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LOCATION 1 :  Utica Train Station

The studio shots were complete and we were off for our location shots. These have to be my favorite kind of shoots. Maybe it’s the photojournalist in me that loves the challenge of the unknown that can happen on these shoots, but the models seem to come more alive as they work with the environments.

Like in the past location shoots, I scouted out areas weeks before the shoot. I immediately had the train station on my list, with the old steam engine. What I hadn’t anticipated was when the trains would be rolling through the station. We were only about 10mins or so into the shoot when the first train passed by. The roar of the steal on the tracks, the rush of the wind as the train past added to the excitement and energy on the shoot. The models were great and embraced the passing train into their shoot and even got the train drivers to wave, and blow the whistles.



The Second location was secured only the day before the shoot as another location I had in mind fell through due to scheduling. As one door closes, another opens and I couldn’t of asked for a more perfect place to do the shoot. I always had the Hotel Utica in mind, but never had the chance to stop in to set anything up. I knew it was last minute and a long shot, but I figured what the hey! And they said yes!


The historical landmark hotel was built in the 1912. It became quite an establishment back in the day. It was rich with culture, prestige as many famous guest stayed at the Hotel. The walls of the mezzanine rang when Judy Garland once sang for the hotel guest; NY Yankee’s Mickey Mantle signed autographs infront of the hotel for the enthusiastic crowds; the beautiful Mae West also graced the halls, and President FDR Roosevelt and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt were also guest to the hotel after the Democratic Convention.

When I got the call that it was OK to do our shoot there, I was so excited. I was on the phone with the models as I had to push the time up to go there. With everything falling into place, we had an amazing time.



The Third and Fourth locations were also based around historical places. The first was the former Griffis Airbase. They have a B52 Bomber plane (similar to the ones used in WWII) on display that I thought would be perfect for a pilot shoot. The plane was named The “Mohawk Valley” after the men and women who built, maintained and flew the plane. This particular plane first took flight in 1960 and flew during the Veitnam War and was used for training for the Gulf War. The plane now sits as a memorial to all those who dedicate their lives and defend our country. And the fourth location was at the memorial for the Oriskany Battleship. They have a huge anchor which came off the battleship on display at the Oriskany Museum and USS Oriskany Reunion Association.  The Oriskany area was where the bloody battle of Oriskany took place during the Revolutionary War, which some say was a turning point in the war. Many years later, a battleship was built and named in the battle’s honor, the USS Oriskany.

Overall this shoot was huge, but the rewards were far beyond what I expected.  Many thanks goes out to the models and to those who help make this happen. You can see some photos below and the others at













Julia Salamone, Tamara Marie, Kate Ellis, Brit Rose, Katlynn Woodward,

Jenn Bramley, Emily Esty, Darien Faith




I was gearing up to shoot the first of many photo shoots for My SteamPunk Revolution. The shoots ran over the course of 3 weeks as we had enough to launch their new website:

I was very excited as I had 100% control over the shoot. From searching high and low for the outfits, belts and funky goggles to making mini top hat fascinators, yarn hair falls and feather shawls, I couldn’t wait to get these shoots on their way. This was definitely the largest photo shoot I have taken on.

Round one was shot in the studio with a low key setting. The lights were set; the outfits on the rack and the models began to arrive. Unfortunately the night before, the furnace wasn’t working and the repair guy was suppose to be there in the early morning. Like anything with Murphy’s Law, he was running late. The girls were dressed and we were just about finished with hair and make-up when he arrived. I have to say, it was quite amusing when I answered the door to let him in. The first thing he saw on the table was our “props” of bullet belts, rayguns and goggles. He’s eyes got so big, he stopped dead in his tracks and asked “What the hell is going on here?” I could only imagine what was running through this poor man’s head. I told him that we were just about to do a photo shoot and pointed to the models. The look on his face was priceless as you can imagine the relieved look on his face when he saw the girls were fully dressed. Katlynn was up first in a formal ball gown and Tamera minus the hairfalls was on deck in a 1930’s inspired pinstrip skirt. I’m sure our repair guy had lots to say when he got back to the office. 🙂 Before we knew it, we had heat and out shoot was set to go.

The Low Key shoot was spilt into two days. We had a blast and I couldn’t wait to take the girls out on location. Here are some photos from the first low key shoot:



Check out PART 2 for LOCATION SHOTS.










Julia Salamone, Tamara Marie, Kate Ellis, Brit Rose, Katlynn Woodward,

Jenn Bramley, Emily Esty, Darien Faith



RosMari Brand Fashion shoot.

