Dawn Vanderbeck Models for Steello Bikini in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Dawn Vanderbeck Models for Steello Bikini in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Steello bikini shoot: TAKE 2! This time we have a reliable model with the common courtesy to actually show up for the shoot. Dawn has been waiting to shoot with me for a while and our schedules finally matched up to make this happen. Brit from Steello designs spectacular crochet swimwear. I didn’t even know it was possible to crochet swimwear, but the proof is in the pudding.

We started shooting at approximately 5:30PM and went until sunset. Sandy Hook is rich in history and even features an old NIKE missile base. The United States had many underground missile bases throughout the east coast to defend us from air attacks and sneaky submarines.

I celebrated another great shoot with a virgin pina colada and a cheeseburger at the Sea Gull’s Nest.

Dawn Vanderbeck models for Steello bikini

Drawings of Skulls

Drawings of Skulls

Skulls here! Getcha skulls here! These drawings of skulls were used in the design for a landscape I did in memory of Steve Carlesi. These were done in my sketchbook on a beautiful day at the beach with my wife. It’s a bit strange to draw something like this in the presence of beach-goers, but once I go into my little world it doesn’t matter.

Both images below will take you to the final piece. All money earned from the sale of the landscape will go to the family of Steve. Three different sizes are offered and pricing starts as low as $10.00.

Illustrations of skulls for Steve Carlesi project

A large poster (24" x 36") I designed in memory of Steve. All money from the sale of this poster will be given to Steve's wife and children. It is printed on lustre paper and is priced at $75.00. My watermark does not print on the final piece. (Christopher John Sztybel)

Developed Two Rolls of Medium Format Color Film

Developed Two Rolls of Medium Format Color Film

When I develop film at home, it is always black and white. I send out color film to a lab to be developed. I was feeling lucky this time and mixed up some color chemicals. Then I crossed my fingers and started developing two rolls of Kodak Ektar 100 color film from recent summer destinations and one model shoot for Steello. All of my previous medium format work had been shot on Holga, but I’ve been using my Mamiya 645 Pro exclusively for months now.

One thing I can’t stress enough: chemical temperature is crucial when developing color film. Black and white is far more forgiving. I am pleased with the results!

Periwinkle Inn Sign in Cape May, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Classic Car Show at Pizzadili Winery (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dawn models a Steello bikini (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga in Princeton, New Jersey

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga in Princeton, New Jersey

In July 2012 I assisted Rita Rojas-Sullivan in shooting a wedding in Princeton, New Jersey. I started out at the hotel photographing the groomsmen. Fun bunch. Lots of joking and that made things easy. They were good sports about going out in the heat too!

The ceremony itself was at the Princeton Chapel. Gorgeous church. I made sure to get plenty of wide shots to showcase how enormous the building is. Since I was the second photographer, it gave me a chance to experiment with lenses I normally don’t use for more than a few shots. Namely my Rokinon 8mm.

The reception was held at the Prospect House. Fantastic live music all night long and a lovely wedding was enjoyed by all.

For additional photos of this wedding, please visit Rita’s blog.

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)