Pleasant Valley Park Photo Session in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

It’s been a busy summer full of models, families, weddings and anything else the photo gods have thrown at me. This is a shoot I did with the Gupta family in beautiful Basking Ridge, NJ. We wrapped up just prior to the sun scorching everthing in sight. My recommendation, whenever possible, is to shoot early morning or late afternoon during the summer. I can shoot in any condition, but I like to keep people from sweating bullets. We succeeded! Thanks to the Guptas for coming out and spending time with me and my camera.

Gupta family portraits in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

Trash the Dress and Birthday in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Clients are interesting. Within just a few months I have had multiple requests to shoot in Asbury Park. That is good for the city and even better for my stomach because it’s full of great places to eat.

Kristen and John came down and it was also Kristen birthday so she wanted new portraits of herself, with John and also getting her wedding dress a little messed up by the Atlantic Ocean.

Depending on a person’s attachment to a dress, “trash the dress” is open to interpretation. Since we weren’t going to muddy it up or set it on fire,  I thought a literal “trash the dress” would be funny.

Portraits with Kristen Driscoll in Asbury Park, New Jersey

Headshots Against Black Background

Brian is going out for some acting gigs and needed a brand new headshot to show off. We did these against a black velvet background and three lights. One hair light, one fill to his left and a huge softbox up and to his right.


Canon 6D
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8
2 Canon 430EX
ABR800 w/ softbox
4 Yongnuo YN622 transceivers

Brian Edwards acting headshots

After we wrapped up the headshots, I snapped a full length just for fun.

Full length photo

New York Giants Infant Session

The Lorias have been getting used to their new son Declan and wanted to document his adorableness with a photography session. His parents are big sports fans and they had a little New York Giants jersey for him to wear. I pride myself on not doing (what I consider) ridiculous infant sessions where the baby is posed like a consumer product. I involve the family because the baby didn’t get here via did he?

After we finished up in the den we headed upstairs. Declan’s bedroom is something out of The Jungle Book and was a nice way to wrap up the evening. Here are just a few of my favorites from our time together. Congratulations to this newly expanded Loria family!

New York Giants pinterest baby photos

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