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John Joseph Dowling Jr.

I am the executive producer and director of photography for all of the content on this site. I am available for any size production or photographic opportunity worldwide. I am also the author of Chapters of Love, and founder of

Model Citizen and Sandwire CEO Adam Schwam on TikTok

Chinese officials introduced new restrictions on technology exports that could require Chinese approval for TikTok to sell its algorithm, which is part of the core value of the app. As of Monday, Oracle and a joint bid from Microsoft and Walmart were the top contenders for the sale, but The Wall Street Journal reported late Tuesday that China’s new restrictions had complicated and extended the talks. A deal with the algorithm had been expected to fall in the $20 billion to $30 billion range, sources previously told CNBC. That price would likely drop if the key technology could not be included.

Model Citizen Asher Allweiss Entrepreneurial Career Pivot

Morphing your life to the new norm can be quite a challenge, but for model citizen Asher Allweiss his career trajectory changed overnight because of this pandemic. Asher is a top young real estate agent with Keller Williams Points North, but he also WAS the Chief Business Development Officer at his company Impetus Management. Impetus Management was started in August 2019, they are a small business loans brokerage firm who take a holistic look at the lending process as well as creative ways to assist their client’s growth. They would refer their clients to one another so they could collaborate and grow together. Impetus was growing rapidly in both revenues generated and in size, then cut to the end of March of this year and the pandemic hits. After pouring his heart and soul into his new company, which was only eight months old, he and his partner Brian had to make the decision to shut down because of the pandemic, Asher thought it was the end of the world. Then one day during quarantine and a lot of self-reflecting and talking to God trying to find the answer of what to do now, he comes to the realization that with every ending there is a new beginning. Asher decides to put his faith in God and with the love and support of his family and friends, he decides to put his head down and just follow his dream and open his Real Estate Investment Firm called “AAM Ventures LLC” as well as his Commercial Mortgage Brokerage, partnered with Michael Mills, called “Cobra Commercial Capital”.

Legendary Jazz at its best featuring Tony DeCaprio

Tony: I was inspired before that because I was already good enough to play professionally at fifteen. I can remember imitating Elvis Presley for show-and-tell when I was a little boy, so I guess perhaps Elvis and maybe the Beatles. Then I got interested in blues. When I got serious, I was studying with a jazz guitarist and started learning Jazz from the get-go. But you have to understand in the sixties. It was a crazy, crazy decade – a kind of a renaissance in a sense. It was a double-edged sword because there was a lot of negativity going on. In the sixties we had the Vietnam War, racial riots, but parallel to that were the Beatles and the British Invasion, and Blues. Older Blues musicians began to resurge due to a guitarist named Mike Bloomfield from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He admired the blues and was a great blues player. 

So you had a lot of things going on, and what I’m trying to say is that it all caused me to want to play everything I could. I studied with a jazz guitarist, and then I was able to study with probably one of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation, or even any generation, Jimmy Raney. You may never have heard of him, but Jimmy Raney was Wes Montgomery’s favorite guitarist. Any jazz readers out there would understand how great this man, this player, must have been. I was very lucky because I was part of an R&B group, and the bass player lived right next door to Jimmy Raney, and he introduced me. I was about sixteen when I first met Raney.

The R&B group I was in was called The Notations. We won all kinds of awards on Long Island back then. I was only fifteen when I was in that band. The  father of the rhythm guitarist Jeff Rosen, was Arthur Rosen. Arthur was fantastic. He was our manager, and he taught me professionalism at that early age. He gave me a foundation for my professional development and from there on I maintained that professional attitude throughout my life from that initial teaching, tutoring so to speak. I owe a lot to Arthur Rosen. Anyway, Arthur got us with King Broda, which was a big agency back then, and that’s how we started backing up Little Anthony and the Imperials, Lenny Welch, The Shirelles, and a few other people. I can’t quite remember right now. It was too long ago.

Heidi Felix Model Citizen and her passion for paying it forward.

Heidi: Yes, so I had an amazing career in Manhattan when I was a young mother and I decided to give that career up when my son got sick. I left my six-figure job at Xerox to be a mother. I decided to dedicate all the time I used to spend commuting in and out of Manhattan. working my tail off to be with my children. So, I threw myself into the world of PTA. I became a girl scout leader, a cub scout leader. I really embraced motherhood and loved every second of it. 

