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Now that the Sarasota Film Festival of 2011 has come to an end, I have some catch-up posting to do! The second big party was Cinema Tropicale, held at the gorgeous Sarasota Yacht Club, where there was lots of dancing, eating, drinking and enjoying the beautiful scenery:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

A chef whipping up Bananas Foster (how he didn’t lose an eyebrow – or both – is beyond me):

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Mangrove Slasher II director Sean Haitz (right) and director of photography and editor Chris Potter (left) chat with the media:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Student circus performers…

SFF Cinema Tropicale

…and ballroom dancers:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Guests kicking some SFF beach balls back into the pool:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

The band Cabal was incredible, with lead singer Ari McManus’ mesmerizing voice…

SFF Cinema Tropicale

…and inspiring instrumentals that had guests moving:

SFF Cinema Tropicale

Photos from Night of 1,000 Stars, Saturday’s Filmmaker Tribute, and Geena Davis’ and Christopher Plummer’s Conversation series to come.

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This year’s Sarasota Film Festival opened last Friday night with the film Page One at the Sarasota Opera House. Here’s a handful of shots from the night…

SFF’s president, Mark Famiglio, being interviewed on the red carpet:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Page One star and New York Times journalist Brian Stelter:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF’s Tom Hall and Holly Herrick:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Page One‘s Brian Stelter, David Carr, and director Andrew Rossi with Submarine Entertainment’s Josh Braun and Participant Media’s Diane Weyermann:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Tom Hall conducting a Q&A with Brian Stelter, David Carr, and Andrew Rossi:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

And some shots of the post-screening courtyard party:

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF 2011 Opening Night

SFF 2011 Opening Night

Cinema Tropicale is next – Wednesday night at the Yacht Club!

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Just a couple shots of the delicious food (Whole Foods) and decor (Keren Lifrak Special Events & Kim Miele):

SFF Party - food

SFF Party - flowers

Looking forward to the 2011 SFF in April!

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The main reason for this trip to Cleveland in not-so-toasty February was to photograph Chad’s bar mitzvah this past weekend. (I’m loving the events lately – a New Year’s wedding in Boston, a Sarasota Sweet 16, and now the Cleveland bar mitzvah – such great times!)

Chad and his family were amazing – so welcoming, fun, and sweet… and when did 13-year-olds become so awesome?! They partied from early evening until late in the night, dancing up a storm (I especially loved the impromptu “Dougie” performance by three of Chad’s friends – someone please share a video) and celebrating with Chad.

Here’s a collage of some highlights:

Chad's Bar Mitzvah

And a shot of Chad and his family after the morning services:

Chad's Bar Mitzvah

Excited to photograph the family session over the weekend!

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Last week, I posted some shots of gorgeous Vivi before her big Sweet 16 party. Here are a few more from last week’s session:



I love looking at these two shots of the family back to back:  🙂



Now for Vivi’s party Saturday night… Everyone had so much fun, they extended the party until 2am! There was food and dancing, dancing, dancing, with two really great DJs, a performance by Simple as Surgery, and late-night dance tunes by a live band accompanying cotillón (or “crazy hour”), a Latin party tradition.

Here’s a collage of some of my favorite shots (everyone wore black and white, and Vivi had two purple dresses :-)). (That’s a virgin sour apple martini, by the way…)

Vivi's Sweet 16

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This past Saturday, I photographed a dress rehearsal for “Sprout,” a three-piece Butoh dance performance choreographed by Keren Shani-Lifrak as part of the Ringling International Arts Festival’s Family Funfest.

Here’s some of what Keren says about “Sprout”: “My exploration with the ‘Sprout’ series is about expressing current social, political issues about the world we live in as well as personal circumstances. The work is abstract. It maintains the aesthetics of Butoh and leaves the experience to the audience’s direct interpretation without ‘sweetening’ or mediation. The intention is to allow us to witness and embrace our imperfections but also celebrate our core, our purity of heart and our ability to emerge from dark moments… All of this through stillness, controlled, contorted and isolated movement.”

And as for the dance style… Butoh is a contemporary dance form which originated in Japan in the late 1950s. Butoh typically involves grotesque or playful imagery, taboo topics and extreme or absurd environments. It is traditionally “performed” in white-body makeup with slow, hyper-controlled, often distorted movement.

Now for some imagery…

A couple of group stills (choreographer Keren is the one sporting that amazing baby bump, top right):

Butoh "Sprout"

Don’t they just belong in this setting?

