Monday, June 2, 2014

Sarah Weissbard - 20 Years of Friendship

This is one of those postings that I find pleasant to write about because it involves someone that not only became a client of mine 20 years ago, but in turn she has become a dear friend.  The story behind this friendship is that Sarah Weissbard is an accomplished accident & personal injury attorney and manages her own law firm in South Florida.  I got to know Sarah when her secretary contacted me about photographing Sarah, the staff, and office operations for a full color advertisement brochure.

As I look back on that portrait session a lot flashes through my mind.  1)  My photography studio business was in its fledgling years; 2)  This was going to be a significant job that would showcase my skills and abilities, 3)  I had to capture the images on transparency film (digital photography equipment wasn't invented at that time) which required precision in exposing and the results could only be reviewed days after processing, and 4)  Could I handle the business pressures of dealing with a high caliber client. Not only did I nail the photography and the posing, but Sarah was quite pleased with the results, she paid me a handsome commission, and the brochure was a success.  Here are images from that 20 year old advertisement piece.

However, the real story is that Sarah gave me something that I never expected to received from a client.  As a young businessman, by her giving me the opportunity to be her photographer, she instilled in me a new sense of confidence and a belief that my photography studio could compete with some of the big name photographers in the area.  Since then I have always been grateful to her for being not only an "outstanding" woman and a superb attorney but a person with a heart of equity.  This particular quality about Sarah is one of the reasons I've stayed in touch with her over the years.  

The last time I spoke with her she reminded me that she was still using the same pictures on her brochure because she liked them so much.  Wow!  So I promised her a free portrait session the next time I was in town. Well, recently that opportunity came up and I want to share some of the images I created of this amazing woman.  Sarah, you haven't aged a day and I promise you that my gratitude will never fade.  We will always be lifelong friends.


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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Boshears Skyfest 2014 with Props & Rotors RC Club

It has been several years since I attended the Annual Boshears Skyfest held at Daniel Field in Augusta, GA.  However, when Vernon Horne invited me to come and document the static display and some of the flying that volunteer members from the Props and Rotors RC Club where putting on I couldn't decline the invitation.  I've documented other events the club has sponsored and they are a great bunch of RC modelers who know how to fly and put on a spectacular show.   I've discovered that these guys love flying their models but they are super generous in sharing their experiences with anyone who takes an interest in the sport/hobby.

Okay, back to the airshow.  Well, to be honest I spent so much time with the RC modelers I didn't get a lot of time to photograph the real planes.  Here is a snippet of what I did capture and I've tossed in a light blend of the model airplane stuff.  To show you how well the real airplanes and the model airplanes mixed check out the first's my favorite!


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 Vernon Horne's scale AH-1 Cobra RC helicopter 
leads a biplane for a low flyby.  So realistic!


 One of my favorite airplanes...the Stearman PT-19.




 There's nothing like a good nose art painting.

 The real Cobra!  It was too busy giving paid rides.  
However, the pilots took time to check out Vernon's replica.

Several Props and Rotors members returning from the flight line.  As you can see everything is still in one piece (check out the smiles).

Vernon Horne preparing his AH-1 Cobra for takeoff.




 Adam Facey shows off the latest quad copter technology.

 Is it real or a model?
                  Props and Rotors Volunteer Members

(One of my favorite techniques as a photographer is to capture 180 degree panoramas)

A variety of models on display at the Props and Rotors Booth.