Monthly Archives: March 2010

I was really honored when I was asked if one of my wedding photographs could be featured on photographuy.com. If you aren’t sure what/who photographuy.com is, see the screen shot from Huy’s blog below.

Here is the full link to the feature… click away, but don’t forget to come back!

I found this great old triptych I took of Zoe a few years ago. I remember watching her from a distance playing with that bubble stick thingy that comes with the bubble bottle. I sort of knew that she was at that age where she was probably ready to discover that just because the packaging looks yummy on the outside, doesn’t mean that what’s inside is in fact a tasty treat. And who am I to interfere with a valuable life lesson? So, I just sat back and watched/photographed as she dipped the stick in the bubbles, put it  in her mouth, and then gave the universal “yucky” face! After digging these shots up, I just can’t believe Zoe turned five last weekend! Needless to say, she never tried to eat the bubble stick again…but Play-Doh, well, that’s a different story!

This behind the scenes shot comes from Sabrina and Jeff’s wedding which I photographed about a year ago. We were down in Asbury Park by the old Casino when I spotted a good sized puddle of water. I wanted to line up and photograph the bridal party so that I could nab their reflections in the puddle as well. The only way for me to do that was to get down and dirty and lay on the ground right in front of the puddle. This photograph is courtesy of my friend Elisabeth Millay. Not an overly flattering photo either, but not your fault Lis!

And here is how I saw it…

Ok, I’m well aware of the fact that I just dated myself by using that title for this post. For those of you too young to remember that cartoon, simply “Ricochet” will suffice instead! What I’m really talking about here is finding and using direct sun light which has been bounced off a window, or other reflective surface to your advantage. Usually when you encounter this scenario, it will produce a very narrow band of bright light. You can either use that bright spot to light your subjects directly, or you can use it to backlight them. Either way, I think it can produce great results which should really serve to highlight your subjects nicely. The great thing about using this band of light directly is that you can expose for that bright spot (usually their faces) so that everything around your subject gets a little darker.

In this example the sun was reflecting off of two windows. Those two windows were relatively close to this orange wall, so the “bands” of bright light were somewhat defined and it becomes fairly obvious the light is coming from the window reflection.

In this next shot the sun was also reflecting off of a window, or it might have even been several windows. The main difference between this shot and the one above though is that in this photograph the window(s) were much further away, and the reflection was coming from a different angle, so they aren’t clearly defined as “window reflections”. The street and background were dark colored to begin with so they sort of just “melt” away when you expose for that bright spot on her face. You can see how this just naturally brings all the attention onto my subjects.

Now here is an example of using that bright sunlit window reflection as a backlight. I still tried to expose for those bright highlights and let everything else darken up a bit. By the way, I usually find that if you post process these types of window reflection shots a little warmer (yellow) than normal, they look nicer, but that could just be me though!

Here is the last example of using the bright spot to light your subjects directly and exposing for those bright highlighted areas.

So, the next time you’re out and about and you see the sun ricocheting off a window, go find where it’s hitting and place your subjects carefully, expose for the brightness, and Bing Bing Bing, you come back with gold!

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Another great Mitzvah weekend! This one was Ross’ big day and he totally rocked it… literally! I had an awesome time working with Ross and his family. And although Ross wasn’t ALL smiles all the time while I photographed him, I could tell that he and everyone else had a total blast! Ross went with a guitar/rock theme, and Beth and her whole team from EVENTION did a phenomenal job putting this together. There were even 5 real electric guitars used as centerpieces at the kids tables, which were given away by the end of the night. Congratulations Ross!







There were these cool posters of Ross hanging all around the room.



These were the tickets for the electric guitars.














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