It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog entry. I’m happy to say that even though March -early summer 2020 was a bit slow it has been quite busy since then. I’m taking the opportunity now to post some shoots that have been in “draft mode” for quite a while.
I think we got some amazing shots with Montana. The thumbnail image for this shoot was toward the end as it began to snow. It was perfectly clear up until the last 30 minutes of shooting! Amazing.
The Hamilton Cafe is off to a strong start with a tasty menu that I got to photograph for their official launch. It is located in the Mercado on the ground flood of the Art Factory located at 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.
All Flashpoint/Godox lighting was used with the MagBox w/ focus diffuser and full blue gel, full CTO gels and a Paul C. Buff beauty dish (gridded and diffused).
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Every wedding is different from the previous one, but there were some changes of pace with this one that were right up my alley. First of all I had a very easy timeline with Sam and Kyle. Everything had breathing room and made photography a relaxed pace. That is normally not the case.
We got to walk all over Paterson, went to the Great Falls and then had a simple stroll back for the ceremony. All along the way we got great shots. One of them is now one of my favorite wedding photographs ever. Sam is holding her bouquet while Kyle holds a wall from totally “collapsing”.
Their ceremony was held in the vault and was officiated by one of their many friends.
Onward to reception it got nuts of course with first dances followed booty shaking and steak cutting. David and I had a lovely time shooting this wedding. Now let’s get to the good stuff…photos!
…but where’s the steak cutting portion of this extravaganza, That Werks Photography? Oh, it’s here. IT’S RIGHT HERE!
We got several amazing summer looks during our session together. It was legit hot outside so the fans were not just for effect. We cooled off where we could! Marlene was her usual magical self when it came to hair and makeup and kept everything touched up and perfect throughout the day.
I knew Alyssa and Leo would be a fantastic couple to photograph from the day we met. Their engagement session was effortless and the wedding even moreso! We got amazing captures throughout the day and below are just a few of the greatest hits.
Fiorella and Dan’s wedding was off the hook and vivacious! I was lucky enough to photograph it with Mr. David Alonso (who is also with me for many upcoming weddings at The Art Factory!)
Fiorella works with flowers so the arrangements were stellar and we spent a good amount of time documenting them. The weather was also very cooperative and we visited The Great Falls (conveniently located within walking distance from The Art Factory)
The first look and ceremony were held in the Hemp space on the 4th floor. The sunlight poured in from the skylight and created a beautiful focused beam on them as they came together and saw each other for the first time. That is now one of my favorite photos ever.
One thing that will always stand out about this wedding is the fun everyone had on the dance floor. I saw some maneuvers out there that would shame most choreographers.
Thank you so much, again, for having us along for the ride!
I’ve had my photography studio space at The Art Factory since the summer of 2016 and have seen it grow into not only raw space for a variety of projects, but now it also hosts a wide variety of events.
Wonderful light was on my side throughout the day for this shoot with Jordan. I don’t usually set up the fog machine for modeling shoots, but after the results I got for this shoot it will inspire me to do it more often. This was also the first shoot since receiving my brand spanking new Magbox by MagMod. If you are a fan of speedy setups and beautiful artificial light then the MagBox is a product you need in your life.
Makeup and hair for this shoot was handled by Nicole Sacco. Wonderful job, Nicole!
In our third and final entry in the styled wedding series at The Art Factory Studios we have real life couple Lisa and Chris. Incredible wardrobes, details and lighting to make each image pop right off the screen.
Now here is a bridal shoot with a vintage vibe. This was about the third time I’ve shot with Kat and Raen together and we knocked it out of the damn park on this shoot. Finger waves and heirloom jewelry combined with dresses from yesteryear. The Art Factory wasn’t The Art Factory back when this style existed, but the two definitely coexist quite nicely in 2019.
As we made our way through the numerous spaces, we happened to find a board game of “The Office”. We’re all fans of the show and found it funny and extremely random considering the age of the game. We borrowed the playing pieces of Jim & Pam for a shot you will see below.
The fourth floor of the site is decked out with a wall of Edison light bulbs, string lighting and newly installed skylights. Here’s a sneak peak of both of them in the environment they will be celebrating in come September of 2019.
A little back story about the equipment used on this shoot. I’ve been using the Sony a7r II for a few years now in conjunction with vintage prime lenses. I’ve also been using MagMod lighting modifiers for quite a while now.
Since I hadn’t used a couple of my tools of the trade in a while, I brought along my 58mm Helios f/2.0 and prism. I like the organic characteristics of both of these tools. So many modern lenses have zero personality. They’ve been refined to death and come across totally blah.
Photographer and Filmmaker located in Paterson, NJ at The Art Factory