Surprise, Jana! Engagement As It Unfolds At The Beach

Steve contacted me and asked if I would hide out on a windy, cold beach in February to photograph his proposal to Jana. I am down for anything so I bundled up and stocked up on handwarmers from 7-11. Visually these photos have a lot of impact. A stark beach with just two people expressing their love for one another. Bright red flowers. Lots of visual cues giving you a true feel for that day.

Steve is a brave man for designing and executing such a plan. Hats off to you both for such a wonderful moment in time. After you’re done perusing the photos, watch the engagement in full motion thanks to a couple GoPro cameras hidden on the beach.

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The Engagement of Jana Diamond and Steve Klotzkin at North Beach in Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Jana & Steve’s Engagement in Sandy Hook, New Jersey 2/28/2014 from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

Oticon Trade Show Animation

Sometimes a project involves embellishing a simple non-moving Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. This particular Oticon project needed to be jazzed up for use at a trade show booth.

All motion and rendering was done in Adobe After Effects. There is no audio in this project.

Oticon Trade Show Animation from Chris Sztybel on Vimeo.

Engagement Session at Washington Rock and Johnson Park with Devanee and Narpat

Devanee and Narpat had a two part engagement session thanks to torrential rain at Washington Rock National Park. The vegetation was watered plentifully that day my friends! Oh yes! Luckily I came prepared and we shot some great stuff with their Scrabble board and umbrella before calling it a night. Sandwich bags on the flashes and umbrellas over cameras! I stop for nothing.

One week later we finished up at Johnson Park which is near my home in New Brunswick. It’s a lovely place and they even have animals like deer and goats. (A little tidbit of information, the boardwalk and lake you see in the photos are there because that area would constantly flood. The Raritan River loves spilling over, so they just went with it and voila!)

We summoned the eternal spirit of Patrick Swayze and did some picnic table dancing and a dip at dusk. The the sun peaced out and so did we. Special thanks to Vincent Meli and Jeff Heckman for assisting with these shots.

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Washington Rock engagement session with Scrabble theme

Ok we’re all completely saturated from sideways rain. Time for a quick change! Voila! Now we’re in a new location with fresh clothes and a moody sky, but no rain.

Johnson Park Piscataway, NJ engagement shoot

Wedding Invitation for Kelly and Rick

This is an incredible invitation. I will absolutely admit to the fact that I love seeing my work in print. Tangibility is important and I think this particular invite is quite beautiful because it uses their family and engagement photos. It rings true. Kelly created the invite using Wedding Paper Divas and I am very impressed with it. Kelly also owns The Beauty Bar in Middlesex, New Jersey along with Elise Latona. Check them out for freaking awesome hair and makeup for all events. The wedding will be held at the Black Stallion in Corolla, North Carolina this September.

By the way, these were taken on top of my Nissan Cube. It’s a great car, but who knew it could double as a photo studio.

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Wedding invitation featuring Sandy Hook engagement and Princeton family sessions

Wedding invitation featuring engagement and family sessions

Wedding invitation featuring engagement and family sessions

Wedding invitation featuring engagement and family sessions

About The Black Stallion (source: Twiddy Outer Banks Vacation Rentals)

Largely regarded as the most majestic of wild horses, “The Black Stallion” will surely be hailed as the most regal of luxury vacation homes. As the largest home built on the Outer Banks to date, The Main House and Pool House are comprised of 20,000 square feet, which houses a total of twenty-four bedrooms in the prestigious Currituck Club golfing community. Decking encompasses an additional 4,000 square feet, and when paired with beautifully landscaped grounds and spectacular pool facilities, a perfect environment for outdoor festivities is created.

A dramatic open spiral staircase spans all three levels of the Main House and is immediately evident upon entering the second level Grand Foyer. This magnificent architectural element, paired with an opulent chandelier, creates the perfect backdrop for a remarkable grand entrance, and provides abundant photographic opportunities. Surrounding the staircase on this level, one will find an impressive great room with a grand gas fireplace, which towers up to the third floor, as well as, a sizeable dining room easily seating over fifty people. The dining area abuts an expansive deck, which is ideal for al fresco dinner parties. Adjacent to the dining area is a mix of a residential and commercially styled kitchen facility, which includes refrigerators, freezers, ovens, gas stove, dishwashers and pantry. Moving from the epicenter of this floor is one of the three impressive wings of the Main House, holding seven master bedrooms, six having private balconies.
A large living area, playroom, a suite comprised of two adjoining rooms, and four bedrooms may be found encircling the third level of the staircase. This floor’s wing contains six master bedrooms, five of which have private balconies.

Within the ground level of “The Black Stallion”, one will find a large lounge and commercially styled bar fit with shelves and a keg tap for the thirstiest of herds. This bar opens to the outdoors through sliding windows, and is equipped to handle your entire party. A recreation room, along with four large master bedroom suites, are located on this level, but perhaps the most surprising element to this floor is the additional 2,000 square foot finished garage area which can be converted to multiple uses. The area has three northwest facing carriage doors and three northeast facing sliders, which open to create an unenclosed atmosphere with endless possibilities. An outdoor patio area can be reached through the sliders and is ideal for all types of gatherings. Inside, the ground floor garage area connects to its own service bar equipped with a keg tap, wine and beer cooler, as well as a prep area stocked with a three basin sink, prep table and commercial style ice maker conceived to make catering a breeze. Two elevators, which service all floors of the Main House, are handicap accessible on this level.

