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My father had a heart attack while I was pitching for the Westport Little League championship. I was 12 years old and miraculously, my father survived the heart attack. The American Heart Association Walk/Run brings awareness to a disease that effects many people. Each year The AHA has two of these run/walks, there is one in the spring and one in the fall. Each time, they honor two survivors of heart attacks and there stories are very compelling. Here are only a few images of the walk. For more information about joining, just click on AHA above.

The two heart attack survivors cutting the ribbon to start the run/walk

 

 

 

 

Most of my table top shooting was taught to me by my father. He was a food photographer for Pepperidge Farm. Home of The Milano and the Goldfish snacks. I polished up my skills by working for a creative photography studio in Florida. I really enjoy tabletop shoots and it gets even better when your stylist is your wife. Liz and I have been married for 20 years and she has such an excellent eye for setting up clothes, shoes, gift baskets, etc. The client can guarantee that our team produces the high end imagery that they are looking for. This shoot was for Indulge by Mersene who has a boutique shop in Westport that you really should visit.

 

 

 

Photography of Saugatuck train Station shot on a tripod. I added lens flare to the last image, it almost looks like it was shot during the day, but these were all at night. This spring weather is finally making it easier to shoot night shots without having to dress in 4 layers. I enjoy shooting in black and white, it gives the subject that timeless quality.

 

 

 

The creative director for Oldendorff contacted me and wanted to see if I could shoot some portraits for their website. He first had to make sure that I had the same equipment as they had in Germany, because they wanted all the images of all of the companies offices to look similar. First question, do you have a green screen, then do you have two soft boxes and finally, what about a 34 inch beauty dish. I was happy to say that yes, I had all of what he had and also the 34 inch beauty dish ( in fact, I just got the dish, and it is awesome) All perfect timing. The beauty dish is great for portraits and gives the subject soft light.

 

 

 

 

 

The key to shooting green screen is even background lighting. Of course getting the talent to act natural and approachable falls on the photographer as well. One of my specialties. The rest is up to the photo shop person. Above are the samples I had in photoshop and what these images would look like from samples of Oldendorff’s website.

 

 

 

 

Hiring a professional photographer will get you high quality images for your website and for all your branding material. It is the way to go.

 

 

 

 

Working with marketing companies is great because they come to you with specifics. They want a certain look or a certain feel for a shoot. Many marketing companies are focusing on branding and re branding for clients websites. Quinton from Element 8 Design approached me to photograph a local Psychiatrist and his team. He wanted a natural looking background so I photographed the team at his office.

 

Group office photograph Dialectical & Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center.

Usually on location shoots I bringĀ  smaller more portable gear, but it depends on the situation. I like to tether up to a computer so the clients and myself can see the images as they are shot. This way we can make changes as we photograph. In some cases the time will not allow this and we find a quicker solution. I had maybe 5 minutes with each person so you have to find a way to make each person look approachable in a short amount of time.

 

 

Here are samples of the website. Individual portraits with a group image and I also took “detail” shots for background usage. I really enjoy photographing business portraits on location as well as in my studio in Westport.