I met Douglas Greene this past summer over lunch with my client Douglas Herring. We were “fueling up” for Doug Herring’s branding photography for his law firm. A couple of months or so later, Douglas Greene calls and says that he had just moved into his new office and needed professional images taken for the website SSDI Lawyers of NJ and social media.
Doug is a lawyer who specializes in Social Security, Disability and Landlord/Tenement cases. He’s very personal and cares for his clients.We wanted to show that anyone, no matter what age could be a client of his.
Many people who come to him, need help going through the process of filing for SSDI, and or need their cases to be appealed and reconsidered. Doug is a very understanding person because these clients need their benefits, and while they want to work, they are unable to. Doug helps them throughout the process and is excellent at it.
We first started off with headshots of himself, then we moved on to the other shots that we had pre-discussed earlier. Showing off the new office, pictures of him in his office, then interacting with a client.
The key here is to make Doug look friendly, and relatable so that the many who need his help, will feel comfortable and know that he is the lawyer to represent them.
Scroll all the way down to see a behind the scenes video and pictures!
I have found that throughout my career, what makes me stand out is getting everyone comfortable with me with my gift of conversation, empathy, being understanding and taking care of my clients. It’s not easy to be in front of a camera, with lights, and having someone give you some directions to make sure that you look your best. By listening, being observant and paying attention to the details and your surroundings, I have always found by doing these simple things, makes the pictures I create relatable to the people who view them.
Thank you, Doug, for everything that you’ve done. I look forward to seeing what happens next!
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Working with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center is fantastic. The people that I work with directly and the staff are so nice, helpful and just overall fabulous. This is my third time covering an event for them.
Each time I hear the most amazing speeches that are inspirational, and make you want to get up and do something. Then there’s the inspirational singing from Rev. Stefanie Minatee’s Jubilation Choir . As one who also sings with my church, and loves it, I could listen to them all day. If I knew the words, I would’ve sang too(not really but you know what I mean LOL). They also have this amazing jazz group, NJPAC’s Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens that perform while everyone is getting settled, eating, being social before the ceremony begins.
The honorees on this night were: Deborah Smith-Gregory, President, Newark NAACP, received the Steward of the Dream Award.
Reverend Ronald Slaughter, the Senior Pastor, Saint. James AME Church received the Visionary of the Future Award.
Philip S. Thomas, the Founder of NJPAC Arts Education, was the Elders Council Inductee.
After the reception, everyone went into the Prudential Hall where it was a packed house, as singers, Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs performed onstage to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King.
I am very honored to be a part of these events, I meet great people and I am in awe of the company that attends. Thank you for letting me cover this again.
Ms. Donna Walker-Kuhne, Vice President, Community Engagement, New Jersey Performing Arts Center
PSE&G Vice President – State Governmental Affairs, Rick Thigpen.
President and CEO of NJPAC, John Schreiber.
The Mayor Of Newark, Ras Baraka spoke.
Here’s Mr. Schreiber and Ms. Walker-Kuhne, along with Carmen Samuel, Associate Producer, Community Engagement at NJPAC, presenting Philip S. Thomas, the Founder of NJPAC Arts Education, as an Elders Council Inductee.
1rst Vice President of the Newark, NJ NAACP Chapter, Kathleen Turpin Merrit.
Here’s Mrs. Slaughter and Ms. Walker-Kuhne presenting Reverend Ronald Slaughter, the Senior Pastor, Saint. James AME Church received the Visionary of the Future Award.
Barbara Abdur-Razzaq speaks and introduces her friend, Honoree, Deborah Smith-Gregory.
Deborah Smith-Gregory, President, Newark NAACP, receives the Steward of the Dream Award, presented to her by Donna Walker-Kuhne.
Deborah Smith-Gregory gives Reverend Reverend Ronald Slaughter and Philip S. Thomas with candles to maintain the light and unity.
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Denise and I have known each other for some time now, networking within the same circles since about 2010 with W.I.N. (Women Interested In Networking) with Terri Petri. The group used to meet once a month at Villa Mannino’s in Bordentown, NJ and the entire banquet room would be filled up with women just networking. It was a lot of fun, I’ve made many contacts and friends through that group.
