Styled Wedding shoot with Events By Merida at Art Factory Studios

In our third and final entry in the styled wedding series at The Art Factory Studios we have real life couple Lisa and Chris. Incredible wardrobes, details and lighting to make each image pop right off the screen.

Photography @thatwerksphotography
Set Design @eventsbymerida and Chris Sztybel⁣
Venue @artfactorypaterson
Makeup @araena_artist / @raen_talent
Hair and Wardrobe Styling: @charliestylez
Florals @hollywoodfloristnj
Models Lisa and Chris of @xentrifuge
Dresses @adriannapapell ⁣and @in_full_swing_
White boots and men’s shoes @dsw
Men’s Attire @hm
Men’s ties: @macys

Bridal Editorial at Art Factory Studios photographed by Christopher John Sztybel

Now here is a bridal shoot with a vintage vibe. This was about the third time I’ve shot with Kat and Raen together and we knocked it out of the damn park on this shoot. Finger waves and heirloom jewelry combined with dresses from yesteryear. The Art Factory wasn’t The Art Factory back when this style existed, but the two definitely coexist quite nicely in 2019.

Model: @katzorah
Photographer: @thatwerksphotography located in Paterson, New Jersey (Art Factory Studios)
Hair/Makeup: @araena_artist located in Paterson, New Jersey (Art Factory Studios)
Agency: @westhavenmgmt
Floral Arrangement: @hollywoodfloristnj  located in Union, New Jersey

Alyssa & Leo’s Art Factory Studios Engagement Session

This fall I will be photographing Alyssa & Leo’s wedding at my home away from home: The Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey.

As we made our way through the numerous spaces, we happened to find a board game of “The Office”. We’re all fans of the show and found it funny and extremely random considering the age of the game. We borrowed the playing pieces of Jim & Pam for a shot you will see below.

The fourth floor of the site is decked out with a wall of Edison light bulbs, string lighting and newly installed skylights. Here’s a sneak peak of both of them in the environment they will be celebrating in come September of 2019.

A little back story about the equipment used on this shoot. I’ve been using the Sony a7r II for a few years now in conjunction with vintage prime lenses. I’ve also been using MagMod lighting modifiers for quite a while now.

Since I hadn’t used a couple of my tools of the trade in a while, I brought along my 58mm Helios f/2.0 and prism. I like the organic characteristics of both of these tools. So many modern lenses have zero personality. They’ve been refined to death and come across totally blah.

Come inside Art Factory Studios for an engagement sessions for bride to be Alyssa and groom to be Leo. Their industrial wedding venue is located in Paterson, New Jersey near The Great Falls.

Engagement Session with Sam and Steve at Paterson Great Falls and Art Factory Studios

I’ll be photographing Sam and Steve’s wedding at Art Factory Studios this October. Until then we just had to take some photos together. You know. Kick the tires and make sure we’re a well-oiled machine on the actual wedding day. Since they’re both big music fans I wanted to make sure we worked in that element for at least a couple shots. We hazed up the room where Alice In Chain’s filmed their “Voices” music video and I brought along my Stratocaster to use as a prop. If you’re looking for an industrial wedding venue then this is it, folks.

I used several MagMod products for the interior shots and, of course, that included gels. When I first started using gels years ago I got so much crap for it. But I will never stop using them. You hear me, world? GELS4LIFE.

Without further adieu I give you SAM AND STEVE’S UNCENSORED ENGAGEMENT SESSION!

Cleri Models – Kristina A. at Art Factory Studios with That Werks Photography

Below are highlights from photographing Kristina for Cleri Models. We used a Savage backdrop for the yellow, but the rest of the shoot was done elsewhere within Art Factory Studios. One of my favorite lenses to use during these shoots is the Sony 85mm f/1.8. It’s small, lightweight and has a customizable button on the barrel. I use it for eye focus which is a huge feature on the Sony cameras.

Thanks again for coming up to the studio to shoot with us!

Hair/Makeup: Araena Sanchez

Cleri Models – Ana G. Modeling at Art Factory Studios

Another successful shoot with Cleri Models at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, New Jersey. Ana has a dance background and although we wanted to focus our efforts elsewhere you can imagine that skillset came in handy. Particularly when we positioned her in a window with a 30 degree angle. She held the pose like Spider-Woman!

Shot on the Sony a7r II with a variety of lenses including the Sony 85mm f/1.8

Now Booking Photography for Weddings and Events at Art Factory in Paterson, NJ

I’ve photographed a lot of weddings, but now I get to do it on home turf.

I’ve had space at Art Factory Studios for about 2.5 years now and in 2019 I already have to full blown weddings taking place there. It’s an amazing transformation from a time when I strictly did modeling sessions and headshots there. Couples have learned I exist in that space and see the great work that be done on their wedding day.

For the 2019 calendar year I am offering a ridiculous package: 10 hours of coverage2 photographers20 page album…all for $2800. That’s nuts and I know it. Of course if you want to see my portfolio that’s always available by visiting http://www.thatwerksphotography.com and I just created a section that particularly features my wedding photography. Wedding photography is something I have been doing for years, but never truly focused on solely booking. I hope you enjoy perusing the many ceremonies, engagements and destination weddings I’ve had the pleasure of documenting.

