Osprey Banding Trip

How was your Monday? Well, mine was spent hanging out with Ben Wurst and Dustin Kopala tagging Osprey down in Absecon, NJ. Ben, a friend of mine who is not only a talented photographer himself, but the Habitat Program Manager at Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ, asked me to come along to photograph the trip. Having grown up always seeing the Osprey nests on the water, it was a pretty awesome experience seeing the baby birds up close. Ben has a pretty unique job and spending the day with him really showed me how much he loves what he does, and loves the wildlife he cares for. Ben not only keeps track of every Osprey nest in NJ, but he builds them, cares for them, and does any repairs that need to be done. 

We went around and checked about 20 nest platforms and where there were baby Osprey, Ben banded them. As we pulled the boat up to each nest, the male and female adult Osprey would leave the nest and the babies would lay down flat to hide from us. Ben is a professional, so although the birds looked scared in some of the photos, they weren't by any means in any kind of danger by us being there. Ben surveys each and every platform throughout the summer season and keeps stats on their activity as well as their condition. He then spends time in the late Summer and Fall season making any needed repairs. The banding of the birds is a good way to track them and keep valuable data on their travels, usually going as far South as South America in the Winter months.

Along with these digital shots, I shot a lot of film that I'll post up later. If you want to support Ben, since he is responsible for finding his own funding for projects like these, you can come out on August 14th til the 21st to the Ann Coen Gallery at 1418 Long Beach Blvd, Surf City, NJ 08008. 

Rae + Joe // West Wind Stables

A few teasers from a stylized shoot we shot just before a rain storm came through. We got rained out and didn't get to pull off the shoot we had planned for, but we got to get a few shots off before wrapping it up. All these images were shot with the Leica M9 and 50mm Noctilux F/0.95 that I have only been shooting for a couple days and still getting used to manually focusing and trying to nail a razor thin focus plane. Will post more from this shoot later once my power comes back on from the recent storms here in South Jersey.  Sandi and I have been without power now for 3 days and still no word on it coming back soon. Uploaded and edited these images on my Macbook Pro at a Starbucks. As always, our creative team kicked ass for this shoot, even though we got rained out, we got some good shots for everyone involved.

MODELS: Husband and wife Rachel and Joe Gorman

PHOTOGRAPHERS: Jessica Cooper and myself

STYLIST: Christina from Taffeta Hair and Makeup Design

PRINT: Narola Design (Pics coming soon)

CAKE: The Cake Stand

FLORIST: Primrose & Company

Model Dress Shoot

John + Maria | Inspire Me Imagery Shoot

Last night the pressure was on when I was asked to capture some fun and creative shots for two awesome photographers, John and Maria, owners of Inspire Me Imagery. We had a lot of fun and they were up for every crazy idea I threw at them, giving me full control of the shoot, just the way I like it. You can see their work at www.inspiremeimagery.com.

WPPI - Red Rock Canyon Shoot

WPPI 2015

This past week was not only the most frustrating as far as travel is concerned, but the most exciting since I started taking photography seriously just 4 years ago. It ended up being completely different than I had expected, but in the best way possible. I made new friendships, strengthened others, and spent the week trying to wrap my head around just how blessed I am to be doing something I truly love now as a successful career. I made the most of my time in Vegas by meeting with company reps that I've gotten to know and even getting to do a little shooting in the Vegas desert with photographers that I truly admire. Thanks to everyone who made this past week as special as it was, looking forward even more now to this coming year.

Here is a few shots from that epic shoot in the Vegas desert. I had only brought my new Sony A7II and Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux lens on the trip, so that is what I shot all of these with. Quickly becoming one of my favorite combos...