Ben DeFlorio Photography: Blog http://defloriophotography.com/blog en-us (C) Ben DeFlorio Photography ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:04:00 GMT Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:04:00 GMT http://defloriophotography.com/img/s12/v183/u1049963734-o984451185-50.jpg Ben DeFlorio Photography: Blog http://defloriophotography.com/blog 120 67 Travel: Land of Enchantment http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2017/3/travel-land-of-enchantment My brother Josh and I are close and even though he lives in New York City and I live in Vermont we see each other often. Starting in 2013 we began a tradition we call Brother's Weekend. We pick a place we haven't been to or haven't had a chance to properly explore and head out for two or three days of brother time. Past trips include Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Savannah, Ottawa, and this year Santa Fe and the surrounding areas. The weekend's are about just the two of us spending time together and generally acting like we're 11 (give or take) and almost always involves covering a blister-inducing amount of ground (or in Savannah taking hotel bicycles further than one should). The Santa Fe area offered the most outdoor adventure options yet.

We flew into Albuquerque very late Thursday and after a night at an airport hotel we picked up the rental car and headed for Santa Fe. We took the long way, going along the side of the Sandia Mountains. After checking in to the hotel we demolished a fantastic meal of blue corn enchiladas at Casa Chimayo, had a little stroll through town, and decided to get a hike in before dark. Since it was already mid-afternoon we picked the Dale Ball trails at the edge of town. Heading up the south trail we reached Picacho Peak (8577') right around sunset. We may have lingered a little too long and had left our packs with flashlights in the car, but a trusty cell phone light got us down through the dark.

The next morning after a huge breakfast we headed out to Bandelier National Monument in the Los Alamos area. From the visitors center we explored ancient pueblo sites including the Alcove House which takes four ladders to get to. There was a modest number of visitors, but once we headed west on the Frijoles Canyon Trail we only saw four trail volunteers a short distance up the trail and two hikers a few more miles in for the rest of our time there. Bandelier was devastated by major fires in 2000 (Cerro Grande Fire) and more recently in 2011 (Las Conchas Fire) and subsequent flooding, but the land has bounced back some and was quite beautiful. The trail itself was not as easy to traverse as it may have once been and required a lot of scrambling over logs and boulders and generally picking your own path, but it was hard to get lost since it was in a canyon. After about five miles we headed up the sometimes slippery (with snow) Frijoles Rim Trail which was prairie lands. The entire loop was about 13 miles which had us hustling to get back to the visitor's center before dark. We made it just past sunset and got out before and gates were locked.

The Bandelier hike was truly blister inducing for my heels, but with a little minor surgery (a needle) and some bandaging up we headed to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument the next day. Near Cochiti, Tent Rocks didn't offer the peaceful solitude of Bandelier, but it did have an amazing slot canyon and wondrous volcanic rock formations.  After Tent Rocks we headed back to Santa Fe and drove up the ski basin to over 10,000 feet for some long range views and finished up with another hike on the Dale Ball trails (this time the central section), again finishing after dark.

Our last day we explored the town a little more, visiting the Georgia O'Keefe Museum, the San Miguel Church which was built in 1610, and other sites before heading back to Albuquerque and our flight home. We certainly would have had no problem finding things to do and places to explore in the Santa Fe area had we been there longer. Excellent New Mexican food, lots of art galleries and museums, not too crowded, and an almost endless number of trails and natural wonders to explore. Also the place smells amazing - especially up in the mountains. New Mexico in our experience definitely lived up to the "Land of Enchantment" nickname and we'd be happy to come back someday.

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Alamos Bandelier Ben DeFlorio Enchantment Explore Fe Land Los Mexico Monument National New Photography Rocks Santa Tent Travel of http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2017/3/travel-land-of-enchantment Thu, 09 Mar 2017 02:37:37 GMT
Create 28 http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2017/2/create-28 February is usually my least favorite month. I'm about ready for winter to be over, but spring is still a long ways away. It is often my slowest month business wise too and often I'll feel like I'm in a creative rut. To try and change that I decided this would be a great month to do a personal project. The idea was simple; do 28 creative portraits in the month based on the subjects ideas. I put the word out through social media and soon I had all the volunteers I needed and a few more too.

I asked to be challenged and everyone came with great ideas. Some simple, some complex - all a lot of fun to work on. I really got to put my thinking cap on this month and it went by really fast! Thank you to everyone who participated and those that helped along the way! Check out the pictures on Facebook for the stories behind them, but now to the pictures (some were presented in panel format on Facebook, but are presented as singles here)...

#1 Hillary Leicher

#2 Elliot Papp

#3 J.Lynn Cleveland

#4 Stephanie Rose

#5 Kelly Green

#6 Katie Vincent-Roller

#7 Scott Kerner

#8 Kate Cartwright

#9 Luz Ayala

#10 Josh Moore

#11 Mary White

#12 Cora Grandfield

#13 Zuzu Ashworth

#14 Patty Mcllvaine

#15 Kiev Rattee

#16 Naomi Johnson

#17 Matt McDonald & Sarah McCluskey

#18 Hannah Hawley

#19 Timmy MacDonnell

#20 Wally Caswell

#21 Brian Townsend

#22 Valerie Schoolcraft

#23 Anna Nasset

#24 Sarah Cloud

#25 Elizabeth Kruska

#26 Erica Sears

#27 Isiah Prosper

#28 Abigail Tonks

#29 Courtney Collins

#30 Laurel Lake

#31 Rachel Putney

And some extras and outtakes...

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 28 Ben Create DeFlorio Fun Personal Portrait Project Vermont http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2017/2/create-28 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 23:09:43 GMT
Year In Review: 2016 http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/12/year-in-review-2016 With over 150 jobs this year ranging from newspaper assignments, weddings, portraits, institutional, and commercial work, plus a handful of personal work the year was a bit of blur. Trying to narrow down over 25,000 delivered images wasn't an easy task and if I had to do it again I might come up with a completely different set. At any rate a big thank you to all the folks that hired me or found themselves in front of my lens this year. Have a look at some of what I saw in 2016...

