Photographing other photographers is one of the best things. They get it and it can be so fun. Even better when she is a dear friend. This year we even went shopping together to celebrate some things in her life and document the incredible woman that she is, how far she’s come, and where she’s going! We were able to capture some images at a place that means the world to them and that will forever hold some of the dearest memories.
It’s Feature Friday! Once a month we choose a favortie local business to feature on our website. We want our customers and clients to know the businesses that we have come to know and love! Today we are featuring one of the most amazing small local businesses we have in the Capital and Adirondack Regions of New York.
I met Rick and Lois Melito at a vendor fair held at the Glen at Highland Meadows in Queensbury, NY. I love vendor fairs because of the chance to chat with all the people! Get me talking and I’m a happy girl! As I took a few minutes to walk around the other vendors booths I was drawn to Rick’s work. I asked him lots of questions and learned all about what he does and why he’s different. Rick is not just a shirt maker. He is a screen printer. He prints the shirts by hand and most importantly he is an artist first and foremost. Rick designs all the shirts he makes.
His beautiful wife Lois helps him and they travel around selling their art at art shows around the area. A lot of his work is focused on the Adirondacks. He has a great love for this region. He has a great love for his art. He has a great love for people. Rick and Lois surround themselves with some of the most amazing people. When you’re friend’s with the Melito’s you are FAMILY. They have shown that to us time and time again. What a blessing these two are in our lives!
Rick wanted some new photos for his website a few years ago. So we got together at my in-laws farm and placed the shirts all over the place taking pictures with different backgrounds to showcase his art. Since then we have added models!! We have done 3-4 shoots with models. They are always a blast!
So I present to you One on 1 Design, the art of Rick Melito, the Happy Camper, and the great One on 1 Design family! Check out their website as well!
This may seem a little bit like a silly thing. It’s not to me. I found out yesterday that a Sea Lion named Woody passed away. Woody was born in captivity and brought to the Alaska Sea Life Center when he was 5 years old. He died at 22 is which is much older then most Sea Lions in the wild.
A little background. I grew up in Seward, Alaska. I remember my Dad bringing home brochures about the proposed Sea Life Center. I remember being so excited at the prospect of such an amazing place being in my tiny little town. As I grew and watched the Sea Life Center become a reality I slowly fell in love with the place. As a teenager I worked on tour boats taking visitors to see the glaciers, whales, puffin, sea lions and so much more. Every day I grew more and more in love with the animals, the place, and the enormous beauty of it all. I learned about the animals and was so grateful for the Sea Life Center. Not only is it a super cool place to say the least but the research and rehabilitation they do there is incredible.
I remember when Woody came to Seward. It was fun a big event (at least to me). I must have been 16 ish. I was such a sentimental lover of the animals and especially that guy. I don’t know what it was. I could never explain. In my photography class in high school my Jr. year we were given an assignment to make an album (CD) cover. I photographed Woody swimming and used that as my B&W image for my “band”.
As a Senior in high school I volunteered at the Sea Life Center. I got to wear these incredibly atrocious rain boots and rain gear and help clean the Bird actuary and even got to feed the puffins! I don’t know how many high schoolers would volunteer and be so excited about something like that but I loved it!
Now that I live in Upstate New York near Lake George I don’t get back to Seward often enough. But these things were a part of my growing up, a part of me, a part of who I became. I’m trying not to be silly but I wish I could have seen Woody one last time. I will miss you.
Here is a link to an article about Woody and his passing.
And what would a post be without pictures. I’m no wildlife or nature photographer and these are from a very long time ago but these are a few of my favorite things!