Row House Photo Shoot

I photographed The Row House in Westport for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. Before shooting for them I must say, I found rowing an uninspiring sport where it looked like misery and hard work. After talking and shooting with the ladies at The Row House, I have changed my mind. It is hard work, but the misery has been taken out of the equation. It is actually fun and everyone that I talked to really enjoyed what they were doing. The challenge of the shoot was the dark lighting in the studio. A simple two-light kit is what I used. The main light was bounced because I did not want it to look so artificially lit and then a little kicker light in the back to separate the people. These images are the type of shoot most companies would use for branding their company. It is fun, whimsical, and unforced. I will do some setup poses, but this was more of a natural-type shoot.

Energy!!
Challenging light and mirrors.
MUSCLES!

Team photos

I have photographed many team pictures in my day. From little league to volleyball, to corporate groups. With Covid, there have been fewer team pictures. Now, it feels like we are getting back to some kind of normalcy. During covid, I photographed and shot a lot of videos of homes. The market was hot and we had to improvise and offer clients great photography at an affordable price. All with masks and a lot of sanitizers.

The single portrait is very popular now but I think the group shots will be coming soon too. Here is a photoshoot I had this week with The Staples Wrestling Team. They are such great kids and we had a lot of fun

2022 staples wrestling team photo
I photographed individual wrestlers too
Team captains
Team captains
the seniors.

Branding photography for sisters who work together

Janine and Michele started their own company called Dwell Organized. They organize everything. I photographed their website last year. These were images showcasing their work and what they do. This time, they wanted some portraits. They wanted simple images that were clean and bright. Something they could use on their Instagram and social media. This was a simple setup where I used two lights. One main light and one fill light where I would also use it as a backlight.

Michele and Janine
sisters working together

Compo Beach Polar Bears Sited

While on a cruise through Compo Beach with my youngest son, I noticed a few strange things happening in the water. It was a couple of people swimming in the water. This is usually not a big deal but the water temperature was a little above 30 degrees and so was the outdoor temperature.

Shot with my DJI Mavic air 2

The light was perfect, but I only got the chance to get them coming out of the surf. One of the swimmers approached me and asked if I was the drone operator. I said that I was and that I got only one goodie of them and it was not of them swimming. ” no worries, we are here a few times a week and next week we will do a birthday swim since it is my birthday.”

Birthday swim at Compo water temp 37 degrees.
zoomed in with my 70-200mm, I love how Canon cameras produce a rich blue.
3 polar bears.

When asked why they did this, which is what my kids really wanted to know. Marcus said it was very invigorating. I am sure it was.

Neat Capital Branding Photoshoot

Neat Capital is a mortgage firm located in Southport, Ct. I photographed their branding when they were located across from the railroad station in Westport. Neat’s old office was actually the location of our first photo studio in Westport from 1969- 2000.

The new office is much brighter than the old office and you can see this from the pictures I took. Justin was looking for fresh images of his fellow employees and the space was very easy to workaround.

I really enjoy branding photography. I find it a challenge in working with the surroundings and to create images that the client can use to promote their business.

Our first snow!! … Images

I couldn’t hold back. I had to go out. Yes, I have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but I am always concerned about the people who have to work the streets to make them passable. But with the first snow, I had to venture out and grab some snow shots. So, here they are. Just a few…

Love my neighbor’s cupola, I always start here.
Can’t miss with a Longshore drive by.
no golf today.
I always love this angle, it is like a family portrait for me. Family of trees.
“When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.- Lady Bird Johnson.

All images were shot on my newest camera. The Fujifilm x pro1. A birthday gift to me, I am really enjoying this camera a lot. A true rangefinder camera with a really good “feel.”

Pinstripes Branding Photoshoot

Sherri contacted me to photograph Pinstripes restaurant in the Norwalk Connecticut mall. Also known as The Sono Collection. This restaurant is so much fun and it has a little of everything for everyone. I mean there is Bocci, bowling and fabulous food. I could have just hung out by the pizza oven all night, but I had a job to photograph.

The bowling alley has unique images above the pins.
There are many lanes for bowling parties.

I have known Sherri for many years. Sherri had me photograph for her when she worked at The Artisan in Southport, Ct.

The smile says it all.
Never a dull moment.
I really like this place.
Can you feel the energy?

Photographing for corporate clients is one of the many genres that I photograph. I enjoy people, so it is no surprise that most of my focus is on what people eat, what they build, or what they do. I am as comfortable photographing people eating pizza as much as photographing an interior of a building. To me, it is always telling a story with photographs.

another new year!

We made it!! 2022 and here we are! I remain very optimistic for a very productive new year! In fact, I think as a photographer you really have to be excited by the new technology that is being introduced to the market. I am really enjoying my Canon 5ds which is a 50-megapixel camera with the nicest shutter you have ever heard. (well, almost…. I think the Leica m6 is the best ever…) I have many plans for personal projects this year and funny as it may seem, they include a lot of bike riding.

My hometown, Westport Ct photographed with the canon 5ds

walk the walk. In the summer there are so many people jumping off into the water.

surprise party at gray barns in silvermine

I was asked to photograph a surprise party at The Gray Barns in the silvermine area of Norwalk. I had photographed the chef here a few years ago for Westport Lifestyle Magazine, so I was very familiar with the restaurant. I actually took my prom date Laurie Hannah to The Silvermine Tavern back in 1982. that is what it was called back then. What a transition this restaurant has gone through. It is quite frankly, gorgeous!

This is the tavern area of the gray barn, it is perfect for small parties.
I call these my “martha stewart ” shots. These are all taken before the party.
pictures were taken of each guest.
then the images were printed and people would leave a message. Brilliant.
bokeh focus.
I love the ladder with its decorations.
table set up.
surprise!! The birthday girl!
the best feeling.
candids.
selective focus.

mimick shoot

I got an inquiry to photograph a portrait for Alliance Bernstein. “We have an established style that we’re trying to replicate, specifically a full-body portrait, with examples below.”

I love challenges like this. I get these a few times each year and it makes sense. Why send the client to New York or Singapore or where ever when I can photograph them in my studio in Westport?.

Full length

Joan and I and the makeup artist Nancy Landauer were having so much fun that Joan decided she wanted headshots for her profile. So here we go.

Simple set up with one main light and one accent light with a reflector to bring out the eyes.

I use my Godox 200pro inside now. It replaced my speedotron set up because of the ease of setting them up. My main light is a godox octobox. The light is just perfect.

Now that is a professional headshot.

I really think the key to taking nice portraits is enjoying the person you are photographing and engaging them by listening to stories that we tell each other. A sense of trust is established and the rest falls into place really nicely. For your portrait appointment with me, just call 203-856-5075 and we can have some fun and take some great images.