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.

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

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.

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

Duke Island Park with The Simkos

It was a cold day at Duke Island Park, but the hour flew by with two little ones. It almost looked like a fall session with all of the leaves on the ground, but it was definitely a cold December day. The biggest tip I can give you when taking photos of children is knowing when they are in the moment and when they’re not. If they aren’t, just let them run around and do their thing. I lucked out that I got the perfect mix of both. I could pose them where I needed to, but for the most part these are just kids being kids.

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The Simko Family photos at Duke Island Park

Hoboken Manhattan Skyline Maternity Session

Hoboken train station is a great place to take maternity photos. It’s old and has a lot of character. The ferry slips have a gritty industrial flavor that worked beautifully with the bright green sari. Mindi and Sher deserved something super cool so we used that space to our advantage.

The adjacent park gives a wonderful panorama of the New York skyline as well as the Hoboken terminal. Mindi is due at any moment so I was careful not to have her trek all over the place without asking first. Personally I love having the couple share in the experience of the session. I’ve had great results with this approach.

Thanks to Mindi and Sher for being great subjects to photograph and going along for the creative ride.

Note to future clients: The train station is crawling with transit police demanding $500 permits to take photos. I found that out toward the end of the shoot. Hoboken you are being very greedy!

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Mindi Nair maternity session in Hoboken, New Jersey

Fall Portraits in Old Towne Piscataway, New Jersey

Having lived in New Brunswick for close to a decade you would think I would have visited Old Towne before 2014. Nope! Now I have been there twice in the past month. Our little model is Bella and you can tell she is extremely difficult to work with. The constant smiling and happiness gets in the way of each shot. The folks at Old Towne did a super job decorating for the season. We had access to the interiors of the village and the historic schoolhouse was a great place for Bella to practice her penmanship.

If you’re quick on the trigger you can book yourself a pretty sweet deal.  I am offering a 1 hour photo session for a fee of $250. This can be used for any type of photo session you would like to do. Suggestions include performance, headshots, family, engagement, etc.

  • Offer is valid from 10/13/2014 until 11/13/2014
  • Travel is included up to 20 miles from New Brunswick, NJ 08901
  • Includes high resolution images provided to you in an online gallery. You may also order prints at an additonal cost.
  • The booking process is very simple. Please fill out this form and mail it to me with your payment.
  • Sessions must be scheduled to take place on or before November 13, 2014. This is a first come, first serve offer.

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Bella fall portraits playing in the leaves



The Furiato Family Sunset Photo Session in Roosevelt Park

As the sun began to kiss the horizon in Roosevelt Park we trekked through the park to a few spots I was familiar with from a recent session. Since we were losing sun by the second, I had a speedlite on a stand to help give the “sunset” look. Rim lighting is a trait synonymous with sunset behind a subject. I had an orange gel on the speedlite to give the warm rim light the sun would normally provide. Within minutes it was dark and needed to use a flash. Using a wide beam & warm gel helped give the Furiatos a warm glow against the deep purple of the night sky.

Michelle and Anthony recently celebrated their wedding and wanted a few shots of their rings. Just as this was happening, two ducks were swimming by. Embrace the symbolism in it!

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Furiato family photos at Roosevelt Park

Newman Family Portraits at Roosevelt Park

I met with the Newman family for portraits at Roosevelt Park in Edison, New Jersey (near Menlo Park Mall). The lake and playground are a great backdrop for family photos. It’s not easy keeping the attention of a toddler and the playground gives them a chance to unwind and provides great moments. The park also does plays every year and that’s worth checking out.

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Newman family portraits in Edison, New Jersey

Air Force Captain Trumble’s Vintage 1967 Ford Mustang

Having a nice Memorial Day weekend? Let’s all remember the people who give their all for America. On a beautiful Saturday morning I jumped in the back of a classic 1967 Ford Mustang convertible and rode to the Air Force Mobility Command Museum. Capt Brian Trumble and I were hoping for a day like this. Perfectly blue skies and white clouds.

One of his daughters, Bella, was with us and it was her first time riding in the Mustang. She asked lots of questions abd was very excited to see a C-5 practicing near the base. Once we arrived at the museum we took a walk through the indoor portion to see the vintage aircraft and equipment. The staff said we could pull around to take some photos very close to the aircraft. We took shots of the car by itself, with Bryan and with Brian/Bella. A lot of fun! Thanks again, Brian and Bella, for coming out to shoot!

Ford Mustang shoot with Captain Brian Trumble at Dover Air Force base and museum

High School Photos with Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey

I spent a couple hours with Lauren and her mother at Johnson Park during sunset.  Mary wanted to take some memorable photos of her daughter. One of my tricks to getting a new person accustomed to posing for me is being completely silly. I am focused on what I want to achieve, but I do it with a lot of energy and laughter.

Anyway, you just can’t beat the golden light a sunset provides. We moved quickly from place to place and the proof is in the pudding. So without further adieu…

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Lauren at Johnson Park in Piscataway, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

Baby Photo Shoot with Sammy

Today I had my first baby photo shoot! Thankfully little Sammy was professionally fed and burped because she was pretty damn happy having her photos taken! We even convinced her that the mini bathtub was a good idea because it wasn’t filled with water. Apparently she hates the stuff. But she smelled pretty good so I imagine she is bathed against her will regularly.

I shot almost exclusively with my Canon 7D and a Sigma 50mm f/1.4 lens.

Samantha Correa infant photography by Christopher John Sztybel