Back after the hiatus: New music from L-Squad

11 07 2016
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It’s been a fairly busy two months since the last post.

Hey everyone. Welcome to another installment of my blog. It’s been two months since my last post and it’s been a fairly busy two months.

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From two weeks ago.

I’ve been almost all over the state of New York as well as parts of Connecticut where I’m either on a commercial set or working a road race. With so much travel, it’s been somewhat hard to do anything else. And with the summer upon us, it’s only going to get even more busy. But I’m up to the challenge of keeping my blog updated and filling you in on what’s going on around me.

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L-Squad

Because my post will be short today, I will end it with some new music. The song is called “U Already Know,” and it’s by the group, L-Squad. They’re based out of the Hudson Valley and their single is off of their EP titled, #WTT (Watch The Takeover). So watch and share the video and enjoy the rest of this fine week as I will myself.

Links:

L-Squad Facebook Page





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





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





New Trailer for “Lightning Bugs” and “King Jack”

10 03 2015

Hey everyone. Welcome to another edition of my blog. While the last few posts have been photography related, it’s nice to spend some time talking about the film world for this go around. With spring coming around the corner, pilot season will start up soon and for most of us, it’ll be a major relief.

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Lightning Bugs In A Jar

Today, I have a couple things to share. The first being that the short film, “Lightning Bugs In a Jar,” has released their official trailer. I worked on this film last September as a grip. Directed by Sara Wolkowitz and Ian Simpson, “Lightning Bugs In a Jar” is the story of the fractured relationship between a mother, Farrah (Betsy Aidem), and her 22 year-old—but far-from-‘adult’—son, Max (Devin McDuffee). Along with the release of the trailer, it was also announced that the film will premiere at the 68th annual Festival de Cannes in May of this year! So great job to everyone who was involved.

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King Jack

Another set of good news was announced not too long ago as well. “King Jack,” another film I was fortunate to work on, will premiere at this year’s Tribeca film festival. The cast and crew was really great to work alongside with. It was also wonderful that the film was shot almost entirely in Kingston, making it a plus for the Hudson Valley. So be sure to keep an eye out for when the schedule’s announced for the festival as we get closer to April.

Links:

Lightning Bugs In a Jar Facebook Page

Lightning Bugs In a Jar Official Site

King Jack Facebook Page

King Jack Official Site





First Post of March: Marissa Stearns

3 03 2015

Hey everyone. Today marks the first blog post of march and it’s another installment of the photography session series. As the first two months have been slow for film and tv work, I’ve been spending of the time working and improving on my photography.

marissa black whiteShot near the end of February, I took this photo of Marissa by one of the buildings outside of the studio. Fortunately, the snow held off long enough for us to get some good looks in without worrying about having falling snow in the photos. For this, I shot this photo at f/3.2, 1/125 shutter speed, and ISO at 125. Another important note about this shoot was I kept the number of shots taken at a low number. Just slightly under 50 shots as compared to nearly double the amount I used to take in the past. For post production, I made slight tweaks to the exposure and made the picture black and white.

Links:

Couture Modeling

Marissa’s Page on Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page





SXSW Film Festival, Neither Shadow of Turning, and more Couture Modeling Pics

8 02 2015

Hey everyone. Welcome to another installment of my blog. With February underway, we have some projects starting up as well as some films soon starting to get exposure.

SXSW Festival will be from March 13th to the 22nd.

SXSW Festival will be from March 13th to the 22nd.

With the Sundance Film Festival ending last week, we now turn our attention to the next big event. The SXSW Festival will be held in March from the the 13th to the 22nd. To give a short summary, the SXSW festival incorporates a combination of film, music, and technology that are showcased throughout the event. This year is special for some of us as projects we worked on are going to be shown.

Eden Brolin in "I Dream Too Much."

Eden Brolin in “I Dream Too Much.”

One of the films that will show at the SXSW Festival is one that I was fortunate to work on. “I Dream Too Much” stars Eden Brolin, Danielle Brooks (OITNB), and Diane Ladd. Eden stars as Dora, a young college student who’s stuck at home studying for the LSAT while her friends are traveling around the world. When her aunt injures herself, Dora travels to her estate to help her as she recovers. While tending to her aunt, the imaginative girl discovers her aunt’s hidden romantic past, prompting Dora to dream that their revelation will pull Aunt Vera and herself from their mutual depressions. A lot of people from the hudson valley helped put this film together so having it show at the SXSW Festival is a major accomplishment.

Neither Shadow of Turning.

Neither Shadow of Turning.

And while on the subject of film, another potential project is underway. Directed by Adrian Centoni and Justin Derry, “Neither Shadow of Turning” focuses on a religious couple isolated in the woods. When the wife falls ill to ammonia, their faith becomes tested as they rely on prayer to heal her. The above video is a test shoot for one of the scenes, but if you go to the link posted below, there’s another video where both directors go into more detail about the film and what you can do to help put the project all together.

This was shot in Beacon. I wanted a completely different look for shooting Stefanie and a change of venue achieved that.

This was shot in Beacon. I wanted a completely different look for shooting Stefanie and a change of venue achieved that.

And before I go, I have a couple new photos I’ve taken. In the above photo, I shot Stefanie at a spot nearby the Beacon Train Station. Along with getting the Newburgh-Beacon bridge in the background, I also managed to get this shot off with the sun slowly setting. One fun fact about this photo: getting to this spot involved me having to carry Stefanie on my back as there was a long distance of deep snow to walk through. Luckily, I had my snow boots with me because otherwise, I wouldn’t have this shot.

Angiee Hunt

Angiee Hunt

The last shot was taken at the underpass outside the studio. Because the sun can never hit the area, I had someone handle a huge bounce board to light up the wall behind Angiee. My original idea involved getting the shadow of the fence into the shot, but it wasn’t possible due to the layout of the area. But the shot came out well otherwise.

Links:

SXSW Festival

I Dream Too Much

Neither Shadow of Turning

Couture Modeling

Couture Modeling Facebook Page