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Shine: 100 Women of Long Branch hits it’s stride with number 62!

I am really revved up about reaching the top of the mountain and beggining the photographic sessions for the second half of my 100 women. It has been nothing short of challenging making each portrait as unique as each women is. There are many considerations and it is absolutely my job to image these women in the best light, allowing them to see their own beauty. It has been a great adventure collaborating and creating each individual portrait.

Shannon Nutley The first of the second half #51

I do have something to add to this and I want to say it out loud, You are photogenic, you are beautiful and you have something to show the camera (the viewer) that speaks to who you are. A portrait is not a picture of you it is a story with light.

Please don’t be hard on yourself when I raise the camera to look at you. I study the human face and know many different poses for many sizes and shapes. This is what professional photographers do, make people look good. Lets look to the positive aspect of being photographed show all your love and I promise you will see how beautiful you are through my lens.

one more note to the 62 women i have photographed so far: PLEASE write your statements and choose your favorite images so I can be complete by mid summer. Thanks you for visiting.


Thank You Long Branch Rotary Club for inviting me to share “SHINE”

I was really excited when Michael Ciavolino asked me to speak at the Long Branch Rotary Club’s weekly lunch at Rooney’s. I was brought into his office by Patty Booth after she spent time in front of my lens and became #16 of the 100 Women of Long Branch. It all seemed natural. The project Shine had begun to take on it’s own momentum.

When someone asks about the community installation Shine :100 Women of Long Branch, opening November 3, 2016 at the Long Branch Public Library, I don’t have to say too much, the buzz is out there.  When I spoke to Mike C in September 2015, I was still unclear as to how and what I could possibly say about the show except the bare bones.

Fast forward six months to me at the rotary’s podium and there was so much to share. The project “Shine” had grown exponentially since my first meeting with Mike. Through these photographs a community dialogue has already begun between citizens, merchants and employees of our city by the sea. To date I have recorded 29 women, in order to complete my 100 I must create 4 portraits a week by Labor day. Then we begin work on the brochure that will introduce each women in her own words.

The phenomena “Shine” is setting the stage for a city wide networking event like none other. The social power of a photographic project of this nature is  bigger than I first anticipated. The results confirm that photography is a medium that can create social change,  My intention is to collect images of a racially mixed, religious and economically diverse culture and create a event that will make our community closer and more aware of its strength and potential.

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With Some Help Shine Moves Forward

Thank You if you have or are considering donating.
Because of your support we will get this done.

Photography will be completed by Labor Day, then on to the brochure.

The big challenge right now is inviting and scheduling 100 women to have their photo session done.

Just in a nick of time, three phenomenal women of LB stepped up to help me with the organization, strategy and fundraising. They are #23, Cindy Newman, #24, Mary MacDonnell and #25, Jamie Hayes.
I love this little City by the Sea.
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Meet, women #7 Gloria Saroya





#23 of SHINE: 100 Women of Long Branch

Meet Woman #23, Valerie Whitaker, Artistic Director of Asaye Dance Studio, 190 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ.

She is one of the 100 women to be featured in the exhibition “SHINE: 100 Women of Long Branch” slated to open in the Long Branch Public Library in November 2016.

Presently I am in the midst of making images and collecting and coordinating the women who will participate in the show. It is an immense undertaking and a bit nightmarish to organize but I’m excited about the prospect of the community coming together around this exhibition.

To date I have the generous support from Long Branch Arts Council and presently waiting to hear from Monmouth Arts about a mini grant.

I have also received private donations from some of the women participating. As helpful as this is and I couldn’t move forward without the funding I have received so far, I still need to raise more money to pay for our supplies such as media, ink, printing the images and designing and printing the brochure that will accompany the installation.

If you are interested in finding out more about SHINE or have any questions, suggestions, or would like to volunteer and get the women scheduled for their photo sessions, please call me. If you would like to make a donation I am available to discuss that as well.

I am proud of our little City by the Sea and installing this project is my way of celebrating the Centennial of the Long Branch Free Public Library next November.
One of the benefits to the library and the community at large is a salute to Long Branch’s diversity. Part of the interactive nature of this public work will lie with the women who participated. We expect our portrait subjects will invite their family and friends to come and enjoy SHINE. Given the unique demographic of Long Branch and of the woman whose images will comprise the installation the opening will create a community-wide networking event like never before in Long Branch. We will celebrate Long Branch’s citizens and merchants, the people who comprise our city.

Thank you for reading up on shine and meeting woman # 23 to find out more please visit  Asaye Dance Studio website

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