Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stretch your wedding investment by getting more bang for your buck!

Mom doing her best Rocky

If you are planning an event in the Philadelphia area, I'm going to share a way you can get more for your money while doing something important and good! 

Fairmont Park's historic Ridgeland Mansion is a wonderful venue for any event. It's versatility makes it ideal for intimate gatherings and 500 people galas alike. TLC's Four Weddings called it, "The perfect space for a romantic wedding," so what more could you ask for? 

How about a tax deduction!!!! 

Ridgeland is also the home of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia and 100% of the proceeds support their wonderful programs that positively impact the lives of men, women, and children in our area. Because of this, a significant portion of what you pay is tax deductible! You get a great venue, get to feel good about helping others, and you get something back when all is said and done! 

And like they say on TV, "BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!"

In honor of my mom, who despite her fighting spirit lost a hard fought battle with cancer, and my step-mom who has beaten cancer(twice!!!) I will be donating 10% of my fees from events I photograph at Ridgeland back to the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia as well.

Visit their RENTALS page for more information.

I'm Tom Clarke, and I support this message.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cover of Bucks Life Magazine

Well this was totally unexpected. I've been shooting features for Bucks Life for almost two years now and this is my first cover. The Eat This guys were great and I hope to work with them more in the future! 

This has been a great month for me with magazines! First the four page spread in Edible Jersey, then the 3/4 page image in Fitness Magazine, and now this! Totally cool! 


On a personal note I'd like to point out that this was shot with an Olympus OM-D E5 mirrorless micro4/3 camera. It's becoming my go to camera of choice over the impressive, yet incredibly bulky, Canon full frame system I've traditionally shot. The knock had been that "cropped sensors" could never compete with "full framed" sensors and I say hogwash! I'm not saying I'd blow this up for a billboard, but to say it can't compete is ridiculous! Besides, "full frame" is misleading as it's a crop size of medium format, which is a cropped size of large format. 

The camera is just a tool and it's all in how we use it. There is an old saying, "Amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about time, masters worry about light", well I'm definitely in the "time" category but I do see light and I think that's the root of all great images. How we capture that distinguishes our style and sets us apart. The tools we use are arbitrary... While this system doesn't scream "here is a professional" as the Canon does, it's size allows me to break down the barrier and fosters a more intimate experience for both photographer and subject... which translates into better pictures. So I ask you, what is more worthy of a professional?  Confidence in having the biggest lens in the room, or knowing they can take a pleasing "cover worthy" image no matter what system they choose?  

Just a rambling two cent opinion form a working stiff. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Not an April fool's joke! I'm in Fitness Magazine.

I shot this image covering a mud run a year back. Fitness saw the images of mine that SELF Magazine published last year and reached out to ask if I had anymore... Then we began narrowing down from 10,000 to this one. Quite the process I can assure you! 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Four page spread in Edible Jersey

Just a quick note of self promotion! 

Check out the latest issue of Edible Jersey (or go to this link: http://ediblejersey.com/editorial/spring-2014/a-long-way-from-blue-hill/) to see photographs I took at The Farm and Fisherman Tavern & Market in Cherry Hill. 

Food photography is one of my all time favorite things to do and it's such a treat to be published in one of my favorite magazines! 

Thank you Edible, I hope to shoot for you more in the future.




Sunday, February 9, 2014

Beth and Shane: Margate 1.11.14

A few weeks back I had the pleasure of photographing my new friends Beth and Shane's gorgeous shore wedding. As everyone knows, the weather the last month has been nuts! Mostly cold and snowy with a few random 60 degree days, rain, fog, etc... well their wedding day had a bit of the weather issue going but the most amazing thing kept happening, the rain seemed to stop each time we were to be outside and would kick back up once we'd head back in... someone was definitely watching over us! In any event, we were able to hit a few landmarks and take some really gorgeous and unique wedding portraits and I think you'll see that everyone was having a good time... and Shane made a few extra bucks on the bus ride too!

The wedding was held at The Blessed Sacrament Church in Margate and the reception at the wonderful Linwood Country Club. Can not say enough about that place! Yes, it's a great space and the food was great, but it was the staff who were all genuinely friendly and helpful. (which is becoming something of a rarity these days unfortunately... but I digress.) 

Big City kept the party jumping and the big finale was when Beth and her girls took the stage! I feel like I've seen a lot of things at weddings over the years, but I've never seen a bride and her maids rock the stage. It was great!

Lastly a big thank you to my second shooter/assistant Shaina. She was great, always in the right spot and a huge help with the umbrellas and lights! 

Vendor info is at the bottom as always. Thanks for stopping by and I hope everyone enjoys the images! 




 Father-Daughter First Look.

 Gorgeous vintage style!



















Congratulations Beth and Shane!

Vendor Information:


Wedding Dress is a Lillian West from Jay West in Haddonfield.  
Shoes are Christian Louboutin 
Veil is from Brenda's Bridal Veils (via Etsy.com). 
Engagement ring, earrings, cocktail ring, Shane's cufflinks, and both our wedding bands are from Blue Nile.
The bridesmaids wore Alfred Sung
The faux furs are from Tion Designs (also via Etsy.com).
Groom's suit is Calvin Klein
Groomsmen wore their own suits and Calvin Klein ties.
Hair and makeup were by Avant Girl in Margate. 
The bouquets and boutonnieres were all hand made, as were the centerpieces and table numbers by Beth. 
Shane made the Limoncello.  
The band is Big City.  
Venues: Blessed Sacrament and Linwood Country Club.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Get a sweet discount on a new website for your photos on Zenfolio!

Is finally building a quality website to host your photos part of your 2014 resolutions? You can use my referral code JFQ-JZN-YAA during sign up to save 10% off your own subscription. That's huge! 

Zenfolio is a not only a great hosting site, but an excellent resource for discounts from their partner sites like Triple Scoop Music, BorrowLenses, and Moo to name a few. 

Zen allows the HTML savvy to fully design their own site, or if you are like me and have no idea what HTML even stands for you can use their expansive template options which are seemingly infinitely customizable!  

Give it a shot! 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

10.30.13: Jim+Felice's Rittenhouse Wedding

To say I've enjoyed getting to know Jim and Felice is a tremendous understatement. Their trust in me to not only photograph this beautiful wedding but also to allow me to document the amazing renovations that Jim's construction company performs is truly an honor. 

My fondness goes beyond that though, these two are genuinely fun people who value family and friends above all else, and this night was as much an honor to them as it was to Jim and Felice. My wife will tell you that typically after a wedding it's my back or maybe knees that are sore but this weekend it was my face that ached from all the laughing we did that night!

Thank you Felice and Jim, and to the rest of your family who were so fun to talk to!



 Mom was first to arrive.










 I became very close to Elmo




















Vendor Details:

Bride's dress: Nicole Miller
Florist: Lamsback Floral Decorators (Felice says, "Bob Lamsback and his daughter Tina were amazing!!")

The quartet: Siena Strings  
Rings: Harzin Jewelers   
Venue: Rittenhouse Hotel (Felice says, to give a special shout out to Lori Mazlowski and Bruce Mullen the event panner and evening's captain)
Cake: The Rittenhouse Hotel
Elmo: courtesy of Sesame Street!!!