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  • Welcome to Michele Calderon Photography

    Michele Calderon is an award winning photographer specializing in fun, unique fine art portraits of newborns, infants, children, and families, as well as wedding photography. She serves New York's Capital District, including Albany, Saratoga, Schenectady, and the Southern Adirondacks, plus the greater Hudson Valley area.

    All sessions are conducted on location or within our beautiful loft studio space on State Street near Proctor's Theater.

    All images and content © 2006 - 2013 Michele Calderon Photography. It is in violation of copyright laws to download or reproduce any images or content without the express written permission of Michele Calderon Photography. (Plus it's not nice.)

Happiest. Baby. Ever. :: Saratoga NY Custom Photographer

Meet Anika.  Her family has a baby plan with me, which means they have 3 sessions within the first year for the price of two, plus get some other cool goodies.  This is Anika’s 6 month session, and I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a happier baby.  Seriously, smile bursting in every image.  Her mom wanted to incorporate some family heirlooms…I think because of this, my favorite image is the one outside with her on the chair handed down from her paternal grandfather, on which is her baby quilt made by her maternal grandmother, and wearing a dress made by her mom.  We also grabbed a few shots (while the chair was still in the house) of Anika in her Christening gown, which was made by her mom out of her grandmother’s wedding gown.  This little girl is completely enveloped in love….no wonder she is so happy.  Oh, and she has the sweetest older brother as well.

 

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Winter Portraits

Now that we’re really in the middle of winter, no one is really thinking of having portraits shot, especially not outside.  I’m here to encourage you to reconsider.  Winter portraits are especially striking.  Whether or not there is snow on the ground, the subdued colors outside means that your family, the subject of the photograph, really stands out.  I have several customers booking winter portraits this year, and I will try to post several examples.  Here’s just one recent winter session to get you motivated……

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Schenectady Flooding Photographic Exhibit

Imagine taking everything you own – everything – and throwing it in the garbage.  This is what happened to scores of families in Schenectady County when the devastating storms of Irene and Lee flooded their homes in August, 2011.  Hundreds of families had muddy, bacteria infested water in their basements, but many had this water damage on their first, and even second floors as well.

For the last 8 months, I have been working on a photographic exhibit concerning the impact of the flooding on Schenectady County families.  This exhibit was born of the idea that as the flood waters subsided and life began to return to normal within many of our communities, help and interest began to subside as well.  But for the families affected by the flooding of 2011, work had only begun.

I saw the diminishing interest and, seeking a way to document the human side of the devastation, I began photographing families in their damaged homes over the winter, continuing through May, 2012.  Most of the families pictured here are still not in their homes…some are still even in the cleanup and demolition phase.  All the families whose homes were severely damaged are weary and overwhelmed, and many suffer from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).  At a time when needs are still so high, volunteers and funds are running low.

You can help by making a contribution to the Rebuilding Families Fund.  100% of your donation will go directly toward assisting families affected by the flooding.  The Schenectady Foundation is currently matching donations, up to a total of $50,000.  Volunteers with skills in home repair or construction are also needed.  More information can be found online at their website:  www.schenectadyfoundation.org.

Families are continuing to be photographed for this project. The exhibit is hanging this month in the boardroom of the Schenectady County Chamber of Commerce, where it will impact those business leaders most in a position to mobilize assistance.  It will then hang for the month of July in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Broadway, as part of Art Night Schenectady.  From there it will be at a number of different Schenectady County venues.

Each image is printed on 16×20 black and white metallic paper on standout mounts. Each print also has a small caption highlighting the impact of the flooding on each family.  Keeping in mind that families lost all of their photographs in the flooding, these families will also receive a mini portrait session and wall print when they finally return home, to help celebrate a new beginning.

Funding for this exhibit has been provided in large part by Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County.  Some of the images are pictured below.

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