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Costilla Family Session – Dorchester State Park – North Charleston, SC

I shot with the Castillo family the same day I shot with Kayli & Emilio in Dorchester State Park. If you ask me, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my Saturday, because I got to deliver to two families something they’ll value for years to come — family photos. As Patricia and Marcos watch their daughters grow they’ll be able to look back and cherish the journey that brought them there. Their daughters, in adulthood, will be able to look back at the parents that raised them and be proud of where they come from. They’ll think back to the way their parents loved each other and loved them and they’ll be able to see it plain as day. I take my job as a photographer very seriously, I capture more than just moments. I capture thoughts, feelings, emotions, and visuals.

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words and believe me, they are. I’m just glad that people trust me enough to allow me to write those words.

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Kayli + Emilio – Dorchester State Park, North Charleston, SC

Sometimes being a photographer is tough. Trying to manage crazy kids, wrangle inebriated groomsmen and attempting to pacify a fiery model who doesn’t share your vision are all pretty common occurrences. But for all that grief, once in a while, you get lucky. That’s how I felt when I met with Kayli and her beautiful family. For once, it all fell into place. The lighting was gorgeous, the location couldn’t have been more perfect and the family…ripped from the pages of a catalog. I’d love to take the credit on these images, but it was really just serendipity. Not that I’m complaining.

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Throwback: Abby Normal – Model Shoot at Coney Island

Today’s post brings us back to my first year of photography. My shoot with Abby Normal was the second shoot I ever did with a model and I knew I wanted to try to give it a vintage look and feel. For the first year I did photography I actually delivered all my files in black and white. When I attended art school they wouldn’t even let us paint in color until the 3rd or 4th semester so when I got into photography I gave myself that same limitation. It was actually a very helpful exercise but I wanted to revisit this shoot and process the images in color for posterity.

Now, I just want to say…I shot these images way back in 2012 and because it was only the 2nd time I had every shot with a model I made a LOT of mistakes; many of which aren’t shown here but some are. I’d like to think that if I were shooting with Abby today that I’d make different choices in regards to composition and lighting but I think these images show a clear vision, though not executed perfectly.

I was fortunate to shoot with Abby as she was way more experienced than I was and she was truly comfortable in front of the camera. It was a sweltering July day in Brooklyn and I’ll never understand how she was able to get through it all with a smile. Not only that, but she also had a nice little collection of vintage clothing and even interacting with her was like talking to a girl from the 1950’s. There was something about her look, style and demeanor that was just perfect for this shoot.

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Nomad Yard Collectiv – Magazine Editorial – N.Y Ave. Washington DC

I’m a really lucky guy to be able to do the things I love. Sure, while most of my work in DC centers around headshot photography my first love has always been portraits. Even as a traditional artist, portraits were(and still are) the bulk of my artwork. There’s just something about being able to distill and capture someones personality through a single image that has always appealed to me. So when a good friend put me in touch with his connection at a small magazine, I jumped at the chance to shoot an editorial for them. Unfortunately, these images never made it to print, but these images are still amongst my favorite.

The subject was a young woman named Desiree, the owner of Nomad Yard Collectiv, a vintage clothing store in Washington DC’s NoMA neighborhood. As you’ll notice from her images, she’s a bit of a fashionista with a unique style. She did an incredible job of mixing and matching pieces to create one of a kind outfits for her photos. Her actual shop was also nothing short of amazing and featured a lot of decorative tchotchkes. While the 3600sq foot store looked like it had been there forever, forgotten by time, it’s a recent addition to N.Y. Ave.

My purpose for this shoot was to capture images of the space as well as Desiree. I shot as much as I could in natural light but because the interior of the store turned out to be pretty dark I did resort to some strobist photography for half of the portrait images. Overall, I think I was able to keep a consistent look and feel despite the different lighting conditions.

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Throwback Thursday: Irene – New York City Vintage Fashion Shoot

Believe it or not, of the hundreds of photoshoots I’ve done, this one was my favorite one ever. I can say that now because this shoot took place over 3 years ago in the early days of my photography career. I’ve worked with hundreds of models, actors and creatives and I’ve seen plenty come and go. This girl was one for the books.