Denise and her husband own a place in Mercer Mall on Route 1 called Great Looks For Less. We’ve been following each other on Instagram and we’re friends on Facebook, etc. One day she contacts me to contribute for an event and then asks about my photography for rebranding. She’s not not only rebranding her salon, but she’s franchising it. The new name is now called Diverse Style Salon. Their new website will be launching soon, for now please follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
Before we did any shooting, we met up to discuss what she wanted for her business. Her branding, colours, logo, vision, etc. This was going to be two days of shooting. The first step was to get updated business portraits of her and Chase. We chatted about clothing and jewelry, hair and makeup was a no brainer of course! And they know how to pose, I didn’t want them to look un-natural, but I did want them to look their best and to bring out their beautiful personalities that they’re known for with their clients.
When it came to photograph the two together, I didn’t want something really typical or boring. Chase had an idea that he wanted to try, so we went with it.
And then I suggested a few other ideas…
This is the last shot and it’s actually my favorite of this gorgeous husband and wife team together.
They also requested one with the front desk and their new logo and signage. The one below is my personal favorite.
Once they get their new website up and running, then I’ll post the other images from Day Two of this wonderful branding photoshoot!
If you’re interested in having me as your photographer, please contact me and let’s get together to chat about your project. Thanks!
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Stephen and I connected via an online networking group on Facebook and together we collaborated with an idea that he needed very quickly that represented how he wanted his clients to see him and his business online. You see Stephen is a contractor and a man of many talents and also a father and husband. He works very hard like all businesses do and expects the very best for his clients. I was really impressed with his website and the work his company has done.
We met on a Sunday at the building where his office is located. It has so many incredible areas to photograph inside and out because it used to be an old leather factory right here in the Trenton area of New Jersey. Now it’s being converted to gorgeous loft and studio style office spaces. Honestly I could’ve stayed and shot there all day long. But the important thing was that he looked great and the location matched how he wanted to have his company represented with their branding.
As always, I overpacked, but I wasn’t sure what to expect. I brought my Dynalites but we were moving around a lot so I decided to use my Canon RX ET 600 wireless flashes with Westcott and Photek light modifiers. Normally I shoot tethered as well, but I didn’t want to be hindered with more cables than necessary. I did have my husband/business partner assisting me, but once I got there and Stephen started to show me around, I knew that having my camera tether to my Macbook wasn’t going to work that day. I used my Canon Mark 5D III and just 2 lenses, the Canon 70-200mm f2.8 non-IS L and the Canon 24-70mm f2.8 L. Stephen put on some music with his cell phone because mine was having a hard time getting a signal and then the fun began.
Stephen was a natural in front of my camera, while I did give him direction and coaching, these favorites of mine and his, are all him. We started off in the orange and white striped hallway, then the stairwell, and after that, we wanted to get one more area. We walked into an unfinished area, he turned a corner inside of it and this amazing room appeared. Raw, still under construction like the rest, but just beautiful and perfect to represent him and what he does.
His brother came by and wanted a quick shot so I did one for him too.
We had a lot of fun and I’m very happy with what we were able to accomplish. Thanks again Stephen!
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I had the opportunity to photograph my friend Wendy Zoffer and Federico Puebla before they performed at one of the Princeton University Eating Clubs. The day before I get a phone call from Wendy. Someone was supposed to take their pictures but wasn’t able to make it. So I said sure, I had an opening and would be happy to. This person was also supposed to record them on video as well. So I did that too, but I had to use my cell phone, only because I’m not a video person. Cell phone is the best that I know. If you want really great video and editing, you hire someone like my husband. I tried to make it interesting, and not just stand in one spot.
Songs they performed: “La cumparsita”, “Palomita Blanca” and “Nocturna”
As you can see, Wendy is an amazing flutist, and Federico is an amazing pianist! Truly it was a real treat for me as I used to play classical piano, and I love to sing and dance. I highly recommend Tango Dream, to contact them for events and private parties, please go to the website Princeton Music Connection or call 609-936-9811.
