I have had the pleasure of assisting with a few events for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Below is some information about the society along with a link directly to their website. You will also find some photos from their most recent “Man & Woman of the Year” event held this past month.
The work they do is AMAZING! Take a look and I am sure you will agree!!!
The following information is taken directly from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Rhode Island chapter’s website.
Mission and Goals
The mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.
Our Key Priorities will ensure that: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society helps blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.
Knowing Reggie and Liz for most of my life, I had the pleasure of taking pictures of their two amazing children, Diego and Amaya! Diego was all about the camera while Amaya took pleasure in running from the camera and playing “hide and seek” with it!!
See the sneak peak below!
Time for a little Street Style & Creative Photography……
Most of what I have focused on since I purchased my camera and really began to focus on the art of photography has been architecture and landscape. Trying to convert from this to street style & creative photography has often been described as going from a Prius to a Ferrari, although both have specific functions, they provide totally different aspects on life. In order to broaden my horizons, over the remaining weeks of the year I will carry my camera with me every weekend (yes, EVERY weekend), in order to provide at minimum one shot which relates to either street photography and/or just creative photography in general with hopes to provide multiple shots. I will make sure I post what I think is my most “creative” and “interesting”.
Carrying my camera will not only help develop my street style photography skills, but also allow me to get my creative juices flowing. As an amateur photographer, I cannot tell you how many times I have said to myself, “I wish I had my camera with me”! After all, you can’t capture those ‘Kodak’ moments when you aren’t carrying your camera!
So over the next several weeks (starting this weekend), look out for some new photography! Make sure to comment and let me know how I am doing…
I will continue this blog throughout 2012 with hopes to advance my photography techniques and show you photography as I see it through the eyes of Chris Ptaszenski Photograhy.
Remember to smile… because who knows, maybe you will be my next victim!
‘Espana’, an amazing place for architecture, food and people. I was fortunate enough to visit several different provinces of Spain in the recent months. From Madrid down to Grenada, and back up to Barcelona, each area had their own beauty, hot spots and culture. Have you ever been to Europe? No? Have you always wanted to take a ‘Holiday’ to Spain? Well, guess what, you are in luck! I will be your personal tour guide and take you on a journey of the entire country. From Madrid to Barcelona to the beautiful people and the tasty Sangria, once you are done reading this blog and have seen the dazzling pictures, you will feel like you experienced it first-hand! Did I mention the tasty Sangria?
The tour began in Madrid, the current capital and largest city of Spain. It had a New York style feel to it. With restaurants everywhere, people walking the streets and transit always passing by, it made you feel welcome and at home. The hotels had a charming Spanish look and feel and the food was amazing! Here you can find the famous Plaza Mayor, which has played host to bullfights and marketplaces. Madrid is also the home of The Royal Palace of Madrid, which is the residence of the King of Spain. Arriving to Madrid just a few short days after our departure was Pope Benedict XVI.
Avid soccer fan, are you? If you had to place a vote, would it be Real Madrid or Barcelona?
Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Valencia were also visited during our stay. Each province showed striking views ranging from mountainsides to floral gardens. Diverse cultures and views have helped shape each as they are today. Although big in architecture and culture, our travels were limited while in these provinces based on our schedule. Beautiful hotels were plenty, and smaller sections of the city made you fell like you were on the travel channel! House Hunters International maybe? Most restaurants had outside seating, Spanish waiters/waitresses and alleys filled with people.
Toledo, once the capital of Spain, sits by the River Tajo which displays the beauty and charm of an old world city. The narrow roads and old world charm plays host to multiple museums and synagogues. The views of Toledo were breathtaking. Look for the pictures with the old world charm to them. They will bring you back hundreds of years.
We finished our tour in Barcelona. Barcelona had the most amazing flamenco show! I believe I may have fallen in love with a stunningly gorgeous flamenco dancer while I was there; I am still waiting for her to return my call. Maybe she didn’t understand our conversation? Hmmm… Either way, I am still waiting. We passed by Olympic Stadium, the Barcelona ports and the unfinished masterpiece ‘Sagrada Familia’. This is an astoundingly gorgeous church which has been under construction for over 100 years! Based on the pictures, it will be worth the wait. Lastly, once Megan came back from visiting her family in Barcelona, Carmen, Megan and I ventured off to the Picasso museum. I can sum it up in one word, marvelous. Take a look for yourself.
With over 1,400 museums, the work was stunning and plentiful to say the least! Although I was not able to recreate most art through the eyes of photography based on legalities and limitations in most museums, I was able to snap a few shots. From Gothic Art to Renaissance Art, paintings and structures were available for viewing everywhere.
