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Stylish Feminine Portraits With A Touch of Leather

Keep shooting. I tell myself this even though I can get overwhelmed. It’s being overwhelmed in the good way. The way every starving artist hopes to eventually be overwhelmed. Even though I have quite a few projects to wrap up, I found myself having that itch to photograph someone new this week. Luckily my makeup friend Wanida had a friend named Maria who kindly volunteered to take some pictures around New Brunswick. For the close up portrait work, we worked in my home studio and used just one main light and a canvas backdrop. That worked perfectly with her skin tone and black attire.

The abandoned lot in the neighborhood is a perfect backdrop right around sundown. It’s an odd combination of urban decay, workshops and what appears to be farmland. No lack of visual character in this city that’s for sure.

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

Maria Tenorio

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Photography and Cinematography Reel

A nice rundown of my photography and cinematography work. Feel free to contact me at csztybel@thatwerks.com

That Werks – Photography and Cinematography from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

A LITTLE ABOUT MYSELF

I love creating new things and breathe life into each project I work on. I strive to please my clients and myself. Helping me along the way have been influences ranging from Steven Spielberg to Annie Leibovitz. It goes without saying that numerous individuals have encouraged me along the way.

Since graduating from The Art Institute of York Pennsylvania (formerly Bradley Academy) in 2001, I’ve worked with clients such as The Opie & Anthony Show, Brother, Blair’s Sauces & Snacks, UL, ChocoVision and Prudential to name a few.

 

REVIEWS

 

Amazing Experience

“My husband and I had an outdoor wedding by the lakeside Sept of 2013. When the search for a photographer began I knew I didn’t have to go very far. I’ve known Chris since college and previewed some of his work and knew that he was the perfect choice. He came to our home months before the wedding and did an engagement shoot and his ideas were out of this world! When the wedding rolled around I couldn’t wait for the photography to begin , from the time he spent with me and my bridesmaids getting ready, the ceremony and reception , every moment was captured beautifully. I can look at each photograph and relive everything I felt at that exact moment. He was the best choice for the best day of our lives!”

Vanessa and Conrad

 

Best Choice Ever

“My husband and I had a small wedding in June 2012 at a bed and breakfast in Flemington, New Jersey. When looking for a photographer, we knew we needed someone special to capture the intimacy of the event and charm of the location. Choosing That Werks for our wedding photography was the best decision we made! We were initially drawn to Chris by his amazing portfolio which, along with weddings, also showcased his versatility in beautifully capturing a variety of subjects. After a wonderful meeting, we knew Chris’s creativity and exceptional skills would make him the perfect photographer for our wedding and we could not be happier with his work. He was super attentive and flexible with all our requests and perfectly balanced what we wanted along with his amazing expertise. We highly, highly recommend That Werks for wedding photography as well as for capturing all of life’s special events! “

Amanda & Miguel

 

A True Artist

“If you want photographs of your wedding that are each like a little piece of art, then Chris Sztybel is your guy. He really approaches every photograph with the sensibility of an artist, paying attention to color and background and catching unexpected moments. He took some amazingly beautiful photos of our day, which included a photo shoot of just the two of us in a NYC park followed by a trip to City Hall! Probably the best thing about him is that he couldn’t be a more pleasant person to spend the day with, which makes a huge difference when you’re in the midst of really special, intimate moments. ”

Meg & Eric

Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens

Rokinon's super wide angle lensI hesitated on purchasing a fisheye lens for a long time because I thought it wasn’t meant for everyday use. Wrong. The Rokinon 8mm is great for really tight spaces! The lens has a 180 degree field of view, so you will definitely have to get used to that. The slightest object will appear in the viewfinder if it comes anywhere near the lens glass. Also, this is a manual focus lens. The reason it’s affordable is because it does not contain electronics. It has a very solid metal body and nice glass. The construction on this lens is rock solid.Angela sits on top of a pay phone in New Brunswick, New Jersey

I have to say the image quality for such an affordable lens is quite impressive. It’s sharp and the colors are comparable to my Canon lenses. Yes, I am on of “those” loyal Canon customers in terms of lenses. I am not opposed to trying out a different brand if they have a really attractive product. I couldn’t justify spending upward of $400.00 for Canon’s fisheye. It’s not a lens I use every day.Lambertville Railroad in Lambertville, New Jersey I should also mention this lens works best with crop sensors. You can use it on a full frame camera, but it will give you a circular image.

I took the photo of Angela on the payphone while it was raining and the lens performed flawlessly. My gear was in an exposed area where it rained continuously. The lens hood on the Rokinon 8mm is long enough to keep a light rain off the glass. Because the lens is rounded, making it harder to clean, you will want to avoid getting anything on it.Three models showing wares from Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker

The photo of the railroad track was taken no more than one foot from the actual track. It’s amazing how much this lens can see at such close proximity to the subject.

The photo of all three models standing in the New Brunswick train station tunnel is a perfect example of how wide this lens is. The sidewalk is about five feet wide. My camera was set up on the same sidewalk the models stood on. I was able to capture the sidewalk, all three models, and much of the tunnel. None of my other lenses would come close to producing a shot like this. Great DSLR lens at a great price.

Pick up the Rokinon 8mm today!

 

Remember Tyler Clementi

TAKE THE “REMEMBER TYLER CLEMENTI” GRAPHICS AND USE THEM.

(If you are already familiar with this story, please join the memorial page for Tyler on facebook. I am sure Tyler’s family will find comfort in the over 40,000 people that have joined as of the time this was written. If you are not already familiar with this story, please read this article.)

Normally this site is about my art. For this post I am writing about someone else who enjoyed art. Past tense. This week a disgusting act occurred at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei decided that broadcasting Tyler Clementi, Ravi’s roommate, having sex was worthy of sharing with the whole world. Dharun seemed to be fed up with Tyler a mere few weeks into the 2010 school year.

The internet can be a beautiful place that brings people together or it can be a very dangerous weapon. The next time you post something online, make sure it’s not going to drive someone over the edge. A lot of people are on the edge. If you have a heart and can see that, don’t be the dickhead that pushes them to end their life. Be the person that extends a hand and does the right thing.Remember Tyler Clementi light version

Everyone has faced a bully at some point in their life. There comes a point where you either stand up to them or succumb to their constant ridicule and berating. The next time you are listening to music, imagine that somebody’s dream of playing music was destroyed by people who couldn’t just leave them be.

Rest in peace, Tyler. I hope your story resonates with people for a very long time.