Julia and Chris Engagement Session at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ

Hello, people! It’s been a while since I posted a blog on this site. Hopefully this sets off a trend of me posting blogs more often, but no promises. We’re kicking off this potential renaissance with a few highlights from a totally fun engagement session with two people that love salmon! A lot!

Jasmin Celebrating Her Birthday With a Photo Sesh

There’s nothing like taking the sun by the horns and saying “with this trip around this hot, hot sun I command thee to bestow a photo shoot upon me!”

Nobody actually says this, but blogs need to have hooks and taglines. Social media! Likes! Sharing Consider yourself hooked!

I’ve known Jasmin for quite a few years and she’s been the star of several shoots I’ve done. It was a hot day at The Art Factory but this summer has been pretty relentless and work still needs to get done.

We kept the laughter a top priority and even had a surprise appearance from an “assistant” that definitely wasn’t on the schedule!

Thanks, Jasmin!

Birthday photo shoot at The Art Factory

Jess and Mike’s post-wedding portraits

Many things were different about photographing weddings this year. Mainly the lack of people at weddings and/or no wedding at all…just the couple. Luckily all of the couples I work with have been flexible in still making things happen in this alternate universe called 2020.

Jess and Mike joined us for a trip around Edison, NJ to do an extended portrait session. We found an exceptional location in Roosevelt Park (near Menlo Park Mall) and made the most of it.

Special thanks to David Alonso for second shooting this with me. He’s the nicest guy around!

To get in touch with me please visit http://www.thatwerksphotography.com

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

Alyssa and Leo’s Wedding at Art Factory Studios in Paterson, NJ

I knew Alyssa and Leo would be a fantastic couple to photograph from the day we met. Their engagement session was effortless and the wedding even moreso! We got amazing captures throughout the day and below are just a few of the greatest hits.

Congratulations to Alyssa and Leo!

Photographer: @thatwerksphotography
Couple: @alyssak212 @rishtyl
Wardrobe: @maggiesotterodesigns
Tuxedo ParkVenue: @artfactorypaterson
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: @detailedeventsbylo
Venue: Art Factory Studios
Hair: @prostyled.bride
Makeup: @verve_nj
Caterer and Cake: @fairlawnjccatering @main_event_mauzone
Florist: @flowersbyconnieriemer
Music: @sethtieger

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!