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Delicious Treats Galore at the Hamilton Cafe located in Art Factory Studios (Paterson, NJ)

The Hamilton Cafe is off to a strong start with a tasty menu that I got to photograph for their official launch. It is located in the Mercado on the ground flood of the Art Factory located at 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, NJ 07501.

All Flashpoint/Godox lighting was used with the MagBox w/ focus diffuser and full blue gel, full CTO gels and a Paul C. Buff beauty dish (gridded and diffused).

If you are looking to book me to photograph YOUR restaurant menu then head over to http://www.thatwerksphotography.com and send me a quick note through the chat box.

Sam and Kyle’s Steak Cutting Extravaganza of a Wedding at Art Factory Studios

Every wedding is different from the previous one, but there were some changes of pace with this one that were right up my alley. First of all I had a very easy timeline with Sam and Kyle. Everything had breathing room and made photography a relaxed pace. That is normally not the case.

We got to walk all over Paterson, went to the Great Falls and then had a simple stroll back for the ceremony. All along the way we got great shots. One of them is now one of my favorite wedding photographs ever. Sam is holding her bouquet while Kyle holds a wall from totally “collapsing”.

Their ceremony was held in the vault and was officiated by one of their many friends.

Onward to reception it got nuts of course with first dances followed booty shaking and steak cutting. David and I had a lovely time shooting this wedding. Now let’s get to the good stuff…photos!

…but where’s the steak cutting portion of this extravaganza, That Werks Photography? Oh, it’s here. IT’S RIGHT HERE!

The Art Factory is located at 70 Spruce Street, Paterson, New Jersey 07501. Tours can be made by appointment. If you are looking for a photographer for this Passaic County venue, please get in touch with me by visiting http://www.thatwerksphotography.com

Special rates for my work at Art Factory are available here: https://thatwerksphotography.com/about

Cleri Models Perla at Art Factory Studios

We got several amazing summer looks during our session together. It was legit hot outside so the fans were not just for effect. We cooled off where we could! Marlene was her usual magical self when it came to hair and makeup and kept everything touched up and perfect throughout the day.

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Model: Perla
Hair/makeup: @marsartistry
Location: @artfactorypaterson
Agency: @clerimodels
Lighting: @adorama Flashpoint w/ @paulcbuffinc beauty dish and natural Processing: @reallyniceimages in @captureonepro

Cleri Models Perla photographed by Christopher John Sztybel of That Werks Photography located at The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

Alyssa and Leo’s Wedding at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ

I knew Alyssa and Leo would be a fantastic couple to photograph from the day we met. Their engagement session was effortless and the wedding even moreso! We got amazing captures throughout the day and below are just a few of the greatest hits.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Leo!

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Couple: @alyssak212 @rishtyl
Wardrobe: @maggiesotterodesigns
Tuxedo ParkVenue: @artfactorypaterson
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: @detailedeventsbylo
Venue: Art Factory Studios
Hair: @prostyled.bride
Makeup: @verve_nj
Caterer and Cake: @fairlawnjccatering @main_event_mauzone
Florist: @flowersbyconnieriemer
Music: @sethtieger

Alyssa & Leo’s Art Factory Studios Engagement Session

This fall I will be photographing Alyssa & Leo’s wedding at my home away from home: The Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

As we made our way through the numerous spaces, we happened to find a board game of “The Office”. We’re all fans of the show and found it funny and extremely random considering the age of the game. We borrowed the playing pieces of Jim & Pam for a shot you will see below.

The fourth floor of the site is decked out with a wall of Edison light bulbs, string lighting and newly installed skylights. Here’s a sneak peak of both of them in the environment they will be celebrating in come September of 2019.

A little back story about the equipment used on this shoot. I’ve been using the Sony a7r II for a few years now in conjunction with vintage prime lenses. I’ve also been using MagMod lighting modifiers for quite a while now.

Since I hadn’t used a couple of my tools of the trade in a while, I brought along my 58mm Helios f/2.0 and prism. I like the organic characteristics of both of these tools. So many modern lenses have zero personality. They’ve been refined to death and come across totally blah.

Come inside Art Factory Studios for an engagement sessions for bride to be Alyssa and groom to be Leo. Their industrial wedding venue is located in Paterson, New Jersey near The Great Falls.

Engagement Session with Sam and Steve at Paterson Great Falls and Art Factory Studios

I’ll be photographing Sam and Steve’s wedding at Art Factory Studios this October. Until then we just had to take some photos together. You know. Kick the tires and make sure we’re a well-oiled machine on the actual wedding day. Since they’re both big music fans I wanted to make sure we worked in that element for at least a couple shots. We hazed up the room where Alice In Chain’s filmed their “Voices” music video and I brought along my Stratocaster to use as a prop. If you’re looking for an industrial wedding venue then this is it, folks.

I used several MagMod products for the interior shots and, of course, that included gels. When I first started using gels years ago I got so much crap for it. But I will never stop using them. You hear me, world? GELS4LIFE.

Without further adieu I give you SAM AND STEVE’S UNCENSORED ENGAGEMENT SESSION!

Maddy Hooker Modeling Session @ Art Factory Studios

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.

Madison Hooker at Art Factory Studios with That Werks Photography

Goblin Market Wedding

Special thanks to Events by Merida’s very own Merida for crafting this treasure trove of words.

Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market is a dark fairytale, replete with small, tempting creatures, erotic phrasing, and a simple message:

Don’t eat strange fruit.

I’d been wanting to create this styled shoot for over a year, but I kept shelving it for various reasons. Finally, I sprung it on Chris of That Werks Photography– an incredibly talented photog out of the Art Factory in Paterson- with a, “this might seem weird…” His response?