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My friend and neighbor Julianna is an amazing woman, mother, artist and now a tattoo apprentice at Ceremony Tattoo Society in Philadelphia, PA. She already has a name for herself in the art world for her amazing paintings and drawings. She was also a featured artist with Grumbacher, a famous maker of art supplies such as paint brushes, oil and acrylic paints and more. And now she is about to take on the tattooing world as well.
As Julianna was preparing her needles, ink and machine, we caught up on what’s been going on. Our children go to the same school, I’m friends with one of her daughters and her husband Joe, also a well known artist. These two were taken with the iPhone SE as she works on a client 😉
Photo by Julianna Menna
The above image is the freshly completed black and white tattoo with a hint of white ink in places. I believe that this was her fourth tattoo that she’s ever done(?). This is why I know that she is going to become very well known very soon, and she is in the right place for it.
After Julianna completed the gorgeous tattoo, she proceeded to clean up the work area. Everyone in the shop left for the day, so it was just us, chatting while I was taking pictures. And then she let her beautiful red hair down….However this wasn’t working for me. I wanted to see more of her neck tattoo that she had done by Raph Cemo, so I had her put her hair back up again. She moves like a dancer….
We moved to the work station, and I preferred this better.
As we begin 2017, I want to acknowledge all of my clients who helped make 2016 a success. First, thank you for your business and for the opportunity to help in creating and presenting your business brand. Here’s to your continued success. For my future clients I look forward to working with you and doing the same.
These are in no particular order, just my favorites from 2016.
This was for a husband and wife team, they needed images for their website and branding for their new business. One is a personal trainer and the other is a therapist and life coach. Working with them beforehand, they knew what they wanted, and it ended up being an amazing environmental photoshoot!
Christine who is a sleep consultant, photographed in her home office and in her yard. In her home office, her true personality shone with her witty sense of humor. Click here to see the full session.
My dear friend, Roseanne, let me photograph her one day, trying out some new techniques that I wanted to try. They show off the two sides of her, both are strong women, but in different ways.
A real estate salesman needed his headshot like “yesterday”. This is his second career after many years doing something else. I didn’t have time to get set up in my studio, so I did this in my living room/foyer. He loved it, and so did I, it shows his true awesome personality.
Our daughter ran her first 5K with Girls on the Run(GOTR), when she was in the 4th grade. They work with the girls each week to empower, embrace, and create a positive place for the girls to achieve something that they may have never done before. Here you see my husband spraying her hair purple, and then later they had facial paint and accessories to have fun with before the race. She finished, even beat her practice run time, we were so proud of her!
The day before the 2016 Presidential Election, I was fortunate to drive down to Philadelphia, PA with some friends to see and hear President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Secretary Hillary Clinton speak in front of Independance Hall with roughly over 30K people. We couldn’t get very close, but I did capture this image of a child singing how we were all going to Hell as sinners, etc., with an extreme “Christian” group. You see plain clothed PPD officers guarding them. I can only assume the man with her is her father. And I say it like that because as a liberal Catholic, I don’t believe God would like this at all.
Every morning in Ocean City, NJ I woke up early, got my coffee at OC Coffee Roasters on the boardwalk and read my book on the beach. This one morning, the sun and the clouds made it look “almost” like the afternoon golden hour sunset.
The day after the Presidential Election, I was really feeling down and depressed. I’m still not okay, but that day I went for a walk shot some images…. The woman just happened to be jogging right past me and I found it perfect. Reminding me that we need to move, and make a difference in our own ways to get things done. I was bored one day, and needed to get out of the house. I did a model call on Facebook, and my clients gave me a call to photograph their new puppy. I had done their portraits before with all three of their Great Danes when they had their oldest, but unfortunately he passed away. They knew that his day was coming, but that doesn’t make it any easier…I used two kinds of lighting with each image. The first, I adore the look George was giving his owner in the golden sunset light. In the second, I used 2 lights and in post I Photoshopped the leash out of the image, it gives him a regal look.
My clients, NJPAC, invited me to photograph their Martin Luther King event. I had been there before for their Kwanzaa event, and each time I’m there, I have such a good time! The energy of the choir director for the children’s choir is amazing.Randy Now brings a lot of great acts and musicians to our area. This was the Killer Triple Bill Concert at the Performing Arts Center in Bordentown, NJ. Here you see The Doughboys, Jet Weston and His Atomic Ranch Hands and The Sharkskins. I get my rock photo influences from the 60’s and 70’s and I like to work this into my work.
