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Watchung Reservation Model Session

The goal for this shoot was to create surreal shots of my model controlling the waterways of the Watchung Reservation. The setup required a step stool and huge light source and Lew assisting with all of it. We hiked down a ravine and that gave us all a determination to make sure we created magic once we got to our location.

Model: Kelly Larsen

Kelly Larsen Water Nymph model session

The setup for one of our shots. A careful balancing act with Lew steadying the step stool for Kelly. I removed everything in post using a background plate.

Kelly Larsen behind the scenes

All of the water effects were created practically. No CGI nonsense. Good old-fashioned fun using cans of seltzer and a cookie sheet/water bottle.

Water effects with strobes

Fashion Shoot With Model Angela Wong

This is my second shoot with Angela and we had one hour together at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The rain was constantly teasing us. Even though it was June, that particular morning was very cold and she wasn’t wearing the warmest attire. I was switching between natural light and an Alien Bee ringflash/430EX combination to get as many looks as possible before we had to conclude the session. Thank you so much for coming out to shoot, Angela.

View more photos of Angela past and present

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Angela Wong modeling at Boyd Park in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella’s First Birthday Party

Shooting Bella’s first birthday party was a piece of cake. And she really enjoyed her pieces of cake. She even shared some with her parents. All of the guests were requested to wear bright colors like yellows and oranges. I’ve never witnessed the afterglow of an atomic bomb, but I imagine it’s nowhere near as bright as this party was. Happy first birthday, Bella!

Here are some of my favorite shots. View the gallery to see all of them.

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Bella's First Birthday Party (Christopher John Sztybel)

Family Portrait Session at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton Battlefield is yet another place in New Jersey that I had never been to until this session came along. Boogs and I arrived a bit early to explore the grounds and it’s much more than just a big field. The Clark House is there and it’s an excellent backdrop for portraits and landscapes. Another beautiful spring day filled with funny moments and photos to last a lifetime. Thank you to Kelly, Rick and Sage for marching up and down the battlefield to make these photos happen!

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Kelly, Sage and Rick at Princeton Battlefield in Princeton, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Baby Photo Shoot with Sammy

Today I had my first baby photo shoot! Thankfully little Sammy was professionally fed and burped because she was pretty damn happy having her photos taken! We even convinced her that the mini bathtub was a good idea because it wasn’t filled with water. Apparently she hates the stuff. But she smelled pretty good so I imagine she is bathed against her will regularly.

I shot almost exclusively with my Canon 7D and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Samantha Correa infant photography by Christopher John Sztybel

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