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09 Jul 2017

Puppy Photoshoot

Is there really anything better than a puppy? Like honestly?? Last week I had an awesome session with Hank the 9 week old Yellow Labrador. Like usual, I used my Canon 5D and mostly stuck with the canon 70-200mm 2.8, which is my favorite lens for pet photography and portrait sessions with moving subjects. The bokeh it provides is beautiful and it really makes colors pop, like the green of the grass. I am looking forward to watching this little guy grow up through the viewfinder of my camera and I have plenty of availability for weekend pet sessions this summer. I have plenty of great spots in mind here in Jersey City or we can meet anywhere you would prefer. You can fill out the contact form on the website or text or call me at (201) 739-8984. Whether it is a dog, cat, turtle, bird, or whatever other strange creature, I’d love to work with you! If I could spend just a few minutes a day with a puppy I think I would be pretty darn content.

09 May 2017

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Yesterday Nina and I spent the afternoon at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and I was finally able to test out the new Canon 100mm Macro lens I just got. I was so impressed with the quality of the images I got with it and the detail I was able to capture in even the smallest object was outstanding. It also fared well with some test portraits and the colorful trees made for a perfect backdrop. The bonsai exhibit was my favorite part of the garden and we got one to bring home as well, we’re going to name it “Gizmo”.  I’ll definitely be going back in the summer, hopefully with some more new equipment to test out again.

20 Apr 2017

Lotus at the Capitol Theater

Last weekend I had the awesome opportunity to perform show coverage for Lotus at The Capitol theater in Port Chester, New York for DMNDR. Had such an amazing time! You can read my full write up, see all the photos, and read my interview with the band here:

Shedding Some Light On Lotus

01 Apr 2017

Blizzard Adventure

As a huge lover of winter and the bitter cold, I was so excited that we got one last blizzard this season and I thought there was no better way to enjoy it than to walk around with my camera and take some photos. One of my favorite things about the canon 5D Mark III is how rugged and durable it is. It got covered in snow and I walked around in below freezing temperatures for over an hour and not once did it slow down or lag. It is so nice to know that I can bring it anywhere and not have to worry about it; whether it is walking in a snowstorm, stuffed in my backpack during a rugged hike, or covered in dirt while shooting a motocross race, it just keeps going strong. Aside from the beautiful snow falling, I was able to get some good photos of all the awesome graffiti all over Jersey City where I live, only made more photogenic by the falling snow. All in all it was a great day and while I am excited for spring and summer, I will certainly miss the winter!

05 Mar 2017

Colorado

Last week I took a trip out to Colorado to spend some time with a few friends and of course to do some snowboarding. I rode at Beaver Creek, Keystone, and Arapahoe Basin and every day had great conditions. My last day at Beaver Creek I was in knee deep powder the entire time and I cold not have been happier. When I ride, I just bring my GoPro Hero 4 and Iphone with me to take photos since I do not want to risk anything happening to my precious 5D and I just want to focus on my time in the mountains and nothing else. My favorite thing to do between riding in the woods is to turn off my music and just stop amongst the trees and take it all in because there is nowhere else to me that provides more solitude and beauty.

On Monday I took a hike near Boulder in the Chautauqua mountains to do a photography session for a new jewelry line that will be coming out soon so keep your eyes out for a new post once I am all done editing. I brought my EOS 5D mark III and my 24-70mm 2.8 LL lens with me; my go-to hiking setup. One of my favorite things about Colorado is how one day I can be way up in the mountains in a winter wonderland and the next I can be hiking in a t-shirt.

So I am back now and I have traded in the mountains for the skyscrapers of Manhattan but I certainly missed city life and all of the constant stimulation just walking around the streets of New York. I can sense spring right around the corner and I cannot wait to get outside more with my camera!

21 Feb 2017

Lake Wallenpaupack Weekend

Since I had Monday off work, Nina and I decided to spend President’s Day Weekend at Lake Wallenpauck exploring some new hiking trails. We hiked Devil’s Hole Trail in Paradise Valley, PA on Sunday where we found some old ruins in the woods and then grilled some delicious ribeye steaks while we watched the stars. All day I was using my Canon EOS 5D and my 24-70mm 2.8. I really love getting away from city life every once and a while so this was a much needed trip to decompress and relax with nature. On Monday, we stopped at High Point State Park on the way home and hiked the Cedar Lake Trail and switched over to my 50mm 1.2 for the day since it is much lighter to carry and it provides beautiful bokeh for up-close nature shots. On Wednesday I am off to Colorado for a week to do some snowboarding and of course take some photos so stay tuned!