I had the pleasure of visiting one of the most beautiful and famous museums in all of Spain, the Museo del Prado. With no pictures of inside the museum available, my description will not do it justice. I’ve provided a link for further ‘browsing’.
There were plenty of cultures throughout Spain. It seemed as though everywhere we went, there was a different cultural feel. Old and modern. Refined and popular. With its artistic expression, no matter which culture you were in, it was completely fascinating. For all of the coffee lovers out there, Spanish Café’s were everywhere! Ok, I should admit I was excited to see Starbucks and purchase a good ole’ fashion caramel macchiato. Guilty as charged. Right Carmen?
Fiesta! Fiesta! Fiesta! Need I say more? With thousands of fiestas annually, the majority of them occuring between June and September, they celebrate religion, commemorations, and the cultural reasons behind them vary from top to bottom of the region. I had the privilege to attend a Spanish fiesta in Madrid during the first two nights of our stay. We were supposed to “relax” during our first night; however, we somehow ended up dancing in front of the U.S. Embassy in the rain! That’s right, three Americans dancing in the rain in front of the U.S. Embassy in the middle of Madrid. Not sure what they put in the espresso in Europe, but it gave us plenty of energy. Did I mention they serve gummy candy with their espressos? They must have known I was coming!
This trip really put my architectural photography skills to the test. Over 2,000 pictures in a week and a half, I was sure to have at least a few ‘decent’ ones.
Some of the most amazing views in the entire world are located throughout Spain and I had the pleasure of capturing them. For those of you who haven’t been, I thought I would share some of them with you, maybe these will jumpstart your visit and for those of you who have had the chance to visit Spain, hopefully this will remind you how picturesque the country is.
Here is a taste of ‘Espana’ through the eyes of ‘Chris Ptaszenski Photography’.
I hope you enjoy!
** A special thanks to Carmen Amaral and Megan Giammalvo for making this vacation interesting, fun and unforgettable!
Come back soon for more pictures of Spain!
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It all started a few years back when I purchased a new point and shoot camera, and I thought it was amazing! It could do everything (or so I thought). It could change colors, the zoom seemed much better and it captured those ‘candid’ moments. I thought I took some of the most amazing pictures ever! Pictures of the sunset, pictures of my amazing daughter Violet Rae and even of my animals. That’s right, I said it. My animals. I had to include our adopted cat Tess in our photos below or Violet would be upset. As we all may or may not know, these cameras are good for traditional personal use such as capturing those crazy funny nights, those trips to Disney with the family, or just your average 200 pictures a day of your newborn baby. For those of you with children, you know the 200 is no exaggeration! Has anyone ever printed every digital print they have taken? Food for thought…
What I didn’t know is I was in for a rude awaking.
Almost a year ago, I purchased a new Nikon D series camera for personal use. Although the overall cost of owning a high end Nikon DSLR camera was significantly more, I was up for the challenge of ‘amateur photography’. As I first started to use the Nikon DSLR camera, I began to realize how much I began to appreciate architect, museums and even landscape. Things in pictures began to ‘pop’, colors became brighter and I became addicted to the art of photography. I started to look at all aspects of the picture, not just the focal points. I began to take pictures of the most random objects; fireworks, boats, my cat, a monkey made out of balloons, flowers and in case you were wondering, I can explain the monkey out of balloons. You will see in a bit. I became addicted to taking pictures, I always brought my camera with me to cookouts and even took about 400 pictures of a 20 minute firework display! As I said before, I became addicted! As time went on, I became more and more obsessed with photography. I would stop in Boston on my way home from work just to catch the sunset on the Charles. I would drive to Newport to catch pictures of the beautiful landscape and boats. I wanted to capture every moment of everyday. As you will see in a later blog, just this past week I drove around the city of New Bedford from Fort Tabor to Sassaquin just to capture all of the different aspects of the city. For those of you who are familiar with New Bedford, you would understand.
Well, I wanted to post my first blog! Even though this needs to be “tidied up” I wanted to see how it posts. I believe I can go back and edit, right? I guess only time will tell!
Hopefully from here on out, the blogs get better! Over the next few weeks I have a few sessions lined up. They range from modeling and fashion shoots, to family portraits, business photos and kids shoots (Amaya and Diego!).
Well, the first blog is under the belt… Here are some of the beginner pics I took on my camera. More experienced ones to come soon.
A bio about me and why I chose photography is on its way!
Look out for it within the next few days…