Fucci’s Photos is now Vail Fucci Photography

Christmas morning, 2009, my husband, Matt, gave me the most wonderful gift.  At the time, I had no idea just how much it would mean to me.  I had been working the DC political scene and was getting pretty burnt out from the polarization going on in Washington.  He could tell I needed a change.  So he gave me the best Christmas surprise…EVER!  He created the LLC for a photography company.  Matt named it Fucci’s Photos, LLC.  I had no idea just how transformative this amazing gift would be.  Matt gave me the kick in the butt I needed to make the huge leap from a Ph.D. in bioethics to professional photographer.  I don’t know if I would have ever been brave enough to do this myself if it wasn’t for his complete support in this venture. I am still mind blown that I went from shooting weddings in peoples’ basements and school gyms, to shooting New York Fashion week and being named Boston’s Best Wedding Photographer by CBSBoston. It has been an incredible ride that I am thrilled to still be on.

Being a professional photographer is a job I love with all my heart.  When I am on a shoot, people say you can actually see the corners of my mouth peeking out around the camera because my smile is so big since I am just so very happy.  It is the job I was meant to do, and it is a wonderful flexible career to have, especially now that we have two children.  As they have gotten older, my weekends have become occupied with dance classes and sports practices, but my weekdays are freeing up as they are in school more and more.  So I realized I had to make a change, my business needed to evolve.  My primary focus would no longer be weddings.  I will limit myself to just 5 weddings a year now.  I love shooting weddings too much to stop doing them all together! In their place, I will be focusing much more on teaching lessons, shooting headshots, events, and commercial product photography. Along with the change also comes a new name for the business.  Unfortunately, I learned the hard way, having an apostrophe in your business name is never a good idea.  The spelling gets very confusing for people and is even worse for website SEO.  So I finally took the plunge and decided to change the business name to Vail Fucci Photography. Here’s our new logo.

At the same time I migrated my website from FuccisPhotos.com over to VailFucci.com and also changed it from http:// to the more secure and current https://.  I am in the process of setting up the 301 redirects, but if you have my old site bookmarked, be sure to note the new URL. During this new phase of the business I am also trying to use Instagram more.  I have always been more of a Facebook girl myself, but I have realized it is a social media platform I just can’t ignore as a photographer.  With each photo that I post, I try to give a tip in the caption as to how it was taken, so that my followers can have more to take away than just an engaging image. If you want to check it out, my handle on Instagram is @VailFucci.

I am so very excited to be able to get back to shooting on a more regular basis.  As always, if I have a camera in my hand, I am happy. Thank you to all who have supported Fucci’s Photos along this journey.  I am energized for this new chapter in my business.  I can’t wait to see where it will take me next.

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Enterprise Management Track Poster Session at MIT Sloan School of Management

When it comes to MIT there are no boring photo assignments.  While shooting a poster session isn’t at the top of the list of most photographers, I found the night thoroughly stimulating.  MIT brings together such incredible minds.  Every project was interesting.  The Sloan Management students had the opportunity to work on projects for real companies, ranging from local Cambridge startups, all the way up to Verizon, Amazon, and Exxon.  I tried to get a brief explanation of each project before taking a photo of the group so that they would be a bit more comfortable with me taking their photo.  While there, the celebrated John Little, a professor post tenure at MIT made the rounds as well.  He interacted with the students and was still as sharp as ever. In operations research Little is best known for his proof of the queuing formula L = ?W, commonly known as Little’s Law. Considered a pioneer in marketing science, Little has done research on a broad set of modeling and decision support issues, including models of individual choice behavior, adaptive control of promotional spending, and marketing mix models for consumer packaged goods.

Once the presentations were done, the students were treated to a gorgeous view of Boston’s skyline while dining with their project sponsors at the Samberg Conference Center.  By the end of the evening I found myself totally inspired by all projects presented by the students and wanting to shoot many more events at MIT over the years to come.

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Breakthrough Greater Boston at Google Cambridge

I had the honor of shooting an amazing event that took place at Google’s Cambridge offices.  Breakthrough Greater Boston was presenting an expert panel on effective education for immigrant youth. Additionally, some of the students from the program presented posters and made speeches as well.  I found the six word stories written by the students contained the most poignant take aways of the night. Guests were invited to write their own six word story.  It was an interesting exercise to say the least.  Lastly, as a bit of a tech nut, I must say I was pretty darn excited to get to shoot at a Google office.  I loved the multicolored uplighting behind the speakers in the trademark google colors.

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