Fall Portraits with the Andujars- A Family Affair

Today was a beautiful Fall day. The colors are at their peak and the nice cool air provides the perfect backdrop for some family togetherness. Langhorne, Pa in the beautiful Core Creek Park is where today’s session was held. The Andujar’s came ready with excitement and enthusiasm which made my job that much easier. There are only a few more weekends left with these dense colors of the trees and leaves. If you don’t live in the Northeast territory of our country, you don’t know what you’re missing. Yes, you can go online to view images, but to smell the leaves drying, to see them slowly falling to the ground is quite something special.

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The Truth Of What I Am- The George Burton Cd Release at SOUTH

            noun 1. the direction toward the point of the horizon 90° clockwise from east, or the point on the horizon itself.
In this case, we’re talking about the newest Jazz Club in Philadelphia. South has great food, nice drinks, and wonderful music. Philly’s own George Burton held  his cd release party this past weekend and it didn’t disappoint at all. I decided to catch the second set, mainly because the group is warmed up and ready to burn. George is very low key, but his playing on the piano takes center stage. Helping him out that night were Tim Warfield on saxes, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Pablo Menares on bass, and Wayne Smith Jr on drums. The crowd was very attentive and respectful. I don’t see how anyone would even want to get up from their seat during this set. As a group, everything was tight and in the pocket. Even when taking a step ‘out’ musically, you still felt like all the noted belonged.
 I heard a few songs from the cd on the radio the night before, I also got to listen to it on my drive home, and I want to see this group again. George’s comping behind the soloists keeps your attention. Tim and Jason brought the fire and all George did was to put more gas on the flames. Wayne Smith Jr kept the package together back there in the corner with a steady pulsating rhythm, and Pabalo was the glue holding it all together. Overall, when George comes back to Philly, I’ll make it my business to take the short trip to Swingville.  Feel free to follow George Burton as his career keeps moving up the ladder and whatever you do, keep Jazz alive. I hope you enjoy my photographic account of the evening.
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Jailyn & Manny

WOW! What a great session i had this past weekend with Jailyn and Manny. They were very outgoing and were very comfortable in front of my camera. They needed photos for their initial entry into the modeling business and I wanted to give them the best images I could to impress those people who are making the decisions which can make or break a career. I hope they get an Oscar!


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The Masked Marauder

It’s a beautiful thing when you are out in a park looking for some new faces to capture with your camera and you see the perfect subject. This particular gentleman had his self built motorcycle out for the day and was just leaving in order to beat any rain that may be developing in the far away clouds. I convinced him to stick around for a few minutes, and promised that he wouldn’t get wet from any rain. Well, he stayed, and these are some of the results of what was captured.

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Unity in the Community- JAZZ

Carol Mitchell-Faulkner would have you believe that she’s 20 years old with all the running around she does. She’s actually the mother of Justin Faulkner and Nazir Ebo, two of Philadelphia’s premier drummers. Her vision of getting guns off the street becomes even clearer each year The Community Unity Jazz Festival takes over Clark Park in West Philly. The idea is to get youth in the community to pick up instruments and to put down the guns. In a time where everyone feels the need to express their 2nd Amendment rights, and to be strapped out on the streets, these guns always seem to find their way into the wrong hands. Yes, people have the right to bare arms, but they don’t have the right to accidentally shoot a 4 year old girl in front of her house playing hopscotch. The violence is getting out of hand and Carol is actually doing something. Some talk about it, others organize, and this past weekend, organize is what she did. I got my camera and headed on down to document the day in the style that I love. You can view some of the afternoon’s highlights below this post. You must promise yourself one thing though, that you’ll read the whole thing. no peeking.

This year’s line-up was , CiaraFaye Martin (singer), Bobby Zankel & The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, Suzanne Burgess (singer), Zenia McPherson (singer), Killiam Shakespeare Band, The Universal Dance & Drum Ensemble, Clef Club Ambassador Big Band, and closing the afternoon was Papo Vazquez Mighty Pirates & Troubadours. It was a hot day nonetheless with temperatures soaring into the high 90’s, but I had my lemonade and cool sounds to dial back the temps a bit. In anticipation of each following group, your ears were salivating to the point that you didn’t even know it was that hot. All in all, the day long festival brought out families and all kinds of friends out that I haven’t seen in a long time. When you hear about The Community Unity Jazz Festival next year, mark my words, you won’t be disappointed with the music, but most of all…..


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