Virtual Reality for Education Week

Virtual reality is one of the neatest and 'wow' inducing experiences to anyone using it. However to someone outside the headset, it is just a person wearing a funny pair of goggles. This was my challenge when asked to photograph Virtual Reality technology being used by researchers in Buffalo, New York to better aid teachers in dealing with classroom issues.

Luckily the amazing editors at Education Week allowed me to take some creative license. I proposed that instead of approaching this with a typical reportage approach, how about we put these people in a neutral background and allow the person and VR goggles take over the frame. My thoughts being that the environment has nothing to do with what these people are experiencing so let's completely remove it.

I'm very happy with the results. I created them using the Profoto B1 lights and a simple green seamless paper taped to the back wall of an office space in the charter school where the program is happening.

View the final story here

Cornell University CubeSat for WSJ

There are times when you get an assignment that is just too cool, meaning it's the nerdiest thing you've seen in a while and you'd rather listen and learn than make photographs. This was one of those assignments for me.

I was asked by The Wall Street Journal recently to photograph Cornell University's CubeSat program. You may be thinking what I was, "what is a CubeSat?" Well from my basic understanding, they are small satellites or space craft that travel on the small unused spaces within bigger spacecraft often made by research teams.

It was so incredible to see these students, all barely old enough to rent a car, finding new and innovative ways to use these tiny spacecraft to discover new things. As a nerd I also loved seeing the ingenuity for example using a tape measure as the antenna (pictured below) or using programming tools like Raspberry Pi to operate the systems.

Check out the final article here (subscription may be required)

Cornell Wedding

Cornell University is not only one of the most highly respected universities in the United States, but also one of its most beautiful. At the heart of campus is Sage Chapel, a beautiful small chapel that fits in well with the historic architecture across campus. Though it offers a steep challenge to photographers being one of the most dimly lit buildings one could imagine, it is a favorite among Cornell alumni.

I had the joy of photographing Cassie and Jacob during their beautiful wedding ceremony on Cornell's campus. They made the very wise decision to have their reception at the Ithaca Farmer's Market, another beautiful venue that overlooks Cayuga Lake and even offers a dock that guests can enjoy the sunset from. It too offers a similar challenge to Sage Chapel however and that it is extremely dark once the sun sets. I was able to setup my Profoto B1 lights around the dance floor and create a sweeping soft light that maintained vibrancy and contrast while making everyone on the dance floor look amazing.

If you're looking at having your wedding in New York's Finger Lakes region please do not hesitate to email me or follow me on Instagram.

Classic Rochester, NY Wedding

Had the pleasure of helping with another amazing couple's special day, this time in Rochester, New York. This time we had some classic wedding moments, like the big Catholic church ceremony, an incredible Father of the Bride speech and even a quick bride and groom portrait session under the marquee lights of the Eastman Theatre. 

A beautiful couple in a timeless wedding so I attempted to keep things simple and clean and use available light as much as possible throughout the day, even at times when it could be seen as a little harsh. Would love to hear your thoughts and always couples looking for a wedding photographer in New York, do not hesitate to email me with inquiries.

August Wedding in Syracuse, New York

Was able to spend my Saturday helping out Tim West on a beautiful wedding in Syracuse, New York. I love photographing weddings and working with Tim, we get along extremely well and have a similar approach that makes the day go by fast. 

This wedding took place at the recently remodeled Hotel Syracuse, a historic hotel in downtown Syracuse, New York and has a beautiful 10th story grand ballroom for weddings.

Would love to hear what you think and if you are getting married in the Finger Lakes and need a wedding photographer or videographer please drop me an email on my connect page.

Watkins Glen for Runner's World

I had the great opportunity to shoot part of a feature article for Runner's World and some of the great running destinations in the United States. I was hired to photograph a few popular running areas in Watkins Glen, New York. Watkins Glen is the hub of New York's Finger Lakes region and a very popular tourist destination for the wineries and race track but also it's outdoor activities including running.

I worked with my friend and fellow RIT alumnus Mike Bradley, he modeled for the shoot, and we hit a few of the spots the editors prescribed but also I worked to find another angle that may illustrate what they were talking about more clearly.  As it would turn out, the extra view I found ended up being the full page photo they ran. Let me know what you think, I attached some outtakes as well.

Delaware River for The New York Times

I was privileged enough to recently pick up an assignment for The New York Times covering a dispute between neighboring states regarding the flow of the Delaware River. I spent two days photographing the areas surrounding Hancock, New York which is located in the Catskills region of New York state just a few hours northwest of New York City. The Delaware River merges in the town of Hancock and is one of the best fly fishing locations according to locals.

In addition to using my Canon 1DX Mark II cameras I was also able to make the primary photo using my DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone which held up beautifully on the 6 column layout they decided to go with.

read the full article here