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The Blue Angels are Back!

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Blue Angels

So the Blue Angels are back in the air and will be performing at the Jones Beach Air Show this weekend. It’s gonna be a madhouse, but I hope to get down there and get some pictures.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Image of the Week | Portrait Improvisation

Although it was late December, we were actually blessed with some really nice weather and were able to shoot a fair amount of pictures outside. This particular shot was taken just as the sun was going down and was beginning to chill up quite a bit. At this point, we had taken most of the pictures from the day outside, including at the beach.

As the sun was going down, it was getting cold quick. We went down by the golf course for one last portrait, because we had shot everywhere else but there. As we were walking down the cart path, I noticed the groom was holding the brides bouquet and he heard me snap a few shots. As you can see, both the bride and groom had some fun with it and I think I may like this picture even better than the portrait we walked down there to take.

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 | Sun and Bamboo

Ryane & Michael just left this morning after seeing their wedding for the first time (congratulations post to follow), so I thought it would be appropriate to showcase one of their images as the image of the week. One thing I always do following each wedding I shoot is to have the bride & groom over to view their images with me for the first time. Once we meet and go through all the images, and I mean all of them in a beautiful slideshow with music, then I give them their proofs, disc and access the their exclusive gallery on my site.

Viewing the images with the client is be very rewarding. I get to witness their expressions and reactions to the images as they relive their wedding day. Words can not describe how important this is to me. Instead of sending them a link and possibly never hearing back to confirm if they are truly happy, I am there.

This day, we had a backyard wedding on a beautiful day. As sun began to dip closer to the horizon, I was anticipating a beautiful lightscape background as the sun shined through the forest of bamboo trees. The background is so beautiful, it almost looks fake.

So many good images from this wedding. I am putting together a collection of favorites and will put up a congratulations post later in the week.

Sun glare Rocks!

Super Moon Engagement Shoot

I was pretty psyched to go out and shoot this past weekend (as I am every weekend), but this weekend was a special case, cause I was in anticipation of the Super Moon. Not for a landscape expedition however, I was shooting an engagement session and I was prepared every step of the way. I use a little app called The Photographer’s Ephemeris, which lets me know exactly when and where the sun and moon will rise and set based on any geographical location I set (and I have a few favorites saved).

We had three locations set up for this session and we spent 3 hours shooting. The plan was to finish the evening at the beach to catch some twilight and hopefully the moon rise. The clouds were thick and low on the horizon, so I knew there was no shot of seeing it peek over the horizon, but we waited till it finally did sneak through the clouds and it was still magical.

So off I wend to go meet Brittany & Billy in Babylon Village where they often dine and hangout. We started off the night right with a glass of wine and some laughs. The images will tell the rest of the story. There are too many good images to put them all on the blog, but this is just a taste.

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Congratulations Brittany & Billy! I had an awesome time.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Although summer doesn’t officially begin for almost a month, I consider Memorial Day weekend the beginning of summer. A long holiday weekend (for most), filled with parades, car & air shows and barbecue. There are also plenty of people out there need to work feverishly in order for the rest of us to enjoy our time off. Retail stores running holiday sales, market workers where we purchase goodies for our backyard bash and of course the beverage distributor, which always has a line out the door.

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Cars

I remember when I was a kid while driving with my dad, he would always point out a classic car while rambling the make, model and year. In most cases, he even knew what motor came with most cars back then, and this is without the internet. Who the hell does that kind of research anymore without the internet? I guess that’s where my appreciation for cars began to develop. Chrome, shiny paint, and a nice sounding motor…..those days, nobody cared about gas mileage.

I used to take picture of cars all the time when I was younger, but I always hated how they came out. The reason is because I always tried to get the entire car in the frame and always took the same boring vantage point. Spend a few minutes with a sexy machine and it’s almost like shooting a boudoir session. Reflecting and enhancing on it’s most significant characteristics.

I plan to pick up a copy of Special Interest magazine to hit as many car shows that I can this summer. More subjects to follow, for sure.

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– Mark

Florida Continued….

Every time we visit Mom in Florida, we always take a trip to the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. Lots of cool animals that you can see up close. It seems to put the kids in a good mood, which then puts me in a good mood. We had a nice time.

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The many silly faces of Mackenzie. Her and Chris love to make us laugh.

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