Ben & Joe Musicians

I received a Facebook message from a good friend I met in the past year, a scientist currently residing in the west coast. The message was Ben and Joe will be in Philly performing and they need a photography our friend Dr. Adrienne Sutton put us together. The rest it just history this is what Ben wrote after the shoot. I am so thankful and very humble by those kind words of yours Ben. I felt the same about you my friend and It was a privilege to photograph you in your element. " 

Yesterday, we had an incredible time in Philly. We went to this crazy-awesome museum of mosaics, I've never seen anything like it in my life (while I've had iterations of it in my head for the Collab Garden). Then we did this photo shoot with a gem of a person! 

I posted this ask for photographers last week.  Adrienne Sutton proceeds to send me in the direction of this gentleman, Philadelphia Wedding Photographer. What happened next was something akin to fate. 

Not only an incredible photographer, but a man who has a crazy fashion sense, exceptional vision, and a deep, true, heart. Aside from the photography, we got into a profound conversation about service. How we invite and encourage people to participate in service projects. More particularly, the inherent capacity of children and youth towards serving their communities. Hence his book! 

#SuperheroesofService A book of stories, as well as a challenge of ways to provide service to those around you. Whether it's just letting someone have your seat, or holding a door open. How do we conceptualize our place in a world of others, and how can we help people, not just out of duty, or need, but because it's a better way to live, because it has honor, because it is natural for us to do so?

I plan on coordinating some kind of book launch in Seattle through The Hillman City CollaboratoryCommunity Arts Create, and Black & Tan Hall. In the meantime, ask yourself the question(s), How do I serve? 

It was a pleasure to meet you Toussaint Ulysse, and I expect our journey has just begun! 

Peace and Love

Bella Senior Portrait

It is always a great feelings when getting a call from a previous client/friend to photograph their family again. It has to be at least 12 years since I photograph Matt Kurtz family. We used to work at Kenneth Cole together while i was in college. I must confess this guy was the best boss anyone could ask for. i thank you Matt for trusting me one more time with your family! Ladies and Gents please meet Bella Kurtz!

Museum of The American Revolution a New Treasure In The City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia

Today April 19th the doors will officially be open to the public to this tour this American beauty. It is located in the heart of the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia, PA. We were the first photographer to document the very first event of this beauty of this American treasure. I urge everyone to go see it, enjoy those images. 

Messiah College New Fitness Center

As being a member of Messiah College Alumni Councils, we are expected to meet twice a year to talk about how to continue the vision of this institution and how to better the community as a whole. It is a unique privilege. There are a lot of excited news going since I left in 2008. This new Fitness Center is one of them. I encourage to be part of the home coming this year for the grand opening of the Fitness Center in the fall. I'll be there.  President Kim Phipps, Jay McClymount along with their staff are doing an exceptional job. WE thank you John VP of enrollment for dropping by.  

Philly Women In Horticulture

Old friends- new friends, all connecting over their strong love of horticulture! This is what occurred on Sunday December the 10th afternoon in South Philly where a group of twenty-some women from the horticulture industry meet up to connect and support their fellow colleagues. Hosted by Natuzzi Italia on South Street, the night was a mixture of food, discussion, and even some seeds! Newly formed, the Women in Horticulture Group strives to provide free networking events within the Delaware Valley to all female professionals within horticulture and related green industries. Through this group and these events, we hope members and attendees gain access to information, mentors, and resources to help develop their careers. If you are a female in the horticulture or green industry, please save the date for our next event on April 29th at 2pm in the Magnolia room at the Morris Arboretum! Details are being finalized; to stay up to date contact either Cat Meholic at CMeholic@mtcubacenter.org or Rachel Burlington at Rburlington@barnesfoundation.org!

