Thursday, March 21, 2019

Elliott Threatt

Comedian Elliott Threatt came over with his Emmy Award, and we became creative.

Elliott has also been nominated for a Grammy.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tricia Bushnell: Executive Director

Former law professor Tricia Bushnell is Executive Director of Midwest Innocence Project.

The organization is dedicated to  investigation, litigation and exoneration of those wrongfully convicted of crimes.  

Presently, 570 applications are on the waitlist for initial screening, 53 case-investigations are pending, and 12 cases are being actively litigated.

Innocence Project

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fred Gruner: NVIDIA

Fred Gruner is Principal Engineer at NVIDIA, involved with artificial intelligence and driverless cars. 

Advanced Driver Assist Systems are already here, and driverless cars are just around the corner.

He has 25 years experience and holds more than 50 patents.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Screen Actors Guild Awards Dinner, 2019

Seated next to me at the Screen Actors Guild Awards dinner was a gentleman who played a part in the movie Forrest Gump

He paid for all his law school with the earnings from that role, and is a judge in Nashville.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Kevin Willmott - BLACKKKLANSMAN

Congratulations to my deserving friend Kevin Willmott for winning an Academy Award.

Blackkklansman

I am fortunate to have worked on two prior movies with Kevin.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Versace


Versace, Beverly Hills.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Stephen Colletti: Actor

Stephen Colletti portrayed Chase Adams in the television drama series One Tree Hill.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, Pianist and Ben Sayevich, Violinist

Pianist Lolita Lisovskaya-Sayevich, and her husband Violinist Ben Sayevich.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Zora Urbanyi

I looked up while at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and exclaimed, "I know you!" Zora Urbanyi was there.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2019

I attended the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Here are a few of the many photographs I made. 

Look for more on my Facebook page, or Instagram.


All photographs © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.










Friday, January 25, 2019

Sarah Kathryn Curtis: Opera

Mezzo-soprano Sarah Kathryn Curtis.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Laurie J. Hamilton, MBA, JD

After earning degrees at University of California Berkeley, and Stanford University, Laurie J. Hamilton attended the respected Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the United Kingdom.

At age 59, Laurie started law school, where most of her professors were younger than she. Laurie received her Juris Doctor degree at age 64. 

I can't wait to see what Laurie does next.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Behzod Abduraimov: Pianist

Pianist Behzod Abduraimov is from Uzbekistan. At age 18, he won the London International Piano Competition.

Mr. Abduraimov has performed with leading orchestras around the world, including Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Munchner Philharmoniker, Orchestra de Paris, to name just a few.

Photograph © 2019 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Harold Gainer: Master Engraver

Tiffany & Co. retains 23 engravers and 2 Master Engravers to service their clients worldwide.

Based just outside New York City, Harold Gainer is one of those two Master Engravers. Harold has been engraving the finest personal ornaments for 50 years.

Photograph © 2011 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

J. Kent Barnhart

J. Kent Barnhart.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fashion Model: Megan Baudry

Model: Megan Baudry
Designer: Jennifer Tierney
Style Team: Ashley Marie Hazelwood; Dylan Dunn; Ayla Andel; Nicole Hobbs; Kathryn Craig, LE;
Lis Harland; Candis Sandborn.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Jessica Paige: Singer, Songwriter, Musician


Jessica Paige returned from Hollywood after her third American Idol adventure (ABC; seasons 7, 8, 15), and quickly booked a performance at the Wareham Opera House in Manhattan, Kansas. 

To show appreciation for the teachers in Wamego, Kansas, who encouraged her music career, Jessica arranged complimentary tickets for educators in USD 320 to her performance that evening.

I admire your gracious gesture, Jessica.

Photographs © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.



Friday, October 26, 2018

Liz Vandal: Costume Designer

Liz Vandal's career began as a fashion designer. She later took her designs to ballets, circuses, and movies around the world.

Projects include dance companies, The Backstreet Boys, Cirque de Soleil, AVATAR costumes for 20th Century Fox, and many more.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Stanislav Ioudenitch: Pianist

Pianist Stanislav Ioudenitch has played around the world with a multitude of orchestras including National Philharmonic of Russia, Munich Philharmonic, National Symphony, Mariinsky Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Fort Worth Symphony, and Kansas City Symphony.

Mr. Ioudenitch was the youngest pianist ever invited to give master classes at The International Piano Academy at Lake Como. He was honored with a gold medal at the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2001.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

LaQuanda Faye Jacobs: Wrongfully Convicted

At the age of 16, LaQuanda Faye Jacobs was found guilty of capital murder in Arkansas, and sentenced to life in prison without parole. It was a crime she did not commit.

After 26 years, Faye has been released. 

Midwest Innocence Project

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Alvin Sykes: Human Rights Advocate

Alvin Sykes engineered the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act, which creates a cold-case component within the United States Justice Department. Crimes committed in the pre-civil rights era are able to be reopened.

