Throwback Thursday Photography, Lightning Bugs In a Jar, and a locally produced Commercial

5 05 2016

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. I hope everyone is having a great week. Today is throwback Thursday and what better way to celebrate than to showcase a little throwback photography.

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Model Taylor Jenaro

This was taken last year at the Couture Modeling Studio. Speaking of Couture Modeling, the agency has recently redesigned their website. The link will be posted below if you want to view it.

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In the film world, a project I worked is now available for the public to view. Directed by the team of Sara Wolkowitz and Ian Simpson, the film was shot entirely in the hudson valley. Starring Betsy Aidem, Devin McDuffee, and Ethan Slater, Lightning Bugs In A Jar is the story of the fractured relationship between a mother, Farrah (Aidem), and her 22 year-old—but far-from-‘adult’—son, Max (McDuffee). The link will be posted below.

And with Mother’s Day approaching, Delta recently unveiled their commercial celebrating the holiday. What’s more special about this video is that this was entirely shot in Poughkeepsie with some of our local crew.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Taylor Jenaro’s Page

Lightning Bugs In A Jar

View Lighting Bugs In A Jar





First Post of August: New Couture Modeling Pictures and Phan Media

2 08 2015

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. Today marks the first post of August. Although it’s not too special, I feel like a lot of good things will happen this month so I can’t wait.

Angiee Hunt

Model: Angiee Hunt

Today will be short as I have little to go over. This past Friday, I photographed some good shots of a couple models from the Couture Modeling Agency. The above picture of Angiee was taken outside of the studio. In a fairly wooded area, I found a good spot where she wouldn’t be struck by patches of sunlight on her face.

Model Jacqueline Zdanis

Model: Jacqueline Zdanis

The above photo of Jacqueline was taken at the Beacon Train Station. Because there were a good number of people already in the park area, working to avoid getting them in any of my shots forced me to work in certain areas. Fortunately, the spots we chose was workable for everyone and we managed to get some good photography.

And before I go, definitely give this video a watch. This is the first episode of Phan Media, a web show that focuses on the world of creative arts in the hudson valley region. Shawn Strong put a lot of time and effort into making this project happen and now it’s finally here. Be sure to check out the links below and keep an eye out for the second episode, which will air later in the month.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page

Phan Media

Phan Media Facebook Page





Photography Session: Alphonso and Stefanie and Pics from last weekend’s workshop

16 07 2015

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. Today brings another edition of the photography session. This past weekend, we held a workshop at the Couture Modeling studio and a lot of great pictures came out of that day. But before I showcase those, I want to show two new pics that I recently edited.

Alphonso H.V. Gordon of Couture Modeling

Alphonso H.V. Gordon of Couture Modeling

Stefanie Perry of Couture Modeling

Stefanie Perry of Couture Modeling

Both photos were taken on the same day that I shot Stefanie in Beacon. Yesterday, I had free time to edit both photos and I’m happy with how both came out.

As I said before, a lot of great photos were produced this past weekend. I’ll showcase a few that I thought really stood out.

Model: Steve Blackmon. Shot and edited by Dan Nilsen. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich.

Model: Steve Blackmon. Shot and edited by Dan Nilsen. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich.

Shot by Dan Nilsen, the lighting goes very well with Steve’s fierce look as the muscles and veins really pop out.

From l to r: Alphonso Gordon, Richard Davis, and Brittany Savage. Shot and edited by Jeff Lohne. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich. Hair by Nicole Latty.

From l to r: Alphonso Gordon, Richard Davis, and Brittany Savage. Shot and edited by Jeff Lohne. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich. Hair by Nicole Latty.

This was shot by Jeff Lohne. The idea behind this one was to convey the story of stepping out of your comfort zone and going out to chase after your dreams. I like the fact that the element of storytelling is involved in this picture.

Model: Brittany Savage. Shot by me. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich. Hair by Nicole Latty.

Model: Brittany Savage. Shot by me. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich. Hair by Nicole Latty.

Model: Steve Blackmon. Shot by me. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich.

Model: Steve Blackmon. Shot by me. Makeup by Maria Dutcavich.

And the above photos were shot by yours truly. For both photos, it was all natural lighting. For Brittany, it was perfect timing as the sun was in the right spot to get the shadow of the window to go across her body. For steve’s shot, I just had to bump up the ISO to 500. I could’ve used my external flash but I felt bumping up the ISO was a better option and I’m happy I went with that decision.

