A Night at the Ballpark

September 8th, 2009

He's out!With the Labor Day weekend behind us, and kids headed back to school, the official end of summer is upon us, even as the weather has finally settled into a delightful pattern of warm and sunny days. In the waning days of summer, Leah and I, along with our friend Deb and hundreds of other SUNY Oneonta employees, spent an evening at Oneonta’s Damaschke Field, home to the NY-Penn League Oneonta Tigers. The Tigers were playing the Brooklyn Cyclones that evening, and racked up another loss that contributed to their late-season slide out of the playoffs.

Oneonta Tigers pitcher hurls the ball towards the plate

All in all, however, the score was close at 4-3, and we all enjoyed one of the traditional rites of summer, a night at the ballpark

Lights … Camera … Action …

August 26th, 2009

Molly's Leap Needing to test my (hopefully no longer) broken RSS feed for this blog, I’m back to share with you a few more images from this weekend. As the subject line indicates, this post is going to showcase some “action” shots, Specifically, stop-action. This technique grew out of my panoramic photography, which is essentially compositing multiple images together into one final scene. These particular images are of my nieces jumping into my parent’s pool, but any activity with horizontal and/or vertical motion is a great subject for the technique. I’ve used it in previous entries showing a cliff jumper and a baseball player sliding into home plate during an Oneonta Tigers game.

Megan hits the water

Looking for a little something different for your child’s (or your own, for that matter) sports photography? This may be just the thing.

Family Portraits 101

August 26th, 2009

2009 Pecenco Family PortraitEach year for the past few years, I have persuaded my family to pose for a large family portrait on the one weekend or so that we all manage to be together. My nieces and nephew are growing up quickly, as kids do, and they change so much from year to year. On a more somber note, we never know what might happen to any of us. It’s not uncommon to hear from a client who says something like “Grandma died last year, and we realized that we have no photos of her with the kids.” (They then ask if I can Photoshop the various groups together using wildly disparate images that look nothing alike.) As a photographer, I realize that I am in a place to help avoid that, and I encourage everyone to take the time from their gatherings to come together for a photograph, at the very least.  Better yet, with a little planning, that snapshot can becomes a treasured portrait.

Nonni with the grandkidsFor the past two years, we all came together at Thanksgiving, and it was too cold to get the kids to stay still long enough outside for a session, but this year we were fortunate enough to all gather during the summer.  This is where the planning becomes important.  I scouted some locations beforehand, and we all met at the local town park, where I was already setting up.  We also agree upon coordinating outfits before we all travel to whever it is we are gathering. ( And yes, even in my own family, everyone grumbles about the clothing, though less and less each year as they see the results.)  After we wrangle the kids together and photograph the large group (there are eleven of us at present,) we release the kids and do the smaller groupings of families, couples, and anything else anyone would like (a few personal headshots this year for Facebook profile pictures.)  The whole process took less than an hour, even with a restless two-year-old try to escape everyone’s grasp.

David and Annette share a kid-free momentWhether your family is one person or twenty, it’s never a bad idea to take a little time for a portrait session.  Working with a good photographer, you can elevate that snapshot into something you’d be proud to hang on your wall.  Once the images are captured, the options are many.

In addition to traditional framed portraits (which make great gifts for grandparents, family and friends,) I offer large canvas “gallery wraps”  and fine art prints.   Your session can be compiled into a custom designed album, used for custom greeting cards, or made into a slide show for DVD, iPod or YouTube.  Share them on Facebook, with included web-sized digital images.

We still have a bit of beautiful weather here in upstate New York, so head over to my Contact page to inquire about your portrait session.

If you’d like to see more images from our family portrait session, I’ve posted the full set on the Julie Pecenco Photography Facebook Fan Page (become a fan to get regular updates on recent shoots and the latest offerings) or in the Portraits Set of my Flickr photostream


Robin and Toni: A Beautiful Belly Session

August 11th, 2009

Robin and Toni's Belly Session

Earlier this summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Robin and Toni, just two weeks before Robin gave birth to their adorable baby boy. With a lovely summer afternoon available to us, we did the shoot on the banks of the Susquehanna River here in Oneonta.

Toni shares a special moment with his son

They were an amazing couple to photograph, and the emotions they shared for me to capture ran the gamut from playful to passionate to profoundly touching. Even better, it was great fun to work with them on this shoot.

Congratulations to Robin and Toni on the arrival of their son!

Having a little funRobin & Toni

SummerTIME: In the garden

June 30th, 2009

Our garden after one month

The theme for the most recent World Wide Panorama was “time.”  My interpretation on the theme was “summertime,” those few fleeting months here in the Northeast United States of warm weather.  Intricately tied in with the concept of summer is the growing season, and the few months of the year where local produce is fresh and plentiful.  Leah and I decided to try a small garden this summer, and managed to actually get the plants into the ground in time to hopefully yield some pizza fixings.  For my WWP submission, a shot my VR from the middle of the garden.

Here are a  few photos from planting day at the end of May.  Leah cleared the weeds out of the garden plot I prepared last fall using “lasagna gardening.”  I then planted the lettuce and herbs, followed by three varieties of tomatoes (two heirlooms and lots of Romas)

Putting in the herbs

All done!

Leah gave it a good watering when the planting was finished. A month later, the lettuce is growing like gangbusters, and we started seeing our first tomatoes.

Leah prepping the garden

First tomatoes

Things have grown like crazy in the week since I took these photos.  We’re looking forward to the harvest!