Family Portraits

1st Image and I will be offering family portraits as a fundraiser at Sky Blue Mesa School, 28040 Hardesty Ave., Canyon Country, CA 91351, on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, October 19/20, from 5-9pm in the Multi-Purpose room. There is a donation sitting fee which the PTA keeps and 1st Image will donate a % of the sales. You will view images at your session, either on our monitor (time permitting), or a contact sheet will be made of the images. We will be able to print orders, up to 8×10′s at the session to take home. Enlargements beyond 8×10 will be sent to our lab for printing to be delivered at a later date.

Portraits will be taken of the entire family, children, parents/couples, even pets.

You can e-mail Sky Blue Mesa PTA at, for information and to schedule your appointment. You can also e-mail me for information as well.

Bob Messina

Action Photography

I am a contributing photographer to REFEREE MAGAZINE. For most of 40 years I officiated high school to major college athletics in up to 5 sports.

For REFEREE, I litterly officiate through the lens looking for situations of interest to officials. I can offer my services to other publications.

I use a Canon EOS 1ds Mark III and 40d cameras with 100-400 L lens for outside action and 70-200 L lens for indoors.

I have this months REFEREE MAGAZINE cover. Cover image is on our new website home page.

Check our website, for services we offer.

Bob Messina

Hiring a Photographer

There are many people with cameras who will offer to provide photography service. Many are amateurs, unemployed looking for income, parents and others. While many may be capable, there is so much more that picking up a camera.

Last Saturday night, I photographed a reunion for one of the companies which puts together reunion packages. I was taking photos for the memorybook. After setting up my mini studio and checking the system, I had problems with the studio strobes synchronizing with both cameras. Using a radio slave system wasn’t working. I changed batteries, did not work. Again tried this with both cameras. I hardwired the strobes to the cameras, still had problems. I would take one or two images, blank. I then unplugged the cable from the camera, plug it back in, it works. I had to do this several times before the system finally worked. I did get everyone photographed.

An amateur or unseasoned pro would have panicked under this type of situation. Also how many weekend photographers have backups? Also consider there is more to the photography business than pushing a shutter. If you hire a weekend photographer, is he/she insured in case of a problem, accident or lost images? Does he/she have a state resale license and are they charging/paying sales tax on their sales? They may pay their lab the sales tax on the lab’s service but they still owe on sales to you, their client.

When the economy turns around, many of these weekend photographers will find gainful employment and not be around. They’ll discover there is more to this photography business than pushing a shutter. They’ll decide the cost of time and materials is not what it’s cracked up to be.

We professional photographers have the experience and equipment, with backups, to provide the quality service you want. Many of us educate ourselves in our craft through conferences, seminars, organizations such as Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI), Sport and Event Photographers (SEP) and other trade organizations, whether local or national. I attended this year’s PPA/SEP convention in San Antonio, Tx. While I am not certified certification is a marketing tool to show the photographer’s commitment to his/her craft and education.

My experience is almost 40 years and I have provided photo service in a variety of markets. My service is on location in an environmental or studio setting, from action to weddings. Do I service every possible nitch? No, but over the years I have photographed many types of needs.

If I can be a service to your photographic need please consider me to meet your need.

Thank you,
Bob Messina

Party Photos

Yesterday I got a call from a lady in Inglewood regarding photographing a party late this month at Hustler’s Casino in Gardena.  She found me through an event website, though our website is down, being recreated.

I had to come up with a promo piece for parties.  I had photographed a 50′s birthday party and sent images on CD to her.

I still photograph parties, events the old fashion way by documenting what is going one.  The special person won’t remember much about the event except through my photos.  I work to photograph everyone at the party enjoying themselves.  Posed shots are still a must and any photographer who says it’s not necessary for posed photos is kidding themselves and you.  This is family or company history and my job is to document who was there.

Bob Messina

Corporate/Family Portrait

Today, I photographed Rick Montoya and his family at Vivace Spacetron Corp.  Rick is the corporate president.  On Friday Rick hired me to photograph his employees with a space module transporter they developed and built for the private space programs which are developing.
Rick wanted his wife Jovina and daughter Joy photographed with the transporter before shipping to Virginia this week.  The cat is the corporate mascot; I happened to get lucky getting the images below.

Our website is still under construction.

Bob Messina

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