Wednesday, June 29, 2011,

Always a pleasure to photograph a friends weddings. Something to look forward to, something to enjoy, something to cherish. Even with hundreds of guests, weddings are private and intimate affairs, each photographer chosen feel honored and privileged to be trusted enough by new clients to be part of the happiest day of their life.  In the case of a close associate you know the communication is already there,  
so everyone being relaxed is a given.  Sara was a wonderful, beautiful and very happy bride.  The grounds of the ALICE AUSTEN MUSEUM is like a second home to her as she is the Director of Services there.  Very fitting as the house of Staten Island's most famous photographer was host to a fabulous party to celebrate someone who loves photography and her new love, husband Joe Tacopino.  Alice would have approved.

Trees overgrown with moss, Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington -- imagebroker rf/photolibrary ©

Monday, June 27, 2011

New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID)

New York Center for Interpersonal Development will be celebrating 40 years of providing services to the community this year at our Annual Benefit, "Changing Lives ... a 40-Year Tradition."
The event will honor individuals and organizations whose dedication and generosity, both within and beyond our agency, greatly enrich the quality of our community.
Our 2011 Honorees are:
  Founded in 1970, NYCID is a not-for-profit organization on Staten Island providing youth, community and professional development programs, as well as dispute resolution services that educate and inform the public about constructive problem-solving, effective communication and intercultural awareness. We also operate a training institute to teach these skills to others.  For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @NYCID.
Our Mission: Strengthening Relationships, Building Community 

Meandering river near Cook Inlet, Anchorage, Alaska -- Patrick J. Endres/Visuals Unlimited, Inc. ©

Sunday, June 26, 2011,

BOC Women’s Business Center

Presents the7th Annual 21st Century Business Woman's Conference.

at the Hilton Garden Inn Featuring Keynote Speaker LINDA DESCANO CFA, President & CEO of Citibank's Women & Co.

WBCLDC hosts a satellite office of the BOC Women’s Business Center. Through the BOC WBC, we offer one-on-one counseling, long-term training and short-term seminars targeting women entrepreneurs in Staten Island. The WBC is sponsored by the US Small Business Administration.
This U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Cooperative Agreement OWBO-2004-021 is partially funded by the SBA.  All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made at all times in accordance with the American With Disabilities Act of 1990 and associated amendments. Arrangements for persons with special needs will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.
The Business Outreach Center Women’s is also partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Women’s Business Ownership (OWBO). The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is established to help women become full partners in economic development through small business ownership.
The Women’s Business Ownership Homepage address is

Fine Art Fotos is happy to help sponsor this event and provide photo documentation for their website.
 Many thanks to the other Small Business Sponsors, At Home Inspections,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

The Forest Avenue BID is a vital commercial corridor in West Brighton. The surrounding community is well established with many old Victorian style homes, cultural centers and parks.

The Forest Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) extends from Hart Boulevard to Broadway. Forest Avenue merchants and property owners choose to be a part of a collaborative effort to provide seervices and sponsor special events. This is what unites them as a Business Improvement District. All services provided by the BID are the result of investment by the merchants and property owners within the BID. The BID's primary purpose is to improve business on Forest Avenue.

Remember-Successful Businesses Make Great Neighbors!

I'm proud to say that I readily donate my services to the BID and here is some photos from our Annual Meeting at LiGreci's Staaten.

Fran and Frank Reali of
Kathleen of
Mary and Dr. Frank Scafuri III of internal Medicine
Mr. Frank Whalen of APPLESEED REALTY, President of the BID.
  Susan Meeker, former Executive Director, WBCLDC 
Keynote speaker Robert Walsh, Commissioner of NYC Small Business Services

Aerial view of Yerba Buena and Treasure islands, Oakland Bay Bridge, and San Francisco, California -- Marli Miller/ Visuals Unlimited, Inc. ©

Friday, June 24, 2011

Scott & Erin - June 18th E-session

We met Erin 9 years ago when my sister married her uncle. She contacted us shortly after she got engaged to Scott whom we met for the first time last Saturday and we all instantly hit it off. Their engagement shoot started off at his work (John Deere) and then headed to West Montrose. We had so much fun with them and can't wait for their wedding in August.