I photographed a wedding venue like no other. The Art Factory in Paterson, New Jersey is my second home and they’ve recently done an absolute ton of renovations to the third floor (and beyond) so the general public can have weddings and events. The floors have been varnished, new electrical, amazing decor, stage for live entertainment, curtains, disco ball, downlighting, satellite bars, chairs, etc. They’ve done so much that I’ve probably left at least half out of my description.
If you are looking to have an event in a space like no other I can tell you from firsthand experience that THIS IS THE PLACE. You won’t find anything else like it.
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Location: The Art Factory
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Models: Anastasia B. and Alex Jones of Clavon Models
Wardrobe: Wedding dress by Jean-Ralph Thurin and suit by Clavon Leonard
Event Planner: Events by Merida
Hair & Makeup: Araena Sanchez
Each time I do a wedding or engagement for people I like to think of something different. Something that will stand out and make people remember a particular shot. This time around we shot Kelly and Mike using a big ass tube that someone discarded. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. We did whatever the hell we wanted during this shoot and I’m always grateful for clients, family or not, that are up for some horseplay and antics.
Take a look at the shots below and then contact me through my new totally tubular photography site and schedule your very own shoot.
Years ago I watched the movie “Idiocracy” directed by Mike Judge. The premise of the film is that people become so very dumb that an average man who wakes up in the future is suddenly the smartest person on Earth. We have gotten to that point, folks. If you are average, or above, intelligence you can clearly see things have gone completely sideways. We no longer seem to elect people that have one shred of integrity or appreciation of their fellow humans. America now markets itself as the laughing stock of the entire planet.
It’s really time to stop spending money on anything other than education in America. Read a book or pick up a hobby that engages your brain. Until then keep your insane conspiracy theories, pre-1960s outlook on race, your religion and blatant narcissism locked in a padded room.
Grace and confidence. Two things everyone should either possess or strive for. This is why I enjoy photographing dancers. Capturing a person in their own little world is magic. Here are a few of my favorite shots from an afternoon with Julia. Thanks to Ciara for assisting on the shoot!
For this shoot I mixed it up with natural light and strobes. My go to strobe is the Paul C. Buff Einstein E640. The quality of light and flash duration blows me away for action shoots. Perfection every time and I am also a big fan of their modifier durability and portability.
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If you are looking for a “normal” engagement session, I officially don’t do them anymore. This engagement session is next level. The Latin Circus discovery happened on accident and my only regret is it seemed to be vacant that day or else we would have definitely tamed a lion. I’ve known these two characters for a while now and enjoy seeing two wacky people that genuinely care for one another. It’s a pleasure to shoot the reality of it all. When I asked Vin to lay down on a questionable furry rug and have Jenna rule over him like a Queen…they both did it. Top notch effort all around.
I haven’t really talked about my gear much lately. These days I shoot on the Sony A7RII which is definitely the most versatile camera body I’ve ever used. For both my photo and cinema work, there really hasn’t been anything engineered like this camera. The quality of the final images is slamming, the files are easy to work with and the dynamic range through the roof. Not to mention it has in-camera image stabilization. In the new year I will be transitioning over to Sony lenses. Far less weight, much sharper and less expense than the EOS mount lenses I currently use with a Metabones adapter. The Sony Carl Zeiss and G Master lenses are designed to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles the camera offers me.
Now let’s cut to the chase and behold the greatness of Vin and Jenna’s engagement session highlights!
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