A Girl and Her Horse-Maile and Luna

If you haven’t guessed by now, my other passion is horses and riding. Years ago I used to show horses, jump them etc. I’m still an equestrian, and I ride and working on riding more and more each week as my schedule allows it. I met Maile at a farm we both rode at a while ago, since then she and her two horses have moved to Sporty Acres Farm, but we’ve kept in touch and remain friends.

She has this amazing thoroughbred horse named, Luna who is an amazing jumper and mover, loves to go fast. Maile is an amazing rider and watching her ride this horse, you can see the connection between them both.

I had this idea for a photo shoot and I wanted to originally shoot Maile and her husband David as he has a horse named Sailor. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it. My idea is to showcase a horse and rider, for personal branding. Many equestrians have their own websites, are on Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. Riding is an expensive sport, so getting sponsorships really helps us.

To better understand more about the costs:
How Much Does It Cost To Enter A Hunter Jumper Show?
What Is Equestrian Show Jumping?
What Does It Take To Become and Olympic Equestrian?

Being an equestrian at a professional level is more expensive than sailing or tennis:

By having professional pictures to showcase at our trailers and stalls during shows, and online shows the commitment we’re making. Basically marketing ourselves to small and large brands to help us to afford what we do. And this includes our training, upkeep of our beloved animals, outfits, helmets, saddles, bridles, etc. The list is enormous, and why do we do this?

Because we love it.

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The inside of the stables is pretty dark, so while I tried a few shots without my flash, I ended up having to use it. equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal brandingequestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal brandingequestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding

Love the tail flip! The day was gorgeous, and the sun was perfect. equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding

After Maile’s ride, I wanted to get some shots because I could tell that both were pleased with their ride. I suggested to Maile to take off her helmet and give Luna some kisses and hugs. equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding

No one was using the indoor arena, so Maile helped me with the large muslin background that I brought. The idea to have Luna step on it, I wasn’t too sure of, so we put it up, I set up one light. Thinking that I was going to Photoshop/extend the background to cover up the windows, but as I was editing the pictures, I decided to leave it alone.

With the lighting set up, I didn’t want it to be too punchy or bright, and the colour processing I did in Capture Pro One gave me the look I was going for. The pose Maile has in this first one with her composed, and serious face reminded me of the old paintings when no one smiled but held their horses in a regal manner. equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal brandingequestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal brandingequestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding

Thank you Maile for letting me come and hang out with you and Luna! We need to get together again soon!equestrian,personal branding,portraits,english riding,horse groming,tack up horse,horseback riding,horse portraits,horse jumping,flea-bitten grey horse,thoroughbred horse,New Jersey,Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography,www.deirdreryanphotography.com,love,horse photographer,horse photography,equestrian photographer,equestrian photography,equestrian personal branding

If you’re interested in having me come out to your stables to photograph you and your horse(s), please contact me.

Total Wealth Enhancement Editorial Photoshoot of Millstone Township, NJ for Proactive Advisor Magazine

Total Wealth Enhancement is a father and son team, started by Michael Kuczinski and then his son Michael Kuczinski Jr. joined him. It was another hot and sticky day, so we stayed inside since the building had a lot of areas to photograph with air conditioning LOL!

This one took a little longer, but we stayed on schedule. While the article was focused on Michael Sr., I knew that they wanted some with the two of them together and possibly on their own. We did three wardrobe changes, one was just as simple as taking off the suit jacket. We had a lot of laughs, turns out that Michael Jr. and I went to the same high school. Not the same class, I’m older, but still, pretty cool!

Once again I used the Flashpoint AD200 lights and Softlighter II, but I also used a new light modifier that I picked up at Allen’s Camera, a Phottix 26″ Quick Folding Octa Softbox. I’m now in love with this and want the next size up LOL!

Here are the articles:

http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/michael-kuczinski-applying-deep-knowledge-to-proactive-financial-planning/

http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/helping-prospective-clients-rethink-retirement/

Scroll down to see which image they used for the front cover.

