I met Kim almost a year ago at her wedding. That may sound a little weird but her husband Mike, owner of Audio Media Solutions literally called me that day and said, “hey I’m getting married today. Can you come take some pictures?” As I digress. Kim and I had been trying to schedule this shoot for almost two months but with weather and schedule conflicts I had just about given up. I figured there was no way a 9 month pregnant woman would want to do anything less than a photo shoot. Good thing for me her husband Mike really wanted this shoot to happen because I’m sure it wouldn’t have without his push and I would have missed out on one of the best shoots I’ve even done.
Kim had a location in mind so I was just a long for the ride. We pulled into this closed down herb farm in Coventry, Connecticut and in under five minutes I was overwhelmed with the possibilities. Everywhere we looked there was something interesting, unique, worn out… Beautiful. With just over an hour to shoot, 85º+ temperatures and lets not forget a CHILD in her belly! Kim was a champ. Any reservations she might have had before the shoot didn’t show even a little through the lens.
Any day now she will have herself a little baby boy, so we congratulate her and Mike. Enjoy!
Yesterday at BSC Photo Studio we had a couple models and a bunch of photographers here messing around and taking pictures. Photographer Stephen Kahrs invited a male model named Jared and photographer/stylist Vicki Miorelli to help him recreate an image of a character from Cabaret. After seeing the style they were going for I instantly knew it should be shot just outside my studio window against the dark brick and barbed wire fence. I can say one thing about this look, it was very interesting. Stephen had his light set up for his shot and at the same time I threw up a couple of lights and passed out pocket wizards to my friend Lawyer/Photographer Rich Rochlin and photographer Jonathan Baily and shot a little while Stephen did his thing with model Jared. The sun soon came over the top of my building creating crappy harsh light in this location to I hopped back in the window (into the AC) and checked out what my friend, photographer Monte Rudze was doing with model Ashley Ayala. Monte had some real nice fashion lighting going with a grey backdrop. After watching for a little I jumped in on Monte’s lighting and snapped a few frames. Right around this time one of my oldest best friends from Massachusetts to a short break from being on the road for Felt Bikes to drop in and see the studio. Sean is one of those crazy bike riders who will ride 50 miles a day in the woods or on the road, just for fun. He pulled up in a giant van and 20 foot trailer covered in Felt Bikes branding. This is when I had the idea to make Sean suit up in his spandex, pull out his bike and let me do portraits of him. The photos I made of Sean are my favorite portraits I’ve done to this day thanks to Monte and Mike C. for helping me with the lighting.
Maureen Dixon is an incredible writer with a popular blog called Not Me 2 Night and a dating advice column for the Branford Patch called Masquerades and Mishaps. She is currently working on a new piece about self help books and was in need of a few pictures to help tell the story. This shoot would have been great just with basic concept of how frustrating it is to read self help books and try to apply them to your life but when you add in a helicopter pilots helmet (I’m sure there was a good reason for it) you really get a picture worth a 1000 words.
A few days ago Lindsay and I found this gem in a dumpster while walking our dogs. We were a little hesitant at first to take it because it was wet and had bird poop on it but after careful consideration we decided the cleaning process would be well worth it to have this couch in our studio. I did a quick test shoot just to see how it looked on our “French Country” wall.
Yesterday BSC Photo and David Apuzzo Photography collaborated in a shoot out at BSC Studios. You might be asking yourself, “what’s a shoot out?” I did too. Basically, a couple photographers with different styles and skill sets get together to shoot the same thing at the same time. Your next question, “why?” To learn.
When it comes to fashion/beauty photo shoots I like to take an editorial approach, I like to make my images seem like they are part of a story. David Apuzzo is a very talented portrait photographer, his style is more bright and sexy (in my opinion). (If you are reading this, there will soon be some pictures from Dave here)
Also along for the day was BSC Photo’s own Mike Ciarleglio. Mike has a very candid yet intimate style.
In the off season for weddings I find myself wanting to go back a couple of years and re-edit some of my better pictures. I’ve learned a lot about post production in the past 3 years and I think now it’s time to recycle.
Here are a few shots from a photo shoot I did in Las Vegas at the Redken Symposium with the hair and make-up stylist teams of Chiala Marvici and Tisha Hall.
Yesterday Crystal came to our new studio for an editorial style photo shoot for her new blog, “Haynes Her Way”. As a young reporter in Connecticut WTNH and the New Haven Register are interested in her thoughts and opinions on everything from nightlife to current events. So the problem we were hired to solve was, how to create a website for Crystal’s fans and followers to go to get this information, follow her social media and at the same time be visually interesting and easy to navigate. After a brainstorming session Lindsay and I came up with a rough outline for the website and some great ideas for her photos. Crystal braved the snow storm yesterday to make the trip up to the studio, but even with the bad weather she came with a great attitude. You could say the her life as a reporter helped her with this photo shoot but most models would agree it is completely different to be the subject of an editorial fashion/portrait shoot. Once Crystal settled in she opened right up and was a natural, her eyes tell a story in every shot and her smile could light up a room.
There are so many great shots to choose from and some of which may never be seen but here are just a few that I like.
About a year ago I got an email from an old college friend, she was getting married and wanted BSC Photo for her wedding. While sitting at her kitchen table talking about wedding details they started talking about how much they love roller skating. I light went off in my head, what an amazing engagement shoot it would be in a roller rink. As time went on Dani and Marc worked out their outfits and connected with the amazingly talented hair and makeup artists Larissa Lenoci and Stephanie Loulakis-Moore.
During the time between our first meeting and when the engagement shoot became a reality I started getting into the art of stop motion photography. I called Dani and suggested it to her as an addition to the engagement shoot and lets just say she was as psyched as I was.
The day came, it was really early, I was really sick and Dani and Marc looked awesome. I drank a ton of coffee, put my sickness in the back of my head and the result was something I am very proud of.
Special thanks to Larissa Lenoci and Stephanie Loulakis-Moore, Dani and Marc and Lindsay for assisting.
Photography by: Matt Branscombe BSCphoto.com
As our design company BSC Design is growing we fight to find time to get the design website up so Lindsay decided to put in a day and get the blog finished first. A few weeks back Lindsay found a pair of red shoes she got to keep from a fashion show she was in back in 2007 and she fell in love with them all over and wanted to use them for something so I had the idea to use them in a web banner. Last night I used my portable strobes and a white sheet to set up for a product shoot.
Here are two examples of my favorite shots and you can go here design.bscphoto.com/designblog to see the shoes in action.
Yesterday Lindsay and I had to make an early morning trip to Boston to pitch a proposal to a large company looking for a new website. The job is up for grabs between us and one other guy who was a little cheaper than us but I think we have a lot more to offer. After our meeting we walked around Newbury street and went shopping. After walking around Boston in the cold on a gloomy day and just avoiding the wrath of the parking authority by less then a minute I realized I hadn’t taken a single photo. Lindsay was all dressed up so I spent a few minutes in a park shooting only with natural light. Not bad for shooting while holding Cappy’s leash in one hand.