Wedding in Westport

I call myself a multi genre photographer. This is because I enjoy photographing everything from people to dogs to shooting aerials with my drone. I photograph weddings and I really have a great time capturing expressions and the intimacy of the day. This past weekend I was at The Inn at Longshore, one of my favorite places to photograph ( I only live a mile away ).

The stunning bride
The groom looks happy
Put two together and you get….

The backdrop is so nice at Longshore, it is tough to not get a good picture here. I actually learned how to water ski right behind them 40 years ago.

Product Photography

I learned to shoot products working for OneKreate in Hollywood Florida. Most of the sets that we were photographing was for Walmart. These images would be used in flyers, catalogs and advertising. Some actually were for billboards. The experience was exhilarating and I enjoyed every moment down there.

The watches I shot here are from an estate, The client will auction these off so they needed some spectacular images of them for their catalog.

The Back
They are so interesting close up.

I know phones have taken over everything including cameras and watches but I still wear a watch, I like the feel of them and the classic look.

Sunrise Drone

It has been a fun summer so far. I have a few images that I am dying to get and one of them is right here and I wanted to share it with you. I flew the drone from my boat and I like doing this because there are no people out in the sound when I do this. This shot was captured right at sunrise off of Compo Beach in Westport, Ct.

Sunrise at Compo

I like it that it is low tide. The sandbars make the image more interesting. Enjoy.

Pier 17 with the cult

I usually do not post pictures of concerts but I had a wonderful experience at a recent event that I thought I would share. I have photographed bands before, but mainly in a recording studio or a set up for an album cover. These images are more of a “capture in a day” or experience of the day. The band was The Cult, they were performing at Pier 17 in New York.

Shot with my Fujifilm x20
parking garage NYC
The Fujifilm has excellent colors.
On our way.
I never tire of wall art.
Soft focus
Inside Pier 17
The Brooklyn Bridge
Made it.
The show begins.
The cult
All with a 12 megapixel camera.

The Fujifilm x20 is what I like to refer as my bicycle camera. It is so light and compact that I love to take it along everywhere I go. it is not 35 or 50 megapixels like my professional cameras but it is so much fun to shoot my personal stuff with. By the way, if you are looking to buy a new or used camera, I always check out DP review first. They are the best website with a lot of information.

photoshoot for a corporate client

I photographed a gathering at Gray Barns in Silvermine for Exclusive Resorts. It was a very simple shoot where the client basically said that they wanted a mix of candid and posed images for their website. I have photographed at Gray Barns a bunch of times so I am very familiar with the grounds. This particular shoot was at the actual barn on the property which is a refurbished and really nice to shoot in. I worked with available light and bounced some flash. The feel of the barn was so relaxed and fun to work in. The clients were in a very good mood and the food and wine tasting was superb. I enjoy shooting candidly in a group of people. My goal in my mind is to get everyone who is at the function. Somehow recording everyone who is there along with some fun background images.

The Gray Barns is a perfect place for a gathering.
one of the most important gifts that I have is shooting unobtrusively.

The rustic feel of the barn is so nice.

Sunrise chasing in Connecticut

As a photographer you need to have inspiration and a great way of getting this is by going out with your camera and attempting on being creative. I had a lot of help being creative the other morning by my 14 year old son Penn. He inspired me to photograph a lighthouse located a mile or so offshore. I do have a boat, so why not? We got up at 4:30am and were down at the dock a little later. After a few pulls at the engine, we got her started and were on our way.

Here is Penn at the bow of our little Whaler getting the shot.
This image was taken with my Fujifilm XPro 1.
This image was taken with my DJI Mavic air2.

Things got a little hairy when my drone’s batteries were running very low and I knew I did not have enough battery to reach our boat over the water. So I chose a nearby island, called “grass island” and I landed it in the middle.

Grass Island.

I had to use the “find my drone” feature because their were thousands of sea gulls with their babies, nests and eggs. Even though the drone was blinking lights and beeping, it took Penn and I a few minutes to find it. The gulls were not happy with us and they were all making a ton of noise.

unhappy gulls.

Thank you Penn for inspiring me!!

Opening Bell at Nasdaq

I was commissioned to photograph an Icelandic Company named Alvotech. They were being introduced to Nasdaq and were going to “ring the bell”. I was very excited to see the layout of the studio and was given the what to do and what not to do while I was in there. I was hoping to see Kramer, but he must have slid past me while I wasn’t looking. The experience was very thrilling and I will never forget it.

I was very excited to photograph at Nasdaq.
Here the CEO is given instructions on what is about to happen.
” we are on in 30 seconds”!
The light is just perfect in here.
Times Square after the bell.
Name on the big screen!
party is over, now back to work. My favorite photograph of the day happened to be my last.

I made Dan Woog’s Podcast!!

“Of course I will do the Podcast!” That was my answer after Dan asked me to do his 06880 podcast last week. He is a Westport treasure and his blog is my ” must reads” every day. I always said if it was not for him keeping up with town stories and sharing them, it would be a boring world. In retrospect I really should have given my father more credit for teaching me photography and helping me see things differently and as a photographer, try to make things “prettier”. Here is the podcast. Enjoy!!

Photographing the Westport Dog Festival

I was asked to photograph the Westport Dog Festival so they can use the images for future marketing and hopefully get new vendors for next year.. I think it is ideal to hire a photographer to show an outsiders point of view. Matt Mandell, the head of the Westport Chamber of Commerce said one of his biggest goals was to get an aerial with my drone. No problem. The dog festival takes place every year and it takes place at the dog park or Winslow park in Westport. They had many vendors and even a few food trucks.

obstacle course
Great turn out this year.
There were many vendors with lots of samples.
Can you guess?
Too low for me, but just right for the little ones.
Very nicely set up run.
The police had an excellent presentation.
and does it get any better than this?
I included the Westport Playhouse as a landmark for this drone shot other wise it would just look like a field from anywhere.

Engagement portraits at Compo Beach Westport

Julia and John are getting married in the fall so we wanted to get the word out to there friends. What better way to announce this by taking photographs together at Compo Beach! When it is sunny at the beach, you get a lot of squinting. Sometimes to the point where your eyes are watering and you are in pain. I have seen grown men cry from the glare of the sun. Not this time. With a well calculated overcast day, we set foot at Compo to grab these images. I enjoy shooting with my 85mm 1.2 lens because the bokeh is just gorgeous.

Here is my godox octogon that I like to use for soft fill light.
The 85mm 1.2 is just so creamy.
I think they get along just fine.
Compo Beach with John and Julia