Model Session with Leiah at The Art Factory

Because of the ongoing (hopefully slowing?) pandemic here in America a lot about life has changed. For Leiah’s 16th birthday the traditional big party wasn’t going to be possible so she received a full-on modeling session from her parents.

It was great getting “the band back together” with Araena Sanchez doing makeup, Carlos Roman doing hair and Lew Friggin’ Monty assisting.

I was happy to break out the entire bag of tricks for this shoot. Beauty dishes, fresnel lights, the MagBox, natural light, shutter drag, compositing, etc.

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First look.
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Fourth look.
Fifth look.

Maternity Session with That Werks Photography @ Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

I’ve worked with Angela several times in the past for action packed fashion shoots. We slowed things down a few steps for this elegant maternity shoot at the Art Factory.

We hazed up one of my favorite rooms and got incredible shafts of light!

This was also a great opportunity for me to shoot on my Mamiya 645 Pro with Ilford HP5 Plus 400. The first image in the series below was done on that camera.

2021 is off to a great start and I hope yours is too.

For more work (and to easily book your session) please visit thatwerksphotography.com

Art Factory maternity session with That Werks Photography. Elegant backdrops, natural light and more.

Night Photography at Vertical Freedom in South Plainfield, NJ

Vertical Freedom is a dance studio located in South Plainfield, New Jersey and offers classes in pole fitness, aerial yoga, yoga, kids aerial yoga, adult ballet, vertical barre, pole-ates and cardio & core.

We got some excellent shots of the classes in action using a 24mm tilt-shift and 15mm lenses in combination with MagMod lighting that I hung from the ceiling with blue gels.

Take a look at some of the highlights and remember to visit their web site to get more information and sign-up for classes.

Vertical Freedom Jo-Ann's Dance Studio South Plainfield New Jersey

Kayla flexing the model muscles

Here we go with an off the cuff shoot done with Kayla at The Art Factory in Paterson, NJ . I got to break out the fog machine for some mysterious atmospheric looks.

I’ve made it a personal challenge to shoot with less equipment in 2020. This year has given me the strange opportunity to slow down and go back to my roots a bit.

Good times! Have a look!

Kayla models at The Art Factory for That Werks Photography

Montana for Cleri Models photographed by That Werks Photography

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a blog entry. I’m happy to say that even though March -early summer 2020 was a bit slow it has been quite busy since then. I’m taking the opportunity now to post some shoots that have been in “draft mode” for quite a while.

I think we got some amazing shots with Montana. The thumbnail image for this shoot was toward the end as it began to snow. It was perfectly clear up until the last 30 minutes of shooting! Amazing.

Hair and makeup was handled by the ultra-talented Marlene Rosenberg at the world-renowned Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

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

Fiorella and Dan’s Art Factory Wedding

Fiorella and Dan’s wedding was off the hook and vivacious! I was lucky enough to photograph it with Mr. David Alonso (who is also with me for many upcoming weddings at The Art Factory!)

Fiorella works with flowers so the arrangements were stellar and we spent a good amount of time documenting them. The weather was also very cooperative and we visited The Great Falls (conveniently located within walking distance from The Art Factory)

The first look and ceremony were held in the Hemp space on the 4th floor. The sunlight poured in from the skylight and created a beautiful focused beam on them as they came together and saw each other for the first time. That is now one of my favorite photos ever.

One thing that will always stand out about this wedding is the fun everyone had on the dance floor. I saw some maneuvers out there that would shame most choreographers.

Thank you so much, again, for having us along for the ride!

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Venue: @artfactorypaterson
Couple: @callmethey_@thehyperlocal
Celebrant: @bonghitpimp
Chef: @chefjonharris
Flowers: @traderjoes@callmethey_
Cake: @bovellasbakerycafe@bovellas
Rings: @philajewelersrowdistrict
Wardrobe: @express@miaofphilly@lr2_lesrichards
Hair/Makeup: @wildrootshairsalon@laurasiobhanmua

I’ve had my photography studio space at The Art Factory since the summer of 2016 and have seen it grow into not only raw space for a variety of projects, but now it also hosts a wide variety of events.

If you are interested in having your event there, give them a shout through their web site.

That Werks Photography at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ. An original venue for a once-in-a-lifetime event,
That Werks Photography at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ. An original venue for a once-in-a-lifetime event,

Jordan for Cleri Models Photographed by Christopher Sztybel at Art Factory Studios

Wonderful light was on my side throughout the day for this shoot with Jordan. I don’t usually set up the fog machine for modeling shoots, but after the results I got for this shoot it will inspire me to do it more often. This was also the first shoot since receiving my brand spanking new Magbox by MagMod. If you are a fan of speedy setups and beautiful artificial light then the MagBox is a product you need in your life.

Makeup and hair for this shoot was handled by Nicole Sacco. Wonderful job, Nicole!

The location for our shoot together was the incomparable Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.