drone shoot in Lordship

I was asked to photograph a property in Lordship in Connecticut. It is a gorgeous little neighborhood right off I-95 and very close to the small airport and beaches. After getting clearance from the FAA to fly my drone in a class D airspace, I was all set to go. After the shoot I was all set to visit one of my most favorite places to go it is Riley’s by the Sea. A great little restaurant right on the water. Another great place to visit in Lordship is Surfside. Here you can get a nice little bite and enjoy the beach. When ever I am on a shoot, I love to explore what is around me, and always bring your camera.

not a bad place to hang

From the ocean view

I can get used to this.

Happy homeowners

From way back

add a simple video….

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.

Camera on the high line

One of the most enjoyable walks in New York City is the Highline. Located in the meatpacking district it extends all the way to Hudson Yards. Along the way you will see incredible architecture, fantastic gardens and wonderful scenery. It is a great place to people watch too. We started on 23rd street and ended at The Vessel, which opened last year. One of the wildest things we saw is The Edge, the observatory platform. Liz, my wife was at The Edge a few weeks ago with her sister visiting from California and said it is a must see!

The Highline New York
Penn checking out the views
street scenes from the highline
closer look at the edge
like the old and the new
The vessel
ready to go to the Harry Potter store

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.

CLASP Fundraiser at Wakeman Town Farm

I have been photographing for Clasp homes for many years. They are such a great group to work with. This past weekend I photographed their fundraise at Wakeman Town Farm in Westport. This is such a cute little venue. It was so intimate and fun to just stroll around and see the gardens and animals and listen to Terrapin, The Grateful Dead Band.

What a greeting!
The sag bags were ridiculous
This guy listening to the music.
video sample of Terrapin playing

Surprise surprise!!

This weekends rainy downpour caught me on a boat with 12 other people heading to Cedar Point Yacht Club for a surprise party. The plan was for me to board a boat at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club and take family photos on Cockenoe Island with the birthday girls family. On the way to the island we would stop by the yacht club to grab something. That is when the rain started, a torrential rain. We saw a sailor slip and fall into the water and we also saw Chris Tait keep the 12 people dry by getting them safe and dry using a few table umbrellas. It was a very memorable night.

we started at Saugatuck Harbor Yacht Club
Captain Chris Tait to the rescue
Chris using the table umbrellas
We did make it!
surprise!!

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.

Architect Branding Photography

Megan is the owner of MLR properties. A design and construction company based in Fairfield County. Branding photography is no longer just a bunch of headshots. Now you have to tell a story behind the images. Locations help a great deal. An architect at their build, a swimmer at the pool or a landscaper in the garden. Half the fun of photographing a subject is coming up with the type of look or pose that the client will look natural and approachable.

Megan in her clients wine cellar that she designed.

picking out products.

Megan on site.

Prom Photography

Weddings, proms and graduations. It is that time of year and thankfully we are all celebrtating these events and not locked up in a home or quarantining. I photographed this group of models using the Canon 5d mark 4 which is my go to camera these days. People say that the DSLR will be obsolete soon, but that is another story, I still like the feel of the camera. My lighting was my Godox200 pro with an octobox and as you can see, it gives us very soft light to work with.

Elle
lauren
two lucky boys.
Lee gives it a try at shooting