Stay Gold and Never Let your Heart Grow Old

As we were celebrating my brother’s 21st birthday over a couple of tasty lobsters yesterday. I wanted to share with him the little wisdom I still had to offer. For the most part, we talked about school and the new baby our other brother had welcomed into the world just a day earlier. Though I wanted to speak as few words as possible and listen to the words of someone in the throes of becoming a unique and very intelligent adult. He seemed more interested in the city I grew up in years before he was born. My brother’s curiosity and curious nature had me on the hot seat.Huscon-Bowery (1 of 1)

Speaking in the most positive way this old coot could muster. I explained that much of the city I grew up in was gone. Yet my own personal experiences and stories kept it alive in my heart. How, while the drastic changes to the both the cities landscape and overall chemistry did not appeal to me. There was no reason they should deter him from finding his favorite corners, nooks and destinations. Change is inevitable and an integral part in our growth process. Without movement and change, we become stagnant. For me, or anyone else for that matter, to expect things to remain the same would not only be selfish. It would be downright foolish. And as much as I find myself shaking my fists at tourists and the franchises that have replaced many of my old haunts. I’m finding new and exciting things that appeal to my senses.Later that day, just blocks from the Bleeker St. corner where we enjoyed our meal. I came upon some pretty eye-popping street art. A convenient reminder how change brings possibilities. As I get older, I’m coming to realize it is not healthy to live in the past or worry about the future. To live in the moment. To enjoy the now. That’s my happy place.

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Left Behind

As we were on our way ti breakfast this morning. We passed an old deserted diner just off the main road. Having packed the car for a show I never made it too just nights before. I was loaded for bear and fully prepared to indulge in one of my favorite past, present and future times. As much as the decaying outside facade of Mom’s Diner, I knew the inside, if I could find my way would be the real reward. Once inside, I was treated to crumbling brick and the wooden shell of what originally framed what seemed to be a long dead provider of nourishment for travelers and truckers alike. One of the key elements of what draws me to these sites is that hint of risk and voice in the back of your head that tells you “You know, you really shouldn’t be here.” The rush, the buzz and the feeling that you’re alive. I hope it never leaves me.

Sunday Sessions: Booking from mid August through the New Year

IMG_9039August is already here and the kids will soon be headed back to school. So what better  a time than now to start booking a family session close to home and far from the trappings of the local mall and all the blood, sweat and tears that seem to go along with every trip to the local photo studio retailer.

Your session begins the day you book it. As we begin to discuss who’s involved and the kind of environment you are your loved ones are best suited for. As someone familiar working with both children and adults, I’ve come to realize that we all have both our times of the day and our windows of opportunity to get things done. I’ll work around your schedule to make your time with me fun and as free from meltdowns as possible. Whether you prefer a laid back, post brunch session at my loft studio. Or a fun IMG_8903meet up in the park at dusk. I’ll be ready to capture the moment while giving you something to cherish for years to come. No coupons, unwanted packages or hard sell. Just the images you want. Fast turnaround and the personal service you’ve been missing all along.

Sessions are by appointment only. So book ahead. I’m located in Jersey City, but will consider traveling to Hoboken for Park sessions. I  book one session per Sunday. So my session with you will be exclusive to that day. Your image files will be delivered to you by the following Friday.

Studio Session: $150.

Park Session: $100.

Contact me here or send an email to damionphoto@gmail.com

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Headshots; Affordable, Painless and Very Necessary

07-27-10`6 Vic5727Vic C.A headshot is an important networking tool to have at your disposal whenever promoting your service and/or skills. Having learned from experience. People will forget a name long before they ever forget a face. Having a good headshot allows you the opportunity to make a great first and lasting impression. Having many of my original business cards get placed into someone’s wallet only to be forgotten before eventually being tossed. It wasn’t until I found a company that offered me the choice to feature one of my images on the front side of the card while housing my contact information on the other that I not only got noticed. I got business. Further proving that how important image is in this day and age. Below is just a brief description of what I offer. Be sure to contact me with any further questions you might have. Thanks, James

Headshot Session; I’ll work with you to give you the desired look and feel you’re looking to present.

I’ll give you three different looks depending on your needs.

Images taken in studio or nearby outdoor location.

Three business day turnaround policy

Cost. $150

Contact me here or email me at damionphoto@gmail.com

… And So it Begins

If you took time to read my July 21st post “A New Beginning” Here . You’d know I’m taking steps towards what I hope to be a new chapter in my studio and promotional work. In reaching out to the many friends I’ve made over the years  as a photographer and music blogger. I hope to bring bands and musicians out of the comfort zones or the clubs, stages and recording studios and into my world to capture edgy studio and location images. Having had both my live and studio images appear in magazines, music media sites, record covers and inlets. I hope to build on my reputation and continue to earn the trust I’ve worked so hard to earn. With the studio and post production skills I’ve both learned and applied. I feel I can offer artists the professional and creative edge that will best represent their art and distinct personalities without feeling posed, forced or inauthentic. So, whether you’re a musican, artist, band, record label or creative spirit looking for images that best represent you. Reach out, we’ll put our ideas together and create something special.

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An Unexpected Education

07-17-2016 Manya K5010IManya K.I was sitting with my friend going over the weeks sessions when I half jokingly said, “You’re going to put me in the  poor house.” The remark was in response to his pointing out the next expensive item I needed to invest in. Being that the last six or so months had seen me purchasing a new camera, a lens, photo software, a sturdy tripod, new umbrellas and a studio light to name a few. It seemed a proper reaction. Then I thought about the education he’s been giving me and I suddenly found myself eating my words.

As I took a moment from my mason jar of home-made tea. I thought about how much time and effort has been invested in bringing me back and making every studio session better than the last through honest critiquing and continuing building blocks. And I continue to book shoots and regularly use the tools and knowlege given. My confidence builds, allowing me to have more creative control and in the end, satisfaction. For now I’ll keep my “thank you’s” to a minimum and use my time to listen, learn and appreciate. 感謝、私は残っています。

 

A New Beginning

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As I write this post I am in the throws of missing a favorite band perform at a local club and reflecting on what seems to be an end, or at least a much needed hiatus from my music blogging days. And as one chapter comes to an end. I am hoping to continue writing a new one.

During my decades of show going. I made it a point, with very few exceptions to bring a camera to and document jut about every music event I have attended. As the years passed I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what I would have done different if I had given the chance.

Aside from the thousands upon thousands of images and pictures I’ve taken of bands playing live. I would have taken more time to document the people and personalities that were often in attendance. Aside from that, I really wish I would have had the time and people skills needed to perhaps photograph them in a more intimate and personal way. Thinking back at all the people I interviewed and shared even the most casual conversation with. I would be gazing upon one hell of a body of work.

Years later, as I see myself greying out of show going and embracing somewhat of a “Take it or leave it. Give no fucks.” , view on life. I feel more comfortable in reaching out. And while I know many of the people I reach out to will turn down my proposal solely based on their hatred of being in front of the camera. I will be forever grateful to the ones that do.