Dancer On A Mission

Dancer On A Mission

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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Julia Carrano dance session at The Art Factory in Paterson, New Jersey

An Engagement Session Featuring a Latin Circus, Rolling Pin Violence and Matching Flannel Apparel

An Engagement Session Featuring a Latin Circus, Rolling Pin Violence and Matching Flannel Apparel

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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Engagement Session at The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

2016: My Year in Photography

2016: My Year in Photography

From Asbury Park to Vermont to Colorado to my studio in Paterson, New Jersey. Behold the year 2016 through some of my favorite photographs taken for a wide variety of clients…and some of my personal “off the clock” work as well. Although clock watching isn’t something I’ve done in many, many years. Thanks to all, large and small, for taking the time to work with me on a one-on-one basis to craft something special. These are the images that are cool now, but absolutely priceless down the road. I also thank the likes of Matt Koza and Jeff Heckman for bouncing ideas around and being exactly the type of people that fuel the fire of making something out of nothing.

Here’s to many more great shoots with people that share a mutual trust in making images that aren’t just disposable social media fodder. They’re striking, timeless and fun and I intend on keeping it that way in 2017 and beyond.

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Christopher John Sztybel's photography from 2016. A year in review.

Christopher John Sztybel's photography from 2016. A year in review.

Christopher John Sztybel's photography from 2016. A year in review.

The Art of Dance Combined With The Art of Making a Huge Mess with Tanner

The Art of Dance Combined With The Art of Making a Huge Mess with Tanner

The latest and greatest shoot with Tanner took place at The Art Factory and we ran through quite a few different rooms and ended things with a flour mess all over the place. I used a combination of daylight and Einstein strobes for many of the shots. The shots with the flour turned out better than I had ever expected and I think you will agree.

My lens on the Sony A7RII was the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art. I am pretty psyched to be moving more toward using Sony E mount lenses as 2017 kicks in. They’re certainly comparable to

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Tanner Hutchinson dances at The Art Factory photography by Christopher John Sztybel

Male Model Up In This Piece, Ya’all!

Male Model Up In This Piece, Ya’all!

I’m not sure why I went with this blog headline, but I’m the boss and I went with it. The end of the year is always filled with wrapping gifts and wrapping up the backlog of shoots from the past several months. I go into every new year with as much of a clean slate as possible. Catching up on blogs is one of those clean slate items. This shoot with Jon was his first ever, so we focused on expressing confidence through the lens. It’s one thing to stand in front of a camera for a candid and it’s something totally different to convey the eye of the tiger.

Prepare yourself for a flashy suit, some track and field and shredded black and white.

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Jonathan Hoch getting his male modeling on

 

Brooke for Cleri Models at The Art Factory 

Brooke for Cleri Models at The Art Factory 

Brooke is one of the latest fresh faces to come through the doors of Cleri Models and I got to photograph her recently at my studio in Paterson, NJ.

We went through several hair and makeup changes throughout the day, but I think the hippie look definitely had the most impact. The natural light throughout the studio was perfection, but we did light some of the scenes artificially with flash. A Lastolite softbox containing one flash is a powerful tool for working quickly and yields nice, flattering, warm light.

Special thanks to Makeup by Wanida for another great job on hair and makeup and LFM for superior assistance start to finish.

To schedule your photography session, contact me through my web site. Enough blabbing and more showing. Below are highlights from the session.

Brooke H. for Cleri Models at The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