look around at what you've accomplished and be proud for that YOU have weathered the storm...
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
On another note, I also need to thank each and everyone of you that helped make 2008 a great year for TAB Photographic! From all of the weddings which I was invited into - to the portrait fun I was able to capture, and along through the year with all the wonderful pet portraits! 2008 was a great one! And what's better is that 2009 is going to be even more SuperfanTABulous (and yes, I may have made that word up and yes, you can use it when appropriate)!!!But again, I thank everyone!
Now as the new year comes around I have also welcomed in a Great New Studio Located in the Real Artways Building in Hartford Ct. And along with the new studio is a brand spankin new website!!! Check it out at WWW.TABPHOTOGRAPHIC.COM and let me know what you think.
Or maybe you want to check out the newsletter by cicking this link here. http://campaign.constantcontact.com/render?v=001QQbfO6xkqW3W-exxrG0hO6K51cEV-ZJwEGGfEOjgIRqX0wS3tIFOQO0lI7mXurpvTxAUBT-3Xy8xg-6VV55rsL0ZP7SDVyivLystWiBzC4M%253D
And to thank everyone for an awesome 2008 and what is sure to be a rockin' 2009 I'm spreading some specials around below.
Just know that they're all on a limit with quantity and time so if you're interested e-mail me back by using the contact tabs on either the wedding or portrait websites. (or firstname.lastname@example.org)
All packages below are also available as gift certificates.
First 5 portrait sessions booked -
- In studio portrait session -
- 3 / 5X7" prints matted -
- VIP print pricing / album pricing (normally only available to VIP clients) -
- online viewing / sharing gallery -
- $25.00 print credit -
- Normal Pricing $250.00
- Limited Quantity to First 5 Bookings $150.00
Pet Portrait Special to first 3 booked.In studio Portrait Session (one pet) -
- 1 / 8X10" print matted -
- 1 / 5X7" print matted -
- VIP print pricing / album pricing (normally only available to VIP clients) -
- online viewing sharing gallery$50.00 print credit -
- Normal Pricing $500.00
- Limited Quantity to First 3 bookings $275.00
Welcoming a new soul - First 5 bookings ( 3 photo sessions & 3 custom albums)(if the baby has already come we can push the shoots timing to now, 6 months and a year)
- Maternity photo shoot / in studio or comfort of your own home
- New Born portrait session / in studio or comfort of your own home
- 6 month portrait session / in studio
- One Custom Album (10 images) from each individual shoot
- Perfect way to capture those sacred moments for the expecting parents to that new energy of love
- Normal Pricing $850.00
- Limited to first 5 bookings $590.00 - inlcudes all photo sessions and albums Additional prints always available at VIP pricing for New Soul shoots (Additional $50.00 print credit applied to account)
Puppy Teeth All Around -
- First 3 bookings ( 3 photo sessions & 3 custom albums)(if the puppy has already arrived we can push the shoot to 6 months one year and 18 months)
- Welcoming in the new puppy (between 8 weeks - 3 months of age)
- Portrait Session in StudioThe Abundant Energy (between 4 - 6 months of age)
- Studio Session (possibly on location)
- The Not So Mature Times (Between 12-14 months of age) Studio Session (possibly on location)One Custom Album (10 images) from each individual shootPerfect way to capture all that puppy love! From the shoe chewing to the obediant sit and stay and forward! Awesome times never to be forgotten
- Normal Pricing $1290.00
- Limited to First 3 bookings $720.00
I know, it may be crazy for me to throw all of those awesome specials out there, but to tell you the truth, I'm enjoying each and every shoot more and more so let us all keep that energy flowing!!! But don't hesitate to long because I really am sticking to the limited bookings.
And hey, you can even give one of the above shoots, or any shoot as a gift. So what do you say??? Ready to make it happen!!!
Shine on and keep that energy high throught he holidays!!!