“Count me in!”

I gathered some favorite vendors (and improv-ed a little) to bring my vision to life. A favorite MUA of Chris’s, Raen, came in to do the makeup, and she brought along two models from northern NJ, Rebecca and Natasha. A model I’ve been waiting for a long time to have the stars align on was able to come down for the shoot as well.

What never fails to astound me is the talent that these vendors bring to the table. Hair was by Jaimee of William Jean Salon, and she was also kind enough to loan us Maven, her darling mini-me, to be our “goblin”. She used the natural texture of Rebecca’s hair to create a gorgeous boho style, woven with greens. There was the same greenery in Natasha and Angeline’s hair. Fun coincidence: both Maven and Natasha have part of their heads shaved!

For makeup, I asked Raen for deep, rich colors on the lips. After that, I just let her go wild. Metallics came popping out on eyelids in addition to daring lip colors. The blue on Rebecca is probably my favorite, but I’ve always been a fan of dark lipsticks.

As for the “bouquets”, I wanted to do something slightly different. Lanterns have been in style for awhile as both centerpieces and to carry down the aisle (and pretty much everywhere in-between). I think they’re great for bouquets because they’re more natural to hold, and easier on the Person of Honor that has to hold two of them during the ceremony. I even managed to sneak some fruit in there with the candle!

Finally, the tablescape. Chris (the photographer) and I went out about a week before the shoot to take a look at locations in the park. The visitor center there does do receptions, FYI. However, we wanted it outdoors. What complicated things was that up until a few days before, it looked like it was going to rain! Luckily, we ended up having beautiful weather!

We came down a rather steep hill to an area by the Delaware that had a semi-circle of stone pavers. The backdrop was an island in the middle of the river. I initially planned a thick runner of eucalyptus or ferns, but I had so much moss that we covered the table in it. I dotted with the table with vintage (and vintage looking) pieces, and tons of fruit. We broke open a few pomegranates (and thankfully there were geeks abounding that got my Persephone jokes), and threw bundles of odd-looking grapes around to create a lush, but wild, feel.

When it came to create the dynamics of the group, I knew I wanted to have two women. It would have been disingenuous to the author to have it otherwise. Christina Rossetti’s work is complicated and influenced by many themes, but given the vivid imagery of her poetry, many people speculate that she was likely a closeted lesbian- which at the time, was the only way you could be a lesbian and not get into serious trouble. I knew we needed kids in the shoot to be the little folk, and I wanted a bridesmaid to bring together the colors of the shoot.

Dressing them was fun! BHLDN was kind enough to loan us two gorgeous dresses, and the bridesmaid’s dress was a burgundy convertible dress.

As for the cake- we shot this in the depth of wedding season, so all of the bakers are keeping up with their clients! This where some improv came in- and it’s a great DIY option. I found a pretty little buttercream cake at Wegman’s, and we surrounded it with greenery and fruit. I set the table up against a stone pillar overgrown with ivy- it seemed fitting for the theme, and I’m always a fan of using the elements around you. I used a scarlet tablecloth and hung copper twinkle lights behind the table to give it depth.

What was funny was as the girls were doing their cake cutting, a group of fishers came down to the river to join us! Apparently we interrupted their nightly routine. They were extremely kind as we finished up. It seemed like such a quaint ending to the shoot.

At the end of the day, all of the elements came together beautifully. I’m just glad we could do justice to Rossetti’s work.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed making them!

Merida Alexander
+1 215.527.5344
@eventsbymerida
As seen on: 
NBC Philadelphia, The Knot,
WeddingWire, Green Wedding Shoes,
Offbeat Bride, and Philly in Love
Styled Wedding by Events by Merida with photography by That Werks (Christopher John Sztybel)

Tate McRae “Pure Knit” Capezio photo and video shoot

Tate McRae “Pure Knit” FINAL CUT from That Werks on Vimeo.

There was one day I got to work with an amazing crew and talented dancer in a blowout extravaganza not only filming a dance video, but also doing a photo shoot on that very same day. We filmed the video with playback of Tate McRae’s original song “Hung Up On You” and choreography she came up with from scratch.

You can purchase the shoes featured in this content through the following link to Capezio’s web site.

Tate McRae Capezio That Werks Photography

Credits:

“Hung Up On You” – Music & Lyrics: Tate McRae
Choreography: Tate McRae
Artistic Director: Felicia Panchame
Cinematography & Post-Production: Christopher Sztybel
Executive Producer: Bernadette Vitale
Second camera: Alexa Werrlein
Grips: Lew Montalvo and Taheera Cochran
H/MU: Kelsey Harker
Special Thanks: Art Factory Studios

#CompletelyCAPEZIO #HungUpOnYou#tateXcapezio #CapezioFAMILY #capezio #thatwerks#thatwerksphotography #artfactorystudios #paterson#njphotographer #nyphotographer #dance #ballet#pointe

McKenna for Cleri Models Photographed at Art Factory Studios

This shoot is from right around the time I started doing headshots in a new way. I typically stay away from flat lighting, but it works well for the modeling portfolio headshots because it shows off features without heavy shadowing and it minimizes skin irregularities. I particularly love the look with the red dress and red lipstick. Raen (hair/makeup) always does a great job of going over the wardrobe choices with me so that we’re on the same page.

McKenna did a great job, nailed all her looks and we made use of some spaces at the studio that hadn’t been used before.

Model: McKenna from Cleri Models
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Hair and Makeup Artist: Araena Sanchez
Assistant: Katie Aklian

McKenna for Cleri Models photographed at Art Factory Studios by That Werks Photography