Discreet Denim photo shoot

discreet-denim-IMG_9880-2011-10-12.jpgDesigner Rick Meeker came to downtown New Brunswick, New Jersey and we did a photo shoot showcasing his work. The models had their hair and makeup done by Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss) and Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru). I had hoped for a little bit of rain to get the streets nice and shiny. The rain dance worked and luckily it slowed down enough that we were able to creep out to take shots under the sky.

Karen Buttacavole from Life Is Better With Lip Gloss touches up Destine's makeup in the rain
Wet makeup


Photographer Rich Flores and I took turns switching between models and getting them in different locations. As the night went on, each model would sneak away and put on a new pair of jeans. We were asked to leave one location and we did. We set up and began to shoot. A short while later, we were asked to leave again. Photography is a tricky business. You never know where you will end up shooting, so it’s really not practical to try and ask permission. It’s art, baby!

discreet-denim-IMG_9964-2011-10-12.jpgMy Rokinon 8MM f/3.5 got a nice workout that night. I used it for the pay phone shots of Angela Wong, bridge shots with all three models, and the church shots with all three models. The solid build of the lens is impressive. It held up nicely in the light rain that was coming down throughout the night.

Richard B. Flores captures me "diffusing a bomb".
Adjusting flash power

Nobody bothered us for the remainder of the night and we were able to get some really great shots. Special thanks to the models for wearing summer clothes in the fall. It was chilly! All that matters in the end is that we took some amazing shots. Everything came together just right.

Designer: Rick Meeker
Models: Charlie Kelly and Angela Wong
Salon: Denna Fuentes (Angles and Tangles)
Hair: Elizabeth Jones (The Updo Guru)
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole (Life Is Better With Lip Gloss)
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Lighting Assistant: Lew Montalvo

Discreet Denim by Rick Meeker

Picnic Garden Korean BBQ meetup

Super tasty Korean bbq in Edison, NJ at Picnic Garden

Last Thursday I met up with a few creative people in Edison, NJ at Picnic Garden Korean BBQ. It’s across the street from Sam Ash. Amazing food and it’s done buffet style. Go up to the bar, pick out your own food by hand, and bring it back to the table to cook it. DELICIOUS! Food ranges from flavorful to very spicy. Your choice!

Kelly Formus, Eric Gautier, Rich Flores, Andrea Figueredo and I discussed plans for future photography projects. We’ve been getting together for very cool workshops that have produced excellent images for our portfolios.

Go, Rich!

I ate a ton before heading down to Delaware for a long weekend. Great way to start the trip! The cost of the buffet is approximately $25.00 as of the date this was written. Plenty of parking is available and they keep the restaurant very clean.

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