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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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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.




Listed Top 50 Philly Blogs

So recently I’ve been noticing quite a bit of traffic coming from a website called http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com I didn’t think to much of it up until recently. I looked into why there was traffic coming from here. To my surprise I saw that my photoblog, yes this one speedexposure, has been listed on a Top 50 chart for Philadelphia blogs. This website, Guide to Online Schools, is a website that offers information about college reviews, ratings, and online degree programs. They also offer information for different online resources for inspiration, local news and events, and helpful ideas. All of these resources were compiled into large “Top” blog lists, one of which was Top 50 Philadelphia Blogs. So stop by and check it out!


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. 


Skating Philly is a Crime…

In 5th grade till about 9th- 10th grade I used to skate. Me and some friends would hit up the local elementary school, we would take the “dinky” into Princeton and skate the university. Not only did we skate but we carried on the whole image as well. You didn’t have to have your skateboard on you because as long as you were rocking your huge Jnco jeans and sporting your Stussy and Alien Workshop shirts, people would know the deal.

We would have people yell at us because we were in the way or they had thought we were too reckless. Cops would chase us down and try to ticket us for things like vandalism and trespassing. Well they never usually caught up.

After I had got out of skating (took on a new interest, cars), I noticed that the skating scene kind of died down a bit. Now maybe thats because i wasnt involved in it anymore, so i never really payed any attention to it. I noticed there were less and less skaters in public places like the parks, train stations, schools, and shopping centers.

After my journey to Center City, Philadelphia I learned I was very wrong. Center city was flooded with skaters and bikers. It was incredible how many people were skating. There was a crew going at City Hall and if you crossed the street there was another group at Love Park.

The culture was still the same. The clothes were a bit more expensive though, haha. People wearing ALIFE, 10 DEEP, and fresh NIKE SB‘S. It kind of reminded me of the street races. Everyone met up in thier spots, bikers and skaters started fileing out of nowhere some came equipped with thier coffee, others rolled up with thier red bull. They would all sit around and talk, smoke cigs, laugh and joke. When the cops came around it was a massive scramble and within 10 seconds flat the spot was abandoned.

I sat around for a little bit to warm up to the crowd before i started firing my weapon of choice, 5D MKii. I noticed the scene had grown massivly. There were kids ranging from 11 years old up to adults looking like they were about 30. For the most park the crowd was nice. They didn’t mind me and my friend taking pictures. Others were very stand-off towards us but it was well understood.

Watching some of these skaters I was amazed. The tricks that I would try to master about 10-12 years ago, there were three 12 year olds doing them with ease. It’s like the younger kids these days are trained machines in sports. Tricks were being executed at City Hall that I couldn’t image possible without a ramp about 12 years ago.

Needless to say the title of this post was a sarcastic one. I personally don’t belive skating is a crime. Being an ex-skater I do now that yes you do cross that trespassing line very often, but that’s part of the rush.

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Fall Into Family Love and Fun!

Last Sunday was so much fun, I had a family shoot to do in Princeton with a really fun family! Eric and Sarah brought their kids out and we had a blast.

It was perfect timing to do this shoot as well, not only did we have great weather, but it was right during the middle of the Fall season. The colors in Princeton are amazing around this time, plus it was great for the kids to jump around in some leaves.

The day turned out perfect, I do have to thank my lovely assistant Lisa (my fiance) for being my reflector lady ; ) After the shoot was over we took the kids and went to Panera Bread for some delish Mac and Cheese!

To view more photos (but not all) from this shoot, check out their set in my Flickr.


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.


It’s hot in the city, hot in the city tonight!

Lately almost every weekend I’ve been going into a city to take pictures, kind-of being an “urban explorer“. Being in such an over-whelming place all time lets my imagination run wild! Theres always so much action going on you never know where to look. There are so many places in a city to get inspiration. Here’s a picture of a cyclist in Central Park, NYC

Being that Philadelphia and New York are huge cities, there are a vast number of people around you all of the time doing all sorts of different things. Not all of my inspiration comes from people though. Theres also places in a city that can be quiet. Although this is hard to find on a weekend, its great when you get that moment, you can sit down your gear and set up that shot. Frame it just the way you like, make that picture tell you a story.

Well as we know, most major cities are known for landmarks.This also provides a photographer with a lot of inspiration. You look at it and know that you’ve seen it before, but you want to make your shot that much better, and you want to catch it at an angle that some people may not see.

Before I went exploring into these cities with my camera, and way before I had a license to even be able to drive into a city (years ago). Whenever I heard the two words picture and city mended together I always imagined city scape’s, and big buildings!

Now I’ve come to the realization that you can always dig deeper. Theres always another challenge to take on, another angle, another view, or just a whole new perspective. That’s my goal, to show people the world that I see not just through my eyes, but through my lens.

So drop me a comment, let me know what you think!!


Venti-Iced Please…

Well I love starbucks (due to my lovely fiance). I figured on one of my day excursions through the amazing city of Philadelphia I might as well catch my “Venti sweetened iced-black tea” in action. Not only showing my love for this drink I figured I would take this picture in one of the most memorable places in Philadelphia, Love Park.

When I first started dating my fiance, Lisa, she loved the enjoyable taste of Starbucks lovely drinks. She said, “hey you should try a drink from here, they’re amazing.” I said “I’ll try one, but i’m going to be really pissed if you turn me into a “Starbucks head”. Sure enough that is the very thing that happened. I am actually blogging this post from the Barnes and Noble Starbucks in Princeton Market Fair right now haha. Anyways heres the picture that I took!

Drop me a comment let me know what ya think!