Reece Weinberger Bar Mitzvah at The Loading Dock

OCTOBER 28, 2017

Reece Weinberger is a cool kid…the kind of kid everyone wishes they had. You can tell by how his friends admire him and treat him with respect. He is one of those young men who does the right thing and people see it in him. When his father Scott, a 3 time Emmy-winning executive producer/ creator and CEO of Weinberger Media asked me to cover their event, I was more than happy. It was also a chance to work with Monique Banks and her amazing talent as a top event planner too. Monique did what few others can do by creating one of the most artful and techy rooms I have ever seen, complete with 3 sided televisions above every table and nonstop YouTube content on massive flat screens. It was incredible. You can find her at www.partybymonique.com.

For me as the photographer, this is the shot that photojournalists look for to tell the real story, the story behind the headlines…it’s a scene of a close family confidante in a personal embrace with Reece, his mother and father, while giving Reece some words of wisdom to mark this milestone.

EXPO 2017 in Chicago

OCTOBER 19, 2017

Near 5000 attendees and almost as many cases to produce the show…Expo 2017 is produced by the Futures Industry Association each year in Chicago, and includes 2 days of informative programming and three nights of networking with worldwide colleagues. I am always looking for the image that defines the scope of who and what has been assembled to create this event…and there it was. While I was standing at the perimeter of the room, I peeked behind the curtain, then composed that curtain directly in the center of my frame. “The Show” and what it took to make it happen.

Ad Campaign for Herde de Ferme (HdF) new line of alpaca apparel

March 4, 2017

Alpaca Photography Rizzo
Alpaca Photography Rizzo

Hari Sreenivasan, WNET

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017

WNET is the place for great content and to be working in their studios was a real kick. We had a 30 minute slot for 3 looks with Hari in 3 different locations on different floors. Not a good time to have any equipment go down. Started in one of the TV studios and Hari delivered, straddling a chair backwards and answering questions with wit and humor. He gave me a lot of nice looks with a minimal amount of direction which enabled me to give the publisher of WAG, Dee Delbello and the creative director, Dan Viteri a lot to choose from. Next we moved into a standard looking conference room, but we were able to use the large windows as our white background and filled the scene with several strobe lights. I shot this both as a silhouette and as a well-lit portrait. The final scene was at Hari’s desk, complete with multiple Emmys. I told him to just do his thing and he began working, and there were the real live shots I was looking for.

Martin St. Louis, NHL Great

SEPTEMBER 6, 2017

Martin St. Louis is the Doug Flutie of hockey. Not a big guy and undrafted, he went on to win it all, having played in over 1000 games and scoring 1000 points during his NHL career. A standout player in college, he played in six All-Star Games in the National Hockey League. He received the Lester B. Pearson Award and Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player, and two times won the Art Ross Trophy for the leading scorer in the league. On three occasions he won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the league’s most gentlemanly player and led the NHL in assists for two seasons. He was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Champion Team in 2004 and was a member of Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Winter Games. He is polite, personable and a great example of a star athlete for young people to look up to.

Safari in Kenya & Tanzania Book

August 21, 2017

I just finished my new coffee table style book on the recent wildlife and cultural visit tour in Kenya & Tanzania in June, 2017. The book includes a wide variety of wildlife that we encountered in Samburu National Reserve, Amboseli, Ngorongoro and the Maasai Mara. We also took time to hang out with, eat, sing, dance and have tea with the Maasai, Samburu and Turkana people. I would like to say a big thank you to Haley Kardek, a photography student at Vassar College who interned with me this past summer and provided excellent support for the book. Thank you, Haley!

Leslie Stahl, 60 Minutes

JUNE 28, 2017

Ms. Stahl”, was how I spoke to her, and was quickly corrected to “Leslie, please.” Glamorous, personable and throughly pleasant, I think she enjoyed our techniques for getting the looks we wanted. She is an incredible journalist and understands what it feels like to walk into an assignment cold and have to deliver. Time was tight, so I decided to set up two sets in different locations to maximize the images we could create together. While my assistants were steaming the backdrop and setting up the lighting, I was building the set in her office. She, too, has a table loaded with Emmys but doesn’t focus on those as her crowning achievement. That is reserved for the experience of raising her daughter and now her great joy at being a grandmother. Thank you, Leslie, for all the great work you have done.

Family Safari in Kenya & Tanzania

June 8-25, 2017

I spent 18 days in Kenya and Tanzania leading a family safari tour that included wildlife, cultural visits and photography lessons. We started the tour in Nairobi, then drove to Samburu National Reserve where we were invited to a Samburu tribal wedding ceremony. On our way there, we passed a group of young people who were dressed for the celebration and were walking the long distance to the village. We jerked the car to the side of the road, pulled over and piled them into our car, standing-room-only style. What better way to go to something incredibly special than to be bringing part of the wedding party? When we arrived, the bride and her family were standing in a small group, laughing amongst themselves and looking at us with curiosity. We had driven a great distance to arrive, and it was unusual for them to have foreigners attend such a special event in the lives. Nevertheless, they made us feel welcome and treated us as if we had always lived there. That is Samburu hospitality. The following day, we drove several hours over lava-like rocks into another world, this time to visit the Turkana people. As we stumbled out of our vehicle, 7 young girls singing welcome songs approached us with interlocking arms. It was magical, touching and very beautiful. No matter that a world of different customs and languages separated us…that wasn’t going to stop them from welcoming us. From there we headed west, past Thomson Falls, then south to Amboseli,with its magnificent elephants against the backdrop of Africa’s highest mountain, Mt. Kilimanjaro, then crossed the border into Tanzania to visit both Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. It was late June and the beginning of the Great Migration was visible in the Serengeti. We then headed north, following the migration into Kenya and onto the Maasai Mara. One last thing before our tour ended was a dawn balloon safari over the Maasai Mara, and breakfast where our balloon landed on the plains.

Melissa Clark, Food Writer for NY Times

APRIL 4, 2017

Food writer and cookbook author Melissa Clark is a staff reporter for the New York Times Food Section where she writes the popular column “The Good Apetite.” The assignment to work with Melissa turned out to be unusual in that within a span of a few weeks I would work with her three times. The first was her presentation at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean Georges, introducing her newest book, Dinner: Changing the Game then later that day another presentation at the Barnes and Nobel Eastchester store and finally a few weeks later went to her historic and beautiful brownstone for a shoot in her kitchen. She is a regular guest on the Today Show and Rachel Ray, is personable and sweet and is about as grounded a person as you will ever find. Thank you Melissa for the chance to get to know you and work with you!