Category Archives: Event photography

Izzy and Alex get married!

Zappa Plays Zappa Photos by Seth Jacobson

Frank Zappa occupies a place that is singular and unique both in music and American culture in general. Whenever someone speaks so unabashedly from a place of freedom (as Frank did) it gives others the power to stand up and speak their truth as well. I am but one, in the crowded landscape of disenfranchised youth that discovered this incredible man, and found a bit of hope from the way he went about being unapologetically himself. Thank you for that gift Frank

 

I had the pleasure and honor of photographing the incredible Zappa Plays Zappa band at the historic Hampton Beach Casino Dweezil has done us all a huge favor by continuing to perform his father’s music live. A project he started about 10 years ago. I’ve seen every tour he has done so far and he continues to delight, inspire and surprise me. Special thanks to the incredible Kurt Morgan for bringing these photos to fruition. Kurt plays bass and sings with the ZPZ band. He was very generous with his time helping me to get connected with the group for this gig. The current tour is focused (for the 1st third of the show) on playing the entire One Size Fits All album. While wandering around the vast emptiness of the venue before the show with Kurt, we stumbled upon this Fat Maroonish Sofa, supported by boards of oak. We thought to ourselves, “Quite an attractive sofa, this sofa could be commercial” with a few margaritas and the right company…

Here are a quick set of portraits I created of Kurt before the show using the Fat Maroonish Sofa

 

Here are the photos of Sound Check before the show

The show that Zappa Plays Zappa puts on is second to none. I am continually blown away by the dedication to precision and accuracy all done with power and soul and tons of humor. Thanks Dweezil, Kurt, Ben, Chris, Sheila, and Ryan for a great show! Here are the photos

Gay Marriage Rhode Island, Seth Jacobson

 

I had the great pleasure of photographing the wedding of a beautiful couple this week. Keri and Jess got married, and what a day it was! I have long been a proponent of equality (see this post) when it comes to gay marriage, and gay rights. These two beautiful woman brought me as a part of their day and I am so grateful. Thank you for trusting me with your memories!

Gay marriage RI Seth Jacobson Photography

Gay marriage RI
Seth Jacobson Photography

 

Béla Fleck, Marcus Roberts, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan Live

Marcus Roberts has been a musical hero of mine for many years now. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing him perform last night with the great Béla Fleck, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan at the Historic Garde Arts Center go check out some of the wonderful events they have at their incredible theater in New London CT. Below are some of the photos I made at last nights performance. They were touring together to promote the album “Across the Imaginary Divide”

Here is a video about their project together

Marcus Roberts, Béla Fleck, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan perform at the historic Garde Arts Center in New London CT

Marcus Roberts, Béla Fleck, Jason Marsalis, and Rodney Jordan perform at the historic Garde Arts Center in New London CT

Taste of The Towers In Narragansett: Wedding Photographer Seth Jacobson

The Towers in Narragansett in Hosted their annual event “Taste of the Towers” featuring the regions best catering companies preparing food and drinks for all to enjoy. This has been a favorite of mine for a long time now. I make sure to arrive hungry and they didn’t let me down! I was wowed by some incredible food, thank you for all the great tasting, finger licking delectables!

Here is a list of some of the great companies represented  with links to their websites

West Bay Gourmet

Coastal Gourmet 

Blackstone Catering

Decadent Catering

Cozy Catering

The Shelter Harbor Inn

The Meadowbrook Inn

Simply Devine

Wildwood Catering

Parnzi Catering

The Matunuck Oyster Bar

Ripe Hospitality

Tom’s market

Glorious Affairs

The West Valley Inn

McGrath Clambakes

Gay Marriage makes it to Rhode Island! Seth Jacobson Gay Wedding Photographer

Gay Marriage was made legal yesterday by the state of Rhode Island! I am so proud to have witnessed this historic event! I want to tell you a short story of the changes I have seen in my lifetime in public opinion regarding gay folks.

In 1991 when I was 17 years old and a senior in High school, I was given an assignment to give a persuasive speech to my fellow students. The topic I chose: Gay Rights. As a young person living  in conservative Wisconsin, this seemed like a worthy topic, and something that seemed SO basic and easy to explain, but as it turned out, I didn’t persuade very many people. In fact I really angered quite a few folks. I should say that I am not gay, but just for suggesting that gay people ARE  people, and deserved a basic level of respect, I received a huge amount of grief from the community. A fellow classmate of mine punched me in the face, I got death threats written to me, and people left terrible mean messages on my family’s home phone machine, saying they were going to beat me up and cut off my hair (which was quite long at the time) etc… Being the stubborn person that I am and supported by a wonderful group of friends and family, I pushed back against that bad behavior and thumbed my nose at those people. Somehow I got my hands on a button that said “bend over, I”ll drive” I wore this to school and my friend Karl and I walked down the hallway holding hands. I was a rebellious young man and it felt at the time that I was making a difference, or at least I was speaking the truth in the face of bigots and that felt right. Looking back, I don’t think it changed anyones mind, or helped make any bit of a difference but I could hold my head high and know that I stood up for what was right.

