MADISON, NJ – With sports back in season for Madison, the local teams are getting special treatment when it comes to their pictures. This is being done by borough resident Kerry Cozzolino, who owns and operates Kerry Cozzolino Photography, LLC.
“I loved photography since childhood,” said Cozzolino. “My father entered my photos in the New Jersey State Fair for many years and I won many ribbons, including ‘Best in Show’ when I was 13 years old. I pursued classes in New York City starting in 2012 when I switched from film photography to digital photography.”
Cozzolino grew up in New Jersey and has a degree in economics from Drew University. She has spent 13 years in the cosmetics industry and finished her career at LVMH in the American Designer Fragrance Division as the global marketing director for Michael Kors and Marc Jacobs.
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Eighteen years ago, Cozzolino moved to Madison from New York City, and set up her own studio within her house, which specializes in sports and portrait photography.
Nowadays, with schools reopening, Cozzolino Photography has made Madison sport teams its big project, particularly the local high school as well as the Madison Junior Football teams and Madison Little League teams. She has even had the privilege of going to MetLife Stadium with the Chatham football team for both of their Jets pre-game on-field experiences, as well as taking photos of many Jets and Giants players. But the fun doesn’t stop there.
“I participated in the National Front Porch Project and took family portraits of local families during the COVID quarantine,” said Cozzolino. “I was able to social distance and wear a mask and capture this moment in time for many local families. I also have taken portraits and tell the stories of homeless veterans. I have spoken at the Madison Junior School and the Three West Club in New York City about the plight of homeless veterans and the stories of several of the veterans that I met and photographed. I have tried to educate people on the reasons why veterans are homeless and advocate for more mental healthcare for active and retired troops.”
Among other projects, Cozzolino intends to put a book or blog together about her experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspired by the many families she has photographed.
“I have photographed so many amazing families, the changes in life around town and of the teams when they first went back to practice during the summer,” said Cozzolino. “Even though we were all having a difficult time with restrictions and new ways of life, people were enjoying time with their families and for the most part were making the best of a challenging situation. I hope to show the positive side of COVID, the reconnected families and the happy kids on the fields exercising and preparing for their sports seasons.”
The future looks difficult to many, but Kerry Cozzolino intends to keep moving forward in Rose City, doing what she loves and using it to help others.
“I love being a photographer,” said Cozzolino. “I feel blessed to have a talent that brings so much joy to people. I love being able to capture moments that people treasure from the sports field to milestone occasions and everyday life. It makes me so happy that people are excited when I arrive on a field to photograph a game or their families. I really enjoy what I do.”
Cozzolino will be adding some of the photographs she takes of games to TAPinto Madison. Look for her work there and on her website; https://www.kcozzphoto.com/.