James Mazza

Jennifer and Adil at Whispering Pines

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Just before the leaves turned with the onset of fall I had the pleasure of photographing Adil and Jennifer Terraf’s big day at Whispering Pines in West Greenwich, RI.

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 They exchanged vows against the backdrop of a beautiful lake; friends and family showering them with applause, love and soapy bubbles.

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 A lovely couple in a wonderful location, we had over an hour to explore the grounds and take our time with the posed photos.

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Leaning out an upstairs window we tried to capture all the wedding guests in the shape of a heart. They proved too numerous and we ended up with the guests showing heart instead.

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 Led en masse to the dance floor by the exuberant MC, almost all the guests were choreographed on the spot into lengthy dance numbers throughout the evening.

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The newly weds and Jennifer’s parents absconded with a rowboat only to surprise reception guests with a watery rendezvous! Despite rowing all around the lake it thankfully ended up being a dry affair and everyone returned for the rest of reception without having to change clothes. Stayed late waiting for nightfall to play with light painting with some great results!

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And a quick look at custom photo wood box for the digital negatives… I need to find out how to make custom USB drives.

 

Green Ink Boutique Fall Ad

I’ve been having fun getting back into working with video by creating tv spots for my sister’s store, Green Ink Boutique, in Wickford, RI (which is a lovely place to shop at and a necessary stop when driving through Wickford). These two spots were created for fall promotion and will be whipping up a couple more soon for the winter/holiday ads. I’ll also be editing a few longer commercials for online posting to show a bit more of what we shot where we aren’t constrained by commercial limitations.

Wickford Arts Festival, 2014


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The wonderfully whimsical Wickford… arts festival. So much for alliteration. Any who, thanks to my sister Beth from Green Ink, I was able to set up at this years Wickford Arts Festival and have a chance to peddle my wares to the art fancying patrons of South County.

Had a good amount of sales, met tons of wonderful people, made some great contacts and only got slightly sun burned!

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Now with a renewed sense of drive and purpose I hope to be posting new work, new exhibitions and new opportunities on a regular basis!

Oh, and don’t mess about and move a bird’s home when setting up art on an arbor. Two of these little guys were very unhappy with me this weekend when relocated their birdhouse off to the side.

A Bostonian Wedding Adventure

A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of photography the nuptials of Nadezhda and Roman as we traveled all around the greater Boston area.

We went from the ceremony in Waterfront to Boston Public Garden to the waterfront to shoot the formals of the bridal party.

  At the reception in Bridgewater I had my first taste of a Russian Armenian wedding party and its was wild!

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Wonderful music, joyous dancing and constant energy!

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That's A Mighty Fine Chest

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Ah, retail, the contemporary city square, the big box as a condensed social system where all walks of life pass each other in the pursuit of electronics! Er. So a chance meeting with Dave and Deb in my appliance section led to me photographing their wonderful, american made chests. From cigar humidors to urns to watch winders and flatware chests, they provide an elegant product for the discerning consumer. And people who can figure out how to use watch winders… which apparently I am not.

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Springtime in New England

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Green Ink Boutique Spring Ad

This spring I had the chance to help my sister Beth create a new ad spot for her store, Green Ink. It was my first shot at video in years and I think we did a pretty darn good job!  I’m definitely looking to do more with video and hopefully will have that chance over the coming months. And anyone who happens to be in South County should definitely swing by 89 Brown Street in Wickford and check out the ladies boutique for the past 42 years!

Not quite the New Year anymore

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A delayed posting deep into the new year. April. Not really a new year anymore. Anyway, going to be posting updates on projects and recent shoots over the next couple of weeks and thought I would start it off with two new finished collages. Working on finishing the site, creating proper service pages and adequately advertising said services.

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Wish I Wasn't Here Anymore

Tonight marks the last reception I’ll have as a resident of Tallahassee. I’ll be back to visit and maybe have a chance to show at some of our great local venues but this is the end of an era for me. And with that sentiment… a digital unveiling of a five foot collage that will be present in metallic form at City Hall and canvas at Fermentation Lounge entitled “Wish I Wasn’t Here Anymore.”

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I started this work before I knew I was leaving, before I even thought it was a possibility to change this year. Taken from a random Flaming Lips lyric, it expressed my sense of being trapped, that I needed to shift my perspective and my place. Ten years off and on in this town of canopy roads, university and state government population blooms and the most wonderful arts community that somehow falls from the recognition of St Pete, Miami and other Florida cities.

I got started by submitting to the Rollin’s juried art show at Oglesby on a lark and ended up placing. Support from family and an unearned sense of arrogance led to submitting to get shows with the amazing Noah Verrier and then eventually meeting Ansley Simmons with our exhibition Personal Landscapes (our… meaning I was put in at the last moment when one of the artists dropped out) who has been a best friend for more years than I can count now. Allen Thompson let me rent a tent despite my terrible, amateur presentation of my work and I frequented the Downtown Marketplace as many Saturdays as I could (despite Kyle and my prior night partying at times).

Railroad Square looms large in my memories from sneaking drinks when underage at friends’ galleries to a chance encounter with Ed Babcock at his day job that transformed into friendship and a place at South of Soho for years. Ed, Susan, Jeff, Linda, Rick, Olan, Dede, Bill and Mandy, Charlie, Ste… dear god there has been a lot of us there and it was a wonderful place to exhibit and bond and fight. Maybe fight and then bond. My memory is as bad as my tendency to say the wrong things.

Successful and failed road tripping groups “Get Me the Hell out of Here” and “Mr Mazza’s Magical Mystery Tours” took friends and strangers to the back entrances of nuclear power plants, abandoned Christmas cities and far too many condemned buildings to count. David, Chris, Nikki, Luke, Ansley, Elisabeth, Ryan and all those who slept on the Caprice’s back seat, that rode the coach on wheels on the asphalt of the back roads of Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Amanda and (back in the day, Clint) and every one at COCA have provided so many opportunities in the form of juried shows, public art exhibitions and the great email list that lets us all know whats out there to participate in and to experience. Carrie Ann and Mandem for being the experienced participants of this show and a great driving force along with Amanda.

This is just the preliminary thanks, a true Tallahassee farewell will come closer to that November 5th deadline. Thank you and I can’t wait for this evening!

Danielle and Doug

In the days leading up to Danielle and Doug’s wedding I was nervous… there was a meteorological threat from an ornery tropical storm Karen that loomed over the event. Thankfully, I arrived on St George Island to clear blue skies, temperate weather and a fresh breeze coming off the gulf.

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 The girls were getting ready at the Loggerhead and the guys held it down at Dunescape where the ceremony and reception were to take place. Bouncing back and forth between the locations to capture the prep work, I was able to photograph the wonderful and emotional moments where Grandma first saw her dress on Danielle.

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They had a beautiful ceremony beneath an assembled arbor and exited triumphantly with a Hendrix escort back to the Dunescape!

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Racing against the falling sun, we stopped briefly at the lighthouse before rushing to the bay side of St George where Doug had proposed to Danielle. The clouds illuminated by those last moments of light set a wonderful stage to work with.

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As the penultimate wedding I have had the pleasure of photographing before moving, I couldn’t have asked for a better couple, a nicer group of family and friends or a more perfect day. Danielle, Doug, I wish you all the best!

And keep an eye on that link I sent you because those first couple hundred images were just the start!

 

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