I was recently given the opportunity to shoot some headshots for Michael to be used for LinkedIn and other social media. Whenever doing headshots I like to make sure there's plenty of conversation both before and during the session to make sure the client is comfortable.
I had another opportunity to shoot with Stef to feature some new clothing by Capezio. We had the luxury of having a gym to ourselves for a few hours so we took advantage of the space and time.
Another advantage of having the whole gym to yourself is you can use any of the "props" that are around. How about a super large tire?
We were going for demonstrating strength and maybe a couple tricks to show flexibility. I think we did both in this shoot.
Tamasha-Knit, a Persian based company, asked me to shoot their holiday line. The company is a family run business and was founded by two sisters. Priya was my contact for this shoot and she was fantastic to work with. We spent a lot of time up front talking about the look she wanted and how we would achieve it.
One of the first aspects of the shoot was to choose a model. I gave them a couple choices based on people I had worked with in the past. As luck would have it, I had only worked with Cassandra one other time but she proved to be as great selling clothing as she did kicking sand around during some beach volleyball. The client loved her as well!
I think it really comes across in the images that these colors and fabrics and really nice to wear and look at. Cassandra incorporated some fun movement into each of the items and I just tried to catch it.
As we got further into the shoot, we had a pretty quick rhythm that we established to make the most of each piece, get something from the front, side and back and move onto the next piece.
In addition to the heavier material, there were also some light-weight scarfs that had some amazing colors to them.
As a part of their holiday line, they are also making travel blankets and the accessories that go with those sets like a pillow and mask. Overall, such a fun shoot and always great to work with new clients. I look forward to the next line we can capture together.
I was hired by a company representing the WTC Netherlands Alliance Magazine to photograph Marloes, a Dutch lawyer from Amsterdam, currently living in NYC and working for E&Y. We took a variety of shots starting with these...
As I'm sure you can tell, we spent our time together in Time Square. This felt like the best setting for her since she's showcasing her time in NYC and to non-New Yorker's, what's more characteristic of NYC than Time Square?
I was thrilled to see that a few of these images made it to the WTC Netherlands Magazine. Thanks to Frank van Bergen from ASEGA Media for finding me for this gig and to Marloes for taking some time out of her busy day to capture the snapshot of what her life is like now in NYC.
I was recently invited to photograph a long time friend of mine doing some anti-gravity yoga. Its something I've never seen in person or experienced so it was insightful to take a few photos and see what it is all about. This, in general, is one of the things I like most about being a photographer - being in situations I wouldn't have otherwise been in.
There's a lot of focus and attention inward. I came in once the session already started and we didn't actually say hello until she was done with this private session.
This is a nicely lit studio in NYC that was fun to explore from a photographers perspective. Shot all in natural light.
One of these days I'll try this anti-gravity session and experience for myself. Looking forward to our next shoot.
We had access to a gym that she works out in called Fairlambfit in Northern NJ. We pretty much had the whole gym to ourselves which allowed us to explore without having to ask people to step out of the way :-)
Steph had a few pieces of clothing to feature so we moved around a bit to keep in the sports/active mode while featuring the clothing, and her, in action. She got a little workout in the meantime.
Keeping it real. Steph has been a dancer for many years which allows her to move and stretch like one.
For this last one, we got a little help with the edit. Thanks to Olya Bro for some photoshop work on this one to clean up the surroundings. Great kick!
I planned a beach volleyball shoot in the summer and it didn't work out and boy am I glad. This is the shoot I planned but not when it was originally scheduled. For various reasons we had to push it back to early September and we were blessed with a beautiful warm day and nobody around since it was a day when most people are back to their lives after the summer is over.
I had worked with Erke before but this time she brought along a friend, Cassandra. Super fun to work with and her height came in handy for jumps like you see above and even beforehand with hooking up the net since none of us could reach without a step stool.
We headed to Bradley Beach on the NJ Shore and pretty much had the run of the place. We started shooting around 3pm and shot until the sun set. Now these girls are not pro volleyball players but you'd never be able to tell. We were fortunate to have help with the location and instruction from Landa (true volleyball player and referee).
Both of these girls went at it pretty hard all day with jumping and diving for the ball. We took a break just before the golden hour and got back to it for some of these shots.
This year I had a very specific goal to execute several advertising shoots during the course of 2017 to show the execution of a concept to delivery of images. This is the second in this series. The first was a jewelry shoot featuring some David Yurman pieces. This one is all about the handbag!
