Fulfilling Photos For A Great Cause

FulFill T-Shirts

A couple of weeks ago, I got a call to see if I wanted to shoot some photos for Fulfill NJ, the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties here in New Jersey.

But this shoot would include a certain rock star from New Jersey…sort of.

“𝘙𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘣𝘦𝘳, 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥, 𝘯𝘰𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘴.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

Bruce famously recited this line in the beginning of the 1987 live video for Born to Run.

From BruceBase: “I used to do this thing back in the mid-‘80s … where before ‘Born to Run’ I would say that ‘Nobody wins ‘less everybody wins’ and, uh … for a long time I stopped saying that. I stopped saying it because … there was a point where I felt it was naïve and that’s not the way that the world goes around … but for the past 30 years, since the Reagan administration, the middle class, the working class people got so squeezed … that … really that idea is all we have, that we’re sitting on the precipice at this moment, we need affordable health care for each and every American … so nobody wins ‘less everybody wins.”

Now, he’s given permission for it to be on a t-shirt that @fulfill_nj is selling to help raise money to wipe out hunger.

I was thrilled to do some portraits of a fun group of “models” in the shirts.

Fulfill is one of my favorite NJ charities, and to give back to them a little with that little box that hangs on my shoulder, well…I couldn’t ask for anything better.

I had talked it over with the PR person, and we wanted to just do some simple “on white” shots. Working in a conference room, I used my big 72″ parabola umbrella with the Neewer Vison 4 and a white pop-up background to achieve this. I wanted to blast the light but spread it as well.


Pretty simple set up but it got the job done. Below is the set up I tried to use to just do the shirts themselves. Unfortuntately, the “on-white” didn’t work as well.

Harder, though, was to do product shots back at my place, on my dining room table, with a darker background. Not from a tech perspective, but from a wrinkle perspective! I needed an art director to help me catch all the wrinkles I needed to smooth out before shooting!

But, this was a fun shoot, happy to help give something back to Fulfill.

Here’s a few more BTS shots….


Me and my PR friend Sammy modeling the shirts.

OK…I put this out on my socials….if you’re interested in one of these t-shirts to help end hunger in New Jersey…click here.

And if you buy one…screengrab the receipt, send it to me via email (jerseytstylephotography@gmail.com) and I’ll gift you an 8X10 of this Springsteen photo that I shot a few years ago. A bit of a rarity – Springsteen playing a Gibson, not his usual Telecaster.

It’s for a great, great cause and would really help folks out here in New Jersey!

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.18.22

Hey all!

We’re at mid-June! How’s everyone doing?

Keeping is short and sweet today. Just back from a Father’s Day meal with my kids my local diner.

What did I have you ask?

I went with the grilled chicken BLT wrap with pickles inside, some only-ok diner fries and some great diner cole slaw). Frankly, they had to many tasty options and I went kinda basic but they did put it under the panini press to amp it up a little.

My type of Father’s Day lunch!

Baseball is winding down. Regular seasons ended last weekend, but my boys start their All-Star Tournament games this week. Both their teams look pretty good so we’ll see.

I had new work drop this week that I can finally talk about. Post about the work coming up this week, I promise!


What I Read This Week: The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman;

What I Watched This Week: Top Gun, with my son Chase. He, at 12, was Meh. Even I was thinking it wasn’t as good as I remembered. Still want to see Maverick though.

Watch: Dan Milnor’s Albania Journal

Sean Tucker: Are you the best judge of your photography?

Behind The Scenes TV Episode: Posing tips with Vanessa Joy

FT Magazine: Baseball Parks and All-Day Breakfast: Jim Dow photographs 1970’s America

Western Horseman: Buccarooing On the MC

RIP: Kurt Markus

“I consider it a gift to have found photography and made my life in it. I never thought of it as a job. I’ve always associated the click of the shutter with the word “Yes”.’” ~ Kurt Markus

And, on this Father’s Day, linking to my post last year about the specialness of my dad’s pocketknife, and why it’s special to me. Please give it a read.

Here’s me and my crew – save for Bojangles and Quinn who were snoozing nearby and couldn’t be bothered. A Father’s Day Family Portrait!

Father’s Day 2022

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.11.22


Here’s a hymn to welcome in the day
Heralding a summer’s early sway
And all the bulbs all comin’ in
To begin
~ June Hymn,
The Decemberists


June’s coming in hot, isn’t it?

We all have stuff going on.

We’re all still trying to unpack what’s been happening in the world.

We’re all paying high rates for gas. (And, no, it’s not Biden’s fault. If you read world newspapers, you’ll see this across the board. Blame that dictator in Russia, and the war.)

Anway…one more game to regular baseball season. Chase is playing in the Championship on Tuesday. And then All Stars

Matt… with a sore elbow…is heading into his travel playoffs and then All Stars.

Olivia is finishing up a Straight A school year.

And I have projects percolating!

Here’s to June.


What I’m Reading This Week: Ugh, slow going turning pages. Still moving on all the things I’ve been reading. Just haven’t been making much progress. Too tired to read much.

What I Watched This Week: Adam Sandler in Hustle. I’m not a big fan of most of AS’s movies. I do love Spanglish. And I do love this this one. Give it a watch.

UN of Photography: It’s Time In Photography For New Reference Points

NY Times Music: You Don’t Become Lou Reed Overnight.

Lighting: Creating Soft Light, with Emily Teague


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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 06.04.22

Here are.

We made it to June.

So much good going on.

Kids are happy school is almost ending (though parents may feel otherwise).

They are outside playing baseball, lacrosse, soccer, MMA and doing dance recitals (as least according to my Facebook page).

They are jumping in pools for early-season swims.

And yet…more mass shootings this week in the United States.

I cry for our America.

Something needs to be done.


In other, more uplifting news…my boys are almost done with their baseball seasons but the playoffs loom. My daughter will be joining the high school marching band…which may take more time, for her mom and me, than even baseball does. But, if she wants to do it, she’ll do it and she’ll be great at it…like with most things she does.

Oh, and I’ve done a couple of shoots recently. I’ll share when I get the greenlight, but they were a) interesting 2) fun 3)  one, different, for me.

And it is June.

These next three months are my three of four favorite months of the year.

Let’s see where we go in these next 90 days!


What I Read This Week: Still working on everything from last week. Oh, wait…I didn’t post anything. Ok, I have a few going: Still Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises; The Book of Magic by Alice Hoffman; Jimmy Chin’s There And Back: Photographs From The Edge; Flash: The Making of Weegee The Famous by Christopher Bonanos. I know, too many. Not making much headway on any of them.

What I Watched This Week: Baseball. Lots of it.

Chase Jarvis: It’s June. Get Going On That Thing

NY Times: Trying To Contain William Klein…Isn’t Easy

Kicks: Is Dorothea Lange wearing cool Converse sneakers in this photo? If so, I want some!

Listen: On Deep Natter this week, Jeffrey and Sean talk about turning down the bully boss.

Watch/Listen: In Public: Street Photography. Here, Steve Brazill interviews street photographer George Shaub. Youtube link here, but you can listen on any major podcast platform.

Design: Summer of Campari (I’m a big fan of this aperitive, both in advertising and in my scotch or gin)

“The opportunity is to do work that matters for people who care.” ~ Seth Godin ( I can’t remember which podcast I heard him say this, but it’s good.

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