Category Archives: Personal
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…
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.
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.
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.
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…
Summer is for exploring and swimming. Showing the kids all my favorite places this summer. Stokes State Forest.
Even though it is my career, photography is also my hobby. I make images very single day of my life. I am overwhelmed by it. Not just looking at old tim cameras on EBAY late at night or trying new iPhone apps, but envisioning photos I have in my head that I want to, no, that I NEED to make. Here is a bunch of recent images…
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.
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!
Meredith and Jake are running winter track with the Fredon Polar Bears this year. Thought we’d see if they like it. While it’s still in the air a bit… Kate and I are super proud of them.
I like winter light, I hate the cold.
Again, winter light I love. Bitter cold, I hate.
Gwendolyn on the side of the road.
Kate has been making homemade bread. It is amazing and the whole house smells good.
Meredith and Jake are running winter track with the Fredon Polar Bears.
More track practice.
Kate and I bid and won, at the silent auction at the SCCC Gala, a personal tour at the Bronx Zoo, complete with tour guide and 6 passenger golf cart. We went through the original gates and were able to park right up front in a reserved spot!!!! Already, I was beyond thrilled. Then we had the nicest tour guide you could ask for, who went out of her way to make sure we saw our prime spots. While carting around we saw some “behind the scenes” action and even were able to see a baby Flamingo! Check it out.