I have photographed many events at stage one at The Fairfield Theatre Company but never at the warehouse at FTC. This was my first time at the warehouse which is 4-5 times larger than stage one. I hope this makes sense.
I was in awe of the space, it really is a great place to capture an event. It is really a test to photograph in there, the ceilings are very tall and all of the walls are black. It has a large stage in the middle with a bar area to the side and a second level area that has extra seating and a unique view of the stage.
I used the banister to prop my camera for a time exposure.
Stage lights can be used for a positive solution for a good image.
I always like “reactions” or “emotions”.
The more natural the better.
FTC Warehouse is a great place to hear and see music.
I do not get to photograph runway models often, but when I do, I really enjoy it. The hardest part is holding my camera in a vertical position for so long. your arm starts to get wonky after the 10th model so you have to find ways to give your arm a little break.
My favorite part of the shoot is the backstage stuff. Going unnoticed and capturing expressions of people who are not aware of you and being a native Westporter, I get to meet and talk to my old and new neighbors.
I photographed the renovation of Lux Bond & Green for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. I have been shooting for the magazine now for 3 years and I really enjoy the assignments. I get to meet fascinating people and places and I get to photograph them. I am very comfortable photographing interiors and it was an easy for me to say yes to this assignment. In most cases I like to tell a story with my camera so it was a very nice assignment.
These interiors come from experience photographing for architects, builders and real estate. They each have certain characteristics that you follow so that the clients are happy.
Architects are more detail oriented and want certain images to be perfect. Sometimes I will work on one image for an architect for 3 hours.
Builders want photographs of their structures but usually want to show scale and how a building will be used.
Realtors want it shot quick and pretty. No 3 hour shoots for them, but you still have to produce pretty images.
Photographing commercial properties is very rewarding for me.
I like to compose a nice clean image.
I am a fan of shooting straight on. It makes the room look smaller but more intimate.
Scale is another way of showing space. Here I wanted to show the whole space.
I really enjoy the detail images.
I can not, not get a picture of Paul Newman when given the chance.
Depth is another nice characteristic to show in photography.
I photographed De Tapas restaurant for Westport Lifestyle Magazine and I could not be more happier to do so. One I love food and two, I really enjoy photographing people in their environments. Call it environmental portraits but I like to call it branding photography where you show the world a business and images to promote that business.
Chef/owner Carlos Pia could not be any nicer to me. He helped with the set ups and had all of the food prepared and ready to be photographed. My father was a food photographer working mainly with Campbell Soup and Pepperidge Farm so I would watch him as much as I could to learn how to photograph it and how to eat it.
De Tapas has a great vibe and a very friendly atmosphere. I photograph many interiors.
I also like “dead on” shots it has more of a geometrical look.
The police made it very clear that photographing this event would not get me out of getting tickets for speeding in Westport.
It was a blast! The first annual PAL ( Police athletic league ) Gala. Many of Westport’s heavy hitters were there and I really had fun fraternizing and photographing them. Here are just a few images.The event was held at The Inn at Longshore in Westport, CT.
The Inn at Longshore always looks good.
These guys hired me and put the whole Gala together.
I always love the silent auction, they had some really good stuff too.
Some people ham it up.
An award was given to Coach Lane and his son Skip accepted on his behalf.
Think about attending next years Gala, it was truly amazing!
I was fortunate enough to have Westport Downtown Association hire me to capture Westoberfest. Westoberfest is a beer tasting, food eating music playing festival that takes place in downtown Westport. The previous beerfest there were 750 people and in this one there were over 1200. So I think people were in the mood to taste beer and have fun.
For me, I really enjoy getting down tight with people and getting their expressions. I will also mix anything like this with some drone footage. I do have my drone license so I am authorized to fly above people. For a perfect day like this, it is really fun to capture candid photos of what is going on.
I photographed Rach’s walk at South Compo Beach. This year’s weather was perfect and it made flying my drone so much easier.
Rach’s Hope is an annual walk to raise awareness of families effected by a child’s illness requiring extensive stays in a hospital or intensive care. The Pizza Pie Wagon Truck catered the party and the pizza was delicious. I use a variety of lenses on every photoshoot. I love my 70-200mm, but I will often change to a wide angle to complete the story.
Compo Beach Westport
Ned Dimes Marina
Pizza was really really good. Pizza Pie Wagon Truck out of Monroe.
I photographed Pinkchella this year for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. Pinkchella is a fashion show held at Mitchell’s of Westport and produced by Pinkaid. The fashion show highlighted by breast cancer survivors was hoping to raise over a million dollars to help cancer patients. Light bites a silent auction and a live auction greeted all participants. I enjoy photographing these events, especially when the cause is so great!
I learned to shoot products working for OneKreate in Hollywood Florida. Most of the sets that we were photographing was for Walmart. These images would be used in flyers, catalogs and advertising. Some actually were for billboards. The experience was exhilarating and I enjoyed every moment down there.
The watches I shot here are from an estate, The client will auction these off so they needed some spectacular images of them for their catalog.
I know phones have taken over everything including cameras and watches but I still wear a watch, I like the feel of them and the classic look.
It has been a fun summer so far. I have a few images that I am dying to get and one of them is right here and I wanted to share it with you. I flew the drone from my boat and I like doing this because there are no people out in the sound when I do this. This shot was captured right at sunrise off of Compo Beach in Westport, Ct.
I like it that it is low tide. The sandbars make the image more interesting. Enjoy.