P.O. Box 426
Collinsville, Ct. 06022
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above offers can not be combined with any other specials / discounts or offers
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This year on thanksgiving we have decided to keep it simple. We don't need to make 37 different dishes, 4 pies and more. That's sooo not what it's about. Instead, what we'll do is really quite simple. Start up the fire pits outside, have some football on TV with some Wii interuptions, a few beers, maybe some wine, music and family... Dinner, yea, we're going to have dinner... Just more of a "normal" sized one. There truly is no need to take in 3000 calories just because it's Thanksgiving... Instead, what about just giving thanks???
And by the way, did you know....
96 billion pounds of food are wasted each yearAccording to a study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we waste 96 billion pounds of food in America each year. That turns out to be:
263,013,699 pounds of food wasted each day...
10,958,904 pounds wasted each hour...
182,648 pounds wasted each minute...
3,044 pounds of food wasted in America each second!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Truly, your life is what you make it. If you believe your life is mundane and boring, so be it. Because that's what it will be. If you believe your life is full of drama and stress, I can guess much of that drama is brought on by yourself. If you believe your life is pure bliss, happiness and full of great adventure, well... That's what you'll have... Because your life is truly what you make of it! So make it great!!!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If you were feeling a little blue and someone went out of their way to give you a helping hand don't you think it might just pick you up a bit???? Give it a try you might be surprised...
On another note, while I have a ton of shoots to go over here on the blog and share with you all, I have a little more exciting news to share that I totally forgot about yesterday. And it's the new wedding albums I'll be using for 2009 and hopefully long into the future! And not just for the wedding photography but also the portrait photography! These albums are not the norm. These are the albums that everyone is going to want to get their hands all over! An album you're going to share on a constant bases... Check out some of the pictures below of what's to come! And I'll have more pictures of the studio, the albums and this years weddings and portraits in the very near future!!!!
Monday, November 17, 2008
HOWEVER, right now it's time to tell you about the newest happenings and why I've been MIA... Over the past couple weeks there have been a great deal of changes happening. And they've kept me from being here. From working on all the weddings I've shot over the past couple months to... (drum roll please)....
A BRAND NEW http://www.tabphotographic.com/ and not only that but a brand new studio in the Real Artways Building in Hartford as well! The studio will be great for everyone. It's centrally located in Ct., it's 2 minutes of Interstate 84 and it's just going to rock!
As for that website. The wedding page is just beautiful, the portraits page is fun and light and the only page still in the works is the pet page... Really about dogs. They just needed their own dedicated space and they got it!!! So check it out, http://www.tabphotographic.com/ and be ready because while this year was a great one, 2009 is going to be leaps and bounds beyond remarkable!!!
And just keep TAB Photographic in mind for any portrait maternity pet new born and wedding photography in mind for Ct. and the rest of New England!!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I have been keeping politics out of the world of blogg'y'ness. Though there comes a time when I just have to let it roll a little. And while we should all give McCain a hats off for a valid attempt and life long support of our country, we must all give a hats off to Obama!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Secondly, some tips to help clean up after the not so happy halloween has occured. Just remember, for the most part, what happens on halloween, the toilet paper, shaving cream and more, is nothing personal. I would have to say that most of the time it's just some kids having a fun time with pranks. It's all in good fun, and think back, did you do the same exact thing to unsuspecting people when you were one of "those punks"... HAH!
The every so beautiful toilet paper strewn across the yard, over the trees, through the bushes, and if they were really talented, over the house to the other side! I have yet to clean up such a mess but I do remember being one of those punks and causing it... (Sorry about that by the way...) Anyway, you wake in the morning to look outside and notice the beautiful decorations, thinking "GREAT THERE GOES MY SATURDAY!!! GRRRRRRRRRRR". But it really isn't that bad. For one, toilet paper tends to fall into pieces quite easily, two, it really doesn't last long so maybe you just want to keep there for decorations anyway.
If cleaning it up is your goal you have two options, the first, grab your hose and plan on spraying water into the air for the next 3 days... Or two... Follow some simple steps.
