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Philadelphia Headshot Photographer • Madalyn St John •

I first met Madalyn through Dave Barrus.  She was playing Carrie in a production of Carousel at the Media Theatre.  Finally a year later we teamed up and captured some amazing headshots.  watch out for this one!

“Madalyn St. John plays a cute and spunky Carrie Pipperidge, bringing a welcome breath of fresh air to the production.”
– Broadway World

Madalyn is currently a member of Playhouse West Philadelphia, a community of actors who continuously pursue excellence in their craft
through regular training and the creation of new film and theatre.

See more of her work and upcoming projects here: http://www.madalynstjohn.com/

 

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High School Senior Portraits • Some College applications are requiring photos!

The college application process can seem intimidating, especially if students don’t have parents or siblings who have already been through it and can offer advice.

Since there are so many steps, such as writing an essay and obtaining letters of recommendation, experts say a good way for students to get started is to create a to-do list during their junior year of high school.

Though there is often prep work that happens beforehand, students generally begin filling out college applications the summer between their junior and senior year of high school, experts say.

Some College applications are requiring photos!  Especially performing art schools and conservatories.  It is hard enough to get accepted, make your best impression with professional admission pics!  A great way to complete your package!

Senior Package

Simple Senior
$275.00
30 minutes, two changes
Approximately 16-20 Images to choose from
Will completely retouch 3 images 


Premier Senior

$375.00
1-1.5 hours, up to 4 changes
Full Digital Gallery
Will completely retouch one of each look or up to 6 images 

**Additional image sot be retouched will be $35.00 per image 

How do I make an Appointment? 

Please call or email to set up an appointment! 917-202-8968 brianjamesphotostudio@gmail.com

Check out this informative article for all you college bound kids!

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/college-application-process

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Philadelphia High School Senior Portraits • Ambassadors Class of 2019

Brian James photo Studio is looking for Outgoing High School Seniors.

What is the Ambassador Program?
Ambassadors act as marketing reps for Brian James Photo Studios’ Senior Picture Department.
As an Ambassador, you will receive a free portrait session to be taken at either the photo studio or on location.

After your session, we’ll review your images and choose one for your Senior Ambassador modeling cards. 
Your Ambassador Cards are business card prints that include the image we’ve chosen, your name and Brian James Photo Studio contact information. Your job then will be to hand out to your friends who are Junior and Seniors. Additionally we’ll tag you with studio branded (watermarked) photos on Facebook and create a timeline image for your own Facebook.

It’s as simple as that. A free Senior photo and all you need to do is to tell your friends about how much fun and what a positive experience was. We want you to encourage them to choose Brian James Photo Studio for their Senior Portraits.

How are Ambassadors Chosen?
Senior Ambassadors are chosen based an application.

How do I start?
Please email us for an application. We are looking for someone outgoing, photogenic and active students willing to promote Brian James Photo Studio.

What do you get?
Your friends must mention your name when booking their session for you to get credit. We know you’re working hard for us and we want to reward hard work!!! As you accumulate referrals, you earn points!

Each referral is 50 Points which equals $50 in photography fees or prints…

  • A free initial studio session 30 min session
  • 50 Senior Ambassador cards with your picture and our contact info.
  • Facebook timeline and profile picture branded with our studio logo

Your duties are to:

  • Hand out your Senior Ambassador cards to current Juniors and Seniors.
  • LIKE us on Facebook and refer your friends to like our page.
  • Use your Facebook timeline and profile pictures
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Philadelphia Headshot Photographer • Emily Trask • The Iliad

I recently had the pleasure of working with Emily Trask during a headshot session at the Studio.  Her shots were effortless and we had a lot of fun.

Check out Emily in a one woman show Friday August 24th at Quintessence Theatre in Mt Airy Philadelphia.

An Iliad

Quintessence Theatre Group is proud to host a special reading of An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare, starring Emily Trask on August 24th at 7:30pm.

Homer and the primal roots of oral tradition are invoked in a modern retelling of the oldest and deadliest tale of all time, The Iliad. Drawing on Robert Fagles’ acclaimed translation of the epic poem, Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare’s award-winning play, An Iliad, charges a lone Poet to sing the song of the deadly force of humanity doomed to repeat itself throughout the ages.

Fresh from a critically acclaimed, sold out run at The Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in Western Michigan, actress Emily Trask dons the mantle of the Poet once more for a one night only benefit reading supporting the American Friends Service Committee – an organization devoted to service, development and peace programs throughout the world (https://www.afsc.org/).

TICKETS LINK

 

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Philadelphia Head Shot Photographer • So Many Head Shots! • Rochester Broadway Theater League’s Summer Stars 2018

The head shots are in and ready to order!!!!

So excited how these all turned out.  Please visit the link and you can purchase a digital file to print as many pictures as you like and use online for your head shots.

If you ordered and paid for a package you will have a separate link that you can choose one image to have retouched.

Summer Stars 2018 Head Shot Link

 

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Philadelphia Family Portrait Photographer• Booking Fall Sessions Now!

Happy Fall Everyone!

