Another dear Washington state family is featured here today! They invited me to their new home and, once again, showed me their beautiful selves. This family was so open to me being a part of their day in a very observatory way. There are times it works well to add myself into the family unit and really engage with everyone during our session and, other times, when it works best to stay a bit on the outside and observe. With this family I gently engaged but mostly observed. They really let me watch them this time around. I had the opportunity to pay close attention to how the kids interact with each other, how their wonderful parents interact, and how they all interact, together and as individuals, with their new surroundings. I know I am always saying how honored I am to capture my clients but it’s true every time. When people allow me to not only see who they are but trust me to see that in them – I am deeply moved by that trust. I felt I saw this family more deeply than I did the last time I photographed them all. Perhaps it was because we were in their home or maybe it was because I hadn’t seen them in a while and was discovering new things. We also know each other better now, which always adds another layer. In any case – it was a meaningful experience to be with them. Huge thanks to each member of this loving family for your vulnerability and trust. It truly is an honor!
I am so incredibly grateful to this family for allowing me the opportunity to see how they’ve grown! Capturing them never feels like work. It’s fun the entire time! Being in the beautiful Pacific Northwest again makes this reconnection with their family extra special for me and makes me proud of the life I am able to continue here. Seattle also provides a perfect backdrop for a summer session. Thank you to my dear friend, Heidi, for assisting me. And a huge thank you to the Carman Family for spending this glorious morning with me.
This was SO fun! I am so honored to have had the opportunity to spend the day with my dear friend, Jess, and her wonderful fiancé, Aaron. The connection they share was such a delight to capture. My energy was fueled by their love and respect for one another. Thank you, Jess & Aaron, for letting me be a part of your engagement! CONGRATULATIONS!
There is so much beauty and talent in this Unexpected Trio. What a gift it was to have the opportunity to capture them and to experience their show at Don’t Tell Mama.
Don’t miss your chance to see Meg Flather, Rosemary Loar, and Tracy Stark on July 22nd, 7pm at Don’t Tell Mama.
©Suzanne Fiore Photography
In April 2016, photographer Suzanne Fiore and I traveled to Northeastern Pennsylvania to shoot a set of still images amidst the rural backdrop of the country landscape. What began to evolve was a journey that superseded the present moment. It was my past, my roots, my aspirations, my dreams, my ambition, and my future. It was the path my creative life had taken since I left the place I was raised. At the end of our time there, Suzanne and I unearthed around three quarters of what the story would be. The end was rather elusive. It was some months later, while in a tiny harbor town in Italy reviewing the images, that I jotted down some prose that came to the surface of my consciousness. A reasonable concept of written word aligned with the images, but after much discussion, it was clear that the ‘ending’ was still lacking the organic clarity needed to keep the work cohesive. It was only as the year evolved, and Suzanne shot several other projects with me, that the vision ultimately became clear. What I hope to present through these images is a metaphorical evolution of dreams by way of the challenges that ultimately shape who and what we are – both from an artistic point of view and a personal one. While each individual’s journey is unique unto him or herself, I choose to believe that humanity is connected by a fiber that is woven beyond one’s chosen profession. We all have dreams. It is merely the pursuit of these dreams that connects or divides us.
The road. Long with perseverance. Sometimes glancing back. Always looking forward. Departing the paths of familiar. Searching to find the unknown.
Deep in the woods lie blessed moments of light. No thought. Presence and balance align.
Then comes the dark. The monsters unrest. Fear. Doubt. Judgement.
Seclusion becomes the default. Illusions of safety mired in decay.
Terror circles. FIGHT!
FORWARD. It is the only way.
To let go of that which you hide behind.
To float upon that which is uncharted.
To stand victorious above the obstacle.
Armed with experience to navigate the dark, knowing the night will undoubtedly return.
And the woods become your comfort.
And the path becomes your own.
And the road that now you travel.
Is the dream you’ve always known.
By: Lucas SteelePhotography by: Suzanne Fiore
©Suzanne Fiore Photography
Enjoy a peek into a lovely communion celebration.
She said YES!!!!!
Thanks to the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park for hosting this beautiful moment!
The Celentano Family
Newsworthy: Everyday acts of kindness. (3)
A new blog series highlighting the art of caregiving.
Photo narrative by: Teresa Celentano
©Suzanne Fiore Photography
My life, the life I thought I was supposed to have, was supposed to be simple. Quiet. Mundane. But that’s not what I got. I got a roller coaster ride of a life instead. A wind-swept, turbulent, upside-down, loop-de-loop of a life. And the truth is, now that I’ve lived this life for quite some time, I see how I’ve grown as a person and I see how I never could have become the person I am today without riding this roller coaster ride of a life. It’s the toughest, sweetest, most rewarding life I could have had!
