Monday, November 17, 2008


Sorry for the delay in posting this one. Today I had the pleasure of traveling to NYC to the PDN Photo Plus Expo. It was my first time attending this photo expo. I went up to see the Nikon booth (Cliff Mautner spoke and made really want to get the D700; Joe McNally spoke on speedlights too)), especially, the Shootsac booth (finally purchased a shootsac and met Jessica Claire, more about that later), the Tamron booth to check out their 70-200mm 2.8 lens, the MPIX booth, and various other booths. So like I mentioned, I met JC and she was very gracious and wonderful. I babbled on like a goof about how great she was and asked her what it was like to be her. Yeah, I really asked her that (I know it was an amateur thing to do). After much thought and analysis, I have come up with only this nugget "heroes or people who you admire are that because something about them stirs or inspires something in you." Could I have played it cooler? Maybe, but I'd like to think that she may have realized how much I admire her talent and skill and my reason for babbling. Anyway, this shy chick from Philly did have the courage to ask her to take a picture with me, so that is pretty cool to me. I also attended a seminar by Michele Celentano whose work I follow a few years back and I played it cool with her (only after my JC meeting earlier in the day). This photo expo experience rounded out my year of meeting some of the pros in the wedding photography world. I also met Cliff Mautner (former photojournalist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a Nikon shooter) thanks to Karina and his work is also inspiring. I have a few more shoots left for this year, but I have learned a great deal this year and I have grown photographically speaking. Another post hopefully sooner rather than later. DP

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 13, 2008

Shout Out to Charyl and Roger

Today is the first year anniversary of my friends Charyl and Roger. Derek and I shot their wedding last year, please check out the photo montage that I created from some of the pictures from their wedding day.

Congrats to Charyl and Rog and I hope that you two finally tasted those sodas from Jones Soda. At Jones Soda, they let you put your own picture on a soda label and give you space for a personal message. This is my favorite picture of Charyl and Rog from their wedding day and the one I selected for their soda labels. Charyl: Please send me a picture of the bottle label when you get a chance. DP

Monday, June 23, 2008

5.4.08 Monique and Donovan E-Session

This was my first engagement session of the season. I met up with Monique and Donovan on a late Sunday afternoon. We were suppose to start at Love Park, but it was such a nice day and the skateboqarding crowd outnumbered us in the park. So we started across the street with the life-size game pieces. I loved the jewelry that Monique wore...she was ultra hip for downtown Philly on a lazy afternoon. These were some of my favorites from the day.

Friday, May 30, 2008


I shot my first wedding for Pete (Kreativ Photography) for this wedding season today. It was a different kind of wedding. We didn't have to shoot too many formal shots based on what the client wanted and the reception was at Johnny Brenda's Tavern in Northern Liberties (this wedding reception was the first one for the establishment I was told). I shot alot of the reception action from the balcony with and without flash for some really cool and funky shots. The food at this place was also very tasty and I definitely will be heading back there some time this year just to dine and hangout. Shooting with Pete was fun as usual, since we have similiar styles I think all the pictures kind work well in the end. Here are some of my favorites from the day. Enjoy.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

2.18.2008 Master Your Craft

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post some new stuff. 2008 marks another photographic adventure and things have been busy. I was part of a team of photographers who shot a cheerleading competition for a friend photog. A few of those pictures will be posted soon on this blog. I have also shot a few weddings and portrait sessions that you will see soon as well. But the main subject of this posting is photographic education. One of my big goals for this year is to further hone up my skills and work on marketing, hence I am going to a lot of photo seminars this year. The first one up is Master Your Craft in NYC led by two amazing pro photogs Mike Colon and Bob Davis. My girl Karina attended too and we were both overwhlemed by the knowledge, skills and ideas these gentlemen presented. It was long day and we didn't stay to shoot night life in Times Square, our bad. Maybe next time. We did take pictures with the pros though. Another post coming soon.