John Isaac at Lehigh University September 3, 2015

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I  had the opportunity to go and listen to former U.N. Photographer John Isaac present at Lehigh University on Thursday September 3, 2015

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After a last minute room change that I only found out about from a Lehigh student who also found the new room assignment (what’s a little confusion for a photojournalist right?) and a brisk uphill walk on a near 90 degree late summer day I arrived.

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As soon as John started speaking, you could hear the passion for photography in his voice. The above slide might be hard to see (taken with a cell phone camera) but it outlines is photobiography up until present.

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One of his many stories that I found amusing is how he started working at the U.N. Before then he was playing a guitar at a public terminal for donations and someone told him about a messenger job at the U.N. With only 2 weeks left on his Visa he took the job.

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At some point not too long after that, someone at the U.N. handed him a camera and said we need some pictures of something. So he took some pictures and they loved them. That landed him a job in the darkroom for 12 years. After that he started photojournalism assignments that took him in over 100 countries of the world.

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He also became friends and photographed some famous people. At one point he was the official photographer for Michael Jackson. Michael wanted him to photograph “what he couldn’t see.” Audrey Hepburn seen in the photo above this one.

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His passion is photographing tigers of which he has done several times. He will be returning to do more in the fall while the U.N. TV and a film crew follow him around to create a documentary.

John is currently an Olympus visionary and shoots with the E series. He also talked about wanting to come back to Bethlehem and do more with the attendees in the future.

John Isaac is an Indian-born, award-winning photographer and author who currently resides in New York City.  In addition to being known for his work as a photojournalist for the United Nations, he is also known for his independent freelance work photographing celebrities and more recently, he has been working mainly in wildlife and travel photography.

End of Summer Print Sale!

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Sure the calendar now says September and the kids are back in School but Summer is not over until the first day of Fall! So let’s have an End Of Summer 2015 Print sale. 25% off prints on my website. Simply use the code: ENDOFSUMMER2015 at checkout and you will receive a 25% discount on prints! Hurry ends 9/23/15! www.dabourphotography.com

Stinger Sprint 2015 Color Run

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run.

Additional photos from the color run are available here.

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

You can run but you can’t hide! Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

 

 

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an "After Blast" party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an “After Blast” party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an "After Blast" party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an “After Blast” party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an "After Blast" party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Stinger Sprint 2015 included a Color Run this year. This was followed by an “After Blast” party. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

 

 

 

 

Shiny, New Product Photos in the Shopping Cart

Do you ever find yourself about to buy your favorite photo, but hesitate because you’re not sure if it’d look better in a frame or as one of SmugMug’s beautiful, ready-to-hang print products? Well, now you don’t have to guess because you’ll see example images for each product before adding it to your cart.

Now, when you opens the cart, you’ll see examples for each category of products to help you imagine how it’ll look in your home, office, or anywhere you want gorgeous art.

It looks great on mobile devices too:

When you choose a particular product and click the information icon, we’ll show you product images from a variety of angles so you’ll know exactly what to expect. We’ll even show you the back of the ready-to-hang products, so you’ll know how a product will hang on your walls.

 

2014: Year In Review with Photography

I enjoy looking back at the past year from a photography point of view. Below are a small assortment of some photos and events recorded in 2014. A lot of Fire Department photos were omitted as well as most of the freelance photos with the Express-Times.

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That’s the number of photos I recorded in 2014. There were probably more (not included are smartphone photos and some photos from other camera) but all in all not too shabby.

First, Last

I thought interesting to see the first and last photos of 2014:

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I took photos at the January 1 Greenwich Township re-organizational meeting. The last photo was at Times Square in NYC. Don’t worry: we were not crazy enough to go in on New Year’s Eve. It was from Monday evening, December 29th.

January

January featured lots of snow photos: (remember how cold and snowy last winter was?)

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As well as ShowKids’s production of “Annie” later in the month.

February

February was a quieter month. I wanted to try my hand at some sports photography so took some wrestling and basketball photos at some of the Greenwich Township Recreation events:

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I also had the opportunity to get to know and photograph “Tower Suite & Friend’s” band.

March

March featured more sports with basketball:

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Then finished up the month with some publicity photos for SKIT’s upcoming production of “Shrek”

April

April proved to be a very busy month. I photographed a Dance Recital and Raritan Valley Community College,

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A family portrait session with the Modde family, A bad fire house fire on the north end of town and finally “Shrek.” There was also a bad fire along the railroad tracks in Phillipsburg. Some of my photos got picked up by AP as it was the Easter Bunny train ride that caused all the commotion.

May

The craziness continued into May with my schedule getting even busier if that was even possible:

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My youngest daughter graduation from Raritan Valley CC, SKIT Workshop production, and my wife’s SPAC show of “Willy Wonka Jr” of which I did the headshots, publicity, show photos and video!

From there it was Freddy Award season. We start off with some rehearsal photos:

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Then go right into the dress rehearsal and show night

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The month finally ended on a calmer and warmer note of the Greenwich Township Memorial Day parade.

Memorial Day 2014

June

June continued to be busy but in a different way. Some couples photos for Damian and Kait, engagement photos for Lindsey & Tim, a tanker shuttle drill with the fire department, a model shoot and to finish it up a nice photo walk with Rick Sammon’s at the old World’s Fair.

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July

This blog post is going on longer than I anticipated so if you’re still reading, thanks you! July featured a summer photo conference in Kentucky with some model photo shoots, a natural gas drill with the fire department, special photographer’s access to the Festival of Ballooning, the fire at Hunter’s tavern and finally the Warren County Farmer’s Fair.

 

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August

August started off with some head shots for Dawn, then the annual Atlantic City Air Show, a trip to Great Adventure amusement park, and finally Lindsey & Tim’s wedding!

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Lindsey & Tim - Wedding Reception

September

September featured SKIT’s participation in the 2014 NJ ACT Perry Awards (SKIT took home 4 awards including Outstanding Musical for Shrek!) and the Greenwich Township Community day where I had my first ever booth for the community.

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October

October picked up again and started off with Kailey & Jason’s wedding, Fire Prevention week at the Elementary school, photographing a corporate event (complete with a Joan Rivers look a like!) Confirmation at Church of the Holy Spirit and finished off with some headshots for Joelle

 

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November

November started off with engagement photos, my oldest daughter Julie, and Cody and Brittany, then the Fit, Dribble, Dish and Swish event, followed up with some crazy Thanksgiving snow photos:

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December

December started off with Andrea & Michael’s wedding, photos of Santa on the Stewartsville fire truck, and finally Christmas Eve candlelight mass at Church of the Holy Spirit.

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Another Photo Church Directory Delivered

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In addition to providing Family Portraits and Wedding photography products and services, I also produce photo directories. This one is for the Stewartsville Presbyterian Church. Photo directories are not only for churches – they are also great for clubs, schools, organizations, neighborhoods, etc…

Contact me if interested. these can be provided in some situations for little or no cost!

Sharon & Dave Fermato’s Wedding

I am very excited to share some of the beautiful wedding photographs of the bride and groom Sharon and Dave from their enchanting wedding. The wedding ceremony took place at the beautiful Union Evangelical Lutheran Church in Schnecksville, PA and the reception at the Allen Twp. Fire Hall in Northampton, PA.  The wedding party was incredibly fun-loving, and the resulting photos were full of energy and just awesome for us to photograph!

 

Additional photos of the wedding are available here.