Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas To All!!!

Well its hard to believe the end of the year is finally here. It seems like yesterday we were ringing in the new one honestly. But over all and although this blog is new, I have had some very great photography highlights. So many great faces, great places and new people I have met. My Facebook page pretty much exploded from a little less than 325 people to now well over 700. Its a great feeling to know that you are at least somewhat making a mark on the world, or at least a few

I have been pretty Christmas-less for the past few years, have not really been in the greatest state of mind overall. But for some reason and maybe its obvious, I really will cherish this holiday out of a long list of less than exuberant ones. The magic of Christmas in def in the air and I feel like celebrating. From the bottom of my heart I wish anyone and everyone a very Merry Christmas!!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Blistering Winter Shoot: Sucess

Today I had a shoot with Toni Marie Schryer. It was I have to say one of those shoots where at first you feel like maybe it should have be more planned, but ended up becoming a huge success. And though Toni has never modeled before, her demeanor and poise thorough the weather challenging day said otherwise. We started out around 10 AM with an average temp of around 42 Degrees. Makeup was done by Josie Collorafi, who can deliver the most amazing looks in now to be proven the harshest working conditions. Toni arrived ready to work, she didn't complain once as the winds kicked up to 15-20 MPH as Josie began to apply her makeup with frozen hands. As I stood there myself freezing from the gale winds, I even at one point asked myself if I had just gotten in way over my head and now dragged two other poor souls along. There with us a small entourage who came to support Toni that included her sister who also helped me a tremendous amount with my gear. It was as if everyone was there to support and rally Toni as she ventured into the unknown world of glamour modeling. There her friends sat huddled like Emperor Penguins on an ice cap patiently waiting the moment of shooting. I marched onward to go setup my lights while the girls finished up their work. Just when I thought my lighting was setup a dark cloud came and washed out my sun. I seriously doubted the success of this day.
We shot for the next several hours in a variety of changing weather conditions, from snow flurries to periods of dark and cloudy skies. Eventually the sky opened up and we were able to work with some degree of continuity. Not once did Toni complain, although it was very apparent she was cold from the occasional chattering lips and goose bumps on her shoulders. Still whatever I asked of her she delivered and delivered without fuss. In the end we came away with some amazing shots, and I learned something about both myself and other people as well. I also learned that shooting outdoors in Northern NJ past November is suicidal...LOL But I think you'll agree, if you’re working with the right people....anything is possible. Toni has since been nicked named "the model" by her friends. I am hoping that she takes the next step to at least explore the possibility of doing some modeling even as a side endeavor....who knows it might change her life or just be something to tell stories about later on in life. Either way it was amazing to be a part of it.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Back to Basics:
So here i am back at the gym wondering why it took me two weeks to get back here....just hope i can refocus at this the end of the year, before two of the biggest eating orgy holidays arrive. Why do i give myself these challenges?... Heres hoping 2011 brings some continued diligence to self preservation.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Lingerie Football League: Philly Passion Team Party

Last night I was privileged enough to attend the Philadelphia Passion's Team Party at the Public House in historic downtown Philadelphia, PA. The girls were there to promote their team and celebrate a great 2010 season so far. Having only spoken on Facebook with a few team members I wasn't sure what to expect in meeting any of the other glamorous athletes. To my surprise they were well beyond what you would expect from people in the spot light. Friendly, warm and having genuine interest in their devoted fans; these gals are the real deal when it comes to genuine people. And though they may be judged by some because they play football in such little attire, they are more than just what they bare or don't wear. I think one of the best features about the LFL over the NFL are their approachability to their fans. After every LFL game the entire team lines up to meet and greet their fans. I never heard of that at an NFL game, and if they did they'd probably charge you for it.
If you have never gone to a Lingerie Football Game, I suggest you experience it just once. I myself am not even much of a football fan. But I appreciate the team atmosphere, comradeship and genuine feeling of welcome these women portray on and off the field. It will certainly make you change the way we judge glamorous people. And who knows you may like myself come away with a few new friends.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Interior Designs by CK Design, Inc.

This morning I shot a gorgeous living room in a home in Park Ridge, NJ for Christy Kohler of CK Design Inc. Its truly amazing to see the finished product of a persons artistic expression, especially when you have an opportunity like I have to see things in the before stage as well. Much like a portait shoot with a model, everything is usually plane and dull in appearance till the right, light makeup and exposure settings are applied. The same for a bare walled room. With the right design applied, paint and trim people like Christy can turn an ordinary living space into something more amazing than even anyone expected from conception. I was happy to be given the opportunity to imortalize her talent in just one of the many living spaces in this area of NJ. To see some of Christy's other projects, check out her website here.

Friday, November 19, 2010

There are good people out just have to look harder.

Today I found myself in awe of people. Sometimes it seems we need to take a step back and really see how many good people there are in the world. I'm probably the biggest cynic when it comes to trusting people today. But recently Ive had reason to doubt my normal feelings just simply because I experienced people acting like genuine people for a change. It might be misconstrued as general attention or genuine interest. But I believe that even though our society has become more of a virtual world, it is still possible to show people exactly who you are, you just have to give them a chance to see the real you. I will say this for the new "social network", it may have been born out of rage and angst...but it is most definitely full of some very positive and uplifting people.

Newly Inspired Blog

Ironically a good friend of mine and model Alicia Demerson just started a new blog as shell be traveling abroad with her career. Having some prior expierience with blogger I decided to create my own now that I will be following her blog as well. (and cause my iweb blog is a royal pain to I wish her all the best in her new persuit and hope it leads her back to the states where she is loved and cherished by friends and family.