It's official, Ed was sworn in as the next President of PPANE through 2014 on Sunday, September 8th at the PPANE conference held at the Nashua Radisson Hotel. Current PPA President, Ralph Romaguera from New Orleans, LA attended the event and officiated the swearing in ceremony. Ed has been a member of PPANE since 1994 and credits PPANE for having a positive influence on his growth and success as a professional photographer. PPANE has been in existence since 1860 and it's mission is to educate and inspire aspiring photographers and professional photographers. You can read the full story featured by the North Andover Patch at: http://northandover.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/local-na-photographer-is-elected-president-of--professional-photographers-association-of-new-england'
Swearing in Ceremony of the 2014 PPANE Board 2013 President Diane Miller Yeatman passes the gavel to Ed Pedi
Ed prepares to throw out themed t-shirts to conference attendees. Presentation of the 2014 'Reveal Banner'
Siblings, Julie & Brian commissioned Ed to create a portrait of them, together with their spouses as a surprise 80th Birthday gift for their Dad. Dad, who resides in Florida, politely informed his kids he did not want any more knickknacks and their visit to celebrate his birthday was more than enough. Julie had seen Ed's display several years earlier at an MSPCA auction and it was her idea to have a portrait made for Dad. We were so impressed with the great brother/sister relationship that Julie & Brian shared and how wonderfully both couples got along with each other. We meet so many wonderful people in this great business of ours and we feel so honored when we’re asked to create a portrait as a gift for parents. Whenever Ed creates a surprise gift portrait; we always wish we could be there to see the reaction of the gift recipient. While this isn't possible, Julie made us feel like we were part of the experience through her beautifully written words expressed in her lovely thank-you note, along with a photo depicting the gift portraits place of honor in Dad's home. The following is an excerpt from Julie's note: "Thank you so much for the beautiful photographs you took of us! My father was very surprised by our gifts. He loved the big picture of all of us - but he was teary eyed when he saw the smaller one with just me and Brian. The little picture was on his desk in his office the next morning. The big picture also found a home very quickly. He rearranged some pictures he has and it is hanging right next to a picture of my Mom. He can see both from his office where he spends most of his time.I can honestly say that no other presents we've given him found places of honor that fast! Eric's Dad also loved the one of us. He stared at it all afternoon when we gave it to him(even though he had the live subjects there with him)! Thank you for making us all feel so welcome and comfortable." We thank you Julie & Eric and Karen & Brian for choosing Ed Pedi Photography to preserve this special portrait memory for all of you; it was truly our privilege and honor...
"Dad's 80th Birthday Gift"
"Dad's Family Portrait Gallery"
Siblings - Julie & Brian Sisters-in-Law - Julie & Karen
Julie & Eric Brian & Karen
The annual Professional Photographers Association of MA print conference & print competition was held February 22-25, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel, Plymouth, MA. Ed hit a Grand Slam - Plus One with five of his six entrie's achieving first place Blue Ribbon awards. His image titled, "Poised Beyond Her Years" received a high score of 89 and also earned a Judges Choice Ribbon, presented by Gary Hughes from Orlando who signed his judges ribbon with the inscription, SHAZAM. Although Ed achieved his Master of Photography Degree in 2000, he continues to enter his prints in state, regional and national competitions as it inspires & challenges him to create beautiful images and he believes makes him better at his craft.
'Poised beyond her years'
Judges Choice Award from Gary Hughes for his favorite image in show...
