Email Scams That Target Photographers or How I Almost Fell For An Email Scam

So a few weeks back I almost fell for this email scam that’s been targeting photographers. I already know about the ones claiming to want event photography. Check out my video to see me and share in the comments section below if you’ve ever experienced this too, and what was it about?

Here are some links that talk about them in more detail:

PetaPixel: Photographers, Beware These Fake Gig Scam Emails

Photoshelter: 4 Scams That Target Photographers

The LawTog: How To Avoid Photography Client Scams

PDN: Scam Alert: Phishing Scheme Targets Freelance Photographers

 

Personal Photography Project: Women Who Turn Wrenches-Jen and Her 73 Dodge Charger SE 440

I’ve been trying to get this project off the ground for about 3-4 years now, to photograph women who are car mechanics, women who love what they do around vehicles.
No, you see I love cars. And if I could, I would own a hot rod myself, something like a 1968 Dodge Dart and have some fun with it. Of course I would need help doing this and that’s the point, learning, having fun and seeing the end result!
What I’m interested in is the women who own their vehicles and work on them as well. Or work at a shop, race, anything.  There are too many images of guys working on cars, and not enough showing women. Yeah we’ve seen the pin ups, and don’t get me wrong, I love that, however, it’s high time to show the world the beauty of real women, doing what they love. Basically I want this to as a woman empowerment in what’s been a “Boys Club”.

Now, I can finally say it’s started! Why has it taken this long? Well, getting people together, schedules, not emailing me back, life stuff, etc. To be honest, I was getting frustrated, so I took a leap of faith, dove into my Instagram feed and posted with this:

“For the past few years I’ve been trying to work on a personal project behind the scenes. But now, I need the help of social media in a big way. I’m looking for women who are car mechanics or who love cars and belong to car clubs and fix up their own for fun. If you’re someone who meets this or knows someone who does, please have them contact me. I have some goals that I want to work on and this is one of them. If they want to look at my work please go to my profile or www.deirdreryanphotography.com. This is not for boudoir or pin up. Thank you all so much!”
#carmechanics #women#womenempowerment #cars #carracing#hotrods #showcar
#photography#portraitphotographer#environmentalportrait#editorialphotographer#carphotographer
#thankful #grateful#carlover

I got quite a few responses out of that one post, and I was like YES!!!!
One of the first people to respond is a friend of my friend from HS. Her name is Jenni and just recently she and her “baby” were on Discovery Channels Sticker Shock. You catch a glimpse of Jen in the Sticker Shock promo below, the show with her and her car aired last night, Wed May 2nd, 2018.

Here’s Jen working on her 1973 Dodge Charger SE 440 a couple of weeks ago, these were her favorites. I have more photos that I want to show off, but I’m still working on a seperate page for this project, and I need to figure out how to best do this.
Here’s what she was doing in her words:
” I was assembling and replacing my spark plug wires.  (Some assembly required haha). The old ones burned up against my headers meaning my exhaust pipes coming off of the motor. The The new wires that I installed our 8mm superconductors for my V-8 big block 440 Magnum high performance motor.”IMG_3256WomenandtheirCars73DodgeChargerSE440byDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgIMG_3310WomenandtheirCars73DodgeChargerSE440byDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpg

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Everyone who agreed to this project I asked them to answer the same set of questions, here they are with Jen’s answers:

Why did you decide to be a part of this project?
Sounds fun!
What drew you in to cars?
The movie Better off dead. When I was 11 years old I saw that little French girl fix the Camaro and I knew right then and there that’s who I wanted to be.
How did you learn how to work on cars? 
Friend
What is the most rewarding part of what you do with vehicles?
Turning the key and going! Well, and saving money on mechanic labor. Thats a big one.
How many hours do you spend in the garage or driveway working on your vehicle?
Ha, well if I had a garage Id be in there as often as possible.
How much money do you think you’ve spent? Loaded question I know.
Oh God I have no idea 😂
What would be your dream vehicle if money wasn’t an issue? Details please!
One of the new Challengers. Mamma’s comin!!!
Would you have your own garage as well? C’mon, the sky’s the limit here .
Does a duck dart in the water? OF COURSE!
If you race cars, what’s your favorite and why did you chose it?
My favorite obviously is my 73 Charger SE, but I will poser brake my little 4 banger if someone tries to pass me on the right at a stop light. Never try to pass a former street racer on the right.
How did you get into racing?
I have a sickness. It’s called “go faster”. And guys. Ever watch a man shift a 72 Cuda in blue jeans?
How many hours have you or can you spend at the track?
Not enough!!!
Is this a hobby, a full time job, or your full time business?
Definitely a hobby.
If you have another type of full time job, do you wish that you could do this full time instead?
Nah. I prefer to not worry about getting paid if I screw up
Are you good with fixing other things as well? Have you always tinkered?
Yes, I love figuring things out, although occasionally there are mysterious parts left over after the fact
What was your first “project” or “baby”?
My 1973 Dodge Charger SE
What was or is your most favorite car that you’ve owned? Mine was my 2001 Volvo V70 T5, she roared and purred….the photo below was taken on the day she died 🙁
My Charger of course
Do you remember each car that you’ve ever owned like they were your “babies”? I still have a soft spot in my heart for my very first, an ’81 Olds Omega.
First car was an 86 Chevy Caprice Classic nick named the Master Caprice Luxury Sedan. All my cars had names.
Which do you prefer?
Domestic
Foreign
Imports
Other:Detroit Muscle baby!!!
Why?
More unique, and comes with a whole elite group of people who own them.
Favorite brand of car? Fair warning: there are cars in here from all around the world, like the Ukraine, India and Australia. I just added everything for the fun of it. To find out more on them here’s the link http://www.autocarbrands.com/car-brands-information-list/ 

