Happy Thanksgiving 2022

fork and wishbone

I think I’ve posted this image for Thanksgiving every year since I shot it in 2008

Today we celebrate Thanksgiving here in America.

Even this holiday has a turbulent past, but that’s a story for another day.

Today is a day about being thankful for what we have in our lives.

Yes, it can be hard to see the light of thankfulness. Times continue to be turbulent and deadly.

But there is still much in our lives – big things or small things – that we can be thankful and grateful for.

On a walk the other day, I was thinking of all the people, of outside of my parents, that have influenced my life: Friends, maybe long past, and others still here, teachers, baseball coaches, one particular basketball coach, photographers I’ve worked with, art directors that helped give me vision, co-workers, the women in my life that, even though it didn’t work out till death do us part, we still parted on good terms. Maybe not ever relationship is forever, but hopefully one gets something from it.

Think about who has influenced your life today – whether your sitting down at Thanksgiving feast, walking the canyons of big city, or enjoying solitude for an hour or so in the woods – and be thankful, and grateful.

In today’s Daily Stoic newsletter, Ryan Holiday writes about Epictetus, and how E talks about how every situation has two handles. You can chose hate, or love. You can chose anger, or appreciation, fear or fellowship. You can grab the handle of resentment, or gratitude.

Choose gratitude, folks.

And I’m VERY thankful for all you that stop by, read this blog, and leave comments. I’ve been doing this blog for more than

Enjoy the day, whatever you do!


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New JSP Tearsheets

Donna Conroy, CEO of SciMar. Photo by me.


It’s always great to see the work you’ve shot get out there into the world, and to see how your clients use them.

Here’s a couple new tear sheets I can put in my back pocket now.

Back in August, I photographed Donna Conroy, the CEO of a NJ-based scientific company called SciMar. Please don’t ask me what they do…I’m not exactly sure!

Anyway She, and her husband, Mike, who is the CFO of the company, needed new headshots and branding images for their websites. I never blogged about it because I always wait until the clients gets their files and then I see them “go live” someplace.

We did the headshots in the Asbury Park Vibes studios what I use when I can do these types of shoots.

BTS courtesy of make-up artist Lauren Vena

Everything was shot against my gray seamless backdrop from Savage Universal. I was also using, for the first time, a beauty dish from Neewer – which I now love!


The image used in the ad above

Lauren Vena at work

While still at the studio, and in both “looks, I took Donna outside for environmental portraits.

After that, we then went up to the Asbury Park boardwalk as she and Mike want some of that “Jersey Shore” flair.


BTS courtesy of make-up artist Lauren Vena

Donna is using the image above on her LinkedIn profile, which is pretty cool.

It was a great shoot with the Conroy’s, and I’m happy to see the images appearing in ads for their speaking engagements, on their social handles and on their website.


Speaking of Lauren Vena, who was fantastic doing make up for Donna on the shoot above (and taking the shine off of Mike – it was warm on the boardwalk!)…..thanks to her, she’s my second tear sheet of the month – in a fashion magazine no less!

Lauren Vena in Bella Magazine. Photo by me.

Lauren writes a monthly column for Bella, and used one of the portraits I did of her when we did her book shoot back in July.

This feels “Old Hollywood” to me.

This was simple, no muss-no fuss portrait. I liked window light, I liked the gray wall, Lauren looks great, and the 5DMIV did all the heavy lifting. She loves this portrait because of how natural it all looks. I was thrilled she picked to use it with her column!

In B&W, with a smile.

Hope you like all these photos. More to come….


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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 11.19.22


Sneaking in a quick post before the weekend is out.

Wow, it got cold here in New Jersey! Sunny but windy and blustery this weekend.

Hey, we’re heading into the last week of November, so it guess it is what’s expected.

Let’s keep the chains moving till the end of 2022!


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished Shopgirl by Steve Martin. Didn’t really like it. Also finished City Dark. Felt like it was too long. Almost done with Directed by James Burrows. Really enjoying it.

What I Watched This Week: Because of the Burrows book, had watch the first episodes of Cheers and Fraiser. Really, really funny.

What I Listened To This Week: The Atlas Obscura podcast ~ Library of Mistakes

PrintMag: Teaching young kids to read, adults to look and teens to stare.

Austin Kleon: A dozen books worth reading

From the JSP Archives: I was supposed to have a meeting in NYC on Thursday, but it got cancelled. So, in observance of that missed NYC trip, here’s a post November 19, 2011, when I did go to NYC and I made a short video.

RIP: Art director George Lois

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JSP Visual Week In Review ~ 11.12.22

This was a wide-ranging week that took me from North Jersey, where I saw Lower Manhattan from the Jersey side, to small coal towns in northeast Pennsylvania.

My daughter had an exception week. Remember I did that post about her being part of the high school marching band? Well, they won Nationals last weekend, which was held at Metlife Stadium – where the NY Jets and Giants play. Shooting from the stands with just my Fuji XT3 and a cheap zoom, I didn’t get many good  photos of her on the field. But she was super happy when I saw her later one.

Then later in the week, she was inducted into the Math Honor Society. And got her first pair of Doc Marten boots!

So a big week for her. And a proud dad week for me.

We’re starting that rush to the end of another year. Seeing more Xmas commercials than I’d like at this point, but it is what it is.

If you want to make any changes in your life – like I’m trying to do – start now! By the time the January 1 rush hits, you’ll already have a good head start.


This Week’s Links:

What I Read This Week: I finished In A Lonely Place last night. Really, really good. Still plodding along with Dark City. Picked up two new ones at the library yesterday: Directed By James Burrows (if you don’t know the name, you’ve probably watched/loved some sitcoms he’s done) and Portrait of Myself by Margaret Burke White.

What I Watched This Week: My Policeman

And for Noirvember: The Man Who Cheated Death and Pitfall (one of my favorites)

Ear Candy: On a long drive yesterday to those coal towns I mentioned above, I listened to Springsteen’s new album, Only The Strong Survive. It’s ok. Not really grabbing me, to be honest.

Watch: Sean Tuck on when photos become memories.

Hong Kong Free Press: The stylistic journey of legendary Hong Kong photographer Fan Ho.

NY Times: Climate change in photos

Ken Burns: America’s history in six photographs

In Color: The Psychology of Color In Marketing

Fast Company: This cover of Dolly Parton’s Jolene is AI Mastery. (It’s cool, don’t get me wrong. Just not sure how I feel about all this AI stuff…)

Atlas Obscura: A look inside the new CIA Museum

“Enjoy every sandwich.” ~ Warren Zevon (more on this quote here, via the Daily Stoic. I’m feeling this quote lately.)

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