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Chelsey

I can’t think of anyone as genuinely happy and excited about life as Chelsey. She was full of compliments, huge smiles, and bursting with confidence.

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Shelby

She laughed as she looked up and realized I was ready to shoot with my lens cap still on…for the second time that night. I’m forgetful when changing lenses. It isn’t intentional. Shelby arrived at 7:30 with her friend Thursday night.

They looked at each other from time to time, made funny faces, laughed, and did silly dance moves.

Her friend reminded me very much of myself about 8 years ago. Unfortunately his name escaped me. He works in a sheet metal factory as I did. Grinding away day to day in oil filled press rooms. Cool guy. Shy at first but you can tell there’s an interesting story lying beneath the surface.

I’ve never met Shelby or her friend before and it’s likely our paths won’t cross again. It’s such an awesome feeling to be able to capture a sliver of someone’s life in an image.

Random Thoughts on Photography

I like to think the images are in my head long before they’re shot, in some form or another.

My camera is the Dr. Heathcliff Huxstable of my imagination. It delivers the images from my mind and exposes them to the world.

I become emotionally involved, in some way, with everyone who sits in front of my camera. It’s like opening a box to your childhood for an hour or so and then putting it away. You miss it when it’s gone

It’s like collecting seashells. Except the seashells are all the little parts of me that were lost somewhere along the way. I find them again when i look through the lens.

Avedon said “A portrait photographer depends upon another person to complete his picture. The subject imagined, which in a sense is me, must be discovered in someone else willing to take part in a fiction he cannot possibly know about.”

People have a perception of me that comes through in my pictures.

Every session feels like my best, then my worst, then lands somewhere in the middle…then my worst again.

Photography isn’t that important.

The camera has sent me around the US and Europe and to places i would have never seen otherwise. It’s sat me in front of people i would have no other chance to interact with.

I remember the first time i walked into Barnes & Noble, went to the news stand, and saw a picture i took on the cover of a magazine. i reached for my phone to take a picture.

Often times people like my least favorite photos.

My favorite images from a shoot are usually overlooked until the 2nd or 3rd round of editing.

I’ve had people tell me I’m not a real photographer. People have laughed at my work. People have purposely ignored my interests in fear of competition.  After a while, these experiences don’t matter as much.

I’m not intimidated by people who have less experience and more talent than i do. I learn a lot from those people.

If i lost my eyesight i’d play the piano more.

Nuremberg, Germany

This year was my third in a row visiting Nuremberg, Germany. Away on business, I didn’t have much time for personal photography. Below are a few photos I snapped in between walking to and from work.

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Laurie & Louis

Laurie & Louis’ wedding was unbelievably amazing. The mix of culture and tradition was so inspiring. I can’t say enough about how wonderful a group I had the pleasure to be around and photograph that day. Best of luck to Laurie & Louis and to all of their amazing friends and family. Here is a small sample of the photos from their wedding.

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TTV

I’ve been wanting to experiment with TTV (through the view) shots since Jeremy Cowart’s class. Luckily, Bill has a Mamiya C330 that he let me borrow for the weekend. It’s an amazing camera, although not perfectly suited for this type of shooting. Luckily I won a bid on an Ansco Redoflex, which should arrive in the next couple weeks. It has a very large looking glass on top and from what I’ve seen online, offers a really awesome vintage look. Below are a few examples from the Mamiya. I look forward to incorporating these types of shots into weddings and portraits.

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Alexis

Jennifer & Nick’s Wedding

I had the pleasure to photograph Jennifer and Nick’s wedding. They are such a fun and amazing couple. Below are a few samples from the ceremony and reception.

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Autumn 2010

Well my favorite season is here again: Autumn. The air is crisp and the food is amazing. Jen & I have been taking leisurely strolls around town looking at the foliage. Below are a few shots taken this year. Enjoy!

Emma

Last week, Emma came in to work as a model for the cover of one of our magazines. She was amazing to work with…super professional and new exactly what to do. We spoke for a bit and she mentioned her father and mother are in the photography business and actually met in Paris as models. Her father is now a photographer working with New York City actors and actresses and her mother is the make-up artist. What an awesome team! Discovery Health Channel actually shot an episode of their popular show “Runway Moms” at their studio.

I’m unable to post most of the images until they’re published, but here are a few of the “out takes”. Special thanks to Betty (the art director) for giving me the opportunity to shoot with Emma.