 

Mr & Mrs. Delvin K. Border 50th Anniversary at John Harris Mansion Harrisburg, PA

It electric to be the one photographing the 50th anniversary of this lovely, congratulations again to Mr. & Mrs. Delvin K. Border. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with with style,  a nice group of 100 + close friends and family at the John Harris Mansion in Harrisburg, PA. I was thrilled to be to capture this main event, along with Top Chef, Matt Smith. The man can cook, by the way this was the only request made by the groom. "I do not care where we are and I am fine if it just the the two of us as long Matt is our Chef." - Del Border-

Democratic National Convention, DNC In Philadelphia. Final Night

By Wednesday morning the 45th president of United States will be determined.  Regardless of outcome, this historic election has led to the first female major party candidate.  Why is this moment so important to me? My grandmother, Madame Lenise Toussaint was born in 1915, five years before women were allowed to vote in this country.  That she will see in her lifetime, both women being granted the right to vote and very likely the first female president.  This is a lot of change for one lifetime.

If Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was elected should have become the 45th president. Now why the DNC instead of the RNC?  What does this mean for woman to finally break the glass ceiling? What took America so long? why 45? 

We are putting together a coffee table book to share the story of what this moment means for our country through the eyes 45 women around the country.  We will interview and take portraits of 45 woman, from very different lifestyle, from inmate to the first lady to hear how this moment fits into their personal trajectory and life story. 

Now here is where you come in. We need your help to nominate a remarkable woman you believe should be among the 45 to interview. Feel free to submit questions as well. 

Now when the book is done a copy will be presented to the National Constitution Center, NCC in Philadelphia, the current Gov. of Pennsylvania and a copy to the White House. Let’s join this movement and be part of this history making project. 

Lastly, we are happy to have the support of Former Chair of The DNC, Gov. Ed Rendell.

Photographers: Ulysse Toussaint, Beau Rosario and Justin Swallow from PhilaMedia.

Email: Info@ToussaintPhotography.Com

Democratic National Convention, DNC In Philadelphia. Night III

By Wednesday morning the 45th president of United States will be determined.  Regardless of outcome, this historic election has led to the first female major party candidate.  Why is this moment so important to me? My grandmother, Madame Lenise Toussaint was born in 1915, five years before women were allowed to vote in this country.  That she will see in her lifetime, both women being granted the right to vote and very likely the first female president.  This is a lot of change for one lifetime.

If Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was elected should have become the 45th president. Now why the DNC instead of the RNC?  What does this mean for woman to finally break the glass ceiling? What took America so long? why 45? 

We are putting together a coffee table book to share the story of what this moment means for our country through the eyes 45 women around the country.  We will interview and take portraits of 45 woman, from very different lifestyle, from inmate to the first lady to hear how this moment fits into their personal trajectory and life story. 

Now here is where you come in. We need your help to nominate a remarkable woman you believe should be among the 45 to interview. Feel free to submit questions as well. 

Now when the book is done a copy will be presented to the National Constitution Center, NCC in Philadelphia, the current Gov. of Pennsylvania and a copy to the White House. Let’s join this movement and be part of this history making project. 

Lastly, we are happy to have the support of Former Chair of The DNC, Gov. Ed Rendell.

Photographers: Ulysse Toussaint, Beau Rosario and Justin Swallow from PhilaMedia.

Email: Info@ToussaintPhotography.Com

The Democratic National Convention, (DNC) In Philadelphia

By Wednesday morning the 45th president of United States will be determined.  Regardless of outcome, this historic election has led to the first female major party candidate.  Why is this moment so important to me? My grandmother, Madame Lenise Toussaint was born in 1915, five years before women were allowed to vote in this country.  That she will see in her lifetime, both women being granted the right to vote and very likely the first female president.  This is a lot of change for one lifetime.

If Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton was elected should have become the 45th president. Now why the DNC instead of the RNC?  What does this mean for woman to finally break the glass ceiling? What took America so long? why 45?

We are putting together a coffee table book to share the story of what this moment means for our country through the eyes 45 women around the country.  We will interview and take portraits of 45 woman, from very different lifestyle, from inmate to the first lady to hear how this moment fits into their personal trajectory and life story.

Now here is where you come in. We need your help to nominate a remarkable woman you believe should be among the 45 to interview. Feel free to submit questions as well.

Now when the book is done a copy will be presented to the National Constitution Center, NCC in Philadelphia, the current Gov. of Pennsylvania and a copy to the White House. Let’s join this movement and be part of this history making project.

