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.

“๐˜™๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ, ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜บ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด.” ~ Bruce Springsteen

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

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

Now, he’s given permission for it to be on a t-shirt thatย @fulfill_njย 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 ofย 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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