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This last shot was for fun, and I sent that to Mike Jr. LOL

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I think that to date, this is my favorite cover that I’ve done so far.

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Editorial Photography, On Location Photography, Total Wealth Enhancement, Millstone Township, NJ, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Deirdre Ryan Photography, www.deirdreryanphotography.com, financial advisors, father and son,

Thank you guys for making this such a fun shoot and giving me a helping hand and taking my picture!

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Wealth Wisdom Group of Wilmington, Delaware for Proactive Advisor Magazine

On what was one of the hottest and muggiest days of the summer, I drove down to Wilmington, Delaware to photograph Bill Curry of Wealth Wisdom Group, at his office. We first went over some dates and times to coincide with the magazines’ deadline and what was needed and suggestions on what he should wear. As I mentioned before, I like to get to know the clients beforehand, so that when I arrive, the photoshoot can go smoothly and they be comfortable with me.

This time I didn’t bring my larger Flashpoint Xplor 600 lights but instead brought along the Flashpoint AD200 lights. So much easier to deal with since it’s just me with the camera gear, light stands, modifiers, and weights!

We started off inside his office, then moved to the hallway, I used one light and a small flash to add a little extra “kick” of light.

I asked if we had time for him to change and we can go outside. So I packed up and we both went downstairs to the edge of the parking lot where there was this nice area of a green park. And wow it was MUGGY! I used the Flashpoint AD200 outside to give a little extra kick since it was overcast. I didn’t want to stay outside any longer than was necessary for my client and for me.

These clients are very busy, while we put in a time slot of an hour, I try to get everything done way before that. I don’t have a team, there’s no time to tether my camera to a laptop either. Once I get to a location, I have maybe 10 minutes to check it out, look over what they have for wardrobe and then we start.

As you can see which image made the front cover and what they used as the finals for the article.

http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/william-curry-putting-intellectual-capital-to-work-for-clients/

http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/encouraging-prospective-clients-to-have-a-transformative-conversation/

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William Curry of Wealth Wisdom Group, Inc. Wilmington, DE for Proactive Advisor Magazine photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

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William Curry of Wealth Wisdom Group, Inc. Wilmington, DE for Proactive Advisor Magazine photographed by Deirdre Ryan Photography www.deirdreryanphotography.com

 

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Thank you, Bill, for your patience and time!

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Photographing Haddon Financial Solutions for Proactive Advisor Magazine

David Chalmers and Keith Herman are the faces of Haddon Financial Solutions are located in Haddon, NJ. When I’m shooting for a publication, I tend to shoot with a lot of space for any type that is needed or if they need to crop in closer. With Proactive Advisor Magazine and others, they have a printed magazine, then they have the articles online. I provide quite a few images and they choose the best ones that are suited for their needs. Here I’ve chosen my favorites.

The process is simple and straightforward enough. I get an email for the assignment, to see if I’m available, then an introduction is made to their client. I then reach out and make arrangements with the client as the time for the photoshoot. This is also the time that I choose to get to know them, offer suggestions on what to wear, often they’ve had their pictures taken for articles before, while sometimes they haven’t and they need reassurances that this will be ok.

If I’m able to, I scout the location. But much of the time, I’m not, so I do a quick Google search, check out the building if I can, and go in as light as I’m able but prepared for anything. My goal here is to make everyone look relaxed within the environment that they work in with their own clients. If I can and there’s time, I take them outside. Being quick, polite, a good sense of humor, and professional to make everyone feel comfortable will ensure that I’ll get the best images possible.