  • Alfa Romeo
  • Abarth
  • Aston Martin
  • Audi
  • Arrinera Automotive S.A
  • Acura
  • Aixam-Mega
  • AC Cars Ltd.formerly known as Auto Carriers Ltd
  • Bentley
  • BMW
  • Buick
  • Bugatti
  • Chevrolet/Chevy
  • Cadillac
  • Chrysler
  • Caterham Cars
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Citroën
  • Dacia S.A
  • Daihatsu
  • Dodge<——————–
  • Daewoo(remember them?)
  • Elfin Sports Cars Pty Ltd
  • Fiat
  • Ferrari
  • Ford
  • GMC
  • GAZ or Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod
  • Gillet
  • Ginetta Cars Limited
  • Geely
  • Great Wall Motors Company Limited
  • Gumpert Sportwagenmanufaktur GmbH
  • Honda
  • Hennessey Performance Engineering
  • Hyundai
  • Hummer
  • GM Holden Ltd
  • Isuzu Motors Ltd
  • Infiniti
  • Jeep
  • Jaguar
  • Joss Developments Limited
  • Koenigsegg Automotive AB
  • Lamborghini
  • Land Rover
  • Lancia Automobiles S.p.A
  • Lincoln
  • Lexus
  • Luxgen Motor Co., Ltd
  • Lotus
  • Lada
  • Maruti Suzuki India Limited
  • Maserati
  • Mahindra & Mahindra Limited
  • Mazda
  • Maybach
  • McLaren
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Mini Cooper
  • Morgan Motor Company
  • Mitsubishi
  • Mosler Automotive
  • Nissan
  • Noble Automotive Ltd
  • Opel
  • Peugeot
  • Pagani
  • Piaggio
  • Panoz
  • Porsche
  • Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sendirian Berhad(Perodua)
  • Pininfarina(Carozzeria Pininfarina)
  • Proton
  • Renault
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Rover
  • Rimac Automobili
  • Ruf Automobile
  • Reva
  • Scania
  • SEAT( previously stood for the acronym Sociedad Española de Automóviles de Turismo (Spanish Touring Car Company, in English)
  • Saab
  • Scion
  • Škoda Auto
  • Spyker Cars
  • Smart Automobile
  • Subaru
  • SsangYong
  • Suzuki
  • SSC North America (formerly Shelby SuperCars Inc.)
  • Tesla
  • Tata Group
  • Toyota
  • Tatra
  • The Tramontana
  • UAZ
  • Volkswagen
  • Vandenbrink
  • Volvo
  • Vector Motors Corporation
  • Venturi Automobiles
  • Wiesmann GmbH
  • ZAZ

How many cars do you own?
2
How many cars have you owned?
9
Do other members of your family work on cars too?
Nope. Just me.
If no, do you work on your family and friends vehicles?
Friends yes, family no. Don’t ask lol
Is fixing your car or racing something you do with family or friends?
Friends absolutely
Do you see more women doing this now than before? If yes, why?
I only know one other girl currently who fixes cars.
Years ago, high schools offered auto mechanic classes, home ec, and other trades and now they don’t. Why do you think they don’t and do you think they should still offer them instead of going to a separate vo-tech school?
Probably too afraid of liability and stereotypes. Which is stupid. They should definitely bring those back to school.
Are there any nicknames for women who fixes cars? How does it differ from the nicknames for guys?
I’ve typically been called a motor head or gear head. No gender identity in those names. But I’ve gotten marriage proposals from guys who called me a car chick.
Are there nicknames for women who race cars? How does it differ from the nicknames for guys?
Not that I’m aware of.
Being a woman who loves cars and knows how to work on them, do you find that you have any problems with the “boys” at first or even now? Like when you go car shopping, if a guy is helping you do you see any differences in how you’re treated when you start telling them more facts about vehicles than they were expecting? When test driving?
Omg yeah. Testosterone overload makes them try to trip me up with questions they think I can’t answer.
Do guys respect you in your field? If yes explain? If no, why not?
Most men are impressed, but there are a few that it hurts their wittle ego. Poor babies.
Do you prefer older classic cars or the newer ones out today? Can you explain?
Older. Easier to work on. When this world goes all Mad Max Thunderdome, you ain’t gonna see any Prius’ on the road…

