Moving…


So excited to announce I am moving my studio space to the beautiful historical landmark building: 1 Wolfs Lane, Room 201. The space has amazing natural light from windows from the front and the side of the building. Have many great ideas for the space and will be sharing as they develop. Plans for an open house once all settled in…_45D53241wolfs

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December 5th


On December 5th, Fifth Avenue in Pelham, NY (where my studio is located) will be Candy Cane Lane to kick off the holiday celebrations. A parade, with Santa on a Fire Truck is at 3:30, where he will go to the Town House for a party and then at 5pm, the Tree lighting.  Luminaries supporting the Junior League of Pelham will light the Town House and the area around the tree.  Many merchants are offering specials, with holiday characters and fun activities.  this is what i’ve planned: winterwonderland2015

join us!

p.s. In the morning from 10-1, I will be at the Bartow Pel Mansion where you can meet Santa and have a professional photograph taken  Santa at Bartow Pel

Artisans


have you met artisans whose work takes your breath away?  last summer, i met Mr. Andreas Mazioutas who is a silversmith and works from his home.  he had completed what may be his last piece of commissioned work, creating a silver cover for the icon of the Blessed Mother.  it was an honor to be in his presence, and to photograph these amazing pieces of art:  the iconograph as well as the replica in silver.  just recently, the finished framed which the icon will be encased in was completed, in time for the August 15th celebration.  the icon will be kept at the church of Zoodohos Peghe in Pelham Bay, Bronx NY.  Father Silvester of the church, shared information about this icon:

[This] is the burial shroud of the Virgin Mary. The icon is an exact copy of the burial shroud that is kept at the church of ” Little Gesthemane” that is located in the proper of the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. On August 12, at the second hour of the night, the abbot of the Gethsemane church celebrates Divine Liturgy. With the end of Liturgy, at the fourth hour of the morning, the abbot of Gesthemane, lifts the resplendent burial shroud in his hands and solemnly carries it in a procession called “Litania” beyond the church to Gethsemane proper where the Holy Sepulchre of the Mother of God is situated. The rite of the Burial of the Mother of God at Gethsemane begins customarily on the morning of August 14. A multitude of people with hierarchs and clergy at the head set off from the Jerusalem Patriarchate in sorrowful procession. Along the narrow alley-ways of the Holy City the funeral procession makes its way to Gethsemane. The procession, going along for about two hours, concludes with Lamentations at the Gethsemane church. In front of the altar, beyond the burial chamber of the Mother of God, is a raised-up spot, upon which rests the burial shroud of the Most Holy Mother of God among fragrant flowers and myrtle, with precious coverings.  On the day of the Leave-taking of the feast (August 23), another solemn procession is made. On the return path, the holy burial shroud is carried by clergy led by the abbot of Gethsemane and placed again in the church of “Little Gesthemane” in Jerusalem.

Burial Shroud of The Mother of God

Burial Shroud of The Mother of God

Iconography is the work of the famous iconographer, George Fillipakis.   Icon of the Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

Iconography is the work of the famous iconographer, George Fillipakis.
Icon of the Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

Icon of The Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

Icon of The Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

silversmith artist Andreas Mazioutas with Icon of The Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

silversmith artist Andreas Mazioutas with Icon of The Burial Shroud of the Mother of God

life continues


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mom & dad on her birthday 3.8.2015

blog post 5.1.2015.

my father died april 1, 2015.  one month today.   my niece is getting married today.

the last six months of his life – my mother’s life,  my life, my siblings lives – were full of uncertainty:  will he begin to bleed and be rushed to the emergency department? will he need platelet transfusions or blood transfusions or both? days that turned into weeks and into months of a life fiercely holding on, and always the uncertainty.

my mother’s life, always organized around his care, his breakfast, lunch, dinner  are now endless, slowly moving hours, minutes, seconds.

i asked her yesterday what she misses most.  “shopping with him.  he drove me wherever i wanted to go.  even wanted to drive me to buy a carton of milk.  i told him i wanted to walk! but now wish he could still drive me.”

she’s cleaned out his shoes and his jackets.  when i suggested it may be too soon, she replied “he’s not coming back, why keep them?”

her life continues.  she’s turned the soil in the garden, raked the yard of old leaves, pruned the grape vine.  chores she always did by herself, as it had been many years since he was able to it with with her.  keeping busy.  keeping her routine.

yesterday, she said “she misses him, but is happy he was well taken care of and had his family with him throughout his illness.  every day someone was there”.   the last month of his life, he refused the hospital food.  she would go home, make him soup, hot dogs(!),  pasta (his favorite) and bring it back.

days before he died, she was there, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sisters, brothers and all his in-laws.  he was never alone and we were all there until his very last breath.  this makes her happy.

my niece is getting married today.  my father adored her and when she moved to australia, was sad, but supported her spirit of adventure.  there she met brendan, and her happiness is evident on her face, especially when she looks at him.  today is the first family “festa” (celebration) since my father died and for me, it is full of mixed emotions.  it will be strange to not have him there.  life continues.  we will celebrate.  as my father would have insisted (demanded).

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.


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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help with the wedding dress

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just married...

just married…

A “Pop-Up” Photosession


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 to schizophrenia research.

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Event Info:  saturday, 11/23/2013 from 10-4pm .  the $300 ($100 which will go to TeamDaniel) is for a 20 minute photo sessions in the studio on a white background and includes 2 high resolution digital files perfect for holiday cards.

link to donation page: http://bit.ly/18iXSZs

about TeamDaniel:
i am best friends with daniel’s family and his journey is one of success and one to celebrate.  diagnosed in his teens with schizophrenia, and after many different protocols, he is doing great!  daniel is proof  the clozapine protocol is an effective treatment.  daniel’s family is committed to helping others have access to this protocol, as well as remove the stigma associated with schizophrenia.  daniel is now a senior at SUNY purchase (boards there during the week),  has his own radio talk show at SUNY and does stand up comedy in NYC (and the shows i’ve gone to, he’s been the best!).

this january, i will be part of TeamDaniel at the Disney 1/2 marathon and will be running/walking with daniel, his family and other supporters.  His father, Rob, has completed 60 marathons (14 Boston Marathons) and runs with daniel in the 1/2 marathon and the full marathon the next day.  through running, daniel is able to maintain a healthy weight to prevent one of the side effects from the drugs.

unfortunately much of the violence that is being committed is directly related to mental health and everyone deserves to live a productive life in a supportive community.

your donation will help.

Know Science.  No Stigma.

a surprise visit


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 his agent had requested outdoor photos for the headshots.

brian will be performing on broadway with mary-louise parker in “Snow Geese” at the samuel j. friedman theater . it opened 10/16/2013.   here’s a link with more info about brian & the show: http://bit.ly/1bnols6    (brian is an economics major from brown university!) and for tickets: http://bit.ly/1hWS6O0

congratulations brian!!  my perfect track record continues!   thank you maureen for stopping by and brian – i will be coming to see your performance!

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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 home.  it is a small town and slowly disappearing.  our dialect is almost non-existent and in 2001, number of families living in Gallo was 289.   the number of families now living in Gallo is 264.

if you’re free – would love to for you stop by …

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(framed, signed in verso, black & white archival prints available for purchase20x20 ($275)16×16 $250, 12×12 ($200).

my very good friend, educator and amazing potter, Susan Nathenson will also be displaying her pottery.  perfect for holiday gifts, hostess gifts and beautiful to have in your own home.  start the holiday shopping…

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