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After having just over a month off with no weddings we were really excited to get out and make some new images. The forecast wasn’t looking so good come wedding day but we’ve always had pretty good luck so we crossed out fingers and headed out for Simsbury. The rain seemed to just stop as we pulled up at the Old Drake Flower Bridge where Katelyne and Mark were going to have their first look.
Mark pulled up in his blacked out GMC Denali, put on his jacket, checked himself in the mirror like reflection of the tinted windows and with a huge smile on his face walked onto the bridge ready to see his soon-to-be-bride for the first time on their wedding day. We stood on the bridge for what seemed like forever hoping the rain wouldn’t come before Katelyne arrived. The time had finally come, Katelyne got out of the car looking absolutely amazing with her long flowing curls and sparkly blue shoes. As the click-clack of her heels on the wooden bridge got louder as she neared the smile on Marks face became larger and larger. After the first look we photographed them on the bridge while waiting for the rest of the bridal party to arrive (still looking to the rain to STAY AWAY!) I gave them a little instruction and then ran back out of ear shot to get the shots I wanted (as I normally do) Mark was laughing, Katelyne was smiling and I was making great images. Then I moved closer for a different angle, the laughing and smiling continued but now, I could hear them. Katelyne was saying some of the meanest/funniest things to Mark to make him laugh. To me this makes these pictures even more special because I know they can have fun and nothing about their laughs was fake and posed.
With the rain still holding we made the call to head to Elizabeth Park in West Hartford to do the rest of the pictures. Within minutes the rain started. We finished the shot of the girls and quickly ran under the gazebo. I thought this was going to be the end of our 2 year no rain streak but just as quickly as the rain came it went and we were back to finish the pictures. The bridal party was a great group of people who needed little direction to get in place, in fact for my favorite shot of the day of the bridal party standing in front of a line of tulips they all fell into line quickly and perfectly, I told them they did great and looked perfect to which all the girls replied in unplanned unison “Thank You”. That moment coupled with that image made my day.
Seconds after we packed the car to head back to Simsbury the rain started and it was pouring! I call that a win.
A beautiful ceremony adorned by the music of a close friends father who sang and played the acoustic guitar for the wedding precession. Though Mark and Katelyne had already had that “first look” moment the happiness and excitement of getting married wasn’t lessened in the least bit.
With their short-and-sweet ceremony over it was clear everyone was ready to party! In the bridal sweet as the wedding party prepared for their introductions I saw props of all kinds as they rehearsed. The two highlights for me where the brides maid dressed in a light up Hulk mask and Hands and the groomsmen who “made it rain” with a hand full of ones!
There were so many great moments on Katelyne and Mark’s wedding day. Some sweet, some funny and some emotional. Mark’s Best Man and Katelyne’s Made of Honor both gave really fantastic, funny yet heartfelt speeches and after Katelyne’s dance with her Father, Mark had an extremely emotional dance with his Grandmother.
The rest of the night was filled with dancing, laughs and cigars.
Congratulation Katelyne and Mark!
Photography By: Matt Branscombe and Mike Ciarleglio
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Last Saturday we had a crew of over 70 volunteers help us make Help-Portrait 2011 a huge success.
Last year we managed to pull of HP with only 3 weeks of planning and though we all did a great thing that day things didn’t go very smoothly. This year with many months to plan and some of the most amazing volunteers (You know who you are) we had what could only be described and a 100% successful event. The biggest hurdle we had to overcome was the file handling, editing and printing. Thanks to all who participated in our auction we had a budget to get 2 amazing photo printers which will make every Hep-Portrait from this year forward so much better. We had two volunteers on laptops taking flash cards from the photographers, renaming the files and pushing them to an editor. Thanks to Monte Rudze we had the 2 laptops networked to 4 iMacs connected to the two photo printers. This process was so streamlined that people didn’t have to wait more than 20 minutes for their edited and touched up 8×10 print to be delivered.
We had an amazing team a hair stylists and makeup artists giving ladies the “Royal Treatment” and an outstanding team of 25 photographers working in 6 stations making some of the best portraits you’ve ever seen! Let’s not forget about all the general volunteers who were the backbone of the logistics.
The attendees may have only been able to walk out with one 8×10 that day but there were so many great images made that it would be a shame for those people to not have them as well. Since Dec. 10th I’ve been editing all the rest of the pictures taken in order to deliver the digital files to those attendees who’ve contacted us.
One more time I want to personally thank all the great people who put in so much time to help make a difference in the community.
For any of my friends, clients or followers that have been paying attention to all the posts about the huge event we are organizing called Help-Portrait you know that we have been blasting everyone with information looking for volunteers and donations. Tomorrow (Thursday) Lindsay and I will be featured on Connecticut Style WTNH 8 to talk about the event and get some more awareness and hopefully more help.
Check out the website www.help-portraitnewhaven.com to learn how you can help.
And tune in to WTNH channel 8 tomorrow to see Lindsay and I talk about Help-Portrait
I was looking forward to a new presidential reign where the little guy and small business owner had a better chance of success and even survival but one of the provisions of the new “healthcare reform” legislation will significantly impact the administrative burdens of your business unless the IRS changes it.
Quoted from an American Society of Media Photographers newsletter
“As of now, starting next year, if you pay any person or corporation more than $600 in a year for goods or services, you must report that to both the IRS and the entity or person whom you paid. For example, if you bought a new camera or lens for $1,000, you would have to report that on your income tax returns and issue a 1099 to the company from which you made the purchase. Fortunately, there is now an exemption for credit card transactions, but that doesn’t apply if you paid by cash or check.