- Let the sun come up and dry out the morning dew
- Start high up with a ladder, taking pieces from the roof line and trees. For hard to reach pieces you can use a long stick with duct tape inside out, using it to grab the pieces you're unable to reach. Get as much as possible into a garbage bag because if the ground it wet the toilet paper will turn into a big glue'ey mess!
- working your way down you'll now notice the mess that did end up on the ground. If you waited for the sun to come up and dry out the yard it's not a problem. Get your leaf blower and blow it all into the street.
- Clean up the pile you now have in the street, or jump in your car and drive up and down the street at 100MPH spreading it for miles into the lawns of your neighbors. (would opt for choice one)
EGGS! As harmless as they are, they can wreak havoc on car paint! (though they do make an addicting "THWAMP" when they burst open). The main problem comes from two sources, one, when the egg breaks out of it's shell, the shell shatters into small pieces and depending on how good of a picther the egg had, said pieces can scratch the clear coat or more into little rings! Sometimes being able to be buffed out, other times not, well, not so lucky. The other problem is that if the egg itself is left too long it can be quite corrosive to the vehicles paint so be sure to wash it off ASAP!!! Seriously, don't even drive to work, grab the hose and wash off as much as possible so that when you wipe it down you're not wiping egg shell fragments down the paint. Then use a good cleaner and soap and wash the rest off. I'm sorry to say that some damage could have already been done but if you're lucky you'll be free and clear with only a few minor scratches...
OH BOY! Shaving cream, now that's a fun one. It sprays out and behind are left such great designs, or by the stupid kids in town, their names. (yes, I had a friend that once did that, STUPID)... The good news, even though your entire car may be covered, it's not as bad as it may seem. Chances are good that by the time you woke up the shaving cream has become nice and hard. Crunchy even. Not to worry, just grab the hose and wet it all down, it should just begin to wash off. HOWEVER, you still need to give the entire car a good wash because some of the chemicals in shaving cream can be harmful to the cars clear coat. Especially if you just let it sit there for a couple days knowing that it will rain soon enough... But all in all, not a big deal.
The deal, just wash it off. The main issue is that when a pumpkin hits, small or not, if it hits your car, yea, you're screwed, they dent. Wash off all the pumpkin vomit and call the body shop... Sorry.
On another note.... Last night I picked up an older man who was walking down the street, it was about 40 degrees, windy and getting dark. I know, not the smartest of things to do right. Well, I just felt like he needed a ride. His back hunched over, hands tucked under his arms to keep him warm, taking small steps that were not really getting him far at all. Maybe he would have killed me, stolen my car, drank my diet coke, who knows. I just had this feeling that he needed a ride.
So I pulled over and his eyes opened wide, he stood up straight and just about skipped over to the car. Getting into the heated car, I could just see a new energy come over him. And not the "I'm going to kill you energy"... But the, I'm not going to freeze to death tonight energy... After chatting, Steve here, had lost his job in Kansas a few weeks ago, lost his apartment, had been living in a shelter with out a place to go. Finally calling his family in Maine, they happily offered help if he could get home. They're not well off so they couldn't really help him get back, but they did say that if he could get back, he would have a place to stay, a warm bed of his own, meals and help to find a new job. He was walking from Kansas to Maine, gave up on hitch hiking and was trying to stick to the back roads so that he could at least keep walking where on the highway he would have to just wait for a ride. And not only that but he spent the entire day going West on rt. 202 instead of east, so here he was back tracking what he had already walked. His words "I ain't never hitch hiking again, it's scary, cold, and I've been living off smokes since I left"... Anyway, I got him at least another 10 miles closer to home, stopped and bought him some dinner and wished him well. Steve was so grateful for just that small ride and meal, a big smile and thanks all around and right then, I knew I had just made this strangers day.
Now I don't say this so that I feel good, I just say this so that every one else can see how easy it is to just lift another souls spirits. To bring a bit of light into someone elses day and give just a little hope on their journey of life... Am I this wealthy individual with so much money that I can go buying every stranger dinner, nope, but I do know that I was heading home to a warm house, and that I would be picking up some dinner for the family and I would be getting into my own warm bed with my family all in for the night....
