I recently got a call from my favorite, local non-profit, Arthouse Astoria, asking me to do some quick headshots for a group of talented and dedicated children involved in their musical theater program. I jumped at the chance and I’m so happy I did. These children were amazing and bright, and gifted and fun to photograph. Arthouse Astoria is a non-profit organization devoted to bringing affordable art and music education to Astoria and it’s surrounding neighborhoods. Operating since 2009, it has a variety of classes taught by dedicated professionals. Thank you, Arthouse Astoria ( arthouseastoria.org ) for making our neighborhood a better place for our children.
At one point in my life, I was seriously considering the vocation of the priesthood. Ultimately, I found out I wasn’t meant to be a priest. But it’s that spiritual journey that gives me a special appreciation and admiration that for anyone who walks the walk. So when Thia Reggio asked me to photograph her installation ceremony, I felt honored and excited.
Thia Reggio has been the minister at Astoria First Presbyterian Church for a bit over a year now. This ceremony just made it official. First Presbyterian Church is located in a small, intimate space at 23-35 Broadway. It’s a quick walk from the subway. I think it’s one of Astoria’s best kept secrets.
It’s got a super-peaceful, inviting feel. The vibrant congregation welcomes with open hands. The church is child friendly, too, which is one of the reasons we chose to make it our spiritual home. Our son, Walker, has made some great friends at the church, and he loves to be there. It’s not uncommon for him to ask to go to church on a weekday. (I don’t ever remember asking my parents that when I was growing up.)
The church shares its space with Arthouse Astoria, which is another one of Astoria’s best kept secrets. Arthouse Astoria is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing affordable music and art classes to the neighborhood. (http://arthouseastoria.org)
Here’s a few photographs from the event. I thank Thia Reggio and the First Presbyterian Church for letting me photograph such a special day.
I had a nice, quick portrait session with a good friend. He’s a young and handsome man so it was easy getting a few good shots. It was a good night, and I had fun shooting him. My good friend and fellow photographer, Lisa Brown ( www.lisabrownphoto.com ) assisted with the shoot. She helped relax Victor with her bubbly personality. He was a bit nervous in the beginning but relaxed as the shoot went on . And she helped direct him too. It’s always a pleasure working with Lisa. As for Victor, well, I guess some people really don’t realize how photogenic they are. Here is a small sampling of the some the images with only minimum editing done.