I know all the secret places in Westport, this one has water, foliage, and all kinds of natural beauty. I enjoy these cool days and contrasty light, it is prime time for portraits. In-studio is fine, you can control all of the light. But when you get close to the water, it becomes a whole different shoot.
I have been enjoying my Godox 200 flash units, they give me enough power to match the sunlight and they are easy to use. I have a new set of gels that I will now start to experiment with. Can’t wait!
I am a sponsor for a very great cause. This cause is Rach’s Hope. I covered the event with my photography and used my drone to capture video footage of the event. The shoot was of Lisa Doran’s father walking the last mile of a thousand mile journey to raise money for Rachel’s Hope. Walking with (Pa), were many friends who helped contribute to a worthy walk. The final mile was held at Westport Compo Beach. As you can see from the drone video, it was a beautiful day. At the end of the walk walkers were greeted by live music and pizza from Fire engine pizza company.
When drones started coming out a few years back, I always wanted to get one. But, I had to wait. Wait for technology, because when they first came out, there were tons of flyaways and it was hard to control the drone. Fast forward to today and I have the latest technology at my fingertips and the drone is so much fun to fly.
I photographed the group image here with a DJI Mavic Air 2. I adore the size and capabilities of this drone and the images are phenomenal. The shoot was at the best place to be before halloween…… Sleepy Hollow New york, right on the Hudson river.
Each year The Westport Rotary Club hosts a huge cookout at Compo Beach in Westport. Over 2,000 people attended this years Lobsterfest and tickets sold out quickly.
I was hired to capture the setting up and the behind the scenes along with aerial views with my drone. They were going to use this for tent placements for next year and show what the volunteers go through to get this large event going. I mixed stills with video to get what I needed. Drones can have a valuable impact to show the overall scene of an event.
Funny how coincidences work. I photographed Aspetuck’s member guest tournament in July and this past weekend I had the opportunity to shoot a wedding at the very same venue. Renaud is the club’s manager and now we are very familiar with each other.
The challenges in shooting weddings are working with conditions where you have to move fast and being ready for something interesting to happen. What I like most about it is showing the bride my interpretation of what happened this one day.
Photographing weddings allows me to use my knowledge of photographing portraits, shooting products and being creative.
I have a camera on me at all times. It is just a habit that I have and I really enjoy taking photographs. I carry a rangefinder type camera for my spontaneous shooting but every once in a while I will switch to my DSLR ( digital single lens reflex) It is a much bigger and heavier camera than my rangefinder, but it has the best sounding shutter I have ever heard. Okay, the Leica M6 is the best sounding shutter…..
For this shoot I used my Canon 5ds. Which is a 50 megapixel camera and said by most people to be a medium format digital camera. The files are huge. But the shutter is creamy and smooth. The perfect camera for architecture and interiors. But in this case, I used it to capture some night shots in downtown Westport. With the huge files I can really manipulate the images if I want to.
I photographed for Felix and Steve in the past. Maybe around 5 years ago they were working just the two of them as financial planners. They needed headshots for their business and I was happy to shoot for them. Felix also needed a photographer for his wedding, and I was more than happy to shoot his wedding. Relationships are important because people remember that you did a good job or you made them feel comfortable in front of the camera. There are many reasons to why they will rehire you for something.
Fast forward a few more years and now Felix and Steve have added 3 more people and they are renting in a gorgeous building in South Norwalk. I am so happy that they hired me to photograph the new team. They are called Guidelight Financial and they are fun to work with.
We beat the storm!! There was a lot of concern whether we would beat the weather. Hurricane Henri was on its way and it missed us by a day. Unfortunately my Sunday event wasn’t so lucky but I am told they will be rescheduling it soon.
Allison and Bobby were married during Covid-19 so they chose this past Saturday to have friends and family celebrate with them. The father and mother of the groom held the event at their beautiful home on the Westport, Fairfield border. The gardens were gorgeous and we chose to take the “posey” shots there. Friends and family wandered the grounds which included a pool and a barn that was converted into a lounge.
After a tiny misting, everyone entered a tent where the party continued. I used a variety of lenses for this shoot. My favorite portrait lens is an 85mm 1.8 fixed lens, I really enjoy how you can blur out the backgrounds with it.
There are many different types of photography and I never like to say that I am just a portrait photographer, or I only shoot products. Because I don’t. I am a multi genre photographer. Which means I do everything from corporate headshots, to architecture photography , to landscape photography. I have a drone so I also do a lot of aerials for clients. Branding photography is very big right now and I enjoy that a lot as well.
One of my favorite genres of photography is shooting landscapes. This usually entails someone from a firm giving me a shoot list or a must have list and then the rest falls on me. That is the best part, because I really enjoy getting down and dirty and getting close to nature. I have many different lenses, but one of my favorites is the 50mm canon macro 2.5. I don’t think they make it anymore, but it is one of my favorites for getting macro images and has terrific bokeh.
A photo shoot in Rochester New York was in the cards for me, but I also had the opportunity to take a bike and my camera and become a tourist for a couple of hours. I don’t always get a chance to do this, but in most cases I will try to make some time to explore. Rochester is gritty and it is fun to photograph.