Dartmouth student Samantha Modder sings "We Shall Overcome" following the lighting of candles during the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Faith Celebration at Rollins Chapel in Hanover on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Matt Dragon of South Royalton examines the teeth of the ice cutting saw during Brookfield's annual ice harvesting festival this past Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) January EndJanuary End South Royalton Boys fell 59-51 to Twinfield in a D-IV semi-final showdown at the Barre Auditorium on Monday night. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) David Lyman and many other citizens of South Royalton raised their voting cards on Monday night at the annual school meeting. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Between his proud parents, Jenn Colby and Chris Sargent, high school senior and first time voter Connor Sargent fills out the "Doyle Poll" after casting his ballot in Randolph on Tuesday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) April StartApril StartThis past Saturday small scale maple syrup producers Dan Childs and Marda Donner of Brookfield Bees participated in Vermont's annual Maple Open House Weekend as they showed off their operation to neighbors and guests. Dan is enveloped in steam as the sap boils down. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) As part of Randolph's PoemTown composer Gwyneth Walker held a talk on pairing poetry and music at the Three Bean Cafe on Monday evening. Here she played a poem by Langston Hughes the was in the choral cycle Harlem Songs. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Chelsea hosted Newbury (?) in a rainy baseball scrimmage on Thursday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Graduate student Ashley Lang shows Elijah Lamphere of Lebanon data from soil samples while they discuss various causes of climate change in the Life Sciences Center at Dartmouth's Science Day on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) The Dartmouth Cycling Team hosted over 40 schools at their yearly bike race classic "L'Enfer du Nord" or "The Hell of The North" on Saturday which included various races such as the "Frat Row Criterium" which sent cyclists zipping through campus. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Thetford's Lawson Ouellette lays down a bunt and nearly collides with Finbar Curtain who slides safely into home on a successful suicide squeeze. Thetford Academy fell 9-7 to host South Royalton on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Vermont Tech student Harrison Heist wouldn't let a little spring snow rob him of the chance to ride his scooter between classes on Tuesday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) April EndApril End Samantha Natlette and Gregory Sullivan snap a selfie before commencement ceremonies at Vermont Technical College on Saturday. The both graduated from the nursing program. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Construction Management graduates Thomas Cove and Matthew Burstein wore hardhat mortarboards at Vermont Technical College's commencement ceremonies on Sunday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) June StartJune Start Class president Trevor Van Niel and classmate Patrick Dugan share a congratulatory handshake before graduation ceremonies at Woodstock Union High School on Friday night. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Oxbow junior Mary Bourgeois turns away from the batters box after a swinging strike late in the division III softball championship game held in Poultney held on Saturday. Richford went on to defeat Oxbow, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Claire Holland (center) chants "No New Vista, New Vista ain't your sista!" as she an many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Sunday's fireworks display was seen from many different vantage points in Randolph village. The views from the Montague Golf Club were a popular choice. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Beautiful weather on the 4th of July helped to pack the streets of Randolph with parade goers on Monday. The Catamount Pipe Band was a popular addition to the parade. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) The central and southeast region 4-H Dairy Show was held at the Tunbridge Fair grounds on July 18th and 19th. Stephen Scherer of Barnard puts his arm around his younger brother John after his very first fitting and showmanship competition on day two. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Lieutenant governor candidate Kesha Ram made a campaign stop outside Belmain on Saturday morning in Randolph. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. Here Elodie Kunicki of Underhill examines her mother Nicola's pail of blueberries. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Visitors carefully navigate the rocks below Moss Glen Falls on Saturday afternoon. The popular waterfall is easily accessed off of route 100 in Granville. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here CJ Mather of Randolph leaps into the river from the rocky edge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) July EndJuly EndThe South Royalton green was host to rides, food, and entertainment as the annual Old Home Days festivities took place on Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) September StartSeptember Start September EndSeptember End November StartNovember StartBecca and Nathan Webb of Two Potters at their studio in Bethel, Vermont. After flying down from Colchester, Vermont National Guard Brigadier General Michael Heston is greeted by Representative Gabrielle Lucke, who escorted him to White River VFW for the end of the Veterans Parade in Hartford on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Janet Loubengeiger adjusts her helmet as she and other members of Colchester's Post 91 prepare to participate in Hartford's Veterans Parade on Saturday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Nicolle Canales votes at the Randolph town hall on Tuesday as her daughter Alaya lays on the flooring tugging against her sweater. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Jada Jordan waits in line Saturday morning with her kitten Cleo at the Upper Valley Haven's annual "Turkey Day" event where hundreds of turkeys and other food were distributed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) December EndDecember End A few more of my most photographed subject, my daughter Isabel...

March EndMarch End July StartJuly Start August EndAugust End Happy New Year!

 

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 2016 Assignment Commercial DeFlorio Engagements Hampshire Institutional New Newspaper People Personal Photographer Photography Portrait Seniors Vermont Weddings York http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/12/year-in-review-2016 Sat, 31 Dec 2016 18:19:43 GMT
Senior Portraits (2016) http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits-2016 I like doing all kinds of portraits - families, couples, for commercial purposes, but I think my favorite is individual portraits. The thing is that outside of projects (some paid, some personal), I don't often get the chance to do an individual session. I think it is because it perhaps seems weird or vain to hire a photographer to take your picture for no particular reason, but I think it is nice thing to do for yourself (having your picture taken can be a real confidence booster). Fortunately there are senior portraits, a time of transition in a young persons life that calls for some individual portraits! An individual portrait session really allows time for both for the photographer and the subject to collaborate, work the light and compositions, be creative, and have some fun.

I've photographed seven high school seniors this autumn (with maybe a few more to come). Seven unique and pleasant personalities, seven opportunities to capture that in pictures. See below

Note: If I photograph any additional Seniors this year I'll update this blog

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Jacob (photographed in Bethel)

Taylor (photographed in Williamstown)

Caitlinn (photographed in Randolph)

Olivia (photographed in Barre)

Hunter (photographed in Strafford)

Haley (photographed in Randolph Center)

Ruby (photographed in Strafford)

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) ATV Academy Barre Ben Bennington Center Country DeFlorio Dog High Horse Laugh Photographer Photography Pictures Portraits Randolph School Senior Serious Smile Snake South Spaulding Strafford Thetford Truck Vermont Williamstown http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/10/senior-portraits-2016 Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:40:41 GMT
Travel: Walking Philadelphia http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/9/travel-philadelphia Three plus days mainly on my own with almost no responsibility?! This is unfamiliar territory to me, well at least it has been awhile as a I have been scheduling my work around taking care of my daughter for the last five years and when I've traveled she usually comes along. This fall she started full-day kindergarten though and was ready for an extended stay with my parents and with my wife heading to Philadelphia for a four nights, five days work conference I tagged along to go where the wind took me. My only previous trip to Philadelphia was accompanied by a slushy snowstorm which curtailed much exploration so I had a lot of ground to cover. Street Photography is my favorite thing to do in a city, but my finding was that while Philadelphia is a pretty big city (1.5 million, 6 million metro) it just doesn't have the hustle and bustle that makes cities like New York and London great for street photography so while I did get a few street shots in it was more what I would categorize as travel photography. I walked until my feet hurt from blisters and then walked some more - over 36 miles, none to speak of on the last day in which we flew home. I took about 12 pictures per mile so my volume was pretty low. In addition to just walking the streets I made it by foot from the Society Hill neighborhood where the hotel was to the famous Philadelphia Museum of Art (think Rocky steps), the Eastern State Penitentiary, the University of Pennsylvania campus, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, plenty of coffee shops, and even across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge to Camden, New Jersey (and right back). I did walk by Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, but I skipped those as I'd seen them previously. Did I mention it was about 94 degrees and humid each day?! Some mid-day naps, a dip in the pool, and an evening out to see a movie (Hell or High Water) saved me from completely melting. It was a fun trip, but nice to get back to Vermont where the temperatures and humidity where much more pleasant and of course to see my little girl. Here are a few pictures from the trip.

