After working for 24 years at what he calls a "real" job, Bob DiTommaso left the office environment to pursue his passion: photography. It wasn't an easy switch—his career move required long hours and lots of hard work—but Bob says he wouldn't change a thing. The effort paid off in the end, when he opened his own studio, Robert DiTommaso Photography.
Bob works mainly in family and children's photography, but his interests run the gamut from portraits to landscape and sports photography. Regardless of subject, the seasoned shutterbug brings a keen eye for capturing the ineffable in each and every shoot. And he prints his images in-house on a wide-format professional ink-jet printer.
When he's not taking great photos, Bob is teaching others to do so during photography workshops that take place in-studio or on-location. He even leads photography safaris, multi-day trips that trek through national parks and other breathtaking locales in search of the perfect shot of Bigfoot buying deodorant.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
We take great pride in the fact that we are continually pushing ourselves to learn new techniques and stay up with the latest trends in portrait photography.
We are experienced in using studio lighting, even outdoors, to give you images that little extra something.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
I was 15 when I took a photo class in HS, my first paid gig was a wedding 6 months later. From that moment I was hooked om the feeling I get when I create images that make people smile.
What do you love most about your job?
I love to make people happy.
What is the best reaction you've ever gotten from a customer?
"Ezra was so great with our girls! When we left they said he is so funny!!
My three year old is pretty shy when meeting new people, but Ezra made her loosen up right away and had us all laughing!!! Great job!!!"
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Though Cara Erskine had a passion for photography from childhood, she didn’t truly refine her skills until she lived in Shanghai, where she photographed newly adopted children and their families with the Baobei Foundation. Capturing such powerful emotions and unbridled joy on film overseas eventually convinced her to open up her own studio in the U.S.
Today, Cara still takes photographs of babies and families, but her specialty is taking portraits that make women of all ages and body types feel beautiful during glamour or boudoir photo shoots. She also captures the carefree vigor of youth in senior photos before the stresses of paying tuition, studying for exams, and crossing the street without holding a grownup's hand.
Brian Masserman shot his first wedding at 15, armed with a Kodak Instamatic. Though it wracked his nerves to wait a week for his photos to develop, he knew he'd found a calling. A member of the Professional Photographers of America for more than 20 years, he now captures special occasions and intimate moments after consultations in which he tailors his photographic style to his customers’ needs, following his personal mantra: "There is no such thing as a perfect photograph, but there are such things as perfect moments."
During the more than 600 weddings they've photographed, Brian and his two staffers have varied their approach, sometimes snapping candid pictures of revelers and other times relying on a more journalistic feel. His skills stretch to include family portraiture and commercial work, and his senior portraits crackle in black and white, color, or mixtures of the two. After photo-shoots, he employs a keen sense of design to help customers to decide their print style, and even travels to their homes to find a place to hang their prints.
Brian always seeks to develop concrete relationships with customers and has even chronicled the milestones of one client from her bat mitzvah to her wedding day. To share his expertise, he hosts intensive workshops in which he drills students in camera settings, composition, and abbreviated editing techniques. He and his staff believe in the visual power of physical prints and frame and restore photos and love letters written on cheeseburger wrappers. They also print photographic images onto more eclectic material such as canvas, wood, and aluminum.
Growing up, Yakov Faytlin was used to seeing his father with a camera attached to his face. Yakov’s father, a photographer, was always snapping away at something, and he took the time to show his son the ropes. Photography soon became a passion for Yakov as well, and today he boasts more than 25 years of experience capturing weddings, in-studio portraits, and more. Now at the helm of his own business, Yakov photographs families, engaged couples, and children in his studio or outside at his clients' location of choice. He sometimes uses props in his portraits, such as violins for the musically inclined, teddy bears for young children, and twigs for the outdoorsy types.