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

 

Dancing The Day Away in Asbury Park with Andrea

Dancing The Day Away in Asbury Park with Andrea

Who is ready to bust out some sweet dance moves on the beach? You are? Are your sure about that? Can you bust out dance moves without fracturing your entire spinal column?

Andrea and I continued our shooting partnership by venturing down to sunny Asbury Park, NJ for some photos along the beach. The breakers near Convention Hall were particularly dry that day and made for a nice flat surface to photograph some sweet dance moves.

I shot in black and white to keep the focus on form and movement. Most of the shots were taken in the direct sun because the light was extraordinary. The thing I love about working with Andrea is she is a relentless perfectionist. We review shots on the spot to make sure everything is the way it should be. Take note, dancers! That’s the way it’s done to get results like this.

Special thanks to Lew Monty for running around like a maniac bringing me lenses and batteries as per usual. If you don’t have a Lew Monty…well, that’s too damn bad because he’s on Team TW!

To schedule your photography session, contact me through my web site. 

Dancer Andrea Hoch in Asbury Park, New Jersey

 

Mia for Cleri Models

Mia for Cleri Models

mia-berry-cleri-bts-00012-2016-06-16Just a few minutes outside of New York City is a world of industrial buildings that were formerly used to produce everything from fine silks to guns. That’s been my headquarters for the past month and it’s been so much fun finding interesting spots to shoot.

For portrait photography, I have different tastes. Sometimes I like it straight forward and without any distraction. But most of the time I like it to feel lived in. Shooting in a space that has been lived in, or worked in, lends itself to giving the person a bit more gravity in the scene. They absorb the essence of what the space is about. Hard work and determination are skills we can all relate to regardless of the line of work we’re in.

Mia has the energy and confidence you would expect from someone that models. It’s natural for her. I’ve also worked with models that are sort of shy in person, but convey a whole different feeling once we start shooting together. This was a great shoot from top to bottom and I’m happy to share some of my favorites from the session along with a couple behind the scenes shots courtesy of my assistant Lew Monty.

Special thanks for Wanida’s makeup and hair skills and Lew Monty’s assistance in making this shoot move nice and smooth.

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Behind the scenes shot thanks to Lew Monty. Random “A” on the wall. Let’s say it stands for “Awesome”.

Mia for Cleri Models

Katie and Andre’s Point Pleasant Boardwalk Engagement Session

Katie and Andre’s Point Pleasant Boardwalk Engagement Session

Memorial Day weekend. Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Traffic. Kohr Bros. ice cream. Mayhem. Fried pickles. Seagulls. Funnel cake. Fresh sea air. Rides. People fighting on the beach. People dancing on the beach. People in love on the beach.

Here’s to (somewhat) maintaining my balance on a moving carousel. Here’s to taking Uber for 4 totally walkable blocks. Here’s to Katie and Andre.

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Point Pleasant Beach, NJ engagement session

 

Wedding at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ

Wedding at The Brownstone in Paterson, NJ

I was psyched out of my head to shoot this wedding and I’ll tell you why. BIG OLE WATERFALLS! In New Jersey? Say what now? A lot of people have no idea what or where the Great Falls are. It’s one of those things you kinda sorta hear about, but never really follow up on. Until you go there and see them yourself. Susanna and Marcus were getting married at The Brownstone in Paterson which is right around the corner from the Great Falls.

We made good use of our time before things got underway for the ceremony to get some breathtaking shots all over the falls. We lucked out and even got a sweet rainbow ripping across the drop. Ridiculous! I am still psyched about the waterfalls and we’re two paragraphs into this blog…and it’s been months since the wedding.

After nature blew our collective minds, we headed back to the venue to get everyone into position for the ceremony. They had a ceremony that reminded me a bit of my own. They stamped their own touch on the ceremony and it was lovely.

The remainder of the day featured some sweet dance moves for reception and heartfelt toasts from family members. A great, great wedding. Special thanks to Lew Monty for second shooting with me and assisting throughout the day.

Enjoy the photographs.

Wedding at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey
Wedding at The Brownstone in Paterson, New Jersey