I was asked by the marketing folks at Chef's restaurant to come in for a day and tackle some product photography of food at Chef's restaurant and take some portraits of the family. This was the first time where my brain and stomach were in sync for a photography job so I jumped at the chance to work with such a legendary Buffalo establishment. Continue reading "Portrait Session: Lou Billitier Jr."
Garrett and Kyla approached me about documenting their wedding when they returned home from a long stint in South Korea teaching English. Garrett and I worked together a lifetime ago at the Apple Store in Buffalo and kept in touch periodically whilst he was teaching English in South Korea. Continue reading "Portrait Session: Kyla & Garrett"
Similar to the post office, FC Buffalo will play whether it's rain or shine or even in the snow. The weekend weather here in Buffalo ruined a lot of events. Taste of Country on Friday was in disarray with rain and high winds causing headliner Eric Church to bail out at the last minute. The annual Gus Maker tournament was held downtown but the final day was postponed due to impending rains. The Greek festival was held all weekend too, I'd have to imagine at some point it was rained out, but those Greeks know how to have a good time so I'll assume they partied regardless of what the skies were doing. Continue reading "FC Buffalo vs. Binghamton FC – Photo post"
Being the staff photographer for FC Buffalo has me running up and down the field quite often - which is always fun for a guy like me. However from time to time I get to work on a little project for the organization that we all get to have fun with. After the teams home opener against Detroit City FC, I was asked to do a quick portrait session with some if the owners and fans from The Situation Room. I have a great working relationship with FC Buffalo, every idea I have that isn't terrible the owners pretty much run with - except the #HateErie urinal cakes....they found that in poor taste. Continue reading "Portrait Session: FC Buffalo Merch & Owners"
For me, Iroquois Wildlife Refuge is like a church. It's the place I go to find solace, become one with my thoughts, and try to hone specific photography skills. Iroquoise is a place where I can just escape from everything and be completely okay with it. Most of Iroquois is a deadzone or Edge, so my iPhone is pretty useless and I couldn't have it any other way. Continue reading "Webs of Iroquois – A morning shoot at Iroquois Wildlife Refuge"
I'm falling increasingly in love with portrait sessions. A lot can be said about a great portrait session. If the photographer and the subject are on the same page the chances are the portrait session will end with some really great results. I recently had an experience like that with local comedian Anthony Rizzo. Continue reading "Portrait Session: Anthony Rizzo – Funnyman"
Yesterday the Buffalo State College Fashion Technology department presented Runway 5.0 - their annual runway fashion show event, this year in its fifth installment. I had the opportunity to be backstage at Runway 5.0 shooting in, what I call, my studio in a box - a roll of white seemless vinyl and a three light setup. Continue reading "Runway 5 – Reflections and Recap"
In December I sent out a tweet asking if anyone wanted to do a portrait session together as a way for someone to get a new portrait, for me to test some new equipment, and get to know one of my followers. A couple days went by without a response so I figured I would by testing out new gear on the family dog again, and then I received a message from Gina Maramag asking if the offer still stood. After some wrangling of our busy holiday season schedules we finally had a chance to meet up at my old studio at the Wurlitzer Building. I hadn't met Gina prior to our portrait session. I believe she started following me on twitter after one of my nonsensical tweets was retweeted by someone. The only thing I knew about Gina prior to our portrait session was that she worked in design and marketing in Buffalo, I didn't know for who nor did I inquire in our pre-shoot correspondance because then all my chit-chat topics would be thrown out the window. As we were corresponding before the portrait session I asked her to bring a favorite object, or something that defined her to the session. With this particular series of portait sessions I'm doing I ask the subject to bring in an object that they're associated with or have a passion for. I've begun doing sessions with a lot of people from twitter and one of the aspects of twitter that stands out is how people are associated with certain jobs or hobbies. In other sessions the people I've shot brought in knives, cats, snowboards, wacom tablets and so on. Gina never told me what she was bringing in for our portrait session. Little did I know that her defining object would be taller than she was... Gina collects wisks. Not only does Gina collect wisks, but she has a wisk that's about as tall as she is. When I went down to the parking lot of the studio to meet her, to say I was surprised she was holding a four foot (and change) wisk was an understatement. With that, the photographer in me was super siked that I get to photograph a life sized wisk for a portrait session. Without revealing all the deepest, darkest secrets Gina revealed to me in her acquisition of this wisk I can reveal that no one was injured in the acquiring of it. Giant wisks aside, my portrait session was a great experience. Gina opened up and discussed what it was like to work for Hospice of Buffalo from a marketing point of view. Prior to my portrait session with Gina my view of Hospice was probably similar to a lot of other peoples view. I never really took into consideration the amount of branding and hard work is required for a company like Hospice. For me, and my experience in life, Hospice was always associated with the sadness of a loved ones final days. After my portrait session with Gina my outlook on the organization lightened up a little bit and I've grown to have admiration and respect for how hard they work on marketing this important organization. I invite readers to check out the Hospice website and see for yourself. The portrait session with Gina went great. She's a great personality to know, and very fun to have a conversation with. Give her a follow on twitter, especially if you like tweets about handling clients in the design and marketing world. UNT, Nb
We continue to explore the very loving relationship between FC Buffalo and the Erie Admirals from the 2011 NPSL season. If you've been following the posts for the last couple day's you'll know the reoccuring theme that these two teams and fans generally don't like each other. If you're just reading about this rivalry you should check out my other posts, but in a nutshell The Situation Room and FC Buffalo fans as a whole dislike Erie. Continue reading "FC Buffalo Preseason Blitz – “Two Guys…One Ball”"
There's nothing like a good collision at an FC Buffalo match to get you pumped for the season opening. We explore the Erie Admirals vs. FC Buffalo archives again to bring you this image of an Erie Admiral "accidentally" colliding into one of our very own FC Buffalo Blitzers. Yes there's nothing like a knee to the groin to keep things interesting on the field at All High Stadium. Continue reading "FC Buffalo Preseason Blitz – “Please…Run me over.”"
I think all fans in The Situation Room will regard the Erie Admirals as FC Buffalo's biggest rival in the NPSL Matches between FC Buffalo and Erie are always physical, competitive and entertaining and usually tainted with poor officiating. As I mentioned in a couple of my Lord Bedlington Cup posts, being on the sideline during FC Buffalo games is very interesting because you hear everything being said on the field. Continue reading "FC Buffalo Preseason Blitz – “Ninja Block”"
As I wrap up this series of FC Buffalo vs. Bedlington Terriers FC images (for now) I have to leave you with this image. One of the things I quickly realized whilst shooting for FC Buffalo is how fast the action is, and how ridiculous some of the moments you capture are. Continue reading "FC Buffalo Preseason Blitz – “Don’t Kick Me Bro!”"