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Preview: Spotlight on Talented Actors and Actresses

January 23, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I have such fun each year photographing the talented actresses and actors of Delbarton's Abbey Players, and this year their energy was especially contagious. We worked together to craft headshots that reflected the upcoming "Into the Woods" performance. The Brothers Grimm inspired story called for headshots that reflected the dark comedy and the en...
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Tips for Capturing Dynamic Concert Photographs

January 22, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I had the privilege of photographing the oh-so-talented musician Kristy Chmura during a concert in honor of the release of her latest album (which, I am proud to add, sports my photos on its cover). But, photographing any concert in near darkness at the mercy of colored lights and limited mobility means that employing the right equipment and strate...
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Award Winner: The Triangle of Broken Glass

October 06, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I am delighted to share that my first competition entry was a winner with New Jersey's 70 South Gallery in Morristown. I responded on a whim to an invitation to shoot an image between September 1st and 8th with the theme "triangle." Using the incredibly high resolution (50.6 MP) Canon 5DS R and testing the phenomenon Zeiss Otus f/1.4 lens wide open...
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Equipment Review: Putting Canon's 1DX mark ii to the Test

September 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Canon's flagship 1DX mark ii has the most advanced autofocus and tracking system of any camera body. It is hailed by olympic and professional sports photographers everywhere for it's ability to capture remarkable action shots. I put the camera to an extreme test during a recent photoshoot of a rowing club on the go. This shoot was a particular chal...
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Equipment Review: Get a Grip on your Gear

August 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I have long been on a search for the perfect camera strap to support hefty professional cameras. While the Canon straps that arrive in the camera box are strong and usable, they are also cumbersome and conspicuous. While many pros shoot sans-strap, I like the slight support and assurance that a strap provides. After extensive testing, the ARTISAN&A...
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Dual Approach to Corporate Headshots

July 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Corporate portraits, better known as "headshots" because of their close-up style, are the most conservative of the various headshot categories. It is key for all types of headshots to reflect the industry and the personality of the subject. While theater and music industry headshots can be the most creative and dramatic, corporate portraits general...
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Equipment Review: Canon 200 mm f/2.0L IS lens

April 11, 2017  •  4 Comments
I wrestled for almost three years before taking the plunge to purchase this behemoth lens of legendary quality, but Canon's 200 F/2.0L IS indeed is the king of lenses and didn't disappoint! Most reviews obsess over the large size and larger price tag, but if you're interested in the quality and look that this lens offers, both the weight and the co...
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Caring for Photographic Artwork

March 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
The photographic artwork that I create is produced by the top professional photographic labs and designed to last for hundreds of years. That said, proper care in hanging and cleaning is essential to keeping your product looking it's best. Heat, sunlight, and humidity can cause fading, discoloration and warping in all types of artwork. Never hang...
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Product Review: Fine Art Acrylic Images

March 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I am completely enamored with fine art acrylic photographic products! Produced at the very best professional labs, they are vivid, sleek and fun. While contemporary in style, they work with any decor and are the perfect way to freshen walls for spring. I can produce these acrylics in a variety of sizes to adorn a table (as small as 4x4") on an ease...
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Preview: Photography to Represent Music

March 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I love working with Kristy Chmura --a talented song writer, lovely harpist, and remarkable vocalist--to create photographs that represent her music and artistic vision. For months we brainstormed ideas for "the look" of a cover for her upcoming album, "Stained, Glass Heart," and stalked the weather reports waiting for a freakishly warm February day...
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Equipment Review: Ona's New Beacon Bag is Totally Tubular

February 23, 2017  •  4 Comments
Ona nailed it with the new Beacon lens bag addition to their camera bag line. The modern tubular version of this vintage bag features a ballistic nylon exterior with leather trim and brass hardware. The inside is sufficiently padded to protect lenses and it feels like there is a hard plastic liner between the padding and nylon to provide stability...
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Preview: Enchanting Engagement Photographs

February 20, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Engagement photographs, in my book, are second only to puppy photos! Photographing newlyweds-to-be is all the fun of love, youth, romance and possibility without any wedding stresses. Combine this with unseasonably warm temps, a stunning field and a setting winter sun, and it's a match made in heaven! Straight from NYC, enter the beautiful and cla...
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Perspective: Seeing Beauty in What is Old

January 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
My "favorite" project might change every day, but this assignment undoubtedly ranks near the top for 2016. Tasked only with capturing some images of an old farmhouse the week before it was torn down, I had carte blanche to creatively portray the beauty I saw in this dilapidated structure. I visited the property five times during late October at hou...
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Preview: Perfect Light, Perfect Portrait

January 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I had a blast working with these talented actors and actresses -- there was great energy and excitement as we crafted the "look" that they wanted to represent them. The request behind this photoshoot of 27 teens was for natural light with a neutral, informal backdrop. Bitter cold temperatures and peak mid-day sunlight kept us working inside. Withou...
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Perspective: A Photographer's Mission

January 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Reading an article today in the New York Times Magazine by English writer Geoff Dyer, an assertion stopped me in my tracks: "The task for photographers is always to make a picture more interesting than what it depicts." How true! How simply and accurately true! Dyer doesn't say that we must make the subject more beautiful or more shocking, simply t...
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