Just-for-Fun-photos; Bethlehem, Lehigh Valley nature, pet portrait and fine art photographer Tracy Bodeo

While walking around Louise Moore Park last week, I also captured some non-nature images.  I like the way these three look together, each with an old subject containing nice color and lots of texture.  I still favor the flowers from the last post though.

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Oh happy day- back to photography!; Lehigh Valley, Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown, nature, portrait, pet and fine art photographer Tracy Bodeo

I wanted to share a few images I shot today on my first just-for-fun photo outing in far too long.  In January I decided to take several classes at one of our local colleges.  I didn’t think it would be that difficult to add in a few classes to my already hectic life, but it was!  Once involved in my classes, I realized that I would not be able to devote as much time to my family and my photography and do well in all aspects.  So, photography had to get put on the “back burner” for a while.  Fortunately the load has been lifted; as of this past Friday I am officially done with all classes and finals and back in photographic business!

I’d like to apologize to anyone that I have not gotten back to, who may have tried to reach me via email recently.  Between being busy with school and getting a new computer, I have missed and lost many emails in the transition and have not had the time to find them and get back to everyone.  Although my modified summer hours will begin as soon my children’s school year ends, I should have a little more time to work on my personal photography as well as take on more portrait sessions.

In the meantime, here is one set of the images I got today, “Dogwoods and Dandelion Seeds”….

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Get your 2013 Center for Animal Health & Welfare 100-Yr. Anniversary Pet Calendar today; All $ goes to the animals at the Center; portrait photography by Bethlehem area pet photographer Tracy Bodeo

Contact me or come down to the Center for Animal Health & Welfare to pick up a copy or two of the 2013 Center for Animal Health & Welfare 100 year anniversary calendar, featuring gorgeous pets from in and around the Lehigh Valley.  The calendars are oversized at 9.5 x 12.25 and they can be purchased for $20.00 each.  All $20.00 goes directly to the animals at the Center! 

Why buy a calendar at the store when you can get one at the Center and feel good knowing 100% of your purchase is going to such a worthy cause?!

Calendars also make nice holiday gifts– get yours now!  The Center for Animal Health & Welfare is located at 1165 Island Park Rd, Easton, PA 18042.  Visit their website for operating hours:  www.healthyanimalcenter.org

Calendar front & back:

Bethlehem, PA’s Team Identity on Disney’s “Make Your Mark!”; Results show 8 pm tonight!; portrait photography by Tracy Bodeo

Last month I was contacted by one of Disney’s advertising agencies to set up a portrait session with Team Identity, a Bethlehem, PA dance crew who was auditioning for Disney Channel’s “Make Your Mark!”  Kids from across the country submit videos of themselves dancing, with the hopes of making it as one of the top 6 finalists.  The top 6 are invited out to California to compete live on the show.  Team Identity consists of three amazing, self-taught, hip-hop, teen dancers from right here is the Lehigh Valley.  In September, after submitting several audition videos, Team Identity‘s Xavier, Jay & Faustino were notified that would be heading out to CA as one of the 6 finalists! The formal announcement was made in Bethlehem’s Liberty High School!

This past Friday night, October 19th, 2012, Team Identity, along with 5 other dance groups, competed on “Make Your Mark!” by performing two different dances.  The first dance was the dancer’s own original choice.  The second dance was based on a theme and the dancers were aided by (So You Think You Can Dance’s) choreographer Chris Scott.  All 6 dance groups did a nice job with both dances, but I definitely thought Team Identity was the best!

At the end of the show, after the three judges conferred, it was revealed that Team Identity was one of the three groups chosen to come back to the results show tonight, Sunday, October 21st!  They looked so happy and excited when the announcement was made!  The voting could then begin.  Each of the 3 groups was assigned a phone number and you could call, text or vote online for at least two hours after the show.  The three remaining finalists will come back to the results show tonight and the big winner will be revealed!  Go Team Identity!  My family voted as much as possible and I really hope they got the votes they deserve from everyone else to win.

Team Identity was the only group of the six that has not received formal dance training.  Their self-developed talent and love of dance brought the crew together and made them the awesome group they are.  They are hard workers who dance in the hallways of school or in random outdoor spaces, instead of in a studio with dance instructors and choreographers. This makes me hope they win this thing even more!

