Staples High School Hockey Photo Shoot

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.

A simple black backdrop was used with a light and grid for this shot.
I also wanted a shot to show the uniform.
we also shot a team photo.
The team practice is just over an hour-long so I stayed and took a few action shots.
I even snuck a little video of the end of practice conditioning.

Omicron causes my first postponement

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.

nothing like a rose garden to be your backdrop.
I love my Godox pro200 it gives me good light.
I love making people smile
Not just one family, but as many as we can.
7 grandkids hanging together. priceless.

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.

who is that lurking in the woods?

Braden texted me a few weeks ago and told me he was going to ask his girlfriend to marry him and if I could capture it. It was just a matter of if I was available because I enjoy love stories. Plus, this was not my first time capturing a young couple proposing. The key for me is to look like a wandering person just in the background and then when he goes to one knee, to pop out and get the proposal.

Braden pinned the spot on google and I had no problem finding them.

My wife said, “why are you leaving so early when it only takes you 18 minutes to get there?” Because My biggest fear is not getting to the place on time and missing the big event. Braden sent me a video clip of him walking down to the water’s edge. Technology. I love it.

Braden proposes to Claire.
Claire said yes!!

Here is a list of the top 10 wedding proposal ideas. https://www.theweddingvowsg.com/top-10-wedding-proposal-ideas/

high school portrait shoot at winslow park

These fall days are so wonderful to photograph. Not only the foliage, but the light, in general, is just so nice. Winslow Park AKA the dog park is one of my favorite “to go to ” spots in Westport. There are plenty of wonderful natural backgrounds to use in your portraits.

Mimi on location using an 85mm 1.8 lens open all of the way.

The lens I used on Mimi is one of my favorite portrait lenses. The 85mm 1.8 is very fast and produces nice bokeh. I also like to use it because I like to talk with the client and have them hear a little direction. With some longer lenses, you have to stand further away and you have to shout orders.

Mimi’s mom captures me in action.

I like to use my Godox 200 flash with my octobox. The Octobox gives me real nice flash fill that wraps around the face. It is easy to set up and only takes a few minutes to put together. I also use this box for my corporate headshots.

The flash strength is controlled from the camera so it is quick and easy for me to adjust to lighting conditions.
Winslow Park is a photographer’s paradise.

Financial Company Branding Photoshoot

I photographed for Felix and Steve in the past. Maybe around 5 years ago they were working just the two of them as financial planners. They needed headshots for their business and I was happy to shoot for them. Felix also needed a photographer for his wedding, and I was more than happy to shoot his wedding. Relationships are important because people remember that you did a good job or you made them feel comfortable in front of the camera. There are many reasons to why they will rehire you for something.

Fast forward a few more years and now Felix and Steve have added 3 more people and they are renting in a gorgeous building in South Norwalk. I am so happy that they hired me to photograph the new team. They are called Guidelight Financial and they are fun to work with.

Guidelight’s office is located at 50 Washington Street
Felix in his office
Steve at the main desk
consultation
it is a beautiful office with lots of light.
a very comfortable office feeling.
Team Photo
drone footage to show the office.

Golf Photography

Aspetuck Valley Country Club asked me to provide drone footage of their member guest tournament. I have photographed golf events before. Usually we would photograph each foursome and then print a 5×7 print up for each golfer. This was different. They wanted drone footage of the tournament without annoying the golfers. This was pretty easy because I have the DJI Mavic Air 2 and it has a zoom feature for it’s camera.

The club wanted footage close to 10 minutes long so they could play this in the background while events transpired.

Here is the video.

drone shoot of aspetuck valley cc

The club wanted me to photograph the awards dinner after the round. Here are some images.

It’s Electric

I shot these electrical towers a few weeks ago in Chappaqua New York. They were really amazing and the weather was perfect for the flight. I am photographing for an energy company and I thought these might be a perfect fit for their annual report. Will let you know….

love the clouds and foliage in these images
I am a big fan of lines and texture
The homes gives this a human element
totally electric
I really enjoy this drone.

The drone I am using is the Mavic air 2 which is the perfect compliment to my work. It is smallenough to fit in my bag, really easy to fly and the image quality is fantastic.

On a lighter note….. here are 13 creative exercises to help you with your photography. We all hit the wall some times but these will help you get past the wall. Good luck.

Family Portrait

I know a lot of people are into the candid and lifestyle approach to family photography but, there is nothing wrong with a little traditional and posed photography. I like to take the world as I find it is the way to go. If you have a lot of little ones, then a traditional image can be hard to grab. This is where experience and perseverance take over. As much as I like an image of all the grandkids piling on each other in the middle of the lawn, sometimes you have to just work with what you got and come up with good results.

First select a very nice background
If you can get a secondary background that is a bonus
A third setting? wow!

I like to give the client many options. As many as I can push them to get. It really depends on the kids and if I can get them to do this for 20 minutes.

Then we break the families down to smaller families
Main flash for fill and that is it
I shoot a lot of horizontal, but I love the verticals too.
There is nothing wrong with everyone looking at the camera
I did not get the picture of everyone piling on the little guy, but sometimes, you don’t need that picture.

I send these images to the families in hope that they will order something for their walls. I have a great lab that produces fine art printing with float frames and they are so beautiful. Call me for a photoshoot. 203-856-5075.

sample of the print and framing that we do. They are a treasure.

Engagement Photography

It is exactly as the title says. This is when you engage with a couple and produce images that they want to use for announcements, save the date or just a nice image to frame on the wall. It is also a great time to get to know the couple so the day of their wedding you have a sense of familiarity with them. The couple wanted a place by the water where they can take pictures with their dog. I know the right places.

puppy included
water always makes a nice backdrop
what a show dog

Click here for 11 tips for engagement photos.

International women’s day

I photograph many people in my studio. I will do a bunch on location as well. It really depends what kind of look that you are going for. My studio images are a little more like “headshot” mode, but I am really looking for expressions of the face. I always like to say, ” let’s go for the approachable look”. Friendly etc….. In honor of International women’s day, I would like to introduce you to Andrea. Andrea is working in sales and came to me for a professional portrait.

These are amazing!  Wow… I’m SO HAPPY with the way they came out!!!

Andrea