Montana for Cleri Models photographed by That Werks Photography

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.

Hair and makeup was handled by the ultra-talented Marlene Rosenberg at the world-renowned Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

Delicious Treats Galore at the Hamilton Cafe located in Art Factory Studios (Paterson, NJ)

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).

If you are looking to book me to photograph YOUR restaurant menu then head over to http://www.thatwerksphotography.com and send me a quick note through the chat box.

Sam and Kyle’s Steak Cutting Extravaganza of a Wedding at Art Factory Studios

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!

The Art Factory is located at 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, New Jersey 07501. Tours can be made by appointment. If you are looking for a photographer for this Passaic County venue, please get in touch with me by visiting http://www.thatwerksphotography.com

Special rates for my work at Art Factory are available here: https://thatwerksphotography.com/about

Cleri Models Perla at Art Factory Studios

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.

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Model: Perla
Hair/makeup: @marsartistry
Location: @artfactorypaterson
Agency: @clerimodels
Lighting: @adorama Flashpoint w/ @paulcbuffinc beauty dish and natural Processing: @reallyniceimages in @captureonepro

Cleri Models Perla photographed by Christopher John Sztybel of That Werks Photography located at The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

Alyssa and Leo’s Wedding at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ

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.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Leo!

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Couple: @alyssak212 @rishtyl
Wardrobe: @maggiesotterodesigns
Tuxedo ParkVenue: @artfactorypaterson
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: @detailedeventsbylo
Venue: Art Factory Studios
Hair: @prostyled.bride
Makeup: @verve_nj
Caterer and Cake: @fairlawnjccatering @main_event_mauzone
Florist: @flowersbyconnieriemer
Music: @sethtieger

Fiorella and Dan’s Art Factory Wedding

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!

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Venue: @artfactorypaterson
Couple: @callmethey_@thehyperlocal
Celebrant: @bonghitpimp
Chef: @chefjonharris
Flowers: @traderjoes@callmethey_
Cake: @bovellasbakerycafe@bovellas
Rings: @philajewelersrowdistrict
Wardrobe: @express@miaofphilly@lr2_lesrichards
Hair/Makeup: @wildrootshairsalon@laurasiobhanmua

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.

If you are interested in having your event there, give them a shout through their web site.

That Werks Photography at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ. An original venue for a once-in-a-lifetime event,
That Werks Photography at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ. An original venue for a once-in-a-lifetime event,

Jordan for Cleri Models Photographed by Christopher Sztybel at Art Factory Studios

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!

The location for our shoot together was the incomparable Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

Styled Wedding shoot with Events By Merida at Art Factory Studios

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.

Photography @thatwerksphotography
Set Design @eventsbymerida and Chris Sztybel⁣
Venue @artfactorypaterson
Makeup @araena_artist / @raen_talent
Hair and Wardrobe Styling: @charliestylez
Florals @hollywoodfloristnj
Models Lisa and Chris of @xentrifuge
Dresses @adriannapapell ⁣and @in_full_swing_
White boots and men’s shoes @dsw
Men’s Attire @hm
Men’s ties: @macys

Bridal Editorial at Art Factory Studios photographed by Christopher John Sztybel

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.

Model: @katzorah
Photographer: @thatwerksphotography located in Paterson, New Jersey (Art Factory Studios)
Hair/Makeup: @araena_artist located in Paterson, New Jersey (Art Factory Studios)
Agency: @westhavenmgmt
Floral Arrangement: @hollywoodfloristnj  located in Union, New Jersey

Alyssa & Leo’s Art Factory Studios Engagement Session

This fall I will be photographing Alyssa & Leo’s wedding at my home away from home: The Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

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.

Come inside Art Factory Studios for an engagement sessions for bride to be Alyssa and groom to be Leo. Their industrial wedding venue is located in Paterson, New Jersey near The Great Falls.

Photographer and Filmmaker located in Paterson, NJ at The Art Factory