Saturday, December 11, 2010

12.11.10 blog post: I'm alive!

Happy Holidays Everybody! 
This is my first attempt at a slideshow short from a recent shoot. 
I think I'll be doing these for all portrait & event shoots. Let me know what you think. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

11.9.10 Blog Theme: Forgiveness...Well cute couples mostly, but some forgiveness too.

I am a bad bad blogger. It has been weeks, WEEKS I say, since last posting. Well my friends all is well
in the world of TRCP and here are a few samples of what's been going on. 
This is Teddy. Teddy keeps two humans named Beth & Matt. A few months back Beth's sister in Chicago found me through Yelp and asked if I sold Gift Certificates. I sold, she bought, and they used on this beautiful late October Saturday in Philadelphia. 

Meet Dana & Steve. I ran a contest on my Facebook fan page to see who could refer the most new fans and Dana was the winner. While the prize was a portrait session, when Dana asked if I'd photograph her rehearsal dinner party instead I was only too happy to oblige. It was a lovely night at The Bistro St. Tropez set atop the Marketplace Design Center which overlooks the Schuykill River and iconic 30th St. Station. *Note the building is right across from the PECO building's front entrance and despite the tiny doors, giant planters that line the street, multitude of parking kiosks, and NO SIGN designating it is a loading zone the Parking Authority has deemed it as such and you will be ticketed :( 

I'm about to start editing a shoot I did at Studio City New Jersey of the wonderful and fabulous Beia. Her birthday is coming up in December and we spent a few hours in studio creating photographs to be displayed in a video montage I'll be making at her party. Look back in the future for a few from the day. Studio City is a great location and I'm looking forward to my next shoot there in a few weeks. If any photographers/videographers/recording artists are reading this (and I know you are) you should definitely look into SCNJ. They have the state's largest green screen, amazing studio space, recording studio, editing suites, etc... ask for Shelton and tell him I sent you.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10.21.10 Pic theme: Paintings

Well once again I've put the blog on the back burner and let day after day pass without even a peep. Let me see if I can catch up on all the wonderful things goings on :) Portraits have been in the air lately (perfect time of year for them!) and I've been lucky enough to meet and photograph some really neat kids. I also partnered up with recently for a mega promotion (thank you if any of you who bought the save are reading this) and anticipate November being a crazy month with people looking to have holiday cards out before the end of the year. I've also had the pleasure of shooting for a great new chocolate company opening up in the Phoenixville area called Bridge Street Chocolates (believe me, you'll want to check them out!) and most recently photographing the paintings of a very talented painter.

Check out Anibal Valentin-Acevado's vibrant and captivating paintings. I can say with some certainty that after working for so many years at Fonda San Miguel and being surrounded by paintings from the most respected of Latin American artists, that Anibal has a bright future ahead of him.

Monday, September 27, 2010

9.27.10 Pic theme: Montage!

Today is approaching, to give it your best
You've got to reach your prime.
That's when you need to put yourself to the test
and show us a passage of time.

We're gonna need a montage.

A sports training montage.
Show a lotta things, happening at once,
Remind everyone of what's goin' on.
With every shot show a little improvement,
to show it all would take too long.

That's called a montage.

Even Rocky's had a montage.
in any sport, if you want to go
from just a beginner to a pro

You need a montage.

A simple little montage.

Always fade out in a montage.
If you fade out it seems like more time has passed in a montage.

(Lyrics from Southpark's Team America)

Well it certainly has been a busy few weeks since my last post and the best way to show this is with a montage...well several to be exact :) 

Collection of a few of my favorites from my shoot at Family Pet Resort in Newtown Square
Wedding vow renewal at Joseph Ambler Inn
2nd shooting for Morrissey Photo at The Farmhouse at Buena Vista in Emmaus, PA. 

Monday, September 13, 2010

9.13.10 Pic Theme: Maine in HDR

Lots of wonderful things happened this month and not the least of which was the trip my wonderful girlfriend and I took to Maine. It was my first trip past Boston and I was able to check two more states off the list (I'm gunning for you Dakotas, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho!) 

We ate our weight in Lobster Rolls, checked out the culture of Portland on their 1st Friday gallery walk night, visited some relatives, and hiked around Acadia National Park (and the LL Bean factory...HUGE!)

Along the way I took pictures. Big surprise ;) Once hurricane Earl had fizzled out the weather turned amazing and the colors of Maine really popped. Not all of my images made during the trip are in HDR, but these are. So enjoy!

Seen from the back of Red's Eats in Wiscasset, Maine. Home of the full lobster in a roll (Texas toast!) drizzled with butter. :) Also the most expensive rolls we ate... just saying, they are proud of their rolls I guess.

I love the way the mangled lobster traps appear to be a sea creature themselves. 

