Hurricane Productions inks professional photographer/videographer Kara Battistoni to produce exclusive content

With an eye for photography, Kara Battistoni searched the room, spotted a DJ and decided that would be her best bet.

But she wasn't taking pictures at the time. In fact, she was giving a presentation and needed an extension cord.

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"She asked for a cord and we had a quick conversation about photography," Hurricane Productions co-owner and resident DJ Strato Doumanis said about their meeting at a Rutgers University entrepreneurial conference in 2010. "And in passing she handed me her business card and told me to reach out if I ever needed photos."

That interaction led to a year of freelance work for Battistoni with the Red Bank-based entertainment company in 2011.

Battistoni, 25, of Providence, RI recently joined Hurricane Innovation and Productions' staff as its exclusive photographer and videographer.

Battistoni will document each Hurricane Productions event and help the company expand it's 'Innovation' brand.

"This is a commitment that we've been waiting to make with the right person," Hurricane Productions co-owner Vincent Anthony Velasquez said. "Kara understands the value of our visual product and this will not only expand that, but this will change the way our clients and our competitors view our business model."

Hurricane's investment into visuals should come as no surprise. The company started posting original event content on Facebook in 2007. Four years later, the addition of Battistoni helps Hurricane focus on giving each client a more complete, full-service experience.

As for Battistoni, Rutgers recruited her as a collegiate swimmer out of high school.

She initially tried business school but soon realized that she gravitated to art classes in the Mason Gross School of the Arts.

She started snapping photographs on both a medium format Mamimya and Canon35mm film camera before transitioning to DSLR cameras.

While at Mason Gross she met professional filmmaker Alrick Brown.

Brown's piece, Kinyarwanda, won the 'Audience Award' at Sundance in 2011. Battistoni worked on the project and credits Brown for getting her involved in film.

Aside from event photography and video at Hurricane Innovation and Productions, her portfolio includes promotional photos, headshots and videos for local musicians.

A fresh start for Robert Padovano lands him at Hurricane Productions

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A fresh start isn't just about moving to a new location, searching for job or even starting a diet.

A fresh start is about redefining character and applying it to daily life.

Robert Padovano, 18, of Marlboro, NJ joins the Hurricane Productions entertainment team as a fresh face in 2012.

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But his decision to join the company comes from his desire to grow and learn new aspects of media and entertainment.

"I want to explore my talents," Padovano said. "I realize that this business is not just about DJing and parties. There is so much more out there."

Robert started his career in mobile entertainment at 13-years-old when his parents purchased a DJ unit for him.

Robert's previous experience in the business will help him entertain events in Hurricane's Sweet 16 division.

"Rob is a strong player coming to an already strong team," Hurricane Productions co-owner Vincent Anthony Velasquez said. "I think he will get a chance to be himself here and explore many creative options."

Prospective clients will get a chance to meet Robert through many mediums.

He will be featured on Hurricane Productions' Facebook page and he'll be a regular in company video promotions and other projects.

"Everyone should expect a lot out of me," he said. "This is what I love - all the people you meet and all the connections you make is what this experience is going to be all about."

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