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IGNITE : A LITTE SPARK FOR YOUR NEW BUSINESS

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SPARK days have been a favorite of mine for a long time.  Back in 2012 over lunch with Caroline Frost and Cassi Claire, Caroline expressed her desire to create a group for women photographers in the NYC area that meets weekly to discuss faith and photography.  Being women who love Jesus and photography (respectively of course), Cassi and I couldn’t wait to jump on board!  SPARK was born, and the experience of being involved with this incredible group has been life changing.

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This fall, we were looking for a way to serve and give back to our community.  We came up with the idea of hosting a FREE workshop for new photographers,  hoping to share what has been successful for us over the past four years to IGNITE a little “spark” in new photography businesses in the area.   IGNITE is a free workshop for new photographers taking place in Central Park on November 16th from 1:30pm-4:30pm and includes topics like posing, composition, marketing, and tips for exposure and lighting.  We will also have a model for some hands on practice!  The workshop will be led by Caroline Frost, Amy Rizzuto and Cassi Claire with Leandra Brown, Mekina Saylor, Kristy Timms, Bethany Michaela, and Cassady Adams, a few of the many fabulous women who are a part of NYC SPARK.  Space is limited, so if you are interested, make sure to apply here by November 5th: http://www.jotform.us/CassiClaire/ignite2014.

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To learn more about IGNITE, visit our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329637847209932/.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at amy@amyrizzutophotography.com or to Cassi at cassi@cassiclaire.com.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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THE BEST FRIDAYS INCLUDE MEG RYAN + CHOCOLATE CHAI TEA

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There is nothing that makes me happier than waking up to gorgeous golden sunlight streaming through the open windows, especially on a Friday.  Friday is one of my favorite days of the week, and special days call for special routines.  After enjoying gingerbread pancakes before the hubby heads off to work, I pour warm chocolate chai tea in my favorite Serendipity mug.  Chances are I have a wedding the next day, so a quiet day in the office is welcomed.  Kylie curls up in the corner to watch a classic romantic movie (most likely involving Meg Ryan) while I work on editing a pretty wedding.   Date night is sure to follow once Matt gets home, bringing about the perfect end to a perfect day.

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Fresh flowers and a delicious smelling fall candle make the atmosphere in the office so relaxing.

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Do you have a favorite Friday routine?  Feel free to leave your comments in the box below.  HAPPY FRIDAY!!!

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CONGRATULATIONS ON PASSING THE BAR ALI!!!

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My sister Ali has been my best friend ever since I can remember.  We grew up going on adventures (just like Mary-Kate and Ashley), playing tennis, and having late night movie marathons.  She was always supportive and always there for me.  This summer I had the opportunity to cheer Ali on as she studied for the North Carolina Bar Exam.  After graduating from the Charlotte School of Law, Ali spent countless hours reading, making hundreds of notecards, and taking practice exams.  She took the two day test at the end of July, and today, she found out she PASSED!  When I got the phone call from her with the news, I could barely contain my excitement! I am so proud of my little sister, and can’t wait to see her succeed in a job it seems like she was created to do.

This past June, I had the opportunity to photograph the family law firm where Ali was hired after graduation.  It was so fun meeting the incredible women Ali works with and seeing her so happy in her environment.  In honor of Ali passing the Bar today, I wanted to share a few of my favorites below.

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Ali is working in Family Law at Passenant & Shearin in Charlotte, NC.

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The women she works with were all so welcoming, and their office was beautiful!

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Congratulations again on passing the Bar Exam Ali!  I am so proud of you and wish you luck as you begin this new journey.:)

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THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEKING REST

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One of the things I struggle with most as a business owner is knowing when it is time to take a break. As cheesy as it sounds, I love what I do so much, most days it doesn’t feel fair calling it “work”.  I truly feel like God designed me to be a wedding photographer, and I hope it is something I get to do for the rest of my life. When my good friend Caroline asked me if I wanted to photograph a wedding with her in California, I hesitated. It was in August, smack dab in the middle of busy season!  Knowing it would be one of my only chances to take a vacation before December, and unable to deny my love for travel and new adventures, I decided to join her.

As I sit on a plane headed back east, I can’t help but smile as I mentally replay so many of the fun memories made. After capturing a magical wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay with one of my best friends, my husband Matt flew out to explore this beautiful state with me. We spent a day in Napa with Matt’s brother, his girlfriend, and two of our closest friends from college, before heading to Lake Tahoe to enjoy a couple of days of hiking and picnics on the beach with Caroline, Alex, and Caroline’s sweet family.  I leave California feeling rested, rejuvenated, and creatively inspired. Check out a few of my favorite memories from our adventures together below.