A walkway connects the Main House to the pool complex, which contains a large pool area and the Pool House. The first level of the Pool House contains a recreation room with pool and foosball tables, as well as a sauna and weight room. An indoor bar opens up to an outside bar and grilling area through sliding windows. The outdoor bar overlooks the pool and is a perfect place to gather and watch sports on two flat screen TVs while utilizing the built-in keg tap.

The second level of the Pool House is designed to offer privacy and contains the exclusive “Black Stallion” Grand Suite. The ambiance of the suite is heightened by dramatic lighting and a three sided glass fireplace, which is overlooking a vintage claw foot slipper tub and tiled walk-in shower with a glass enclosure. Additional design elements such as coastal accents, hardwood flooring, a private covered balcony overlooking the pool, and wet bar are integrated to ensure the paramount of luxury. A spacious walk-in closet is also available and provides plenty of space to house formal attire for you and your guests, as needed. “The Black Stallion” embodies the perfect assortment of luxury, comfort, location and practicality, which will have your group galloping back year after year.

Brian Clayton and the Green River Band at Bar A in Belmar, New Jersey

IT WAS HOT! The room we shot in at Bar A was an unused portion of the building on a steamy June day in Belmar, New Jersey. I knew what I wanted to get and had the band in and out. They had a show that night, so it was vital that we not kill them with dehydration.

You can hit the collage below and see more of Brian Clayton and the Green River Band as well as live shots I took that evening.

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Brian Clayton and the Green River Brand promo photos

About Brian Clayton and the Green River band (source: Brian Clayton and the Green River Band)

Brian Clayton, raised in Garwood, NJ, started playing drums and singing at the early age of 4 and by 12 formed his first band. While in high school, Brian showed interest in acting and was represented by Gardner Talent Management, a children’s management agency. He appeared in several national TV commercials and played in small movie roles. Brian later joined an original band called the ‘Skates’, which gave him his first taste of professional studio recording. ‘The Skates’ eventually evolved into a country oriented rock act called ‘The Pressures of Time’. The band had a great southern sound with quality original material. The Pressures exposed Brian to the country styles of Steve Earle, Kentucky Headhunters and Dwight Yoakam. The band secured a management-production deal with Westwood Entertainment Group. Brian co-produced two unsigned artist CD Compilations for Westwood and executive produced the ‘Pressures’ only release, ‘Down in the Deep End’. After leaving the ‘Pressures of Time’ in 1991, Brian co-founded Rock Garden Recording/Rehearsal Studios. The following year, Brian joined up with ‘The Swingin Johnsons’. They were a featured act on the syndicated cable TV Show RASCAL’S Comedy Hour and performed with such comedians as Rosie O’Donnell and Drew Carey. The band had an extensive tour schedule throughout the Northeastern United States. Brian left the Johnsons after the group’s first CD release in 1999 to concentrate on his real passion, to become a solo country artist. With the evolution of the new country music scene, Brian drew influences from the Dixie Chicks, Keith Urban, John Mellencamp, and Creedence Clearwater Revival. Brian has the talents and the experience to blend contemporary country with today’s commercial pop rock sound. Brian then assembled a group of musicians to help form ‘The Green River Band’. Brian called on friend and keyboard wizard John McDonough who joins bassman and vocalist Jeff Gray, along with veteran country musicians Micheal Zack on guitar and Bob Miano on pedal steel and finally rounding out the drumming duties, long time drumming collegue Bob Masucci to finalize the full musical group. Brian Clayton and the Green River Band gives today’s country music a new look, a new sound and a generation of new country music fans.

Christine and Joe’s Asbury Park Engagement Session

It’s July 4th weekend, people! As the saying goes, celebrate the independence of our country by blowing up a small part of it. This engagement session is timely for such an occasion because we have Christine and Joe who are recently engaged. Joe serves in the United States Army. Christine had a few shots in mind, but the rest was up to me. We made the most of the sunset in Asbury. The boardwalk is always filled with families, dogs and joggers. It’s rude to grab random dogs and pose with them, so they brough their own…BENNY!

Benny kept everyone entertained by being freaking adorable and eating his snacks between shutter clicks. Christine’s mom came along and took Benny home after he was done being awesome.

The remainder of our time shooting was spent on the beach and boardwalk. We lucked out getting very wide shots of the abandoned casino. For some of the casino shots, I lit up the inside with my ABR800 at 1/1 power. It’s nice to show off the architecture. Thank you Christine and Joe for hustling with me to get these wonderful photographs. Congratulations to both of you on your engagement and please, please use Benny as the ring bearer.

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Asbury Park engagement session