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My favorite cars since I was in grade school was the 1954 silver Mercedes Benz GullWing with red leather interior and the Duesenbergs from the 1920s. Are there any vehicles that still stand out in your mind from when you were a kid? 
Yeah, the Lamborghini from Cannonball Run.
Why do you think there aren’t as many women mechanics or race car drivers as men? 
Not sure, but we have better reaction times, so maybe it’s because men are too afraid of us beating them?
Do you feel that as a woman, you feel very much more in control when you are able to work on your own vehicle? That there’s a satisfaction in knowing you are accomplishing what is typically a “guys job” or do you not feel that way at all? 
Yes. It drives me bananas when a guy tries to take over after I ask them to break a knuckle buster loose.
Last question, what would you tell young ladies and girls today who might be interested in a career that involved cars?
Do it. Don’t be afraid to fix your own car. Saves money, and it turns heads.

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Jen, you totally rocked your photo session with me. Enjoy the photos and be on the lookout for your favorite to come in the mail for you to hang on the wall. You are one badass woman and I’m so happy that we connected with this project! Thank you so much!!!

Are you a woman who fixes cars, races them or knows of any who do? Contact me using the red pop up that says Chat Now.

Hey I’m Amazed by Gigantic A Pixies Tribute Band

UPDATE! Scroll down to see a video from the night that they performed!

So this past Saturday was not a very good day at all. Actually as you may have noticed, the past few weeks haven’t been the best, I haven’t been my best.

My mom suggested that my husband and I go see a band perform called Gigantic-Pixies Tribute, at our friend’s place, Randy Now’s Man Cave, make it sort of like a “date night”. Friends of mine were going to a local bar called The H.O.B. afterwards because Saturdays is karaoke night. I had no idea just how much we needed that night until the music started to play. They made me feel so much better!

I love The Pixies, started listening to them in HS and then throughout college to Frank Black’s solo works, and even now. I brought my Olympus mirrorless camera and the Olympus 17mm f1.8 lens and asked if it was ok to take some pictures, and I was told yeah. Normally I tend to bring a Canon full frame with a 16-35mm f2.8L , Canon 50mm f1.8 and at least my Canon 100mm Macro f2.8 lens. But I was so not in the mood, so I went minimalist.

I got to chat with Joe Ujj the lead singer a little bit beforehand and the wife of one of the band members who was sitting in the back. If I am able to, I try to introduce myself, talk “shop” about gear and let them know who I am, that while I am a pro photographer, I’m there for the music and usually when I do this, it’s my night off LOL

The video embedded below gives you an idea of how awesome they are.

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Here is a list of what they played, I can’t remember all of it:

  • Wave of Mutilation
  • I Bleed
  • Gigantic
  • Crackity Jones
  • Hey
  • Mr. Grieves
  • No 13 Baby
  • Caribou
  • I’ve Been Tired
  • Allison
  • Is She Weird
  • Manta Ray
  • Weird At My School(I think)

They played an incredible set, I can’t remember all of the songs, but anything by the Pixies takes me waaay back to a time of HS with my art, theater, hanging out, studying, boyfriends, besties, and then art college if you didn’t know who they were you did now. Their first 4 albums were in constant rotation on my portable Sony CD/Tape player. Yes, I’m old enough to remember when these albums were first released. Wave of Mutilation has 2 versions, the slower one from the UK Surf,  was used in the movie with Christian Slater in the 1990 Pump Up The Volume.

The pitch of Joe’s vocals was practically perfect, the drums, guitars and bass were spot on. I mean these guys were incredible, and I hope that they continue on this streak because like I said, they were amazing. Check out their Facebook page and keep looking for a venue and date that they’re playing next. You will not leave disappointed.

Later on, we walked to The H.O.B., had a drink, ate something yummy, and met up with our friends. I normally sing at karaoke but I wasn’t feeling it. However my husband sang Don’t You Forget about Me by Simple Minds(he was great and I’m not just saying this) and my other friend belted out Ballroom Blitz among others, and practically took the house down!

Thanks again for letting me photograph that night everyone, you’re awesome! Check out more photos of musicians by clicking here. If you want to get a hold of me, just click on the red Chat Now button. Be sure to follow everyone, especially Randy Now’s Man Cave on Facebook for upcoming concerts and events!

