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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.

Capturing your business using a professional photographer is a very good idea. Communicate to the world what you do. Give them the behind the scenes activity and maybe even show case your team. I think people are curious of what you do, at least I am. I will often ask, what do you do? Where? and what train to the city do you take? We humans are very curious.

In these images I captured the chefs from Tavern at Gray Barns and from Terrain Garden Cafe. In each shoot portraits were taken and shots of the food as well.

Here is Chef Ben Freemole captured on location at The Gray Barns Restaurant

These are very simple images captured with a shoot through umbrella and a shallow depth of field. A lot of the shoot is making the client feel comfortable, which is something I am very good at.


Scallop Crudo at Gray Barns

The food photography was shot with a light modifier and a piece of white foam core to reflect light into the shadows.

Here is Jess Bengston Chef of Terrain Garden Cafe

I love shooting black and white as well. Most cases I will take the raw file into photoshop where I will apply a bw filter.

Jess on location at Terrain
Curried cauliflower with tomato jam

One of the best parts about photographing chefs, is that they usually let you eat the sample plates!

Project return hired me to photograph their fundraiser “gather around the table” This is my 3rd year shooting this event and I must tell you that I was very inspired by it. Project return gives homeless girls in Fairfield county a chance to live a normal life by housing them and helping them find work and mentoring them.

This event which was held at Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk featured 12 designers who created a table setting that over 250 women bid to win the setting. The bids are purchased during the cocktail hour and at the end of the luncheon, they raffle off the table settings. It is truly brilliant. Not only do you have a chance to win a designers table, you also get really nice take home gifts.

Consider going next year, tickets sell out quickly!