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Art Ben Benjamin Bridge DeFlorio Eastern Franklin Garden Magic Museum Penitentiary Pennsylvania Philadelphia Photographer Photography State Street Travel Vermont of http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/9/travel-philadelphia Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:20:08 GMT
July & August 2016 http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/9/july-august-2016 July and August provided a diverse set of photographic opportunities including assignment coverage, family portraits, and weddings. Here a few images from the past two months.

Shooting for the Herald of Randolph I covered the 4th of July fireworks and parade in Randolph, a 4-H dairy clinic at the Tunbridge Fair Grounds, Lieutenant governor candidate Kesha Ram's stop in Randolph, an abundance of blueberries at Sunshine Valley Berry Farm in Rochester, visitors at Moss Glen Falls in Granville, swimmers daring jumps in Gaysville, and Old Home Days in South Royalton. For the Valley News I covered the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl in Castleton where Vermont broke a long losing streak to destroy New Hampshire by 48 points!

Beautiful weather on the 4th of July helped to pack the streets of Randolph with parade goers on Monday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Beautiful weather on the 4th of July helped to pack the streets of Randolph with parade goers on Monday. Tom Schersten controls the head of one of the Bethany Church peace doves. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Beautiful weather on the 4th of July helped to pack the streets of Randolph with parade goers on Monday. The Catamount Pipe Band was a popular addition to the parade. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) The central and southeast region 4-H Dairy Show was held at the Tunbridge Fair grounds on July 18th and 19th. Stephen Scherer of Barnard puts his arm around his younger brother John after his very first fitting and showmanship competition on day two. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Lieutenant governor candidate Kesha Ram made a campaign stop outside Belmain on Saturday morning in Randolph. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. Elodie Kunicki with her parents Jesse and Nicola and grandfather Steve Kastner made the trip down from Undershill to enjoy the bounty. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. Here Nicola Kunicki of Underhill picks the Blueray variety. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) It has been a banner blueberry year across the region with Sunshine Valley Organic Berry Farm in Rochester being no exception. The acres of bushes quickly filled buckets for visitors from across the state and beyond. Here Elodie Kunicki of Underhill examines her mother Nicola's pail of blueberries. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Visitors carefully navigate the rocks below Moss Glen Falls on Saturday afternoon. The popular waterfall is easily accessed off of route 100 in Granville. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here Claire Allen of Bethel leaps from the rocky edge as Ava Mather of Randolph looks on. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here CJ Mather of Randolph leaps into the river from the rocky edge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here Claire Allen of Bethel leaps into the river from the rocky edge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Locals cool off at a popular swimming hole in Gaysville on Saturday afternoon. Here Brandon Kendall of Bethel flips into the river from the rocky edge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) The South Royalton green was host to rides, food, and entertainment as the annual Old Home Days festivities took place on Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) I also photographed some family sessions in Norwich, Randolph, and Colchester where jumping was a popular idea - one I rarely suggest, but it always makes for a fun photo.

And I covered a couple weddings. One a Friday affair in Northfield and a rainy, but fun lake side wedding in Ludlow.

With the conclusion of summer also came the first day of kindergarten for my daughter!

Also early in July we made a family trip to London, but I've already covered that in this other blog post. Click This LINK for London.

On to a busy September!

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 4th Adults Assignment Back Bagpipers Ben Blueberries Boat Bowl Cake Castleton Catch Church Colchester Coverage Dairy Dancing Days DeFlorio Dusk Family Fireworks Football Fruit Fun Granville Groups Home Horse July Jumping Kids London Love Ludlow Maple New Hampshire News Newspaper Nortfield Norwich Old Ox Parade People Photo Photography Politics Portraits Rain Randolph River Rochester School Shrine Smiles South Royalton Street Sugar Swimming Tackle To Travel Vermont Waterfalls Wedding of http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/9/july-august-2016 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 14:47:20 GMT
Travel: Streets of London http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/7/travel-streets-of-london

With a population of over 8.5 million (13 million plus metro) London, England is delight for street photography, nearly on par with New York City. The constant flow of people on any given street most of the day meant that even though I was there on a family vacation, there was ample opportunity to capture some of the street scenes. There are a few cityscapes mixed in, but here is a sampling of six days of London street, much of it shot from the hip.

Here is the gallery view with a few extras: London

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben Candid City Cityscapes DeFlorio England International Kingdom Life London People Photographer Photography Street Summer Travel UK United http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/7/travel-streets-of-london Mon, 18 Jul 2016 05:22:07 GMT
June 2016 http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/7/june-2016 I am often asked what I kind of a photographer I am - A photojournalist? Yes. A wedding photographer? Yup. Commercial photographer? Yeah. Portrait photographer? Definitely. Event photographer? Sure. Street photographer? When I can. You get the point. It is easiest and most accurate to just call myself a photographer because I could be photographing any number of things in a month and June was no different.

