Category Archives: Documentary

Summertime Baby

Back to blogging.

Here is a snippet of what has been keeping me so busy this summer. Stay cool everyone, and have a popsicle!


Summertime Baby

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Call For Entries

GET PUBLISHED! Wanna be part of something awesome? Sweet! Me too! I’m int the process of putting a zine together dedicated solely to smartphone photos. So, send me your best Instagram images and have a chance to be published!!! Woop woop! Please send all images to with “photos for dummies” in the subject line. Please title your images with your last name, and of submitting more than one, include the number as well (ie penzato1.jpeg) There is no theme for this issue. I look forward to seeing your best work.


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Insta-Looks: SPE Style

A student glancing at a book at the AIGA Book Publishers’ booth at the 2013 SPE National Conference. I like the floral print paired with the yellow background. So complementary…


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Hometown Project

Holy shit, it has been a long time…

There have been some obstacles this summer, that have affected the fluidity of my workflow. Long story short, I lost total access to the computer I was using. I now rely on the ones at the COD lab. However, due to my work schedule, its not always convenient to get over here. I am so accustomed to doing all my editing and posting at night.

It is time to get back into it.

As some of you may know, I got accepted to a mentor program with the Young Photographers Alliance. It has kept me quite busy this summer. The theme this year is “Hometown,” so perfectly suited for my documentary approach to my work. What does “Hometown” mean to me exactly?

Diners, bars, cafes, women, coffee, vegetarianism.

For this body of work, I chose to highlight what I know most. Women In Service. I am in the process of completing a series of environmental portraits of women who work in the service industry, and staying true to my vegetarian lifestyle, I have chosen to target establishments that offer a vegetarian menu. I am also looking for women who possess an original and authentic energy. The initial inspiration came from and assignment for my photo composition class, I had to emulate an artist; I chose Tom Waits. I chose the song, Invitation to the Blues specifically due to the fact it is about a female server in a diner. I placed myself in the position of the narrator, and photographed how I envisioned the woman Waits’ was singing about.

This is a subject that is very close to me, for waiting tables has helped support my work for many years. Its time to pay homage to women who wait tables to put themselves through college, who like me, wait tables to support their art, who bartend cause it allows them to take a vacation without a college degree, who make your coffee and assist in getting your day going, who help cure your hangover, who listen you your stories, who tell you their own.  The list could go on and on. Women in service are special, and they stand apart from the rest of the job world. I know this from experience, the rewards of being a good server or bartender are many, and only a good one knows what they are. We all have our favorite bartenders, servers, and baristas. They make our coffee the best, our cocktails just the way we like them, and they have our food order memorized… Like I said, women in service are special.

In the end, my team and I are creating a PR event in the community that we shot the images.

This has been an excellent experience, in terms of marketing myself and my work, and everyone has been super great in allowing me to come into their establishments and shoot. Here is a sneak peak of what I’ve been up to this summer.

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The Bastardo Brothers

This is my first official blog post… and I am starting out large. I know a few pretty amazing people, they call themselves The Bastardo Brothers. It is a select group of artists that create some amazing work. I was privileged enough to make a short documentary film about Danny Powell, and Kevin Lustrup, both of which are founding members. I had such a blast working on this project with my very dear friends. They were more than willing to allow me to come into their homes; interview them, take a ton of photos, interrupt their dinner hour and so forth… This is an intimate portrait of my very dear friends, Danny and Kevin, The Bastardo Brothers.

-The Lens Baby