Team photos

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

2022 staples wrestling team photo
I photographed individual wrestlers too
Team captains
Team captains
the seniors.

Branding photography for sisters who work together

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.

Michele and Janine
sisters working together

Our first snow!! … Images

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…

Love my neighbor’s cupola, I always start here.
Can’t miss with a Longshore drive by.
no golf today.
I always love this angle, it is like a family portrait for me. Family of trees.
“When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old.- Lady Bird Johnson.

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.”

surprise party at gray barns in silvermine

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!

This is the tavern area of the gray barn, it is perfect for small parties.
I call these my “martha stewart ” shots. These are all taken before the party.
pictures were taken of each guest.
then the images were printed and people would leave a message. Brilliant.
bokeh focus.
I love the ladder with its decorations.
table set up.
surprise!! The birthday girl!
the best feeling.
candids.
selective focus.

mimick shoot

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?.

Full length

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.

Simple set up with one main light and one accent light with a reflector to bring out the eyes.

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.

Now that is a professional headshot.

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.

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.

Westport’s Haunted House

Another halloween has come and gone but I had the opportunity to photograph a real haunted house. This was for Westport Lifestyle Magazine and the home is located off Compo Rd South.

Westport’s haunted house.

The shoot began with a bunch of crows circling the grounds and in the picture above you can see a crow on top of the fireplace. It was really creepy.

basement photo

I have known Bill Frawley for many years and he was the one who let me in the door. We did a walk through and I found it very easy to picture in my mind what I wanted to shoot.

living room window looking out to the yard

I shot a few brackets of exposures so I could blend them in photoshop. The blending tool is my friend.

another “window pull” but I love the wallpaper in this
one of my favorite images working handheld, no tripod.
second floor landing leads you to the stairs
detail shot

This house is truly a wonderful place to photograph. The library used it for years storing thousands of books. Now it is empty and I hope that someday the town would bring it back to its old self. Maybe the ghosts will just leave?