23 Jan 2017

Sebastian joins the family!

A few weeks back I got a 9-month old African Spur Thighed Tortoise or Sulcata as they are also known as. We named him Sebastian and he has been an absolute delight to live with and he brightens out day. He is obsessed with Kale and refuses to eat anything but the freshest greens like a true spoiled child. We recently took him to Westwood Pets in Westwood, NJ to meet Soupy, an 18 year old Sulcata who has grown up there. They shared some grapes and zucchini and it is pretty unbelievable to look at the difference in size between these two guys and realize that is how big Sebastian will be in 18 years. I think we may end up having to leave him in our will to our future children or maybe taking him on a pilgrimage to a farm out in California but he is going nowhere for a long time! We love him and look forward to watching him grow!

17 Jan 2017

Sunday Engagement Shoot

Yesterday I did an engagement photo shoot with some close friends of mine from my home town of Mahwah, NJ. As it happens, they have recently moved to Jersey City as well so we chose Liberty State Park for the location and we could not have asked for better weather either. I love working with clients whom I already know because they are so comfortable with me and I know their story as a couple too. Mike and Mandy have been dating since 2008 and my girlfriend and I have been lucky enough to have know them throughout and to enjoy some great times with them. As far as clients go, they were perfect; so natural in front of the camera and even willing to climb over some railings to get the shot!

As usual, I was shooting on my Canon 5D Mark III all day and spent most of the day with my 24-70mm 2.8 II attached. From wide to close, this lens is the most versatile in my arsenal and when I only have the room for one lens, this is certainly my go-to. When I needed to get a little closer I used my 70-200mm 2.8 II. When I can let them be themselves and laugh and not be so close and interfere at all, the telephoto provides some excellent shots.

Overall, we had a great time and I will definitely be using Liberty State Park for future shoots, as well as for catching a sunset after work. Nina and I could not be happier with living in Jersey City and the more we explore, the more I find some great locations for shoots with clients or just for exploring alone with my camera. I wish Mike and Mandy the best of luck on all their endeavors and cannot thank them enough for the opportunity to do their engagement photos. Congratulations guys!!!

04 Dec 2016

Top of the Rock

For the last month I have been quite ill so I was unable to get out and take photos, let alone explore. (Hence no blog posts for the last several weeks)  Now that I am finally feeling better, Nina surprised me with tickets to Top of the Rock at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in Manhattan. We got there early to get some lunch and get a good spot for sunset. I was switching between my Canon 70-200mm 2.8, 24-70mm 2.8, and 16-35mm2.8 but eventually settled on the 24-70mm because it is the most versatile and as the crowd got larger, I would not be able to get the room to safely swap lenses after sunset. That is usually my go-to lens when I know I can only bring one lens or need to save weight and space while out and about and it also happens to be the first L-series lens I ever purchased.

Aside from some cold fingers, we had a great time and ended up getting a really awesome sunset with plenty of color. I wish we stayed longer to watch the colors fade as all of the lights went on throughout the city, but with all of the people packing in and our stomachs growling, we decided to pack it in and head back for dinner. I am looking forward to more exploring and photo adventures throughout the winter now that I am feeling back to normal! Now if we could only get some snow….

18 Sep 2016

The Brew Hop 5k and Beer Fest

Today I was the photographer for The Brew Hop 5k and Beer Fest, another event put together by Peak Projects. There was a great turnout and despite the weather forecast, there was some beautiful weather as well. There were some impressive performances by the runners as well and the line for BareBurger would say that they saw a pretty great audience as well (myself included). I was shooting on my Canon EOS 5D mark iii and most of the time with my Canon 70-200mm 2.8. That is always my go to lens for any event photography and it always provides stunning results. I shot a lot of video today too which was a nice change of pace and there should be an edit sometime in the near future. I always like to focus on candids when I do events like this because they really capture the atmosphere and show how fun it is for everyone. And I must say after doing many weddings this summer, I have started to focus more and more on candids for any type of event. More info can be found at http://www.thebrewhop5k.com/nyc/  and I am looking forward to more Peak Projects events too!