Jesus Should Not Be Your Salesman.

Jesus Should Not Be Your Salesman.

People are free to believe in whatever religion they choose. However, there is a glaring problem I see within the photography & videography industry. People are using their religion to cast a net over like-minded fans of Jesus (Other religious figures included!). Please stop using Jesus as your salesperson. It’s phony bologna and I can smell it from ten miles away. Rely on your skills, not your religious affiliation. (I laughed at quite a few wedding photographers during my own search last year. The work was usually mediocre, but they took plenty of time quoting scriptures.)

I did a quick sketch of the man himself. Notice he is not selling anything.

Jesus Christ illustration by Christopher John Sztybel

 

Baby Photo Shoot with Sammy

Baby Photo Shoot with Sammy

Today I had my first baby photo shoot! Thankfully little Sammy was professionally fed and burped because she was pretty damn happy having her photos taken! We even convinced her that the mini bathtub was a good idea because it wasn’t filled with water. Apparently she hates the stuff. But she smelled pretty good so I imagine she is bathed against her will regularly.

I shot almost exclusively with my Canon 7D and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Samantha Correa infant photography by Christopher John Sztybel

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Victor-Victrola record player…still works!

Victor-Victrola record player…still works!

Victor-Victrola logo

I love old stuff that still works. There is so much garbage manufactured these days. Will your iPad work in 100 years? Probably not. Modern devices are simply not treasured. The Victor-Victrola in my parents basement is a fine example of quality craftsmanship. To our knowledge it has never been serviced or repaired and it still works. Everything is either wood or metal. The audio quality coming from the simple cabinet body impresses. I’m curious to try some of my more modern vinyl on the turntable.

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Moebius Died

Moebius Died

Moebius and the light cycles from TRONBig loss. Of all the work Jean Giraud (Moebius) created, his production design for TRON will continue to inspire me for the rest of my life. A brilliant and unrestrained visionary.

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Photo shoot at Studio 212 with Daisy Kwayke and Heather Dorian

Photo shoot at Studio 212 with Daisy Kwayke and Heather Dorian

I returned to Studio 212 in Metuchen, NJ to shoot some female models. There is a giant cyclorama wall and lots of props and sets to choose from. Our two models were Heather Dorian and Daisy Kwayke. I highly recommend both of them for being professional and keeping in touch with me during the planning of the shoot. Makeup was provided by Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss.

I ventured out of our usual room and checked out other spaces throughout the building. I saw the freight elevator and it was stuck open. This is the classic elevator that has bare metal walls and a cage door that comes down from above.

I rented the Canon 50mm f/1.4 from borrowlenses.com and it performed flawlessly. The reviews for the lens seem to be half and half, but I found the focus to be spot on even in the darkened elevator. (I will likely purchase the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 because it has a smoother focus ring and a slightly sharper image when shot wide open.)

Here are just a few teaser shots:

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian sitting on a bench and reflective surface (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)