June included some news and sports coverage for the Herald of Randolph and The Valley News. Senator Patrick Leahy and Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Women's Economic Opportunity Conference at VTC, A fun ad shoot for the Herald, Chelsea girls lacrosse semi-final, Woodstock Union High School graduation, Oxbow softball finals, and a protest in South Royalton.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy and Vermont Technical College President Dan Smith applaud the remarks of United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch as she finishes her keynote address at the 20th annual Women's Economic Opportunity Conference in Randolph Center on Saturday. Attorney General Lynch delivered the message that "When women do well, we all do well". (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Chelsea hosted Green Mountain Valley School in a division II girls lacrosse semi-final. Here #33 shoots and scores on a nifty backhand shot in the first half. Chelsea went on to win 19-5 and will face Woodstock in the finals. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Chelsea hosted Green Mountain Valley School in a division II girls lacrosse semi-final. Here #9 alludes defenders on her way to scoring a goal in first half action. Chelsea went on to win 19-5 and will face Woodstock in the finals. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Chelsea hosted Green Mountain Valley School in a division II girls lacrosse semi-final. Here #26 alludes the defense as the clock winds down in second half action. Chelsea went on to win 19-5 and will face Woodstock in the finals. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Abigail Kaija flashes a peace sign as she and her fellow classmates prepare to graduate at Woodstock Union High School on Friday evening. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Paitra Martin and Emily Barnum enter arm in arm to Woodstock Union High School's graduation on Friday evening. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Paitra Martin smiles back at classmate Natausha Smallwood during Woodstock Union High School's graduation ceremonies on Friday evening. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Woodstock Union High School graduation ceremony in Woodstock, VT, on June 10, 2016. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Oxbow freshman Madison Fornwalt zips a fastball in during early action of the division III softball finals in Poultney on Saturday. Richford defeated Oxbow, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Despite giving up her body sliding into first base Oxbow senior Corrina Oakley was called out in the division III softball finals in Poultney on Saturday. Richford defeated Oxbow, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Oxbow vs. Richford division III softball championship in Poultney, VT, on June 11, 2016. Richford won, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Oxbow junior Mary Bourgeois turns away from the batters box after a swinging strike late in the division III softball championship game held in Poultney held on Saturday. Richford went on to defeat Oxbow, 3-1, in a pitchers dual. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio) Randy Leavitt was among many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Jon Offensend was among many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Claire Holland (center) chants "No New Vista, New Vista ain't your sista!" as she an many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Royalton's Jon Offensend and many protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Protesters gathered at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Elaine Young's dog Fiona joined many protesters at the South Royalton bridge on Friday evening for a peaceful demonstration in opposition to the New Vista project proposed by developer David Hall. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Fiona (Dog), Elaine Young & Brad Bond

I photographed Raq-On Studios student dance recital for the third year in a row. This bellydancing event held at Briggs Opera House this year is always fun and I always come away impressed with the artistry and how much the participants enjoy themselves and the confidence they exude. I also photographed a youth production of Anything Goes at Chandler Music Hall in Randolph and was equally impressed with this show - very entertaining and a very talented cast and crew.

I also photographed a few weddings and a pre-wedding shoot (for a wedding I couldn't attend) among other shoots.

I'm looking forward to the diverse photographic opportunities July is bringing...

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben DeFlorio Photographer Photography Photojournalist Portrait Portraits Vermont Wedding http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/7/june-2016 Sat, 02 Jul 2016 13:48:06 GMT
Weddings 2015: My Favorites http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/1/weddings-2015-my-favorites This post is has been a long time in the making. I shot 11 weddings in 2015 resulting in nearly 10,000 finished images and that is a lot to go through to narrow down to one blog post. I narrowed it down to 600, then 300, then 200...you get the idea. Finally I gave up on making a very complete look at my wedding season (that'd be just too long) or a very concise look either (I struggle to edit my images down to just a tight selection) so I settled on just picking out some of my favorites instead resulting in 136, which is about 1% of the images I started with.

Portraits is one of my favorite things to do so I naturally gravitated to many of those, but one of my main goals is to capture authentic moments and emotions so I love a lively dance floor, tears that can't be held in, I like the joyful face of a child, the proud look of a parent, the beaming love between two people, and anything a little weird! My 2015 season was a great opportunity for me to witness and capture the humanity of the weddings of a lot of cool folks. I often get asked what kind of crazy wedding stories do I have and the truth is I just seem to end up shooting weddings with people who really do love each other and are there to have fun with their family and friends.

Locations for this year brought me throughout Vermont and into New Hampshire and included the Three Stallion Inn in my hometown of Randolph, The Alerin Barn in St. Johnsbury, The Norwich Inn and the Hanover Inn in the Upper Valley (same wedding), the Landgoes Farm in Tunbridge, the Moose Meadow Lodge in Waterbury, The 1824 House in Waitsfield, the Apple Hill Inn in Taftsville, Hewitt Hill Farm in Pomfret, the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, The Wallingford Lodge in Wallingford, and a backyard wedding on the shores of Lake Fairlee in Post Mills. I shot several of these solo, but also teamed up with talented photographers Tim Calabro, Lucas deSousa, and Amy Donohue on weddings they had booked.

All in all it was a fun season of wedding photography and I'm looking for to the upcoming 2016 season. Oh yeah, and here are those favorites in no particular order:

Check out my 2014 wedding highlights here: 2014 Weddings

And my Wedding Portfolio here: Weddings

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben Central DeFlorio Emotion Fairlee Fun Hampshire Hanover Johnsbury Kingdom Love Mills Moments New Northeast Norwich People Photographer Photography Portrait Post Quechee Rutland St. Stowe Taftsville Vermont Wallingford Waterbury Weddings Woodstock http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2016/1/weddings-2015-my-favorites Thu, 07 Jan 2016 04:50:30 GMT
Senior Portraits (2015) http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/12/senior-portraits-2015 In this calendar year I've taken eight senior portraits and came away impressed by these young people (does saying young people make me sound old?). While this group is trying to figure out exactly what their next step will be, they seem to be ahead of the curve in knowing who they want to be and how they want to live their lives. It has been 19 years since I was a senior in high school (whoa) and in recent years the 'who I want to be' and 'how I want to live my life' have become much clearer, but having that mindset as a younger person would have been extremely valuable.

In addition to having a great mindset this group has invested their time into life shaping experiences; they've traveled extensively, learned languages, participate in a variety of sports, they sing, play instruments beautifully, participate in theatre, care for animals, they care for their family friends, and seem to have a pretty good time doing it. I've come to realize that when it comes to your time (and money), experiences and relationships are worth investing in, and I think these "kids" get it.

Okay, enough talk: here are some of my favorite pictures of the seniors. All Vermonters, mostly Randolph Union High School, but also Williamstown, Burr & Burton (Manchester), and Sharon Academy.

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Ella (TSA - Ella actually graduated in 2015, but we took her pictures just a few days before graduation)

Abi (Randolph)

Kelsey (Randolph)

Anais (Randolph)

Peter (Williamstown)

Natalie (Burr & Burton)

Connor (Randolph)

Henry (Randolph)

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben Central DeFlorio Nature Personality Photographer Photography Pictures Portrait Senior Vermont http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/12/senior-portraits-2015 Sun, 06 Dec 2015 21:33:02 GMT
Holiday Photography Buying Guide http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/12/holiday-photography-buying-guide Thinking about making a photography purchase for the holidays? Here are a few ideas for various budgets.

