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Baltimore, MD & National Aquarium

Blogon January 11th, 2010Comments

This past summer I did more traveling than I usually do, which was a great change. I love going to new places that I haven’t been and to see new things in a different light. A place that I have heard has been really pleasant to visit and photograph was Baltimore, Maryland. They have an amazing National Aquarium (of which we spent 4 hours easily there, especially because of the Jellies Exhibit) and entertaining Inner Harbor with so much so walk around. Inner Harbor has a Science Museum, two shopping pavilions and the Aquarium, with many other things that revolve around the harbor aspect.

My favorite thing to there was tour the Aquarium, but the next closest was Fort McHenry, where we saw reenactments because of the July 4th weekend. The USS Constellation (and other ships/submarine) tours were certainly something I never experienced before. Spending 3 days there was certainly not enough time to see all the great things in Baltimore, but does make for a nice long weekend getaway with new sites to be enjoyed away from home.

NY & NJ Renaissance Fairs

Blogon January 4th, 2010Comments

Over this past summer I attended three Renaissance Fairs, one in New Jersey and two in New York. The New Jersey Renaissance Fair was a traveling Fair, which came to New Jersey once a year for 3 days. The Renaissance Fair in New York was a summer long event at a permanent venue in Tuxedo, NY, which was even more impressive.

I had never attended a Renaissance Fair before and was very surprised with how elaborate it was at the New York one, everyone working there was really into the whole theme, speaking in Old English and many vendors with Medieval specific items you couldn’t find in regular stores. All of the clothing at times was very elaborate and beautiful.

The jousting competition yielded some good photographs and great entertainment. The New Jersey Renaissance Fair had a big 3-day storyline behind it, so many photographs were from the final battle reenactment. I highly recommended attending a Renaissance Fair once the weather changes, it is like being in another type of world without having to go back in time.

Najem Christmas Portraits

Blogon December 28th, 2009Comments

In honor of this past holiday weekend I am sharing a few shots from a Christmas photo shoot I did with my cousins. My intention for this photo shoot was to get some good shots that I could turn into prints for my Aunt’s Christmas present. I did a few different sizes with hand-cut black & white mats.

I also wanted to do a non-holiday portrait for her to hang in the house year-round. I ended up creating a makeshift studio with two strobes & two umbrellas using their staircase to drape the background. I feel this worked out perfectly for the proper seating I needed and not even be able to tell that it took place on a staircase. I hope to be able to practice more studio photoshoots in the future, to make my photographs more refined.

Thomas Edison Laboratory & Museum Visit

Blogon December 14th, 2009Comments

Back in September I got the chance to visit Thomas Edison’s Laboratory and Home Museum for the first time. They were just reopening after remodeling since 2003. Since I had never been there before I took the trip with Andrew since he had been and knew a little bit extra about touring there.

Mr. Edison had contributed so much to the technology of his time, it interested me to see where he produced these creations. The weekend we went was the grand reopening with free admission and many other pluses. We enjoyed a self-guided tour of his study, laboratory, and workshop floors. Also including a guided house tour of his Glenmont Estate, where he and his wife are buried.

His study was a grand 3-floored room with many reading materials and even a retractable screen to watch films. There were 3 workshop floors to wander around, including a photography room complete with an original large format camera. Plus his recording room where all the famous musicians played to record on his phonographs.

On the way out we stopped by the laboratory, where many of the glass bottles grabbed my attention artistically. Unfortunately we weren’t allowed in, but got to see into the “Black Maria,” which was Edison’s moveable movie production studio. It was built on a track to be moved, allowing sunlight to always enter the opening in the roof, so they always had enough light to record throughout the day.

The tour of his home a few blocks away at the gated Glenmont Estate was just as intriguing as the laboratory. We got a full tour of just about every room of the house to see how Edison and his family lived.

I highly recommend this laboratory and home tour for any photographer or history buff. I will certainly be enjoying another tour of Edison’s Museum, especially when it is less crowded than on opening weekend.

Ukrainian League of Philadelphia Tri-fold Brochure

Blogon December 7th, 2009Comments

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, I thought I would share one of my pro bono freelance projects. Earlier in the year I was commissioned by a member and friend of the Ukrainian League of Philadelphia to create a brochure explaining their hall rental information. I am also a social member of the club, so I felt even better in helping to support something I belong to.

I decided on a simple tri-fold brochure to display all their information. Copy was provided for me, as well as the images, which were taken by Andrew Yaniuk and Scott Kivowitz. After a few different layout ideas, a simple yet professional one was decided on. The executive board voted on the final layout and it was sent to psprint.com for proofing and printing. A week later the Ukrainian League happily received their batch of one thousand tri-folds.

Click below to see the final brochure or stop in the Ukrainian League of Philadelphia to pick up your own.

Published – “The Big Book of Green Design”

Blogon December 5th, 2009Comments

Green Book Design 2

About a year ago I entered a green design contest to be published in “The Big Book of Green Design.” Finally I received a confirmation email that I had been selected to be published in the book by Suzanna and Anthony Stephens.

I was very excited when the book was released on November 17th, however once I got to see my work published I was disappointed to see that they printed my contact information incorrectly. I’m from New Jersey, not actually Alabama as was printed. I emailed them to inquire how this error happened and hear back now, everything has been settled for any future publishing versions of this.

I’m glad this design got published and gave me some recognition for my designing. My designs have certainly come a long way since creating this advertisement over a year ago. I have been published before for my photography, but this is my first time being published in a book and I am proud to be published in the same book as other New Jersey design agencies such as Rizco Design and Design 446 as well as friend and designer Ronald Cala II.

Photography Show March-May 2010 Booked

Blogon December 1st, 2009Comments

My Kean University Gallery Time Lapse Set

In honor of getting the good news today that I have now confirmed my next photography show in Summit, New Jersey. I’d like to share the time lapse setup video from the last photography show I had at Kean University in February that was created. Using my Macbook Pro and the Eyesight program, plus the time lapse feature on a Canon G10 camera we created a quick video of how we dealt with setting up all the photographs. I also have the postcard fliers advertising the show.

Newborn Portraits

Blogon November 30th, 2009Comments

Last week I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit my cousin (in the hospital and at home) right after she had her first child. I must admit I have little experience with newborns and even less in photographing newborns.

I though it would be a good experience to build my portrait portfolio. I first visited my cousin at the hospital 12 hours after her daughter Lillyana Rose was born. I tried to get some photos just of her and innocence of just coming into this world. Then some other photos of her bonding and being taken care of by her father.

The second photo shoot I was able to have was at their home, once they were settled in. By suggestion of my cousin, we set up a small scene in their living room with some foliage and flowers surrounding Lillyana.

Newborns are a bit tiring to work with when they are awake and grumpy, but I think there are some usable images for their birth announcement. I hope to have more opportunities to refine my photography with newborns in the future, but this was already a great learning experience.

For some tips to follow when photographing newborns and babies click this link.

Finally up and running

Blogon November 23rd, 2009Comments

The website is finally up and running at 100%, thanks to Scott Wyden.  All content has been added, so feel free to look around, comment, download my resume.  Feedback is always welcomed, to help improve my photography and design.