The good news is that the IRS has asked for comments from the public. Please copy and paste the sample letter below, edit it as you choose, and email it to Notice.Comments@irscounsel.treas.gov. Please be sure that the subject line of your email says Notice 2010-51. Please note that the emails must be sent by Sept. 29, 2010.
We understand the government’s desire to track cash transactions, but the current system would impose an unacceptable record-keeping and reporting burden on small businesses like yours.”
RE: Notice 2010-51
Dear Sir or Madam:
I am a professional photographer and a small business person. I have virtually no administrative staff to handle my record-keeping and reporting responsibilities. The new requirement under Section 6041 of the Internal Revenue Code would place impossible burdens on me. The exemption for credit card transactions was a great step toward reducing the impact of this change in the tax code. Unfortunately, it does not go far enough.
I often pay for computer and camera equipment, studio and equipment rentals, catering services, and other items by check or cash. Those expenditures often total more than $600 per vendor in any given year. Having to keep separate track of each of these items — and then to issue Form 1099’s to each vendor — would simply take more time than I have as the owner of a very small business operation, and it would require back office support that I do not have and cannot afford.
Please change the requirements so that they apply only to larger business entities, such as persons or entities that employ more than 25 people.
Thank you for your time and understanding.
It’s bad enough that our economy is in the toilet, but to put more stress on many already fleeting businesses is ridiculous. Anyone who owns a small business or has a friend or family member that does should take a few minutes and send this email to the IRS or write your own thoughts (Remember to put Notice 2010-51 in the subject line).
A few month ago an old college friend and classmate contacted me about shooting her wedding and as a creative professional herself I was totally honored that she would choose me to shoot her wedding. Back at the University of Hartford Art School we were very close friends, it might have been because we shared all the same design classes with the schools hardest design teacher Alex White. We were the only two in our class who chose Mr. White year after year not cause he was hard and scary but because he was good. The reason I’m writing this post is because I love her wedding website MarcAndDani.com. Usually those website are dull or cheesy but Dani’s is such a well designed site and entertaining as hell.
My best friend Burger said to me, “when you’re 20 you have the body god gave you and when you’re 30 you have the body you gave yourself”. Well I’m 30 and I’m getting way out of shape. I started riding BMX bikes when I was 12 and spend almost 15 years riding my bike all over the country almost every day. I slowed down for a few years only riding once a month or so but then in 2007 I started going to our trails in Hamden riding every single day! That year I even got two full page pictures in Ride BMX magazine! Things were good, I was feeling good and healthy and then I started BSC Photo, the work started and the BMX came to a screeching halt. In the past 2 years I’ve been on my bike 3 times, I feel like such a schlub, I feel unmotivated to go out and do anything. On the rare occasion I see my friends from Mass I feel even worse, they all have road bikes and mountain bikes now and ride 20-30 miles every couple of days and my friend Alan who moved to Colorado hikes, snowboards and mountain climbs almost daily in some of the most beautiful places in the US. Need I say it again, I feel like a bum.
Well my very good friend Sean Rudzinsky is now the East Coast sales rep for a high end bike company Felt Bikes and when I had lunch with him the other day he got me psyched to get on a bike and get in shape. Yesterday I met up with him at Pedal Power bike shop in Middletown where he was doing a demo. He gave me his old road bike (which is bad ass) and as soon as I got home I went out and started putting miles on it. I did about 45 minutes yesterday all around the beach roads in the East Haven, New Haven area and today I rode into town to pick up my wifes prescriptions at the pharmacy. I’d say it was about a 10 mile round trip.
All that being said I still love bikes and I’m glad to be able to ride out my door and pedal some life back into my body.
A few months ago I was hired by The Copper Beech Inn restaurant to shoot some gourmet dishes created by the extremely talented Chef Tyler Anderson who has since become one of our favorite clients/friends. A magazine called ink Publications “A guide to finer living in Connecticut” did a story on the Copper Beech Inn and used 6 of my pictures including one that was a full page and some how the only photographer that was credited in the article was a photographer named Jeff Kaufman who was commissioned by either the restaurant or by the magazine to shoot the architectural photos used in the rest of the article. I hate to be bitter but Jeff Kaufman is a talented photographer with food photography displayed on his website so I am 100% certain he will receive credit by the readers of the magazine.
So I’m bitter. I rarely submit photos to publications which makes it less often that I get published so I do like to at least get credit where it’s due. Who’s at fault? I feel like the magazine should have asked for photo credits so did the Inn say no credit was necessary? Or did the magazine not ask? Either way there is some professional integrity in question here, especially because a photographer was credited in the article. Don’t get me wrong, the restaurant is great and the food is exquisite and they are very accommodation to my wife and I when we eat there not to mention our relationship with the Chef is mostly due to our meeting there so I’m not bad mouthing them or anyone, just disappointed is all.
Any thoughts. I’d like to hear what people think.
Some kids started a fire in the woods across the street from my house this evening and couldn’t put it out so the fire department showed up. I thought I saw some really cool pictures but it was dark so I was at the mercy of my equipment. really I just wanted to share some pictures.
It’s been a long time coming. I finally had time to put into my own business identity. About a year ago BSC Photo became BSC Photo & Design, we do all sorts of design from branding to web design and development. This expansion has left me with very little time to put into my own branding and marketing, I was part of branding a bunch a really great companies this year and each time I wanted to put more time into my business. Well here they are. (the exact red color has yet to be decided)