Monthly Archives: April 2010

Chillin’ with the kids

After Emerson and I picked Zoe up from school yesterday afternoon we decided to just chill out in the back yard. Emerson likes tummy time on his blanket, and Zoe really enjoys her tree swing. It was such a nice and slow afternoon, just watching my kids grow up before my very eyes. I just love these two knuckleheads!

That’s my boy! He has a soft spot for the 15mm fisheye lens just like his old man!

jasonschafer - i love these “kids being kids” photos.

KrisD Mauga - I guess we all have the same hair up our tushies… revamping our blogs!!! Love the new fresh look!!! It’s so enlightening, hee, hee!!!!! Gorgeous!!!! One day I will be in NY soon and we will have to shoot!
Cheers!

Kay - Awww!! The kiddies are so cute. I LOVE the first swing shot!

Naqib/Qippy - Hey Todd what a nice set of pics of Zoey and Emerson..:) Do check out my pics of Emerson on my blog if you have the time..take care!

Todd Laffler - Thanks everyone! :)
Krisd, yeah I know, it seems everyone has redone their blogs! Must be something in the air, or maybe the start of Spring!? Yeah, let me know when you are in the area and what you’re up to!
Naqib, I just left a comment for you on your blog. Thanks SO much for doing that!

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Zachary’s Bar Mitzvah

Chalk up another fun Bar Mitzvah weekend! This one was Zachary’s big day. He was such a pleasure to work with let me tell you. He showed such patience throughout the day. And when it was time to cut loose with his friends, he was quite adept at that too! I had such a blast hanging out with him and his family. The festivities took place at the uber cool Space Odyssey! Congratulations Zachary!

Check out Zach’s Bar Mitzvah gift! j/kZach and his buddy’s getting ready for some paintball fury!I’m pleased to report that teenager’s haven’t lost the art of prank phone calls!When I run out of Gatorade during a shoot, I always reach for the next best thing, Zachary water!

Dawn Heifetz - Wow Todd! Now I am dying to see the rest of the pictures! It really looks like you captured the spirit of our party and the inner personality of my son. Thanks again!
Dawn Heifetz

Jenn Bixon - Amazing pictures!!! Amazing party! Thanks for sharing!

elvira grau - Hey Todd! you are one hell of photographer!!!!
WOW!!!!! amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! you really know how to shoot my SPACE!!! Best, Elvira

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Emerson

I guess it’s true what they say, after your first child (Zoe) the next one doesn’t get photographed as much. Sorry Emerson! I remember doing some fun wide angle shots of Zoe when she was about 6 months old in her excersaucer, so decided to do that again, but with Emerson. He’s a grabby kind of guy, so I think he really enjoyed reaching for the camera which was all up in his face! I know I need to get over my photo guy “I don’t take snapshots” attitude and take more photos of the kids more frequently, but until then, enjoy these!

bye everyone!

Kalpana - He’s beautiful and I just love the mini faux-hawk!

moo - he has gorgeous eyes. awesome smile in photo two.

Megan - His eyes are amazing. Love the expression in the 2nd to last shot.

Lee - Did you brighten his eyes? They glow, he’s adorable.

Todd Laffler - Thanks everyone!
Lee, just a tad, but not a whole lot.

Lee - I want the same treatment on my photos but I might need a whole lot…lol

Todd Laffler - Oh man, you are funny Lee. I will put it in my notes for your wedding! :)

Karin von Voigtlander - I’m so glad I happened upon your site. Your work is really a breath of fresh air.

Christina - Positively adorable!

Naqib/Qippy - Emerson is simply soooo adorable, now that I’m back home I’m definitely gonna edit some of his pics soon… :)

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Naqib Visits From Malaysia | Kalpana + Jim e-session

I was honored to have Naqib, a fellow wedding photographer, and his lovely wife Fara visit me all the way from Malaysia. I think it was a 20 hour flight for them, ouch! Naqib (pronounced Na-Keeb) came out to NJ to do a two day intensive one on one mentoring session with me. I had a blast hanging out with Naqib. It actually just felt like an old friend visiting me. We talked “shop” for hours and it was really interesting to learn more about him and the wedding market in Malaysia as well. As part of the one on one session, I included a mock engagement shoot with one of my fabulous couples, Kalpana and Jim, who were so generous with their time. Thank you so much Kalpana and Jim for your patience as I slowed down my process and took the time to explain my thought process to Naqib as we shot. I can’t wait to photograph your wedding next year too! Naqib, I hope you learned a lot after your time with me, and I will be checking in on your blog in the near future to see what you’re up to and  if you’re implementing what we went over! I also hope we put together a Malaysia workshop in the future as well, that could be a lot of fun (sans the 20 hour flight of course!) Be sure to check out Naqib’s web site and blog to see some of his very talented work too! If any of you other fellow photographers out there are interested in doing a one on one mentoring session with me, just shoot me an email and we can chat some more about it.

This one was shot by Naqib. We used this image to go through my post processing work flow.

Kay - Geez Todd! You are owning these shots! So cool that someone flew half way around the world to see you wow! I love the 2nd one and the watch reflection on the 4th one is AWESOME!