We are now booking Family Sessions for Fall Portraits! 
Holiday Themed  Studio Sessions will be Schedule from November 15th through December10th 2017. 
 
Full Sessions 
During our session we will take several photos that I will edit and send to you via a link for you to view. You will receive a digital gallery of images and select your favorites. You can order prints directly form the site or download the files and have them printed at a service of your choice. 
50% deposit required
Print release included 
 
Packages
Family Plus Session- One Family 
$375.00- Approximately 45 minutes  
Group Sitting, Shots of individual Children and a Sibling Pose, time permitting. 
Studio or Locations Available
Digital gallery 
 
Extended Family Plus Session- 
$675.00- 90 Minutes 
Session will include an Extended Family Group pose, Individual Families pose, individual child/children poses, and sibling, cousin pose etc. 
Studio or Locations Available 
Digital gallery 
 
Make an Appointment Today!!
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Philadelphia, PA Newborn Baby Portrait Photography • Addison

Meet Addison!

At just two weeks old Addison was wide awake during her newborn session. First time parents Monica and Mike are naturals. Check out some of our favorites from her newborn session.

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KISMET, a 6,000-square-foot coworking space, opened up shop last week

“Can this real estate developer make coworking stick in Chestnut Hill?” 

By Roberto Torres / reporter

Photos by Brian James Photo Studio

 

Christopher Plant’s KISMET, a Northwest Philly coworking center.

(Photo by Brian James)

 

If you’ve ever been referred to as a “coworking purist,” odds are you’re going to shudder when you read this next sentence: a Philly real estate developer just opened up a 6,000-square-foot coworking space in Northwest Philly called KISMET.

Christopher Plant, a Chestnut Hill resident who’s not a stranger to the local tech scene, launched the coworking spot on March 17 featuring an eclectic cohort of 11 companies/members: from marketing agencies and engineering companies to a college professor and a writer.

A self-proclaimed “fan of Indy Hall and Benjamin’s Desk,” Plant had done some leases before in that building — 12 West Willow Grove, a few minutes’ walk away from the Wyndmoor Station — as part of his work with Elfant Wissahickon Realtors.

“There was an old self-storage space that was not a best use and so I convinced the landlord to let me make a run at coworking,” said Plant in an email. “With my work in commercial real estate with a focus in Northwest Philadelphia, I knew there was a need for the type of space that I wanted to build.”

Desks line up at KISMET. (Photo by Brian James)

Desks line up at KISMET. (Photo by Brian James)

Full disclosure: We haven’t yet made the trek out to visit the space but — from the pictures — you could describe KISMET’s decoration as WeWork-y, what with its high ceilings, exposed airducts, polished surfaces and lounge-esque lighting. As usual, there’s a kitchen space and conference rooms, along with the ever-more-present indoor bike rack.

As for pricing, a floating desk at the Chestnut Hill space will run you about $350 monthly. Private offices start at $800.

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WeWork-y, no? (Photo by Brian James)

For a quick look at the space, here’s a flashy “hyperlapse walkthrough” vid put together by Villanova, Pa.-based production company Creative Outfit.

Mind you, former attempts at posting up a coworking space in Northwest Philadelphia have not fared well in the past. For example, in 2013, an attempt to band together coworking moms and dads in the suburbs called Coworking for Parents called it quits before settling in on a space, citing difficulties finding a proper venue that could work financially. Manayunk’s Transfer Station shuttered in 2014 .

Can KISMET make its model stick? Is Northwest Philly’s quarry of mobile workers sufficiently large to keep those fancy lights on? Plant says yes (because of course he does). And the slate of customers he has already signed up is a good sign.

“I believe that there will be a great market for a more intimate coworking model on the fringes of traditional business districts and quasi-suburban commercial districts,” said Plant. “That is where we see ourselves. We also want to have a robust calendar of programming and content that helps foster a deep and committed connection with our tenants.”

At first glance, it sure seems that KISMET has all the makings of being another corporate play on the bubbling coworking biz. Plant will be the first to point out that initial impression.

“Many will consider my move into coworking as another example of a developer keeping on-trend, but I think I come to this naturally,” said Plant. “I have always been a connector and this is all about that.”

Maybe Wayne Kimmel was right. It is “all about staying in the mix.”

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Kismet Co-Work brings a taste of big city entrepreneurship to the Hill

Check it out!

Photos by Brian James Photo Studio

Kismet Co-Work brings a taste of big city entrepreneurship to the Hill

To learn more about Kismet, visit kismetcowork.com. To try the space out with a one-day free pass, call 215-934-9772.

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The Parent Trip: Tia and Kevin Mathisen of Mt. Airy

Photos by BRIAN JAMES

Kevin and Tia Mathisen with Riley, Reece, and baby Mason.

THE PARENTS: Tia Mathisen, 33, and Kevin Mathisen, 37, of Mount Airy
THE KIDS: Reece Makenzie, 7; Riley Denise, 3; Mason Edward, born Dec. 22, 2016
“KEEPER”MOMENT FROM THEIR WEDDING: Dancing with Reece, then 3 weeks old, to the song “Isn’t She Lovely?”