For this day, I completely overpacked, but I used 2 lights in each office, the main was a Flashpoint 600 Xplor with a Softlighter II and the other was another with a small Westcott 1×2 Rapidbox Switch Modifier Softbox. For the outside, I only used the Flashpoint 600 Xplor with a Softlighter II. My camera is the Canon Mark 5D III and I used the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L IS lens and the Canon 70-700mm f2.8 L non-IS lens.
http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/chalmers-herman-committed-to-a-high-standard-of-professionalism/
Haddon Financial Solutions, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography, Editorial Photography, on location photography, Haddon, NJ,
Haddon Financial Solutions, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography, Editorial Photography, on location photography, Haddon, NJ,
Haddon Financial Solutions, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography, Editorial Photography, on location photography, Haddon, NJ,
Haddon Financial Solutions, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography, Editorial Photography, on location photography, Haddon, NJ,
Haddon Financial Solutions, Proactive Advisor Magazine, Photo by Deirdre Ryan Photography, Editorial Photography, on location photography, Haddon, NJ,

http://proactiveadvisormagazine.com/target-segments-provide-opportunities-for-client-development/

 

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Bordentown Rotary Club Young Professionals-Walk 4 Recovery-Love The Addict, Hate The Disease-Covered by Photojournalist Deirdre Ryan

Last night, I volunteered my photography services with my local Rotary Club for the first Walk 4 Recovery(#walk4recovery). We all met at Hope Hose Humane Co. 1 Firehouse, which is literally steps from my home. The night was cold, our breaths made clouds in the air, but the common ground we all stood upon was one to last and encourage.

This walk was also to support those fighting against addictions, which is a disease, their families and friends who are helping them. To get rid of the stigma of addiction.

I saw many who have lost family members, and friends to addiction, a lot of familiar faces. One family here in Bordentown have lost a son and, very recently, lost a daughter to addiction.

Our local police blocked off the streets, making it safe for us to walk. This was all made possible by volunteers, from the t-shirts, the food, everything.  Bill Mercantini, our Bordentown Rotary Club President spoke, then Mayor Lynch. Angelique Flynn spoke of her struggles with addiction, who is now 8 years sober. Father Matt Tucker offered a prayer and spoke out at least 50 names of those lost or struggling. This walk was enormous for its the first time, I think about 200 people attended.

Thank you to everyone who made this possible!

The article below is from The Burlington County Times, their reporter, Kelly Kultys and photographer Dave Hernandez, covered the event, as well as The Register-News(which is now back).

http://www.burlingtoncountytimes.com/news/20181114/bordentown-residents-walk-for-recovery

Bordentown residents walk for recovery

By Kelly Kultys

Posted Nov 14, 2018 at 9:40 PM Updated Nov 14, 2018 at 10:41 PM

The Bordentown Rotary Club and the Young Professional Rotary Club of Bordentown hosted the first Candlelight Walk as a way to help break the stigma of addiction.

BORDENTOWN CITY — “I walk for …” signs covered the backs of hundreds of people Wednesday night as they walked with candles in hand around the city.

The crowd gathered together for the first Rotary4Recovery walk, aimed at helping break the stigma of addiction and recovery.

Dawn Walton, of Mansfield, was walking for her son Boomer who passed away on Aug. 12 after he struggled with addiction.

“It’s great to see everyone come together and support this,” she said.

The walk was organized by the Young Professional Rotary Club of Bordentown, a new group formed out of the Bordentown Rotary, which began earlier this year.

Co-chairs Hillary Moore and Katrina Brophy, both of Bordentown City, said they thought it was important to get everyone together and show they supported those in recovery.

“I personally have lost someone to addiction,” Moore said.

That’s why she said it was important to get a large crowd together to “break the stigma” that those with addiction face.

Bill Mercantini, the president of the Bordentown Rotary, said the event had been a vision of his for a while and he was glad to be a part of the walk for those in recovery.

“I’m walking for Nick,” he said, referring to a family member.

For many of those in attendance, the loss from addiction weighed heavily on their minds as they walked. Michelle Trogdon, of Hamilton, Shannon Sticca, of Bordentown Township, and Chris Millington, of Bordentown Township, said between their family and friends they lost three people to overdoses within a three-week span over the summer.

Millington said it was great to see more than 200 people turn out for the walk.

