Photojournalism in Action: Behind the Scenes at the Dressing Room

Commercial photography behind the scenes, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

If you’re familiar with my photography, then you know that I pride myself on being a photojournalist.  That is, I am a documentary-style photographer with a realistic, natural approach to capturing people and events.  Most of my work heretofore has focused on weddings, but I would like to expand my photographic approach to businesses as well.

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The 2015 Pasco County Fair: Babies and Bull Riding

The Pasco County Fair Championship Rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Of all the wacky fairs I have attended during my visit to Florida, the Pasco County Fair was by far the best.  A cute baby contest, full rodeo, and wild amusement rides — need I say more?

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Behind the Scenes at The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room in St. Petersburg, Florida by NYC wedding photographer, Kelly Williams

Hi everyone!  I know it’s bitterly cold outside in New York, but I’m hoping a warm introduction to the Dressing Room in St. Petersburg, Florida, will help to take the chill out of the air.  The Dressing Room is a full service bridal salon located in the hip (read: Brooklyn-ish) Central Avenue business district of St. Pete.

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Saturday Night Special: Ybor City Knight Parade

Photo from the 2015 Ybor City Knight Parade in Tampa, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Saturday night was party night in Tampa where the annual Knight Parade made a triumphant return down 7th Avenue in Ybor City.  The parade is one of the final events for Tampa’s Gasparilla pirate festival.  As a reminder, Gasparilla is a bit like Mardi Gras, and as with the ‘crews’ in New Orleans, this parade is sponsored by the Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago.  The Ybor City Knight Parade is known as one of the more raucous events of the festival, and this year lived up to the hype.  Lots of drunk people countered by cute kids from the surrounding area who just wanted those beads.  Enjoy the pics!

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Tampa’s Thai Temple: The Wat Mongkolratanaram

A woman walks outside the Wat Mongkolratanaram, as photographed by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

With the coldest air of the season beating down on New York City, I thought sharing photos from one of Tampa’s most serene spaces was in order.  Welcome to the Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, a Buddhist temple located alongside the Palm River near Brandon.  The ‘wat,’ or monastery temple, was established in its present location in 1981 and the newly designed temple was dedicated in 2007.  English-language religious services are held every Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m., and classes on Buddhism are offered during the week.

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The Florida State Fair

A carnival history display at the Florida State Fair, photographed by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Yesterday, my mother and I visited the Florida State Fair.  For a city girl like myself, this was an introduction to the country life, complete with livestock competitions, homemade concoctions, and everything you would ever need to decorate your house à la Little House on the Prairie.

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Gasparilla 2015: Pirates Invade Tampa

Tampa celebrates Gasparilla 2015, by NYC photojouralist, Kelly Williams.

Hi everyone!  The Gasparilla 2015 Pirate Parade was held today in Tampa, and I am pleased to say I was there to catch all the action.  The festival has been going strong since it was first held in 1904.  With a look and feel a bit like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the premise of the festival is a celebration of legendary local pirate, Jose Gaspar.

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