Not Your Parents' Vernon Lanes

If you grew up in the Manchester area or have kids here, you have probably been to the bowling alley in Vernon at least once in your lifetime. Let me tell you, this place is not your parents' bowling alley anymore. The facility, now named Spare Time Vernon, has recently undergone a major renovation, transforming it into an entertainment oasis for kids and families...or grown ups that just want to be a kid for a few hours. I had the opportunity to photograph Spare Time a few weeks ago, which features one of the largest game rooms at a bowling alley in New England, a super-cool Laser Tag area and a private party room with full bar and four bowling lanes. This place is going to give Chucky Cheese, Nomads and Revolutions a run for their money. Not to mention, the private room is way more affordable than the over-priced High Rollers at Foxwoods. Anyways, just thought I'd share some images from the newly renovated space. Check this place out!

2016 HBJ Municipal Collaboration Summit

One of the advantages of being a photographer is that on a daily basis I get to capture a glimpse into a variety of people's lives, industries, events and issues. It has afforded me so many opportunities to learn and meet new people...talk about fringe benefits!

So, Friday morning I photographed The Hartford Business Journal's 2016 Municipal Collaboration Summit. I know...I know. It sounds like a snooze-fest (or a load of BS) to a lot people. I gotta tell you, it was really interesting, informative and encouraging as a CT taxpayer and small business owner. Connecticut is going through a budget disaster (this is not opinion). And putting aside your political opinions, it's important for you to know that there are a lot of legislators in this state that ARE trying to come up with ways to make this state more efficient and save taxpayers money. I hope more of our leaders at the municipal level will open their minds to new money saving strategies (like regionalizing some town functions, services and purchases). Thanks to the Hartford Business Journal and its sponsors for hosting what I thought was a worthwhile and useful event for municipal leaders.

Professional Women in Construction: March Dinner

J. Fiereck Photography is a proud sponsor of the CT Chapter of Professional Women in Construction (PWC). Here are a few highlights from this month's dinner, which included the judging for PWC's signature cocktail contest (The winning cocktail, called the Steel Toed Heel will be unveiled at PWC's 10th Anniversary Celebration on May 9 at the CT Science Center). This month's program seemed particularly entertaining...coincidence?

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. :)

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. :)

Here are a few of the 18 cocktail submissions.

Here are a few of the 18 cocktail submissions.

The cocktail judging committee deliberates. Decisions, decisions...

The cocktail judging committee deliberates. Decisions, decisions...

The PWC does an amazing job of fostering and supporting young adults to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, like this group of mentees from the University of Connecticut. (Go Huskies!)

The PWC does an amazing job of fostering and supporting young adults to pursue careers in architecture, engineering and construction, like this group of mentees from the University of Connecticut. (Go Huskies!)

An award was presented to the founder of PWC, Lenore Janis, via FaceTime. What an accomplished and charismatic lady!

An award was presented to the founder of PWC, Lenore Janis, via FaceTime. What an accomplished and charismatic lady!

PWC's award winners pictured with the selection committee.

PWC's award winners pictured with the selection committee.

The evening included a panel discussion moderated by the Honorable Erin Stewart, Mayor of New Britain.

The evening included a panel discussion moderated by the Honorable Erin Stewart, Mayor of New Britain.

The panel included a group of talented and inspirational women from the architectural, engineering and construction industry. As a mother of two daughters, I would love to see my girls up on a stage like this one day.

The panel included a group of talented and inspirational women from the architectural, engineering and construction industry. As a mother of two daughters, I would love to see my girls up on a stage like this one day.

It's Back! New Year. New Head Shot.

Do you have a job? Are you looking for a job? Are you on the hunt for the perfect mate?  Then you need a professional portrait (or more commonly referred to as a "head shot"). Whether the image goes on your business cards, LinkedIn profile, website, or your Match.com profile, it should be amazing. So stop using that horrible selfie and make this part of your New Year's resolution. Get ready for your close up. 

Schedule a 15-minute head shot session at our studio by January 31 for $55*. Call 860.432.0130 or contact us and mention the promo: New Year. New Head Shot. or just sign up using the form below.

*Promotional session includes one retouched, high resolution, digital image with usage rights. Session must take place at J. Fiereck studio in Manchester. Only one outfit and one background per session. Please add CT Sales Tax. Session must be done by 1/31/15.

 

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2015 Hartford Business Journal 40 Under Forty Awards

One of the most fun and exciting events I cover for The Hartford Business Journal is the 40 Under Forty Awards dinner. It is an evening to celebrate Greater Hartford's up-and-coming, young business leaders. I was honored last year to be named part of the 2014 class, and I am happy to say, still under 40 (but not for too much longer)! This year's event once again, did not disappoint...read on to hear about the speeches, conga line and oh, yes...the marriage proposal!

The 2015 class of 40 Under Forty award recipients is a diverse group, but they all have a happy and giving spirit that is contagious.The awardees were given the opportunity to give a speech, but it came at a price. The first three words that they spoke were free, and then anything after that was $5 per word, which went to a local charity. This year's charity was the Urban League of Greater Hartford. This amazing group of people raised over $6,000 that evening.

The evening was marked by a number of animated and colorful acceptance speeches.

The evening was marked by a number of animated and colorful acceptance speeches.

One of the awardees led his whole table via conga line up to the stage to accept his award.

One of the awardees led his whole table via conga line up to the stage to accept his award.

This was a first in 40 Under Forty history. One of the awardees proposed to his girlfriend up on stage. 

This was a first in 40 Under Forty history. One of the awardees proposed to his girlfriend up on stage. 

All in all, it was an amazing evening that celebrated some of our regions shining stars. I can't wait to see what next year's class has in store. Congratulations to this year's winners!