Naqib/Qippy - Hey thanks for the shout out there Todd ;) , I have been so eager to edit and post my shoot with you alas my laptop is kinda slow and Internet in the hotel isn’t realiable at all :( I do hope to post em soon :)

Todd Laffler - Thanks so much Kay!
Naqib, no problem, it was my pleasure!

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Kalpana + Jim | Teaser

Ryan Young - Instant Laffler Classic!

Kalpana - AWESOME!!!!! Can’t wait to see more! Thanks so much for posting, I’ve been visiting your site every hour to see if anything new was posted!

Erick - Awesome Pic

Naqib/Qippy - Hi Todd! Thanks so much for all the great pointers you gave me while I was in NJ! It was thoroughly enjoyable to be able to work side by side with such a humble and amazingly talented photographer as you! Honestly you truly are a hidden gem in the world of wedding photography. By far your work is far better than most of them out there and yet you remain grounded and you’re not self absorbed by collecting awards etc, you thought me that the real self worth of great photography at the end of the day is what you yourself feel towards your own work and if you find satisfaction in what you do then nothing else should really matter photographically ! Thanks to Kalpana & Jim too for being such a gracious couple you both were beaming that day!

Krystal Radlinski - This just makes me happy.

Jennifer - I’ve been following your blog for a while (not a creeper i swear) and I just gotta say this makes me crack a smile every time.

Keep up the awesome awesome work. You are really truly talented at capturing people at their best and truest.

Todd Laffler - Thanks Ryan! :)
Kalpana, glad you like it. This was my favorite from our session, and thanks so much to you and Jim for going for it, and reading my mind before I even suggested it too! ;) More to come soon!
Thanks Erick.
Naqib, WOW, thanks ma man! It was my absolute pleasure working with you for those two days! I truly hope you return to Malaysia excited about creating new work!
Me too Krystal! ;)
Thank so much Jennifer.

justinelement - Todd! once again why your still my favorite photographer. great job

Lee - I love this picture it is all framed so great. Keep up the great posts

Claude - What an extraordinary shot! I just LOVE this photo!

Jakub - Very nice picture.

Todd Laffler - Thanks everyone! :)

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Acadia Maine 2005

I dug back 5 years for this blog post. These are a collection of photographs I took while visiting Acadia Maine back in 2005. It was an extremely wet and rainy trip, but I managed to snap a few shots here and there that I thought were worth sharing. It’s a pretty diverse collection and I’m not sure it really screams “ACADIA” but hey, you shoot what’s available at the time and make the most of it. Enjoy!

Kay - Awesomeness! What camera did you use back then?

Todd Laffler - Thanks Kay! I was using a Canon 1D Mark II at that time.

Greg - this is a crazy set. Love the style and editing of these and pretty much all your photos.

moo - photo one is amazing. i love the mood you created with your editing techniques.

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Walk Abouts

In case you guys haven’t noticed, I’ve had a few weeks off recently. It’s given me time to work a little on my business, spend more time with my family, and take it a little easier. So, with no new shoots to show, I have been digging up the past so to speak. For this post I have dug back several years ago when I used to go on photography “walk abouts”. I would just start off somewhere and then begin wandering around to see what I could find that interested me. I have collected a few photos to show you from a few of those wanderings. I will be posting new work towards the end of April, and it will be pretty steady through the end of November, so stay tuned for all of that!

jeff tisman - yo t,

awesome!!! when’s the nature seminar!! :)
great shots!!

j

Alice - Uhhh you need to go on more walkabouts, because these are spectacular! Each one is so very lovely, and together they sing with harmony!!

Kay - Yes!!!!!!!!! These are awesome! Are some of them taken in Watchung? The sticks in the water shot makes me smile

rachel d - Wow. That lone tree reflection. Like glass. Awesome and beautiful walkabout photos!

Lee - Oh my these are amazing, they don’t look real.

Todd Laffler - Thanks everyone! No nature seminar Jeff, but if you want to go for a “walk about” one day, I’m game! :)
Thanks so much Alice, much appreciated!
Thanks Kay, I think 2 of these were taken in Watchung.
Thanks Rachel and Lee too!

Krystal Radlinski - I think I’d like to wallpaper an entire wall of my house with the third photo!

Rachael Earl - Wish I had your patience to photograph nature-these are beautiful! Oh, and if I photographed your family, please wear matching white polos (preferably tucked in) and blue jeans. Hiking boots a plus. ;)

Todd Laffler - Krystal, I’m getting a strong 70′s vibe when I think of that photo on a whole wall. :) But judging on the look of your new blog, I think you guys are digging on the retro look. :)
Thanks Rachael. I never thought of it as patience, I LOVED just getting “lost” and before I knew it I was late for dinner! :) I like the matching white polos, but would it be ok if we all wore matching khakis instead of jeans? ;) lol

moo - i agree with krystal, i would totally wallpaper my walls with photo three. i also really love photo four, but all of these are really lovely. yay “walk abouts”!

Ryan Young - @Krystal & @Todd…we totally had a forest mural on a finished basement wall when I was a kid, and yes it was the 70s.

These images are spectacular. Your hero-status just went up even higher…

maureen cassidy - you always amaze me really!
I LOVE YOUR work, every post.
you rock!!!!!!!

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