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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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…
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.”
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.
I have known Sherri for many years. Sherri had me photograph for her when she worked at The Artisan in Southport, Ct.
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.
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!
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?.
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.
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.
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.
I was asked to photograph all of the players for the Staples Hockey Team. I love shooting portraits and photographing athletes in their gear is a lot of fun. Space can be an issue but we decided to pick a spot close to where the team was getting ready. Then we can shoot them as they go on the ice for practice. My setup does not take me long to set up and it takes very little space. I used one main light with a diffuser and a backlight to separate the background from the subject. I used a small grid for dispersing the light in the background to get just a little dramatic light.
It happened today. I got the email from the company that I was shooting this week for and they had to postpone the event. These are very tough decisions for them to make and I understand completely. As a small businessman, I rely on personal relationships with my customers who continue to use me time after time. The event was a two-day shoot with headshots, conference photography, and seminars. So instead of showing images of a building or headshots,I thought in honor of Thanksgiving, I would showcase some family portraits. Enjoy.
My family portraits are a lot of fun and they only take about an hour to shoot. I then edit all of the images and upload them to a website. Once on the website, family and friends can share the images or purchase prints, cards, albums etc from the site. My lab delivers to your door and the quality is gorgeous.