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Alisa’s Dreams Come True 40th Birthday Celebration

My friend Alisa had a huge party this year to celebrate her 40th Birthday. Held at the Historic Castle Inn in Delaware Water Gap, PA, there was live band karaoke, amazing food, large selection of adult beverages, and most important her family and close friends. I made a few quick portraits of her children Xavier and Elena, hung out with fellow photographers Aga and Marcin, made a bunch of new friends, and had a blast capturing the night unfold. Here are a few from the evening…

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The Water Portraits Blog Post

It was the end of July and I was texting my friend Alisa. I told her I had an idea for a portrait of her in my head. It would require her swimming in a dress, low light, clear water, and me not getting my camera wet. A few back and forths and three hours later I was in a creek by her house making this image that I saw. Actually, we did a bunch, and just as we were about to stop she asked if there was anything else…Whoops, forgot the one I came here to make. So Alisa swam to me a few more times and it happened. The photo I wanted was in my metal box I held tightly to it.

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After posting the #waterportraits hashtag on Instagram, and sharing images on Facebook, it took off. Clients asked for sessions and I spent a few hours a week in creeks and streams having a blast. I purchased an underwater housing (finally) for my SLR and the whole idea went further.

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Then along came the Bacon & Lox Society Creek Dinner. Yes, it was dinner in a creek…in it. (Look for a future blog post on that) I photographed the whole event which was just so incredible I still catch myself daydreaming about it. At the end of the evening, the sun was setting and it was time to make some water portraits. Guests took turns floating, posing, and laughing, feeling free and relaxed as you do in water, it was a perfect ending to an incredible event. Showing everyone little previews on the back of my camera, some discussed already clearing space on their walls for their portrait.

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New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, Crystal Springs NJ

An amazing few days this past spring…

It was my second year photographing the NJW&FF for Crystal Springs and as always it was a blast. Running around, making photos, laughing with friends both new and old, and getting amazing samples of food. Thanks to all the chefs who put up with me and special thanks to Chef Anthony Bucco for grabbing my camera, putting it down on a table and handing me a Modelo and skewer full of chicken hearts. I was still shooting at 1AM even though I was supposed to be done at 11pm and he said I had enough.

Those last two photos though…

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The New Jersey State Fair, Augusta NJ

I only went a few times and brought a limited amount of equipment. Mainly just my 50mm lens. I did get to judge the Chili Competition for a second year in a row and it was really awesome! Anyhoo, here are my favorite images…

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The Marist Poll, The Decatur House, Washington DC

Last Thursday I photographed, The Marist Poll presents The Message and the Messenger,  the 2016 Race for the White House. Held at the gorgeous Decatur House in Washington DC, it was panel discussion with Susan Page, Steve Thomma, Chuck Todd, and Amy Walter and hosted by Dr. Lee Miringoff and Dr. Barbara Carvalho. A well planned and gorgeous event that was not only informative but I really enjoyed. I’ve always had a thing for photographing politics and it was great to be back in DC doing it again.

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New Jersey Wine and Food Festival, Crystal Springs

Crystal Springs hosted the 7th Annual New Jersey Wine and Food Festival recently and it was beyond epic! Local Chef’s including Andre deWaal, Ryan DePersio and David Felton created dishes alongside wineries and importers. David Kinch of Manresa in California held a dinner at Latour on the opening night. I honestly am terrible at writing these things so here are a TON of photos.

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EyeEm World Tour, NYC

Last night I went to the EyeEm world tour in NYC. Last year I was one of 10 finalists in the Portrait category of the 2014 EyeEm Photography Awards. Although I didn’t win, my photo has traveled as part of this exhibition around the world including Berlin, Tokyo, Toronto and Art Basel in Miami. Last night it came to NYC and I got to see my baby girl projected on the wall. The original photo was taken with an iPhone 5 and is the last photo in this post.

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Having fun with Petzval

A friend of mine, Jim Fisher, who tests cameras for PC Magazine, (how’s that for an amazing job?) let me borrow his Petzval lens for awhile. An all brass lens, manual focus, where you change you aperture by removing and replacing disc shaped as circles, tear drops, stars and other geometric shapes, it is not an all around lens, a specialty lens if you will. The out of focus areas are incredible and change depending on what aperture disc you use.

It is pretty awesome and very sharp, where it is sharp. Not sure I’ll pick one up, they are pricey, but it would look so cool with a groom or a bride smack dab in the middle of the frame!

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Scenes from 2015 so far…

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I like winter light, I hate the cold.

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Again, winter light I love. Bitter cold, I hate.

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Gwendolyn on the side of the road.

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Kate has been making homemade bread. It is amazing and the whole house smells good.

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Meredith and Jake are running winter track with the Fredon Polar Bears.

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More track practice.

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Jersey Summer Bounty, James Beard House NY, NY

Working with chefs are some my favorite photo-shoots. I think chefs and photographers are alike in they love what they do and they do it for other peoples enjoyment on top of their own. I’ve discussed with Andre deWaal and last night a little with Kirk Avondoglio about how they imagine/come up with dishes. They say they know what ingredients taste like so they can put them together in their mind and know if it will work or not. Amazing. But, as a photographer I can relate, somewhat. I see photos, in my head, as if it has already been taken. Last night, the photo in this post of Chefs Brad Boyle, Andre deWaal, Brian Bagley, Kirk Avondoglio and Florian Wehrli standing on the sidewalk, looking at the camera, was the one in my head since Andre first told me about it. But the photo afterwards, of everyone hanging out, getting some air and talking, ended up being my favorite. This is a heavy post, over 50 photos… but its tasty and far from boring.

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