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.

Christine and Joe’s Asbury Park Engagement Session

Christine and Joe’s Asbury Park Engagement Session

It’s July 4th weekend, people! As the saying goes, celebrate the independence of our country by blowing up a small part of it. This engagement session is timely for such an occasion because we have Christine and Joe who are recently engaged. Joe serves in the United States Army. Christine had a few shots in mind, but the rest was up to me. We made the most of the sunset in Asbury. The boardwalk is always filled with families, dogs and joggers. It’s rude to grab random dogs and pose with them, so they brough their own…BENNY!

Benny kept everyone entertained by being freaking adorable and eating his snacks between shutter clicks. Christine’s mom came along and took Benny home after he was done being awesome.

The remainder of our time shooting was spent on the beach and boardwalk. We lucked out getting very wide shots of the abandoned casino. For some of the casino shots, I lit up the inside with my ABR800 at 1/1 power. It’s nice to show off the architecture. Thank you Christine and Joe for hustling with me to get these wonderful photographs. Congratulations to both of you on your engagement and please, please use Benny as the ring bearer.

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Asbury Park engagement session

Preview of Model Shoot with Kelly Larsen

Preview of Model Shoot with Kelly Larsen

One of my latest projects was once again working with model Kelly to create something I had floating around in my head. We hiked around Watchung Reservation and found the perfect spot. Thanks to Lew Monty for assisting as always. You can see him doing his best to stay out of frame in the before/after shot.

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Goddess of Water shoot with Kelly Larsen at Watchung Reservation

Goddess of Water shoot with Kelly Larsen at Watchung Reservation

Goddess of Water shoot with Kelly Larsen at Watchung Reservation

Heckman Family Portraits…Now With 100% More Skateboarding!

Heckman Family Portraits…Now With 100% More Skateboarding!

Jeff and Sarah recently welcomed tiny Isaiah into the wonderful skate park known as life. All I can ever ask from a newborn is that they do not flip out. He was a champion and even went along with my ridiculous ideas like skateboarding in the living room.

This might be the only time skateboarding in the living room will be permitted. These are some of my favorite family portraits to date because everything rolled along so naturally. Congratulations to this brand spanking new family.

Heckman Family Portraits

Heckman Family Portraits