Have Camera will shoot...with my "Poor Woman's Leica" - Fuji EX-2

I love my Fuji EX-2!!  It’s freed me up to SHOOT.  To shoot for ME.  It’s compact, it’s cool looking, yes, cool looking!  I mean hello, it’s my accessory-it should be cool!  It has a viewfinder, I miss looking through a VF with a travel–about-sized-camera. "I Have My Camera, I Will Shoot!"

Fuji EX 2 Have camera will shoot
Fuji EX 2 Have camera will shoot

One of my first real “images” with my Fuji EX-2 was from a pawn shop in Dalton, GA. I was on assignment but had time to kill before our flight, so we went into the town of Dalton. I’m originally from the south, but woa this was a step back…I’m not used to pawn shops anymore, especially ones that sell guns, they freaked me out...but had my Fuji and thought what the hey, might be my last shot, but I'll go out with a bang! "Would you mind if I took your photograph Mr. Gun Guy?”  Mr, Gun Guy said, “sure sugar”.  See how proud he is, sucking his gut in.

Pawn Shop, Dalton GA
Pawn Shop, Dalton GA

Then in May of 2014 I took my new friend to Morocco. No, no, not the Gun Guy, my Fuji EX-2! I did hip shots through Marrakech and from the hump of a camel!  These images were printed 20 wide and could easily go further!

Merzouga, Morocco
Merzouga, Morocco
Hip Shot
Hip Shot

Then there’s the amateur functions the Fuji EX-2 has, which I have to admit are a lot of fun. The panoramic feature works well (shot from the Top of Dar Sefarrine, Fes). The tilt-shift (doesn’t seem to be very flexible, or I’m not using it right) is a fun feature. The toy camera I can take or leave, just as soon use the real thing, like my tried and true Holga's. I even like the Dynamic Color mode-BUT my favorite is the ability to shoot square.

Camera Series
Camera Series
Fes Morocco
Fes Morocco

As for portraits, well, here a couple-of images.

Oh and music, this camera works great in low-light!!

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Veronica Robles

I’ll end this advertisement for Fuji by sharing that my husband, Ron Pownall, has the Fuji X100, with the fixed lens. I went back and forth on which one to get. I’m still on the fence but do like the ability to shoot portraits with a portrait focal length.

That’s my story for today, and “I’m sticking to it”, as my friend John would say!  Hope you enjoy!

Edible Spoons- Images from the latest session with Jack Milan of Different Tastes

Images from my latest shoot with Jack Milan of Different Tastes and developer of the YUMMY Edible Asian Spoon. I always look forward to our February shoots with Jack. His artistic food designs are fun to shoot… and there are always samples to “test”.

Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography

Jack and I have known each other for years through our wedding work. Several years ago I started photographing his plates and Edible Spoons for Catersource Magazine. Each year Jack is a speaker at the Catersource Tradeshow, and each year we do a photo shoot for the show!

Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
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Oh Snap Photography_0780
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography

My husband Ron came along this time to help us out and take a few “snaps” of us working and of course “test” the food!

Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography

Jack played around with a new buffet idea for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs …love the truck full of lettuce & tomatoes! It was a fun departure from our usual fancy, plated food and edible spoons…well some spoons!

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Oh Snap Photography_0786
Darlene DeVita Photography
Darlene DeVita Photography

Jack is President/CEO of Different Tastes Catering, Chelsea, MA. http://www.differenttastes.com, and founder of Edibles by Jack, developer of the Edible Asian Spoon. http://ediblesbyjack.com/ediblespoon.html.

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Barbara and Doug's Wedding- Trinity Church, Newport RI and Glen Manor, Portsmouth RI.

Barbara and Doug's blast of a wedding.  Barbara and Doug met at the The International School of Brussels...

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Barbara's Dress by:  MODERN TROUSSEAU http://moderntrousseau.com DJ: LARRY TOCCI  http://www.engagementsdj.com Venue and coordinator : THE GLEN MANOR, KATIE WILKINSON http://glenmanorhouse.com/ Barbara's Shoes: "OMG! I'VE FORGOTTEN"!!! Doug's Tux by: VERA WANG BLACK Caterer: Blue Rocks Catering (wedding cake included)  http://www.newportcaterer.com

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Headshots with Fab Cuffs and a Very Large DOG!

Last week, I had an assignment with Channing Real Estate for head shots. www.channing-realestate.com     I did a site visit beforehand and decided outside would be best...my husband, legendary R&R photographer Ron Pownall www.rockrollphoto.com  came with me to help set up, hold the umbrella from falling (windy day) and entertain my clients. My Ron is a saint, he loves photography, loves people and luckily me!  We had a blast, as we always do!  I  knew from meeting with Catherine and her great team that it would be a fun shoot, but didn't expect to come away with art!  Thank you all for a successful and fun shoot!