This was shot along the cliff side hike on Prouts Neck, Scarborough, Maine. The hike we thought would take us to Winslow Homer's studio. It did, but it's not open to the public. (thanks everyone who told us how to get there but never thought to tell us it wasn't open for tours!)

Possibly Winslow Homer's studio. Not for sure since there were no signs, but from the pictures I've seen it could possibly be. Nice house whomever it belongs to...

Really pretty, no? I'll be posting more on flickr or on my website (or both) so make sure to look around those places for more soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

9.9.10 Pic theme: Goofing off

Why is it that whenever I have something to do I end up getting other stuff done first? I suppose one thing inspires me to work on another... here are some of the fruits of my labor.Now back to editing :)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

8.29.10 Pic Theme: Wedding Teaser

Yesterday I once again had the great pleasure of 2nd shooting with the wonderful and talented Caitlin Scott. It was a long one folks and my hands are still hurting from juggling cameras all day, but so worth it! Great looking couple, super fun wedding party and guests, great locations, and a fun photographer to work with makes me one happy camper :) With that said I give you, the teaser ;)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

8.25.10 Post Theme: Contest!

Hey, would you like to win a free portrait session or an 11x14 fine art print from my catalog? All you have to do is join my facebook fan page and get your friends to do so too. Have them put your name in a comment box on the fanpage and that is all you have to do! 

On September 20th I will tally up all the names and the person with the most names will win a portrait session or a fine art print. Use it yourself or give it to someone as a gift. :) 

Join today!

8.25.10 Post Theme: Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP)

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in underserved communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 99 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 26,000 students. (from their website) 

I had the honor of being contacted by KIPP to photograph one of their former students that had gone on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania and low and behold they put one of the images from the shoot in the header of their newsletter. 


Monday, August 9, 2010

8.9.10 Alter-ego portrait

Greetings everyone, I hope all is well. I've been a busy camper with portrait sessions and party pictures. All good stuff, just hoping to keep the ball rolling. To that end, be on the lookout for a coupon to be going out on for a discounted portrait session. Part of the proceeds goes to charity! 

If you hire me you could do something like this! Alter-ego portraits were kind of thrown onto the national spotlight thanks to an episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. In a nutshell the subject dresses in different outfits and is positioned in differing locations in a single frame. I've posted photos I've made of myself on here for fun and a few weeks back I had the pleasure of being asked to do one for this lovely lady. She's a full time mom, a nursing student, and a loving wife. 

Pretty cool stuff, no? 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

7.28.10 Pic Theme: The wedding of Jenn & Rick

Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this great looking young couple as a 2nd photographer for the wonderfully talented Caitlin Scott. Jenn and Rick were super nice and so in love with each other as you'll see from the looks they were giving each other all day. I will have the pleasure of seeing most of these people again as I will be teaming up with Caitlin once again for the wedding of Jenn's sister! 

The wedding was held at Auletto's Catering in Deptford, NJ. Anyone looking for a scenic venue to host an event I would recommend Auletto's for the extensive amount of lovely background. 

You're invited

Auletto's main dining room. (HDR process)

The dress (also in HDR)

The Shoes

The best man

A toast to the groom's good fortunes. 

The groom's first glance at his wife to be. 

I think she's into him...

and he into her.

The sun was starting to set 

and there was much rejoicing 


Monday, July 26, 2010

7.26.10 Pic theme: Lens protection and other fun stuffs

Hello my peoples, I am writing today to share a few images from my day trip to the historic, iconic, and a few other "icks" Coney Island! Yes, when I arrived I wondered aloud, "I thought this was going to be an island?" But I digress. The main point I want to hammer home here is that a lens filter does something so much more important than create photo effects, it protects the lens! 

The lens, but what about the body? Well the body is important too, but most are built to take a bit of beating and quite frankly the lens is the most important part of the equation. For you newbies out there spend your hard earned money on the best lenses you can afford and get a pro-sumer body. The lenses will last you a life time while even the best body now will fail in a few years...and by that time the pro-sumer body will have 10X the ability at 1/10th the price. 

So that said, spending a few extra dollars on a filter is nothing compared to the safety it provides. Take this picture below. My friend's camera fell off his neck while taking his daughter off his shoulders. An action so common I'm sure cameras are broken everyday this way. But because he had a filter on the lens, we were able to clean it off and continue shooting. (Psst, Mike if you are reading this don't forget to go buy a new filter!) 

Ok, that's my PSA of the day. Now for a few other images. 
looks like a giant, man-made flower

in the running for the cutest ever, Izzie

War of the Mystics trash can. Reminds me of this:

Ohhh, and speaking of my flickr account. Make sure to stop by there in a day or two as I will be posting more HDR images. This time from Coney Island. Stop by now to see the Sandy Hook lighthouse in HDR!