UPDATED: The band JUST released this video from the night of this performance and tagged a bunch of us on Facebook. Thanks guys so much!

Pixies / Weird At My School (by Gigantic – A Pixies Tribute)

Shot by Allegra at Randy Now’s Man Cave on March 24th, 2018 in Bordentown, NJ. Thanks to Randy, Amy, Deidre, Christina, Anawim, JP

Posted by Gigantic – A Pixies Tribute on Friday, April 6, 2018

All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

My grandfather passed away on Feb. 27th, 2018, he was 97 years old, born in Ponce de Puerto Rico. We buried his ashes with my grandmothers on March 17th, 2018, St. Patrick’s Day in here in Bordentown Cemetery, NJ, next to my great-grandmother. He lived a full and beautiful life, but the world is empty without him here with us.

Ramon was a Ret. Msgr Sgt. in the Army, WWII Vet, I called him Popo and “Handsome Boy”. I loved him and Yaya so very much. If you have been following my FB posts, you would see what I posted. These past few weeks have been very hard for all of us. We’re all now starting to catch up with life a little now. My clients have been so kind, supportive and patient with me, I’m forever grateful for them.

The memorial was beautiful, everything was done through the Bordentown Home For Funerals, who are good friends of ours as well. He had military honors, we had a surprise visit from family in Queens and after the interment, we went to Jester’s Cafe in Bordentown, NJ for a lovely late afternoon lunch with family and close friends.

If you have family and friend who are vets and need long term nursing home care, please look into the Veteran’s Memorial Home in Vineland, NJ.  The care that was given to him and everyone there is beyond exceptional and they go beyond the call of duty. This is where Popo lived for 6 years. My mother saw him every weekend, it’s a hour drive each way from us, and my daughter, husband and I went with her as often as we could, so many times to see and be with him.  Our daughter’s schedule or mine changed, but we made sure to visit. Our daughter had a relationship with her great-grandfather who simply adored her.

I miss them all, Popo, Yaya, Tata and Grandma and Grandpa Martin. I miss other family members and friends as well. I would rather them be here than anything else.

Thank you everyone….to my clients who have been super patient and kind during this difficult time for me and my family. I’m starting to catch up, we all are. Find a new routine, we still have lots to do and go through. Right now the best thing to do is to keep busy and work.

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Everyone here, even friend is part of our family, thank you.

Sharpen Your Skills To Work For Your Career Event

Francine and Dolores hosted a lunch time professional coaching event to help women focus on their branding, and building professional networks during face to face time with a group of coaches to help them get on track with their careers. It wasn’t an entire day, but more like a taste of what everyone is capable of doing.

Let me first say, this was my very first time that I actually DROVE into the city, like my own car. I’ve driven in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, I mean, I LOVE TO DRIVE. So on this day, I met up with Dolores and she and I had quite a lot to bring in, and no way was it going to fit in her car. Mine on the other hand is a Subaru Outback Wagon Limited Edition, fully loaded. So we folded down the rear seats, got the cawfee and music going and we were off. I have to say, I’m really thankful that she was there, because she knew where to go. Apparently I drive like a taxi driver 😉 LOL

From the EventBrite link: “On February 22nd, please join me and my co-collaborator Dolores DeGiacomo and a curated group of expert career coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch” micro-coaching experience where we focus on helping you with “the how” – how to manage your professional brand for success. Along with providing you with guidance on your brand, you will learn how you get others engaged, which starts with your professional network. Success is never achieved alone.

So, here’s what you’ll experience. Over the lunchtime, you will be paired with expert career coaches that have specific expertise in branding and building professional networks. They will provide you coaching and direct real-time feedback that you can apply the same day. Not only will you work with your expert coaches, but have the opportunity to network and have an amazing lunch prepared by a chef while hearing information and insights from myself and others to further ensure you leave with even more information and knowledge.”

The below descriptions of the amazing professional coaches are from Francine:

Nikkie Pryce: “Meet Nikkie Pryce, an inspiration to us, having earned the title, “self-love influencer” through her organization, The I AM Community. Nikkie will be joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Micro-Coaching” Team as an expert coach where she will be helping not only to inspire and motivate you, but help you put action to your dreams. Being in the media industry and working directly with the public, Nikkie has experience pushing people past their own created limitations and shares this in her recently released book, “Dreamer, Take Action!”. Nikkie speaks publicly at corporate conferences, empowerment events, women’s retreats, youth girl groups, schools, and church functions.Learn more about Nikkie at www.NikkiePryce.com; IG:@IAmNikkiePryce; Twitter: @IAmNikkiePryce.”

