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1950 Chevrolet Deluxe Pin-up Girls

High time I did another pin-up themed model shoot with two of my favorite fellow artists, Karen (makeup) and Tracey (hair). Brian from Wayne’s Speed Shop was kind enough to let us use his sweet 1950 Chevrolet Deluxe coupe and he also picked out the location. Good work, Brian!

We started just as the sun dipped, which gave us a nice scene to sculpt with speedlites and a big ole softbox hooked up to my ABR800.

It was a hilarious shoot as usual with this bunch and a few of the locals came to check it out. Including some dude that claimed to be a Hell’s Angel. There is no way this guy was one of them either. You can’t go around lying about something like that, sir!

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Hair: Tracey Sommers
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole/Life is Better With Lipgloss

Less talking, more photos…

1950s Chevy Deluxe Pinups

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First Model Shoot of 2013

No time was wasted getting 2013 rocking and rolling. I teamed up with a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. I shot each model with a different look representing particular decades.

Photography and Retouching: Christopher John Sztybel
Models: Karen Buttacavole (1950s), Nicolette Haines (Contemporary) and Marisa Rachel (1980s)
Hair: Tracey Sommers and Jessica Cleaver
Makeup: Life Is Better With Lipgloss

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Karen Buttacavole going way, way back in time (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole going way, way back in time (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole going way, way back in time (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole going way, way back in time (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole going way, way back in time (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Nicolette Haines photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

Marisa Rachel brings back the 1980s (Christopher John Sztybel)

Marisa Rachel brings back the 1980s (Christopher John Sztybel)

Marisa Rachel brings back the 1980s (Christopher John Sztybel)

2012: Year In Review

The year 2012 included an amazing wedding with Boogs, lots of super exciting projects, and some unfortunate losses in the friends & family department. I will be pushing myself even harder in 2013.

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Isabella Marie D'Ambrosio posing in her home (Christopher John Sztybel)

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

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

Photo of the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York featured on the Adorama blog

Mother's Finest performing live at Experience PRS 2012 in Stevensville, Maryland (Christopher John Sztybel)

Our wedding invitation and RSVP card

A large poster (24" x 36") I designed in memory of Steve. All money from the sale of this poster will be given to Steve's wife and children. It is printed on lustre paper and is priced at $75.00. My watermark does not print on the final piece. (Christopher John Sztybel)

1st Annual Danny Nolan Golf Outing for the American Heart Association and Jersey Fusion softball team (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

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

Samantha Grace's first photo shoot (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Amanda Amo and Miguel Rodriguez (Christopher John Sztybel)

Grumpy Old Man illustration by Christopher John Sztybel

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

Downtown Chicago, Illinois (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Union of Meghan Hinman and Eric Kratzer in Brooklyn & Manhattan (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

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The Wedding of Michelle and Chris Falanga (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dawn models a Steello bikini (Christopher John Sztybel)

Developing black and white film in my sink during Hurricane Sandy

The Downrights @ 10th Street Live in Kenilworth, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Parker brothers pose for portraits (Christopher John Sztybel)

Holiday Photos at Rutgers Gardens (Christopher John Sztybel)

Classic Car Show at Pizzadili Winery (Christopher John Sztybel)

Y'all Ball packaging

Paris and her giant inflatable ball (Christopher John Sztybel)

Experience PRS 2012 guitar factory tour and events (Christopher John Sztybel)

The Wedding of Jennifer Schwartz and Anthony Tolisano (Christopher John Sztybel)

Mini Rev with melted chocolate fondu (Christopher John Sztybel)

Samantha Correa (Christopher John Sztybel)

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

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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)

Dawn Vanderbeck Models for Steello Bikini in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Steello bikini shoot: TAKE 2! This time we have a reliable model with the common courtesy to actually show up for the shoot. Dawn has been waiting to shoot with me for a while and our schedules finally matched up to make this happen. Brit from Steello designs spectacular crochet swimwear. I didn’t even know it was possible to crochet swimwear, but the proof is in the pudding.