Under $25

  • Memory Cards - a photographer can never have enough memory, right? I like Sandisk and you can get a lot of storage for not a lot of money - click this LINK.
  • Card Carrier - with all those new memory cards it is nice to have something to keep them organized in your bag - click this LINK.
  • Rocket Blower - dust on your dslr sensor can be pretty frustrating, this simple device will keep your sensor clean - click this LINK.
  • Flashlight - A nice small LED flashlight that you can leave in your camera bag will make your life easier - Belmains has one for about $13 that fits the bill

$100 Range

  • Take a class - I'll be teaching another class starting in January at RTCC and I think Tim Calabro (from the Herald) will probably teach a class in the spring. I think it is $85 for six classes. Contact RTCC to find out more - click this LINK.
  • Take the photos you've taken or had taken and get some prints or make a book. Make those files into something tangible, you won't regret it.

$250 Range

  • Book a portrait session with one of your favorite photographers - there are many good ones in the area to choose from.
  • For those of you with DSLRs and still shooting with the kit lens, get a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Wether you are shooting Canon, Nikon, or something else there is always a very capable 50mm lens that will allow you to shoot in lower light, with a shallower depth-of-field, and force you to be more creative. There is no better value in lenses than this. Here is Canon's current offering (LINK) and Nikon's (LINK)
  • For those not interested in a DSLR, but you want something more advanced than an iPhone here is a pretty great deal that expires on the 5th for an advanced point n' shoot camera with a printer (you do have to do a mail-in-rebate to make it a good deal) - click this LINK.

$1000 Range

  • A great trip is one of the best things you can do for a photographer - go somewhere inspiring. New locations spark creativity.
  • As you become serious about photography you start to understand that spending at least a grand on a lens is hard to avoid if you want something really good, but Sigma has a great lineup of lenses that are well built, sharp, fun to shoot with, and come in much less then their Canon and Nikon counterparts - try their ART series, I personally have their 35 f/1.4 and love it - click this LINK.

$1500+

  • Full Frame - a nice big sensor is great for low-light sure is nice to have. Canon, Nikon, Sony's mirrorless options...you can't go too wrong. Here are a few options - click the LINK, LINK, LINK.

These are of course just the tip of the iceberg and there are all kinds of products or experiences that would be great for your family or the photographer in your life - make a comment below if you'd like any specific advice and I'll be happy to help.

PS - I have no affiliation (I don't make any money) with B&H or Amazon by providing the links above, but I do make purchases through those sources.

 

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben DeFlorio Guide Photographer Photography Vermont http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/12/holiday-photography-buying-guide Thu, 03 Dec 2015 18:21:58 GMT
Home Grown in Central Vermont: Nicole Duch http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/8/home-grown-in-central-vermont-nicole-duch I met Nicole Duch at her farm last August where we walked the potato fields and then followed up on a sunny February morning to get some pictures of the potatoes. It took me way too long to put this all together, but here is the interview and pictures. Thanks Nicole!

B (Ben): What’s your name?
N (Nicole): Nicole Duch.

B: What town do you live in?
N: East Calais, Vermont.

B: Are you a small farmer or an avid gardner?
N: Small farmer.
B: And the name of your farm?
N: Seedfolks Farm.
B: How did you decide on that name?
N: Every spring when you start the seeds that is really the start of your year and we thought it was a good way to capture the start of everything.

B: When and what got you into farming?
N: I went to Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont which has a small farm which has organic agriculture, homesteading, and farm classes. I worked on the college farm a little bit, but mostly I worked on other farms in the area. Meeting all the farmers, eating really good food, and being outside working - being tired at night - really got me hooked. I started writing a paper on community supported agriculture and I was hooked for real…forever and I knew I was going to be a farmer. I’ve been farming since then.
B: Tell me about your grandparents influence again.
N: When I was little in New Jersey my one Italian grandpa always grew tomatoes and basil in his garden and my other grandpa grew various vegetables. Some of earliest memories were picking carrots from the garden, rolling them in the grass, and eating them with a little bit of soil on them - my grandma standing on the back porch yelling to us that we better wash them and my grandpa telling her it was fine. God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt (laughs)! It felt a little bit naughty eating the carrot with soil on it - so it as pretty great! They usually had fresh tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and lots of things that we had for lunches and salads.

B: What do you enjoy about farming?
N: Being outside, even in the various weather, working with my body, growing plants. I like seeing the whole timeline of events. I like starting the seeds, I like watering them, planting them, weeding, harvesting, selling (laughs)! I’ve worked on some farms that understandably want you to have one or two jobs because it makes sense, it is more efficient that way, but for me I like to be involved in all aspects of it. Who wouldn’t want to be!
B: I think there is always more satisfaction when you start something and finish it - when you are just a cog in a machine of producing something you don’t (always) get that at the end of the day.
N: Right, and you don’t (necessarily) understand your part in the whole system. So running a small farm for me I get to see the whole cycle of things which I love.

B: Tell about the food you have picked.
N: Potatoes! First I chose lettuce, but I switched to potatoes. I chose lettuce (originally) because I love how lettuce fields look, they are very beautiful! It is really satisfying - it is easy to start lettuce seeds, it is easy to transplant it, looks beautiful, you don’t harvest the entire lettuce so there is always some organic matter retuning and even if some of the lettuce doesn’t look great they (can) just feed the soil and when we moved to our farm last spring (2013) lettuce was one of the only things that grew really great here so it was a symbol of hope that this could be a vegetable farm. But then I was hilling my potatoes Sunday and the plants looked so beautiful  and I was thinking of all the ways I would eat the potatoes in the winter time all the different ways I would cook them and all the delicious meals that would I would have with those potatoes. There is a lot of nutrition in a pound of potatoes - I love growing greens and I love growing tomatoes, but potatoes really feed people. So that is why I chose potatoes and because potatoes store almost indefinitely so you can store them in a root cellar so you don’t need a refrigerator or walk in cooler. You can harvest potatoes and leave them out in a barn for a month - it just has to be a constant temperature and dark. So potatoes are pretty sustainable…maybe…is there anything that is truly sustainable? You can save them and plant them again.

B: How do you like to eat potatoes - what are some of your favorite recipes?
N: Well I love roasted potatoes - olive oil, maybe rosemary, garlic cloves - that's probably my favorite way, sea salt and I like to mix up the colors, but also baked potatoes with really good butter, mashed potatoes with good milk and butter and garlic - you have to add the garlic. Soups and stews - you could potatoes in anything, fry them - home fries, potato pancakes...
B: This is starting to sound really good! (laughs)
N: You can do oven fries, deep fries (I don't do that - I don't have the capability I guess). New potatoes I like boiled with butter or baked (and) mashed down with butter and sea salt. You never really get sick of potatoes - I don't, maybe others do! (laughs)
B: It is one of those foods that you can mix with other flavors...
N: Yeah, different herbs, spices, vegetables - what about a twice baked potato! Bake the potato, take it out, cut them in half, scoop the centers out, mix it with butter and cheese, put it back in and bake it, even some broccoli - that would be delicious, that is delicious!
B: That would be delicious tonight! (laughs)
N: You have got to have some time (and) that is why I like dreaming of all these things because roasting takes a lot of time and it is hot right now and (in the winter) I have time to prepare things. Even a crock pot with a really low simmering soup, starting it in the morning and then having it for lunch and dinner. And having a really big soup so you have it for a few days.
B: Soup usually tastes better the second day...
N: Yeah.

