JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.09.21

Sneaking this one in before the weekend closes out.

To be honest….around  Wednesday….I had a whole plan for this weekend post.

But I didn’t journal it, didn’t write it down.

Must have thought it up on one of my walks.

Now…no idea what it was to be all about!

So, this is just a quick post.

Have a great week…take cool shots…back up your work!



This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished The Valley of The Dolls, and started Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. 

What I Watched This Week: A lot of playoff baseball. And Nightbooks. And 2 Days In The Valley. And The Wolfman.

Must Listen: Steve Brazill (Behind The Shot podcast) talks with photojournalist legend, David Hume Kennerly.

London: 7 Most Haunted Underground Stations

Favorite Photo of The Week: Via Scott Strazzante.

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In The Field: Scouting Light

When you go to a portrait shoot, do you look around for possible environmental spots, or do you take photos a reference?

I do a little of both. And both are helpful.

You certainly don’t want to go into a location cold, but if you can’t pre-scout it, at least get their much earlier than your talent and see what may work.

I did that last week when I had to do some corporate headshots, but outside, not against a seamless.

I got there about 45 minutes before the subject. It was going to be at 8:30 a.m., so I wanted to see where the light may be, and if there was anything interesting I could find.

Again, this was a pretty basic corporate headshot – I couldn’t go to wild.

But, I shot this scout photo.

And it’s probably my favorite photo of the day.

Yes, it’s a bit underexposed.

But I love the pockets of light…on the red sofa to the left of the frame…that spot right in the middle…and especially that swatch of light on the right side of the frame.

If I had any guts, I would have put my subject in one, or all, of those three spots…after, of course, I got the shots I needed to get.

But, alas, I didn’t. We did what we needed to do outside, I shot a dozen more frames inside the office building in two different locations…and we were done.

But that light….oh, that light.

Follow the light, folks.

Follow the light.


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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 10.02.21

And the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear
What do I care?

~ October. U2

We’ve hit the tenth month of 2021

The year is slipping by, but we had some of the best weather here in New Jersey this week.

Cool mornings, warm afternoons slidinging into cool evenings.

Been happy that my fitness program has stayed on track, and some positives being felt.

Got the physical exercise in…as well as the mental creativity, too.

That balance is nice.

Strive for balance.

Oh, and back up your work!


This Week’s Links:


What I Read This Week: Still working on The Valley Of The Dolls. Finished Sherlock Holmes and the Twain Papers.

What I Watched This Week: Night Books, directed by Sam Rami, with my boys last night. Not bad for the 9-14 crowd. And a fun The Lost Boys reference for the 47-53 age range (need to watch that one again this month).

What I Listened To This Week: Debbie Millman on Chase Jarvis Live. Great convo. (YouTube link. Spotify link)

National Geographic: The Epic COVID Memorial on the National Mall photo by Stephen Wilkes

BBC: The Pioneering Scots Photographer Who Captured China

Hands On Photography (watch): Ant Pruitt and Nick Anderson on Pet Photography

On Set with Daniel Norton: Getting The Most Out of Your Speedlight

Bert Stern: Would have been 91 today. Read his obit here.

“I think all my pictures are ideas, and they’re ideas made into images.” ~ Bert Stern

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Kim and Kevin Get Married!

When I first photographed Kim Robles, she had a 5,000 watt smile.

That was a few years ago. She was instructing Olivia in the way of jujitsu, and she asked me to shoot her Kima Warriors.

Even though Olivia stopped training at that doja, Kim still reached out to me last year and asked me if I’d do an engagement shoot with her and her fiance, Kevin.

Of course I said yes! And on that cold, windy day, Kim’s smile was 25,000 watts.

Then, a couple of months ago, she contacted me again, this time to shoot her wedding to Kevin!

Of course I said yes to this as well.

And on this day, her smile – which I don’t think left her face all day – was 100,000 watts!

Now, before going into this shoot, I showed my good friend, Bryan, my photos of Nick & Greg’s wedding.

I’m glad I did. Bryan has nearly 200 wedding under his belt, and he gave me some great feedback and tips, which prepared me better for Kim and & Kevin’s wedding.

My goal, overall, was to just document Kim and Kevin’s day, and catch as much of the smile as I could – from hair and makeup to the very end of the evening.

Of course, pre-ceremony, I wanted to capture some of Kevin and his groomsmen as well!

After the ceremony, we headed to The Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, NJ, where the reception would be held. I had some grand ideas – they have a great back patio area that overlooks the Navasink River – but it started to rain when we got there, so only did a few outside.

But I was still able to find some fun spots inside.

And then the party was on!

It was really a wonderful day for Kim and Kevin and I was honored they asked me to be a part of it, and to record it for them!

Hair: Headspace Salon / Nicole Rubino

Make Up: Makeup by Lauren Vena

Rings: Earth Treasures

Flowers: Sickles Market

Gown: Barefoot Bride NJ

Tuxedos: Forum Tuxedos by Sarno

Cake: The Vintage Cake

Church: Our Lady of Perpetual Help/St. Agnes

Reception: The Molly Pitcher Inn

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