31 July 2010: I was walking back to my gallery when I saw this woman peering in through the glass door interacting with my two puppies so I invited her to come on in.
She turned out to be Kathryn Fourie from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She describes herself in her blog as “an avid rock climber from the age of 14, spent her youthful years listening to Pearl Jam, shopping at Hospice and drinking illegally with her friends. She obtained a BA Honours in Geography from Rhodes University, and has basically never, ever used her degree. Kath worked with many off-the-wall and wonderful people in a variety of unrelated industries for four years. She subsequently decided she was not an office person and wanted to surf more. She now travels a fair amount, works from home as a freelance writer, and loves every single moment of it.”
After playing with my dogs Bella and Indy, I asked her if she and her friend would pose with their bicycles. She promised to come right back, which I thought was a kind way of saying Hasta La Vista Baby, but she came back with all her friends in tow. The girls are here from New Zealand, South Africa and other parts of the world working as counselors at Camp Netimus, which is a residential summer camp for about 145 girls.
When the girls came in they immediately started playing with Bella and Indy, while snapping photos of each other with their point-and-shoot-cameras. Once they were relaxed a bit, I was able to capture a few images of them before they returned to enjoying Javapalooza hosted by 7th Street Coffee at 611 Broad St. in Milford, PA.
After another week at a local camp, they plan to travel throughout the United States to enjoy all America has to offer and see. If any of you happen to bump into them during their travels, be sure to extend them every bit of American hospitality.
29 July 2010 Thursday: Sarah Hetzler photographed at The Lenape High School Tennis Courts in Stanhope, New Jersey. Soon she will be packing up her bags for college where she will be studying engineering at a Big 10 school. We wish her well and hope her studies aren’t too strenuous so she can spend some leisure time on the courts.
28 July 2010 Wednesday: Alli MacDonald and her horse Mazie photographed at Black River Farm in White House Station, New Jersey under the supervision of her trainer Elissa Allen of Evenstride Farms in Califon, NJ.
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Dana came to my gallery with her boyfriend Jon and her mother Connie for a portrait session with several looks. As luck would have it, I was also photographing Carly Erin O’Neill the same day. Not only is Carly a successful model, she is also a make up artist along wit her many other talents such as writer and photographer.
It was a great day for Dana as she just had to roll out of bed, pack up her car with a boat load of different clothes so others can pamper her to insure she looked great for the day in her formal dress as well as casual and fitness attire.
We wanted to take all the photos outside in and around the building. However, it started to rain just as e were able to set up the lights along the roof top where we were going to do the first set-up. We ended up shooting everything inside, but still came up with some really nice captures. That’s two shoots in a row that got rained in. Better luck next time.
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A vacation home can often serve as a wonderful backdrop for a family portrait by incorporating the natural beauty of the environment, which is often difficult to duplicate in a studio setting. When a family requests their portraits be taken “On Location,” we bring the benefits of the studio yet take advantage of their natural surroundings inside or out. Here is a great example of a family “environmental portrait” where we used the family’s lakefront home in combination with both studio and natural light to capture a unique moment in time.
From a technical perspective, the large group shot was taken at ISO 160 f/8, 1/100th of a second with a Canon 1Ds Mark III mounted on a Manfrotto tripod and lit with two Dynalite Uni400s mounted on light stands, bounced against silver lined umbrellas, powered by Jackrabbit batteries and triggered with PocketWizard MultiMax transceivers. The image was captured on a cloudy day early one morning.