“It’s so awesome and the thing is, it’s a sad thing and it’s a good thing, we know everyone here pretty much and it’s kind of sad because we’re all so connected,” she said.

For Angelique Flynn, of Burlington City, being a part of the walk allowed her to share her story to try and inspire others in recovery.

“I’m active in the community as a volunteer,” she said. “I own my business, I teach yoga. I am a homeowner and I live a truly amazing life and I’m so blessed to have it. I tell you all of this because this wasn’t always my story.”

She recalled trying to fill a void in her life and never being quite able to do so.

“My favorite thing to use was drugs,” she said.

Eventually, she was able to get into a 12-step program and now has been sober for eight years, but she still sees how addiction is affecting her community.

“The longer I stay clean, the more people I’ve lost,” she said.

Bordentown City Mayor Jim Lynch said the best way to try and tackle the problem is to come together for events like the walk to show that the community members support each other.

“You have no better cooperation than we have right now between the two municipalities (Bordentown City and Bordentown Township),” he said.

Lynch highlighted the work of resident Kevin Moore, who has been active with Bordentown Residents Against Drugs, and currently serves as the Bordentown Township/City Municipal Alliance Coordinator, for his work to bring resources and awareness to those struggling.

Before the walk, a list of more than 50 names of people both living and deceased who had battled or were battling addiction was read so that those walking would have them on their minds.

Here are some of the images that I took the other night:

Toscanos donated their fabulous Mac-N-Cheese!

Hampton Behavior Health Center

Sundays Catering

Bill Mercantini our Bordentown Rotary Club President.

Bordentown Mayor Lynch

Angelique Flynn

Hilary Moore of the Young Professionals Bordentown Rotary Club.

Father Matt Tucker

Hilary Moore asking for a moment of silence before heading out.

Once again, thank you all for participating and volunteering. This event I think will be even bigger next year.

Yours In Rotary,

Deirdre

Day 3-The Standardbred National Horse Show at The Horse Park of NJ

If you didn’t see my post on Day two click here to see it.

Day 3 was on a Sunday and I got there later than I wanted to. This time, I brought my husband and our daughter, it was her very first time at a horse show. It was super hot and it did rain a little. But we sat in the covered seating area and we had a packed lunch. My friend showed earlier in the jumping and dressage, and I wished that we could’ve seen her. Oh well, there will be plenty of other times. But still I wanted our daughter to see these events. This is a breed show to show the many ways this horse can perform.

Brielle hurt her back jumping with Baby, but had one last class on Kora in a flat class. She did really well and placed 2nd. All in all, she placed with two seconds and two fourths for the weekend, not bad considering that Kora is a horse that has only been under a saddle for just two months! And I got the word that Kora has been adopted!

They had a HUGE flat class of 25 riders, that benefited the Race for To Cure MS, and one of the riders that was sweeping the entire weekend has MS. She’s wearing the long sleeved blue shirt, riding Xrossing The Delaware. I wanted to meet her badly!

I love Fruit Punch Gatorade on ice and I made a mixed green salad with feta cheese, tomatoes, chick peas, plain macaroni noodles, drizzled with olive oil, lemon juice and Penzeys Ozark seasonings. We also had fresh cherries for dessert. And yes, our daughter loves this salad too.

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I like this one, an English and Western rider….
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Because of the heat and rain, the judge was in the area where we were seated.

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The red ribbon means to stay away because that horse could kick. Kora is not experienced in a show ring, and the day before, other riders were getting too close to her. I’ve ridden an Arabian named Annie who had to wear one, she would literally stop, back up to kick another horse in a show ring or during training. Did anyone pay attention to that ribbon? Nope! Did Annie do her thing without warning? Yup!
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A very exhausted but happy Brielle!
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Because Brielle was hurting, I helped with cleaning out the stalls, holding on to Baby while her other helper cleaned the other stall, and made sure that she was ok. She went one to place at Gladstone the very next day!

If you’re all wondering if I’m going to show soon, yes I am! Stay tuned!