Anne Wargo: “Please meet Anne Wargo. Anne, will be joining me along with other experienced coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd, to share her wealth of experience. Anne has over 20 years of experience in organization strategy and culture change. She also focuses on helping individuals be the best they can so that they and their organizations can succeed in reaching their goals. Through her coaching practice, she helps professionals in managing and integrating the demands of their work and life, finding confidence to stand up for what they need to succeed in their roles, defining and honing their personal brand and more. Learn more about Anne’s work at annewargoconsulting.com “

Jamie Lee :”Please meet Jamie Lee, born in South Korea where she shares that negotiating was considered a way of daily life. It’s no wonder she has taken that amazing skill and translated that into helping ambitious women negotiate and lead with authentic power. Jamie is another professional coach joining me on February 22nd in NYC at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching.” Jamie is a negotiation expert and consultant with She Negotiates. As a negotiation trainer, she has led workshops for Jefferies Bank, Chase, Penguin Random House, American College of Cardiologists, Baystate Health, Essence Digital, Girls Scouts Leadership Institute and more. I am so excited that Jamie will be joining us on Feb. 22nd! Learn more about Jamie’s work at jamie@shenegotiates.com.”

Matylda Czarnecka :”Meet Matylda Czarnecka, another amazing professional coach joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on Feb. 22nd. Matylda is a leadership coach.She supports ambitious, driven and successful trailblazers helping them gain clarity on what’s next and how to get there faster. Her coaching, informed by neuroscience and positive psychology, draws on research on how the brain can change and what it takes to create new habits and states of being. Her clients include professionals and entrepreneurs who are ready to become better leaders and create a powerful legacy. Learn more about Matylda at www.matylda.me

Stacey Cohen : “Meet Stacey Cohen. Stacey is a sought-after speaker, author and panelist in the realm of public relations, marketing, and personal branding. She will be one of the outstanding coaches at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd in NYC. She is the founder of Co-Communications, Inc., an award-winning full-service public relations and marketing firm. Stacey brings a wealth of knowledge and has worked with businesses and individuals across a range of industries. Learn more about Stacey and her work at www.cocommunications.com

Jasmine Briggs :”Meet Jasmine Briggs. She is one of the impressive professional coaches joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22 in NYC. I am excited that Jasmine brings a wealth of experience in helping clients with career exploration, setting career goals, employment search techniques, and resume writing. She’s up to date on the job market and understands what it means to have an effective personal brand and how to have those top-notch interview skills ready to obtain the job or position you want. Jasmine has also guided and supported individuals in transitioning into new careers. Learn more about her work at www.jasminebriggs.com

Shamita Alwani : “Meet Shamita Alwani, one of the outstanding and professional coaches that will be joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused on coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. Shamita helps companies, teams and individuals rebuild trust and nurture change. She also teaches employees how to navigate their work environments, focus on priorities and how to pilot their own careers and development along with having a professional network that works for their success. Learn more about Shamita https://www.linkedin.com/in/shamita-alwani-kumar-9197ab4/

Kerry Cordero :”Meet Kerry Cordero, image coach and personal stylist also joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on February 22nd in NYC. I am so very glad that Kerry will be sharing her expertise with everyone in the room including me (we all need a refresher or “visual brand check-up” from time to time). Kerry also owns and runs her own business, The First look Image. She knows about the importance of not only having the right “look”, but the importance of ensuing that it aligns with your brand and gives helps you achieve the right presence for success. Learn more about Kerry at www.thefirstlookimage.com

Niya Allen-Vaytell: “Meet Niya Allen-Vaytell. She is a brand builder, resume storyteller and to many known as a “resume ninja.” She is one of the amazing professional coaches joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. We both look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about Niya and her company at www.careerglobal.co

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I love Francine’s Mission Statement:

I focus on the advancement of women. As I like to say, “I activate women for success.”
I do this through my public speaking, writing, curated and micro-networking events as well as specialized skill-building workshops. My focus is not only in personally investing in women but partnering with individuals and organizations that support advancing women to be leaders and influencers in their chosen fields.
As a black woman, I particularly understand and share the experience of many women regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, having to work twice as hard to accomplish the same success as their male counterparts. I have witnessed and experienced the void of women in positions of leadership and authority in my own career journey.
I am a firm believer in sharing my wealth of knowledge and capital with those around me in turn helping them to excel in their chosen career paths. Thus, a portion of the funds from my events are always provided to philanthropic organizations focused on advancing women.
I believe that it takes many resources and support to move the agenda of advancing women to be influencers and leaders in their respective fields. No one achieves anything alone. I also see it as my responsibility to lend my expertise and experience; financial support; and professional network, as a career woman myself, to help drive this agenda.
Please join me at one of my micro-networking events, specialized skill-building workshops or grab a copy of my book, “The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide” to learn about the unwritten and unspoken skills that no one shares with you, but are essential for your career success.

