I’m often asked how I started in photography. I look back and vividly remember the week before my Bar Mitzvah receiving a most welcome gift; the Minolta X700. Back in 1983 as the ad touted, it was “camera of the year on 2 continents”. I read the manual cover to cover, took up an interest in photography and 4 years later earned my first “gig” as high school yearbook photographer.
To say a lot has evolved since then would be an understatement. No more dark rooms, no more film and incredible advances in technology and software. As a technology enthusiast myself, I embrace change and have an unrelenting desire to continually learn and progress. I’ve graduated with Honors from the The Photography Institute (PI) and have successfully completed the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam and rigorous image standards administered by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. I am a member of the Professional Photographers Association (PPA), Professional Photographers Association of NJ (PPANJ), Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) and National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) among others.
Accolade of Excellence in the WPPI 16x20 2013 Print Competition
Seal of Approval from the PPA Northeast District Competition 2013
Court of Honor NJ State Loan Collection 2013
My goal is to create Fine Art Photographs. An image that is both artistically inspired and technically excellent that clients will be proud to display on their walls forever. I strive to create photos that tell a story, have mood, atmosphere, and emotion. I enjoy a photojournalistic approach capturing real moments as they happen. As Peter Adams put it, “Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field."
Just as important as clicking the shutter is clicking with people. I enjoy connecting with people and making them feel at ease to help display the special quality within each individual and present it in its best form. Working with me will be laid back and fun. You will never hear me say "smile" or "say cheese". Those smiles typically come across stiff and unnatural looking. My job is to make sure you have fun, bring out and capture the real ones.
I have studied exposure, composition and lighting techniques to create dynamic lighting patterns which accentuate (or if appropriate de-emphasize) shape and features. I appreciate the math behind taking correct exposures and enjoy the challenge of analyzing and correctly lighting difficult and unique situations. There is truly a difference between taking a photo and creating one. I am a big fan of quality light and the ability to control it. When used correctly, directional light creates texture, dimension and form - really making the image come to life. I aim to get it right in the camera rather than rely on corrective editing in post. I work with the latest versions of Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik software, Topaz, Portraiture among many others. I do my own retouching and at times blend layers, add textures or composite images to infuse them with emotional content experienced during shooting while giving them a unique look as well.
My office space has a fully equipped studio with top of the line strobes, softboxes, backgrounds and other necessary (and unnecessary, lol!) gear and props. As a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), I take photography seriously and judge my work by the highest standards of excellence.