I selected two bags that inspired me and worked with Brittany Rendon again to style the shoot based on the feel I wanted. The first shown here was a Michael Kors bag. I love how the expression of love for this bag comes through on Erke's face. Effrosyni also did a great job with hair and make-up changes throughout the day!
The great styling work from Brittany really shines through on the pieces above. We also featured a variety of sunglasses to enhance the look on some of the images. Erke effortlessly works a variety of poses to showcase the bag and the clothing to give a sense of fun I was imagining when first thinking about this shoot.
I had to put this jumping image on its own. Wow! You should have seen the air this girl was catching and looking so effortless with bag in hand. Special thanks to Olya for her attention to detail in cleaning up these images to look magazine ready.
The next bag was a Louis Vuitton that I thought had a very cool look to it. This one is called the Kimono just in case you'd like to get one.
So, Erke is a model but also an accomplished dancer. I worked with her on a previous shoot when I first discovered her jumping skills and brought her back for this gig. I leave you with a few more of her catching some air with Louis. Awesome shoot. Great team!
Kelly responded to a casting call I placed a couple months ago on Model Mayhem. I had a lot of responses and she was my top choice but we weren't able to work together because of scheduling conflicts so I kept her info for another opportunity to do some test shots.
I'm glad I waited. Her features are striking and what I was pleasantly surprised to find out as well is that she is very down to earth and fun to work with. I started with a few images that were near a window before I broke out lights. Natural window light is hard to beat.
She mentioned that she didn't have as much in her portfolio that are full body so I selected one of the dresses she brought to the shoot and we played around with this outfit.
Now and again I like to use ModelMayhem to help find new people to work with. I put a last minute shoot together to keep things interesting and put a challenge in front of me to think on my feet.
As I usually like to do, we started with beauty shots. I find this really helps to break the ice and for myself and the model to get a little time to connect. Well, this was pretty quick and easy with Kim. She looks intense but she was very down to earth and easy to talk to and I remember being impressed on the day of the shoot that she would very easily go from smiling and laughing to being completely "in character".
We had this nice exposed brick to work with so we played around with that for a couple looks. Kim has super long legs and I wanted to feature that in some of the images. She asked if I prefer working with taller models and I said, "Sure, as long as I have my step stool with me :-)"
One of most important goals I have for my business each year is to continue to push myself creatively and do personal work that's inspiring and challenging. Its also very important to me to work with a team of people you respect and trust. This is the first in a series of shoots this year that will showcase my ability to build out an idea, find the right team to collaborate with, and execute on that vision. In my opinion, when these elements come together it can take the final output to the next level.
For this shoot, I developed a concept inspired by a well known jewelry designer and collection I was drawn to. I built a creative brief and explored what would be featured, how I would display the jewelry to convey a feeling and emotion. I wanted it to feel effortless while being very intentional.
One of the most important roles in my creative team was the stylist. Brittany was a referral from the make-up artist (MUA), Lyndsey. Her role is critical to helping bringing a rough idea to life and tell the story. Its also critical to have a MUA that can deliver on what's planned and a model that can interpret the direction given and add her own bit as well. Everyone is an essential part of the team.
The storyline here follows three parts: 1) Preparing for a night out 2) The night out itself and 3) Reflection. The first two images above represent the preparation. Everyone gets ready with this much bling on, right?
The classic little black dress (LBD) helps feature a variety of the pieces we had for this shoot. We simply turned it around for a different perspective. Another aspect I explored in terms of the final output is color or black & white. Which do you like better?
With the level of detail and scrutiny I've given to these images it gives me an appreciation for the final results. There's a LOT of work that goes into the planning and executing of a shoot like this. I really love it though. All of it.
Finally the "reflection" image. What I've gathered here are a small sample of the great images that came from this day. As I mentioned above, I worked with a team of people that I want to thank and recognize for their contribution to this project.
I know I say it a lot but I'll say it again. I love referrals and repeat business. This, to me, is so important. This was the second laundromat shoot I've done now for Laundrylux which manufacturers commercial laundry equipment. The first one was in Queens and this time I was in The Bronx to shoot a location that was just about to open.
I wish I would have counted the number of people that stopped by this location to ask, "Are you guys open yet?" while I was shooting this space. It was impressive and there's obviously demand for it in the neighborhood. The space is GIANT (as the name indicates), clean and new and ready for your laundry needs.
Pictured here was Jim. He was my contact at this location and one of the owners of the space. Super nice guy and I wish him all the success in the opening of this beautiful location.
Stride invited me in to capture the inter-workings of their collaboration at this off-site event. They have a few of these each year to keep things fresh and the ideas flowing.
