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Image of the Week | Special Birthday

This weeks image(s) of the week are dedicated to my beautiful daughter who is turning 4 years old this week. She has a world of personality and has the god given ability always makes me smile. She is my little helper when I need someone to sit in and test my lighting down in the studio and never turns down an opportunity to hang out with me when I ask her to.

Being a younger sister, she always takes a back seat to the weekly excitement. Having an older brother that plays just about every sport imaginable, she is stuck following him around to practices and games, yet she never complains, because we are together. Last night we spent time going through pictures from when she was a baby while I played and sang our song, Father and Daughter by Paul Simon. This week is her time and she will have the spotlight for a change. I am looking forward to making this birthday special for her, because she deserves it.

Happy Birthday to my very special little girl, Punky. You light up my life!

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Beautiful Now

 

This time of year is something special. Like everything else, it comes and goes and before you know if, it’s gone. I usually set aside some important time to go out and shoot fall foliage, but this year has been real busy. However, I was able to deprive myself of some much needed sleep and head over to Belmont Lake State Park early one morning this week at sunrise and get a few images. Holy shit was it cold, but it is beautiful and peaceful to be at such a busy place that early in the morning…..and so close to home.

Image of the Week | Platinum Sunset

It is difficult to believe that summer is almost over. This summer was no doubt the busiest summer season I have had yet and things don’t really change gears from this point. School begins next week, kids sports and activities are in full swing and wedding season does not begin to slow down until November.

Portrait bookings are coming in for late summer/fall outdoor family shoots. This is actually the perfect time of year to shoot outdoors as the heat and haze of the summer does not dilute the skies true clarity and color saturation. I am shooting just as many outdoor sessions over the next few months and I am in-studio sessions here at home base.

For this weeks image, I wanted to post one of my favorite images from summer. It’s an image of the fire island lighthouse I took at sunset at the Fire Island National Seashore. As breathtaking as this image looks in color, I chose to have this printed on metallic paper in black & white due to the tasteful tones and contrast the image displays when the color is removed. It places more of the focus on the lighthouse in this composition, because the lighthouse itself is black and white.

I hope everyone had an awesome summer and I look forward to a very picturesque autumn season.

Sunshine State

View from the balcony this morning. Missed the sunrise by a couple of minutes, but I took a couple of snaps anyway. I wonder if I lived here, would I appreciated this as much……hell yeah!

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– Mark

Rumors Confirmed – Disney Is Fun!

I haven’t been to Disney World since I was a kid, so I was looking forward to going almost as much as the kids. Chris got a Disney trip for his 6th birthday and has been waiting for 4 months to go. What a huge place! Words can not describe how big this place is (unless your discussing the actual square mileage of property).

It felt good to get away, even if it meant two straight days of walking and carrying stuff. Mackenzie actually stayed awake through the fireworks whereas Chris was knocked out before they even started. Of course, cause he did all the walking while the princess rode in the stroller and had a nap.

Chris really wanted to try his first roller coaster. So we went toward Space Mountain and jumped on the rocket ship ride directly across from it. Lots to see and do, had an awesome time with the family.

Just a few of Chris’ favorite pics.

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Coming back from an engagement shoot when I noticed this huge piece of cheese that…

Coming back from an engagement shoot when I noticed this huge piece of cheese that seemed to be stuck in the sky. Almost got hit by a car in the process of capturing this bad boy.

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Was supposed to have a photo walk through a local park with my photography group….

Was supposed to have a photo walk through a local park with my photography group. We did not cross paths unfortunately, so I headed out alone.

In album Blydenberg County Park (14 photos)

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Portrait Day

I spend most of my time behind the camera taking photojournalistic event images, but I really enjoy a good portrait session with one of my favorite subjects, my son Christopher. I am actually hoping to do more portrait work next year because I enjoy it so much. I get to use my studio lighting equipment and modifiers that I can’t always use when I am shooting a wedding cause I am moving around so much. I enjoy putting together a complex setup with soft boxes, umbrellas, gels, grids and snoots, but I appreciate when you can get awesome results from one key light, off-camera to blend with the ambient light which sings by itself.

We were supposed to have portrait day this past weekend for my son’s football team, but Mother Nature did not allow it. Another photog taking pictures of my son, he won’t allow it….he won’t smile right. So we decided to gear up and take some pictures right out in the backyard. I wanted to get some images for the family that will show his true personality (clown) and that he will enjoy. After snapping 25 images in different poses, with and without the helmet. Chris and I narrowed it down to 18 that we really likes (mostly cause he made silly faces), but he told me he wanted specific images for his bedroom wall and one that he wanted to put in his wallet. He doesn’t like the picture day portraits that we take with the rest of the team. We really just go for the team photo so he can always remember all his team mates.

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Just go out and take some pictures.

– Mark