Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Can't say as if there is a reason, or isn't a reason. So why stop with the daily blog'yness.
I came across this little movie here of a bird, he got a way in the beginning of the flick... Will he return????
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Quite possibly with it's pieces and parts Brooklyn could be considered "the place". I know a few people close to me that feel this way and I sit here in positive agreement. Because Brookly is filled with this great energy. This calmness that must rest just outside "the city"... A place where people run home to after being in the hustle and bustle all day long. A place where the kids play on the streets, the markets are filled with smiles and the brownstones tower over with such beauty and grace.
A place where a van has been touched by so many, or in some cases painted. Though I look at this van and see so much. Really, I want to blow this picture up to about 48 inches and cover an entire wall with it. Maybe put the bikes on the other wall??? I guess what I'm getting at here is that Brooklyn is the place. Really, the place... Manhattan is great and all but if you want the city feeling with a more relaxed atmosphere and some great stores... yea, try on Brooklyn for size....
While I'm here I just feel another need to share one more thing. That one more thing is a great book I read over the summer. I saw the cover, which had a simple picture of a dog, picked up the book and saw that it was about a dog and a race car drive... Hence the title, " The Art of Racing In The Rain"... There I am, 24 hours from that point I would be on a 6 hour flight to Portland Oregon, picking up this great book about a dog, and racing cars. I mean come on, talk about a guys novel. No, I'm not saying guys read one type of book while woman the other... I just didn't want some romance filled, love on the beach book... So damn it! I would buy a book about a dog and race cars!!!
Well..... Let me tell you, this book, simply filled with so much. From laughs, to love, to anger and tears. Yes, tears. What? I'm not allowed to tear up over a book? And more so, I'm not allowed to tell people about that fact??? It's a great book!
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals.
On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
That's right, she did it again. Beth Jannery (http://www.bethjannery.com/) just released her newest book. Why is this blog worthy news on the photo front? Quite simple, she's a good friend. And on top of that, a good friend that has used pictures of mine for her last two covers as well as with in the pages. Beth has gone through some major changes in her life, even since I have met her. She has become stronger, learned much and if I'm allowed to say, I think she has found a new freedom. A new life???
Monday, August 25, 2008
Get started with these three steps to setting your wedding budget
The numbers are in, and they aren’t pretty. With the average wedding cost at over $28,000, it’s no wonder tackling the budget is one of the most overwhelming tasks on your to-do list. We’ve sorted the figures to help you put it all in perspective and build a plan of attack.
Step 1: Talk to all contributing parties
As the cost of weddings increase, so does the number of people paying for them (good news for the bride’s parents, who no longer need to take out a second mortgage to fund their daughter’s nuptials). You’ll need to sit down with everyone who is going to contribute to the wedding-day piggy bank and discuss how to logically divide the tab and arrive at a total number.
The old-school rules dictating who pays for what are meant to be broken, but you can definitely use these wedding etiquette guidelines on who pays for what as a starting point for your budget discussion.
Step 2: Allocate totals for each service accordingly
Now that you’ve arrived at a reasonable total budget, you’ll need to determine where that money is going to go. Come up with a list of items/vendors/details you’ll need, and how much you’ll allocate to each. Then you can customize each amount based on your style and priorities. For instance, if a fabulous. wedding gown is particularly important to you, you may splurge in that area, and make up for it by cutting back on your floral arrangements.
Step 3: Get a system and start saving
You’ll need to establish a reliable method to keep track of all savings and expenditures. There are endless ways to save and track your finances, from sophisticated software to old-fashioned spreadsheets.
Save smart If you are starting from zero with your wedding-day savings, consider paying for as many of your expenses as possible on a credit card that amasses benefits like frequent flier miles, rewards, or cash back that can go toward your honeymoon travel.