Day 2-The Standardbred National Horse Show at The Horse Park Of NJ

If you’ve been following me online, it’s not a secret that riding horses is a love for me that goes back to when I was a little girl. I didn’t ask for a pony, I wanted a Trakenher. It’s still one of my favorite breeds. I jumped horses in shows, and now I’m back into training since August 1991.

A breed that has gained my attention is the Standardbred . My sister in-law Lillian and her husband, Jim, are very involved in the horse world. I’ve been volunteering when I can at the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in Cream Ridge, NJ.

This weekend, my friend, Brielle, who works there, is showing two horses at the Standardbred National Horse Show here at the Horse Park Of NJ. The park is only about roughly 20 minutes from where I live. I haven’t been here since 1991, so yeah a lot has changed! LOL

She’s been there since Friday, today is the last day and I’m going to head over there soon. Photographing horses in motion like this is “fairly new” for me,I used to photograph team sports for a newspaper. They came out pretty good, I really had a lot of fun, in spite of the intense humidity and oncoming thunderstorm.
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Brielle rode Kora in just one class. Her own horse, Shake Baby Shake, is showing today with Kora.

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That’s Lillian taking pictures from the stands. I joined her there to take the other images.
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After a practice run in the ring, they had opening ceremonies:

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This class is for Standardbreds that are currently up for adoption.

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Personal Branding Photography Session For Douglas Herring Attorney at Law Part One

Douglas has been a client of mine for quite a while now. I first photographed he and his family and then a headshot later on. He was in need of new images for his law office in Princeton so a branding session was the best fit for what was needed. We spoke on the phone and in person over a nice sushi lunch, then we chose the date and time for his photoshoot. We actually have another date planned to continue, but we need to find a good location first.

We agreed to capturing Doug working, details in his office, showing people that while there are times when you need a Defense Attorney, and that it’s a scary for most, he wanted to portray who is is in person. A friendly, honest man who will do everything he can to help you. These are his stories.

Below are a sampling of a mixture of his favorites and mine from that day. It didn’t feel like work at all because it was a lot of fun(well minus the moving my gear in and out of the car and all over the place LOL). I brought in Elinchrom portable Ranger Quadra studio lights that I rented from BorrowLenses dot com because right before this photoshoot, I had another one earlier that same day, a headshot in Yardley, PA. I knew that what I needed, flashes weren’t going to cut it and I needed more power.
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He loves to go outside, be with his family, so the last location of the day was a beautiful park that had a wide open field. Of course the sun was directly overhead, so with a little maneuvering and putting the light on full power and a Softlighter II modifier, I achieved the look I wanted for him.
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The best part about these images is that he now has a stock library that is custom made for just him to use however he wants to, in print, social media, video, etc.

Below are some behind the scenes taken with my iPhone SE that I uploaded to my Instagram feed. We also did some goofy selfies, that’s Doug’s sister who is amazing and helped keep everything organized that day. Thank you both so much for making my job easier!

Interested to learn how a branding photography session can help you? Click on this LINK to find out more!

New Lighting Gear!

If any of you have been following me on my blog or Instagram, you may have heard me rant about lighting. It was not an easy decision as I was holding out for Hensel to come out with their Foris light, which would be both AC and battery powered. My situation just couldn’t wait any longer, and renting was not an option that I wanted to keep doing. I did a lot of research, stalked forums, looked at articles and the comments, ratings, etc. Checked out videos, did a lot of Elinchrom vs Hensel, Hensel vs Dynalite, Proto vs Broncolor, Profoto vs Godox Pro 600, etc., I mean I was going a little crazy over here.

The main issue I had going against the Good system was their customer service. Good never returns their phone calls, emails, Facebook or Instagram Messages. It’s ridiculous, if I ran my business like that I wouldn’t have a business. Someone suggested I check out Adorama’s Flashpoint which is the Godox but re-named for them. They offered an additional 3 year warranty and Adorama services and repairs the units. So with credit card in hand, I purchased four Flashpoint Xplor 600 Pro TTL R2 strobe heads. I also had to add quite a few other things because since I’m switching to a Bowens mount from a Dynalite mount, my speedings need to change. I also picked up a Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 Speedlight for Canon.

