Jenny and Bill’s Engagement
Jun06

Jenny and Bill’s Engagement

Ahhh waterfalls… how can you go wrong!?!? The weather was perfect and the sun was peaking through the trees (which sounds great and can look great, but you need to be careful with where the shadows fall and what you’re exposing for!). It’s so nice working with a couple that isn’t afraid to get a little dirty (or wet). Jenny and Bill had scouted some locations they liked, hiked through the woods, and didn’t stop until the sun went down. In the end, we got some amazing shots and it gave us a chance to work together before their awesome...

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The Secret Igloo
Feb09

The Secret Igloo

This was a really cool, creative fundraiser for Celebrate the Children school done by Jenny Kucharski and Bill Kucharski, co-owners of JB Creations. The igloo concept was a ton of work and required weeks of prep. It was incredibly well done and Amanda loved it… so I wanted to share. Mix the ice-cold blocks of the igloo with the fire-dancing hoops and you have a pretty memorable...

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Year in Review
Jan01

Year in Review

2013 brought a lot of different photographic opportunities. While I didn’t get to use my 600mm lens as much as I should have, I did shoot a variety of subjects, including some nature images, lots of family, and even my first engagement shoot. Below are a few of my favorite images from the year. If you follow the blog, you’ve probably seen most of them, but I thought I’d put together a quick recap. Enjoy, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  ...

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Merry Christmas 2013 (Behind the scenes)
Dec10

Merry Christmas 2013 (Behind the scenes)

Here is a behind the scenes look at how I put together this year’s Christmas card picture. It was my wife’s idea. She loves everything Christmas, so she wanted to do a re-enactment of the toy soldiers from the Radio City Christmas Show. If you haven’t seen it, it’s when all the Rockettes (dressed up as toy soldiers) fall onto each other. It has been part of the show for years. With my oldest daughter being one of the drum majors this year, and our son in the drum line, we only had to worry about getting a uniform on our youngest daughter. Oh, that and getting shots of them during one of their performances. We were able to get them away for about 5 minutes during one of their performances. The lighting was a little harsher than I would have liked and the background much busier, but you have to work with what you’ve got. We did the initial setup #1 with all three of them. But I knew I needed another shot to get a “clean” uniform for our youngest daughter to wear, so I took her out (which she didn’t understand at the time… I should have explained it to her better). I shot #2 for the “clean” uniform, which also included our son’s straight arm to match up with our daughter’s arm. But sadly, it also includes our oldest daughter’s arms over the front of the uniform, so I had to fake that out in photoshop. What picture would be complete without the family dog – #3. Since he wasn’t at the game, we had to shoot him at home. I setup my flash in an umbrella to simulate the direction of the light so it would be similar to the kids. I also got some cool bubble shots while I had the lighting setup. Finally, I needed a decent background, so I did a search for Christmas trees on a stage and found #4. With some cloning and blurring, it worked for what I needed. Since this is just a personal project, I think it’s ok. And that’s it for this year. Now to think of something for next year… You can check out one of my favorites from a few years ago here. Tech Info: Nikon D800, Nikon 24-70mm, Nikon SB-910, Cheetah light Stand, 43″...

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Dan and Ralphy
Aug13

Dan and Ralphy

This past weekend I attended my first gay wedding. I say my “first” because I think it will and should occur more in the future, so I’m assuming it won’t be my last. The wedding began on the red carpet and went into a large and nicely decorated  backyard with 3 large tents, 2 bars, a dance floor, a fire pit and lots of room to mingle. Lighting and entertainment were provided by Lounge it Up and Electrifying Productions. I was just a guest and I always stay out of the way of the hired photographer. I didn’t take any formal pictures and never got in the way, I was just shooting pictures of my friends. When they were announced, they broke right out into a dance, and since I got a couple of shots of them in the air, I thought I’d have a little fun with it 🙂 The weather was beautiful and as the sun went down the lighting really created an incredible atmosphere. On the technical side of things, the panorama of the backyard was created from 4 images that were shot vertical and stitched together in Photoshop. Also, having the tents creating shade with bright backgrounds required shooting in manual mode for the ceremony. The bright backgrounds would have confused the meter on the camera and under-exposed the people. In order to do this, I metered off the people in the shade of the tent and used that exposure for the shots that were taken under the tent. Congratulations to Dan and Ralphy. It was a great, memorable, and emotional event for everyone. Tech Info: Nikon D800, Nikon 24mm, Nikon 85mm, Nikon 35-70mm, Nikon...

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Marisa & Matthew Engagement
Jul15

Marisa & Matthew Engagement

This past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot engagement pictures of some friends of mine. We went to Hedden Park in Randolph, NJ. The weather could have been better, but at least we got to shoot between the sporadic rain bursts. Even though it was raining, it was crazy hot and humid and I was sweating like a pig (do pigs really sweat?). Since it was overcast, I brought a Cheetah light stand and put my flash in a 43″ softbox/umbrella that worked out great and was super easy to setup. Marisa and Matt were great to work with and were even willing to get a little dirty on the damp ground (that could really be taken the wrong way…). Anyway… here’s wishing Marisa and Matt lots of love and a fabulous life together…   Tech Info: Nikon D800, Nikon 24mm, Nikon 105mm, Nikon 70-200mm, Nikon 85mm, Nikon SB-910, Cheetah light Stand, 43″...

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