Mr. Sykes dropped out of high school in the tenth grade. He used the public library system to educate himself, and he began sitting in on courtroom trials to learn the law. He has been active for decades helping solve racially-motivated murders.

Emmett Till was a 14-year-old African American in 1955, when he was murdered for whistling at a white woman in Mississippi. His death is credited for initiating the civil rights movement.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Shmuel Ashkenasi: Violinist, Chamber Music (Strings)

Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi hails from Tel Aviv, Israel.

He won the Merriweather Post Competition, placed as a finalist in Belgium's Queen Elizabeth competition, and received second prize in the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Mr. Ashkenasi formed the esteemed Vermeer Quartet, becoming one of the world's most significant chamber musicians.

As a violin soloist, he has performed with preeminent orchestras in New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, Moscow, and Tokyo.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Septime Webre: Choreographer

 
Choreographer Septime Webre's newest project will be performed by Kansas City Ballet at the world premiere of, "The Wizard of Oz".

Mr. Webre is Artistic Director at Hong Kong Ballet, and former Artistic Director at The Washington Ballet.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Rodney Lincoln #48563: Wrongfully Convicted

After 36 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Rodney Lincoln is free. 

The sole eyewitness recanted her testimony, and new DNA testing revealed a hair used as evidence was not Rodney's.

Midwest Innocence Project helped make this possible for Rodney, and others wrongfully convicted.

#48563 in the title of this post was Rodney's prisoner identification number.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Alex Bordyukov: The Bachelorette

Alex Bordyukov was a popular candidate on The Bachelorette (ABC, season 13), with Rachel Lindsay.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Brian Kennedy: Song Writer, Composer, Producer, Musician

Brian Kennedy has four GRAMMY Awards for work with Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Chris Brown, and Kelly Clarkson. 

He was nominated for a fifth GRAMMY Award for an additional project with Rihanna. 

Brian also has five ASCAP Awards.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer

My friend Jennifer Lapka Pfeifer is Founder and President of Rightfully Sewn, a fashion-focused, charitable organization.

Prior to this, Jennifer was Co-Executive Director of the West 18th Street Fashion Show.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson.  All rights reserved.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Vladimir Viardo: Pianist

Vladimir Viardo was awarded a Gold Medal at the Fourth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 1973.

He has collaborated with the world's leading orchestras, including Royal Philharmonic, Moscow Philharmonic, Leningrad Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Prague Philharmonic, Atlanta Symphony, and many more.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Kristin Smith: Ballerina

This photograph is from 2014.

Kristin Smith: Kansas City Ballet training program member.

Kristin is now Founder and Owner of Beyond Ballet in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Photograph © 2014 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Food Photography

Dinner.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Robert Gibby Brand: Actor, Singer

Here is singer / actor Robert Gibby Brand playing to my camera, rather than playing to an audience.

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Abby Welcher

Model: Abby Welcher

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Scintilla Setsuna-Capalla: Model

"Determination."

I showed this image to Scintilla Setsuna-Capalla soon after shooting it at Kansas City Fashion Week's Model Workshop in May of 2018.
   
"I like it. You can title it 'Determination'," she said.

After an arduous battle, Scintilla succumbed to stage IV bone cancer three months later on August 26, 2018.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Danni Boatwright

Danni Boatwright:

- Athlete
- Star Search (CBS) spokesmodel and contestant
- Miss Kansas Teen USA winner
- Miss Teen USA 2nd runner-up
- Miss Kansas USA winner
- Miss USA 1st runner-up
- International model
- Survivor: Guatemala (CBS) winner
- Television and radio sports broadcaster
- Business owner: Sideline Chic sports clothing   

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Actor / Model

Rich, warm skin tones, and darker hair and eyes are exceptionally stylish.

Demographics have changed in the United States. The beauty industry is promoting and capitalizing on the look of ethnic women like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez, whom they say have individual and exotic appeal.

Perhaps this change indicates we are more culturally aware and open to diversity.

Actor / Model: Jessica Salgado

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

#MexicanAmericanActorModel

Friday, August 17, 2018

Runway and Print Model

Model: Kristen Jadlow

Photograph © Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Rube and Nina

Rube and Nina Goeringer have been making homemade candy and ice cream since 1985 at their store and factory,  Georgetown Valley Candy Company

Not long after they started their business, weatherman Willard Scott showed one of their chocolate bars on The Today Show (NBC) during a Christmas broadcast.

While chatting, Nina smiled at me and quietly said, "I want to make sure you know we've been married 60 years".

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Cadet M. Smith: U.S. Air Force JROTC

Cadet M. Smith is part of the Color Guard of the United States Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in Denver, Colorado.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Keith Sandford: Sheriff's Office

Patrol Deputy Keith Sandford, S.W.A.T. Operator, Clear Creek County, Colorado Sheriff's Office keeps the public safe this Independence Day, 2018.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.

Dean MacDonald

Actor Dean MacDonald's career began as a pirate in his hometown of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

Presently, he is playing a different type of outlaw.

Photograph © 2018 Larry F. Levenson. All rights reserved.