Super Moon New Haven CT Long Wharf

After finishing an anniversary party shoot on a pirate ship (that’s for another post), I turn around and there is it. The 2013 Super Moon! So, is it really that super? Well, kinda. Technically it’s the closest to the earth this time of year as well as the closest to the earth it’s been in several years. So, does it really look that close?? Well, kinda. It really depends upon how close you catch it to the horizon. The whole reason why a Super Moon (or any other moon for that matter) looks so big is because you see it in context, relative to objects that you know to be large. Like buildings, tree/mountain lines, or in this case… a boat. It’s an optical illusion and really only looks bigger. Normally when it’s floating in the sky it’s surrounded by a bunch of little specs that are millions of miles away. This time though, science tells us that it is indeed, bigger… and it looks bigger… and it looks cool.  Glad I caught it.

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Band – Cannibal Corpse New Haven, CT Toads Place

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So, the other night I had an experience that was hard to describe. I got to photograph a band that I NEVER thought I’d photograph… Cannibal Corpse They’re not the band for everyone that’s for sure, but they sure do have a following. Heavy Metal and Hardcore has always been a part of me and I’m always influenced by a quick double bass drum and some chugging guitar riffs. I was fortunate enough to photograph a band that defines a 90′s modern metal sound. They come through New Haven CT the other night and I went out with Joe to see if I could capture some of that metal essence. I think I did. The images I took were featured into an article from Alternative Control written by Joe.

I’m just glad there was a barrier separating the crowd from the stage.

 

Wedding – Emily & Matt

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Down to earth, happy and real. Just a few things to describe this couple. Emily and Matt seem to share the same smile. By that I mean, when one is smiling, it seems to carry right over to the other. They have a connection that extends beyond anything physical. It’s a great thing to be around and surely is a great thing to photograph.

I wish them nothing but good fortune and positive energy on their journey into the future.

Getting ready took place at The Silas W. Robbins House – Bed and Breakfast and the ceremony and reception was held at the Webb Barn, both in Wethersfield, CT.

Maternity – Darcy

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Darcy is a great person. Warm, kind and boy does she have a great sense of humor. Personality for days and after meeting her husband, I can only imagine how charismatic, clever and quick witted their daughter will be. Not to mention, but I will, beautiful as well. I’d look at the back of my camera after a few shots and think I was shooting for an American Eagle catalog or something. These two have good jeans that make these images nothing but easy on the eyes.

I’ve also been working with Darcy on a special project, so be sure to check back as you’ll surely want to see the end result!


Wedding – Andrea & Craig

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Andrea and Craig are a sweet, sweet couple. They surely make a nice fit for one another. I knew right away that I liked Craig, being a fellow Apple enthusiast, because it’s hard not to like someone that’s willing to discuss mobile software for hours on end. Andrea (much like my fiancé) humors the discussion and doesn’t have a problem rolling with it. As soft spoken as she may be, I quickly found out that any “loud” energy she has comes out on the dance floor. I was so happy to her out there encouraging others as well.

A great group of people combined with a beautiful setting at the Great River Golf Club made for a beautiful spring day/evening. Hard to ask for more on your wedding day.

Congratulations to Andrea & Craig.

Wedding – Shana & Eric

I got really excited and knew I’d get some killer images as soon as Shana and Eric told me the setting for their wedding. Hartford Connecticut City Hall is no ordinary city hall. It’s probably the most beautiful place you’ll ever see a town clerk working.

It’s a photographers paradise and playground with all the leading lines and geometry. There are so many options for good photos it’d be really hard to take a bad one.

My brother and I had a blast there and I can’t wait to go back.

After leaving the city hall, we took to the streets for some urban backgrounds as we walked to City Steam Brewery. If you’re a fan of beer, I highly recommend this place. Not only is it beautiful, but the have some great beers on tap. Both the Double IPA and Naughty Nurse were fantastic.

To view these photos full screen click (or tap) HERE


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Multi-Talented Marissa

It’s refreshing when I find people that I work with that are both challenging and calming at the same time. I feel that Marissa is one of those people.

She’s calming in that, she’s incredible at what she does. For me that means she gets locked into a character. If I say give me attitude, she’s right there turtling and squinting. If I say, happy, it’s smiles for days. If I ask for an “early morning in the mood” look, you guessed it… She becomes these roles so well that when I’m done shooting, it’s almost shocking how quickly it can be turned off. It’s incredible.

She challenges me because she’s so good at getting into character, I don’t have to do much directing. It’s great! It allows me to focus (no pun intended) on composition, timing and experimenting with new ideas.

There’s a part of me that always felt that I could do a good job at acting if put in the position, although I think it’s only if I’m acting like myself. Therefore, I’m not a good actor, Marissa on the other hand, is.

I’m looking forward to working with her more on upcoming projects.

Check out these images full screen here

 

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So… BlackMagic is Great

Preorder Black Magic Cinema Camera

Blackmagic has raised the bar, yet again. They announced a new camera. Actually, they announced 2 new cameras. A new 4k cinema beast, and a smaller little guy, which is the one I’m really interested in. They’re calling it a Pocket Cinema camera. The beauty is; it shoots RAW video @ 1080p, AND it fits in your pocket. I won’t go nuts going over specs because they’re everywhere. The direct source is from Blackmagic’s site. If you want one, do like I did. Preorder it from B&H Photo. It’s available in July. Oh what a great summer it will be.

Image from B&H Photo. Click to Preorder

Maternity Progression

This is one image from a series of images that I’m taking for a client. The final image will be a forward moving progression of her pregnancy. We decided to shoot different styles each time we meet (once a month) and this is by far, the most dramatic. I decided to pull out one image to experiment with stylizing. So far, I really like where it’s going – in particular, I really like her blonde hair against a purple background.

For those interested: it’s a 2 light setup. 1 Einstein with a strip box (and grid) overhead as a rim light and 1 Einstein camera right as key light. 7″ reflector with a 30 degree grid. Shot with a 5Dmk3 & 50mm lens.

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