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Why I Took this Shot

I was visiting friends at the Atlanta Aquarium and saw the gracefulness and beauty emanating from this jelly fish and wanted to capture that on film. I didn’t matter that there was a thick glass separating us. I wanted the audience to feel they could reach out and touch the graceful lines of the jelly […]

How I Took This Picture

I was photographing a wedding at the Italian American Club and worked with the event staff and the bride and groom extensively prior to the  wedding day. Since it was a relatively small wedding, I wanted to get every guest in a shot with the bride and groom as the centerpiece. The staff had a […]

Why I Took This Shot

I wanted the focal point to be on the interaction between the vendor and the girl with the others focused on them as well. Everyone was focused on the transaction and clearly you understood the story immediately. That’s a great photo. I was photographing a special event for cancer survivors at the Desmond Hotel in […]

Why I Took This Photo

I was on a farm tour in the Hudson Valley last year and we went to a farm raising Highland cattle. They have long horns and a long shaggy coat. It is a hardy breed. I took this shot for two reasons: the cuteness of his tongue trying to eat the flies, and his shoddy […]

You’re hiring me to photograph your event only for my wit, right?!

I would hope you value the work of a professional photographer; but with cell phone cameras, we can take our own just as good as a pro. Right?  YIKES, no!! Pros understand composition, lighting, different techniques, oh!, and have a wit about them to captivate the audience to get the right shot. Don’t have that? […]

Why I Took This Photo

I have been the photographer of choice for more than 7 years at Vanderheyden Hall in Wynantskill, NY since Karen Carpenter Palumbo became Executive Director. The experience has been incredibly meaningful to me since Vanderheyden serves a very special population of almost 500. Vanderheyden’s 185th Anniversary Gala was at 60 State Place, Albany, NY. It […]

Photos for Free. Really?!

Scenarios like the following knock me out. People don’t get it. I’m photographing an event and one of the guests asks me to take a photo of them with a VIP and then hands me their card and says “could you email that to me?” For free???? Really. This is my life’s work and I […]

Hire A Professional Photographer

A word to those non profits and businesses who need photography to brand their business Hire a pro who knows how to tell a success story of your brand…your mission… creating Pictures With Personality!  Too often I speak with an information gatherer on the phone instead of the decision maker and all they want to […]

How do you know what you’re getting when you book a photographer?

There are 3 ways to  book a photographer:    1. Online   2. Telephone   3. In Person I am amazed how many people don’t call to speak with the professional photographer for their wedding, event, or corporate portrait. Mostly no one these days makes a face to face appointment either. How do you know what you’re getting […]

Tips to Prepare for Your Portrait Session from a Professional Portrait Photographer

When you need a professional portrait for social media, your new job,  newly updated website or new book, an important tip is to  contact a professional photographer and have a phone conversation before your session. Why? A professional portrait photographer will help ease your tension about the session so your true personality will shine through.  […]

Kind Words

Kind Words

Joan made the photo shoot both comfortable and enjoyable. She gave clear directions about how to be prepared for it. During the shoot, which included many photos of many types, her suggestions for how to pose comfortably made the photos so much more effective. Our son gave us this photo shoot as a gift for helping he and his prepare for their wedding. We were delighted but inexperienced with posing for photos. Joan made this a pleasure and so easy to do. We will enjoy these photos so much.

Joanna Kabat