B: Anything else you'd like to say about potatoes or farming?
N: Well everybody gets their potatoes in so early - April people are planting potatoes - I like to wait and plant mine when it warms up a bit because I feel there isn't as much bug pressure or even disease pressure. They are solanaceous crops so they are really a warm season crops and when they are in an environment that they are meant to be in, that they like, they are not going to be as stressed so they aren't going to get as many pests or diseases. So the past few years I have started my potatoes almost mid-June, but I bet they will be healthier longer and the potatoes will still size up - they are happy. I like to keep my root crops in the ground until it gets really cold - even after a few light frosts because they tend to sweeten up and there are some varieties of potatoes, and you should definitely know this, that sweeten in storage, so growing those is really awesome and delicious. You squirrel those away until you've eaten most of the rest of your potatoes - finally one day, you are like you know what it is time for those Red Maria's and they are SO good. The sweetest potatoes you'll ever eat.
B: You might call them sweet potatoes! (kidding)
N: Almost! Sweet potatoes are a hot crop too!
B: What are the varieties that you have planted?
N: This year we have All Blue, they have blue skin and are blue all the way through. We have Corolla which is yellow skin and yellow center. I really like Golden and the taste is really good too. Different potatoes are good for different things so we tend to grow a wide variety - although we don't have as wide a variety as in the past. We don't have any fingerlings which is a little bit sad. Last year we grew this beautiful Magic Molly - purple and dark purple in the center - a brand new potato (Cornell breed it in a lab - BUT NOT GMO!), but it was a young potato so it didn't have many disease problems, that was really beautiful. Banana fingerling, but we don't have fingerlings - roasted fingerlings really good. If you are being really dramatic you can make mashed potatoes out of fingerlings and that's really good.
B: Mashed fingers!

N: Wait! Let me tell you - potatoes, at least on this scale, potatoes take up a lot of space and are sort of inefficient on a small scale, we have a small cultivating tractor and we have to take off the cultivating equipment and put on the discs - then we have to switch the cultivating stuff back on. Small farmers don't really make money on potatoes, but they are so nourishing and they are so important to the farmers diet and you want to feed your community. In the winter you want to feed people - you can't just feed people in the summer (laughs). So buy potatoes from small farmers so they'll grow more - if there is demand they'll want to grow more.

You can find Nicole and Seedfolks Farm at the Capital City Farmers Market in Montpelier and find out more at the links below.

www.facebook.com/seedfolksfarmvt
www.seedfolksfarm.com
https://instagram.com/outoftheswirled

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 2014 2015 6d Ben Calais Canon Central DeFlorio Duch East Farm Farmer Field Food Grown Home New Nicole Personal Photographer Photography Portrait Portraits Potatoes Project Scale Seedfolks Small Summer Vermont Winter in http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/8/home-grown-in-central-vermont-nicole-duch Sat, 22 Aug 2015 03:24:06 GMT
Travel: 42 Hours In Maine http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/8/42-hours-in-maine A long summer vacation wasn't in the cards this year, but a quick trip to Maine before the chill of September hits was. Keeping things simple we headed to the Portland area (that we know and enjoy) and were treated with beautiful weather and light. The first evening we visited what I read was "the most photographed lighthouse in the world", Portland Head Light in Fort Williams Park on Cape Elizabeth. I am sometimes a little hesitant to visit popular photo destinations because often they have been photographed in every conceivable way, but I was there as a tourist spending time with my family and just to take casual pictures. I'm really glad we went because it was a beautiful spot to spend a beautiful evening. The lighthouse was certainly photo worthy and the park itself was full of lovely paths, wild flowers, and views - not too crowded either. As evidence by the Maine license plates it was a place the locales enjoy too.
We stopped for some ice cream afterwards. My daughter Isabel decided that my cone was really her cone... The next day was a day at the beach - Scarborough Beach. We had been there before a few times - great sand, fun waves, and the water was warm (for Maine). I took a few pictures at the beginning and then wrapped my camera up in a bag. As you probably know sand gets everywhere so its better just to put that camera away if you want to have fun. Isabel made a major breakthrough with her fear of the ocean and played in the small waves and after almost six hours of fun we went back to our hotel for naps. We wrapped up the trip with an evening in Portland, I didn't take many pictures...

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Beach Ben Cape DeFlorio Elizabeth England Fort Fun Harbor Maine New Ocean Park People Photographer Portland Portland Head Light Portrait Rocks Sand Scarborough Swimming Vacation Vacationland Vermont Waves Williams http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/8/42-hours-in-maine Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:02:54 GMT
Travel: Arizona http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/4/travel-arizona With Spring taking its time to develop in Vermont a vacation to Arizona was a welcome change. This was a fun family vacation where relaxing and having a great time was the first priority, but I of course had plenty of opportunity to take pictures too and the natural wonders did not disappoint. Here are some images from Montazuma's Castle, Sedona, Slide Rock, Walnut Canyon, and of course - The Grand Canyon. My recommendation to anyone visiting these places is to get up early because while the sites are amazing at anytime of day the early morning light makes it that much better. Evening light is great too. If you are up to it physically get down into the Grand Canyon too - having it both rise above you and drop off well below you adds to the grandness.

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 2.8 40mm 6d Arizona Ben Cactus Canon Canyon Castle DeFlorio Desert Grand Historic Montazuma's National Natural North Pancake Parks Photographer Red Rock Rocks Sedona Slide The Walnut West Wonder http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/4/travel-arizona Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:14:28 GMT
Home Grown in Centeral Vermont: Chip Allen Natvig http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/4/home-grown-in-centeral-vermont-chip-allen-natvig Chip Allen Natvig owns and operates Pebble Brook Farm in West Brookfield. The desire to be a farmer developed early in his life and he is living the dream: producing a wide variety of organic produce for local restaurants, breweries, grocers, and individuals. I met him in his squash field late last August and we did a follow up interview a few weeks later.

