Mermaid Paparazzi 2016

Nothing brings in the summer quite like Coney Island’s annual Mermaid Parade.  Now celebrating its 34 year, it just keeps getting bigger.  Thanks to the parade organizers’ decision to let photographers roam the staging area for a small fee, I got up close access to all the participants.  Shooting the staging area of the Mermaid Parade is not without its difficulties.  One of the downsides is there are just as many photographers as there are participants in the staging area.  We are in effect the “mermaid paparazzi” vying for the attentions of all the mermaids. I have to acknowledge and thank the participants for being patient with all the photogs, especially the rude ones(you know who your are!).  Weather is always a big challenge especially full blown, high noon, bright sunlight.  My goal this year was to capture some portraits and limit the harsh shadows across the face produced by these weather conditions.  Below is the equipment list I used for this shoot.

Nikon D810 w/ 24-70
SB-910 speed light
SD-9 battery pack
Nikon SC-29 TTL Coiled Sync Cord
Pro Media Boomerang Flash Bracket
Small Rogue Flash Bender

If you were a participant and I captured your photo below, feel free to contact me and I’ll gladly send you a copy.

 

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Engagement Photos via Living Social

Earlier this year I offered my engagement photography service on Living Social as an experiment to kickstart my photography business.  In my opinion, these marketplaces are great for the consumer and useful for the initial exposure(pun intended) of a fledgling business such as mine. As a relative unknown in a sea of NY based photographers, It was a way for me to attract, meet and shoot complete strangers who might be in need of a wedding photographer. So far I’ve met and photographed an array of beautiful couples some of whom are highlighted here:tasfia_hamza-34   Divi-Tim-135Robyn Ron-226_SNM0500

It’s Been a Long Time…

…since I last wrote on this blog.  Much has happened in the past several months, that I’m just trying to play catch up with myself!  So long story short, I was laid off from my job of 12 years, became a father to a beautiful baby girl, and now I’m about to (figuratively) launch my photography business into the stratosphere!  Putting my passion into action has been an incredible process so far and I’m looking forward to this new career and new phase of my life.

Now onto today’s photo: I don’t fancy myself as a newborn photographer and I have to give it up to those that shoot newborns for a living.  It’s hard work!  You have to shoot them while they’re sleeping, naked or with clothes on, but no diaper and pray that they don’t pee or poop on your clothes and props.  Then you have to curl them in all sorts of weird positions on props, pillows and blankets.  Having never had any experience handling or posing a newborn, I took a crash course in newborn photography in preparation for the birth of my daughter.  The below photo is the result, “Little Maya”.Little Maya