Last week I had the privilege to shoot the Arts Academy Masquerade Gala Fundraiser for the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Let me tell you, this wasn't just any old Halloween party, either. The detail and the thought that everyone put into their costumes was fantastic. The event was held at the Sea Star Ballroom in Riverhead, which is a part of the Long Island Aquarium (formerly Atlantis Marine World), so guests were able to go into the aquarium during the party. Let me tell you, it's not often when I'm covering an event that someone says "Would you like to go shoot the sea lion show?" Heck yeah, I would.
It was really such a pleasure to do this event. I saw a show at WHBPAC last month and they do amazing work. I highly recommend paying them a visit, or looking into their Arts Academy for your children. They have classes and camps if your kids take an interest in the performing arts. I was in the drama and art camp at Stony Brook School Summer Programs when I was a kid, so I know how amazing an experience that can be for a child. That's why I donated a family photo session to their fundraiser. It's so important to support the arts!
If anyone out there still doesn't have a Halloween costume, major inspiration is ahead! Without any further ado, here are the photos! (Click to see larger and use arrows to scroll.)
I must be crazy, right? It's not even Halloween!
Nevertheless, the holiday season is going to come up faster than you think. I used to wait until the last second to send my Christmas cards and I'd cross my fingers that my friends and family got them before the New Year arrived!
If you can believe it, the best time to take holiday photos is late October to mid-November. That way you can be sure there is plenty of time for your cards to be designed, edited, proofed and changed if necessary. Then you can sit back all December long in your jammies with hot cocoa and relax. Just kidding, you're probably going to be running around like a lunatic shopping and wrapping and baking like I always am. But hey, one less thing to think about would be nice, right?
Here are the holiday card designs I'm offering this year.
If you're looking for just a few photos to put on a holiday card, I'm offering mini holiday sessions this year. The sitting fee for these is $75 and they run for a half hour. These mini sessions are great if you just need one or two poses in your child's Christmas outfit. They differ from my full sessions, which offer more time and more options for outfit changes, props and locations.
Call or email today to set up a holiday portrait session!