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Hanging With Ryan – Long Island Photographer

Pretty.  Smart.  Crazy.  Bold.  Funny.  Sexy.  Sassy.  Hip.  Cool.

Ryan is all that…..and then some!

The whole bag of chips…..with the dip!

If she was a pizza, she’d have ALL the toppings!

Okay, that last one was kinda corny, but you get the idea…

So let me tell you about Ryan. She’s a beautiful, engaging young woman who recently graduated from one of the top engineering schools in the country. She’s also one of the most fun and down to earth people you’ll ever meet. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that she works on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico! So, I guess you can add the word “tough” to the long list of adjectives that describe her.

Before I go any further, I just have to say “Sorry guys, she’s already taken.”

Ryan and I have been trying to hook up for a portrait session for several months, but scheduling conflicts kept us from getting together until now. Although the weather was iffy at best with the threat of worse weather on the horizon, nothing was going to stop her from getting her photos! The weather held off long enough, but that was the least of our concerns. She nearly tumbled over backwards into a creek and then we both had to dodge cars in the dark at the end of the shoot to avoid getting run over. Luckily nobody got hurt and we managed to walk away with our limbs intact. I’d call that a good day!

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I love what you did with these!! Very nice effects. My favorites ones are the ones with the fall leaves!! Beautiful!! But I have to say the lighting on the last three…PRETTY DARN AWESOME!!!!

Rita’s Girls – Long Island Photographer

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My friend Rita and her husband Stew have two beautiful young daughters, Tanya and Kateri. I photographed them before, but that was a really quick snapshot taken about a year ago. I’ve been waiting to shoot them again, so naturally I was excited when she called to set up an extended photo shoot.

Not only are these girls extremely cute, they are very sweet and very funny. The one thing that really struck me was how well the two of them get along. In many cases older and younger siblings don’t always see eye-to-eye…..at least that’s how I remember it with my younger brother and sister. Usually the older ones don’t want to be bothered with their younger siblings and when they do, they’re usually bossing them around, telling them what to do, or smacking them in the back of the head (not that I did anything like that). The younger ones, in their quest for independence, tend to push back when being bossed around. Then it’s, “She started it!” “Well, she hit me first!” “No, you hit me first!”, followed by “Both of you, go to your rooms!”

Well, Tanya and Kateri were the exact opposite of that. Tanya was very caring in watching over her young sister, making sure she didn’t fall or hurt herself while they were playing and holding her hand while walking. Kateri was very receptive to her sister’s protectiveness and I could tell that she felt safe with big sis looking out for her. It was great watching them interact and play together, but the best part of the day for me was capturing it all on camera. I had an absolute ball hanging out with them and look forward to doing it again.

Rita and Stew: Whatever you guys are doing……Keep it up! You’ve got some really sweet kids!


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Thanks, Alan. These are great! There’s a few I didn’t see before.

USMMA Class of 2010 Ring Dance

This past Friday, August 21st, 2009, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2010 held their annual Ring Dance at the fabulous Gotham Hall in New York City.

The Merchant Marine Academy is an institution that is steeped in tradition and the Ring Dance is one of the most interesting of those traditions. Thi Ring Dance is where the graduation class celebrates the beginning of their senior year.

The “ring dipping” ceremony involves the class ring being dipped into a bowl of special water representing waters of each of the Seven Seas. Each Midshipman is accompanied by a date who wears the ring on a strip of ribbon around their neck. Prior to dipping, the date removes the ring, which is dipped into the water, and then placed on the right ring finger of the Midshipmen.

To make things even more interesting, there is another ring involved in the ceremony. This is no ordinary ring…..it is a HUGE replica of the class ring. It’s big enough that it takes at least 10 people just to move half of it. The big ring is set up at the site of the ring dipping ceremony and makes for a wonderful backdrop for this very special event.

And of course, there’s the party (afterall, this is a dance). Although Kings Point may not be known as a party school, nobody (and I do mean nobody!) parties like Kings Pointers party.

Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

The Ring Arrives…



The Venue – Gotham Hall, NYC




Midshipmen and Dates Arrive




Class President, Commandant of Midshipment, and Academy Superintendent Address Class of 2010


The Toast

Ring Dipping







Academy Superintendent Allen Worley and Mrs. Worley

Let the party begin!





















Congratulations to the Class of 2010!

You can view all of the Class of 2010 Ring Dance photos by clicking the KINGS POINT PHOTOS link on the menu bar at the top of this page.

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