'Family Time' 'The Lapp Family'
'When are they coming home' 'Timeless Elegance'
The North Andover Merchants Association (NAMA) announced their 2013 Merchant of the Year on Wednesday, February 6th at their monthly meeting and we are extremely honored to be recognized as this years receipient of this prestigious award. NAMA's 2012 recipient, Terry Holland, (owner of Stachey's Pizza) is certainly a tough act to follow and we know we're in great company to share this award with him. The award recognizes a NAMA business for their exceptional service and goodwill to their community. We consider it a privilege to be able to give back and to offer our support to the youth of the Merrimack Valley. Ed has received every type of photographic award for his portrait work but it's this type of award, given by our fellow merchants and peers that truly hold the most meaning for us. The North Andover Patch ran a featured story in their February 15th, on-line business edition and the full story can be read by clicking on the following link: http://northandover.patch.com/articles/nama-merchant-of-the-year
Ed's off to a great start this year with his print competition entries. He achieved a perfect print case with 6 first place blue ribbons for his images entered in the 2012 Professional Photographers of Massachusetts print competition, held February 24-27, 2012 at the Radisson Plymouth Harbor Hotel. His image titled: 'View to a Kill' also received a Judges Choice award, the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award and was the highest scoring print by an ASP member earning him the elite ASP award. The winning 2012 entries are featured below and 4 of the 6 will be entered in to the Northeast District competition to be held March 16-19th in Sandusky, OH. Ed is also one of the featured platform speakers at PP of Ohio's convention and will present a two-hour program on Friday, March 16th on how to create exceptional family and children portraiture.
'Ruby Tuesday' 'Jennie'
'The Wu Family' 'Grandparents Pride'
'View to a Kill' 'You Crack Me Up'
Kodak Gallery Award, ASP Elite Award
and Judges Choice Award
Petit Manan Light, Handcarved by Leon Massey
'Our 4 Generations' PPA Loan Collection Image 2004 'The Lighthouse'
I first met Leon Massey and his lovely wife, Jeanette over 10 years ago at a session I photographed of them and their three great grandsons; son’s of longtime clients, Elaine & Richard Testa. I was amazed by this couple who were then in their late 80's and so vibrant, energetic and young-at-heart. Several years later, Elaine scheduled an extended family portrait session which included Leon & Jeanette; now 90 and 91 years young and still going strong! The extended family portrait session was photographed in front of the home of Elaine's parents, Adrienne & Paul Lebrun. I later entered the extended family portrait in print competition and titled it: 'Our 4 Generations'. It received first place awards at the state, region and national competition's. It also received the prestigious Loan Collection award, my first Loan Collection for a 'family' portrait image. In addition to appearing in the 2004 Loan Collection book, PPA selected it as a featured folio image for the PPA Photographer magazine. Five years later, Elaine scheduled a follow-up session to update the extended family portrait as the family had grown with the addition of two great grandchildren. Now 95 and 96 years young, Mr. & Mrs. Massey continued to enjoy good health and looked as amazing as ever. What a JOY it was to have the opportunity to photograph them again. It was during this session I learned about Mr. Massey's hobby and passion for wood carving and asked if he would permit me to photograph him someday in his workshop. His response was; 'sure, but let me clean it up first'. I pleaded with him to leave everything exactly as it was and thankfully, he did. 'The Lighthouse' also received first place merits at state, region and national competitions and was our studio's Christmas card that year. Fast forward to several weeks ago when I was contacted by Mr. Massey's daughter, Adrienne who informed me her Dad had something to give me. We scheduled an appointment to meet the following week at Mr. & Mrs. Massey’s home where he presented me with a model lighthouse that he had hand carved just for me. This incredible GIFT is a model replica of Petit Manan Light, circa 1870 and located 5 miles off the coast of Corea, Maine. He also provided me with a folder containing the detailed history of the lighthouse. The model is a mirror image of the original with hand carved glass windows, entryway, even a staircase leading to the lantern room. Complete with a blinking light, the detailed craftsmanship has to be seen to truly be appreciated. Petit Manan now has a permanent home in our studio's image presentation room and I’ve ordered a new studio sample of 'The Lighthouse' image to display alongside it. There is no greater gift than one that is personally handmade for you and I will forever cherish this masterpiece. My next goal is to take a trip to Maine this summer and photograph the original lighthouse. Unfortunately, it sits 5 miles of the Maine coast which means a boat ride out to view it. Not my favorite idea of fun, but I have made it one of my future goals and look forward to sharing the present day photographs of Petit Manan Light with Mr. Massey.