I also want to add that not only are Jay, Faustino and Xavier of Team Identity incredible dancers, but they are really nice guys.  It was a pleasure to work with them during our portrait session and so exciting to hear the news that they were finalists on the show!  Here are a few of the images from our session:

Get your dog’s, cat’s, rabbit’s, bird’s… portrait on our calendar and raise money for the Center for Animal Health and Welfare!; pet photography by Bethlehem, Allentown, Easton area, PA photographer Tracy Bodeo.

Now’s your chance to get your adorable pet’s picture on a calendar and help raise money for the Center for Animal Health & Welfare!  Our 2013 Pet Calendar will be celebrating the CAHW’s 100 years in operation and will feature 12 “pets of the month” as  large (~8×8″ – 8×10″) images as well as lots of smaller images of your pets throughout the calendar.  All proceeds from this project go to the animals at the Center.

A $250 donation gets you a professional, on-location portrait session with tracy bodeo photography,  your pet as one of the featured pets and a free calendar.  Or you can send me your own picture of your pet with a $30.00 donation and your pet will appear as one of our ~1×1.5″ images somewhere on the “grid” part of our calendar.  You will also receive a free calendar.  If you have already had your pet’s portrait taken by tracy bodeo photography, there is one additional option for getting your image on the calendar– please contact me for details.

So the project has begun!  Contact me now– spaces will go fast!  All photography and image submissions will be due by September.  Calendars will be printed and ready for purchase by November.  For details on how to book your session or send in your own image, please email me at mail@tracybodeo.com.

A busy summer is a quick summer!; nature photography by tracy bodeo; Bethlehem, Easton, Allentown, PA portrait photographer.

What a crazy busy, fun month!…. The end of the school year, a trip to Florida to visit wonderful friends, catching up on work, nature exploration, and lots of time playing baseball and tennis…. June has come and gone.

I have been quite neglectful about posting images on my blog and updating my galleries.  This coming month, however, I plan to post some of my favorite images, update you on my new tracy bodeo photography products and sessions and share with you my latest charity project.  Of course this all still has to be squeezed in between more nature excursions, sports and lots of quality family time!

The rest of the summer is sure to fly by as well.  I hope you enjoy every fleeting moment!

Meet the adorable Holly..; cat photography; Lehigh Valley, Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem pet portraits by photographer Tracy Bodeo

Here are two quick pictures of Holly, an adorable and mischievous kitten I had the pleasure of photographing.  She was much more interested in running around and hiding under the couch than she was in getting her pictures taken!  She did eventually settle down enough to get some “relaxing” shots.

Holly was found in the woods as a stray but quickly became very friendly and loving to her new family.  She shares a home with her parents and three big brothers (one human, one canine, one feline).

Image of the day, “Gorgeous Ovenbird”; nature photography by Lehigh Valley pet portrait photographer Tracy Bodeo.

An afternoon walk at Jacobsburg State Park to look for some Spring migrants, started and ended with a wonderful find… the Ovenbird.  The Ovenbird is a small warbler that breeds in Pennsylvania (and many other surrounding states).  It’s song, a loud “teacher, teacher, teacher”, can easily heard throughout the forests, but the bird itself is often difficult to get a glimpse of.  I was lucky this past Wednesday when at the end of my walk (after hearing several right when I got out of my car and throughout the walk) I could hear two birds calling nearby, just off the edge of the trail.  Finally after scanning the area with and without binoculars, I caught sight of one of these beautiful birds and was able to quickly capture a few nice images.

I also came across this poem about the Ovenbird, written by one of my favorite poets.  Enjoy.

The Oven Bird

THERE is a singer everyone has heard,
Loud, a mid-summer and a mid-wood bird,
Who makes the solid tree trunks sound again.
He says that leaves are old and that for flowers
Mid-summer is to spring as one to ten.
He says the early petal-fall is past
When pear and cherry bloom went down in showers
On sunny days a moment overcast;
And comes that other fall we name the fall.
He says the highway dust is over all.
The bird would cease and be as other birds
But that he knows in singing not to sing.
The question that he frames in all but words
Is what to make of a diminished thing.

-Robert Frost