Lastly, we are happy to have the support of Former Chair of The DNC, Gov. Ed Rendell.

Photographers: Ulysse Toussaint, Beau Rosario and Justin Swallow from PhilaMedia.

Email: Info@ToussaintPhotography.Com

 

An Evening Of StyleOgrapher Workshop Over Scotch/Gin with Toussaint

 

To All Grooms to Be, Save the Date

Time, Date & Location:

  • Cairnwood Estate: 1005 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, PA 19009

  • Wednesday, September 14, 2016

  • 6pm – 9pm

Event Vision:

Create an event to meet the demands of grooms and best men who want to look exceptional, smart, sophisticated, and distinctive. On the evening of the event, Cairnwood will be a private showroom for fall collection for the fellows. Grooms “to-be” will be asked to come along with their significant others to enjoy and educational evening of fashion. Ulysse Toussaint will lead a StyleOgrapher Workshop showing various looks for rehearsal dinner, honeymoon, Bestman gifts.

  • “It fills a void in the wedding industry, by paying attention to the groom, it simultaneously caters to the brides as well.” -David Quatresols, Account Executive from The Knot-

Objectives and Goals:

  • Sharing the story of the Cairnwood Estate

  • Inform couples on the role colors play into your wedding photographs

  • Demonstrations of various fashion “looks and trends” including: date night attire, rehearsal dinner, wedding and honeymoon.

  • Educate grooms and his best men about: style, tailoring, the art of shaving, and care of shoes

  • Goal: Inspire the couples to reserve/book their photographer, videographer, makeup artist, and book a suiting/tux appointment with any of the participating vendors: Thomas PINK,  J. Hillburn, Nordstrom and Robert Graham the night of the event.

Workshop Focus:

  • The StyleOgrapher workshop will focus on the benefits of buying a suit vs rental, fitting.

  • Educate couples on how the camera reads patterns and colors vs. the naked eye.

  • Educational style and camera ready workshop

Event Activities:

  • Couples receive a promotional gifts for attending

  • Brides receive a full makeup tutorial sponsored by Cheekadee

  • Live engagement photo shoot in the Cairnwood Music Room courtesy of Toussaint Photography

  • Every man has a chance to win two tickets to the 2017 Worldly Whiskey Tasting at Cairnwood ($400 Value)

  • Gin, Scotch, Light Refreshments By Bacardi and Jamie Hollander Catering

  • Fashion show of Toussaint’s top pick’s on what to wear for your rehearsal dinner, anniversary, date nights and honeymoon.

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Floorplan:

  • Great Hall:

    • Welcome area and promotional gifts display

  • Music Room:

    • Live engagement photoshoot & tutorials on how to pose in front of the camera in the Cairnwood Music Room courtesy of Toussaint Photography & PhilaMedia.

    • Display of Toussaint’s wedding photographs and albums to illustrate StyleOgraphy.

  • Living Room:

    • Educational style and camera ready workshop

    • Demonstration of different looks of Fall 2016: traditional tuxedo, made to measure, destination wedding, rehearsal dinner, honeymoon look and best man gifts ideas.

  • Library:

    • Signature drink by Jess Lee from Bacardi and Allen Hakini

  • Dining Room:

    • Brides to be receive a full makeup tutorial sponsored by Cheekadee

Sponsors:

ToussaintPhotography, Thomas PINK, Robert Graham, PhilaMedia, Ambler East Living Magazine,  Emily Sciarillo from J. Hilburn, Cairnwood Estate, CG Pro Prints, MyWedding.Com, Cheekadee, #StyleOgrapher, Bacardi, Jamie Hollander Catering & Events.

Jessica + Joe

The beauty of marriage to me is when a couple can create a moment a ceremony that they call call their own. I am happy to witness some unique moments during the Jessica and Joe's wedding. The musical was exceptional from the church and her friends and family were so warm. We enjoyed the moment and congrats to you both. Cheers :) #YourWeddingIsNotADressReHERsal 

The Honorable Sharon W. Losier

What a privilege it was so the honorable Sharon W. Losier as one of the Judge in the district of Philadelphia. This is a great day for Philadelphia, woman of colors,  and Haiti. Felicitations Judge Sharon W. Losier. 

