Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Courtney and Mike: A wedding at Grounds For Sculpture.

You know that feeling you get when you meet someone and you feel like you've known them all your life? That's the way I felt the moment I walked into Courtney and Mike's house to talk about photographing their wedding at Grounds For Sculpture (one of my favorite places in the entire world!). When she said she was planning to wear her cowboy boots I knew this was a match made in heaven and I had to shoot this wedding. I even promised to wear my boots, which I hadn't worn working a wedding since moving from Texas. 

Unfortunately mother nature didn't feel like cooperating the day of the wedding and New Jersey, and much of the east coast, was hit by an epic storm. So many of our plans were set for outside and based on radar forecasts, we were not going to be able to get outside and play at all. The decision was rightfully made to hold the ceremony inside, but as you'll see we were able to take advantage of small breaks in the storm to get out and about in the park for many of our planned shots! Everyone got a little wet, but it was actually kind of fun overcoming the elements! 

The party moved on to Eagle Ridge Country Club where all kinds of craziness ensued including, but not limited to, two groomsmen tying their shirts together to make a jump rope! It's no surprise that these two awesome people also have a ton of awesome friends and I'll never forget the fun we had and the adversity we overcame. Sincerely, Courtney and Mike are the greatest! 

Enjoy the images. Vendor details follow at the bottom.

Special thanks to my second shooter/umbrella holder Shaina Gibbs!

Vendor Details:

DJ - Elite Entertainment - Tom Monaco
Limo - Santos VIP
Florist - Kirks Florist in Farmingdale
Dress- RK Bridal in NYC
Bridesmaids - Nicole's Boutique in Brick - dresses by Bill Levkoff
Junior Bridesmaids & Flower Girl dresses - David's Bridal
Guys Suits - Men's Warehouse
Hair - Serenity Salon in Jackson, my hair done by Korrine Wessels
Makeup - Jill Scalise 
Rings - Twin City Jewelers in Lakewood

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Quick pic from recent engagement / headshots session

I'm editing a recent engagement / professional headshots session and fell in "love" with this one in particular, so I thought I'd share. Congrats again you two!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Portrait of Ron Caplan for Northeastern alumni magazine.

I was recently contacted by Northeastern University in Boston about photographing alumnus Ron Caplan for the cover of their alumni magazine. Ron is the founder and president of PMC Property Group in Philadelphia. We decided to meet at the location of their latest endeavor on the corner of 19th and Arch. 

Here are two of my favorites from the shoot.

There is so much going on in this image that I love. The leading lines coming to an X behind him give a kind of superhero feel. In our short time together it was evident to me that Ron is a solid guy with a very cool demeanor, which I thought would be reinforced by the blue tones and the metal background. 

Also a lot going on in this shot. Under Ron's direction PMC has become the largest owner of rental properties in the city of Philadelphia. With that in mind, I chose this City Hall view with various buildings as the background. Closer in, I thought the various building elements would speak toward PMC's construction aspects. Then there are the workers in the background. Aware of what we were doing they stopped and moved out of the shot for us, but I told them to get back in there and keep working. I explained to Ron that it was obvious to me that he had a connection and affection with everyone on site, and having these two in the shot pays homage in a small way to everyone's contribution. I also thought the slight red, white, and blue notes of the image was a nice touch in the birthplace of our independence. 

Final note, a sincere thanks to the foreman Jeff McCallister for showing me around the property to scout locations before Ron's arrival. Much appreciated!