Since my husband loves to get in front of the camera, he immediately signed up to help me test the lights. He works in tv as an Editor, so I thought it was be cool to mimic him being on location on set. Now, these are just test shots, nothing fancy, far from perfect, with a quick edit in Capture Pro One. Looking back I can see where I should’ve used my flags. But overall, it was fun just seeing how to set them up, figuring out the R2 Trigger, it was actually more fun that I thought it would be.

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We went down the street from where we live, because of the weight of these lights, we took the car. I rearranged my Think Tank Photo Logistics Manager 30 Rolling Case to fit everything in it. I grabbed 4 light stands, my Westcott 7′ Parabolic Soft White Umbrella and a Glow 40″ Folding Beauty Dish. Now, I did get extra batteries for these heads, and this does add to the weight in my gear case. Once we put them on the stands, it was clear to me, that you cannot use these on cheap, flimsy light stands. Each one is around 6 pounds, without a modifier to tip them over. Compared to my Dynalites, this will be a bit of getting used to, because those heads were super lightweight, but with a cable connecting each one to a power box.

If you’re interested in seeing my long videos about the Lighting Gear, CLICK HERE.

Right before starting I spotted a turtle, and I at first thought that it was a Snapping Turtle. But it was just a cute little Box Turtle, we left him alone, and he didn’t seem all that into us anyway. 

 

And there you go, my behind the scenes view from yesterday. I’m just happy to be able to work without having to worry about the lights like I used to before.

Sharpen Your Skills To Work For Your Career Event

Francine and Dolores hosted a lunch time professional coaching event to help women focus on their branding, and building professional networks during face to face time with a group of coaches to help them get on track with their careers. It wasn’t an entire day, but more like a taste of what everyone is capable of doing.

Let me first say, this was my very first time that I actually DROVE into the city, like my own car. I’ve driven in Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, I mean, I LOVE TO DRIVE. So on this day, I met up with Dolores and she and I had quite a lot to bring in, and no way was it going to fit in her car. Mine on the other hand is a Subaru Outback Wagon Limited Edition, fully loaded. So we folded down the rear seats, got the cawfee and music going and we were off. I have to say, I’m really thankful that she was there, because she knew where to go. Apparently I drive like a taxi driver 😉 LOL

From the EventBrite link: “On February 22nd, please join me and my co-collaborator Dolores DeGiacomo and a curated group of expert career coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch” micro-coaching experience where we focus on helping you with “the how” – how to manage your professional brand for success. Along with providing you with guidance on your brand, you will learn how you get others engaged, which starts with your professional network. Success is never achieved alone.

So, here’s what you’ll experience. Over the lunchtime, you will be paired with expert career coaches that have specific expertise in branding and building professional networks. They will provide you coaching and direct real-time feedback that you can apply the same day. Not only will you work with your expert coaches, but have the opportunity to network and have an amazing lunch prepared by a chef while hearing information and insights from myself and others to further ensure you leave with even more information and knowledge.”

The below descriptions of the amazing professional coaches are from Francine:

Nikkie Pryce: “Meet Nikkie Pryce, an inspiration to us, having earned the title, “self-love influencer” through her organization, The I AM Community. Nikkie will be joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Micro-Coaching” Team as an expert coach where she will be helping not only to inspire and motivate you, but help you put action to your dreams. Being in the media industry and working directly with the public, Nikkie has experience pushing people past their own created limitations and shares this in her recently released book, “Dreamer, Take Action!”. Nikkie speaks publicly at corporate conferences, empowerment events, women’s retreats, youth girl groups, schools, and church functions.Learn more about Nikkie at www.NikkiePryce.com; IG:@IAmNikkiePryce; Twitter: @IAmNikkiePryce.”