Mr. & Mrs. Sheridan

“Michelle and I were matched on eHarmony and had our first date on August 15, 2014.  We met at Rock Bottom in King of Prussia, PA.  I was always skeptical of meeting someone from an online dating site, because anyone can post fake pictures.   When I arrived at Rock Bottom, I called Michelle to let her know that I was there.  I saw a blonde woman in the distance and thought to myself,  “that would be awesome if that was Michelle.”  I saw that woman pick up her phone and knew we were off to a good start.  She was very laid back and confident during our first date, despite the fact that she had a cold and had to excuse herself from the table a few times to blow her nose.  We talked about our faith, our families, and our goals in life and I realized we were a perfect match.  The next day, I decided I wasn’t going to follow the unwritten rule of dating, “don’t call until 3 days after your first date”, and asked her to dinner the next day.  We had our first kiss on our second date.  Our third date was when I knew I had found someone special and decided to retire from the dating world and pursue Michelle more seriously.  Since then, each day has been better than the last as we have gotten to know each other more.  Her confidence, discipline, and commitment to her job, are just a few of the many things I admire about her.  I’m excited to start a life together with the perfect woman.”

The Swift Jacket from Thomas PINK

Thomas PINK is a very distinctive brand from the UK. Louis Vuitton is a parent company for Thomas PINK. There is only one location in PA and it is located at King of Prussia Mall. As a stylist I understand the importance of looking your best whatever the occasion might be. I shared some of my images during my interview in Orange County with designer and former reality TV Start, Gretchen Rossi. We are currently working on a documentary project together so stay tuned. I was accompanied by these lovely ladies who volunteered to join me during a shoot at KOP Mall. They were so kind about it, many thanks to you ladies! Fashion has it own way of connecting us with our surrounding.  If you are on the quest for a photographer who understands style, colors, who has done work with celebrities and the "Average Joe", send us an e-mail! In fact, we are happy to say we dressed up, Vice-President Joe Bidden for the 2008 Presidential Inauguration. We have done work with GQ and Glamour Magazine for King of Prussia Mall. Come visit me, Ulysse Toussaint, at Thomas PINK at the King of Prussia location to see PINK's new fall back-to-school collection. We are in the process of planning a fall styling event, feel free to contact me to get all the details. If you are a woman reading this or a bride to be, visit my friend Gretchen Christine Rossi new collection, it is DOPE! You will love what yo see on there. 

E: Info@ToussaintPhotography.Com

C: 610-818-5016

 

Another rendez-vous with my horse

I met JF during my friend's, Andrew and Abbey Mertz, wedding two weeks ago. He asked me to shoot his daughter's belated senior session. What a fun day it was!  I hope these pictures do justice to her personality. Enjoy the images! 

Mr. & Mrs. Mertz at The Ironstone Ranch

A question was posed to Andrew, "What do you like the most about Abbey, your new wife?"       A very simple answer, I was shocked and I expected a long answer but no, very simple: "I would say what I like most about Abbey, is that she completes me. Being with her is like how home is supposed to feel, love all the time!" -Mr. Andrew Mertz- Sometimes less is more!

Lastly, I want to thank Andrew and Abbey from the bottom of my heart for donating a cow to a family in Haiti through my 501(c)3 charity PHEEL Haiti. I told them about what I was doing at home and they called me back a month later, "Put us down for one cow." Providing a cow to a family in Haiti opens new doors to that family's future. This is what PHEEL Haiti calls sustainable service/investment, to quote President Aristide "investir dans l'humain." At the wedding Andrew's boss, Dale, heard about their generosity and he said "Make that two cows." Because of Mr. & Mrs. Mertz's gratitudes and kindness two families are about to change for the better and their kids will be able to go to school this fall. Way to go, everyone! LOVE IT! Many thanks to you and may God continue to bless this union! Join the movement #PHEELHaiti

We cannot close this chapter without saying a big thank you to the Ironstone Ranch

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