Category Archives: Medical

Happy Birthday Whoopee!


Today, we celebrate our Pyrenean Sheppard’s 13th Birthday!  MACH “Whoopee” was among the trailblazing Pyr Sheps who made their mark in the agility world. Retired from the ring for the past four years, she lives an active life of modeling, hiking and running our photography business.


We happily celebrate this long life after finding an aggressive cancer tumor on her hind foot.

Read below to see some of our updates on her progress. 

April 19, 2013:  Radiation journey begins… Waiting for my terrific little pyr shep to begin her healing journey for a sarcoma that has all but covered her hind foot. Today is the fitting for an demobilizer so the radiation next week can be precise. Trying to hold my emotions in check …. Not easy as everyone of you knows what it’s like to fight for your dog’s life.

April 29, 2013: Whoopee Radiation Report – thanks to everyone for support and healing prayers – this new experience is so far a non event.

We went to the Vet MRI & Radiotherapy Center of NJ, located in Clifton, where she showed no fear each of the four consecutive days we went last week. The staff were so caring and attentive to Whoopee that she actually pulled me into the front door each day – how about that? After the initial CAT Scan, they made a mold of her body with a cover that would insure the exact position each of the three days of radiation.

She went through the full anesthesia with no problem and seems very happy. Now it’s a waiting game, as it takes several months to see the effects – good and bad – of the radiation on her foot and tumor. I did the right thing with this treatment and hope that it adds a few more happy years to her life expectancy. I highly recommend this center – which is one of only three in the country that offer a three day radiation treatment for tumors. Hope none of you ever need it for your four legged children.

May 7, 2013: The radiation worked!!!!!Whoopee’s horrible tumor on her hind foot is already shrinking and today, oncologist Dr. Renee Alsarraf, saw her and was thrilled to see so much change in just two weeks of the concentrated radiation treatment. Looks like we’re on the road to recovery!!!!!! Thank you Dr. Alsarraf and all you wonderful friends who sent healing prayers and good energy to help my wonderful pyr shep fight cancer and hopefully, beat it.

May 23, 2013Whoopee celebrates this day with a big smile – she feels great – her appetite is back and she even jumped over some low fences in the backyard – thanks to state of the art radiation cancer treatment available and great vets – we look forward to the next milestone with her cancer in remission!


…Check out our website for more!

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And… It’s here!    The third installment of Saint Peter’s University Hospital commercials.

“If you are among the thousands of women who have had difficulty becoming pregnant, The National Gianna Center for Women’s Health and Fertility™ with offices in New Brunswick and Manhattan is dedicated to providing a more natural alternative to assisted reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, in accordance with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services.”  — St Peter’s University Hospital

Once again, a big THANK YOU to all of our families that came out to play during the shoots!

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In June,  we had the wonderful opportunity to shoot a local TV commercial for St. Peter’s University Hospital.

St. Peter’s has a large pediatric program and delivers as many as 6,100 babies each year! This commercial is meant to highlight their many advanced departments in baby and child care.

It was baby-mania for the days leading up to this shoot – including casting for all of the little ones and going into full production mode!

Here is one of the spots that St. Peter’s has posted on their website, and has been showing on local television:



Thanks to all the babies and their parents who participated. The third and final  spot will hopefully be coming out soon. Stay tuned!!

Check out St. Peter’s University Hospital website here:

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Tis the Season…for Flu Shots!

It’s that time of year again! Sneezing, coughing, fevers….colds and viruses are going around. Combat against sickness and germs by following a few guidelines:

  • Remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap often.
  • When coughing and sneezing, use a tissue or your elbow! Keep your hands germ free.
  • Dress for the weather. Be prepared for chilly nights or rain showers that may sneak up on you. Pack a coat and small umbrella in your bag.
  • Get a flu vaccination. Either by nasal spray or shot, arm yourself against this year’s flu virus.
  • Make sure you get plenty of rest. Keep your immune system going strong by getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

Don’t let your health stand in the way of making photographs! Prevent illness so you can keep on keepin’ on, and do what you do best!

Stay healthy!

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Key people contribute to the success of your business

So after a great summer, we lose our wonderful intern Jenn, who returns to Montclair U this week.

She is responsible for writing these great blogs and has been a fantastic assistant and addition to Bohm Marrazzo Photography, here in Montclair, NJ.

No matter what, Jenn always greets you with her great smile and sunny disposition – she will be sorely missed. How are we going to exist?

Yes, Amanda is coming back – but she’s Amanda and Jenn is Jenn and they are both so special and so different.Whether she is shooting in the OR or working on the computer, or slaving over a still life, her skills and work ethic are fabulous!

Jenn, we hope you’ll continue to work with us and come back next year. Thanks for being you and doing an outstanding job!!!!  A+ from your summer “teacher”. We hope our business doesn’t suffer  too much without you.

Love always, Linda, Gerry, Whoopee, Luca, Riplee and Pippi and the Fish and Amanda too.


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The Art of Art Copy

Art copy work is an important branch of photography. It is important to pay close attention to detail and be very meticulous. We photographed the paintings of the very talented Dr. Marc Malberg. His work is based on different biblical themes with incorporated surrealism.  We photographed his paintings to look as close to they do in reality. Take a look at these marvelous works of art for yourself.  

Marc I. Malberg, MD
Helen of Troy, 1985, 72×48

When photographing art:

  • Use lighting that will portray the image as it is supposed to be shown.
  • Using color management tools like the color checker passport is imperative to reproducing the colors the artist intended.
  • Perspective should be kept direct and un-skewed.
  • As always, make your subject (in this case the art) look it’s best.

A small tidbit on the artist:

Happy Shooting.

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Bundles of Joy

Back in June, we shot a local TV commercial for St. Peter’s University Hospital. St. Peter’s has a large pediatric program and delivers as many as 6,100 babies each year! This commercial is meant to highlight their many advanced departments in baby and child care. It was a lot of fun shooting this commercial and casting all the babies for it. Here is one of the spots that St. Peter’s has posted on their website:


Thanks to all the babies and their parents who participated. The other spots will hopefully be coming out soon. Stay tuned!!

Check out St. Peter’s University Hospital website here:

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Earlier this week we did a photo shoot for a local hospital, highlighting some of their doctors on staff. We composed interesting portraits of doctors that highlighted what these doctors do. There are lots of things to keep in mind when doing on location portraits of professionals. Here are some tips to having a successful on location shoot:

  • Be prepared; think ahead.
  • Work out the lighting before the subject comes by putting in a “stunt person”.
  • If you’re not early, you’re late.
  • Plan where you are going to shoot before you arrive at the location.
  • If you are doing more than one image, make sure you schedule enough time for the “unexpected“.
  • Professionals don’t typically like receiving a make-over at work, but no one has a problem with a dab of anti-shine, which is colorless and invisible. However, it really helps with those nasty forehead shines!
  • If you don’t have time or space to find a good background, don’t waste your subject’s time. Work fast and plan on a background in post-production. This doctor could only spare  5 minutes out of her busy schedule. We needed to show that she was a surgeon, so we asked her to dress in scrubs at her office. And this was the outcome of great post-production work of Gerry Marrazzo.

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The team at Bohm-Marrazzo has definitely been keeping busy these past few weeks!  A few of our highlights have been the great opportunity to scrub in at some of the best hospitals in the state.

From professional portraits to an afternoon surgery in the OR, we love to have the ability to explore and communicate the wonders that these doctors and their incredible teams do everyday.

The experience alone of putting yourself in their shoes (or fancy blue shoe covers!) is truly amazing.


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