It is always an honor to be asked to capture a major family event. To be entrusted with preserving the memories that will be passed down for generations. To be entrusted to stop time for one moment.
It is always about family. Nothing else.
That will be on the market soon. I do very much enjoy real estate photography. I get to see (most) homes at their best. This inspires me to do something with my home...
On my bucket list of places to go is Watkin's Glen. Not the racetrack. The NY state park. I finally made it to the Finger Lakes this month and wondered why it took me so long to get there. Stunning place. Still rural. Beautiful. But the falls are probably the most photographed thing there. So how to do it differently? Do it in B&W.
Photography is only about one thing. Light. Without it, there's no photography. The word photography, is based on the Greek: Photo - light, graph - write. Light writing. And I search out the late afternoon light to find the gold. This light kisses everyone and thing with this warm wonderful feeling you wish would last forever...
Our minds are comforted by patterns. While there are adrenaline junkies in our midst who constantly strive for excitement,, they too crave and are comforted by patterns. It's just that their patterns are thrills. The mind loves patterns, they are paths, maps of what happens next. It's comforting to know what happens next. Here is a image from last week. The repeating wood grain and lines of the benches - pull the eye thru the image - you know what happens next! I chose to make the image b&w to accentuate the patterns. The space was all wood and I had to either bounce the flash off the walls/ceiling and get an 'orange' glow or use direct flash that would have created a distracting shadow. I chose the bounce. While I could neutralize the orange tones, I felt the image was pretty strong in composition and I could strip out the color and have a strong image. And it is.
I traveled to Brooklyn Heights for a wonderful 1st Communion this month. The family was so warm and open and the brownstone was a incredible canvas to create upon. Everything came together so perfectly. I love the fact that brownstones are built 'up' - 5 floors+ that would be a 2 floor home in the 'burbs. I used the narrowness of the space and the side lighting to make this image. I saw the repeating patterns of the steps, shadows of the balusters, the leading lines and loved how it all came together! And then I saw the shadow of the girl 'breaking' the continuity - I loved it and then I decided it had to be in B&W. While the colors were subtle, in the org, I wanted the composition to be in front. I think it works very well.
Yes! Cake! My office comes with cake! Not just any cake - but a gender reveal cake! And it's a boy!!!
It's a great office policy! My office allows you to bring your pet! Not my pet - your pet! How awesome is that?!?
Second time around for this family. I had the honor of photographing their son's bar mitzvah and now it was time for their daughter. And they were great to work with and the fun didn't stop!
Did you know that Newark's Branch Brook Park has about 5000 cherry trees in 18 varieties, the most in the US. Even more than their famous cousins in DC. You can read more here. This past April, I had the pleasure to photograph a wonderful young lady amidst the blooms. So many photo ops! So many great places to pose! Every turn, another beautiful vista to take advantage of and enjoy. I love getting outside and trying new spaces with clients!
When you are a photographer - everything, on some level, is your office. You see at things differently. People look. Photographers see. Even on vacation, I am looking for images. Sometimes to sell. Sometimes to share. And when you find yourself in an 'office' like this one, well, you can't beat the view.
Sometimes it's the simple small things that make me smile. Here is a simple flower floating in a bowl. It's a Gerbera Daisy - one of my favorite flowers since they are, IMHO, one of the happiest flowers around! The decor for this bat mitzvah was simple and elegant in rose and gold tones. It was beautiful. Decor: Laura Himmelien from Party Cake, Party Cake.
Sometimes things happen. Sometimes those things are the phone missing the pocket. I've had a cell for 20+ years. This is the first time I busted one...
Last week, I photographed a beautiful young lady in a local temple, Oheb Shalom in South Orange. The main sanctuary has the most amazing stained glass windows. I arrived early, before my clients and took a few close ups.
The great thing about what I do is I'm never bored. I'm always looking for cool stuff that will make a cool photograph. Here I'm waiting to start a glamor session at a local salon - https://www.yonikregersalon.com/