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05 Mar 2017


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!

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!!!

17 Sep 2016

New York Fashion Week

Last weekend I had the incredible opportunity to work with Vivre Couture for New York Fashion Week. They were premiering their new line and celebrating their first time on the Red Carpet. After the runway, We brought some of the models outside into Times Square for a photoshoot amidst the traffic and crowds. I was using my Canon EOS 5D Mark III all day with my Canon 70-200mm 2.8 II for the runway and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 for portraits. You can check out more at http://vivrecouture.com/. Designer Kristen Alyce does all of the design and crafts pieces out of artists canvas. Artist Sarah LePierre then hand paint all of the designs onto the canvas with acrylic paint. It really is wearable art and they got quite the reception from the crown with the original and innovate designs and the beautiful models. I really had a great time and got to work with some awesome people and definitely looking forward to doing more fashion photography before winter.

05 Sep 2016

Labor Day At the Lake

I spent my Labor day weekend upstate with my dad, a few friends, and of course My Canon 5D and my 50mm 1.2. It was a more relaxing weekend than usual with less adventures and exploring and more time spent editing in the tent and playing with my camera. I’ve eaten nothing but hot dogs and egg sandwiches for the last 72 hours and I must say, I don’t hate it. Between shooting guns, building bonfires and shucking clams we found some time to do long exposures and shoot off some fireworks as well. I kept my 50mm 1.2 on my camera all weekend and love it more each time I use it. Alex brought his DJI Phantom 3 drone and I got the opportunity to fly it as well and was really impressed with the ease of use and the quality of the footage. The problem is now I want to buy one immediately. I will definitely miss summer but bring on fall! I have way too many flannels in my closet right now begging to be worn.

24 Jul 2016

Exploring Brooklyn

Despite the 90 degree temperatures, Nina and I walked across the Brooklyn bridge after work on Friday and caught the sunset from the park after walking around DUMBO and taking pictures. I was using my canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon 24-70mm 2.8 USM and 70-200mm 2.8 USM II. No matter where I am going I always try to bring my 70-200mm with me since it yields such incredible quality photos despite the size and weight. We stuffed our faces at Shake Shack once the sun went down and walked back across the bridge with a perfect summer breeze blowing. Today I treated myself to a Canon 50mm 1.2mm L-series lens for portraits and the weddings I have in August. Can’t wait to explore Jersey City and test it out when it arrives!

19 Jun 2016

Backstreet Cafe Shoot

Last weekend I spent Sunday afternoon at the Backstreet cafe in New Milford, NJ taking photos for their website and advertising. The owners, Kim and Tom Phelan are some of the nicest people you’ll meet and the food was awesome as well. The best part was getting to eat everything after the photos were done! I used my Canon ESO 5D markiii and EF 16-35mm 2.8II with the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. I just got a Gary Fong flash diffuser for wedding and used that as well; I was really happy with how it softens the flash and helps with shadows. You can check out the Backstreet Cafe at: http://backstreetcafenj.com/.

29 Sep 2015

Welcome to Key Frame Photography!

Welcome to Key Frame Photography! My name is Joseph Keys and I appreciate you stopping here. All of the items in the Gallery are available for licensing and please email info@keyframephoto if you are interested in prints as well. I will be posting regularly on this blog with tips and photographs from shoots and from from exploring with my camera. I welcome your feedback, so jump right in!