People talking and collaborating...
They had a great space for this event and was able to capture some of the amenities.
One final "fun" image with the entire group.
Recently I was hired to shoot some photos of a mother & daughter. It's something that so far I've not had the opportunity to do...and after this session its something I would definitely do again.
Mom (Katrina) and I had many conversations about the type of look we were going for and we agreed the images would be more on the serious side however, we wanted to have some fun as well. As you can see, we did both.
Gabby (the daughter) wasn't super comfortable in the clothes that mom brought but she went with it. We made sure to allow for some time for her to stretch her wings a bit.
We ended the day with a few of Katrina. Fun session with the two girls. We have more scheduled for later in the year. Can't wait.
A company that I've worked with before, Mastiff LLC, called on me again for photos of a new employee, Bryan. He interned with them before and now he's been hired on as a full-time employee.
We went to nearby City Hall Park to grab some photos while the weather was still warm. Later, we joined the others for some group images near the office. Love the repeat business and look forward to working with this group again soon.
As usual, there's a backstory to every shoot. Months ago I wanted to setup a shoot with dancers to do something creative. Just a personal project. I spent the time thinking through all the logistics and concepts, did lots of planning, set a date and - it rained. Ugh.
Fast forward a couple months and I thought I wanted to pick up where I left off but it was very last minute and none of the original team was available. Fine! I still want to do it so I'm going to post something online to see what I can put together. Lucky for me, Erke answered my casting call and Alexa was available to help with make-up - and boom.
I started with headshots. We only took a few because we were limited on time and I really wanted to see this girl jump. I was NOT disappointed. I picked this location from suggestion from another photographer and it was perfect. It has all the elements I wanted: interesting but not too busy, very NYC but not something you see all the time and open shade which is so much easier to work with.
Something I strive for in my business is to please each client so above expectations that they want to hire you over and over again. I work hard to achieve this and have been fortunate enough to be able to do with Bottle & Bottega. They are a wine and art party business, have a local studio and host events like this on-location for organizations that want teambuilding activities.
Two overall goals here: 1) Capture the event, venue, and give a sense of what it was like to be there and 2) Select key images to end up in a slideshow video to showcase the type of work Bottle & Bottega does.
The first set of images here are of the crew responsible for helping each of the tables: the artists.
I captured people at various stages of painting; here are a few...
Some tables as they finished (love the guy with both hands up)
A sense of the overall space, the finished result and people gathering in front of the paintings to admire the work.
An additional component of this shoot was to produce a video slideshow from the images that can be used for Bottle & Bottega marketing efforts for the holidays. Here's a link to that video.
I consider Debbie to be a great friend and client as well. Debbie is the CEO of Stride and had an upcoming speaking engagement. She needed updated images for her website and to give to event organizers so we met up in the city to capture these images. Fortunately, we had a nice day in the city to shoot. We walked around for about 30 minutes and stopped at a few locations I scoped out prior to us meeting. Here are a couple favorites of mine.
Something I thoroughly enjoy is engaging with and learning from clients. Jeremy has just started a business called Silicon Flight Academy and their goal is to train kids how to fly multicopters responsibly. He’s in the process of partnering with some schools in the NJ area as a part of the STEM program.
We had a couple of goals for this shoot. First, Jeremy wanted some updated profile images to use on LinkedIn. Here are a few of my favorites:
Next, we wanted to feature some images that show a little of what some of the multicopters (drones) look like. We wanted to show some really small ones and some that are a little larger. In addition, he had some FPV gear (headset) to help demonstrate what it would look like to be in an open space piloting a drone. He's knowledgable and passionate about this subject and I plan on taking advantage of his proximity to me to learn more as I also explore what its like to fly drones.
I look forward to our next meet-up.
I was recently hired to photograph a laundromat in Queens to help support the manufacturers, Laundrylux marketing effort for both current and future laundromat owners. I was connected with the owner of this location and we agreed on a date to shoot.
On the night before the shoot, it was raining...hard. The next morning, no change. Fortunately, there were only a few shots I needed outside.
There was a brief reprieve from the rain so I took advantage to get shots of the exterior. The location is on a pretty busy street relatively close to the LGA airport. Once back inside, I knew the key to this shoot was to get the color right. When fluorescent lights are used, they throw off a green cast that isn't terribly visible until you compare it to other light. So for each of the locations in the store, I would reset my white balance on the camera using a card to ensure I was capturing an accurate, balanced color from each section of the store.
This shoot went well and the people involved in the shoot were great to work with. I definitely look forward to shooting additional locations with this group.