Mark Giarrusso, Photographer

Some of us tell stories with words, others with pictures. While I can write, I cannot draw, paint or take a good photo. You’re lucky if your head isn’t cut off when I have a camera in my hands. Thankfully, there are some fantastically talented artists out there. Not only do they create beautiful things for us to see, but tell us stories as well. Mark Giarrusso is such an artist. I had the good fortune to interview him. You can find links to his work below.

Me: Mark, how did you get into photography?

Mark: It was my mother’s idea actually. She said “I think you would be good at it. I’m going to get you a camera.” She did and that was that.

Me: How long have you loved photography? Have you loved it all your life?

Mark: So no, I haven’t loved it all my life. Only since I got my camera (about 5 years ago) and started shooting did I actually come to appreciate it as an art form.

Me: What kind of gear do you use?

Mark: I use a Nikon d90 most of the time.

Me: How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?

Mark: I look at what others are doing technique wise and I recognize what works and what doesn’t. I plan on taking a course this fall.

Me: What are the pros and cons of being a photographer?

Mark: I love being a photographer but sometimes it seems like everyone is trying to do it. Instagram and Photoshop have made it very easy to manipulate photos. It’s the way of the future though, so why not embrace it?

Me: If you weren’t a photographer, what would you want to be? Why?

Mark: I would love to be a musician. I would really love to play the cello. I am amazed at musical ability.

Me: What is your favorite subject matter?

Mark: New York City.

Me: Which one of your photos is your favorite and why?

Mark: I took this last September 11th.  http://society6.com/markgiarrusso/FDNY-Foundation_Print

Me: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?

Mark: How much you editing goes into an actual photo.

Me: Whose work has influenced you the most?

Mark: I am influenced by artists in other media quite a bit. I love the Impressionists and Post Impressionists. I love cinematography. I draw from all of that. If I had to say one photographer who I enjoy the most it would Robert Capa.

Mark: Visit my site and buy some prints! LOL. www.society6.com/markgiarrusso

One month… almost

I planned a whole blog on my favorite author. Instead of writing it, I got sick. Thankfully, this wonderful author I know is celebrating her one month anniversary of her first book. Celebrate her success with me. I promise I’ll tell you who my favorite author is once my brain is no longer full of cotton.

Olivia Stocum Romance Fiction

Saturday will mark the one month anniversary of the release of Dawning.

I’ve officially sold 3,000 copies. (that’s e-book and paperback). I’m not giving you numbers to flatter myself, (although I am VERY flattered by the wonderful support I’ve received). I’m giving you numbers because, when I first started one month ago, I wanted to know what normal numbers were, and no one could tell me. I’m not even sure there is any such thing. Any time a writer can write, and get any kind of income in return, even if it’s coffee money, then it’s a beautiful thing.

I have been on the Amazon best seller list for three weeks now, bouncing from about #25 to #45, depending on what kind of day I have had. It takes about 100 sales per day to stay in the 30’s on the historical romance list. (Hopefully that helps give some of…

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