ana gil-taylor event photographer: Mr. Habitat 2016 Recap

ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6780Syracuse Habitat for Humanity‘s main fundraising event to benefit Women Build, held yesterday at Drumlins Country Club, was one of their best yet.  Switching the venue was a great move from BizEventz Director, Joyl Clance. It felt a bit more intimate and there was plenty of free parking- more money for raffle tickets, ha!. LIsa Chelenza was the Emcee for the night; the woman is super funny! And of course sound and visuals by my boy Chris Tracy from Visual Technologies from on point. ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6247ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6342

The reception hosted a variety of appetizers and a cash bar with live music by the talented Michael Kelly of Slow Train . ana gil- taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6300 The Silent Auction Items included a variety of beautiful art pieces, MacKenzie-Childs goodies, and Syracuse’s Crunch packages, among others. There were also two pretty happy buckets for raffle going around full of fun..and I spotted, Life of Reilley, LOR in that bucket of happiness – Below is also a picture of Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett, doing his thing selling raffle tickets for those baskets.

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Now on to the live auction. The live Auction opened up with Lisa Chelenza introducing Suzanne Williams, Executive Director, for Syracuse Habitat. Suzanne shared a great back story of how and why Mr. Habitat got started; funny, ask her if you get the pleasure of meeting her. Here she is with Mr. Habitat 2015, Scott Farnett,

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As always, Lisa kept things moving and real on stage. The contestants were all great, but since I love to dance,  my favorites were Roberto Perez from La Familia de la Salsa, whose hips moves had the ladies screaming for Salsa lessons – It is no surprise his  auctioned package went for higher than its value.ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6453                                                                             My girl Melissa Vassenelli from Dancing with Our Stars and Redhouse’s Stephford Brunson’s, also from Dancing with Our Stars, danced a pretty great “Cha, Cha” so much fun! ana gil-taylor_Mr.habitat 2016-6574                                                                                                                                      Some of the other live auction items included: On-Air time  and a tour at TK99, Golf lessons with  Mark DeAngelis, Jr. from Mark Antony Homes (pretty handsome fellow),  Shawn Reidy from Anheuser-Busch had a package which included Yankee Tickets and a tour of their plant.  last but not least, 2016 Mr. HabitatAaron Santangelo, from Northland Communications who auctioned off  a great package, but all I remember  and I am sure must of the ladies, was his tech services  and handy work around the house. There was a bit of a bid war going on with the ladies, for his package; a Technician and a handyman? It sounds like a Lifetime movie doesn’t it.. ha!

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I leave you with a picture of yours truly  and Joyl from BizEventz before the event, and Lisa Chelenza  and I goofing off at the end of the night 🙂

Want to see more pictures from the night? Visit my website here to view the entire gallery. Have fun! XO ana

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Behind the scenes: Momprenuer, Annie Taylor

It is 7:30a. Floor do not dare to creak – I demand…

I have memorized every creak in my house, a twister champion has nothing on me.  I Tip toe as high as a ballerina in her first major performance.  I stop and listen as I make it to the last step; Yes!! I made it without her waking up!

My stomach dares to make hungry noises – I grab a piece of fruit; peaches have been my favorite lately – And I am ready for my two hour “follow up” marathon before my little one wakes up.. Ooh… the momprenuer diaries!

You are reading, momprenuers of CNY second blog in the series of five.  In July, I featured my good friend and  Personal Trainer, Hannah Salomon – you can read that blog here. This month I am featuring a momprenuer who has her time well balanced between work and life. Our behind the scenes photo shoot was at 8:45a – time chosen by her- and her house was spotless, two of her boys were already at camp and her youngest one was dressed and fed!!  AND she looked as vibrant and graceful as one of her designs. What in the world!?

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Who is this momprenuer?  Annie Taylor from Annie Taylor Design a designer who has mastered the use of pastel colors and typography, to bring all of us pastel lovers, beautiful designs.

ana gil-taylor momprenuers-0043I got to see how Annie makes things happen! Surrounded by her two 4 legged children and her youngest human. It was so familiar to experience her behind the scenes as she tried to work around her little one.   She would start working on something and had to start and stop numerous times to help her little one with something, eventually she got it done.

One aspect of Annie’s business philosophy I love most is her gentle encouragement to keeping hand-written cards/notes alive.  I LOVE writing cards/notes as well as receiving them. My day gets extra bright when I receive a hand-written note from my customers telling me they love their family portraits.  Here is a picture of some of my daily dosage of love.  It is an instant, pick me upper.

ana gil taylor hand-written notesWhen was the last time you mailed a handwritten note? When was the last time you received a handwritten note? Isn’t that a wonderful feeling? So simple, yet so impactful.  I always look for reasons to write notes, and reasons are plenty!   I had Annie custom design Thank You cards for me using my favorite pastel colors. I get my favorite stamps, my favorite pen and away I go writing thank you and birthday notes.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog post. Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for our video interview with Annie Taylor where she will share with all of us moms and momprenuers, how she manages to keep a happy business and a happy home while still taking care of herself (because let’s face it, that balancing act is the toughest!).  She may also teach us a thing or two about dressing up your hand-written cards/notes!  Remember to subscribe to be notified when the live interview is posted!

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Love,

ana

PS: We have our famous ONE portrait for Christmas special coming up soon. Please subscribe and/or send us an email to be notified when the schedule is all set so you can join in the fun!.

Merry Christmas & Thank you!

It is almost time! The time some of us wait 364 days for, the time when happiness and grouchiness can happen simultaneously.  The time when wallets are full but empty at the same time. The time where hope and dreams seem to grow bigger, due to a bright new year. The time where we can eat so many cookies and food and not worry about gaining weight, because come January 1st, we are going to promise to lose them in the first week! Ha! But truly, the best part of the holidays—besides spending time with my family—is receiving Christmas/New Years cards in the mail.  That, to me, is the highlight of the holidays hands down.

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We wish you the best Christmas Eve and Day with your family and close friends. Take your cameras out and capture all the happiness around you, you will love looking at them. We have a tradition to look at our previous years pictures on Christmas Eve; we are always amazed at how much our children change in a year. We all love this great trip.  

Thank you so much for trusting me/us to capture your family in photographs and your referrals, which is the most amazing present you could give us.

We have some great plans in store for 2015! We are so excited to show you what we have been working on!

From our family to yours, Have an amazing Christmas!

Love,

Ana Gil-Taylor Photography & Team.

 

A beautiful family: Family Photographer, Syracuse NY

The temperature was amazing, mid 80’s, low humidity, the location was gorgeous. The sun gave us just the perfect amount of its beautiful golden rays, an almost three-year- old boy who just wanted to have fun and enjoy his loving parents. Everything worked perfectly for this beautiful family and I could not be happier! Enjoy:)

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So much fun!

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