Many times a client will say to me, “I wish you could go to another state or location as that is where the entire family will be.” Happily, that is what Mark and Kristen Tinker said to us. The entire family was gathering in Texas to celebrate the patriarch’s 80th birthday and we were there to create a beautiful extended family portrait along with these three children playing on the hillside of their grandparent’s home. Uniquely designed, beautifully handcrafted pieces of art, filled with memories. It just doesn’t get any better.
Creating portraits at a client’s home is one of our very favorite things to do. The family is usually a little more relaxed and the location has no choice but to be personal. In the case of Erin and Justin Morton, their very own backyard was the perfect location for their artwork to be created. Living on the river, they spend much of their time in their beautiful backyard, whether it be relaxing on the swing, boating in the water, or sitting on the shore. We wanted to show a bit of the river in the background as well as reveal the playfulness of the environment. The family was amazing, and the piece came together just flawlessly!
Rita and Ruben Moreno are well-known in the local philanthropic community. Ruben is a dermatologist, and runs a busy practice county wide. Rita describes herself as a full-time mom, actor, foodie, volunteer and accidental community leader. They have two sons, Anthony and Adrian, and an adorable Pug named Tess. Living in Brevard County for almost 27 years, they feel blessed to be able to support the Arts in Brevard County, The Health First Foundation (where Rita is a board member), The Scott Center for Autism, Children's Home Society, The American Cancer Society, The Humane Society, The King Center for the Performing Arts Board of Director's and Circles of Care/Friends of Sally's House. Both Rita & Ruben come from Latin backgrounds, Ruben born in South America and Rita's parents both born in Italy, so as an immigrant family they appreciate every opportunity this great country has afforded them.
Greg and Lesa have photographed the Moreno Family for 10 years, including their beloved pets, and recently a portrait of Rita and her sister Linda, each one capturing that special moment. Greg and Lesa Daniel produce such beautiful family memories, it's always a pleasure to be with this talented and lovely couple. Their recent portrait is a treasured milestone that reflects their life today. Centered in the entryway, it welcomes you as you step into their home.
The Teply Family
Jon and Erin Teply were both raised in Minnesota and moved to the area just months after getting married. Now Melbourne feels like home after expanding their family here. The couple now have Cole (12), Max (9), Ava (7) and recently, a golden retriever, Lucky.
The family mainly supports Vision Research ROPARD Foundation, an organization founded by Max’s eye doctors because their son Max is blind.
“It is a top priority of mine to make sure he gets what he needs at school, gets the same experiences as sighted peers, friends, and siblings to ensure he is ready to move ahead with high school, college and beyond,” Erin said. “I have to admit I feel extremely lucky to have our Max.”
As a family, they spend hours watching Cole’s baseball games and supporting the other kids’ activities. For fun, traveling and boating are family favorites.
“Now that we have had our portrait up in our house, we love that many comments are ‘this gives me the chills!’” Erin said. “The portrait of my three kids hangs in the entry to our bedroom and their expressions are priceless — it will be a treasure of mine forever because they grow so fast!”
Below is a link to the November SpaceCoast Living magazine article:
SpaceCoast Living Magazine Article starting on page 49
Brevard is well-known for its philanthropic community. This year, SpaceCoast Living partnered with Gregory Daniel Portrait Artist to make this holiday season a “Season of Giving.” Join the families honored in this issue and help us contribute to the four Brevard charities selected. Participate during the month of November’s “Season of Giving” by creating works of art for your home and join the families who have also helped support our community. This year’s featured portraits are sure to remind you of the blessings of family this holiday season. Take part during your holiday shopping in this year’s “Season of Giving” Shop for a Cause events during the month of November and give back to these Brevard charities: Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Candlelighters of Brevard, Friends of Sally’s House and Take Stock in Children.
Every year about this time, our dear friend Mica attempts to find the perfect gift (surprise included) for her favorite person, Bob. Bob however, like many of us, is so difficult to keep surprises from that he usually figures them out and the luster fades before Mica even gets a chance to present the gift to him. Now that I have told you the "dropped ice cream cone" portion of the story, let me share with you the huge "W" that our team, plus sweet Mica was able to pull off for Bob. She commissioned us to come to the couple's home, under the guise of having a portrait taken for Christmas cards. Unbeknownst to Bob, the plan all along was to create a beautiful wall portrait that would adorn a statement wall in their home. Later, Mica mentioned to Bob that she just went ahead and chose an image for the card since everyone was so busy and he need not worry about it. When Greg delivered the stunning piece that he captured to their home, just before Christmas, Bob was floored by the surprise and delighted at the beautiful piece of art that was now an irreplaceable part of their home. Mica surely wins for the... Best. Gift. Ever!
Prieto Family Creating a stunning piece of art for the Prieto’s beautiful home was truly our pleasure. But I do have to say, our most favorite part was the story relayed to us by Mrs. Prieto from her eldest son. He is a teenager who I am sure would rather have been elsewhere but took one for the team. So the story goes, after the camera study was over, the Prieto's took their family to dinner where said teenager mentioned to his mother that having the family’s portrait done on the beach was actually really fun! Success!
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Today, Gregory & Lesa Daniel are members of some of the world’s most prestigious photographic societies. It started when Greg, a 12 year old kid, suffering an injury that forced him into a Photography class instead of sports.
“As part of the course, we had to develop a roll of film,” he explains. That, by default, required SHOOTING a roll of film. Stay through the end of the conversation to hear Greg explain how his subject, the gentleman in the photo, “breathed the life of Photography–into ME!” Click to Tweet
Along the way, you’ll hear how Greg & Lesa met. It’s likely the world’s most tired, overused, trite story: “The first time I saw her, I was working on the Space Shuttle . . . .”
[Literally. He was actually working on the Space Shuttle.]
You’ll also hear how the art world has shaped Greg & Lesa’s work–starting with the difference between an $80,000 artwork and one that’s $4,000.
A few other quotable quotes from today’s episode:
“The purpose of this [interview] has been to make you uncomfortable.”
“Create a business that you love, and that you love to live in, and live through your business.”
“Don’t quit your day job.”
For several years we had desired a portrait by Gregory, of our daughter, Jessica. Between college and life issues it never seemed to be convenient. When Jessica saw our portrait and our grandchildren’s portrait, and heard how fun and painless it was, we made it a priority. We then had our family portrait and Jessica’s done. We could not be happier with the finished portrait. It is a beautiful work of art.