Some are easy to find. The walls, the pews - all patterns. Others happen. Here the rabbi and the bar mitzvah are swinging their tallit the same way...a pattern!
Bad pun, sorry. But yes, he is in b&w and is reading. When I shoot in familiar spaces - it can be...a lot of the same. I always try to look for new angles, use of light, positions, anything. The family is unique, the photos should be as well.
First time I've ever seen this. Could be theruptic.
I do believe in giving back. I volunteered to shoot the fundraiser for Isaiah House, a family shelter for homeless families in East Orange. They do good work. I was open.
Mitzvahs are about traditions. Generation to generation.
I love coming of age traditions and ceremonies. Sometimes it's formal, such as a bar or bat mitzvah, and sometimes it's a party, like a very sweet 16. It's all about the child coming one more step to adulthood....
I actually don't care if family members want to take photos during the rehearsal. I will happily use their phone and take the photo for them. It's their moment. It's ok.
I love lines. Leading lines especially - all these lines point to what's really important!
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!