These in yellow I had the wonderful opportunity to photograph these beautiful women in pin up genre, it was full of playing dress up with the clothes, makeup and hair. This was in a local store in my town and I hope to do this again as it was a lot of fun and the women all enjoyed themselves.
This is my dear and one of my best friends, Lisa. We have known each other since HS, she was a Freshman, I was a Sophomore and now lives in Austin, TX. She was in town for barely 2 days, but made time to see friends. We took a few moments for a fun shoot, this was right before a bikini body competition, and I had to spray her with a lot of bug spray LOL!
The Bordentown Board Of Education asked me to photograph their Annual St. Patrick’s 5K Run. I love this because it shows my friend helping his daughter with her shoelaces right before the race is about to begin.
I was invited to photograph the NAWBO-NYC Chapter’s 3 Hour Boot-Camp-Full Morning To Grow Your Business at the Microsoft Building in NYC and they had a fabulous guest speaker, Stephanie Breedlove. She had just sold her company care.com and hearing her speak as a woman entrepenuer was inspiring.
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Jen and Joe came to me needed photos to go with their new business that would not only go well with their marketing, but show everyone what they’re about.
The business is called JKORINTEGRATIVE FITNESS & WELLNESS and are located in Bordentown City, NJ. What they are and I quote from their website,” a grassroots husband and wife team seeking to make a difference in people’s lives through our commitment to integrative fitness and wellness.” They are a husband and wife local business that compliment each other. Jen is a licensed therapist MS, LPC, BCC (Eligible) has been in the field of Behavioral Health for 19 years. What she does is focus on the well being of the mind. Joe is a licensed NASM CPT, TRX Qualified Personal Trainer (STC, FTC ,GTC, RTC), and he focuses on the physical side of things in terms of your body.
They have a tremendous space for everything that you could think of. A calm, relaxing area where Jen meets her clients to get them mentally fit. And for Joe, he has an awesome space for working out with his clients using all sorts of what I call workout “toys” to help them get in the best physically shape of their life.
I think that they have found the perfect niche market for a huge need, a place where you can find everything in one place for this type of training and coaching.
Below are some behind the scenes look that my husband/assistant/business partner took for me. I decided to use wireless flash for this shoot. Combining them with a Photek, a Westcott reflector and a homemade beauty dish(made out of an Ikea metal light fixture and a mixing bowl) for some additional “punch”. Normally that dish is on my Dynalite 4040 flash head(now replaced by the SH2000). However I was already using the one with the umbrella and love the freedom of no wires for once.
Thank you both so very much for letting me photograph you. You guys were a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see you again!
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Sometimes my clients are friends or my clients most often become dear friends and this is the case here. Dolores and I met while networking during a W.I.N.(Women Interested in Networking) meetings. These were monthly meetings held at Villa Mannino’s in Bordentown, NJ on Route 130. A huge group of women would gather to meet, network, and eat lunch. It was started by Teri Petry and it was my first real introduction to getting up and explaining who I was, and what I was about in front of sometimes 80-100 people. I was very nervous, and scared. No judgement, we helped each other out, I had to have a 20 second elevator pitch and Teri had a question that was fun like, what is your favorite dessert or if you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go and you had to answer it with one thing or place.
This is where Dolores and I met and we hit it off from there, she was one of my first headshot, business clients and we fast became friends 😀
As time moved on, she met Francine Parham, introduced me, and we hit it off as well. I photographed them both and for their projects and events. They have both written and completed their book titled: The Ultimate Career Pocket Guide.
What this book is about is to help those who need to get through networking, your goals, and not just for the workplace. I see this for many in their personal and career goals, their own businesses, their current job and within the job market. I highly recommend this book!
Francine is from the corporate world and has vast experience and knowledge and Dolores is a consultant and development coach. The two have put their heads together and come up with this amazing book to help many people.
