East Hampton NY Church With Bride and GroomReviewed by G.E. Masana on Jan 25Rating:
One of my first assignments when I was an Illustrator was working on film strips drawing backgrounds for a little company called The Manhattan Rainbow and Lollipop Company. Yes, I know, it’s a corny name but Judie, the owner, was this kooky genius who had seemingly silly ideas for stories but turned them into fun dynamic short films that were getting bought up by big companies. Manhattan Rainbow and Lollipop’s since gone but the films live on preserved in universities and libraries around the nation.
So there I was, with this dream job where I drew backgrounds with magic markers all day long working in Judie’s apartment located in a brownstone in New York City’s upper west side. This is like getting paid to draw with crayons in the classroom. I had free reign, Judie liked my eye for composition. One day she upgraded me to drawing the main characters. I was on top of the world.
Fast forward. I’m between assignments when a wedding photographer acquaintance asks me what I’m up to. Sounded like something fun and interesting. That led to my picking up a camera and learning the ropes.
Who would’ve thought illustrating compositions when working on film strips would serve as a great training ground for photographic compositions later on?
Then the day came when I got to photograph the wedding’s main characters.