UPDATE – See published photos below…

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RC Car Action Magazine

Cover shot for Radio Control Car Action Magazine – May 2010

Topsmead State Forest

I drove up to Topsmead State Forest in Litchfield, CT around 7:30 this morning to meet up with Jennifer’s parents. All 3 of us ventured out into the fields, cameras in hand. The overcast skies provided nicely saturated colors. I shot mainly with the 24-70L F/2.8 & 70-200L F/2.8, but nothing compared to the 135L F/2.0 that Bill let me borrow towards the end of our hike. The image quality is “scary”, as Bill would say. Color, contrast, and sharpness are unbelievable, even wide open at F/2.0.

We arrived before the gates opened so we parked on the side of the road and hiked up. I set my white balance to cloudy and stayed there all morning. The colors were still on the cool side until the sun’s position rose above the trees though. I started with the 70-200 in hopes of seeing a deer in the field, but no dice. I switched over to the 24-70 once we walked away from the house and towards the butterfly garden. When we looped around back to the house I switched to Bill’s 135. I made it a point today to underexpose my shots to get better color detail. That is one thing I took away from Joe McNally’s seminar. To get good color, you have to compromise a bit of exposure. Most of the morning I was dialed on AV mode and between -1 and -2 EV compensation. ISO ranged from 100 – 1600.

Afterwards we headed back home where Jen was cooking an amazing lunch for us. We had a few Octoberfests, looked at a few pictures, and enjoyed the afternoon.

All post processing was done in Lightroom. I’m having a harder and harder time making it over to Photoshop these days. There just isn’t much need to anymore unless it’s for close-up headshots.

Check out the full set HERE.

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Early Autumn Sunday

Jen and I stopped at an apple orchard on the way home from Rhinebeck, NY yesterday and decided to bake an apple pie and invite over my mom and step-dad.

Equipment:
Canon 5D mark ii (24p)
24-70L F/2.8
50 F/1.8
85 F/1.8

Edited in Final Cut Pro.

Palace Theater – Waterbury, CT

I had the honor of shooting the promotion photographs for Marissa Famiglietti at the Palace Theater in Waterbury, CT. Having grown up in the area, I’ve been aware of its renovation and grand re-opening, but never had the chance to actually see the interior. What an amazing place! We had the entire theater to ourselves and spent about 5 hours shooting. Jill Finelli Bascetta was her makeup artist and did an absolutely gorgeous job. She’s fantastic, easy to work with, and I definitely recommend her. These photos will be used on the cover of Marissa’s upcoming demo, her website, and other promotions. I will provide a link once everything is set in place.

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Joe McNally

Just signed up for Joe McNally’s on location lighting seminar in Hartford. Super excited! I’ve been a big fan of Joe’s for a while now and avidly read his blog. He is definitely one of the greats and I feel lucky to be able to go hang out with him for a day. Come to find out, his studio is actually only 20 minutes or so from my work office.

Heading out tomorrow on a location shoot at the Palace Theater in Waterbury. I’m sure some of those photos will pop up on my blog in the next week or so.

Kyle LeDuc

Kyle LeDuc, Lucas Oil off-road short course driver sponsored by Rock Star Energy Drink and Team Associated , came into the office Thursday to sign some books, do some interviews, shoot a guest spot for the show, and get some photos for our magazines and books. It was a long day but we all had a good time. In the morning we shot the book signing along with a promotion for our online store and the show, then we all headed out to lunch at Bobby Qs in Westport, CT. When we got back we finished off the day with interviews and a photo shoot. I’ll be editing the video interview this week and will post it up when it’s complete. I was lucky enough to shoot the cover of both the magazine and book you see in the photos here, which feature the Team Associated RC car which is modeled after Kyle’s full scale truck.

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Michael Buble with Jen

Jen and I have a tendency to end up in the back row at concerts. At Mohegan Sun’s arena there really isn’t a bad seat though. I bought her tickets to see Michael Buble for Valentine’s day and last night we went. The show started at 9pm. We arrived at the casino around 4:30 and headed over to Margaritaville for some dinner and drinks. Then it was off to the video poker machines. After an hour of winning and losing, I ended up 25 cents more than I started. Hey, at least I wasn’t in the red. Michael’s opening act, Naturally 7, was amazing. Definitely need to check them out if you haven’t already. I have to admit I was a little bored at the beginning of Michael’s set. I actually thought he came out drunk, but after a few songs he started talking to the audience. He’s a really funny guy. The show lightened up and turned out to be pretty entertaining.

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Jalynn

Baby portraits can be the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. Sessions typically last about 30 minutes and are more or less “rapid fire.” We take great care to keep the baby comfortable and relaxed through the entire session. This series was shot at her parents’ home. I brought along one of my studio lights and a small lighting umbrella and turned her bedroom into a temporary studio.

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UPDATE:
And here she is 9 months later.

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