Lifestyle Session at The Jersey Shore

If one lesson was learned during this shoot, it’s that the rain clouds had our number. Each time I set up for a shot involving more than one light…RAIN! You have to know we kept trying though and came away with some great running shots. We photographed around Spring Lake, New Jersey swapping outfits and getting excellent lifestyle shots for Andrea’s agent.

Model: Andrea Hoch

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Lifestyle photos with Andrea Hoch in Spring Lake, NJ

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.

You can see an extensive portfolio of my photography work at http://www.thatwerksphotography.com

Bella fall portraits playing in the leaves

 

 

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

Allyse Jones Modeling in Rahway Park

If anyone deserves credit for hauling it out in 15 degree weather, look no further than Allyse. I am always game to work in the craziest conditions, but models vary. To her credit we shot for a full hour and had as much fun as possible. Never forget how much fun snow is. Adults complain way too much about things that are supposed to be FUN!

Allyse Jones modeling for Christopher John Szybel in Rahway Park

Farm Photo Shoot with Model Chris Slovak

We had the luxury of a comfortable fall morning to shoot with Chris on the Pine Valley Christmas Tree farm in Elkton, Maryland. I lost my damn mind and decided to shoot with three totally different cameras. One DSLR. One medium format with b&w film. One 35mm with color film.

I think I prefer the film shots to digital especially for a location such as a farm. Film looks properly weathered like many of the pieces of equipment used on a daily basis to grow crops or feed livestock.

Enough rambling…enjoy the shoot. To schedule your own shoot, contact me at csztybel@thatwerks.com or by filling out the contact form on the site.

Model Chris Slovak color photography

Black and white photos of model Chris Slovak

The High Line in New York City

Visited The High Line for the first time yesterday. It’s better than I had imagined!

From thehighline.org:

“The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High Line. Founded in 1999 by community residents, Friends of the High Line fought for the High Line’s preservation and transformation at a time when the historic structure was under the threat of demolition. It is now the nonprofit conservancy working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to make sure the High Line is maintained as an extraordinary public space for all visitors to enjoy. In addition to overseeing maintenance, operations, and public programming for the park, Friends of the High Line works to raise the essential private funds to support more than 90 percent of the park’s annual operating budget, and to advocate for the preservation and transformation of the High Line at the Rail Yards, the third and final section of the historic structure, which runs between West 30th and West 34th Streets.

The High Line is located on Manhattan’s West Side. It runs from Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District to West 34th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. The first section of the High Line opened on June 9, 2009. It runs from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street. The second section, which runs between West 20th and West 30th Streets, opened June 8, 2011.”

Photographs from The Highline in Manhattan off 10th Avenue

Fosterfield Living Historical Farm in Morristown, New Jersey

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival was held at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morristown, New Jersey on a foggy autumn day. I tasted several of the local wineries, but I also wanted to explore a bit. It was extremely overcast, but you can see the fall colors breaking through the grey.

Fosterfield Living Historical Farm photographs by Christopher John Sztybel

Great Blue Heron

Last week I took a thoroughly relaxing lunch break at Rutgers Gardens. Yet another perk of making your own schedule. Somewhere along the way I lost my fork in the bamboo forest. Forking unbelievable! Lucky for me Jeff Heckman happened to have bamboo chopsticks for me to borrow. Once lunch was over, I trekked over to a creek where we had spotted a Great Blue Heron earlier.

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)

A single Great Blue Heron roaming the creeks and ponds of Rutgers Gardens in New Brunswick, New Jersey (Christopher John Sztybel)