Sep 29, 2012   //   by nadine   //   PHOTO EXPERIENCES, PHOTO SERIES, PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG, ROSMARI BRAND  //  No Comments

I first met Brit Rose, designer of RosMari Brand at the “Chicks Along The Canal” show in Little Falls, NY. The two day event was designed to showcase local women entrepreneurs, and is part of the city wide Canal Celebration. At the show, I had the chance to walk around and visit the other booths. When I met Brit instantly there was something about her that I really liked. When we got talking more about her clothes and her drive behind it, I was very impressed. RosMari Brand is one of a kind, upcycled clothing and accessories line. Brit was informing me about how many clothes are put into landfills a year. I don’t remember the actual number she told me but I do remember it was a shocking amount. Brit is doing her part as she refashions, reconstructs and recycles clothing into these wonderful unique designs. I don’t know if it was that Brit brought me back to my youth, from my earliest of college years when I studied and received an AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, but the more we talked the more I knew that I had to work with her. We talked about getting together to collaborate on a photo shoot, where we would combine RosMari Brand with The Sugartooth Dragon. Soon after, RosMari Brand was accepted to be part of the Bust Magazine show at the World Maker Faire in NYC. After that, we were determined to do the shoot before the show.

After taking with Brit and exchanging a few tear sheets back in forth, I felt that I had a pretty good idea for what the shoot should look like. We wanted to do a shoot that could represent RosMari Brand in a higher fashionable light while showing the world our little part of central NY. I pulled from the models I have worked with in the past, Brit from the models she worked with in the past and it wasn’t long before we compared calendars and set the date. It’s been a long time since I had done a photo shoot of this size but I was very excited to get back into that seat. We came to the decision of shooting in Little Falls as the city is rich with amazing and wonderful places and locations to shoot.

I scouted out the area and pinpointed several sites. I fell in love with the outside of the historical building that houses the Little Falls Public Library. When I went inside, the place was a perfect setting for the shoot. I spoke with their director and she agreed to not only let us use the library but granted us permission to work in the upstairs reading room that is under lock and key and away from their patrons. I was so excited to do the shoot there and excited that we had booked our first place.

Driving around Little Falls, I found several other locations that I wanted to shoot in. I was always fond of Lock 17 as I find it full of inspiration. I envisioned doing many different styles of shoots there and finally would have the opportunity now. Brit mentioned about doing a more urban look and I loved this building that was just off main street that I thought fit the bill perfectly. We both loved the idea of The Stone Mill and I spoke with Juli of The Mustard Seed about shooting in her store as well. I found so many wonderful spots to shoot and the locations were set.

Location Pre-Shoot with point and shoot camera:


From there we got Christi Taylor Snyder to come aboard as our make-up artist and Rose from PureNatural Minerals (who was also at the Chicks Along The Canal show) provided us with wonderful eye shadows to use. Things were falling in place and we were set to go.

That morning the girls arrived; hair and make-up began. The models got into their first outfits and we were on our way to our first location, Lock 17. Unfortunately, it took us a little longer than we had anticipated getting the girls ready, so we were fighting the high rising sun. Things got bright quickly and we had to work as quickly and efficiently as possible.  Working around the lighting conditions as much as possible, I believe we got some truly fun and wonderful shots.

Lock 17 shoot :


From there we headed over to the library for outfit change #2. With the later start, we were running a little behind schedule, making the next time slot even shorter as we had to finish before the library closed. I have to say, this was one of my favorite shoots of the day. The location was wonderful and I could control the lighting here! The girls rocked the shoot and before we knew it we were pretty much out of time. Kari and all at the library were wonderful to work with and I hope we will be able to come back again for another shoot.

Gallery : Historical Reading Rooms at the Little Falls Public Library shoot.


From there we headed over to the urban location and outfit change #3, to the old building just off Main St. That’s when our fourth model was able to join us as she had other obligations earlier that day and we booked her last minute. By now, the sun was starting to go down and we were getting that rich warm glow in lighting conditions. We were definitely on a roll now.  We took several from this location and then walked down to where the tunnel runs under the train tracks. We took several fun shots in the tunnel and heading over near The Stone Mill. At this point we were starting to lose light fast and we headed to the wall near the canal. When we make it back to the Stone Mill, we decided it was getting too dark and decided to keep that location for another time and call it a day.

Gallery : Urban Shoot off Main St

Gallery : Tunnel Under Train


Gallery : Wall on the Canal

The shoot over all was a lot of work but 110% worth it! The models: Amanda Reinfelds, Jennifer Bramley, Julia Salamone and Emily Esty were wonderful and a pleasure to work with. Christi rocked the make-up chair! and I believe not only did we have a great time, but we accomplished the goal we set out and created some really awesome ads for RosMari Brand. I look forward to working with Brit and the girls again soon.



RosMari Brand : or

The Sugartooth Dragon :

Pure Natural Minerals  :



Little Falls Library : Website  |  Facebook

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The Mustard Seed : Website | Etsy

City Of Little Falls : Website

Emily Esty : FB page







PROJECT : Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May 9, 2012   //   by nadine   //   PHOTO SERIES, PHOTOGRAPHY BLOG  //  No Comments

Just A Little Lyme In Each Photo:

With the number of ticks on the rise, so is the number of people infected with atleast one tick-borne illness. May is National Lyme Disease Awareness month – get informed on how to protect you and your loved ones!  To raise awareness,  I will be featuring a different photo that was inspired by “Lyme” through out the month.



Click on each photo to find out a little more about Lyme and the inspiration behind the photo: