Blizzard Nemo 2013 | East Haven Photographer

On February 8th 2013 the northeast was hit hard with a blizzard that brought everything to a screeching halt. Some blame the town and state policies for the way the snow removal was handled as we approach the 4th day where many people are still snowed in, many businesses are still closed and panic and anger are setting in.

On Friday night Lindsay and I left the studio at about 6:30pm and made it home with little incident but a short time later looked out our window to see snow drifts of 3-4 feet building up. I made two trips outside that night with the dogs after shoveling a patch in our yard for them to use and each time I had to shovel what seemed to be the same amount of snow only a few hours apart.

We woke up Saturday morning to a beautiful sunny day and everything in sight covered in 30+ inches of snow. The task at hand was to start clearing the driveway but I couldn’t help but to want to go take a walk and see what my neighborhood looked like smothered in a clean blanket of white. Lindsay and I got bundled up and walked about a mile through the neighborhood and down to Cosey Beach on roads where we were making the first marks in the snow. Prior to this storm most people had never walked in 3 feet of snow, I know I hadn’t. It was tough, by the time we made it home my legs were burning!

This is a small collection of pictures I took around the Cosey beach neighborhood in East Haven, Connecticut over the weekend and just for reference it’s Monday night at 11pm and the plows just came down my street 1 hour ago.

Photography By: Matt Branscombe
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Down in the Bayou. Louisiana through my lens

This week I headed to New Orleans for a short business trip with a few of my clients turned friends. The plan was to eat, see the bayou and eat some more, and eat we did. In just under 2 days we ate roughly 20 courses in 6 meals at some of New Orleans most well know, well respected restaurants as well as a couple little known hole-in-the-wall gems. Even though we ate some of the most amazing food on this trip the highlight was our fan boat tour in the bayou.

We drove almost 2 hours south west from New Orleans to a tiny little town on the edge of the swamp. The tour guide pulled up to the dock in his fan boat, handed all of us ear protection, hopped back into the boat and started it up, all without saying a word. It took no more than 5 minutes before we saw our first alligator and in less than 10 minutes it felt like we were in prehistoric times. This is a place seemingly undisturbed by people. The deeper we went, the more beautiful and strange the scenery became. At every turn, huge Egrets and even bigger Great Blue Herons flew from tree to tree.

About 20 minutes after we left the dock the guide shut off the engine and brought us to a stop in a place that can only be described as “The Middle of No Where”. Finally, Junior spoke (yes his name was Junior), oddly enough we had great conversation with him and really learned a lot.

I’ve seen some really amazing places in my life but this so far was the most spectacular. I don’t think my images will really do it justice.

Photography By: Matt Branscombe
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Making pretty pictures is fun.

For many months now I’ve been dedicating every waking hour to my business. Yes my business is photography but it’s different when it’s work. Yesterday I took a much needed photo trip with my good friend, attorney and photographer Rich Rochlin. I want to tell you a little but about Rich. Normally you wouldn’t think of a “Suit and Tie” guy who works 60 hours a week dealing with big business to have the knowledge, skill and talent to also be a photographer. Check out Rich’s photography site www.rochlinphoto.com and see what I mean.

On a beautiful Saturday Rich and I set out for a day of photography for funs sake. And that it was.

Photography By: Matt Branscombe
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CT Water Falls

CT Water Falls

CT Water Falls

CT Water Falls

CT Water Falls

Guy and his dog on a rock in the water

CT Water Falls

CT Water Falls

Connecticut Fine Art photography

Connecticut Fine Art photography

Connecticut Fine Art photography

Connecticut Fine Art photography

Alkaline Trio at Toads Place

A couple of weeks ago Lindsay and I geared up to see one of our favorite bands at Toads Place in New Haven. After shooting the 2 Man Advantage show at Elm Bar a few week earlier I still had the itch to dabble in concert photography. I knew this time I wouldn’t be shooting with a flash and I wouldn’t be able to get right up in the bands faces so I went prepared to shoot from a distance. During the opening band An Horse I was able to get reasonably close to the stage without getting bumped into. Actually everyone was quite calm which led to my capturing some really great pictures in really low light. Thinking this was going to be the tone of the crowd for the rest of the night, I got myself one row of people back from the stage as Alkaline Trio set up to start.

The lights go down, the cheering starts and one by one the 3 members of Alkaline Trio walk out on stage and go right into their first song. The crowd immediately starts rushing forward, jumping, pushing and swaying. There I am, stuck in front, trying to keep my camera from getting destroyed and thinking about how ever am I going to get a clear shot with all this moving. I put my eye in the viewfinder and used the crowd to lock myself in. I definitely got way more blurry pictures than I did clear ones but the few moments I was able to hold still I captured some great images.

Check out the band An Horse and Alkaline Trio
Photography By: Matt Branscombe
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professional photographs at Toads Place in New Haven, CT of the band An Horse

professional photographs at Toads Place in New Haven, CT of the band An Horse

Professional Concert Photography in New Haven Connecticut at Toads Place

Professional Connecticut photographer captures images of the band An Horse at Toads Place

Professional Connecticut photographer captures images of the band An Horse at Toads Place

Professional Connecticut photographer captures images of the band An Horse at Toads Place

professional photographs at Toads Place in New Haven, CT of An Horse

professional photographs at Toads Place in New Haven, CT of Alkaline Trio

professional photographs at Toads Place in New Haven, CT of Alkaline Trio

Professional concert photography by Connecticut based photographer Matt Branscombe of BSC Photo Studio

Professional concert photography by Connecticut based photographer Matt Branscombe of BSC Photo Studio

Alkaline Trio Photographs

Professional Connecticut photographer captures images of the band Alkaline Trio at Toads Place

Professional concert photography by Connecticut based photographer Matt Branscombe of BSC Photo Studio

Pumpkin Blaze – Croton on Hudson

Yesterday my wife, our friend Sarah and I went to NYC to meet up with our friends Rich Rochlin and Richard Christy before turning around and driving right out of the city to Sleepy Hollow, NY for a quick stop at the famous Sleepy Hollow cemetery before heading over to the Blaze! The Blaze consists of some of the most impressive pumpkin carvings and pumpkin sculptures you could imaging. The only reason I was able to get the images I did was because we were give VIP treatment by the Director of Public Relations to Hudson Valley Rob Schweitzer. Normally, tripods are NOT allowed and there are ropes to keep people like me in line. We were given all access! Over the ropes and into the pumpkin patches!

Special thanks to Richard Christy, Rob Schweitzer, Bryan Haeffele and as always Rich Rochlin for bringing us to the fun!
photography by: Matt Branscombe
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Croton Hudson- Blaze

From Left: Richard Christy, Rich Rochlin, Matt Branscombe, Lindsay Branscombe and Sarah Hyland
Guadalajara Mexican Resturant - YUM!

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze - snake

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze decorative jack-o-lantern

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze cat jack-o-lantern

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze decorative jack-o-lantern

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze spider jack-o-lantern

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze decorative jack-o-lantern

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze

Pictures 2010 Croton on Hudson Pumkin Blaze corn stalk jack-o-lantern

Back to Philadelphia with the S&R boys

Last Tuesday we were asked to go back to Philly, back to the Union League to shoot the lawyers of Sigman and Rochlin LLC now TaboadaRochlin LLP. Last summer we made this trek to shoot photos for the firms website and marketing materials and just over a year later their firm has grown and we were there to recreate some of the firms favorite images.
I have recently been helping Rich Rochlin with his love of photography so I thought I would include a few photos he took as well. For a high powered attorney, he sure takes great pictures! After the shoot we all went out for some cheese steaks and then we went out on a short photo excursion around City Hall.

Special thanks to Rich Rochlin and Scott Sigman for always making BSC Photo a part of milestones in the growth of their firm.
Photography by: Matt Branscombe
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Attorney Rich Rochlin and up and coming photographer shoots during set up

It was hard to get two minutes between calls to get each shot

"Mike C." Photo by: Rich Rochlin
"Wally" Photo by: Rich Rochlin
"Mike C." Photo by: Rich Rochlin
"Matt Branscombe" Photo by: Rich Rochlin
"Matt Branscombe" Photo by: Rich Rochlin
"Matt Branscombe" Photo by: Rich Rochlin
The famous steps of The Union League
Philadelphia's City Hall

Matt B. and Mike C. "Self Portrait"
Mike C. on "The Wall"

Self Portrait

Time to toot my horn!

Today my mother-in-law called me to tell me I was mentioned on WTNH 8 news this morning! Gil Simmons the News 8 weather man showed a picture I took this weekend, mentioning my name and congratulating me on the shot. Pretty cool, huh? Well from the second I saw this picture on my computer for the first time I knew it was a gem. I plan on entering it in as many photo contest as I can but in the mean time… Here it is along with a few other images I’m pretty proud of as well.

