Salute to Veterans Day 2014

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Photo taken in Cape May New Jersey

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. Now this holiday is an acknowledgment for all Service men and women of our country.

Here’s how far we have come: I have a friend I play tennis with who fought in Vietnam.  I also have some of these tennis friends who have immigrated from Vietnam.  These men have put their differences aside and talk about their work, their kids, american politics, and occasionally, tennis.  Time does heal everything.

Thanks to those who have fought and continue to fight for this country…without question and usually, without thanks.

More later…

ML

“Where do you listen to WFAE?”

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Where do you listen to WFAE

Do you ever just sit in your car before going into the house because you don’t want to miss the story on WFAE?  Well, our local NPR station is running it’s donation drive right now and I thought it would be a great time to show an image we did for them.  We called the project “Where do you listen to WFAE?”.  Our locations included a local park and cafe plus this driveway.  In each location, Mike Collins of Charlotte Talks, is interviewing someone while our model is listening to the radio…with ear phones, on the laptop, or just in the car.  Hence, a 1963 Ford Galaxy convertible in baby blue.  How else would you pull this shot off.  As she’s listening to the radio, it’s like the interview is happening in the back seat!!!

So listen to NPR and donate to WFAE.

This ends the plug.  More later…ML

Industrial Photography,Industrial Photographer Charlotte

Industrial Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Industrial Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Industrial Photographer Charlotte, Industrial Photographer, Industrial Photographers, Charlotte Industrial Photography, Charlotte Industrial Photographer, Corporate Photographer Charlotte, Professional Photographer Charlotte, medical photographer charlotte,location photographer charlotte,

These locations include Chattanooga TN, Bristol TN, Birmingham AL, Greensboro SC, Charlotte NC

Camera Equipment: 3 Things You Must Have In Your Bag – Location Photographer

Photo by Michael LoBiondo Photography

3 Things You Must Have In Your Bag

Yes, this is a picture of 2 paperclips and a bulldog clip.  The most ordinary of items. Ordinary, undistinguished, everyday, pedestrian, garden-variety clips.  You probably see more of these in the carpet than anywhere else.  But for a location photographer, these 3 unremarkable items are life-savers and a MUST for a camera bag or location kit.  One and all of these items has saved this photographers collect butt on many occasions (just this week)…

Photo by Michael LoBiondo Photography

Paper Clip Repair

My first of 2 locations for the day.  I setup my collapsable soft box and it stays collapsed!  Like a 2 legged tripod, a 3 wheeled sedan, a ….you get the picture.  So out comes the trusty paper clip and in 15 seconds, back to normal.  Client never knows.  I wipe the sweat from my brow and things go back to normal.  45 minutes later, back in the van for the next adventure.

You can have all the greatest equipment in the world with you, but these 3 items will help you keep your cool under fire.

More later….ML

Final Thoughts from Farm Bureau 14- Location Commercial Photography

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Alamo St. Market

My recent trip to San Antonio Tx for the Annual Farm Bureau Convention/Meeting was the learning experience I expected.  The farmers and ranchers I meet and interact with are always generous, courteous, and well mannered.  Plus they were some fabulous boots (see photo).  As we do mainly commercial photography throughout the year, this trip always starts the year with good people, good food, and some great imagery.

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Cowboy Boots on Convention Carpet

Some of the good eats were Bananas Foster (almost caught my coat on fire…exciting stuff) and  little peach empanadas.

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Bananas Foster

 

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Empadadas

There’s also a lot of skulls/masks here.  Some are very colorful.

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Skull Mask

The main speaker of the conference was retired Commander Stanley McChrystal.  This man served honorably for many years and he was a great speaker.

Photography by Michael LoBiondo

Commander Stanley McChrystal

So now a new year begins.  Lots of images to share.  Thanks to Mary and Mike and Ken.  They make the long hours easy to bear and are fun to be with.

Next post…a prison story!  More later…

ML

 

 

 

Happy New Year- Back to Business-Annual Report Photography

Business Photography by Michael LoBiondo Photography

Michael LoBiondo Photography

Happy New Year.  It’s 2014 and it feels like we were just worried about the turn of the century messing with our computers.

We start the year with some business annual report photography.  It started out as 2 guys walking but they had this fabulous briefcase.  Along with the shoes and the cuffs, I didn’t want to pass up this shot even though it wasn’t on the shot list.  A lot of great images happen that way.  The trick is not to just see it, but to just shoot it!

On the road soon…I will keep posting.

More later…ML

Industrial Photography: Who keeps America running? #1

Industrial Photography by Michael LoBiondo Photography

Industrial Photography by Michael LoBiondo Photography

Industrial Photography…places where things get made.  People using their hands, sweating over the smallest detail, getting dirt in their fingernails, making the things that make the things go. The tattoos don’t hurt, either.

More later…ML

Annual Report Photography-Where Is Your Compass Pointing?

Commercial Photography by Michael LoBiondo Photography-www.mlobiondo.com

Which way to go?

You ever have one of those days where your compass is a little …”lost”.  Well Krystel Green of CATS always knows where her busses and trains are going, where they’ve been, and probably who’s riding! She’s the Senior Marketing Rep for CATS and we had just finished up doing Annual Report photography of one of her committees.  When I said “grab the sign and smile” she gave me her best pearly whites.

So when you want to know where CATS or LYNX goes, go to ridetransit.org or just ask Krystel…she’ll set your compass straight…or north, south, east or west!!

More later…ML

A Visit to the Art Institute of Charlotte

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Art Institute of Charlotte

These are the students that greeted us at the Art Institute of Charlotte when we spoke this week in front of the Photography Business class taught by our dear friend, Joe Ciarlante.  Joe and I are from the same small town in NJ (Vineland) and we met in Charlotte.  I assisted Joe when I was just starting out and we eventually shared studio space together.  He loves teaching and he is great at it.  He is also a great architectural photographer. I learned many things about the craft of photography while assisting him and he is very generous with his knowledge.

My producer (and wife, Anne) talked about our work but mostly about the 20+ years of running a studio.  Our message was a lot about following your passion, never giving up, GOING FOR IT and when you work for yourself, “you eat what you kill!!” (I did not make that up).  We also invited the class to the studio and let them know we are always looking for new, energetic folks to assist.

At the end of our talk, this is how we left…

Photo by Michael LoBiondo

Art Institute of Charlotte: Take 2

At least we didn’t put them to sleep.  Seriously, they were great and we loved visiting them.

More later

ML

 

Architectural Photography – Now’s the time

Photo by Michael LoBiondo Photography

Architectural Photography

We are doing a lot of Architectural Photography now and put together this little piece.  We’re always looking for an interesting angle to photograph when interpreting the architect’s design.  Also, shooting at dusk gives us a unique perspective on the building,the lighting and space around it.

It’s also great to photograph the architects, developers or designers.  We also photograph the real workmen/women on the job but that’s for another blog post.

ML