IMG_0414Francine Parham Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching.jpg IMG_6658Francine Parham Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching 1.jpgThis shows you the love that happens and how much everyone gets inspired by these events.
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After the group photos, I did some super quick business portraits of Francine right before we had to leave the venue. I mean I set up the lights in 2 minutes, and started to shoot in 1 minute. These were her favorites, and to be honest, mine as well 🙂

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Here are the ones I did for Dolores, they were done outside at The Cakebox here in Bordentown, NJ at a different day.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

Dolores DeGiacomo Business Portraits by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.headshotsbydeirdreryanphotography.comwww.deirdreryanphotography.com<br /> Shot on location at the Cakebox in Bordentown, NJ.

I love Dolore’s approach on LinkedIn:

:: WHO I WORK WITH

►► Entrepreneurs, organizations, and individual professionals; together we develop the behavior strategies and execution plans necessary for success.

►► Authors and Coaches whose work changes lives, but who want to get out of the ‘trading time for money trap’ and want to find a way to leverage their time and reach in more effective and profitable ways.

:: WHAT I DO

Facilitate change and motivate development using the Power Up! method; designed to focus on the thought patterns and behaviors needed to succeed and accelerates the process in all professional endeavors.

I coach individuals to create world-class, high-end, high-value Signature program that embody your expertise and creates multiple streams of income for you and your business, from entry level signature products all the way to your high ticket coaching packages.

:: HOW I DO IT

Partnering with individual professionals and organizations we work to develop leadership skills and success behaviors that align with professional and organizational goals.

Working with you to design, organize and create your Signature programs. Through a deep dive process we will work together, one on one, to map out your program: taking your big idea, and breaking it down into a step by step system, high value content program that people will want to buy.

:: YOUR NEXT STEP

To find out more and have an introductory conversation…

📅 schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/email-7/powerup

Below is their book, The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide, I photographed them both for the back cover. To see more on this click on this link.
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For this event, I shot using 2 cameras, the Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 6D with a 70-200mm f2.8L and 16-35mm f2.8L lenses. For the lighting, I brought 4 flashes, they were the Canon 600EX RTs and the Yongous 600EX RTs. The wireless Yongnuo trigger can fire off the Canon flashes, the the Canon can fire off the others.  The place looked like it had great natural light, BUT it was raining and overcast all day, so having all of those flashes were actually needed. I set them up on stands throughout the room and manually adjusted them from the trigger on my cameras.

I also brought 2 satin umbrellas and 1 Photek Softlighter. After this event was over, I had a headshot session to do for a client of Dolores. More on that later 🙂

After everything was over, Dolores and I had a nice meal at an Irish Pub on the same block, my husband was able to meet us, since he works in SoHo and then he drove all of us home.

Thanks once again for everyone’s support.

Here are other events I’ve photographed for Dolores and Francine:

Women In Business Helping Other women

Jimmy Choos and Walking Your Way To Success

 Are you ready to start your branding photography to go with your career, business or for your company? Let’s chat using the red chat window on the bottom right of the screen.

Being The Guest Speaker On The Importance of Professional Branding Photography

On Monday, I was the guest speaker for one of my networking groups, Moms In Business, (M.I.B.) at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ. My topic was about the importance of professional branding photography and headshots. Thanks to Maureen of Moms In Business for taking the cell phone shots of me!

I used a slideshow using Apple’s Keynote on my Macbook Pro, that I had hooked up to a monitor. The space was unusual, and the only place to put my monitor was on top of the garbage container. I made sure to emphasize saying THANK YOU and using that as a prop to get my point across. Everyone was really great and accommodating for our group.

Overall it was a success, they tried to record it and do a Facebook Live Video, but there was a technical problem, so there’s no video. It’s too bad, because I ROCKED it! LOL

This wasn’t my first time as a guest speaker, I’ve spoken before on this topic before but in a different way. Trying to get the point across to the masses just how important it is to invest in yourself and in your business with professional photography. By not doing this, you’re truly doing a huge disservice to your business and brand.

-9 out of 10 people will research you on social media before deciding to hire or work with you. (The Muse)

-1 in 5 people will ONLY look at your profile picture and nothing else on your LinkedIn Page! (HSN Beauty)

-Your are 14x more likely to be taken seriously if you have a professional headshot on your social media profiles. (LinkedIn)

Also, if you think that by using stock photos are helping, truly they’re not. Are they who you are? Are the people in those photos the ones behind the name of your business? Did you know that other websites use those same images as well? Do you want to be like them or stand apart with a customized library of photographs?

