life.


as my father’s life slowly ebbs, each transfusion scheduled closer and closer, i want to honor what he has given me:  the definition of living life with honesty, with integrity, with loyalty.  every decision he made in his life was for the benefit of his family.  he has been a physically strong, very proud and independent man, he now accepts help he needs.  he loved in action not in words.  he valued education. he valued his italian culture.  he influenced and shaped who i am and how i live.  he taught me to learn to do things on my own by researching, asking questions and accepting help.

to the end of a challenging 2014 and am so happy you’re home to begin 2015.  happy new year dad.  i love you.

(photo:  christmas day 2014)

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October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month


October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.   October 15th has been pegged as a day of remembrance.   as a volunteer photographer and area coordinator working with Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep, i have had the privilege to capture for parents the only photographs they will have of their babies.  CNN included the Mosquera family in their story.  Maria Ceclia emailed me soon after receiving her images: 

We received the USB drive with the photos you took of our baby boy, Mattias, on July 9th.  A million thank you’s would not be enough for this amazing gift you have shared with us.  The package arrived today, on his actual “due date,” which makes it even more meaningful.  Thank you for sharing so, so, so many photos with us; I will treasure each and every one!  That day, I didn’t actually get to see much of what you managed to capture, as my view from the operating table was limited.  Through your images, you have shared with me minutes of his very short life that I didn’t get to share before.  And thank you for capturing his little hands, feet, ears, hair, everything about him.  I didn’t have enough time to enjoy each little part of him.  Now, I feel like I’ve been granted an eternity of enjoying each little, precious part of him through your photos.  They are so beautiful.  We will also be eternally grateful to have a photo of all four of us as a family.  You are amazing for sharing this unbelievable gift with us.  Many, many, many thanks. 
With deeply heartfelt gratitude,
Maria Cecilia, Misha, Natalia, and Mattias

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weddings.

more sweet kisses

jess and jay celebrated their wedding july 19th.  the attention to the details is what makes each wedding so different, unique and beautiful. thank you jess & jay for allowing me to capture this perfect day for you…domenica photography:  domenica comfort photographs  flowers:  westchester floral decorators venue:  amber colonnade                     […]

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A “Pop-Up” Photosession

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i am in the city often and love when i come across the “pop-up” stores…  the sample sales that are there for just one day, sometimes if you’re lucky 2.  but it is a spontaneous event. i thought what a great concept to create as a fundraiser for TEAM DANIEL.  100% of donations go directly […]

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a surprise visit

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last saturday,  maureen dropped by the studio to share with me great news about her son, brian. he wanted me to know his headshot got him the audition for a broadway production.  she had given brian a giftcertificate for a photosession for new headshots.   i photographed brian this past june at a nearby park as […]

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New Rochelle Art Fest


this weekend, saturday & sunday from 12-5, i will be participating in the New Rochelle Art Fest.  please come by the studio located in pelham, ny (132a fifth avenue) for two wonderful exhibits. in 2000 i traveled to my hometown, Gallo Matese, Province Caserta, Italy and began a photodocumentary of the place i still call […]

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shareed & marlon get married!

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http://video214.com/play/Lz6ZZZZFKmz0dF5VmxfTGw/s/dark shareed & marlon flew in from trinidad monday, 9/10/2013 so they could be married on tuesday morning at city hall. i had spoken to shareed the previous week and immediately knew i had made a friend. he asked me to be their witness. in my family’s tradition that makes us family for life.  trinidad […]

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High School Prom

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last night, my son jonathon went to his high school prom.  the venue, glen island casino was the perfect place for a perfect evening.  the boys were very handsome in their tux as were the girls in their beautiful gown the prom pose. i am convinced high school teaches this pose, not sure what class […]

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Natasha Justice Project

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yesterday i met natasha and felt an immediate bond. the inaugural charity golf tournament raised money for the natashas justice project at the pelham country club.  please click the link to learn more about this charity.  i was unaware of the backlog of thousands of rape kits and find it unbelievable that a crime could […]

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let her eat cake!

ladybug's first cupcake

“ladybug” will have finished her first year of living tomorrow and to celebrate, we had cupcakes!  (provided by Provisions Bake Shop, Pelham NY).  she was very curious at first. after turning it around a few times, smashing it on the floor (maybe it would bounce? make a sound?) she took a bite… and it was […]

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