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All good thing must come to an end…

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…well sorta.

This is the old blog following the incredibly exciting career : ) of ricky restiano. If you subscribe to this blog please update the rss feed with the information from the new blog that you can see HERE. So yeah, I’ll see you over there!



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January 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Bohemian Productions : 2008.12.29

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I love shooting for Brian Tarquin, he gives me the opportunity to shoot for magazines without having to deal with art directors. No offence to any a.d.’s that might read this… Marc Scibelli : )
Brian is a musician/recording engineer/really cool guy/Emmy winner.  (yeah he has 2 Emmy’s for Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition, very cool)  Anyway every couple of months he has me down to his studio to update the ever changing space. This last visit also involved photos of him for vintage guitar magazine. Thanks for the opportunity Brian!









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December 30, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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First snow

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Well… first substantial snow.

Its always exciting for me to see Gretchen’s reaction to new stuff. She did see some snow last year but she couldn’t communicate her excitement.  This year she couldn’t contain herself. We read her a story called “Welcome To Your World Baby” about a new big sister who teaches her new baby how to do everything , including how to catch snowflakes on her tongue. She spent an hour trying to catch snowflakes, so cute!!




After we warmed up with some hot chocolate.

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December 21, 2008 at 12:53 pm

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’tis the season…

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…for me to disappear!

This time of year I usually spend as much time with Gretchen,  and now Stella too,  to make up for some lost time. Once the wedding season starts,  I’m away from home almost every Saturday and Sunday. So the winter is when I catch up!

We just got back from a day trip to Maple Row in Easton, Connecticut.  We began a tradition last year where we  go with our friends Karen and Hermann to choose and cut our very special Christmas tree.   By the way, Hermann was one of the brilliant architects that designed our home!







Christmas casualties!

Morbid I know.  Gretchen got a little upset when I cut the tree down.  Kind of funny, how even a 3- year- old realizes that maybe there is something just not quite right about this whole tradition!  haha  So, when Cath saw this tractor of chopped trees, she labeled it the Christmas casualties.




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December 21, 2008 at 12:26 pm

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katie + tom : 2008.12.13

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So here it is, the last wedding blog post of 2008. Katie and Tommy’s wedding put the finishing touches on a a wedding season that totaled 70 weddings, yeah 70, that’s a lot of white dresses! (I will talk more about this year later, this post is about Tom and Katie)

When we got to the Rye Town Hilton yesterday morning Katie was not done with makeup yet so Dave (oh moving pictures did the video) and I went to find the groom. When we got there Tom was dressed and ready to go. I looked out the window of his balcony and there it was the coolest rock with sun blasting it. What a perfect place for a photo. I referred to it as the Last of the Mohicans shot, your going to be able to pick it right out! Back to the bride, Katie informed me that she hates hotel rooms for wedding photos so we snapped a couple of her getting ready and out we went. I was in search of another spectacular rock but with the shoes Katie was wearing that was impossible. So I found a cool path with some nice landscape and perfect light. After making the girls freeze there asses off we were off to church.

After I rushed all of the guest past the receiving line we hurried off to playland for some photos before the sunset. Honestly it was 20 degrees. I kept asking Katie to tell me when she has met her limit, apparently Katie has no limit!!!! We got some of my favorite Playand photos of all time. The sun was in a perfect spot and the Playand boardwalk was empty. I’m really thrilled with the results and would love to post all of them but that nuts. So if your interested go back to my website and click on the client login. The passowrd for this gallery is jones. Check them out, I would love to here your thought, right her POST A COMMENT : )









Dave set this next shot up, I guess I can let him set more next year! : )





Don’t forget to see all of them go to the client login section of my site the password for katie and tom is jones.

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December 14, 2008 at 10:06 am

lisa + steven : 2008.11.29

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Another blog post from a wedding. Grandview in Poughkeepsie I didn’t need to guess the password though, free internet, that’s nice!

Lisa and Steve were a little nervous that the whole daylight savings thing would screw up the time for outdoor photos. No Problem we bumped the settings on our cameras and used a video light, the result AWESOME, seriously awesome photos. I’m so excited to show these. We are way up state and the backgrounds are so different from what we are used to in Westchester. Check out the old house we found. Ronnie and I are having a blast. woo hoo!












Are you kidding me, I love this photo seriously love this!!

Are you kidding me, I love this photo seriously love this!!

God I love my job : )

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November 29, 2008 at 9:58 pm

Day in the Life : the Restiano’s

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I have been conceptualizing a project for my studio, and I finally decided to give it a go. I have always photographed children, and always said that I am putting way to much pressure on these kids. There are a few things that stress kids out and all of those seem to be thrown at them in a quick one hour session. They have to meet a new person, wear some crazy outfit and the worst of all, SMILE. I have heard hundreds of parents begging these little guys to, “smile. please smile. if you smile I will buy you a Mercedes.” Okay, maybe not a Mercedes; but for sure they were going to get any new toy they want.  : )

For this reason I decided not pressure everyone, parents included, into a one hour session. I want to spend a few hours with you guys. All the details have not ironed out yet, but the concept is to be sort of “a fly on the wall”. I show up around breakfast and shoot all the little moments that unfold. After around half a day of shooting, I feel that I will have such a relationship built with each family that I will for sure get more than the one shot everyone is always praying for.

So, for my first attempt at this I decided to photograph the Restiano family. Yeah, yeah that’s my family so its not really hard. Anyway, this morning when I woke up I grabbed my camera and started shooting all the little moments that Catherine and I usually take for granted. Here are just a few of the hundreds of photos I shot.





G got to wear her new kicks in honor of this special day!

G got to wear her new kicks in honor of this special day!


After breakfast we headed out to our cousins house to enjoy the warm weather. G swiped this cool tricycle.




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November 28, 2008 at 10:46 pm

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