I took all the talents that I had in the business world and focused them on helping others. One of the organization’s I felt the most strongly about was Kiwanis International. I stepped into a position there where I actually do a service leadership program. It’s called the Key Club and I’ve been running that career program for about 10 years now. 

I work with all the kids at Wantagh High School and Nassau BOCES Center for Community Adjustment teaching the children how to become future Leaders. I teach them all about community service, helping others and giving back to the community. I absolutely love it and I’ve embraced that now, and I’m now going into my 11th year. 

The Challenges of Youth Sports in a Competitive World.

Being a youth coach in today’s world has it challenges.  Parent’s have high expectations for their children and see sports as a ticket to getting into college for free or at a very favorable way. So, parent’s push hard on the coaches, thinking that their eight year old child is going to be the next Wayne Gretzky, LeBron James, Patrick Mahomes, or here on Long Island, Paul Rabil.

Long Island is known as one of the most heavily recruited areas for College Lacrosse. As the sport is growing in popularity, the competition from other parts of the country is getting stiffer. But many Long Island Parents still think we are the “Hot Bed” for Lacrosse, and think it is the ticket to Ivy League or big-time college sports. Often a great deal of pressure is placed on coaches as to why the team didn’t win an important game, tournament, why their child did not start, and even why their star athlete didn’t get enough playing time. Trust me, even I have asked my son’s coaches these questions at times.

Model Citizen Ray Thomas launches the Black Business Zone.

Ray: That’s how I found Pink Tie. Actually, we found each other. After speaking with my good friend Rich Cave, I got involved. I didn’t tell him nor anyone for a long time that I was hurting inside but I was determined to find a way to take away the hurt I was feeling by doing something positive. Helping support my community would become my passion. I knew PinkTie was a great fit after one conversation.

Stimulus plan or Universal Basic Income for all.

Universal basic income is having a moment. An idea that has long percolated in different parts of the world is now the source of more serious conversation in the U.S. after Andrew Yang made it a centerpiece of his campaign, calling his version the “Freedom Dividend.” These days although no one on either political party is saying it, the stimulus package is basic Federal Universal Income for everyone. Long looked at as the SOCIALIST AGENDA, became main stream political reality.

The government is paying out direct payments to every citizen, regardless of their income. Proponents say the UBI could eliminate poverty, simplify the social safety net and help create an economy that better allows everyone to discover and achieve their true potential. To critics, it’s a massive giveaway that’s destined to cripple the economy and create a generation of shiftless dependents unable to support themselves.

Matt Silver Model Citizen September 2020

Everyone knows Ultimate Class Limousine founder and Model Citizen Matt Silver. Matt is an icon in the Long Island Charity scene as he is not only one of the principles of The Long Island Fight for Charity, but also supports so many worthy causes throughout Long Island. 

I first met Matt when I was shooting a great deal of marquee events at the Carlyle like the 2002 US Open where I first photographed Matt. He was dancing with his wife and it was just an irresistible shot. So I grabbed it and then showed the image to Matt and he was equally enthusiastic about the image.

Here Comes the bride during covid. Featuring Model Citizens Genine and Ralph.

So I have not photographed weddings for some time as my body was just not up to the unexpected weather, long days, and physical demands a wedding puts on a person. When I found out that Genine was getting married, I knew right away that I had rebuilt my body well enough that I could do a wedding if I wanted to, and well I wanted to. So I gave Genine and Ralph the movie star treatments starting with incredible engagement photographs on Robert Moses Beach at sunset. The light was perfect and the sunset just seemed to last forever giving us ample opportunities for fresh looks and varying color temperatures to choose from. From the beginning of the shoot with cooler blue skies to the latter part of the sunset when the light was truly golden. Jackpot! We struck gold with that sunset and as a collaborative group creating art together we were all quite satisfied More importantly as always Genine the bride was thrilled.

Getting Back To Normal by Model Citizen Robert Zabbia

As I write this, some college students are getting back to school while others are getting ready for another round of remote learning. Some are already being sent home because of early spikes in COVID19 from off campus parties. Parents of younger children are having teleconferences with the school districts to see how the school year will start, and what plans they have for the start of school in a few weeks. Athletes are waiting to hear from the Governor to see if their fall season will be stolen from them the way that their spring season was. So far “low risk” sports will start to play in September, and “higher risk” sports will be able to practice. Some states already cancelled football for the fall.