Just keep in mind that what you believe to be such a simple mundane thing can be the world to another, that a smile can bring light into darkness and that even when things may not seem to be going "so great", there's always someone trying to get through a harder time.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
So, St. Augustine Florida, the oldest town in the U.S., It should really be a great thing and I'm thinking well hey, I may just make a week of it! Anyone been down there before????
Here's a video I found on youtube. It's an odd one but hey, a video about it none the less. Of course taken through someone elses eyes and not my own...
Can't wait for 2009!!!
Your Wedding Photographer in Ct.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
That's really where the story ends, other than the fact that these 3 girls just rock! They all loved the camera, from jumping through the air, to laughing and smiles all around!!! Quite simply, a fun shoot. It's what makes the portrait photography thing so much fun!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
The television. You know, some people have those great bumper stickers "Kill Your TV"... Now I'm not one for violence so I wouldn't go that far. But what about just putting a box over it? LOL... Seriously though, the "normal" TV show is 30 minutes long, take out the 8 minutes of commercials and you generally have 22 minutes of useless information going into your mind. 22 minutes of mush that you could probably, if I took a guess, live with out. What do you think? Could you find something more beneficial to do with that 22 minutes? What about reading? What about taking a walk? Or what about just stopping the day and thinking about your next steps in life... How about if you just started with the 8 minutes of commercial time. Grab a book and read through those commercials. I would make a bet that you would read clear on through the rest of the show as well. Your mind truly longs for stimulation that you could so easily give it. So why not step it up, pass on that show and be a bit more productive? I'm not saying TV is bad all together, there may be some times when you just have to "veg out"... But be honest, could you pass on that show at 7 and work something a little better into your day???
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
And at the same time, while I think about New England, and living here, and running my business as a photographer, portrait or wedding and more, I can't help but wonder what running my business in other parts of the world would be like... From China, to New Zealand or even Africa! Can you imagine that... There you are, at a wedding, a day like no other.... The camera shutter clicking away when a giraffe strolls through the ceremony. Or you're shooting a wedding when the world begins to shake and the church begins to cruble and all just have to run for their lives... That's something that happened quite recently. Not to me, but you can view some of the images here. I can just imagine though, the feeling, the suffering. For an event such as that to happen on a day that should be all yours... And the world attempts to shake you off. What gives. True craziness... A bit of a ramble, yea, maybe. All I can say is that even in that situation, I would still love being a wedding photographer From Ct. and New England to the rest of the world... Anyone want to take me to New Zealand or some where else cool and exciting???
Friday, October 17, 2008
Everything else, gosh... Almost too good! I can honestly say that when I set the photography goal for 2008 I didn't think I would surpass it this much. I can not complain at all. And it sounds odd but I love what I do even more. Call me a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, a pet photographer or more. What ever, it doesn't really matter to me. What matters is that I just get to keep shooting people. That also brings me around to another idea I'm working on. TAB Photographic T-shirts!!! Fun ones. Logo, with a quote and website below. I'm thinking the quote will read either "I'm paid to shoot people and I love what I do".... Or just "paid to shoot people daily and love it!" Any thoughts? Any other ideas? I'm open....
Other things. Oh boy... First off, working on a new blog for my town... Collinsville! Local support is where it's at. Other blog that will be happening will revolve around farmington artists... Maybe I'm taking on too much? I don't know. What I do know is that I want to support local people, artists and businesses and figure this is all just another way.
And last but not least is the store front I'm STILL trying to get into. Now the owner of the building has passed along the task of finding a tenant for the spot. He passed it along to a business owner along side the empty space and all she's trying to do is benefit herself and not thinking about what the town would enjoy, or what others would like... Maybe I'm being selfish thinking that she just needs to give it up... I don't know. Frustrating when all I want to do is stay local and support the town... Not looking as if that will happen. It is what it is.
For now, shine on!