Anne Wargo: “Please meet Anne Wargo. Anne, will be joining me along with other experienced coaches for the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd, to share her wealth of experience. Anne has over 20 years of experience in organization strategy and culture change. She also focuses on helping individuals be the best they can so that they and their organizations can succeed in reaching their goals. Through her coaching practice, she helps professionals in managing and integrating the demands of their work and life, finding confidence to stand up for what they need to succeed in their roles, defining and honing their personal brand and more. Learn more about Anne’s work at annewargoconsulting.com “

Jamie Lee :”Please meet Jamie Lee, born in South Korea where she shares that negotiating was considered a way of daily life. It’s no wonder she has taken that amazing skill and translated that into helping ambitious women negotiate and lead with authentic power. Jamie is another professional coach joining me on February 22nd in NYC at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch Micro-Coaching.” Jamie is a negotiation expert and consultant with She Negotiates. As a negotiation trainer, she has led workshops for Jefferies Bank, Chase, Penguin Random House, American College of Cardiologists, Baystate Health, Essence Digital, Girls Scouts Leadership Institute and more. I am so excited that Jamie will be joining us on Feb. 22nd! Learn more about Jamie’s work at jamie@shenegotiates.com.”

Matylda Czarnecka :”Meet Matylda Czarnecka, another amazing professional coach joining the “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on Feb. 22nd. Matylda is a leadership coach.She supports ambitious, driven and successful trailblazers helping them gain clarity on what’s next and how to get there faster. Her coaching, informed by neuroscience and positive psychology, draws on research on how the brain can change and what it takes to create new habits and states of being. Her clients include professionals and entrepreneurs who are ready to become better leaders and create a powerful legacy. Learn more about Matylda at www.matylda.me

Stacey Cohen : “Meet Stacey Cohen. Stacey is a sought-after speaker, author and panelist in the realm of public relations, marketing, and personal branding. She will be one of the outstanding coaches at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22nd in NYC. She is the founder of Co-Communications, Inc., an award-winning full-service public relations and marketing firm. Stacey brings a wealth of knowledge and has worked with businesses and individuals across a range of industries. Learn more about Stacey and her work at www.cocommunications.com

Jasmine Briggs :”Meet Jasmine Briggs. She is one of the impressive professional coaches joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” on Feb. 22 in NYC. I am excited that Jasmine brings a wealth of experience in helping clients with career exploration, setting career goals, employment search techniques, and resume writing. She’s up to date on the job market and understands what it means to have an effective personal brand and how to have those top-notch interview skills ready to obtain the job or position you want. Jasmine has also guided and supported individuals in transitioning into new careers. Learn more about her work at www.jasminebriggs.com

Shamita Alwani : “Meet Shamita Alwani, one of the outstanding and professional coaches that will be joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused on coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. Shamita helps companies, teams and individuals rebuild trust and nurture change. She also teaches employees how to navigate their work environments, focus on priorities and how to pilot their own careers and development along with having a professional network that works for their success. Learn more about Shamita https://www.linkedin.com/in/shamita-alwani-kumar-9197ab4/

Kerry Cordero :”Meet Kerry Cordero, image coach and personal stylist also joining me at “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience on February 22nd in NYC. I am so very glad that Kerry will be sharing her expertise with everyone in the room including me (we all need a refresher or “visual brand check-up” from time to time). Kerry also owns and runs her own business, The First look Image. She knows about the importance of not only having the right “look”, but the importance of ensuing that it aligns with your brand and gives helps you achieve the right presence for success. Learn more about Kerry at www.thefirstlookimage.com

Niya Allen-Vaytell: “Meet Niya Allen-Vaytell. She is a brand builder, resume storyteller and to many known as a “resume ninja.” She is one of the amazing professional coaches joining me on February 22 in NYC for “Sharpen Your Skills Over Lunch: A Micro-Coaching Experience” focused coaching women about their professional brand and how to effectively engage their network. We both look forward to seeing you there. Learn more about Niya and her company at www.careerglobal.co

