Catching up on some blogging. Last week I posted about friends of mine whom I did a shoot swap with. This week I am going back in the archives to December. Matt is also the Executive Director of a great organization named Star of Hope Ministries. I had a great time photographing their open house where they display to supporters and friends of the organization all of the important initiatives they take to help relieve poverty and hunger in northern New Jersey and to thank some of their most cherished partners and volunteers.
I am sharing this post not only to show some of the work that I did for them but to highlight them as an organization that I love and to say that they always need help through volunteering and donations. They are very good stewards of gifts given them and they work through career preparation, wonderful seasonal programs like backpacks of school supplies for students that can't afford them, Thanksgiving in a box called their "Box of Love" program, and coat drives and so much more. Check them out on their website to learn more about what they do and to get involved!!!
I haven't been keeping my blog up to date so this shoot was several months ago. Jess and Matt are long time friends of mine and Jess is a talented photographer herself. We agreed to swap shoots so that each of us would have images of our families for Christmas cards and and for photos around the house and the like since both of us tend to work hard for our clients and often forget to take time to preserve memories of our own families. We also in the process got to explore a location that I have never shot in before even though it's so close. I really can't wait to shoot at Laurelwood Arboretum again sometime soon. One of the really cool things that we were able to do is to look at how we took some of the same images and edited them differently. There's a lot more of their family below.
Recently, a client in the financial services industry had hired a new employee and wanted to get a chance to take a few team photos for their newsletter, website and other materials. Initially they had just wanted a photo or two in the lobby with the logo in the background. Branding in your images is always important. For a second look, I used their conference room and lit the image well with a posing that shows the family business atmosphere that they like to show their clients. We wanted to show them hard at work for their clients. You'll find some of their headshots on their own website here. Their talented people make up a large portion of their success. I enjoy capturing talented people and helping companies with their imaging needs.