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Professional Branding Presentation at the Hotdog Stop in Windsor, NJ for Moms In Business Networking Group.

Thank you ladies and everyone on Hotdog Stop!

Now that I’ve given you some things to think about, click on the red button that says Chat Now, and let’s start a conversation about what what you want to do for your business or company that you work for.

In Remembrance Of “Jackie”

My heart is heavy today.

I originally had this event on my older site that was for weddings, family and newborn portraits. However now that I’ve been back to commercial photography for some time, I didn’t put it back up as events are not my main focus.

However this is one of my many favorites.

Colleen approached me online about her mother, Dell’s, upcoming surprise 80th birthday and it was to be at the Mercer Oaks Country Club. She and I went to Notre Dame High School, Class of 1991, and hired me to photograph this beautiful event for them. It was such a lovely time filled with Irish music, dancing, food, laughter and memories.

The reason for this is that I just heard that Colleen’s father has passed away this week. You see him in these photos, dancing with her and her mother. Dell and John were married for many years and loved each other so very much. Back in Ireland, he was known as Jackie.

This is a post about the celebration of life, so I don’t want to talk about how he passed, my job is to document that and more. If you would like, you can read his obituary at the end of this post by scrolling down. Please enjoy these images from her big day with their family and friends. Thank you to everyone for giving me the opportunity to know you all and preserve this day.
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan PhotographySurprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography
Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Surprise 80th Birthday Party photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography

Click here to read John’s Obituary, thank you.

Walk Your Worries Away At Least For A Little While

The other day it snowed and after finishing up some things here in my office, I just had to get outside.

Have you ever had one of those days, weeks or months where you have been doing everything and nothing seems to be going your way?

Well, so far, 2018 has been just that. And yesterday I needed to take time off even for just a half hour to myself. It was so beautiful outside, the snow just clung to everything like lace. I’ve so fortunate to live in an area that has places to walk or have mini hikes and this one is literally across the street from me. If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you’d have noticed that I go here often. Sure, I could go in my car and hike someplace else. But I didn’t want to do this. I just wanted to grab my camera, put on my jacket, hat, gloves and boots and just go. Not worry about traffic or anything.

I just needed to get lost in my surroundings, to NOT THINK about my worries. I know that I can’t run away from anything, but I just needed this small break.

The pictures in themselves aren’t spectacular, and my camera was accidentally in jpeg, not in RAW, I found that out when I started to edit them in Capture One Pro. I had to reset the camera recently and in my mindset, I forgot to set the image capture to RAW. Thankfully the jpegs straight out of the camera were well exposed, however, I was sitting here all set to edit my RAW files and then I was like jpeg? Aww man! Eh, just add that to my list and move on.

Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,
Black's Creek,Bordentown,NJ,Winter,2018,ice,snow,winter lace,Deirdre Ryan Editorial and Commercial Photography,New Jersey,Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II,Olympus 14-150mm f4-5.6 II Weather Sealed (Micro Four Thirds),lens,

My list of worries just got bigger today, and I’m working on ways to shorten it, but I do try my best to get outside everyday and take my camera with me on some kind of a walk around the block. It doesn’t matter what kind of camera that you use, just be creative and don’t think.

What do you do to help clear your head? Please comment below, thanks.

NJPAC Event Dr. Martin Luther Jr. – Fighting for the Dream Awards Ceremony

Working with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is fantastic. The people that I work with directly and the staff are so nice, helpful and just overall fabulous.  This is my third time covering an event for them.

Each time I hear the most amazing speeches that are inspirational, and make you want to get up and do something. Then there’s the inspirational singing from Rev. Stefanie Minatee’s Jubilation Choir . As one who also sings with my church, and loves it, I could listen to them all day. If I knew the words, I would’ve sang too(not really but you know what I mean LOL). They also have this amazing jazz group, NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens that perform while everyone is getting settled, eating, being social before the ceremony begins.

The honorees on this night were:
Deborah Smith-Gregory, President, Newark NAACP,  received the Steward of the Dream Award.

Reverend Ronald Slaughter, the Senior Pastor, Saint. James AME Church received the Visionary of the Future Award.

Philip S. Thomas, the Founder of NJPAC Arts Education, was the Elders Council Inductee.

After the reception, everyone went into the Prudential Hall where it was a packed house, as singers, Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs performed onstage to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

I am very honored to be a part of these events, I meet great people and I am in awe of the company that attends. Thank you for letting me cover this again.

