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Krysti’s new profile portrait

Krysti Sabins is my wonderful Studio Manager. She’s a PhotoShop master and a whiz at social media. But, she’s got a whole ‘nother side. Krysti is an avid hiker and she is the webmaster for a fabulous website called. UNBORING EXPLORING. The site is a fun mix of hiking ideas and video travelogues of Krysti’s favorite trails and adventures.

Yesterday, we went up to one of the great photo locations near my studio (Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ), unloaded a whole bunch of photography equipment and, in the middle of the trail, I set up a powerful, battery-run flash, tripod, and wires. Then I had Krysti climbing atop tree stumps and scampering to the top of boulders.  We got a lot of strange looks from other hikers and dog-walkers.

Unboring Exploring webmaster Krysti Sabins

She’s a free spirit, a colorful outdoorswoman and a strong proponent of drawing people out to enjoy the woods. Be sure to check out her website!

Where’s your favorite place to get outside?

Mother’s Day Fun

Stephanie Pearman called me because she always wanted to make a portrait of herself and her two daughters. Danielle had graduated from Howard and would be visiting from Washington for the weekend. All three women got dressed up and came to the studio for a session. The was a lot of laughing and posing!

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Scenes from Montclair Film Festival

I saw the wonderful “I am Big Bird”, the story of Caroll Spinney, the actor who has portrayed Big Bird on Sesame Street for 45 years. It is a moving, funny, charming movie. The panel discussion was fun, too, especially when Oscar the Grouch joined in. I chatted with Spinney afterwards and he was very warm and genuine. Caroll Spinney

The night before I attended a panel with two young actors from Montclair who are making it in the Movies… Ben Rosenfield from”Boardwalk Empire” (seen here) and Kristen Connolly from “House of Cards”. On a personal note, Ben is good friends with my son and it was a pleasure to see this articulate and appealing young man having so much success. And, I photographed Kristen some years ago for her high school yearbook.

Ben Rosenfield MFF

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Apple Boxes

I finished a portrait yesterday and when I came in this morning, the set was still up in the studio and I liked the way it looked.Apple boxes still life So,  I made a portrait of the set!!!

The boxes you see are ubiquitous on film sets. They are sturdy,  have handles, and are used for temporary propping up of cameras, lights and people. I use it to sit on,  to stand on, to put equipment on, to prop up tables. They come in this size, which is called the Full Apple, half this size is called the Half Apple,  next is the Quarter Apple and, finally,  the Pancake which is one-eighth size.   The boxes are similar in size to the packing crates that were used to ship apples (I am guessing here).

Let me know if you have any innovative uses for your (real or imaginary) apple box!

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