Vampire Hunter

“They’re only noodles, Michael.”

This year it was decided that vampires reign supreme once again. Building off the vampire shoot last year, I got together with friend/photographer John Lauritsen for a shoot at his family’s farm in Maryland. Three models brought the vampire hunter theme to life. The cold didn’t keep us from jumping around like maniacs and fogging up a 100 year-old barn filled with lighting equipment.

Models: Amber Matthews, Chris Slovak and Laureen Taylor

Vampire Hunter by Christopher John Sztybel

“Matt Shepard Is A Friend of Mine” documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus


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.

"Matt Shepard Is A Friend Of Mine" documentary screening at Rutgers University Livingston campus at the Tyler Clementi Center

Nine Inch Nails at The Rock in Newark, New Jersey

Finally got around to seeing Nine Inch Nails perform live. Up until now it has been a band only experienced through headphones or car stereos. I am not sure what past tours offered fans, but this one has most amazing light show ever created. The musicianship was killer and I didn’t expect as much live drumming as there was.

Since this was a leisurely night out, my gear was a cell phone. I feel like this limitation actually did justice to the performance because you can see the entire show. The lights were as bright as the sun and each song had its own particular color palette.

Nine Inch Nails live at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey 9/15/2013

Bullet For My Valentine @ Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey

I have been challenging myself lately by shooting with my Samsung Galaxy S4. There’s very little it can do compared to even my old film cameras. Zoom sucks. It can’t see light very well. Tonight’s challenge was the Bullet For My Valentine concert at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey. Simply put…concert lighting is a real bitch to photograph. You never quite know when the lights will be extremely bright or very dim.

The moral of the story is I went to enjoy a concert and got a few souvenir snapshots along the way.

Bullet For My Valentine @ Starland Ballroom 10/23/2013

Farm Photo Shoot with Model Chris Slovak

We had the luxury of a comfortable fall morning to shoot with Chris on the Pine Valley Christmas Tree farm in Elkton, Maryland. I lost my damn mind and decided to shoot with three totally different cameras. One DSLR. One medium format with b&w film. One 35mm with color film.

I think I prefer the film shots to digital especially for a location such as a farm. Film looks properly weathered like many of the pieces of equipment used on a daily basis to grow crops or feed livestock.

Enough rambling…enjoy the shoot. To schedule your own shoot, contact me at or by filling out the contact form on the site.

Model Chris Slovak color photography

Black and white photos of model Chris Slovak

The High Line in New York City

Visited The High Line for the first time yesterday. It’s better than I had imagined!


“The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the nonprofit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.”

Photographs from The Highline in Manhattan off 10th Avenue

Fosterfield Living Historical Farm in Morristown, New Jersey

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival was held at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, New Jersey on a foggy autumn day. I tasted several of the local wineries, but I also wanted to explore a bit. It was extremely overcast, but you can see the fall colors breaking through the grey.

Fosterfield Living Historical Farm photographs by Christopher John Sztybel

It’s Autumn at Rice’s Market

My second visit to Rice’s Market as their seasonal photographer was better than the first one. Don’t get me wrong, the first time turned out great but it was overcast with storms threatening me every moment. This time around it was an 82 degree day in October. Blue skies and bright white clouds. That’s more like it, right? These are just a few of the photographs that you may see popping up on their facebook page. Go give ’em a “Like”!

Rice's Farmers Market autumn photography

Now Booking Fall Photo Sessions

I am offering a 1 hour photo session for a fee of $250.00. Offer is valid from 10/1/2013 until 11/30/2013. This includes all of the high resolution images provided to you as well as a 13″ x 19″ print. The booking process is very simple. Please fill out this form and email it to

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