A Backyard Playground

A Backyard Playground

I have gone to Niagara Falls for as long as I can remember and it never gets old.  Yesterday I went with my brother and got the royal treatment - Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, Trolley Ride and the Rainbow Bridge and we still have two more things to go back to tomorrow.

How appropriate that the morning before we left, I read an article in the Buffalo News about enjoying the experience instead of worrying about capturing it to look at later.   I am not going to lie . . . I took alot of pictures but only after taking in the scene and watching my brother light up while he shared information about his favorite place on earth.

Niagara Falls is certainly not a one-time visit.  There is always something different to see and as my brother conveys, a new view each time all depending on how the wind blows.   And if you run out of interest in this natural wonder, there is a plethora of interesting characters to look at and that could keep you occupied for days.  I wish I would have had the nerve to photograph the many cultures represented there, bottle the smells and record the chatter of various languages.   Maybe next time, but until then I will relish the memories of the day I spent with my big brother at his backyard playground.

From A to Z

From A to Z

You can tell true love when amidst the stress and commotion of a wedding day, you are able to capture raw emotion and the look that you see only when soul mates meet.  I have photographed several weddings and surprisingly and sadly this is not always the case.  When you experience it, you forget the fact that it is the most humid day yet in Georgia and that the sun keeps sneaking in and out of the clouds (a photographers nightmare I will add) and that you have stepped in more red ant hills in one hour than you have stepped on in your lifetime.

What a beautiful day somewhere far away in Georgia where two families and many friends worked tirelessly to create a magical day for two deserving people.  I pray your marriage is blessed beyond measure!

Did Someone Say Trespassing?

Did Someone Say Trespassing?

One has to travel a little bit to find worthy graffiti and sometimes it may involve taking some risks.  It may or may not entail standing in the middle of the road as cars speed by or contemplating how you can scale a fence with a bunch of photo equipment and not get arrested for trespassing.  This is difficult for a rule follower who currently has no record.

I like photographing seniors with a vision and we drove around until we found exactly what she was looking for.  It was a fun, cool day in Atlanta - one that I might not spend with every teenager - but I would again for her.  From cap and gown to soccer jerseys to pajamas, we captured it all.

Spiders and Smiles

Spiders and Smiles

It's not every day that you advise your client after leaving a shoot to take some Benadryl and do a tick check.  No joke.  We had a great session despite the critters - spiders, mosquitoes, ants . . . you name it, we saw it!

Kudos to a family who is willing to suffer a little for great photographs and this sneak peak proves that the pain was well worth it!   We jumped in crossing creeks and hanging off rocks and concluding with a few pictures while stepping in some ant hills.   Did I mention the hawk that came to visit?  A beautiful night despite the gale force winds. All in all - I call it a success!  

Headshots

Headshots

The word "headshot" might send chills up the spines of some individuals.  The fact that one is required to participate is like torture.  That is why my 3 minutes with a person is a make or break situation. I have just 180 short seconds to put each person at ease and capture the confident person they only dream of representing.

My greatest reward is taking a persons insecurities and turning them into something beautiful.  Even if it is just a headshot - when I give people a glimpse of the product from the back of my camera and they give an audible "Wow!", I feel like I have achieved what a therapist takes several sessions at $150 a pop to accomplish.  

Who knew that taking a simple headshot could be so rewarding to me - the photographer?  People share little nuggets of who they are with me.  I learn of family heirlooms that they might be wearing around their neck or a little about their "wardrobe consultant" at home.  I find out how they came to work at their place of employment and how many years they have been there.  It is crazy how much you can learn about a person in under 5 minutes, all while I am directing them to turn their head this way and that.  When I look at the 8 frames person and see the transformation of their composure, it gives me great confidence that this is the job for me.

Senior Prom 2017

Senior Prom 2017

This must be the fastest turnaround in Beth Fornuto Photography history!  It was a pleasure meeting all of you tonight.  Your children are beautiful and polite and so much fun to photograph.  I will be posting the pictures to the site below.  Please use the photos with my copyright for anything you post in the next few days on social media.  I welcome the publicity for your photogenic children!  

"Click here to view the gallery"

There will also high resolution images that I will post in a separate gallery that can be downloaded.  As part of your package, please choose 2 pictures that you would like printed in a 5x7 by marking your "favorites" two in the gallery. 

This has been a whirlwind weekend, but one with much joy!  I was especially happy seeing all of the parents relaxing and letting me capture these moments for them!

Thanks again!  
Beth Fornuto Photography