Teresa Pyskaty has been a professional event photographer for almost 12 years. Her images have been in numerous national magazines as well as occasionally appearing on screen on some of the most popular entertainment shows on television. She is from North Jersey, and today she shared her Local Love with HipNewJersey.com!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Hands down Moonstruck in Asbury Park. Their seasonal menu choices as well as menu standards provide any foodie with a gastronomical party for the palate. The staff is five stars. I have asked for recommendations from wait staff on numerous occasions when I haven’t been able to decide between 2 dishes and their recommendations have never disappointed. They are clearly knowledgeable of every menu item and special. Simply one of New Jersey’s best restaurants hands down.
What is your favorite local boutique?
Rebel Supply Company on Cookman Avenue in Asbury Park. They have an eclectic collection of both funky and fun new clothing as well as carrying a huge line of vintage clothing handpicked.
What is your favorite salon or spa?
The Beauty Bar in Somerville. Kelly Kneckt and Elise Darrow are the most talented hairstylists I have ever been to. I have fine thin hair which has been a challenge and always affected my self-esteem and confidence. When I walk out after a cut and color, I have unstoppable confidence and feel like my best self. If you find a salon or stylist that has the ability to make feel sexy over and over again… you will remain a client forever!
What is your favorite local health and wellness center?
While I do not belong to a health or fitness center, I would have to say John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack. It’s been over 10 years since a Stage 4 rare cancer diagnosis: the chance of recurrence is likely, just no idea when. Every year I just get at least 5 different types of scans from PET scans to MRI’s. The entire team at HUMC has become family. Everyone in the radiation department knows me on a first-name basis and my oncologist frequently calls me to see if he can give my name and phone number to those scared and recently diagnosed because they are all so impressed with my positivity and continued vigilance in helping others diagnosed with one of the rarest cancers in the world.
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Where is your favorite local daytime hangout?
Asbury Park. I have been going to Asbury since I was a toddler. I have photographed it over a 20 year period from its highs and low points and watched several failed attempts by development companies to bring this hamlet (downtown Cookman Ave and the Boardwalk) back to life. FINALLY, success was achieved! It is now one of the most popular destinations for music, art, and all things creative as well as an overwhelming amount of choices to dine. All spectacularly unique menus and tastes to choose from.
What is your favorite local place to do business?
One of my favorite stores for over 20 years is Frick and Frack in Wayne. They curate some of the most beautiful and unique items I’ve ever seen and they have managed (over the 20-year span I first discovered it) to keep it fresh. There are mass-produced items as well as handcrafted. It’s easy to get lost in the plethora of amazing objects!
What is your favorite “Made in Jersey” product?
There is an artist from Westfield named Larisa DePalma. I am a collector of her work at this point. Her paintings and illustrations are amazing. She also paints on a variety of other non-traditional items. Her custom hand-painted Converse sneakers are out of this world!
What is your favorite New Jersey-based service business?
I’d have to say photographer Antoine DeBrille. We share the same professionalism and talent served with genuine integrity and love for our art form. We are event photographers. Our jobs are to capture not only the event, attendees, and sponsors but to capture the event visually in such a way as to showcase how much fun all in attendance experience. He’s top in his field nationally.
How has COVID-19 affected your business?
Every job on the 2020 calendar year has been canceled. Not only have I lost jobs, but I might have also lost my career as well. Private events and personal hires are not only currently no longer possible, but I can’t imagine when we will be able to gather together in large groups for events in the foreseeable. Forced to rethink my future and am mourning the loss of a career I have loved for over a decade. The virus has left me devastated due to the likelihood my business might never be able to recover. Thankfully I am also a fine artist. I’m going to take this as an opportunity to get back to being the real artist I am again, and that’s not a bad thing at all!
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