Hippo Best Of 2018 • Selected Images

Each year, The Hippo magazine hires me to handle a majority of the images for their “BEST OF” issue.  This is a quality color glossy magazine that covers all of Southern New Hampshire that features businesses voted and recommended by readers and citizens of the state.  If you love certain businesses and want them to get a little exposure, you can write them in.  The places with the most votes then get collected in this magazine with short articles and information about them.  It’s serves as a great travel guide for visitors to see what the state has to offer.

After the cut, I wanted to share a few of my favorite images I took over the two weeks I was assigned to photograph some of the “Best of the Best” winners.


Carla • Headshot session

I love helping people create new head shots because I never know who I’m going to get to work with.

Like Carla.

Carla contacted me after being recommended by a prior client (Thank you, Kate!).  She was going to toss her hat into the political ring and run for Senate, and she needed a new head shot.


Carla was an absolute joy to work with.  She was so friendly and she had great humor.  She grew up in Africa and she wanted to wear a few things that hark back to her home.

I love her smile and her adorable pixie hair cut and she had she was just so warm and friendly and a joy to be around.  I really liked photographing her and working with her.


I also get a kick when I see an image I created being used for things like billboards:

I had a very bad experience a few years ago with an image I took of someone and that head shot was taken by someone else and used politically in an attack print advertisement without my permission or knowledge.  It’s taken a few years to get comfortable enough when someone approaches me asking about creating an image that will specifically be used for a political reason.   Carla was so energized that she helped me feel comfortable making an image that was going to be used for that purpose.

I would love to photograph her again.





Website Hack/Issues – please pardon the maintenance.

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My websites for Sid Ceaser Photography, Sid Ceaser Fine Art, the Portable Portrait workshop and Sara Ceaser‘s website were hacked a few days ago and damage was done.

Most of is back up, but the other three are currently down as the structure is rebuilt for those sites.

If you were looking for those specific sites, please pardon as attempts are made to get those sites back to working condition as soon as possible.




Music that is AWESOME that you might not know about:

I’ve always surrounded myself with music – in my primary school days I was buying cassettes and records and would sit at home and just listen and digest all these forms of music; from rock to new-age to film soundtracks to rap – I would just absorb it like a sponge. And that has never changed and there isn’t a time when I’m not listening to music. I recently brought a record player and all my records to my photography studio so I can spin while I’m working on client images, and I always have a playlist going when I’m photographing someone or something.

I’m not in any way a music critic, nor do I contain a music critics vernacular, but I thought I’d mention a few artists/albums I’ve been playing a lot lately and maybe find some new ears and make them a few new fans, because they are all awesome.

More after the cut.




Lauren had wanted to work with me for many years but it was never the right time until recently when she needed an updated headshot for her business and LinkedIn pages.  But as you can see from the image above,  this session became much more than a headshot session.

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