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1761IMG_9247MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgRev. Stefanie Minatee’s Jubilation Choir  singing the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice.
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Ms. Donna Walker-Kuhne, Vice President, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
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1802IMG_5541MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgPSE&G Vice President – State Governmental Affairs, Rick Thigpen.
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President and CEO of NJPAC, John Schreiber.
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The Mayor Of Newark, Ras Baraka spoke.
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1874IMG_9293MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgHere’s Mr. Schreiber and Ms. Walker-Kuhne, along with Carmen Samuel, Associate Producer, Community Engagement at NJPACpresenting Philip S. Thomas, the Founder of NJPAC Arts Education, as an Elders Council Inductee.
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Rev. Stefanie Minatee’s Jubilation Choir 
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1968IMG_5822MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpg1rst Vice President of the Newark, NJ NAACP Chapter, Kathleen Turpin Merrit.
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1982IMG_5849MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgHere’s Mrs. Slaughter and Ms. Walker-Kuhne presenting Reverend Ronald Slaughter, the Senior Pastor, Saint. James AME Church received the Visionary of the Future Award.
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2012IMG_5913MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgBarbara Abdur-Razzaq speaks and introduces her friend, Honoree, Deborah Smith-Gregory.
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2031IMG_9349MLKAwardsCeremonyPhotobyDeirdreRyanPhotography.jpgDeborah Smith-Gregory, President, Newark NAACP,  receives the Steward of the Dream Award, presented to her by Donna Walker-Kuhne.
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Deborah Smith-Gregory gives Reverend Reverend Ronald Slaughter and Philip S. Thomas with candles to maintain the light and unity. 

Editorial Photoshoot Showing A Cervical Cancer Survivor Whose Future Is Bright

Have you ever sat in your doctor’s office and seen these magazine titles?

Diabetes Health Monitor
Pediatrics Health Monitor
Eye Care Health Monitor
Heart Care Health Monitor
Arthritis Health Monitor
Living with Cancer Health Monitor
Dermatology Health Monitor
Digestion & Diet Health Monitor

Each time I would read one, I would think, you know, I should contact someone from this publication and see if they could use a photographer like me.

Well, one day, as I was sitting at my computer working on images back in October or November, I got an email requesting an editorial photographer to go on location to photograph a woman and her family for an article for the Living With Cancer Health Monitor Magazine.

It’s funny how things happen, right?

Amanda is a cervical cancer survivor who lives in New Jersey, married and is a mother to an adorable little girl. To read her amazing story click here.

After getting the approval for the project, I contacted her to decide on the best time to do the photoshoot, where we could do it, and asked some questions so that I could get to know her before showing up. I found out that she and her family have much in common with mine, a love of books, music, movies, and comic books. Getting to know the people who I’m going to photograph helps to break the ice, create an intimacy so that they feel comfortable with me, because it’s not every day that someone shows up with camera equipment and starts taking pictures. Not once did we talk about the article or what she went through, I wanted this to be about Amanda and her family, as though cancer never entered their lives. Just a fun afternoon, hanging out, playing Uno and eating popcorn with a friend.

Originally, we were going to photograph outside and some in the kitchen, but the weather was unseasonably bitter cold and windy. So we stayed inside their home, it was really comfy and had great light coming into their living room window. Based on our conversation before, I was able to chat easily with them, also I have an 11 year old daughter who loves to read.

As usually, I packed way too much and used barely half of it. I recruited their daughter to be my photo assistant. I showed her how to unfold the light stands, how to set up the flashes in the Westcott Rapid Boxes(she helped to set up those as well). I also had a large reflector that I unfolded, she loved that one. Their adorable pug allowed me to get some doggie time, which I relish each time I go somewhere and see a dog.

I wanted to give the magazine a variety of images to possibly use. I understood that this wasn’t going to be a cover story, but from what Amanda has gone through, I wanted people to see what a loving, beautiful, fun family they are.

Instead of using the flashes, I used natural lighting, utilizing the sin coming in their from window. I defused it by closing the sheer curtains and I set up the large silver reflector their the right,(our left) just out of view to give some additional light. Whenever I moved around them, I moved the reflector to where I needed the light to hit them.

For the images of Amanda and her family eating popcorn, I had to use at least one or 2 lights, so I set them up wirelessly, one in the front off to the side and the other in the back to fill in the kitchen.

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I didn’t want any posed shots, my goal was to get everyone natural, relaxed and having a good time. Okay, I admit, the last shot with the popcorn, I suggested, because it’s fun to feed mom and dad popcorn when you’re a kid LOL!

Below is the final article from this month’s issue of Living With Cancer Health Monitor. If you go to a doctor’s office and see the magazine, check it out as January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. You can see which image they used and I think it was an excellent choice.The Future Is Bright written by JOANA MANGUNE for Living With Cancer Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan

Thanks so much Amanda and your family for letting me come into your home. I had a great time chatting and getting to know you all. Thanks Health Monitor for contacting and working with me on this project.

Interested in working together on a project? Use the red button on the right hand side towards the bottom titled Get Started to contact me. Thanks!