On this day, December 1st, 2012, everything just came together. The model, the makeup artist, the clothing, the location….me. It was a chilly 40 degrees in Manhattan, but you’d never know it because Irene was channeling a warm summer day. I was still new to photography but I still managed to pull off a few great photos, thanks to a lovely model and a fantastic location. I actually had 4 photoshoots this day, but this was my favorite one then and it’s my favorite one now.

There’s not much more to say…just enjoy the pretty pictures, folks.

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SJL Collection New York Fashion Week Lookbook – Washington DC

Recently I had the awesome pleasure of working with a Washington DC based fashion designer, Jabari Lake, on his new collection. SJL collection was chosen to be presented at New York Fashion Week and as a requirement a lookbook was neccesary for all participants. These images were shot on a white seamless at my Washington DC photo studio and lit with two lights. We shot 10 outfits total and I’m happy to show off of a few my favorite images.
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Kaylynn – Washington DC Actor Headshots & Portraits

Kaylynn is a lovely young model and actress from the San Francisco bay area. You’d never know that she was still a fresh face to the industry and still looking for her big break, because she acted like a total professional. I started off with a beauty shot of her, got a couple LA style actor headshots and moved on to a few black and white portraits.

I’m happy to have taken these images at my studio with an amazing makeup artist, Doris Elias. I look forward to working with her again in the future on upcoming projects.

Location: My Studio, Washington DC
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8
Makeup Artist: Doris Elias

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Amanda & Ryan – Austin, TX Elopement Wedding

I had the fortunate chance to photograph a lovely, intimate wedding ceremony in Austin, TX a few months back. There were only seven of us in attendance, including myself, the preacher, and the lovely couple and their family/friends. It was a gorgeous Texas day, clear blue skies and a comfortable 76 degrees. You couldn’t have asked for better wedding conditions.

Hailing from Dallas, TX, the bride and groom had escaped for the weekend to elope in Austin. Just far enough for their family members not to track them down and possibly ruin the ceremony. “They’ve lost their privilege”, the bride explained to me. Apparently there had been much drama over the years. This wasn’t going to be a large affair, it was strictly family and friends.

This was a solid union though. The bride, a teacher. The groom, a restauranteur. They’d been dating for years and years, since their youth. The ceremony was over just as quickly as it had began and before I knew it this small group was enjoying a delicious Italian dinner together and discussing the finer points of marriage. It was simple, it was lovely, it was authentic.

Austin, they say, is a weird little town, but on occasion it’s more than just weird. On this occasion, it was downright beautiful.

Venue: Chapel Dulcinea, Austin, TX

Camera: Nikon D300

Lenses: Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, Nikon 105mm f/2.8

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Throwback Thursday: Christine Sweet – NYC Fashion Portraits

Here’s an awesome throwback from my days in NYC. I met Christine on Model Mayhem and knew right away that we’d be able to get some great shots together. All I knew is that I wanted to try something new and different. I went into this shoot thinking I’d use straight up available light and try to go for a more fashion-y look, which I don’t usually go for.

I rented the Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D for this shoot, from Calumet(back when they were in business), and just gave it a shot.

I must admit that a lot of the credit goes to the makeup artist, Adina, and to Christine for pulling together an awesome number of looks. As far as fashion goes I know nothing, but it was a fun shoot and I met some incredible people.

Location: Union Square area rooftop, New York City
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Nikon 50mm f/1.8D
Model: Christine Sweet
Makeup Artist: Adina Pintilie
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Katie – Washington DC Actor Headshots

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This headshot session is SO old! Check out my newest headshot work by clicking on the menu links.

Katie is a lovely young lady, originally from New Jersey, who spent years as a childhood actress and was looking for some new headshots to possibly get back into acting, but who also just wanted to get some nice images of herself while she was in DC. We first talked online before setting up a shoot at her apartment.

The following photos are on location with my portable studio setup.

Location: Logan Circle, Washington DC
Camera: Nikon D300
Lenses: Nikkor 105mm f/2.8D, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8

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