Headshots Against Black Background

Headshots Against Black Background

Brian is going out for some acting gigs and needed a brand new headshot to show off. We did these against a black velvet background and three lights. One hair light, one fill to his left and a huge softbox up and to his right.

Gear: 

Canon 6D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
2 Canon 430EX
ABR800 w/ softbox
4 Yongnuo YN622 transceivers

Brian Edwards acting headshots

After we wrapped up the headshots, I snapped a full length just for fun.

Full length photo

New York Giants Infant Session

New York Giants Infant Session

The Lorias have been getting used to their new son Declan and wanted to document his adorableness with a photography session. His parents are big sports fans and they had a little New York Giants jersey for him to wear. I pride myself on not doing (what I consider) ridiculous infant sessions where the baby is posed like a consumer product. I involve the family because the baby didn’t get here via Amazon.com did he?

After we finished up in the den we headed upstairs. Declan’s bedroom is something out of The Jungle Book and was a nice way to wrap up the evening. Here are just a few of my favorites from our time together. Congratulations to this newly expanded Loria family!

New York Giants pinterest baby photos

Watchung Reservation Model Session

Watchung Reservation Model Session

The goal for this shoot was to create surreal shots of my model controlling the waterways of the Watchung Reservation. The setup required a step stool and huge light source and Lew assisting with all of it. We hiked down a ravine and that gave us all a determination to make sure we created magic once we got to our location.

Model: Kelly Larsen

Kelly Larsen Water Nymph model session

The setup for one of our shots. A careful balancing act with Lew steadying the step stool for Kelly. I removed everything in post using a background plate.

Kelly Larsen behind the scenes

All of the water effects were created practically. No CGI nonsense. Good old-fashioned fun using cans of seltzer and a cookie sheet/water bottle.

Water effects with strobes

Surprise, Jana! Engagement As It Unfolds At The Beach

Surprise, Jana! Engagement As It Unfolds At The Beach

Steve contacted me and asked if I would hide out on a windy, cold beach in February to photograph his proposal to Jana. I am down for anything so I bundled up and stocked up on handwarmers from 7-11. Visually these photos have a lot of impact. A stark beach with just two people expressing their love for one another. Bright red flowers. Lots of visual cues giving you a true feel for that day.

Steve is a brave man for designing and executing such a plan. Hats off to you both for such a wonderful moment in time. After you’re done perusing the photos, watch the engagement in full motion thanks to a couple GoPro cameras hidden on the beach.

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The Engagement of Jana Diamond and Steve Klotzkin at North Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

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Brian Clayton and the Green River Band at Bar A in Belmar, New Jersey

Brian Clayton and the Green River Band at Bar A in Belmar, New Jersey

IT WAS HOT! The room we shot in at Bar A was an unused portion of the building on a steamy June day in Belmar, New Jersey. I knew what I wanted to get and had the band in and out. They had a show that night, so it was vital that we not kill them with dehydration.

You can hit the collage below and see more of Brian Clayton and the Green River Band as well as live shots I took that evening.

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Brian Clayton and the Green River Brand promo photos

About Brian Clayton and the Green River band (source: Brian Clayton and the Green River Band)

Brian Clayton, raised in Garwood, NJ, started playing drums and singing at the early age of 4 and by 12 formed his first band. While in high school, Brian showed interest in acting and was represented by Gardner Talent Management, a children’s management agency. He appeared in several national TV commercials and played in small movie roles. Brian later joined an original band called the ‘Skates’, which gave him his first taste of professional studio recording. ‘The Skates’ eventually evolved into a country oriented rock act called ‘The Pressures of Time’. The band had a great southern sound with quality original material. The Pressures exposed Brian to the country styles of Steve Earle, Kentucky Headhunters and Dwight Yoakam. The band secured a management-production deal with Westwood Entertainment Group. Brian co-produced two unsigned artist CD Compilations for Westwood and executive produced the ‘Pressures’ only release, ‘Down in the Deep End’. After leaving the ‘Pressures of Time’ in 1991, Brian co-founded Rock Garden Recording/Rehearsal Studios. The following year, Brian joined up with ‘The Swingin Johnsons’. They were a featured act on the syndicated cable TV Show RASCAL’S Comedy Hour and performed with such comedians as Rosie O’Donnell and Drew Carey. The band had an extensive tour schedule throughout the Northeastern United States. Brian left the Johnsons after the group’s first CD release in 1999 to concentrate on his real passion, to become a solo country artist. With the evolution of the new country music scene, Brian drew influences from the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Brian has the talents and the experience to blend contemporary country with today’s commercial pop rock sound. Brian then assembled a group of musicians to help form ‘The Green River Band’. Brian called on friend and keyboard wizard John McDonough who joins bassman and vocalist Jeff Gray, along with veteran country musicians Micheal Zack on guitar and Bob Miano on pedal steel and finally rounding out the drumming duties, long time drumming collegue Bob Masucci to finalize the full musical group. Brian Clayton and the Green River Band gives today’s country music a new look, a new sound and a generation of new country music fans.