Comic Book Afterlife Sandy Relief

Comic Book Afterlife Sandy Relief

Want to help restore the New Jersey shore? A lot of it simply isn’t there anymore. Houses that weren’t leveled by the hurricane will eventually be reduced to rubble from flood damage. The pictures we see of the damage cannot fully measure the impact. Do whatever you can to support the coast. I personally stand by Comic Book Afterlife Sandy Relief and their grassroots movement of raising at least $10,000.00. The money will go to the areas that need it most. If you donate to something like The Red Cross, that money can be squandered. I remember specific stories back in 2001 when The Red Cross was using funds to help the rich move after they lost family members in the World Trade Center. That didn’t leave a good taste in my mouth.

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Photo Shoot at Blair’s Sauces & Snacks Headquarters

Photo Shoot at Blair’s Sauces & Snacks Headquarters

I’ve been working with Blair Lazar for many years and recently did a photo shoot in his brand spanking new office in Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey. The old office was downstairs and had been hit by several floods in its 20 years. Blair finally had enough and built an amazing space upstairs. Totally new. Totally custom. The sink looks like a chili pepper!

His pride and joy in the office, besides his awesome team behind Death Sauce, is a glass sliding door that was etched by hand. Really impressive piece of work to say the least. All of the different layers and textures absolutely blows your mind when you see it up close. It’s a THICK door, too. This isn’t dinky etching you see on the front door of a lawyer’s office.

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blair Lazar in the brand new Extremefood/Death Sauce Headquarters (Christopher John Sztybel)

Trip to Chicago, Illinois

Trip to Chicago, Illinois

My first impressions of Chicago as a kid were brought on by cinema and television. Between “The Untouchables” and “Perfect Strangers”, I half believed the visit would include gangsters shooting tommy guns and a sheep herding weirdo from Meepos. None of these things were present though. Chicago is a cleaner and more precisely designed city than, say, New York City.

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

You've never seen a sculpture so big and shiny. I do not envy the person that has to polish this enormous hunk of metal. (Christopher John Sztybel)

We also visited the famous Billy Goat Tavern and enjoyed delicious CHEEZBORGERS.

Billy Goat Tavern in Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Billy Goat Tavern in Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Billy Goat Tavern in Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Billy Goat Tavern in Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

One last photo before class is dismissed. CRAZY ASS RONALD MCDONALD! This maniacal bronze statue was placed in the middle of the sidewalk to terrorize passerby.

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

Y’all Ball In Stores Now!

Y’all Ball In Stores Now!

I was hired by an advertising agency to photograph children for a Y’all Ball toy line. They are giant inflatable balls with stretchy heavy duty material on the outside. The shoot was a lot of fun and I brought my energy level up to facilitate the kids. Honestly they are easier to work with than most full-sized adults.

Lindsay and I visited Times Square on our annual trip to commemorate our engagement. When we entered the Toys R Us, the Ya’All Ball display was front and center. I always freak out when I see a project I worked on “in the wild”. Below are three packages that used my photography.

Y'all Ball packaging

Y'all Ball packaging

Y'all Ball packaging

Vampiress Attacks! Happy Halloween, Everybody!

Vampiress Attacks! Happy Halloween, Everybody!

Andrea Hoch as a vampiressGreat photo shoot to celebrate Halloween and my love for horror movies. There have been great vampire movies and there have been vampire movies that depict the undead nightcrawlers as the most pitiful characters in the movie. Stake through the heart. Garlic. Seeing if they have a reflection. Sparkling in the daylight. If you are a believer in the last one, you may stop reading and proceed to never read anything I post here ever again.

Models: Andrea Hoch & Vincent Meli
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole
Hair: Jessica Cleaver

Want more? View the gallery of all photos from this series.

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)

Vampiress Andrea Hoch outside the old Michelin Tire Factory (Christopher John Sztybel)