This was another terrific session with Maddy and this time we did it at my studio space in north NJ at Art Factory Studios. I got to play around with my 15mm lens which I normally never use for portrait work, but I wanted to accentuate leg length and have a bit more coming at the viewer. We played with colorful palettes and a strong sun that gave us nice contrast for each setup.
Who is ready to bust out some sweet dance moves on the beach? You are? Are your sure about that? Can you bust out dance moves without fracturing your entire spinal column?
Andrea and I continued our shooting partnership by venturing down to sunny Asbury Park, NJ for some photos along the beach. The breakers near Convention Hall were particularly dry that day and made for a nice flat surface to photograph some sweet dance moves.
I shot in black and white to keep the focus on form and movement. Most of the shots were taken in the direct sun because the light was extraordinary. The thing I love about working with Andrea is she is a relentless perfectionist. We review shots on the spot to make sure everything is the way it should be. Take note, dancers! That’s the way it’s done to get results like this.
Special thanks to Lew Monty for running around like a maniac bringing me lenses and batteries as per usual. If you don’t have a Lew Monty…well, that’s too damn bad because he’s on Team TW!
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“OUR FILM AND THE PEOPLE IN IT ALL BEAR WITNESS TO THE SIMPLE FACT THAT MATT SHEPARD WAS A GOOD PERSON—AN AMAZING PERSON WITH A BRIGHT FUTURE WHO TRAGICALLY FELL VICTIM TO THE IGNORANCE AND HATRED THAT PERSISTS IN OUR SOCIETY TODAY.” -MICHELE JOSUE, DIRECTOR
Being invited to photograph an event like this is both solemn and rewarding to me. This screening of “Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine” included a panel of guests that had direct relationships with Matt himself . Treat people kindly. There’s no need for these horrible events to occur and I am glad director Michele Josue and her crew put together a film that resonates. Even if you are unfamiliar with the backstory of the film, it will teach you exactly what deep pain intolerance can cause. Friends and family will never see Matt again in this life. And it’s because of intolerance that lead to an extreme act of violence.
Rutgers University and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) had a groundbreaking ceremony on September 19, 2013 on Seminary Place off of College Avenue in New Brunswick. Over $300 million in new construction projects will be completed within the next few years up and down College Avenue. Landmarks such as the Grease Trucks have been cleared for the project. Attendees included New Brunswick Mayor Cahill and Governor Chris Christie. All photos taken for New Brunswick Today.
Designer 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.
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!
My 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.
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