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Ken with his Irish Wolfhound puppy, Nanook. He was huge! I wanted him to stand on his hind legs, but they weren't quite strong enough yet...he leap right up into Kens arms!  Such a sweet dog. He's a giant LUCY!  (my little dog).

 

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The day I scouted, Warren showed me the shirt he wanted to wear...LOVE IT!

 

It's that time of year again...weddings are in FULL swing!

It's that time of year again, Wedding Season!  I couldn't be happier!  I'm excited to start sharing my recent and past weddings with you!  So here we go.  This is Dominique and Dave's wedding at the gorgeous Lord Thompson Manor http://www.lordthompsonmanor.com/  in Thompson, CT.  This was a lovely venue, all the way around, the owners Jackie and Andrew, chef Mike and their wonderful staff, all terrific!  Dom and Dave had their rehearsal dinner and wedding celebration at the Manor. She's a cowgirl at heart, as you'll see from the photographs!  Hope you Enjoy!

REHEARSAL DINNER! SADDLE UP!

Lord Thompson Manor, Rehearsal Dinner

Lip Smackin' Good!

And Let the Wedding Begin!

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Sophia and Mellisha's Harvard Square Wedding

Sophia and Mellisha met in Brooklyn and immediately felt like they'd known each other for years. When it came to their wedding, the knew they wanted it to hold all of the feelings of the evening they first met—a small gathering of people they love, a warm, familiar space, glowing light, good music, lots of laughs, and a great time had by all. They were married in the church Sophia grew up in surrounded by loved ones. When it came to the details they hand-made as many things as they could themselves to give their wedding a homemade feel. They designed they're own wedding programs and had whimsical DIY touches everywhere like a scene out of Alice in Wonderland with their reception at Upstairs on the Square. And check out those shoes and that car!

Reception: Upstairs on the Square

Live Jazz: The Kevin Harris Project

DJ: Ari Rosenfield, Beat Train Productions

Flowers: Nancy Hausman Designs

Car rental: Don Buchholtz, Classic Cars and Byways

Trolley: Brewster Coach Transportation Services

Stamps, Ink, and Cardstock for table settings, etc.: Paper Source

Alex and Martin's Boston Public Library Wedding!

I was very eager to photograph Alex and Martin’s wedding. They are a lovely couple, both inside and out, and, photographically, they knew just what they wanted.  The main ingredient was elegant black and white images. Even though I’m shooting digital now, my background is medium-format B&W.  I was excited to shoot a wedding which called for lots of B&W in such a wonderful setting as the BPL. In keeping with the library theme, Alex carried the Kate Spade Emma-book clutch, and the ring bearer carried a vintage George Washington book. She and Martin met on an elevator, so we added an image of them in the vintage Boston Public Library elevator.

Take a peek at the images.  It was wonderful wedding…how could it not be with beautiful and scrumptious food by The Catered Affair and flowers by Winston Flowers…the list goes on.  And most importantly. the wedding was a smashing success because of Alex and Martin and their families & friends!

List of Vendors following the post.

Vendors:

Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal

Shoes:  Giuseppe Zanotti Design

Bag: Kate Spade

Make Up:  Sarra

Hair: Trephin Salon Moe Smith

Groom/Groomsmen: Ralph Lauren & ThomasPink

Lighting: DJ Raffi

Band/DJ: Rich Dimare Kiss 108

Violinist: Classical Oasis

Caterer:  The Catered Affair

Venue:  The Boston Public Library

Jennifer and Marshall's Wedding - Cambridge Boathouse, Cambridge, MA

I think Jennifer, Marshall and I had the same feelings for each other when we met, I could not wait to photograph their wedding and they couldn't wait for me to photograph them! As Jen says; "it was like reconnecting with an old friend." I wanted to hang out, grab a beer! Jen and Marshall wanted a their wedding to be a celebration as unique and non-traditional as they are; a big party that was a testament to their love, their family and friends. "We wanted it to be a night filled with music, laughter, food and love".

Indeed it was - a friend from college performed the ceremony, the vows were their own and the band included the groom, his college friends, the bride's uncle and her mother's friend. AND THEY ROCKED!

I hope you enjoy the photographs, I certainly enjoyed making them - Jen in that fabulous dress and Marshall with this retro tie and fab suit, I was in heaven! Oh, and not long after they booked we discovered Jen's uncle is a dear friend of mine; another "kismet" if you will. Thank you Jen and Marshall!

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IMAGES FROM TURKEY - April 29-May 14, 2010

Finally, images from Turkey. What an amazing country. It was everything we expected and more. The people were lovely, so kind and gracious. No matter if we were in the city or out in the country it was nothing but kindness and smiles! The landscape of course was equally as lovely. Istanbul, a thriving ancient yet cosmopolitan city, Cappadocia, WOW - I always loved the Flintstones and I got to see where they lived! Seriously though, the history was astounding. We did the much recommended Balloon ride, stayed in a Cave Hotel and had our own Turkish bath! I hope you enjoy looking at the images.