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I love Francine’s Mission Statement:

I focus on the advancement of women. As I like to say, “I activate women for success.”
I do this through my public speaking, writing, curated and micro-networking events as well as specialized skill-building workshops. My focus is not only in personally investing in women but partnering with individuals and organizations that support advancing women to be leaders and influencers in their chosen fields.
As a black woman, I particularly understand and share the experience of many women regardless of race, ethnicity or nationality, having to work twice as hard to accomplish the same success as their male counterparts. I have witnessed and experienced the void of women in positions of leadership and authority in my own career journey.
I am a firm believer in sharing my wealth of knowledge and capital with those around me in turn helping them to excel in their chosen career paths. Thus, a portion of the funds from my events are always provided to philanthropic organizations focused on advancing women.
I believe that it takes many resources and support to move the agenda of advancing women to be influencers and leaders in their respective fields. No one achieves anything alone. I also see it as my responsibility to lend my expertise and experience; financial support; and professional network, as a career woman myself, to help drive this agenda.
Please join me at one of my micro-networking events, specialized skill-building workshops or grab a copy of my book, “The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide” to learn about the unwritten and unspoken skills that no one shares with you, but are essential for your career success.

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After the group photos, I did some super quick business portraits of Francine right before we had to leave the venue. I mean I set up the lights in 2 minutes, and started to shoot in 1 minute. These were her favorites, and to be honest, mine as well 🙂

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Here are the ones I did for Dolores, they were done outside at The Cakebox here in Bordentown, NJ at a different day.

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I love Dolore’s approach on LinkedIn:

:: WHO I WORK WITH

►► Entrepreneurs, organizations, and individual professionals; together we develop the behavior strategies and execution plans necessary for success.

►► Authors and Coaches whose work changes lives, but who want to get out of the ‘trading time for money trap’ and want to find a way to leverage their time and reach in more effective and profitable ways.

:: WHAT I DO

Facilitate change and motivate development using the Power Up! method; designed to focus on the thought patterns and behaviors needed to succeed and accelerates the process in all professional endeavors.

I coach individuals to create world-class, high-end, high-value Signature program that embody your expertise and creates multiple streams of income for you and your business, from entry level signature products all the way to your high ticket coaching packages.

:: HOW I DO IT

Partnering with individual professionals and organizations we work to develop leadership skills and success behaviors that align with professional and organizational goals.

Working with you to design, organize and create your Signature programs. Through a deep dive process we will work together, one on one, to map out your program: taking your big idea, and breaking it down into a step by step system, high value content program that people will want to buy.

:: YOUR NEXT STEP

To find out more and have an introductory conversation…

📅 schedule a meeting: https://calendly.com/email-7/powerup

Below is their book, The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide, I photographed them both for the back cover. To see more on this click on this link.
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For this event, I shot using 2 cameras, the Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon 6D with a 70-200mm f2.8L and 16-35mm f2.8L lenses. For the lighting, I brought 4 flashes, they were the Canon 600EX RTs and the Yongous 600EX RTs. The wireless Yongnuo trigger can fire off the Canon flashes, the the Canon can fire off the others.  The place looked like it had great natural light, BUT it was raining and overcast all day, so having all of those flashes were actually needed. I set them up on stands throughout the room and manually adjusted them from the trigger on my cameras.

I also brought 2 satin umbrellas and 1 Photek Softlighter. After this event was over, I had a headshot session to do for a client of Dolores. More on that later 🙂

After everything was over, Dolores and I had a nice meal at an Irish Pub on the same block, my husband was able to meet us, since he works in SoHo and then he drove all of us home.

Thanks once again for everyone’s support.

Here are other events I’ve photographed for Dolores and Francine:

Women In Business Helping Other women

Jimmy Choos and Walking Your Way To Success

 Are you ready to start your branding photography to go with your career, business or for your company? Let’s chat using the red chat window on the bottom right of the screen.