So I’ll post links to each photographer’s page if you want to see more photos from last weekend’s workshop. And keep your ears open as we plan to have another workshop in the fall.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Alphonso’s Page on Couture Modeling

Stefanie’s Page on Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook

Dan Nilsen Photography

Jeff Lohne Photography

Falcone Reale Photography





Photography Session: Brittany Savage

2 07 2015

Hey everyone! Welcome to what will be another installment of my photography session. Today, it’ll be a short write up but I have two pictures of one model I shot a couple days ago.

brittany1This past Tuesday, I shot Brittany Savage of Couture Modeling. Both photos that you see were taken just outside of the studio. In the above photo, the car used belongs to Brittany. The outfit was a good compliment to the vehicle along the building that you see in the background. The first shot was all natural lighting as it was overcast weather at the time. For the second shot, I had to use my external flash.

brittany2Special thanks to Kristin Pardee and Nicole Latty for doing a wonderful hair and makeup job. And with that, this session is over.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page





The end of June: Doppelgangaz, new picture of Chasaity Colon, and a upcoming workshop

29 06 2015

Hey what’s up everyone? Welcome to another installment of my blog. As of late, this month has been a fairly busy one for me. However, I have time today to make this post just as the end of June is upon us.

The Doppelgangaz

The Doppelgangaz

I haven’t spent much time talking about what’s been happening in the music world due to my busy schedule and I’m happy that I have time to do so today. Earlier in the month, The Doppelgangaz released their digital album, “Parts Unknown.” If you go on their website, you’ll be able to download it for free. While this go around only features eight tracks, it’s quality music that’s enough to hold you til their next album release.

And recently, they uploaded the music video to their single, “Rox Wid Her.”

11537809_10155776304395565_1761960050144448681_nAnd one last piece of doppelgangaz news. If you live overseas, the group will be performing at this year’s Airfield Festival in Romania. If interested, the link will be posted below.

Model: Chasaity Colon

Model: Chasaity Colon

In the last bit of news, here’s another photo I shot and edited of model Chasaity Colon. I shot this earlier in the month and was able to find time to edit it over the weekend. And before I go, I want to make one very last note.

1559760_10153959359499202_7575043255117221762_nOn July 11th, we’re holding a workshop at the studio for those who want to update their portfolios. If interested, all the information is in the above picture and we still have some spots available. Can’t wait to see you there!

Links:

Doppelgangaz Facebook Page

Doppelgangaz Official Site

Airfield Festival

Chasaity Colon

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page





Photography Session: New Pics of Marissa Stearns and Stefanie Perry

15 06 2015

Hey everyone! Welcome to another installment of my blog. Today brings another edition to my photography session series. After finding success with a new style of editing, I decided to try it out on two more recent pics and I’m loving how it’s coming together.

Model: Marissa Stearns. Hair by Nicole Latty and Makeup by Bri Quigley.

Model: Marissa Stearns. Hair by Nicole Latty and Makeup by Bri Quigley.

The first photo is one that I took of Marissa at a coffee place nearby the studio. I only used a bounce board to provide a slight amount of fill as the natural lighting took care of the rest.

Model: Stefanie Perry. Hair and Makeup by Kristin Pardee.

Model: Stefanie Perry. Hair and Makeup by Kristin Pardee.

And the second photo, I shot just outside the studio. I did originally bring my flash but opted not to use it since the natural light was doing a great job. For both pics, the editing was a combination of strategies that I’ve learned and used from the first picture to now. So I’m loving the results that Im now getting with these pictures and I hope you love them as well!

Links:

Couture Modeling

Marissa Stearns Page

Stefanie Perry’s Page

Couture Modeling Facebook Page





First Post of June: New Pic of Stefanie Perry

6 06 2015

Hey! Welcome to another installment of my blog. It’s been a long time between now and my previous post as my schedule has been fairly busy. I was originally going to make one mega post but because I’m short on time, I’ll save it for later. But for now, I want to debut a new picture.

stefani2I just finished this earlier today. If you’ve been following my photography session posts, you’ve noticed right away that there’s a great improvement on the editing. I shot this photo back in early May on the main street of Beacon, NY. A few days afterwards, I looked up a few more videos on youtube on skin retouching and I found a good one that was easy to follow. Utilizing duplicate layers and a combination of different tools and blending modes, the process was more time consuming (it took a little over 2 hours) but was worth the result that came of it.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Stefanie’s Page on Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page