|Welcome to Larry Levanti Photography
So, there it is. Your eye sees something that your mind recognizes as a potential subject. Thus starts the mechanical process of you mind giving commands to your hands, index finger and for that matter
the rest of your body. This is how an image is born through the combined efforts of random events and the complete coordination of the mind, eye and body. The camera is just an instrument by which we
can record these images. This is what I do for a living. This is my passion. This is why I get up in the morning. I have been involved with photography since 1969 when it became one of my hobbies. I have
been a pro since 1977 so I have seen a lot of changes to my chosen profession. In 1977, you actually had to know something in order to be a pro photographer. Nowadays, all you need is a decent
camera, a laptop and a few business cards. It troubles me to see individuals pretending to be pro photographers getting access to events formerly reserved for the pro. It troubles me that most people will
pay big bucks for photos taken by amateurs and not care about the quality. The true professional photographer will care about the quality of his or her images. The amateur just wants to get it done and get
his check. Despite all that, I continue take thousands of photos every year at numerous sporting and public relations events. This is what I do and this is what I am good at.
While I never refer to myself as a creative person, I feel that I am an excellent problem solver. If a customer presents me with an opportunity, I approach the problem like a photographic engineer. I also try to
approach each job as if it was paying me $1000 per hour.
A wise man once said that if you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. I won’t go that far. There are plenty of days when I just don’t feel like shooting another game. There are days,
mostly Mondays, where I am looking at 2 or 3 thousand images to be edited. There are stretches in which I will work 7 day 14 hour day weeks. Then there are the lean days. Usually June and July when
there are no college/high school sports to shoot. Finding projects to keep you busy can get old fast. This is the life I have chosen. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
I understand my place in the photographic landscape. I am one of about a million guys out there that shoot sports. I understand that it almost doesn’t matter how talented or creative you are. Professional
photography is a political environment. I worked for Rutgers University Athletics for 15 years. I was full time for the last 5 of those years. It was during this time period that Rutgers decided to become more
corporate which meant being more political. There were individuals there that were able to say and do whatever they wanted because they had the ear of certain important people. Despite my talents and
numerous connections, my position at Rutgers could not be saved when certain individuals felt threatened by my talents. My situation now could not be better. The people I have had the pleasure to work
with, know the value of talent. They also know how to say “please and thank you”. Now I am a member of several teams throughout the state of New Jersey. There is always room for more.
Graduated Saint Mary's High School in South Amboy- Class of 1974.
College Education - Middlesex County College Class of 1977, Associates Degree in Professional Commercial Photography.
1977-1978- Bogard Studios in Elizabeth, New Jersey. real estate, wedding, event and portrait photography.
1978-1979- Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals in Summit, New Jersey. Lab Technician/photographer.
1979-1984- Photographer's assistant for Frank Peluso Photography. Also worked for North Brunswick Camera, photo retail.
1984-1989- Freese Camera in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Lab Technician/Retail sales.
1989-present- Began my own business-Larry Levanti Photography.
2001-2006- Rutgers University Athletics Department. Staff photographer.
2006-present- Resumed full time free lance photography.
I have been a teacher of the photographic arts since 1980.
I began teaching at Middlesex County College teaching basic photography on an adjunct basis.
I have also taught photography at many adult education programs in the area.
Some of the courses I have taught include basic and advanced photography as well as some specialized photo classes.
Larry Levanti Photography P.O. Box 226 Martinsville N.J. 08836 firstname.lastname@example.org 732-558-6266