We started shooting at approximately 5:30PM and went until sunset. Sandy Hook is rich in history and even features an old NIKE missile base. The United States had many underground missile bases throughout the east coast to defend us from air attacks and sneaky submarines.

I celebrated another great shoot with a virgin pina colada and a cheeseburger at the Sea Gull’s Nest.

Dawn Vanderbeck models for Steello bikini

Two Ladies in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

This past weekend I had a scheduled photo shoot in Sandy Hook. The whole team waited for 1 1/2 hours and our model never showed up. So lame. I wasn’t going home without taking a few shots! These were taken on the bay near Sandy Hook in New Jersey. Absolutely beautiful sunset. These were taken with a Canon 7D using  24mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/4 lenses. Thank you Karen and Ines for posing and also thanks to Lew for assisting.

Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss (Christopher John Sztybel)

Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ines: Hair Stylist Extraordinaire (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ines: Hair Stylist Extraordinaire (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ines: Hair Stylist Extraordinaire (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ines: Hair Stylist Extraordinaire (Christopher John Sztybel)

Ines: Hair Stylist Extraordinaire (Christopher John Sztybel)

 

Photo shoot at Studio 212 with Daisy Kwayke and Heather Dorian

I returned to Studio 212 in Metuchen, NJ to shoot some female models. There is a giant cyclorama wall and lots of props and sets to choose from. Our two models were Heather Dorian and Daisy Kwayke. I highly recommend both of them for being professional and keeping in touch with me during the planning of the shoot. Makeup was provided by Karen Buttacavole of Life Is Better With Lipgloss.

I ventured out of our usual room and checked out other spaces throughout the building. I saw the freight elevator and it was stuck open. This is the classic elevator that has bare metal walls and a cage door that comes down from above.

I rented the Canon 50mm f/1.4 from borrowlenses.com and it performed flawlessly. The reviews for the lens seem to be half and half, but I found the focus to be spot on even in the darkened elevator. (I will likely purchase the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 because it has a smoother focus ring and a slightly sharper image when shot wide open.)

Here are just a few teaser shots:

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Daisy Kwayke strikes a pose at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian sitting on a bench and reflective surface (Christopher John Sztybel)

Heather Dorian in the freight elevator at Studio 212 (Christopher John Sztybel)

Discreet Denim photo shoot

discreet-denim-IMG_9880-2011-10-12.jpgDesigner Rick Meeker came to downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey and we did a photo shoot showcasing his work. The models had their hair and makeup done by Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss) and Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru). I had hoped for a little bit of rain to get the streets nice and shiny. The rain dance worked and luckily it slowed down enough that we were able to creep out to take shots under the sky.

Karen Buttacavole from Life Is Better With Lip Gloss touches up Destine's makeup in the rain
Wet makeup

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Photographer Rich Flores and I took turns switching between models and getting them in different locations. As the night went on, each model would sneak away and put on a new pair of jeans. We were asked to leave one location and we did. We set up and began to shoot. A short while later, we were asked to leave again. Photography is a tricky business. You never know where you will end up shooting, so it’s really not practical to try and ask permission. It’s art, baby!

discreet-denim-IMG_9964-2011-10-12.jpgMy Rokinon 8MM f/3.5 got a nice workout that night. I used it for the pay phone shots of Angela Wong, bridge shots with all three models, and the church shots with all three models. The solid build of the lens is impressive. It held up nicely in the light rain that was coming down throughout the night.

Richard B. Flores captures me "diffusing a bomb".
Adjusting flash power

Nobody bothered us for the remainder of the night and we were able to get some really great shots. Special thanks to the models for wearing summer clothes in the fall. It was chilly! All that matters in the end is that we took some amazing shots. Everything came together just right.

Designer: Rick Meeker
Models: Charlie Kelly and Angela Wong
Salon: Denna Fuentes (Angles and Tangles)
Hair: Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru)
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss)
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Lighting Assistant: Lew Montalvo

Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker