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Looking love in the eyes

This weekend on Saturday I had the opportunity to shoot with a wedding with a friend of mine at Snuffy’s Pantagis Renaissance steakhouse in New Jersey. Heres a look into the eyes of love with Forrest and Jayvie just after their beautiful wedding ceremony. Keep a look out for some more from this energetic wedding in the next upcoming weeks. Till now here’s the “teaser”. Enjoy!

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Formula Drift 2011 Wall, NJ

So I’ve been to quite a few drifting events including Formula Drift at Wall Township in NJ 2 times before this event. I do have to say if you aren’t familiar with drifting it’s incredibly exhilarating, you MUST get out to a drift event as soon as you can! I’ve shot a few drift events before. One of them being East Coast Bash, also known as ECB. This year was the first time I was able to get a media pass and shoot on the track, where all the action is happening. I was so happy, big thank you to Leo at www.stateofstance.com for getting me the media pass. So I got to the track at 8am. Keep in mind, the doors didn’t open to vendors or media till 10. I was a little antsy standing around! After being the 3rd car in the parking lot I saw a few friends of mine, as well as the www.canibeat.com crew. After getting into the gates, I started shooting a lot of the cars in the pits till about 11:30 when the media meeting was to start.

After the 15 minute briefing about not running in front of moving vehicles and making sure you don’t run onto the track while its hot. Were pretty much kicked to the track, the moment we all were waiting for. At around 12:00 practice started, it was amazing seeing these cars up close and personal and being so close to the action. When I say close I mean close. At one point this Viper spun out and came within 5ft. of where I was shooting.

Did I move? Nope. I have the photo sequence to prove! (will post at a later date)

After Practice rounds came the top 31. Following came all the finalists. At this point we were told by track officials we are able to run onto the track when the cars are lined up to get some shots of the drivers with their sponsor “models”.

At this point all I saw was a swarm of orange media vests running to the center of the track. I found my spot and started shooting. At this point we had about 3-4 minutes and then hurry and run back to your bunker, kind of like I was in a paintball tournament, except I was running with $5,000 in equipment in my hand.

Well the finals round came around and that’s where the magic happened, everyone went all out! I have never seen a track eat up so many cars at one event!

Well the event came to an end. I do have to say that it was an amazing experience to see this action first hand. To view more from the event scope out the gallery and also go HERE for all the high-resolution pictures!


Sneak Peek: Wedding at the Brownstone

Saturday March 19th, 2011 marked the day Rachel and Peter united as one. Their wedding was held at the Brownstone in Paterson, NJ. Also known as the reception hall owned by the Manzo family from the Bravo series Real Housewives of New Jersey. Rachel and Peter were great, the wedding was a cocktail wedding and very personal. They were so lucky to have such an amazing day, the room where this reception was held was all glass windows and absolutely stunning. On with a little taste of their wedding. Please view the rest of the photos on my flickr.




Scenery at the Philadelphia Auto Show

Every year I set out to go to the “wonderful” Philadelphia Auto Show. I like going because I usually take quite a few pictures and being that I am an automotive technician, I like seeing what other companies are putting on the road these days. It seems as if every year the show gets more and more crammed. Not just with cars, games and demo’s, but ignorance as well.
So my day began, got up early and headed to the car show. I had to utilize the oh so wonderful parking garage right next to the Philadelphia Convention Center. My “wonderful” annual car show experience started here. As you all know I own a 2006 STI. It’s loud and obnoxious. Recently i had the motor fully built from crank up to the valves. I was coming up the last level and a kid no older than 18-19 years old stands at the back of this rusted pickup truck with his father about to walk down the ramp. Well the son laughed at my car and says “look at that piece of…”, well you know the rest. This day started out great.
Well I was in line waiting to pay for my ticket, just like respectful do…right? Wrong. I had about 5 people cut me in line. Saying something to these people didn’t matter, they are so zoned in on getting their Toyo Tire posters and being first one to sit in and destroy the interior of the new Subaru Sti. Nothing was going to stop them!
Long story short now that I’ve dragged this post out longer than I intended too, I stayed at the show for 35 minutes. I didn’t take 1 picture, at the show at least.
After leaving the show I couldn’t just leave Philadelphia, especially after getting a huge snow storm. So i set out to find a nice quiet place to shoot. I started my way up Kelly Drive to Fairmount Park. Perfect spot. I parked at the closest parking lot and jumped out with my wide-angle and Circular Polarizer and had a field day! Let me know what you think!


A shadow of my other half

As I was leaving the Mummers Parade this New Years day I was walking down Broad Street in Philadelphia and saw an older man leaning against one of the buildings. I was going to take this shot of him but as I turned around to get it he backed up a little bit, hiding his face. Right as I was about to shoot I noticed there was a reflection of someone in the wall that was posed exactly how he was. There was no time to nail exposure at this point so I snapped away and here’s what I produced.


The mummers hit the streets of Philadelphia

So as you all know yesterday we turned another year. It’s 2011 people, which means start of a fresh and exciting new year. There are people who have traditions and certain “tools” that they use to make the first day of the year a relaxing and great time. If you are anywhere near Philadelphia on New Years day, and can wake up early enough,you’ll only need a few simple tools to make your day exciting. One, you will need a warm cup of hot chocolate or a fresh beverage of choice, as long as it’s in a solo cup. Two, bring a collapsible chair and plant it somewhere on Broad Street. Sit in that seat and let the Mummers handle the rest.

This year after having a crazy new years eve, I set out with my fiance and a few friends to catch the Mummers Day Parade. It was amazing, all the work that goes into the production of this parade is incredible. Here’s a few pictures from the parade, the outfits were terrific as usual! To view more pics from the Mummers Day Parade from this year and last year please view my Philly photo set here. 


YouTube Video’s?!?!

Yes, that’s right, I made 2 YouTube slide show video’s. I will say, it’s quite fun but the purpose of me doing this is kind of like having a “Set” in Flickr. I’m making these videos to group different events and or genres of images from my portfolio. For all you photographers reading this I’ll clue you in. I’ve been reading more and more about photography promotion and different ways to market your work. I’ve repeatedly stumbled across the idea of making YouTube slide shows, or even behind the scenes movies. After hearing this I began a search on YouTube, to my surprise I was a little late on this idea. Apparently every photographer and they’re mother read these articles years before I did!

So, that’s what I did. I made YouTube Slideshows…heres 2 and I hope you enjoy them! The image quality sucks on them, I have to figure out why…any ideas drop a comment!


Quality over quanity…FCF!

This past Saturday marked the day Canibeat auto blog put east coast fitment on the map. They hosted an event at Princeton Airport called “First Class Fitment”. The whole purpose: Quality over Quantity, end of story. This show was the perfect example of the meaning behind that phrase.

For those of you in the tuning world, know that for years the west coast tuners have always been “one upping” east coast. They always bring something new to the table. Those of you not into “the game” it’s like Biggie and Tu-Pac, well minus the guns, and all the rivalry. This is more of a setting the mark higher and raising the bar type of thing. Not really a competition or rivalry but more of a bringing something more radical to the game.

Some background, a couple of months back Dave Tormey of Canibeat brought up a great idea. He mentioned having a meet of all the sickest cars in the surrounding area. Well this was talked about over Facebook and there was pretty much no backing out after opening that can of worms.

It started with a pre registration online. This show’s purpose was to showcase 75 quality cars from up and down the coast. From what I know a few hundred cars registered this event and then they were sorted out. Knowing that sorting was done by the guys at Canibeat I’m pretty positive everybody knew the selection of cars was proper and the spectators would not be let down.

Now we are fast-forwarding a couple of months ahead. Announcements were made and emails sent, who was selected to show. During this time a teaser pic was posted of the trophies. Friends from CCW sent these wheel faces. Then they were mounted on wooden stands. The categories were Best JDM, Best VIP, Best Euro, Best Fitment, and finally Best in Show.

Also we were informed that at this show will be a DJ, raffles, an artist, food, and free give-aways! So…ummm…what more could you ask for at a car show?

