I’ve got this wonderful photographer friend who visits from time to time. 91-year-old Bill Moore, had a studio for half-a-century in Westfield, New Jersey. He photographed weddings, families, kids and miles and miles of the sewer system in Essex County (who knew you could take pictures underground in a sewer). He gave up his studio some years ago, and this D-Day veteran is active today selling advertising for the Piscataway OUR TOWN newspaper. I met Bill about 8 years ago when he worked for my professional color lab and he now acts as my unofficial mentor in matters photographic. He urged me to install my incredible movable lighting system at my new studio and he is a strong proponent of the classic ‘skim’ light.
We had some fun this week. He arrived in a plaid sweater vest and Irish cap, and he looked like one of the mid-century portraits of a hard-boiled Irish writer. So, I pulled down the classic grey background, and hit him with two skim lights from behind to make his hair pop, and elicited from him the part of the quintessential poet from Galway or Donegal.
He then turned the camera on me, to show me his ‘skim’ light (you can see it edging the left side of my head).
Even though he’s having a bit of trouble hopping from the camera to the studio set to move the lights, he can still take a neat portrait. It must be like riding a bicycle, you just don’t forget how to take a picture, or how to mug for the camera!
Chalk this one up to another downside to the internet. With the tremendous influx of new photographers who are trying to become wedding photographers, brides have to be SOOOO careful in who they choose. So many people want to be photographers, but they just don’t have the portfolio necessary to get the weddings. So they steal the images.
This new trend is being called: Fraudtography.
Young and inexperienced photographers scour the websites of professionals around the world and simply copy the other guy’s photographs and put them on their website. Presto! Great images that they then pass off as their own. The bride is getting an inexpensive price for her wedding pictures, but the likelihood is SLIM that this unethical photographer will be able to handle the stress of the wedding day (you only get one chance to take these photographs), comport themselves discreetly and professionally, and even dress appropriately.
As my father used to say, “you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.”
I found this wonderful article on Offbeat Bride that will give you some good insights, as well as hints on how not to get burned.
Mark your calendar for Friday, March 14th! Forget date night make it a Ladies’ Night Out at Montclair Center. Montclair Center merchants have created an evening of experiences for you to enjoy. From sipping wine to shopping, from pampering and primping to tutorials and takeaways, from 6pm-9pm merchants have you covered.
Sorrelli Jewelry + Phil Cantor Photography
March 14, 6-9 pm, 20 Church St., Montclair
Stack on the sparkle & strike a pose!
Make Ladies’ Night Out an event to remember with a complimentary photo! Deck yourself out in Sorrelli’s
fabulous sparkle & Phil Cantor will show you how to strike the perfect pose. Receive a free print of your photo compliments of Phil Cantor Photography & Sorrelli.
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