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Did you ever wonder what an abandoned mansion looked like but could not get in? I did. Full access to an abandoned mansion close to down town Westport. This is the former home of Evelyn and Walter Langer inventors of a very popular perfume called White Shoulders.

I was raised in Westport so I know a lot of people here. Greeting me at the door was Bill Frawley He works for the town and had the keys to let me in. I graduated Staples High with his brother Mike. Actually, I went through Saugatuck Elementary and Bedford Middle School as well. Bill took me to the basement and said I should start photographing there. He told me stories how the house was haunted and said he would come back in 2 hours to see if i made it…. or had finished shooting. On his way up the stairs he yelled over his shoulder that he was just kidding.

The house was a little spooky because of drafts which caused doors to move and the furnace to kick in.

Most of the house was shot on tripod with time exposures and available light. In some cases I would use strobes just to fill in dark areas.

I was greeted by a large vulture on top of the roof. He would end up following me around the exterior
nice details of the stairs
details of the texture of the wallpaper
love the “peephole” it was larger than most.
details of the ceiling
spiral staircase
through the windows you can see the Westport Senior Center
again, detail and nice color
my favorite shot
I actually had this type of sink in my first house in Westport
can you say yellow?
love this stove, cool dials
this is where I started… the basement

You only turn 70 once. I am a good event photographer because I am very stealthy. I am really good at working with people and making them have a good time. Feeling comfortable in front of the camera,that sort of thing. I like to mix some classic poses along with a lot of casual candids. This makes the client very very happy.

Jimbo turned 70 and he had a great time. The food was fantastic and the company was even better. I have lived in Westport all my life, so of course I knew a bunch of people at the party.

I love these beans!!
They hired a magician to do amazing card tricks
Jimbo with Roger Ferris (R) Westport Architect

Check out the slideshow below for more images

https://john-videler-photography.smartslides.com/jimbos-70th

I shoot a lot of real estate photography and I really enjoy it. It takes me to exotic places and I get to see some fantastic homes. The Beach House Shuffle was an idea by Judy Michaelis of the Judy Michaelis Group. A local realtor with a brilliant idea.

Judy chose a house tour of 4 homes all within walking distance. House 1 at Compo Beach was a nice meeting place where waters were handed out, stretching took place and we all got to meet our personal trainers. they were from GOAT fitness and they worked everyone out on the tour of the 3 remaining houses. On the walk to each house, they would stop the group and then proceed to motivate all to run in place, step up on walls and engage in calistetics.

At the last house a home built by Milton Builders and one that I photographed for Jillian Klaffs, lunch was served and catered by Westport’s new food source, Mystic Market. Judy handed out beach shuffle hats and everyone had champagne on the rooftop deck to enjoy the view and conversation.

I photographed this event with a mixture of cameras. One was my Canon 5d mark3 and the other was my leica mseries camera. I used the leica for mny of the stills and used my Canon to capture video. the quality is exceptional.

I photographed Joe Farrell for Westport Lifestyle Magazine. He is the owner and creator of Rothbard Ale + Larder. I have met Joe a few times before this shoot so we were both were very comfortable with each other.Many times you will not have this luxury and then you will have to find something in common or something that they enjoy so you can get them to be comfortable with you taking their photograph.

The staff at Rothbard was prepared for me when I arrived. We shot Joe behind the bar for a few and then we did some images at a table, where Joe sat and ate with some friends. I always add additional shots or vignettes of the place I am shooting because you never know if your going to use the images in a blog or maybe instagram.

At the end of this shoot, Joe let us eat all of the sausage and wurst. it was fantastic.

Food is so good!
Joe Farrell

What can I say about Paola and her wonderful business Gaerlick and Herbs. Every time I hear that they are catering an event that I am at, I get really excited. Their food is top notch and their presentation makes my job shooting it even easier. The food is always nicely displayed. it is almost as if they have a stylist working on the plates before they go out. I actually think they do.

This shoot took place at their store on the post rd on the Fairfield Westport border. It is brightly lit and very comfortable. I did use some portable flash with shoot through umbrella’s to give some fill light. I also used card for reflection on the food shots. I feel everyone should have a profile photographed of their business. It presents a great opportunity to show the community what you do.