(Ben) Your name?
(Chip) Chip Allen Natvig

The town you live in?
West Brookfield

Are you a small farmer or an avid gardener?
A small farmer - Pebble Brook Farm When and what got you into farming?
My grandfather (my dad’s dad) back in Pennsylvania when I was growing up had a big greenhouse in his backyard and I remember as a little kid going out there with him all the time and I remember the smell of it.  I loved being inside the greenhouse and helping him. The planting, transplanting, harvesting and watching them grow, the humidity ... everything about it at a very early age got implanted in my head and heart. So then, growing up when I was old enough to have a job, I started working on organic farms (well, at least organic practice farms). And even before that I would go into dairy barns across the way from my house and muck stalls when the farmers were sleeping just to be around farms. We came to Vermont every summer so it was kind of me getting close to Vermont in a weird way.  I’d skateboard over, muck some stalls, and go home (laughter). So I’ve always wanted to learn how to farm and, after managing Dog River Farm in Berlin, I acquired some land in Northfield Falls and got started. What aspects do you enjoy most about farming?
Many things.  No one day is the same. It is the kind of job where every single day is different and I am outside. It gives me great satisfaction and peace of mind that people are eating the things I grew and worked so hard to do. Knowing that [the food I produce] is out there all around Central Vermont and Cape Cod, that they’re eating my stuff, its pretty cool. And of course the smell of the greenhouse.  Sarah (Chip’s wife) can vouch for this.  Every single morning I go out to the greenhouse, drink my coffee in my pajamas and look at things that having been growing overnight.  I just look and smell.
That’s pretty cool how you have this strong connection to back when you were a young child…
It took me a while to realize why I was so into farming. I’ve always loved it [but] my lifestyle [prior] to having a farm was very much into action sports. I skateboard, snowboard, I worked for red bull, and photograph extreme sports, but farming is my…ahhhhhhhh (the sound of peaceful satisfaction). Now [farming] has become my career [along with] photography.  Winter is my busy season as a photographer and my down time from the farm. Tell me about the food that you have picked for this project?
Squash. Oh, man - I go down to the field every single day to try to harvest squash. I have six different varieties: winter squash, pumpkin, blue hubbard, delicata, red curry, acorn, buttercup, butternut - seven varieties. Every day I go down and harvest more so they are put into storage to cure so when I get an order I can pack it up and go. You should see my barn now: bins of squash [and] my truck bed was full.  I was driving slow coming back to the farm saying 'Oh man!' Today I did a lot of blue hubbard and delicata. The menu tonight [at The Black Krim] (a restaurant run by Chip’s wife Sarah Natvig) has red curry and blue hubbard. How and when do you harvest squash?
I started two weeks ago (late August). When the squash is ripened, let’s take acorn for example, they get dark, which doesn’t necessarily mean they are ripe; you gently pick it up so the stem doesn’t snap and check the bottom color.  If it is orange that means it is ripe or close. Same with the delicata: the yellow will go from greenish to tan and that’s ripe. You just have to watch the colors or if the stem snaps easily. The bigger squash don’t snap and you have to cut the stem with a knife. How do you like to eat squash?
Many, many ways! Delicata is one of my favorites because it is super sweet. Just cut it in half long-ways, place it on a cookie sheet, and let the sugars do their thing. You can add maple syrup or butter afterwards, but you really don’t need to because it is so sweet. After you pick them you are supposed to let them cure in a warm area for at least a week. I usually put them in the greenhouse or let them sit in the sun out in the yard.  [This] brings the sugars down, once the squash is off the plant the starches start converting to sugar, and the hotter it is, the more it speeds [the process] up. [Also as] soups or cut into cubes and roasted.  Take an acorn, make it into a bowl, put stuff in the bowl and you have an edible bowl. Anything else?
(Chip's farm started in Northfields Falls on an old dairy farm that had been unused for several years before they bought a house and transitioned it to West Brookfield). Transitioning the farm over took some time and was tough to do, and [during] a year where I wasn’t selling anything and income was really low.  But now each year is getting better and better; it is nice to have a home base in Randolph (West Brookfield is connected to the greater Randolph community) and the whole area is great spot to be.
Was there are lot of work with your soils (after moving)?
So much! Oh man! The new field I just acquired with the squashes is my best soil, not a rock and virtually weed free. All the other fields I’ve ever had have been rock, on a hill, full of clay; constantly rotating crops, adding soil amendments, and sometimes rotating chickens, turkeys, and pigs [which] have helped. Now I have some great fields, five of them.  Ten acres total. The new field with the squash - everything is going to be there next year and the [other vegetables] will be taking one, two, or even three years off and I’ll add more organic matter to the soil. That’s it! Find out more about Chip and Pebble Brook Farm at his Facebook page link below. You can now sign up for his certified organic CSA. I’ll add a link when he has his website up.

Pebble Brook Farm Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pebblebrook.farmstaff

Find more about this project HERE.

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Allen Ben Brookfield Central Chip DeFlorio Farmer Field Food Grown Home Natvig Organic Pebble Brook Farm Photographer Photography Portrait Project Randolph Small Squash Vermont West in http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2015/4/home-grown-in-centeral-vermont-chip-allen-natvig Mon, 06 Apr 2015 01:21:32 GMT
Year In Review: People http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/year-in-review-people To my surprise, I am above all a people photographer. This year I took pictures of people in many different settings including weddings, news & magazine assignments, commercial jobs (I'm not ready to share many of these, but they will work in to my portfolios in the new year), on the street, and in people's homes and neighborhoods. Here are some from sessions, some from a personal project I am still working on, and a few of my own family and friends. Have a Happy New Year!

From my Home Grown in Central Vermont Project (which I hope to have some new posts on soon)...

And a few of my family and friends...

 

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) Ben Boston DeFlorio England Family Individual New Photographer Portrait Sessions Vermont York http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/year-in-review-people Wed, 31 Dec 2014 18:58:14 GMT
2014 In Review: Weddings http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-weddings I shot four weddings as the primary (one co-primary) shooter and second shooter for a couple more this year. I wouldn't call myself a wedding photographer, but rather a photographer who shoots weddings - but each year I seem to do a few more and I actually enjoy it quite a bit. There is some pressure when you are photographing a one-time event and a couple are putting their trust in you to not screw it up, but you also have several hours to take photographs on a day filled with emotions, everyone is looking their best, and people tend to relax quite a bit over the course of the day (especially after cocktail hour). Here are some images from this year...

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 2014 6d Ben Bethel Bolton Canon DeFlorio Essex Hampshire New Party People Photographer Portrait Randolph Strafford Vermont Wedding Weddings Wilton http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-weddings Tue, 30 Dec 2014 15:54:36 GMT
2014 In Review: On Assignment http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-on-assignment A couple dozen newspaper and magazine assignments this year. This kind of work is usually pretty interesting and challenging because you get assigned to do a wide variety of things - like portraits, news worthy events, sports, etc. and then you have to try to tell the story in just a few images - plus get names and important information while you're at it. It is good exercise for a photographer.

