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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!!
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.
My son Case graduated The University of Delaware with a degree in finance. He is already working with Salesforce in Manhattan. I am very proud of this guy and so I had to get some pictures of him on campus for our last hurrah. To cap things off, President Biden spoke at Case’e commencement. For the photos, I had a simple setup and had my wife Liz hold the flash for fill. I would just direct her to where I wanted the flash.
Fairfield University Graduates
Yesterday I photographed the next generation of talented young ladies. After meeting at the front of Fairfield University campus, we travelled to a few locations that will remind them of their journey through college. Even the Seagrape was picked for our exotic photoshoot. I remember going to The Seagrape when I played summer league baseball with Byron AC. After games we would usually celebrate our games their. Good luck ladies!!
All these images were photographed with the Godox Travel system and I used a trigger on top of the camera to fire the flash. Inside at The Sea grape I used a back light to separate the subjects from the background. It really is an ideal setup for a photographer.
Westport’s Little League Day
Every year the Staples Baseball Diamond Club sponsors Little League Day. This is a chance for the little kids to meet the bigger kids and learn and play some baseball. Running, hitting and throwing are all showcased on this day. In the end, there is also a hotdog truck supplied by Junior’s Hot Dog Stand in Westport.
Madelyn plays guitar
I make house calls!! This special portrait was photographed at Madelyn’s parent house. She is a musician and needed a portrait for professional use. Madelyn sang the national anthem at The “sticks for soldiers” Lacrosse fundraiser at Staples High School last week. She said this would not be her first time singing the Anthem, she had actually performed it twice before. I couldn’t do it.
I love shooting portraits. It is a very easy set up. backdrop and three lights. Main, background and a kicker light. I do love the soft light effect we got on Madelyn, it has a real fine look.
What I love about my light set up is that I no longer need wires to connect to electrical outlets. It is all self contained. Setup is quick and I have more room to move around.
Fashion Show in Westport
I was the official photographer for this years Fashionably Westport. The sold-out event showcased downtown’s fashion and beauty merchants while guests enjoyed a festive evening. The event benefited Project Return, Home with Hope’s program that focuses solely on the needs of homeless women. I arrived early to set up and check things out and was happy to be let into the room where all of the models were getting ready. I enjoy the candid photography most of all. The runway images are a little tougher because of the quick movement of the models and the spot lights.
Jen Falik was the MC and Helen McAlinden the CEO of Homes with Hope, gave a wonderful presentation at halftime. They raised a lot of funds and everyone had a great time.