Friday, August 22, 2008
- White Is Not Right It seems obvious and yet so many guests seem to forget. Material that is mostly white with a small pattern is a no. White suits are a no. If there's a question...no. White garb is meant for one person only and that's the bride! Always. End of story.
- Skip the Shorts Shorts at a wedding? It's just wrong; even if you dress them up with a blazer or a pair of sexy heels. Guys, no matter how preppy you make 'em, and, girls, no matter how stylish Charlize Theron looks in them, shorts just won't do at this affair.
- Keep it Classy Up-to-there miniskirts, shirts with more buttons undone than not, and bustier tops are best left for a night out with the girls (or that person you really want to wow). We know you're sexy, you know you're sexy, but a wedding isn't the place to show off. Play down the sassy and play up the classy.
- Coattails Don't Cut It If it's a black tie wedding, men are going to be renting a tux or digging one out of storage, so tap into your inner James Bond. But keep it in check -- a classic or modern-cut style is the best bet. Stay away from extra frills like tails, ruffles, loud colors, or satins which are inappropriate and overly fancy. Even if you plan to be the funny man in a powder blue '70s number, refrain. All attention should be on the groom (and his tricked-out honey, of course).
- All That Glitters Is Not Gold Stay away from anything lamé, sequined, shiny, or glittery. It's distracting (both in person and in those precious keepsake photos). Again, the newlyweds are the star attraction, so resist the urge to be a "shining star."
- Lose The Leather Leather rocks (where would our shoe collection be without it?!) but it's not the best choice for anything above the ankle on a day of "holy matrimony." Leather jackets and skirts are probably too casual, and leather pants are just too flashy. Even if the bride and groom are hip enough to roll with it, opt for something more sophisticated.
- Mad Hatters Whether you wear a baseball cap to show your allegiance to the A's, disguise thinning hair, or hide a bad hair day, a wedding (even the most casual summer ceremony) is the last place to don one. Go hatless and hit a home run!
- Give The Wild West A Rest Bandanas, cowboy boots, and ten-gallon hats all make it onto the list of what not to wear. Unless the betrothed couple has planned a themed bash and requests that guests get decked out in ranch gear, save these goodies for another day, pard'ner.
- Dress to the Nines Don't be too cool to don your finest fixings. Honor the couple's union by leaving your jeans at home -- even the really nice ones! Unless the invitation mentions a beach barbecue or luau, forego the casual fare and plan on turning it up. It's a wedding after all!
Just things to keep in mind!!!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
From a magazine to a thank you card. So great!
Walking down to the post office or to the mail box on the other side of the road. Yes, yes yes... Especially the post office. There's just something I remember from my youth of going down with my father, running over to the little metal door and putting the magic key in, with a twist the lock releases and the door swings open so effortlessly. Looking inside, wondering, what's in there, what has shown up in this little 4x5" box??? Even now, it excites me. Maybe that makes me crazy, looking forward to the mail??? Who knows. It's just good. Can you honestly say that you don't like mail? That when a card comes you don't rush to open it? Huh????
And then of course there are the days you get to walk into the post office and there is nothing... You know what still makes that fun though??? You can open the door and look in and see behind the scenes of the post office. The stacks of letters written, telling stories from one soul to the next. Or the bills that may be lurking. You know, that's what they do, the bills... They lurk. We won't go into the lurking bills though....
So yea, send me some mail. I like it... HAH!
P.O. Box 426
Collinsville, Ct. 06022
And yes, it's even better than e-mail!!!
Friday, August 15, 2008
SO... In welcoming these new sites will of course be some new work. And I am working with just about everyones budget to make some great work happen for them too. So if you're in need of portrait work, head shots, pet photos and yes, maybe even a wedding, keep me in mind. I'll work with you. And again, for 2009 will be one free wedding shot by me. As long as I hit a certain amount of weddings booked I will be shooting one wedding at no charge. And it looks like I am more than well on a way to making that happen.
Just keep TAB Photographic in mind.
YOU ALL ROCK !!!