Monthly Archives: August 2011

Karyn Daniels lost her mom to cancer three years ago and since then she has started The Janet Daniels Foundation. This past weekend I photographed the Third Annual “Cancer Sucks”  Fundraiser.The fundraiser began at Frankies’ Lounge in Bridgeport where over 200 motorcyclist gathered and gave their support. The event began with a breakfast, a balloon release, and then a visit to Janet Daniels Gravesite. It was very emotional for me because I lost both my parents to cancer. Cancer does suck.

The Janet Daniels Foundation whose proceeds go to Yale New Haven Hospital’s Discovery to Cure program run by the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences. This program has pioneered the research and development of early detection techniques, and ultimately the race for a cure of this insidious and virtually SILENT disease.

What you may not know is that one in 57 women in the United States will develop ovarian cancer in her lifetime; it is the fifth most common cancer in women. In 2011, an estimated 22,000 new cases of ovarian cancer will be diagnosed and more than 15,000 women will succumb to this disease this year alone. For more information please call 203-445-3017

I always love to talk up a storm before and during a portrait session. I hear so many great stories. Here is Steve Ortega and Felix Serrano. They both work at Westport Resources in Westport. They are part of a Wealth Management Firm that specializes in Financial Planning and Investment Services. Boy, that is a mouth full. I photographed Felix’s Wedding last year and you can check him out in my archives at, Waveny Wedding. Steve and I got to talking about baseball of all things. One of my favorite topics. I was a pitcher and I told him my favorite player was Nolan Ryan, and that I would retire from baseball at the same age as Nolan did.

He was 47 when he retired.

This year I turned 47.

I retired 10 years ago.

I guess that statement never took. Interestingly enough, Steve is still playing hardball. I will not tell you his age because I do not know it, but I have a feeling he will make Nolan Ryan’s retirement year.

I took a break from photoshop and ventured out to Citi Field with three of my four little ones for our annual trip. What a fantastic field! Mr Met was not the only one having fun tonight. The whole stadium was electrifying. I know Westport has Shake Shack and I could have easily driven down the Post Rd and grab something, but to experience a major league club in the heat of battle? Ok, I will not get carried away, so they are 16 games out. The series where my little guy is throwing the ball at the dunking booth, he did not dunk him. The game? The Mets came back in the last inning to win. The players all rushed the field, and for a moment, it felt like 1986.

I had the honor of photographing one of Westport’s most recognizable figures. Steve is the former owner of Camera Arts of Westport and I enjoyed many years of visiting his studio and receiving the best printing and camera info. He is a true character, a great photographer  and I enjoyed our session so much. He photographed many personalities including Amy Winehouse and Hillary Clinton. I hope he writes a book.