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Model Ashley Nicole in Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Most of the time I shoot digital, but I still mix it up and shoot film whenever it makes sense. I particularly love the look of the Mamiya 645 with a 150mm lens on it. Almost a perfect combination. Throw some sweet Kodak Portra 400 in that bad boy and you…are…SET. Since film requires a slower approach, each time I return to digital I respect the many, many advantages digital has. My one wish in my digital workflow is a realistic film grain tool in Lightroom. Come on, Adobe, let’s get on that.

The images that kick of this series are shot pointing the camera right at a setting sun. The way the film renders sunsets is really special to me. It feels inviting and you can almost feel the warmth enveloping you.

For the trippy images taken in front of McLoone’s and Wonder Bar, I used a prism to bend the environment around Ashley. I didn’t like the lack of light in the background. The prism gives me the ability to frame her appropriately with lamp posts and other objects in the area.

In most cases I like to develop my own film and do so in my bathtub. After the negatives are dry, I scan them and do very light retouching to eliminate any dust or water spots.

If you are interested in purchasing a camera setup similar to this, I highly recommend KEH Camera. They have excellent customer service and real human beings work there if you have a question about anything.

Model: Ashley Nicole
Assistant: Lew Monty

Equipment: Mamiya 645 PRO, Mamiya 150mm f/3.5, Mamiya 55mm f/2.8, Kodak Portra 160 & 400

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The Wedding of Ceri Stromberg and Mark Langell at McLoone’s Pier Village in Long Branch, New Jersey

This wedding was a great one! Getting ahead of myself a bit, but if you came to a wedding and do not have a great time on the dance floor you are missing the entire point. Celebrate with the couple all day/night long. Mark and Ceri’s friends and family did not disappoint.

Back to the normal chronology of the day. Ceri’s vibrant personality and artistic flair was written all over the day. Her dress and winged crown were a winning combo. Mark wore his formal Marine attire. Looked super sharp of course! Marines know how to do it right.

I can’t say enough nice things about everyone I met that day. Ceri’s brother Nick even joined us for conversation while Jeff (second camera/assistant) and I ate our dinner. Class acts across the board.

Below you will find an image containing Voltron: Defender of the Universe.

Here is the story behind that composite. I wanted to do something special for Mark and Ceri. I hadn’t met them prior to their wedding day, but I knew they both were into sci-fi and Japanese pop culture. Well the hotel depicted here was not only rude to me, but they botched her room. No room to get ready in! And to her credit she marched right out and the show went on at McLoone’s.

Originally I was going to do a simple composite of Voltron standing next to the bride and groom on the beach. But once Voltron found out about this situation the lions came together and put a stop to the bad behavior within the hotel. Maybe the next time you want to be rude to a bride on her wedding day, you will consider that the Defender of the Universe has eyes upon you.

Ceri and Mark's ceremony at McLoone's in Pier Village Long Branch, NJ
 
Formals on the beach outside McLoone's
 
Reception at McLoone's