Help-Portrait New Haven 2011 Benefit Auction

We had a great turnout last night at our auction and thanks to the artists and business owners who donated to the auction we will be able to make next weekend’s event go off without a hitch.

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US Coast Guard Open House

We all know that the Coast Guard is generally an overlooked part of our military so I was pleased to see so many people at the New Haven Coast Guard open house today. As much as I love helicopters, I love getting to see my good friend Lieutenant Erin Dixon in uniform!
The big end to the day was the Blackhawk helicopter taking off. I had this great idea that I could lay on the ground near the Blackhawk and shoot it taking off with a fisheye lens. I thought maybe with a USCG Lieutenant by my side I would be able to get permission to get that shot. There was a lot of concern about me getting peppered with sand and pebbles and the chopper took off. I was still able to get closer than everyone else but still not as close as I would have preferred.

Special thanks to Erin Maureen Dixon and the US Coast Guard.
Photography By: Matt Branscombe
BSCphoto.com

US Coast Gurad rescue helicopter photo

Connecticut Coast Guard photographs

Blackhawk helicopter photographs at New Haven Coast Guard open house

Blackhawk helicopter photographs at New Haven Coast Guard open house

photo of Blackhawk pilot preflights as the blades begin to spin

photo of Blackhawk pilot preflights as the blades begin to spin

photo of a blackhawk helicopter taking off

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
BSCphoto.com

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

Punk Rock Show at The Elm Bar

This past Saturday I was invited to Elm Bar (Formally Rudy’s) in New Haven to shoot photos of the punk rock band Two Man Advantage and their friends Broken. It’s been years since I’ve been to… well, I’ve never been to Elm Bar but 10 years ago I used to hand out way too much at Rudy’s, so it was nice to be back. When Broken went on stage I was standing on a bench off to the side thinking only of my cameras safety, but quickly I realized I was going to need to get in there if I was going to get the pictures I wanted. I jumped down and squeezed in for a couple quick shots during Broken’s last song. Then Two Man Advantage came on, a band you have to see to believe. Great music and a great show, old school punk rock all the way. I managed to stay at ground level for their entire set and with only a handful of close calls, my pictures benefited from it.
Photography by: Matt Branscombe
Special Thanks to: Tasha and Rob, The whole Two Man Advantage Crew, Broken and Elm bar
Two Man Advantage – www.twomanadvantage.com
Broken – www.myspace.com/brokenct
Elm bar – www.elmbar.com

Rock and Roll photographer in Connecticut and New York at Elm bar

Professional concert Photographer in New haven, CT

Punk Rock Photography

Rock and Roll photographer in Connecticut and New York at Elm bar

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York at Elm bar

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

Concert photographer in Connecticut and New York

The big day came and went and we are all a little better for it.

Just a quick note to let you all know how AWESOME you did yesterday. We couldn’t have done it without all of you and it was such a huge learning experience for everyone. We definitely ironed out a LOT of kinks and figured out how to make the next year bigger and better.
I can tell you for a fact that our actions, effort, and hard work has made a huge impact on the families and individuals we photographed. I already got 5 emails from participants just thanking us for the experience and the great gift that they walked away with.
I think now that we have some solid roots in the community with both volunteers, sponsors, and people who attended, it’s clear that next year is going to be even bigger and better. So many people are so jaded that no one wanted to believe that this is 100% entirely free and not for the benefit of anyone except those that have their pictures taken. Next year we NEED to drive that concept home to those we invite.
With that being said there is a lot on the table for next year. I believe we will be officially incorporating as a chapter of Help-Portrait which means we can do all of our own fund raising and solicit help directly from other organizations in New Haven without having to do so much out of pocket. I will send an email out to all volunteers to let you know when we will be taking nominees for board members.
We also plan on giving the help-portraitnewhaven.com a HUGE face lift. The volunteer sign up process will be simplified and we will have registrations for portraits as well as walk ins.
So again I just wanted to say THANK YOU!!!!!
Lindsay posted a news item on the website which I will update as the news and media coverage rolls in, you can see it here: NEWS/ MEDIA/ POST EVENT COVERAGE

Stop Motion Photography

I was recently shown some stop motion videos by a wedding photographer from New Zealand. I realized that with a little thought and planning I could definitely pull this off. Sometime in the next year I will be offering stop motion videos as an add on to my wedding packages and possibly a stop motion only package if there is enough interest.

Here is my favorite video by the New Zealand Wedding Photographer

And here is my first attempt and stop motion photography using my lovely wife as a subject. If anyone is interested in having us do stop motion video at their wedding I will give you a super price! Who knows, maybe even free!
photography by” Matt Branscombe
BSCphoto.com

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
BSCphoto.com
RichardChristy.com
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

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
BSCphoto.com

Think it’s hard to run a small business? Thanks to the Government, Now it’s harder.

I was looking forward to a new presidential reign where the little guy and small business owner had a better chance of success and even survival but one of the provisions of the new “healthcare reform” legislation will significantly impact the administrative burdens of your business unless the IRS changes it.

Quoted from an American Society of Media Photographers newsletter
“As of now, starting next year, if you pay any person or corporation more than $600 in a year for goods or services, you must report that to both the IRS and the entity or person whom you paid. For example, if you bought a new camera or lens for $1,000, you would have to report that on your income tax returns and issue a 1099 to the company from which you made the purchase. Fortunately, there is now an exemption for credit card transactions, but that doesn’t apply if you paid by cash or check.

The good news is that the IRS has asked for comments from the public. Please copy and paste the sample letter below, edit it as you choose, and email it to Notice.Comments@irscounsel.treas.gov. Please be sure that the subject line of your email says Notice 2010-51. Please note that the emails must be sent by Sept. 29, 2010.

We understand the government’s desire to track cash transactions, but the current system would impose an unacceptable record-keeping and reporting burden on small businesses like yours.”

TO: Notice.comments@irscounsel.treas.gov

RE: Notice 2010-51

Dear Sir or Madam:

I am a professional photographer and a small business person. I have virtually no administrative staff to handle my record-keeping and reporting responsibilities. The new requirement under Section 6041 of the Internal Revenue Code would place impossible burdens on me. The exemption for credit card transactions was a great step toward reducing the impact of this change in the tax code. Unfortunately, it does not go far enough.

I often pay for computer and camera equipment, studio and equipment rentals, catering services, and other items by check or cash. Those expenditures often total more than $600 per vendor in any given year. Having to keep separate track of each of these items — and then to issue Form 1099’s to each vendor — would simply take more time than I have as the owner of a very small business operation, and it would require back office support that I do not have and cannot afford.

Please change the requirements so that they apply only to larger business entities, such as persons or entities that employ more than 25 people.

Thank you for your time and understanding.

It’s bad enough that our economy is in the toilet, but to put more stress on many already fleeting businesses is ridiculous. Anyone who owns a small business or has a friend or family member that does should take a few minutes and send this email to the IRS or write your own thoughts (Remember to put Notice 2010-51 in the subject line).