Lux Bond & Green Westport

I photographed the renovation of Lux Bond & Green for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. I have been shooting for the magazine now for 3 years and I really enjoy the assignments. I get to meet fascinating people and places and I get to photograph them. I am very comfortable photographing interiors and it was an easy for me to say yes to this assignment. In most cases I like to tell a story with my camera so it was a very nice assignment.

These interiors come from experience photographing for architects, builders and real estate. They each have certain characteristics that you follow so that the clients are happy.

Architects are more detail oriented and want certain images to be perfect. Sometimes I will work on one image for an architect for 3 hours.

Builders want photographs of their structures but usually want to show scale and how a building will be used.

Realtors want it shot quick and pretty. No 3 hour shoots for them, but you still have to produce pretty images.

Photographing commercial properties is very rewarding for me.

I like to compose a nice clean image.

I am a fan of shooting straight on. It makes the room look smaller but more intimate.

Scale is another way of showing space. Here I wanted to show the whole space.

I really enjoy the detail images.

I can not, not get a picture of Paul Newman when given the chance.

Depth is another nice characteristic to show in photography.

The details.

DeTapas

I photographed De Tapas restaurant for Westport Lifestyle Magazine and I could not be more happier to do so. One I love food and two, I really enjoy photographing people in their environments. Call it environmental portraits but I like to call it branding photography where you show the world a business and images to promote that business.

Chef/owner Carlos Pia could not be any nicer to me. He helped with the set ups and had all of the food prepared and ready to be photographed. My father was a food photographer working mainly with Campbell Soup and Pepperidge Farm so I would watch him as much as I could to learn how to photograph it and how to eat it.

De Tapas has a great vibe and a very friendly atmosphere. I photograph many interiors.

I also like “dead on” shots it has more of a geometrical look.

Love this color, shot with the Canon 5D mark4

What service!!

Here is Carlos Pia owner of De Tapas.

PAL Fundraiser

The police made it very clear that photographing this event would not get me out of getting tickets for speeding in Westport.

It was a blast! The first annual PAL ( Police athletic league ) Gala. Many of Westport’s heavy hitters were there and I really had fun fraternizing and photographing them. Here are just a few images.The event was held at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, CT.

The Inn at Longshore always looks good.

These guys hired me and put the whole Gala together.

I always love the silent auction, they had some really good stuff too.

Some people ham it up.

An award was given to Coach Lane and his son Skip accepted on his behalf.

Think about attending next years Gala, it was truly amazing!

Westoberfest

I was fortunate enough to have Westport Downtown Association hire me to capture Westoberfest. Westoberfest is a beer tasting, food eating music playing festival that takes place in downtown Westport. The previous beerfest there were 750 people and in this one there were over 1200. So I think people were in the mood to taste beer and have fun.

For me, I really enjoy getting down tight with people and getting their expressions. I will also mix anything like this with some drone footage. I do have my drone license so I am authorized to fly above people. For a perfect day like this, it is really fun to capture candid photos of what is going on.

over 1200 people showed up for Westoberfest.

There was a vast assortment of food vendors.

And plenty of beer of course.

plenty of puppies.

People having a great time.

really good beer.

little ones too!

Rach’s Hope Compo Beach Walk

I photographed Rach’s walk at South Compo Beach. This year’s weather was perfect and it made flying my drone so much easier.

Rach’s Hope is an annual walk to raise awareness of families effected by a child’s illness requiring extensive stays in a hospital or intensive care. The Pizza Pie Wagon Truck catered the party and the pizza was delicious. I use a variety of lenses on every photoshoot. I love my 70-200mm, but I will often change to a wide angle to complete the story.

Compo Beach Westport

Ned Dimes Marina

Compo Beach

Pizza was really really good. Pizza Pie Wagon Truck out of Monroe.

Lisa and Alan

Pinkchella

I photographed Pinkchella this year for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. Pinkchella is a fashion show held at Mitchell’s of Westport and produced by Pinkaid. The fashion show highlighted by breast cancer survivors was hoping to raise over a million dollars to help cancer patients. Light bites a silent auction and a live auction greeted all participants. I enjoy photographing these events, especially when the cause is so great!

everyone was greeted by The Mitchell’s
Here is a photographer capturing a group.
The decor was beautiful.
Sarrah was such an inspiration.
These ladies were awesome during the live auction.
Full house.
Fashion

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.

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!!