Visit the brand new wedding portion of my site here.

Maddy Hooker Modeling Session @ Art Factory Studios

This was another terrific session with Maddy and this time we did it at my studio space in north NJ at Art Factory Studios. I got to play around with my 15mm lens which I normally never use for portrait work, but I wanted to accentuate leg length and have a bit more coming at the viewer. We played with colorful palettes and a strong sun that gave us nice contrast for each setup.

Madison Hooker at Art Factory Studios with That Werks Photography

Fall Photos At Art Factory Studios and Paterson Great Falls

It’s always a pleasure photographing families. Particularly families that have grown from knowing just one of the parents from waaaaaaay back when we were all kids nevermind having kids of our own. It was a lot of fun getting down to the Great Falls since they’ve done major improvements along the Passaic River. The view of the falls now has a nice fence allowing for an unobstructed view of Mother Nature in all her glory.

If you would like to book a session, family or otherwise, please contact me through http://www.thatwerksphotography.com

Family photos at Art Factory Studios and Great Falls in Paterson, NJ

Goblin Market Wedding

Special thanks to Events by Merida’s very own Merida for crafting this treasure trove of words.

Christina Rossetti’s Goblin Market is a dark fairytale, replete with small, tempting creatures, erotic phrasing, and a simple message:

Don’t eat strange fruit.

I’d been wanting to create this styled shoot for over a year, but I kept shelving it for various reasons. Finally, I sprung it on Chris of That Werks Photography– an incredibly talented photog out of the Art Factory in Paterson- with a, “this might seem weird…” His response?

“Count me in!”

I gathered some favorite vendors (and improv-ed a little) to bring my vision to life. A favorite MUA of Chris’s, Raen, came in to do the makeup, and she brought along two models from northern NJ, Rebecca and Natasha. A model I’ve been waiting for a long time to have the stars align on was able to come down for the shoot as well.

What never fails to astound me is the talent that these vendors bring to the table. Hair was by Jaimee of William Jean Salon, and she was also kind enough to loan us Maven, her darling mini-me, to be our “goblin”. She used the natural texture of Rebecca’s hair to create a gorgeous boho style, woven with greens. There was the same greenery in Natasha and Angeline’s hair. Fun coincidence: both Maven and Natasha have part of their heads shaved!

For makeup, I asked Raen for deep, rich colors on the lips. After that, I just let her go wild. Metallics came popping out on eyelids in addition to daring lip colors. The blue on Rebecca is probably my favorite, but I’ve always been a fan of dark lipsticks.

As for the “bouquets”, I wanted to do something slightly different. Lanterns have been in style for awhile as both centerpieces and to carry down the aisle (and pretty much everywhere in-between). I think they’re great for bouquets because they’re more natural to hold, and easier on the Person of Honor that has to hold two of them during the ceremony. I even managed to sneak some fruit in there with the candle!

Finally, the tablescape. Chris (the photographer) and I went out about a week before the shoot to take a look at locations in the park. The visitor center there does do receptions, FYI. However, we wanted it outdoors. What complicated things was that up until a few days before, it looked like it was going to rain! Luckily, we ended up having beautiful weather!

We came down a rather steep hill to an area by the Delaware that had a semi-circle of stone pavers. The backdrop was an island in the middle of the river. I initially planned a thick runner of eucalyptus or ferns, but I had so much moss that we covered the table in it. I dotted with the table with vintage (and vintage looking) pieces, and tons of fruit. We broke open a few pomegranates (and thankfully there were geeks abounding that got my Persephone jokes), and threw bundles of odd-looking grapes around to create a lush, but wild, feel.

When it came to create the dynamics of the group, I knew I wanted to have two women. It would have been disingenuous to the author to have it otherwise. Christina Rossetti’s work is complicated and influenced by many themes, but given the vivid imagery of her poetry, many people speculate that she was likely a closeted lesbian- which at the time, was the only way you could be a lesbian and not get into serious trouble. I knew we needed kids in the shoot to be the little folk, and I wanted a bridesmaid to bring together the colors of the shoot.

Dressing them was fun! BHLDN was kind enough to loan us two gorgeous dresses, and the bridesmaid’s dress was a burgundy convertible dress.

As for the cake- we shot this in the depth of wedding season, so all of the bakers are keeping up with their clients! This where some improv came in- and it’s a great DIY option. I found a pretty little buttercream cake at Wegman’s, and we surrounded it with greenery and fruit. I set the table up against a stone pillar overgrown with ivy- it seemed fitting for the theme, and I’m always a fan of using the elements around you. I used a scarlet tablecloth and hung copper twinkle lights behind the table to give it depth.

What was funny was as the girls were doing their cake cutting, a group of fishers came down to the river to join us! Apparently we interrupted their nightly routine. They were extremely kind as we finished up. It seemed like such a quaint ending to the shoot.

At the end of the day, all of the elements came together beautifully. I’m just glad we could do justice to Rossetti’s work.

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed making them!

Merida Alexander
+1 215.527.5344
@eventsbymerida
As seen on: 
NBC Philadelphia, The Knot,
WeddingWire, Green Wedding Shoes,
Offbeat Bride, and Philly in Love
Styled Wedding by Events by Merida with photography by That Werks (Christopher John Sztybel)