Having a nice Memorial Day weekend? Let’s all remember the people who give their all for America. On a beautiful Saturday morning I jumped in the back of a classic 1967 Ford Mustang convertible and rode to the Air Force Mobility Command Museum. Capt Brian Trumble and I were hoping for a day like this. Perfectly blue skies and white clouds.
One of his daughters, Bella, was with us and it was her first time riding in the Mustang. She asked lots of questions abd was very excited to see a C-5 practicing near the base. Once we arrived at the museum we took a walk through the indoor portion to see the vintage aircraft and equipment. The staff said we could pull around to take some photos very close to the aircraft. We took shots of the car by itself, with Bryan and with Brian/Bella. A lot of fun! Thanks again, Brian and Bella, for coming out to shoot!
Another new track from the upcoming self-titled Queensrÿche album was released today. Ear candy. First listen blew me away. Nobody really understands how much suffering the fans have endured ever since the former lead singer’s family started messing with this band’s mojo. They all got the boot and what we have now is a functional band worthy of the heaps of praise they’re receiving. I’m very excited to see them perform their new album very soon. It would also be nice to photograph them once again.
Liberty Harley-Davidson/Buell and many other sponsors put together one of the coolest shows I’ve been to. A lot of cars and even more motorcycles. People were out in droves even though it was overcast and drizzling. It made for better photos anyway because it gave everything a soft lighting effect. Seeing downtown Rahway blocked off for this event was impressive. More places need to have events like this to bring communities together for something special. No outdoor event is complete without Romeo’s Oriental BBQ and I consumed no less than three bbq kabobs.
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!
Union Line Garage is located in beautiful Hopewell, New Jersey and it has a lot of history including an appearance in the movie “I.Q.” starring Meg Ryan, Tim Robbins and Walter Matthau. The shop is a main shooting location in the movie and can be seen in this YouTube clip. The following photos will be used for promotional use for the business. Special thanks to Brett Palmer and the rest of Union Line Garage for having me down to shoot.
I have a hard time working with boring people. Fortunately, fun people find me or I find them. Vanessa and Conrad recently bought a house together and I wanted to photograph them in it before everything looked brand new. They had been restoring the house like champs, so there were only a few areas unfinished enough for photographs depicting a work-in-progress. One idea I really wanted to capture was the meal every new homeowner experiences. Chinese food on a cardboard table. It’s a simple meal and it is a great symbol of the beginning of a life together. Making due with what you have. The symbolism goes on and on.
When the Amwell Valley Winery closed it was a major bummer. It was one of the closest wineries to our home and the wine was great. New ownership came to the rescue and it re-opened under the Old York Cellars moniker. The new owners also made quite an investment in the business and completely remodeled the wine tasting building as well as the outside landscaping. We didn’t even recognize the place when we arrived.
My usual move since I am the designated driver for these trips is to try a few sips of wine and then I go take my photographs. There was an art festival that day so I knew I’d get some great photos of artists hard at work throughout the vineyard.
To my surprise their was a beekeeping area of the vineyard with swarms of bees producing honey. I got as close as I could without getting stung. A few bees landed on me, but they didn’t care to sting me. Thanks, bees! All photos in this series were shot on a Mamiya 645 Pro loaded with black & white Kodak film.