Friday Noir: Winter Song


So you made it into another year, eh?

And you’re happy right?

And you’re hoping this one will be better than the last?

Yeah, keep hoping.

It don’t get any better, mister.

It just gets more bitter.

Wind keeps blowing.

Snow keeps piling up.

The grind don’t get any better.

Just keep your head down and try to stay ahead of the buzz saw.

That is this hard life.


This image is from my archives. Primary photograph is mine, with additional design work done by the incomparable Stefan Prohaczka, whom I’ve worked with on a number of projects. His design work is just incredible.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017


In The Field: Plunging Into 2017


After all that 2016 held, it’s understandable that many people would want to wash the stink of it all from their hands.

And bodies.

So what better way than plunging into the cold Atlantic Ocean for the Annual Sons of Ireland Polar Bear Plunge.

Not only was this the 14th year for the SOI organizing the plunge, it was my 9th year photographing it.

And you know what, it never gets old. The pictures may be similar, but always different, unique and fun.


Another large crowd of supporters turned out this year. The weather was clear and about 50 degrees. Water was a little rough, maybe 1-2 foot swells and temp was about 46 degrees.

The one unique feature, perhaps from an earlier storm, was this berm that was created by Mother Nature at the starting line It was a good two foot or more drop, which could have caused some problems, but I think everyone navigated it pretty well. That’s the historic Berkley Hotel giving me a framing option in the background.

As usual, bagpipers led the plungers from Convention Hall to the water’s edge. The group sang the Star Spangled Banner….and then the rush began.




My usual MO is this: Get the initial rush, try to stay as dry as possible through all that splashing, then start to cherrypick some interesting looking people either coming into the water on the backend of the rush, or people with great expressions (i.e. cold) coming out.






And the dogs…always got to get the dogs in there. One golden retriever in particular this year. He had the most fun of everyone.




It was another great plunge day, though I still wish ONE of these years, we’d see snow. Still, on the plus side, I stayed as dry as humanly possible, I think, considering the conditions. My North Face coat and chest-high waders did the trick again. My addition this year was a rain-cover protector for the camera made by Welk Co. Pretty simple design, not expensive and did the trick. Canon’s waterproofing only goes so far, and the 50D took on a lot of water last year, which I think contributed to its demise. The 70D stayed pretty dry this year, thanks to the cover.


I had the Canon 70D on motor drive during the plunge and used my Fujit X100T for some of the inside work.

I really enjoy shooting this event, and it was great to see the guys who make up the Sons of Ireland again. Lizzy de la Pens at Espoused Events did a great job with the planning and coordinating this year. Hopefully I’ll be back next year for my 10th anniversary.

Here’s a good article from the Asbury Park Press about the event.

And here’s a full slideshow with the rest of my #SOIPBP17 images.


(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017



Tearsheet: Life Science Leader Magazine


A nice start to 2017 – my first tear sheet and it’s a cover!

Way back in October, I did some environmental portraits of executives at our Spring House, Pennsylvania, location. We knew Life Sciences Leader was working on a story, but a) we thought it was going to run in November and b) we thought two of our executives would be included.

So, the half-day shoot included both executives. I had them conferring together, walking down a hallway interacting, some other environmental portraits.

As it happens, one of the executives has since left the company. Rather than scrape the whole article, the magazine focused it more on Sue Dillon, who is the Global Therapeutic Area Head for Immunology at Janssen.



A number of images were sent over, but it seems they just used one in a few different spots – Cover, Table of Contents page, interior. Oh well. No photo credit given, though, which is disappointing.


It was a good shoot for me, though. I enjoyed finding some nice, natural light locations to utilize, and especially liked the couch/background used for these main pics. I shot with both my Canon 70D and my Fuji X100T.


I always like to do some B&W, too.

While I was there, I did some environmental portraits of scientists, too. Not for the magazine, but for the company image library.



In addition to the labs, I did a few other portraits as well.



All in all, a good shoot day. Wish the magazine would have used more images, of course, but I have no control over that. It was a good experience for me.


Can’t pass up the “scientist selfie”

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2017


JSP 2016 Year In Review


Here are are. Again.

We’ve come to the end of the line. Again.

I think many people are going to be happy to see 2016 fade into the rearview mirror. Many things considered, it was a rough year.

Too much pain and hard ship  in the world.

Too much killing. Too many shootings.

I know many people aren’t happy with the political climate here in the United States.

But you know what…there was a lot of good stuff too.

Things we can’t forget that happened this year:

All the babies born…the kisses given…the hugs gotten….the music heard…the art seen…the trips taken…the memories made.

And, especially, the photographs taken.

This year, I started following CJ Chilver’s blog. He writes about photography and often has profound insight in a number of areas. He recently wrote about how “snapshots” are some of the best forms of photography, and I agree.

I, for one, am a documentarian.

I document things – People I meet, places I go, events I am part of, my family.

Yes, I shoot for clients. Sometimes. But most of my work is by me and for me.

And that’s OK.

Down below, you can watch a video (below or here) that is a recap of my favorite 2016 images.

It was hard to edit. I liked a lot of what I shot this year.

I tried to include a few from each month, so it’s chronological. I had to finally stop producing it because I just wanted to add more and more photos. Like I said, I liked a lot of what I shot in 2016.

On a personal level,¬† I made some changes that greatly enhanced my marriage and family. That was my biggest “win” of the year.

I also took some fun trips, both near an far. Memories made.

From a photography perspective, I got better in some respects.

I learned my gear a little more.

I got published.

I made prints. Lots of prints.

I made mistakes.

Which means I also learned some things. You should learn from your mistakes.

I challenged myself some, but not as much, maybe, as I should have.

I kept my eyes open and I saw what I could saw.

I had fun with it.

I think this year, more than others maybe, taught me not tot take anything for granted. Don’t “come back to shoot it later.”

Shoot it now. There may not be a later.

This is especially true from a family and friends perspective. Don’t wait. Shoot it now.

I have some goals for 2017. Not really resolutions but things I want to do, areas I want to work on.

The page if flipping. It’s a fresh start in many respects.Take advantage of it.

Enough pontificating. Click to to watch a video of my favorite shots. They all hold a great memory for me, a memory of 2016.

So, go out and have a great 2017.

Shoot what you want to shoot.

Read as much as you can.

Have adventures. Any kinds.

Make prints.

Make memories.

My counter says 459 of you from around the world follow this photo blog. I really appreciate you coming by my little spot of the internet, reading what I have to say and looking at my photos. That’s pretty cool, and I thank you. If you’ve done your own photo retrospective, include a link for us in the comments section below.

Happy 2017, my friends! Let’s meet back here in next December and see what stories we can tell.

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016