|Larry Levanti Photography
I have been a professional photographer since 1977 but my involvement with the art form dates back to 1969 when photography became my hobby. My first real camera was a Hanimex Praktika Super TL.
A German made instrument purchased from Two Guys department store in East Brunswick. After graduating high school in 1974 I attended Middlesex County College in Edison where I earned my
associates degree in Professional Commercial Photography . It was a different time back then. To become a pro, you actually needed to know something about photography. I started out shooting real
estate and weddings for a studio in Elizabeth N.J. After spending a year and a half there I went on the Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals to work in their in-house photo studio. During my time there I realized
that I was not meant to work in a corporate environment. I bounced around a bit until I landed at Freese Camera in New Brunswick N.J. as their resident professional. It was there that I was able to make
some initial connections to begin my freelance career. In 1989, I did just that. In 1991, thanks to my work at the camera shop, I started freelancing for Rutgers University Department of Athletics. I have been
involved with college and high school athletics ever since.
My approach to photography is similar to a sculpter. A sculpter looks at a piece of clay and knows that his sculpture is in there somewhere. He/She just has to find it. Photography is the same thing. When I
shoot an athletic event, I just have to find the images there in reality and transfer them to digital.
It’s been a long and rewarding career and it is not over yet. Since 1977, I have photographed babies,weddings, pro/amateur athletes the Dalei Lama and many other heads of state. I repeat, it’s not over
yet. I am still in search of that great photograph. Maybe I have taken it already, but I am still searching. As a pro, you should always strive to be better than you were yesterday. Also, you should never be
satisfied. Satisfaction leads to complacency . Complacency leads to...retirement.
I like to compare professionalism to bowling. In bowling it’s all about the approach. The way you stand, the way you step up the line and of course your release of the ball. If you do everything correct, you put
yourself in the best position for success. But, that ball is gonna do whatever it wants after it leaves your hand. That is what being a pro is all about. Put yourself in the best position for success and hope that
everything works out after that. Like that ball after it leaves your hand, you can’t stress about the things beyond your control. Just make sure the things you control are done to the best of you ability.
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 email@example.com 732-558-6266