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?

Drone photography for a wedding

When drones started coming out a few years back, I always wanted to get one. But, I had to wait. Wait for technology, because when they first came out, there were tons of flyaways and it was hard to control the drone. Fast forward to today and I have the latest technology at my fingertips and the drone is so much fun to fly.

I photographed the group image here with a DJI Mavic Air 2. I adore the size and capabilities of this drone and the images are phenomenal. The shoot was at the best place to be before halloween…… Sleepy Hollow New york, right on the Hudson river.

drone shot of the wedding

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.

Connecticut Garden Wedding

We beat the storm!! There was a lot of concern whether we would beat the weather. Hurricane Henri was on its way and it missed us by a day. Unfortunately my Sunday event wasn’t so lucky but I am told they will be rescheduling it soon.

Allison and Bobby were married during Covid-19 so they chose this past Saturday to have friends and family celebrate with them. The father and mother of the groom held the event at their beautiful home on the Westport, Fairfield border. The gardens were gorgeous and we chose to take the “posey” shots there. Friends and family wandered the grounds which included a pool and a barn that was converted into a lounge.

After a tiny misting, everyone entered a tent where the party continued. I used a variety of lenses for this shoot. My favorite portrait lens is an 85mm 1.8 fixed lens, I really enjoy how you can blur out the backgrounds with it.

what a great garden
mix of natural light with fill in flash
getting candid
love my 50mm 2.5 I can get pretty sneaky with it.
getting natural images and framing nicely.
getting passed and I will get it.
the grounds were so nice here is the barn window where the lounge was.
I am invisible when I photograph candids.
timed it perfectly with the dj’s light.
dance shot.

landscape photography in Washington Connecticut

There are many different types of photography and I never like to say that I am just a portrait photographer, or I only shoot products. Because I don’t. I am a multi genre photographer. Which means I do everything from corporate headshots, to architecture photography , to landscape photography. I have a drone so I also do a lot of aerials for clients. Branding photography is very big right now and I enjoy that a lot as well.

One of my favorite genres of photography is shooting landscapes. This usually entails someone from a firm giving me a shoot list or a must have list and then the rest falls on me. That is the best part, because I really enjoy getting down and dirty and getting close to nature. I have many different lenses, but one of my favorites is the 50mm canon macro 2.5. I don’t think they make it anymore, but it is one of my favorites for getting macro images and has terrific bokeh.

This shoot was for Hoffman Landscapes. They are located in Fairfield County.

I love the moss that is in between the slate.
I get ideas from shooting these properties for working on my own property.
Here we started first thing in the morning. Best light morning light.
very satisfying photo shoot, I had such a great time photographing this estate.

Photography in Rochester

A photo shoot in Rochester New York was in the cards for me, but I also had the opportunity to take a bike and my camera and become a tourist for a couple of hours. I don’t always get a chance to do this, but in most cases I will try to make some time to explore. Rochester is gritty and it is fun to photograph.

The falls in downtown Rochester
My base was the hyatt
all shot with my fujifilm x20
I rode the rail trail that goes right through the center of Rochester
and I finally got to see the kodak building. I used all of their films in the day.Tri x, plus x, delta porta… such wonderful memories.
just north of the city on the rail trail. That is not smoke, it is mist and you can feel it…
on a bridge close to lake ontario,.
urban jungle
rochester children’s museum

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.