I photographed the image for their book at Jester’s Cafe, right here in Bordentown, NJ. Natural light, no assistants, no bounces or fill. I’m literally just standing in one of their large windows, using my Canon Mark 5D III and the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens and the Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L lens. I know the owners, the food is great and it was the perfect time of the day to do this.
I call these, “The World’s Worst Spy.”
Afterwards, we ordered lunch, did some formal headshots at my house.
We laughed and had a great time, but most importantly, I understood and wanted to make sure that the focus was about what they wanted with a twist. I helped to come up with a location and suggested some ideas, and went from there. I have ideas to go further with them with hair, makeup, and more.
What I did for Dolores and Francine is help them with their branding, how they wanted to be seen on the cover for their target clients. Professional woman, talking over lunch, being casual, but serious about what it is that they’re doing. This is how they talk to other professionals. It could be anything that they are chatting about. As you can see on their websites, the images of themselves, I have photographed, is what they have envisioned and I have more ideas for them.
Here are questions to ask for yourself:
Where are you headed? Who needs to see you? What is it that you are doing? What’s next on the horizon for your business or company? Do you have a team of experts to help you visually? Can they insure that your images and presence are of the caliber that agencies and publications can expect of you? Can your images be printed for high end marketing and packaging?
If you’re ready for this step for your business, company or corporation, contact me. This is what I do, listen, make suggestions, help present my clients to their clients in the best light possible. Make sure that you and your brand look cohesive and flawless.
Click on the red Chat Now Button that pops up and let’s get started!
Click here to see an event I photographed at Jimmy Choos in SoHo, NYC with Francine and Dolores.
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This is one of my best friends, Lisa, my blond “sister”. I’ve known her since she was a freshman and I was a sophomore at Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Our friendship continued throughout college and into adulthood. We’ve giggled, laughed and cried together. When my husband and I lived in Los Angeles, she decided to follow her dream of becoming an actress from NYC to L.A., and for a time lived with us(it was so much fun!), until she got a place of her own and it was right around the corner from our apartment. In Los Angeles is where she met her future husband, Henri. She was one of my bridesmaids, I was one of hers. She helped to plan my baby shower, she helped to plan mine.
Now she’s been living in Texas with her husband, Henri, their daughter and son. I’m back in NJ with our daughter and my husband, working as a commercial photographer, he as an editor for tv in NYC.
With a lot of ups and downs in her life, the worst being that Lisa has lost both of her parents to cancer. First her dad while living in Los Angeles. She would go back to NJ whenever she could and then when it was near his time, and to bury him. And then her mom. Click here to get the start/catch up of what happened in the Summer of 2014. And then a year ago, May 4th, 2015 she passed away.
Lisa has since fought her way back for her herself and her family in between and after. Wrote a book, her blog and website, getting sponsors, she’s just amazing! And recently been on the Fox tv show American Grit with John Cena.
BTW John, if you’re reading this, you might remember being on an internet radio show network called ComedyWorld and you were interviewed by Big Schwag and the guys on Wrestling 101. My husband was in the booth, and our friend called in and you took off your shirt. He has the full version, but here’s a link to an old compilation with the clip in it.
To read up more on how she went from being borderline obese to being a bikini bodybuilder check out her site:
Just last week, she came back home to NJ for one day to visit with Jenny, Megan and I. She stayed with her brother so that she could go to NYC to be interviewed by www.bikini.com and then fly back in time to compete in the Texas Shredder.
We all got to chat, have some girl time and I took some awesome photos of her wearing one of her sponsors t-shirts, Egg Whites International. I have been wanting to take photos of her for a long time, it’s something we always did. We have a lot of fun, she’s one of my favorite people to photograph, and I love her so much. I wanted her to have great images instead of cell phone pictures with sponsor swag.
With all that she’s done and all that she’s doing now, I created a hashtag for her to remember even though, yes, she’s making these positive changes to her body, mind and spirit for her family, however deep down she’s truly doing all of this for her herself…#doitforlisa Follow her and use this hashtag to give her love and strength <3 #doitforlisa I love you and I’m proud of what you’re doing!
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Canon 70-200 f2.8 L non IS lens
Canon 600EX‑RT Flash
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT
Westcott 32″ Rapid Box on a light stand.
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