Chris Maybe and Tim Murphy listen to a question from the audience at the South Royalton school meeting on Monday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Representative Sarah Buxton speaks during the South Royalton school meeting on Monday night as moderator David Ainsworth stands close by. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Thorton Hayslett asks the board at question at Monday nights school meeting in Tunbridge. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Kelly Green William Pease examines his treasures from the Easter egg hunt at the Tunbridge Central School on Saturday morning. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Randolph pitcher Rachel Johson shows she can handle the bat too during the season opener against South Royalton. Randolph won 8-4 on Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Beverly Benior dances with Gerry Carrier (dressed as the Easter Bunny) during the Royalton Variety Show on Saturday night. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Baby lambs soaked up the beautiful Easter sun at Howling Wolf Farm in Randolph Sunday afternoon. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Derek O'Toole of Anchor Light Farm in Braintree discs one of their fields with help of two strong horses on Monday morning. Anchor Light is running their first CSA this year and will be a offering a diverse array of vegetables and herbs. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Supporters and survivors met at the outdoor classroom at the Vermont Law School on Monday evening for a Take Back The Night gathering put on by Safeline. An Observance flame was lit and stories of abuses were shared to promote healing, acceptance, and prevention. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) South Royalton Hosted Hazen, Whitcomb, and Chelsea in Track & Field on Tuesday afternoon. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Maggie Dakin sails over the bar in the high jump event at the track and field meet hosted by South Royalton on Tuesday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Randolph fell 8-5 against a physical Otter Valley team in boys lacrosse this past Thursday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Pavin Parrish hits an iron shot on the White River Golf Club's opening day this past Friday in Rochester. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Hannah Barden with son Finn and Erica Young with daughter Aila roll through the rain as they participate in the Sufficient Food For All walk-a-thon in Brookfield on Saturday. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) The Folk Rock Project was one of five bands that performed at Chandler Music Hall on Saturday night as part of the Beat The Band music competition. (Herald/ Ben DeFlorio) Candler Music Hall hosted the first Beat The Band music competition on Saturday night. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) TallGrass GetDown was one of five bands that performed at Chandler Music Hall on Saturday night as part of the Beat The Band music competition. TallGrass GetDown took home the win and will headline their own show at Chandler next year. (Herald/ Ben DeFlorio) Randolph celebrated Memorial Day with a parade featuring Veterans from wars back to WWII and held a ceremony in Grant's Park. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Randolph celebrated Memorial Day with a parade featuring Veterans from wars back to WWII and held a ceremony in Grant's Park. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Randolph celebrated Memorial Day with a parade featuring Veterans from wars back to WWII and held a ceremony in Grant's Park. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Creamee Bill, Sharon, and Michelle Campbell Standing behind the hockey glass at Union Arena, Tyler Waters points out to the seats that are filling up with proud parents for Friday's Woodstock Union High School Graduation. (Valley News / Ben DeFlorio) Woodstock Union High School held graduation ceremonies in Union Arena on Friday night. (Valley News / Ben DeFlorio) Woodstock Union High School held graduation ceremonies in Union Arena on Friday night. (Valley News / Ben DeFlorio) Kearsarge High School graduated the Class of 2014 on Saturday afternoon. (Ben DeFlorio Photograph) Kearsarge High School graduated the Class of 2014 on Saturday afternoon. (Ben DeFlorio Photograph) Kearsarge High School's class of 2014 throw their caps in the air in celebration while fireworks burst in the air in front of them at graduation ceremonies on Saturday. (Ben DeFlorio Photograph) Otto Pierce on his property in Stockbridge. He is one of the directors of the first year artists residency called The Sable Project. The artists held their first showcase this past Sunday. (Photographs by Ben DeFlorio for Seven Days) Otto Pierce on his property in Stockbridge. He is one of the directors of the first year artists residency called The Sable Project. The artists held their first showcase this past Sunday. (Photographs by Ben DeFlorio for Seven Days) Otto Pierce on his property in Stockbridge. He is one of the directors of the first year artists residency called The Sable Project. The artists held their first showcase this past Sunday. (Photographs by Ben DeFlorio for Seven Days) Lab Tech Laurel Bicknell Yvonne & the Reverbs play Wallystock at the Hartford Elks Lodge on Sunday afternoon as guitars of Wally Wysk sat on display in front of the stage. The well attended event honored Wally who passed away in July and benefited Friends of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Wally played guitar in several local groups and also taught many young musicians at Blue Mountain Guitars. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio for The Valley News) Paul Whitney keeps the fire going as carolers from The United Church of South Royalton near the center of the green on Sunday night (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) Shepards keep warm as carolers from The United Church of South Royalton near the center of the green during their annual Christmas pageant on Sunday night. (Herald / Ben DeFlorio) After sliding to the ice, Kenneth Lyman pulls himself back up with a smile to continue skating around the rink at the newly renovated Wendell A. Barwood Arena at Hartford High School on Sunday. (Photo by Ben DeFlorio for The Valley News)

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 2014 6d Barre Ben Bethel Braintree Brookfield Canon Central Day DeFlorio Hampshire Kearsage Magazine Meeting Music New Newspaper People Photographer Photography Photojournalism Randolph Rochester Royalton South Sports Stockbridge Town Tunbridge Vermont Woodstock http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-on-assignment Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:24:38 GMT
2014 In Review: City & Country http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-city-country I didn't seem to have a lot of time to go out and take landscapes or cityscapes this year, but while I was going to or coming from various places or jobs I took these. Most of these are in Vermont, but some in Maine, New York City, Philadelphia, Savannah and places in between.

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) 6D Beach Ben Canon City DeFlorio Georgia Harbor Maine New Ocean Pennsylvania People Philadelphia Photographer Photography Savannah Skyscraper Snow Trees Vermont York http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-city-country Fri, 26 Dec 2014 15:23:11 GMT
2014 In Review: Street http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-street I'm putting a few year in review blog posts together - starting with Street Photography. There aren't many opportunities to do street photography in Vermont, but whenever I have some time in an urban setting I love to get out and try my hand at it. I mostly "shoot from the hip" and I think that usually the subject is unaware that I have taken their picture. My goal is to capture honest and interesting expressions and I'm on the look out for anything unusual or a scene that seems to tell a story. The images below were taken this year in New York City (September), Boston (March), and Philadelphia (January). Someday I'd like to spend a month just shooting street images in New York.

You can see more of my street photography here: http://defloriophotography.com/street

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ben.deflorio@gmail.com (Ben DeFlorio Photography) & 6d Ben Black Boston Candid Canon City Cold DeFlorio Expressions Fun New People Philadelphia Photographer Photography Randolph Snow Street Urban Vermont Weird White Wild York http://defloriophotography.com/blog/2014/12/2014-in-review-street Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:26:54 GMT