Butoh "Sprout"

Each of the dancers looking beautifully statuesque:

Butoh "Sprout"

Collection of photos from the first piece:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 1

Butoh "Sprout" piece 1

Some shots from the second part:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 2

And lastly, some images from the final piece:

Butoh "Sprout" piece 3

Congratulations to Keren and the team of amazing women!

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The great-grandmother of clients Ben, Spencer & Morgan, and Rafi turned 89 a couple of weeks ago, and the family held a big bash for her at the Beechmont Country Club. They asked me to help commemorate the special day with some family photos.

Here’s Horty with her great-grandchildren. She was so proud. 🙂

Horty with great-grandchildren

And the whole crew:

Horty's birthday party

Happy 89th birthday to Horty! Thanks to the whole family for letting me in on the fun. 🙂

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Ellie P. Campbell Photography 2009-2010It’s my one-year anniversary as Ellie P. Campbell Photography. 🙂

(Well, yesterday was, but I didn’t have time to post about it.) Although I did photography well before August 2009, this is celebrating one official year on my own. As with most things all-consuming yet wonderful, it feels like this past year has flown by but also as if I’ve been doing this for years and years. I absolutely love what I do and am very happy to be where I am.

Here’s a very long photo-year-in-review…

A shot from my first official shoot on August 1, 2009 of beautiful Eva and her gorgeous little guy Julian:

Julian and Eva

Followed by E’s birth just a couple of weeks later (and thus began my camera’s love affair with my very edible nephew):

Newborn E

And then I photographed the marriage of our great friends Larry and Erin (i.e. Larin) – full blog post here:


Then there were many fall little-ones shoots in Cleveland, like for the amazing Lily:


And December babies, like Anabella:


With the holiday season came photographing E for their New Year‘s card… (don’t you want to ring in the New Year with this scrumptious little barkeep?):

Ethan New Year

During our lovely Floridian winter, Talia and I shot the campaign for her company, Green Apple Accessories:

Talia - Green Apple Accessories

Then in February, there was a snowy trip to Cleveland, filled with lots of fun wintry shoots, like with E’s cousin Nathan (here with his mama Jill):

Nathan and Jill

…and of course some shoots indoors to defrost, like with this awesome crew – Brad, baby Alexander (so many baby boys!), and Christina:

Brad, Alexander, and Christina

There was this super-fun family session… Here are the adoring grandparents Marcia and Richard with three of their lucky grandkids, Cadence, Brian, and Cadence’s little brother JT:

Cadence, Marcia, Brian, Richard, and JT

Then we had an incredible family trip to Israel, visiting family, touring the country, and putting E in fun antique chairs at the Yafo flea market:

E in Yaffo

A few hours after getting off the plane from Israel, my work with the Sarasota Film Festival started – This was the first (and hopefully not the last) year I was a staff photographer. There were a bunch of events that week, including the In Conversation with… series with people such as Patricia Clarkson and Vincent D’Onofrio:

Vincent D'Onofrio

And incredible hooping performance outside the premiere of The Hooping Life:

Hoola Monsters

And more fun stars like Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi:

Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi

Beautiful Ava was born in the spring…

Ava and Holli

Also in the spring, my super-smart brother-in-law Jonah received his MD and PhD simultaneously and then became published in JAMA:


Babies I’d met and photographed as newborns (both friends and clients) began walking and having birthdays, like little Sydney:


There were also some “older” clients during May’s Cleveland trip, like the beautiful 6-year-old McKenzie:


Later in May in Boston, this striking and happy duo, Lucy and Chase, were engaged:


Also in Boston, I photographed the gorgeous bffs, Danielle and Abigail:

Danielle and Abigail

Back in FL, this summer started off with a bunch of newborns, like the precious tiny Gia:


And also one really touching 50th anniversary shoot for Ron and Sonia:

Ron and Sonia

To round out the summer of babies and anniversaries and to top off an amazing first year as Ellie P. Campbell Photography, there was Molly and Lou‘s beautiful beach wedding on Islamorada, FL in July:

Molly and Lou

I am so, so grateful for and excited about how this past year has turned out. I’m lucky to have a husband, family, and friends who have encouraged me to go for it as well as to have incredible clients who let me share in so many intimate, special moments and events in their lives and who have made my job fun and inspiring. I am looking forward to what unfolds over the next year! Thank you, everyone!

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I uploaded a bunch of photos to Facebook from some of the Sarasota Film Festival events. I’ll keep posting over the next few days.

Check them out! And become a fan while you’re at it (if you’re not already). 😉

new Facebook photos from Sarasota Film Festival

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My Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi photo made it onto IndieWire! Check it out:

Stanley Tucci and Steve Buscemi at Sarasota Film Festival - IndieWire

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