Sunday, December 20, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I'm so sorry for the lack of posts this past month and a half. It's been a hectic semester to say the least, and I fell behind posting all of the stories I've been doing for my Advanced Photojournalism class. Below are the last four that I handed in for class - we have everything from rowers in the Head of the Charles to a bridal boutique that gives back to the community. As the semester comes to a close and I look back on all of the stories I can't help but realize how much I've grown as a photographer. I've learned to open up and let my guard down, and in turn, got to meet some pretty fantastic people. I hope you enjoy the stories and be sure to come back in a couple of weeks - I'll be posting my final project!
Located at 818 Mt. Auburn Street in Watertown, MA, Viva Amore bridal boutique opened in July 2009 with a self-proclaimed different business model than the typical dress store. Owners Mena Tuccinardi, 50, and her daughter Anita Dunn, 27, wanted to open a store that gave back to the community and made buying a wedding dress affordable in the bad economy. Tuccinardi and Dunn developed a system that allows them to take dresses from high-end boutiques looking to move product and sell them at 50% - 75% off. In giving back to the community, they most recently gave free wedding dresses to military brides and plan to work with the area high schools to give prom dresses to girls who can’t afford them.Owner of Viva Amore Anita Dunn, 27, and her mother, fellow owner Mena Tuccinardi, 50, search for an e-mail from a woman in Iraq that they recently sent a dress to as Tuccinardi’s father Frank Tuccinardi, 89, looks on. Mena and Dunn corresponded with the woman through e-mail, sending her pictures of dresses before sending the one she chose to her family for when she returns. In honor of Veterans Day, Dunn and Tuccinardi gave away free wedding dresses to military brides. Dunn’s brother is a former Marine who now serves in the fire department in Medford, MA.
Owner of Viva Amore bridal boutique in Watertown, MA, Mena Tuccinardi, 50, helps bride-to-be Denise Ricci, 27, of Easton, MA try on a dress on Friday afternoon. Ricci heard about the boutique through a friend that emphasized their generosity to the community and good customer service. “We’re really laid back,” said Tuccinardi, “we don’t pressure. This is a big decision, we try to have fun with it.”
Viva Amore owner Mena Tuccinardi, 50, takes a break in between clients to dance with her father Frank Tuccinardi, 89. Frank lost his vision and hearing a year ago and joins his daughter and granddaughter at their bridal boutique during the week. “He’s our mascot,” Mena said. Mena helps Frank tango during a break in between customers.
Boston University Dance Team senior Jorie Larsen (center) dances with Men’s Basketball senior captain Tyler Morris during a performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” during Terrier Tip-Off at Case Gymnasium on Friday night. Morris returns this season after missing the last 18 games of the 2008-2009 campaign due to a torn ACL.
The Boston University Cheerleaders celebrate the end of Terrier Tip-Off as the confetti cannons go off in Case Gymnasium.
Ginger Constantino, 51, of West Chester, PA stirs a pot of meatballs and tomato sauce her and her husband are preparing to make meatball sub sandwiches for the West Point crew team when the rowers return to the dock at the MIT boathouse after completing their race in the Head of the Charles Regatta on Saturday afternoon in Boston, MA. The Constantinos and other parents of rowers set up food tents on the grass area between Memorial Drive and the boathouse and prepared the food while the teams were competing in their respective races.
Friday, October 16, 2009
On Sunday, Oct. 11, the Red Sox season officially ended with a Game 3 loss to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Fenway Park. With the end of that game came the end of my internship there in the Photo Department. I honestly can't believe it's all over. I've been there since April and over the the last six months, I got into a routine. I loved being in the office and around the park shooting. The people I worked with were amazing and I feel privileged not only to have called them co-workers but also friends. I learned so much about "the real world" and had a blast doing it! I'm going to miss everyone big time, but being the photo intern for the Red Sox is an experience I won't seen forget.
It's on to the next big thing in my life - I'm shooting the Head of the Charles this weekend for my photo class (here's to hoping for a snow-free Saturday!).
I'm also looking for something interesting, unique and cool to do for my final multimedia project. If anybody has any ideas, pass them on!