Photography by: Matt Branscombe
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This is the image that will change how I think of sunsets

Pennhurst… Movie Stars and Ghost hunting

This weekend we traveled back down to the abandoned Pennhurst Psychiatric Hospital to meet up with comedian and friend Richard Christy who was filming his part in the new movie “Pennhurst”. This was my first time on a movie set and even though I didn’t spend much time around the actual movie production it was a lot of fun. We got to meet the director/actor Michael Rooker who I remember most from his part as the Dad in Mallrats. Shortly after we arrived they were closing the set for a nude scene so we set out to get the image we came for. We were charged with the task of getting an image to be used on the movie poster. It was yet again not the perfect day for the shot, the sky was clear and blue. Normally a clear blue sky might be nice but this is a horror movie, a pretty blue sky won’t give the impact needed to convey the uneasiness and feeling of dread. We spent the last hour of daylight photographing different buildings in hopes we could find the perfect shot (which I think we did).


So the sun had gone down and we had finished shooting, A paranormal research team was brought in to take us ghost hunting. This was all put together because Richard Christy is a huge fan of haunted houses, horror movies and all scary things and the owner of Pennhurst, the paranormal team and others involved are huge fans of Richard Christy, life is rarely as easy as when you are hanging out with a celebrity. Our small group was taken into the “Most Haunted” building on the property to start out our investigation. A few minutes after going dark for the first time we started hearing some weird sounds coming from down the hall, sounds like voices and banging. A few minutes later we went into the basement where little rocks were being thrown and then out of the blue, a 12 inch long piece of metal came whizzing by my head, I could hear the sound of the metal vibrating and pushing air as it flew across the room, that’s when everyone started getting on edge. A few minutes later a loud bang came from directly behind me, a minute after that it happened again. Now I was starting to really believe where before I was a skeptic. A short time later up on the second floor when all the lights were out I hear a noise to my right, Mike C. turned on his flashlight right as it happened and we saw a door swinging open. At this time, both Mike and I noticed the same person was right there every time something happened, we became skeptical yet again.

That really was one of the most fun weekends I’ve had in a long long time and I have to thank Joe Nelms (Writer of “Pennhurst) for asking us back to shoot and Tim Smith for arranging the whole thing.

Check out Penhurst the movie’s website www.BestGhostStoryEver.com and follow Richard Christy on www.richardchristy.com

Photography by: Matt Branscombe
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The Pennsylvania School for the Feeble Minded and Epileptic (Pennhurst Mental Hospital)

Two days ago I received a call from a friend and an invite to go shoot at Pennherst Mental Hospital just outside of Philadelphia, PA. As a big fan of every ghost hunting show on TV I was already very familiar with the single most tortured location in the US. First I want to say none of us had any sort of paranormal experience. It wasn’t even a little scary to be there. Before today I’ve only seen a few photos from this place (due to it being locked down since it’s closing in 1987) so I knew we were going to have a chance to create some real original images. We showed up at 9:30 am to a really terrible sight, the new owners of the land have started clear cutting all the overgrowth that made the outside of the buildings so incredible and even worse there were ten or more 20ft tall piles of mulch in the parking lots. This made getting good pictures of the buildings very difficult. Yet another obstacle was our limited time, we rushed through the buildings we were allowed in trying to find the most unique scenes still left in place from the day the hospital was closed in 87′, it was like everyone just picked up and left in the middle of daily activities. Just as we were running out of time we entered the cafeteria building and it was a disaster, completely disgusting is the best way to describe it. As we drove away we were coughing and hacking trying to clear the coarse dry feeling from our throats. The good news is the begin filming a movie there next week and we were invited back to keep shooting during the filming, I was asked to shoot for the movie poster and possibly for the DVD it self. Now that would be cool if it was just a student film but this is a studio movie, needless to say I’m psyched!

After I went through the images I captured a few times to pick out the best shots, I went back to look at the images I shot of the actual buildings just to see if there might be a ghost in the window or something silly like that. I zoomed in on each image and looked closely at every window in the pictures. Picture after picture there was nothing even a little out of the ordinary, then I came to a set of images of a building we were not allowed in due the asbestos. The last image in a sequence has what is so very clearly the outline of a child’s face in a small opening in the front door. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I swear on all my professional integrity that that entire building was boarded up, no way in or out and I swear that I did nothing to this image but color adjustments like I do to all my images.

See for yourself!
photography and ghost capture by:Matt Branscombe
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The full Picture
The Child in the Window