 

Tia could see a glimmer of light on the next phase of the parent trip.

Reece, her oldest, was in kindergarten; Riley was potty-trained. Tia had taken up jogging and thought she might sign up for a race. Maybe she and Kevin could steal away to Las Vegas, stay in a luxe hotel, and see a magic show. Or she could take a mini-vacation to Hilton Head with her mom-pals, leaving the kids behind.

“I started to plan things for myself; I saw my life as a full life, not solely dedicated to mommy-hood,” she says. She’d even asked Kevin — “nicely, then not so nicely” — to get a vasectomy; he’d gone for a consultation, then balked after reading articles about the procedure.

In May, a drugstore test stick flagged a different kind of future.

“It felt like a dream died,” Tia says. “Like I had to put myself on hold again.”

Kevin made the vasectomy appointment and embraced the idea of a third child. “My level of acceptance came almost immediately,” he recalls. “I became excited, and I crossed my fingers for another girl.”

As a teen, even as a young adult, he hadn’t wanted children. “I was independent and didn’t really see family as being a fit for me.” But he knew he loved Tia practically from the moment they met, when he was a landlord showing her apartments in North Philadelphia.

He offered to help her move, then upped the ante by asking her out to dinner. “I was taken aback because he’s white and I’m black; I thought: Is this white guy crossing the racial barrier and asking me out on a date?” Tia recalls. “It was clear that he was interested in me, and I didn’t know what to do with that.”

Tia missed her family in Birmingham, Ala., and soon found kinship with Kevin’s parents and siblings in West Chester. “We meshed well as a family,” she says.

After one dramatic date — they joined an impassioned crowd to hear Houston mega-church preacher Joel Osteen at the Wells Fargo Center — Kevin said, “You know, tonight, when we were praying, I thought that you might be my wife.”

But before he had a chance to propose, Tia was pregnant. “I never had a thought of: Is this what we want?” she says. “I knew Kevin was a hard worker and that he valued family.”

The pregnancy was an easy float — no morning sickness, not even a swollen ankle — and the couple did their homework, driving from Wynnefield to prenatal yoga classes on South Street, hiring a doula, planning for a drug-free birth at Lankenau Medical Center. On the way there, with Tia’s mom in the car, they chorused that Black Eyed Peas tune: “I got a feeling … that tonight’s gonna be a good night.”

Instead, Tia gritted her way through a 14-hour labor. “I’d never had menstrual cramps, so I had no idea what to expect of a contraction. They knocked me off my feet. … But I remember when they put her on my chest. Unbelievable. Just a second ago, you weren’t here, and now … it took my breath away.”

The early days of parenting, like birth itself, were treacherous: Why was the baby crying? Why was she losing weight? Would Tia’s milk supply ever come in? “The best advice I got was: ‘It’s OK; you don’t know her, and she doesn’t know you. You’re going to get to know each other.’ ”

They wanted a second child, ideally two years behind the first. When conception didn’t happen quickly, they consulted a fertility specialist who advised patience, along with a procedure to clear Tia’s fallopian tubes. She was pregnant the next month.

Tia’s contractions began on Thanksgiving; she remembers seeking refuge in the shower, gripping the edge of the soap dish as each wave of pain swelled and subsided. By the time they drove to Einstein Medical Center Montgomery, with the “low fuel” light glowing, she was almost fully dilated. She pushed for 10 minutes: another wide-eyed girl kangarooed to her chest.

The third time around, friends and acquaintances assumed they were trying for a boy. “People can’t accept that a man and a woman could be happy with just their two girls,” Tia says. Nevertheless, when they sliced the cake — blue! — at a gender reveal party, her eyes filled with tears.

The pregnancy was easy; the effect on her older kids, harder. On a mommy/daughter trip to a Jersey amusement pier, Reece hopped on most of the rides by herself. “It made me sad. I could feel her leaving me faster because of this other baby that I had to make space for.”

Mason arrived a few days before Christmas, after a swift, induced labor. “I kept saying to the midwife, ‘I can’t do it; I’m not strong enough,’ and she said, ‘Yes, you can.’ And she was right.”

With three children, Tia has found, it’s harder to multitask; someone is always seeking her attention. It helps to take a Zen approach to the kids’ needs. “I’ll find myself asking, ‘Why are you so upset that they aren’t lying down right now?’ If I accept that they need an extra kiss tonight, it’s much easier than fighting that.”

Kevin agrees: “You can never prepare yourself for the level of attention kids need,” including the moment he walks in the door from work, when Riley typically charges him with a cry of “DADDY!” and Reece, already affecting a teen’s diffident attitude, sometimes follows suit. Mason might flash one of those moist, gummy grins.

And in the midst of each day’s juggle, in the thicket of exhaustion, Tia can see glimmers — not of freedom, but of fulfillment. “When I see Riley talking to Mason in baby talk, or when Reece says, ‘I just can’t stand it; I have to give him a kiss,’ that is great,” Tia says. “It does feel like this is our family; this is complete.”

http://www.philly.com/philly/living/Parent-Trip-Tia-and-Kevin-Mathisen-of-Mount-Airy.html?mobi=true

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