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The trip began with a gorgeous wedding at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay.  A big thanks to my beautiful friend Caroline for bringing me along to help capture it.

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The day after the wedding I joined my husband Matt, Tony, Kelly, Liz and Ben for a relaxing day in Napa.

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It was a blast catching up with some of our closest friends!

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Matt and I spent Monday and Tuesday exploring Lake Tahoe!  We reconnected with Caroline and her husband Alex at Caroline’s family’s home.

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One of my favorite memories from the trip was our hike up this incredible mountain.  There was just something so peaceful and inspiring about exploring God’s creation.

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A big thanks to Dale and Lily for hosting us in your beautiful home.

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How amazing is this view?!

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The whole group.:)

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Dinner was held outside, right before sunset.

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As we enjoyed a delicious meal, we watched the sky change from blue, to golden, to a deep rich purple.

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“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

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Thanks for coming along on my California adventure!  Have you enjoyed a restful summer or explored an exciting new place?  Feel free to share your adventures in the comment box below.:)

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THE SILVERSTROM GROUP : 50% OFF TEETH WHITENING

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A bright smile and beautiful orchids greeted me as I walked into the Silverstrom Group.  To be honest, it felt like I was entering a spa instead of a dentist office.  The calming sound of the water wall put me at ease and the adorable coffee and tea cafe made me feel at home.  It was easy to see why this father-and-son team practice was voted the “Best Dentist of Essex County” last year.

Entering my private suite in the Silverstrom Group, I felt completely taken care of.  As someone who is in front of the camera as often as behind it, I believe it is important to have a beautiful white smile.  Dr. David Silverstrom personally explained exactly how the “Zoom Whitening” would work.  He was so kind and I was extremely impressed with the fact that the owner of the practice would spend so much time to ensure I felt comfortable with the process.  ”At the Silverstrom Group, we are all like family”, David explained.

After a few pictures (for a before and after comparison) and the creation of molds for upper and lower trays (to maintain the whitening at home), I had the opportunity to chose a movie on Netflix to watch while the whitening took place! Forty-five minutes and many laughs through my chosen comedy later, my Zoom Whitening was complete!  I COULDN’T BELIEVE THE DIFFERENCE!  My teeth were whiter than they had ever been and I felt so CONFIDENT with my smile.  Most importantly, the people I worked with were so warm and kind, and for the first time in my life, visiting the dentist felt like a luxury instead of a chore.

To all of my sweet couples…I am BEYOND excited to share an exclusive offer with you!  If you are getting married between now and December 2014, you can receive 50% OFF the Zoom Whitening treatment at the Sliverstrom Group located in Livingston, NJ.  I can’t think of a more perfect way to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful for your wedding day!  Want to come with a friend?  The Silverstrom Group has been so kind to extend the 50% discount to family members, bridal party, and guests of your wedding as well!  Simply mention “Amy Rizzuto Photography” when calling 973-992-3990 to book your appointment.  I can’t wait to hear about you experience!  I am sure it will be just as fabulous as mine.:)

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The Silverstrom Group is an award winning practice, and it is easy to see why!  They are caring, compassionate, patient, and truly value artistry and skill.  Walking into their relaxing space feels more like a visit to the spa than to the dentist!

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There is nothing that impresses me more than great customer service.  With warm smiles and a variety of coffee and teas to choose from, walking into the Silverstrom Group feels like coming home.

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The Sliverstrom Group does it all!  From dental implants, porcelain veneers, and teeth whitening to root canal therapy and emergency care, The Silverstrom Group offers a complete range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services of the most surpassing quality. All treatments are carefully tailored to meet the unique needs of individual patients, and multiple services can be combined as part of customized smile makeover and full-mouth restoration plans.

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Television screens are located in each individual suite.  I was able to pick my own movie and enjoy it while receiving my ZOOM Whitening treatment!  It doesn’t get much better than that.:)

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A HUGE thank you to the Silverstrom Group for an incredible teeth whitening experience!  If you would like to brighten your smile before your engagement session or wedding day, take advantage of this exclusive 50% OFF offer for the ZOOM Whitening experience.  Simply mention “Amy Rizzuto Photography” when calling 973-992-3990 to reserve your appointment.

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I look forward to hearing about your experience!  Have a wonderful day.:)

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