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.
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.
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.
Here is a list of the top 10 wedding proposal ideas. https://www.theweddingvowsg.com/top-10-wedding-proposal-ideas/
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The club wanted me to photograph the awards dinner after the round. Here are some images.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for 11 tips for engagement photos.
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