It’s not often when I pay much attention to the amount of followers or traffic I get on this blog. I guess it’s safe to say that, after more than ten years of posting pictures and stories while refusing to attract sponsors or feature ads. I’m grateful to have a place to post photos and the occasional story for the folks that find and take the time to tune in. However, the recent finding that the blog is up to and stuck on 666 followers as just a little unsettling. Not that I’m religious or have any crazy superstitions. I just feel a bit unsettled being stuck on this particular number for too long. So, if you could select that follow button and take me off Satans “to-do” list. I’d greatly appreciate it and you. Thanks in advance.
United By… Book Project
If you’ve been paying attention, you might notice that I’ve discontinued a feature I started back in April of 2020. “United By” was the skeleton for a book featuring many of the concert/show images I had taken over the years. After a spirited start, reality set in, and the idea went into the “Maybe someday.” to do file; however, after finding a template where I could build my project at my own pace. Things picked up rapidly. After seeing the right person to pen the books foreward and an incredible editor, I began reaching out to band members and people involved in putting on shows, putting out records, and giving a voice to those who create. The responses and thoughts added much-needed yet previously void of life to both the images and my little project’s purpose. Work continues as I wait for the final images to be digitized and downloadable.
Though things seem to be wrapping up on my side, I know there is still a lot of work to do before figuring out how to submit it to publishers. Here’s to a long wait.
Currently On View
I’m amazed by how little I promote my own work at the appropriate times. That said, I thought I’d urge you all to visit to enjoy and take in some of the amazing art currently on view at Canco Lofts in conjunction with Jersey Artist Tours and JCAST. Below is the 20X40 Canvas I have displayed as well as a link to JCAST and some artist bios. Work will be on display thoughout October. Come see what’s happening. JD
Sunday Sessions: Booking from mid August through the New Year
August is already here and the kids will soon be headed back to school. So what better a time than now to start booking a family session close to home and far from the trappings of the local mall and all the blood, sweat and tears that seem to go along with every trip to the local photo studio retailer.
Your session begins the day you book it. As we begin to discuss who’s involved and the kind of environment you are your loved ones are best suited for. As someone familiar working with both children and adults, I’ve come to realize that we all have both our times of the day and our windows of opportunity to get things done. I’ll work around your schedule to make your time with me fun and as free from meltdowns as possible. Whether you prefer a laid back, post brunch session at my loft studio. Or a fun meet up in the park at dusk. I’ll be ready to capture the moment while giving you something to cherish for years to come. No coupons, unwanted packages or hard sell. Just the images you want. Fast turnaround and the personal service you’ve been missing all along.
Sessions are by appointment only. So book ahead. I’m located in Jersey City, but will consider traveling to Hoboken for Park sessions. I book one session per Sunday. So my session with you will be exclusive to that day. Your image files will be delivered to you by the following Friday.
Studio Session: $150.
Park Session: $100.
Contact me here or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Headshots; Affordable, Painless and Very Necessary
A headshot is an important networking tool to have at your disposal whenever promoting your service and/or skills. Having learned from experience. People will forget a name long before they ever forget a face. Having a good headshot allows you the opportunity to make a great first and lasting impression. Having many of my original business cards get placed into someone’s wallet only to be forgotten before eventually being tossed. It wasn’t until I found a company that offered me the choice to feature one of my images on the front side of the card while housing my contact information on the other that I not only got noticed. I got business. Further proving that how important image is in this day and age. Below is just a brief description of what I offer. Be sure to contact me with any further questions you might have. Thanks, James
Headshot Session; I’ll work with you to give you the desired look and feel you’re looking to present.
I’ll give you three different looks depending on your needs.
Images taken in studio or nearby outdoor location.
Three business day turnaround policy
Contact me here or email me at email@example.com
… And So it Begins
If you took time to read my July 21st post “A New Beginning” Here . You’d know I’m taking steps towards what I hope to be a new chapter in my studio and promotional work. In reaching out to the many friends I’ve made over the years as a photographer and music blogger. I hope to bring bands and musicians out of the comfort zones or the clubs, stages and recording studios and into my world to capture edgy studio and location images. Having had both my live and studio images appear in magazines, music media sites, record covers and inlets. I hope to build on my reputation and continue to earn the trust I’ve worked so hard to earn. With the studio and post production skills I’ve both learned and applied. I feel I can offer artists the professional and creative edge that will best represent their art and distinct personalities without feeling posed, forced or inauthentic. So, whether you’re a musican, artist, band, record label or creative spirit looking for images that best represent you. Reach out, we’ll put our ideas together and create something special.
A New Beginning
As I write this post I am in the throws of missing a favorite band perform at a local club and reflecting on what seems to be an end, or at least a much needed hiatus from my music blogging days. And as one chapter comes to an end. I am hoping to continue writing a new one.
During my decades of show going. I made it a point, with very few exceptions to bring a camera to and document jut about every music event I have attended. As the years passed I’ve had plenty of time to reflect on what I would have done different if I had given the chance.
Aside from the thousands upon thousands of images and pictures I’ve taken of bands playing live. I would have taken more time to document the people and personalities that were often in attendance. Aside from that, I really wish I would have had the time and people skills needed to perhaps photograph them in a more intimate and personal way. Thinking back at all the people I interviewed and shared even the most casual conversation with. I would be gazing upon one hell of a body of work.
Years later, as I see myself greying out of show going and embracing somewhat of a “Take it or leave it. Give no fucks.” , view on life. I feel more comfortable in reaching out. And while I know many of the people I reach out to will turn down my proposal solely based on their hatred of being in front of the camera. I will be forever grateful to the ones that do.
My Instagram Account
For years now I’ve been aware of Instagram, but had no idea as to what it offered or what I’d find. In all honesty, I thought it was an app. where people uploaded their selfies and pictures of meals from their mobile devices. Thankfully, through conversations with my brother and a close friend who’s been mentoring me. Not only was I open to investigation. I was flat out prepared to dive in to the deep end of the pool. Since opening an account, I’ve been posting regularly and building a small, but steady following. More importantly, I’ve found inspiration and ideas by following my favorite photographers, magazines and modeling agencies. And just as I’ve built a following with Photogeek over the years. I hope to grow and share with Instagram. Below is a link to my account. I’ll be posting work from my sessions regularly.
Black & White Or Color? Which Would You Choose?
Over the weekend I had a musician friend over for some promotional shots. During those two or so hours we tried several looks while playing around with different lighting setups. Later that night as I began going through our session. I began to compare color shots with B&W copies I had made. To no surprise, I found myself preferring the B&W versions over and over. Knowing how predominant my love of B&W can be. I thought it would a good idea to get some opinions on the matter. Comments welcome.
“Cool Shirt Bro” Part II
Following up on my February 22nd post “Cool Shirt Bro”, I’ve been hard at work (not really) documenting my collection of Rock T’s by having some of my beautiful model friends adorn them for me. Since that time I’ve managed to pick up a shirt or two which will allow me to keep up with this beautiful idea. In the process I’ve had some notable weight loss due to my vegetarian diet and healthy lifestyle. Who knows, “Cool Shirt Bro” part III just might feature a a dashingly handsome yours truly in front of the camera. One can only hope. Until then, keep those shirts coming and keep on Rockin’.