Ausome Weekend – Help Needed!!

I want to make this weekend, an Ausome weekend!  To do it, I need your help!!  

I need 6 kiddos on the autism spectrum to come into my studio and be photographed by me for my Ausome Me series!  Below is a link with more info on the series. 

There is NO cost to participate. Just show up and let me do what I do. You’ll receive a link within a few days with proofs from our session. From this link, you will choose 1 image that I will print as an 8×10 and mail to you, free, just for coming in and working with me. 

You can’t beat this “deal!”

Either comment on here, message me on social media or email me at brian@brianmengini.com to schedule your time with me. 

Oh, and please share this info!!  Thanks!!

https://brianmengini.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/ausomeme/

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AusomeMe

I have begun work on a new portrait series, titled Ausome Me.  Ausome Me is a studio based series of intimate portraits of children on the Autism spectrum.  I wanted to create a new body of work within this community that I am a part of (my eldest son, Dominic, is on the spectrum).  I wanted the look and feel to be different.  Ausome Me portraits will have a more Fine Art look and feel which is different then other children’s portraits I have created. They will also be intimate as these images are NOT posed.  I am not waiting for that “perfect smile” to arise.  I am waiting for a specific moments to happen; moments where I see the personality and character of the child come through.  Now, if a big hearty smile comes through as I am waiting, then of course I will grab it.  I mean, why not?  Smiles are contagious, so that is definitely something I would want to share.

I suppose one could say these are for awareness, not for autism because unless you lived under a rock for years, just about everyone knows what Autism is and more so someone on the spectrum.  I more wanted to simply create beautiful portraits of these beautiful souls and perhaps raise awareness of just how AUSOME they are!  For now, this series will just live online on social media and eventually my website, brianmengini.com.  As the series hopefully grows, I may explore other avenues to gain visibility for this body of work and the amazing individuals in it!

By now, you are probably saying to yourself, this all sounds amazing, how do I sign my kiddo up? Easy peasy lemon squeasy.  Message me your availability. The sessions take place in my Lansdowne, Delaware County studio.  Right now, I am not being bombarded with sessions, so I am scheduling them as they come in vs set days.

Are there costs to participate?  Nope!  There is no cost or fee to have your kiddo in one of the photo sessions.  In fact, I pay you.  Well, sorta… If you participate in one of these photo sessions, you will receive a complimentary 8×10 print from the session as my way of saying thanks for being AUSOME and coming in to help me.  Now, you MAY purchase other prints or digital media from the session, but we will get into that later.  The option is there, however.  After the session, you will receive a proofing gallery of fully edited images from which you select your free print and any others you may wish to purchase.  While there is no obligation to purchase more, it is quite appreciated as it helps fund this project.

Only two things left for you to do now…. 

  1. Schedule your session with me asap!
  2. Share this post and info with anyone you know in the ASD community!

Thanks in advance!!

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Kids on the Autism Spectrum Needed’ 

Kids on the autism spectrum needed for portraits this week in my Lansdowne studio. I’m working on a new ASD kiddo body of work and need models. 

I’m flexible with times but need them this week.  Every participating family will receive a complimentary 8×10 print from the session. 

Images will initially be used in an online gallery but as I move forward, other options to show this work will be explored. 

Please reply to this post or email me at Brian@brianmengini.com with your availability. 

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Vietnam Vets Needed 

I’m looking for 25 Vietnam Veterans for a portrait series that will be displayed in a print and online exhibit.  

Sessions will take place at my Lansdowne studio. Scheduling will be done at your convenience. I’m looking to have the sessions completed by month’s end, in time for Veteran’s Day.  All participating veterans will receive a complimentary 8×10 print from the session. 

Email me at brian@brianmengini.com to schedule yours. 

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Used DSLR Cameras Needed for Special Needs Kids!

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Hello friends.  I am working on a photography program for special needs kids in Delaware County.  I am looking to roll this program out in the next couple of months.  I need your help though.

I am looking to set up 10 camera kits (body, at least one lens, bag, strap) and am reaching out to anyone out in cyber land who may have a used DSLR they aren’t using.  I am not concerned what make or model, just looking for a working/functional DSLR that I can train the kids on and let them use while they are in the program.

I will reveal more details about the program itself, as we get closer to launch, but in essence, this program will give these beautiful souls, not only a creative outlet, but another means to express themselves and document the world through their eyes.

If you have a camera you are willing to donate, please get in touch via social media or email (brian @ brianmengini.com).  Also, I ask that you please share this information with your networks!

Thanks in advance!!

 

 

 

 

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Guitarists Needed 

I’m looking for two guitarists to test shoot with for a potential portrait series. There are some specs for what I’m looking for. 

First, I need a (2) musician who is intensely passionate about their craft. Ideally they will be interesting with a different look to them (not dockers and a button down shirt). 

Second, I’m looking for an acoustic and electric guitar. I want a piece w character. So, a blonde Strat is out lol. For the electric, maybe a les Paul or something ornate. For the acoustic, maybe like a mahogany top Martin or something. 

I’m looking to create dynamic and dramatic portraits of the musician and their instrument. Every musician who is selected and participates, gets 5 free high RES digital files to use or not use as they so desire. 

Interested musicians should email me a photo of themselves and their guitar to Brian@brianmengini.com. 

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Gap Stories

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On June 21, I will be in Locust Gap, making portraits and interviewing some of the Gap’s older residents and former residents.  This will be part of a project aimed at encapsulating, through first person accountings, the rich history of the Gap, esp during the times when the mines were still open and the Gap was a bustling mine town.

The Gap is very important and dear to me.  It is part of my DNA.  My mother was born there.  Her paternal line lived in the Gap dating back to the 1860’s.  I spent much time there, taking trips with my Gram as a young boy and trying to maintain that connection to the area as I got older.

This will be my first of several trips for this project.  The images created and stories documented, will be hosted online and I will explore options of a possible print exhibit at some point.  Right now, my focus is on people born in the Gap up to the 19040’s, maybe 50’s.

I will be sharing a flier about this project with the first date shortly.  I would like to create the portraits with the Gappers either in front of their family home or perhaps at a childhood hangout.  Each Gapper who participates will receive a complimentary 8×10 print.

If you know anyone who fits the above and is willing to meet me in Locust Gap on June 21st, please get in touch with me.  My contact info is listed below!

Thanks!!

Brian Mengini

brian@brianmengini.com

484-832-3389

 

 

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