My son, Thomas, was born with a rare genetic disorder: Ataxia-Telangiectasia. The frequency of A-T is only 1 in 100,000 births. It attacks children, and, in addition to the high risk of cancer, the compromised immune system, and respiratory system concerns, it also causes a progressive loss of muscle control, including their eyes, their arms, their hands, their legs, and their feet. It means their words are slurred, reading is difficult, playing is difficult, and dressing and feeding themselves is difficult.
Navigating their world is a challenge, and my world is filled. It’s filled with love, laugher, smiles, hugs, kisses, a lot of trials and errors, and patience. Lots and lots of patience.Thomas has always been an early riser, so up we go right around sunrise! Richie helps him shower and dress while I pick up the bagels and set the table. I always try to sneak around the house and complete some household chores as quickly as possible, but Thomas is not one to wait for his bagels! He comes downstairs on his “stair chair” and chats the whole way down! A typical weekend with Thomas starts out with his favorite: Bagels!! And don’t forget the Lox and Cream Cheese spread!! Thomas has accepted that there are certain things he can’t do for himself, but that doesn’t stop Thomas from enjoying life! He instructs us as to what his needs are at any given time.
“More cream cheese, please!” “Another bite of bagel, please!” “Drink, please!” And when Thomas is done with breakfast off he goes into the living room to play his video games. “Come on, dad, I’m ready!” While I clean up I can hear the two of them intently playing on their video games. It’s one of the few things Thomas has learned to master with confidence, conviction, passion, and fervor. He can play for quite some time on those games! It gives us peace of mind to know he’s happy and believes in himself. Thomas has never ever considered himself handicapped, and he has clearly and enthusiastically stated so on several occasions! “I’m not handicapped! I just need this wheel chair to help me walk!” or “I’m not handicapped! Give that space to someone who needs it!” Ronan, our service dog, has been an important and inseparable part of our lives for almost 3 years now. The process of receiving a service dog is a long and arduous one, but it is very well worth the wait and preparation. Ronan has miraculously given Thomas the courage to know he is important – that he has a job and a responsibility and that someone needs him instead of the other way around. It was great for Thomas to see that someone was now dependent on him. Ronan assists Thomas with things he can’t do for himself, such as picking up what’s fallen, opening doors, opening drawers, and tugging and pulling items across a floor. Ronan also knows our names! With one quick “Get Alysa!”, “Get Daddy!”, or “Get Mommy!” off Ronan goes to grab our attention! He pokes us with his nose or just stares at us and we know Thomas needs us! Thomas’ responsibility to Ronan is to groom him and feed him, and Thomas takes his job seriously as Ronan enjoys the pampering! It’s a perfect, poignant and impenetrable bond.
Thomas has many pastimes. He’s an avid passionate sports fan and a zealous movie theater attendee! Richie and Thomas devote several weekends a month frequenting the atrium! This is truly a special time for them to sit back and enjoy their time together. It brings them a strong sense of bonding .
The day my children were first placed into my arms was surreal. I felt an immediate surge of love, pride and joy. And, as they grew older, I also felt the unparalleled surge of worry. When I became a parent of a special needs child I felt my worries now were exponential, but, thankfully, they, too, would be balanced with unsurpassable contentment when his milestones were finally met.
While I’ve come to accept and acclimate to our unique way of living, I know how hard it’s been, how hard it is, and how hard it will be. Although I’ve left the tears and the sadness behind, I remember how many tears I cried wishing and praying for a cure, and how many tears I cried knowing he’ll never be able to walk, skip, run, jump, play, hit a ball, hold a pencil or crayon or hold a cup to drink. I know how we’ve all had to make changes to accommodate him. Growing up my mother engrained in us physical, emotional, and intellectual strength & courage. She taught me “If you’re in the water, you have to swim.” I thank her for this gift. Although I’m always exhausted and I’m always drained, I will never give up!
For more information about Ataxia-Telangiectasia please visit this link.
Spent some time photographing The Skivvies, and their incredible guests, yesterday as they prepped for their show at Joe’s Pub. I also had the honor to capture some photographs of the show itself. If you haven’t seen The Skivvies yet – I highly recommend that you do! My extreme thanks to Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley. It was a pleasure to tag along with you both!
Sound Check: Dressing Room:
The Skivvies Show: