Where were you on August 21st, 2017?

Solar Eclipse
2017, August 21st Total Solar Eclipse


What a hoot! I had the opportunity to be in the center of the country at the epicenter of the total solar eclipse as the moon shadow crossed the country. This was a unique experience to share with my siblings, their spouses, nephews and friends. Thanks to my sisters Terry and Marian for having a good friend with a beautiful farm south of St. Louis that was aligned with the eclipse path of totality. Thanks also to my brother Mark for driving me around and hanging in the heat with me.

Thanks to Facebook Messenger, we were able to share the experience with other family members seeing the eclipse from various points across the country, Washington, California, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Mindy in Miami. This Total Eclipse was all it was supposed to be! A Grand Spectacle!

A Birth Announcement in 1926

In 1926, my grandmother sent out a birth announcement heralding my father’s birth. It was very classic, white stationary, little blue bow, script.Recently my sister was going through old papers at my mother’s and she came upon this birth announcement…none of us had seen it or even knew the birth announcement existed. Surprise!
But that’s not all, nor is that the significance of this discovery!
Oh, no, there’s more to this story!
Eighty years after my father’s birth,  my graphic designer, Raelene Mercer, comes up with a new logo and branding for my photography business. She selects a type style she feels is cool, one that captures my energy and creative imagination.Check this out…note the type style…look at the “G” and the “z” in particular. Yep, very, very close. What we are seeing is a type font evolving over 80 years. A strikingly similar type face was used for my father’s birth announcement in 1926. Coincidence? Or providence? Or just plain freaky!
I was drawn to the branding, the logo immediately…who knew?
Now I know why….


Sebring 2017

A check in my personal bucket list! I finally made it to Sebring, the iconic sportscar raceway, Sebring International Raceway. Great day of vintage sportscar racing with friends and drivers Kathy Blaha and Mike Banz.

See more images at : www.larrygatz.com  Sebring 2017 gallery

Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.

Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

Recently we were asked to update a corporate group portrait we shot last year. Partners retire occasionally, so a new portrait is required…except getting this many busy lawyers together for a portrait is risky business. Pesky things like court appearances, client meetings, travel schedules all combine to make bringing everyone together a major headache, to say the least. So instead, we worked a little digital magic and moved a couple of folks, inserted one or two individuals and here ya go…a nicely composed formal portrait.

Art Basel Miami 2016

Art Basel 2016
Art Basel 2016

Art Basel Miami 2016
The week of art has begun once again in Miami! Time for the locals to leave town! Last night we attended a couple of VIP preview parties for Context and Art Miami…crowded does not begin to describe the scene. Great to see so many people interested in art, hope someone sold something…if not, well we enjoyed the free flowing Proseco and snacks being passed around.

I want to mention how convenient getting a ride to the fair with Uber and Lyft is this year…no more parking and traffic nightmare.

Looking forward to seeing more art with visiting friends this week.

Formal Executive Portraiture

Executive Portraiture
Examining the finishing touches to a formal portrait printed on canvas by Miami Color House. Dr. John Rock, founding Dean of the Florida International University School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. After framing, the portrait will be placed in the hall of a new building dedicated to Dr. Rock on the FIU campus.

Group Portrait

Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., West Palm Beach, Florida

We recently had the opportunity to produce a group portrait for West Palm Beach law firm Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley. Thank you to Marketing Director Joan Williams for asking for our assistance. We have not worked with a more humble, genuinely wonderful group in a long, long time. Truly a pleasure working with each of these attorney’s. They are doing amazing things for very worthwhile causes.