I fell in love with photography at the age of 14. On a class field trip for a photography class Mark Twain Junior High School for the Gifted and Talented, our assignment was to photograph the streets of Manhattan. A news story flashed in front of us. Journalists from papers like the New York Daily News showed up. The Daily News, it turns out, found that students covering a news story were more interesting then the story itself. We were featured on the front page. From that point on, I knew photography was what I wanted to do. With a determined attitude, I worked my way into the world of feature film and television beginning at the age of 15. After earning a B.F.A from the School of Visual Arts, my passion for photography expanded. I began my own photo business, Once Upon a Picture, specializing in portraiture. I also taught myself the art of hand-coloring photographs using oils. My work became award-winning, which made it all the more challenging.
In 2005, my husband and our five children relocated to the beautiful North Fork of Long Island. Surrounded by such a unique place, every picture I take reflects the beauty and purity of the island and inspires me to photograph with honesty.
My freelance work now involves commercial, gallery, photojournalism and portraiture. Please visit my website www.randeedaddona.com to see more about me.
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