CHEERS, to name calling!

A few years back I had decided that I wanted to start a photography business of my own. Its been a slow start, but I know that I’m in it for the long haul. As the saying goes, its a marathon, not a sprint.

After brainstorming (and coming up with some pretty cheesy names) I must say when “Painted Eye Photography” came up, it just felt right. Thinking about all the cutesy catch phrases and play on words and photo topics, I decided that wasn’t for me and my business.

One day I was sitting at my nonna’s and she brought out her new framed family crest and as I sat there and read about our heritage and the meaning of our name, I caught a glimpse of what of our families history. I will remember that moment so clearly when I discovered that our last name, Occhipinti, breaks down into occhi meaning eye and pinti meaning painted. Everything became so clear to me that day. I cant imagine any other name making more sense. So as I continue to paint the life I see through my photographs and art, Painted Eye lives on :)

Giving my Blog a name that was short, sweet and easy to remember was the easy part. The word “Iris” is so beautiful as well as all of the meanings that it posses:

Iris the color:  is an ambiguous color term

Iris in the eye : is the part responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and thus the amount of light reaching the retina. The color of the iris is often referred to as “eye color.”

Iris in mythology: is the personification of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. She is also known as one of the goddesses of the sea and the sky. Iris links the gods to humanity.

Iris in a camera : is the diaphragm, the opening that acts as the aperture. An analogous device in a photographic lens is called an iris diaphragm.

So, I am pleased to introduce you to the new, offical blog of Painted Eye photography called



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