Well, the day arrives and we pull in to the show area. Wait…that wasn’t the show area…that was the spectator parking. Well we passed the spectator parking and wrapped around to the airplane hangers. We turned the corner and to my amazement cars were being directed every which way. It was a car “lowasis”. People were cleaning their rides and assembling tents and setting up their spots, all with small private airplanes taking off on a runway 150 yards from the entertainment! Amazing setting!

Within no time, the music fired up and so did the grills! There was so much activity going on. There was not one dull moment. After walking around outside the hangers it was time to go into the main hanger and check out even more cars. I can start naming all the people at this show but i would have a laundry list to type. I will say that i did enjoy shooting Miro’s slammed Honda S2000. It was sitting so pretty.

Through-out this show it was great to see the scene on the rise and just the culture of people who it attracts. One thing I loved was all of the people getting involved with exposure of media. There were people with cameras everywhere. There were people with small pocket video cameras, point and shoots, disposable, HD video cameras, camera phones, everywhere you turn there was a flash or the sound of a shutter.

Overall this event kicked ass. Best event I’ve been to all year. I give a big thanks to Canibeat for making this show happen. It was executed perfectly and I know that people are already waiting to see what next year will bring. Well here are some more pics from the event. If you’d like to see more photo coverage check my Flickr set here


A New Life, A Wonderful Journey

This past weekend I had an awesome opportunity to be a second shooter and to assist a good friend of mine, Cliff Cooper in my very first wedding! Well where should I start? Being my first time I was extremely nervous, I had no idea what to expect. Things were going through my head like “Is there a point in time where i shouldnt be photographing something?” or how about “what if someone is dancing and doesn’t want their picture taken?” Probably the biggest one of all “what is proper wedding photographer etiquette, and are there people that I should not be taking pictures of together?”. Well considering that it was a first for me I feel the whole day ran through very smoothly.

So the wedding took place in the West Village of Manhattan, at a venue called the Alger House. Marc and Erin were married on October 22nd, 2010. This location and venue was perfect. There were about 80 guests at the wedding. With this venue and the amount of people who attended set up the mood perfectly. It was a very warm and personal atmosphere, which in my opinion suited this couple very well. First the bride was getting ready upstairs on the 3rd floor. Here is where I let Cliff take over and get the shots he needed, but i snapped a couple as well.

After the Bride saw the Groom, it was decided that it would be a perfect time to go outside and really capture the couple in action and really soak up the atmosphere the area had to offer us.

After we shot the couple outside we went back in and got on with the ceremony.

Now as for all of the rest, well, you can only guess. There was 2 “I do’s”, 2 Rings, 2 Huge Smiles, 1 Kiss a couple of tears, a first and last dance, and 5 hours of memories to capture. Here are some.

Overall I had a great experience and just got the tips of my toes wet. I can’t say I have an understanding about how wedding photography works and is coordinated, but I did learn a couple things. Knowing where to be and when, also timing is key. That can be taken two ways. One timing makes those amazing pictures, but also timing so you know where to be positioned for that anticipated kiss, or even the smiles and tears you know will pop out and then quickly hide.

Please visit my friend Cliff Cooper at his website www.cliffcphoto.com and view some of his work from previous events.


Evo vs. Sti Shootout

So I attended the evo vs sti shootout this weekend. Everytime I go to englishtown I wish I just found something else to do. Not really much of a fan anymore except for the drifting track events. This weekend tho, was a different story. D Money / SubWRXKid from the forums as some of you may know from tristatetuners and NASIOC, made his debut of his amazing looking WRX. Well if you haven’t already seen his MOD list its right HERE. Heres some pics from his 03 WRX. For more pictures of his car visit here.

Here’s some more pictures from the show, to my surprise there were that many cars in the show, maybe about 30. Although the parking lot was a different story.

The day was a good day and I can safely say that I have never in my life seen so many evos and sti/wrx’s in my life in one place. Overall it was a good event! Looking forward to First Class Fitment this upcoming weekend with CaniBeat. I’ll be helping out Friday so I’ll get a little sneak peak hehe. The event should be amazing, so far a ton of time and planning has gone into it!

I’ll be shooting the event so stay posted! Also doing a legit shoot of Dimitri Tsougas bugeye after the event.