About Chuck Alaimo Photography
I feel like I need to try something new for my biography. In the past I have chosen to write from the third person perspective which is always a bit odd, After-all, I'm just a one person show. I have no secretary, nor do I have an advertising department. So to talk of myself in the third person, it's just weird. I am a person who happens to take very nice photographs. Isn't that one of the nice things about hiring a a pro like myself?
So who am I? I am a 41 year old former skateboarder/snowboarder (yeah I still skate on occasion), now father of one that loves photography. I had my first taste of it back in high school (back in the days of film!) on a Pentax k1000. There I learned how to develop film, and the basics of the dark room. Of course, at that stage in my life I was putting the bulk of the energy towards skating and snowboarding so after graduation the camera got put aside as I left my hometown and trekked off to Vermont.
Fast forward a bunch of years, I made the decision to move back to Buffalo where I immediately rediscovered photography. All those old lessons had to be relearned, as well as learning the new format - digital.
My first forays in to the world of imagery were in the fine art world. It was there that I refined my techniques and developed a confidence in shooting. From there I transitioned to shooting events and live music as a freelancer for buffalo.com (a position I still enjoy!), which further honed my techniques while also giving me an appreciation for shooting people! And from that came weddings!
You may wonder why I took the moment there to mention skateboarding? I mean, that's not very wedding... As a skater you develop a unique eye on the world, what most folks walk past without even glancing at, a skater looks at and see's hours of fun. All those architectural elements, they not only great for skateboarding, but they do make for epic images. I like it for the grit, I like it for the symmetry, I like it for the lines, the texture...I could go on, but I think the idea is clear - all those things that most people see on a daily basis and think nothing off, those are things that intrigue and amaze me. I love my concrete Jungle!
Mixed with this love for concrete and architecture is a love for the wilderness - the outdoors. I lived in Vermont for close to 14 years, and the bulk of that time was spent in a very small town. Farms, woods, hills, mountains! What this brings to the table is an extreme appreciation for nature.
One of my greatest strengths in photography is that I create large, architectural and landscape portraits. I fuse those elements of concrete and nature to create not just a portrait, but a piece of art.
I invite you to browse around the site, there's lots to look at and read. Have fun!