Photographing Mothers Who Inspire in 2014 and 2015, has changed my life, all for the good!
This year on Fathers Day, I want to recognize and honor 13 fathers who are raising a child, or an adult with special needs.
Watching my son in law, Dan with my grand daughter Gianna, who was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum 3 years ago, melts my heart.
Gianna is still non verbal but when her daddy comes home from work, her eyes light up and she goes to him for a hug and even a kiss.
They have a special bond and I know she is the light of his life, now and forever.
Please join me on
Sunday, June 19th
2:00 till 4:00pm
to honor Dan and the other fathers.
“Gianna is an absolute inspiration and its hard to define that with a few words.
Gianna is the most kind, loving, happy, and gentle person I know.
She is my inspiration because she is stronger than any of us and is able to bring a smile to every face she comes into contact with..” Dan Okun
At the event I’ll be collecting donations for
a new non profit named after my girl Gianna:)
What an honor to be recognized by the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce as the Business Person of the Year in Glastonbury for 2015.
Thank you to all my family and friends who have been there to support me, all the years I have been in business. I couldn’t have done it without you.
Below is the speech I gave when I excepted this true honor on Wednesday, January 20th at the Annual dinner.
“You might wonder how does a portrait photographer earn this recognition? Or any person for that matter. Like all the past recipients standing up here, I know all these people and our common thread is hard work. We all strive to be the best in business and in life.
We all have stories I’d like to share mine. It begins growing up with four siblings with our father, who owned his own business here in Glastonbury, back in the 60s. It was the original Gino’s pizza. My father had a disease and my mother had to leave him because living with an alcoholic wasn’t healthy for five children under the age of 10. I’m sorry my mother couldn’t be here tonight, she had day surgery she is recovering nicely. She is definitely the person who has influenced me the most in my life. Watching her drive a school bus and go back to college to earn a degree as a respiratory therapist to support all of us. She is the hardest working person I know and her career lasted into her 70’s.
I dedicate this award to my Mother, Alyce Barlow.
I wanted to be a photographer when I was 16 years old and I started my own business when I was 21 years old. I photographed mostly weddings when my children were young, it was awesome. I got dressed up, talked with adult people, had a nice dinner and made some money. It was great, until I didn’t want to work weekends anymore. So I focused on becoming an environmental portrait artist, creating wall portraits that my clients enjoy more today. In 1989, my daughter Kate was diagnosed with cancer, she is a survivor and is here to celebrate with me tonight, thank God!
I realized then how important my portraits were and still are today.
I raised my children while working at home in the 90’s and then moving to Italy in 2004 to watch my husband follow his dream. 10 years ago on January 31, Joe was driving home from work while we were in Italy and was in a car accident, he suffered a brain injury… How your life can change in an instant.
We came back to the U.S. and I took care of Joe for almost 2 years after the accident. We needed to downsize so we moved to Glastonbury in 2008. Then in 2009, I opened a small studio and joined the Glastonbury Chamber of Commerce. The friendships I’ve made and the business people I’ve met at Leads, After-Hours, the Creative’s Group and the Women of the Workforce has been crucial to regaining my confidence as a business person in this community. Now that I’ve been in business over 30 years, I don’t just want to take pretty pictures, I want to give back to my community starting with documenting the farms in town for the historical society. Donating session fees to protectors of animals and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation. to help find a cure for childhood cancer in honor of my daughter Kate. also raising awareness for groups like Autism Services and Resources of Connecticut and especially Marc. Inc. of Manchester, some of the staff are here to honor me tonight, thank you. Marc is very dear to my heart, because my sister Jane, who was born with Down Syndrome, worked there most of her adult life. After she passed away last year I wanted to photograph all her friends, over 200 of them! I did this project called “Faces of Marc”, in memory of my sister, who loved having her photo taken. I was her private paparazzi!
I’m so proud of the results and proud to have captured the joy and happiness of these special people. The 30×30 canvases, are on permanent display at the facility.
I hope you all can see it someday, it’s very powerful.
Now that I have a granddaughter, who was diagnosed on the autism spectrum, I will continue to honor the special needs community with my work, in Gianna’s name.
In closing, I challenge you all to find a personal cause, do something to help them, get your children involved, they will be better people and it will make for a better world.
Thank you again for this recognition. I’m truly honored and humbled.”
My girlfriends who surprised me came to celebrate:) love them!
My Marc, Inc. family came to celebrate with me too!
Thank you to Brian Ambrose who did all these fantastic photos to remember the night by, thank you!
Forming relationships with my clients is the key to my success as a portrait photographer.
I’ve know Christie Kochefko since she was a young girl. Below is one of the portraits I did back in the day. I’ve been very fortunate to have photographed her many times through out the past years. She was so excited to share the news of her engagement and asked if I would photograph her wedding. I haven’t done many large events since I changed to digital format in 2004 but I knew I couldn’t say no to my girl Christie!
Meeting Kevin and photographing them together for their engagement session clinched the deal.
The wedding was on Sunday, May 24th at Fairfield University. What a beautiful place to photograph and we lucked out with the perfect weather.
Congratulations Christie and Kevin!
May your life together be full of love and happiness, Enjoy!
Last Thursday, I was inducted into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame. It was a lovely ceremony and I’m truly honored to receive this induction. I was told that when my name was nominated I was voted in unanimously. Thank you to the Academy!
Below is the speech I wrote when receiving this honor and here I am at a table display of some of my work. I’m a Hall of Famer!
“I’m honored to be inducted tonight into the Manchester Arts Commission Hall of Fame.
My roots in photography began when I was a teenager growing up in Manchester. My uncle, Malcolm Barlow, was the editor of the area news for the Manchester Herald and he would ask me to photograph local events and landmarks with the newspapers equipment. There was no money involved, just the thrill of seeing my name under each photo I shot, “photograph by Lynn Alemany”.
After that experience, I wanted more training, so I looked into a photography course at Manchester Community College. It was the summer of my senior year at Manchester High School and that college course changed my life. Developing my first print in the darkroom and watching the image appear in the developer, it was like magic and I was hooked! My love for this art form grew stronger.
As I was looking to further my education after high school, Harry Maidment, a family friend and my guidance counselor, guided me to look into a photography career. I didn’t have money like the other kids and Harry found scholarships and private loans through the Manchester Scholarship Foundation that helped me make my dreams come true. I’m forever grateful.
I attended, Rhode Island School of Photography and my life as a professional photographer was just beginning.
I’ve been in business over 30 years, most of it here in Manchester, first as a wedding photographer, then as a portrait photographer. Today, I focus, not only on my client work but finding ways with my art to give to organizations that I have a personal connection with and there are many!
MARC., Inc. – In honor of my sister, Jane who has been involved there for over 30 years.
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center -Where the money I raise goes to finding a cure for childhood cancer in honor of my daughter, Kate, who was seven when she was diagnosed with Leukemia and is now a 22 year cancer survivor.
Protectors of Animals – in honor of all animals because I’m a crazy dog person:)
Autism Services and Resources of CT – Just last year, my granddaughter Gianna, was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum and now I raise money for this organization in honor of her.
In closing, I plan to continue to learn and inspire others with my art.
Thank you again for this great honor!”Lynn Alemany Damon