Posts Tagged ‘fine art’

Garden Street Gallery Groundhog Day Gala

In new jersey, nyc photographer on February 22, 2016 at 8:12 am

The opening of my solo show at the Gallery at Garden Street Lofts in Hoboken, N.J. on February 2, 2016 was a dream come true.

So many friends & family, art lovers & supporters, joined in the celebration.

Special thanks to the Board of Garden Street Lofts, Cork Wine & Spirits and
Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse for making this such a special night.

©2016, Photo Credit Leo Mahaffey

Who knew that Groundhog Day could be so wonderful?  Thank you to all!

The show runs through May 31, 2016.
1425 Garden Street
Hoboken, NJ  07030


Until next time.


adventure is life, live it! ®


Here are short videos of the preparation and installation of the show.


Why Professional Organizations are Good for the Soul

In ny, nyc photographer, NYC Today on September 10, 2013 at 4:11 pm

I joined the “American Society of Media Photographers” (NYC Chapter-ASMPNY) about 3.5 years ago.  Two years ago, I became the treasurer and board member.

  • Not only does this organization keep photographers aware of the changes in our industry
  • it continues to educate it’s members
  • it advocates for photographers rights
  • it continues to drive the industry standard for artists and clients.

I have been incredibly inspired by what we do for our members, as well as what it has done for me personally.

Within our large chapter, are smaller groups we call “brain-trusts”.  These groups meet monthly.  Some are specialized (e.g. fine art, fashion) and some are general (members shoot all types of work).  These groups allow a safe space for colleagues to get feedback on what they are working on, ask for opinions on how to pursue an idea or project, and a means to hold one accountable for what they will accomplish in the next 30 days.

This group has been the best thing for me as a professional-when you know you have to face these folks and say why you “didn’t” achieve you goal, they give you reasons why you should go on.

Professional photographers for the most part work alone-thoughts are constantly kicking around in ones head.  This group gives the opportunity to share these ideas and make them actionable.  Our network is strong, and the support reaches beyond the meeting for each other throughout our individual journeys.  Our dynamic leader (and talented fashion photographer) Frank Rocco keeps us all focused.  Thank you for that!

One of many discussions at our June meeting was how to get your work seen outside of the Chelsea Galleries.  Susan Farley suggested a place on City Island where she has shown her work from time to time.  I took her suggestion and contacted the gallery.

Ron Terner, an amazing photographer in his own right, started the Focal Point Gallery for artists that were not yet known in the community.  This was perfect.  He accepted one of my fine art images for the July show.

I’ve now shown multiple pieces over the past three months.  It’s a wonderful space.  Each month he holds an opening party for the gallery; the most recent opening was Friday September 6.  The work will be up all month.

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It’s really a treat to visit the space.  And after you view the artwork, you can dine on some local seafood.  Enjoy the show!

Until next time.


adventure is life, live it! ®

Fine Art Portfolio Review

In NYC Today on May 30, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Professional Fine Art Portfolio Review, this is what I experienced on Wednesday May 26, 2010.  It was organized by the New York City Chapter of the ASMP.  There would be 40 individuals to review each of our portfolios of work.

This was my very first portfolio review.  EVER.  The day before/of the event I worked from 10:00am until 1:30am, fine tuning and printing 20 of my best Black & White film images.  A simple portfolio case was purchased the Saturday before to hold the prints.  I hoped it would look professional enough as I was going to be showing work with some of the best commercial/fine art photographers in NYC to some of the most prestigious art directors, magazine publishers, gallery owners, etc. in the photography world.

As I prepared my work for the review, my confidence began to build.  However, being new to this process there was always the nagging doubt about my artistic ability.  Let me mention again, I was playing in the big league now.  I took a deep breath and decided better to take the plunge and face the fear.  (You just never know until you try…..right?!)

In between printing, I took some time to read through the Bio’s of each of the 40 reviewers that were participating.  After the OMG moment passed, I ran to the dry cleaner to get my best suit.  (Chock it up to spending 20+ years in the corporate world!)  The people that would be looking at my portfolio were heavy hitters in the art world.  These creatives could take an unknown photographer and launch a career!

Let me give you a few examples-

  • Elizabeth Avedon: Independent Curator and Consultant.  Formerly Creative Director for The Gere Foundation, Art Director for Polo Ralph Lauren national advertising and a co-founder of Tibet House, NYC.
  • Stella Kramer: Photography Consultant.  Pulitzer Prize-winning Photo Editor who worked at such major publications as The New York Times, PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek.
  • Alex Niki: Editor in Chief, Resource Magazine
  • Ruben Natal-San Miguel: Photographer/Curator/Art Collector/Writer

The images chosen were a cross section of the work created over the past 3 years.  A better portfolio would have been a cohesive story but I wanted to show a bit of what I’ve done to see what the experts thought was great work.  Interestingly enough, my newer work created over the last few months had the most favorable response.

The doubt of whether or not I had an artistic eye was no longer, as these reviewers commented that I had what it took.  Continue shooting with passion and powerful, emotional images will follow.  I was in awe of their accomplishments and was humbled by their response to my work.  Walking out of the session, 3 hours and 6 reviewers later, I felt like I could conquer the world.  There is a lot of work ahead, but I am very excited to continue the journey.

Thank you ASMP and all the participants of the evening.  It was an amazing experience.  Looking forward to next year!

Below are the 7 images that each reviewer found to be my most compelling.

Until next time.

teresa, 51art
adventure is life, live it! ®

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