Here I am now 22 years later living in RI and yesterday Governor Chaffee signed into law the Marriage Equality bill. I was on hand to see this historic gathering with a TON of Media, and about 1,000 other folks. It was a joyous and happy event. It is amazing to me that so much has changed in my lifetime. I can only hope things continue to move in the same direction for all people. Look at this couple  if you can’t read the notes they are wearing it says “waiting since 1976” WOW

Gay Marriage finally reaches Rhode Island

Gay Marriage finally reaches Rhode Island

Ignite Talk about Photography and Truth

I had the pleasure of being the very 1st presenter in front of a sold out crowd at the very 1st Ignite Southern RI put on by The Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 

This was an exciting and inspirational evening of speakers that was an honor to be a part of! Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make it come together!

The Berklee World Strings Perform at The Towers in Narragansett RI

I just had the incredible pleasure of seeing one of the worlds best string ensembles live and in person. What a moving and inspirational performance. The Berklee World Strings  on Facebook check them out!

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Michaelmas Photos from the Meadowbrook Waldorf School RI

Wedding and Event Photography- Bridal Tasting at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet is one of the last of the great dance halls left in America. A venue that used to house the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie. While Rhodes still houses many wonderful concerts it also serves as a fantastic place to have your wedding! Russell Morin Fine Cateringis the exclusive catering company working there and last week they hosted a tasting for bride, grooms and their families to come in and see what a wedding could look and feel like!

This great event was sponsored by a bunch of great wedding and event folks that I was proud to work with!

Mike from Artistic Wedding Video did the Video. I got a sneak peek and it looked amazing!

Golden Gate studios  made the stunning flowers!

Felicia’s perfect setting provided the beautiful decor

Russell Morin Fine Catering did the food and WOW did it taste great!

Groove Entertainment provided the wonderful music to set the mood just right!

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson

Tarbox Toyota Grand Opening Event!

I was proud to photograph the grand opening event for Tarbox Toyota in North Kingstown RI.

Ed Tarbox is a wonderful man who is making “IT” happen here in our beautiful state of Rhode Island. He recently built this beautiful building and  put on a wonderful grand opening event. Here are some of the images I made from this great event!

Wedding Photos of Cranston Country Club

Taking advantage of the beautiful fog rolling in after a pretty overcast day, I created these two beautiful photos at Cranston CC tonight while second shooting for Kelly Meyer of KM photography We worked with the very fun Daylight Production Video company check out there website!

Which one do you like better? I can’t decide…

beautiful wedding portrait at Cranston CC

Beautiful Wedding portrait at Cranston CC

Photos from Taste of The Towers wedding sampler

The Towers in Narragansett RI put on its annual Taste of the Towers event tonight featuring a wonderful array of fantastic food prepared by the region best catering companies. Here are some photos of this wonderful event.

Here are some of the companies featured here with links to their websites!

Westbay Gourmet

Coastal Gourmet

Tom’s Market

Blackstone Caterers

Pranzi 

Simply Devine Catering

McGrath Clambakes

Decadent Catering

Wild Wood Catering

The Shelter Harbor Inn

Bar Mitzvah Photography at Temple Emanu-el and The Marriott in Providence RI

I had the pleasure of photographing the Bar Mitzvah of Aaron Jennis this past weekend at Temple Emanu-el in Providence Rhode Island. The reception was held at The Marriott also in Providence what a wonderful event to be a part of. Thank you to the Jennis family for having me! This fantastic event was put together by a great team of folks that worked extremely hard to accomplish what you see here. Thank you to Bonnie Gold of Gold Events she always does and excellent job! Thank you to Donna DiOrio from The Marriott for your hard work! And Siagel Productions who as always put on a great show!

Wedding Contest Winners at The Garde Theater, New London CT

Congratulations to Kristen and Jason who celebrated their marriage yesterday at The Garde Art Center in New London CT. I was honored to photograph this event that was a wedding give away put on by The Day Newspaper Grand prize was a complete wedding for Kristen and Jason and 50 guests, thrown by The Day! The wedding was held on Sunday, March 25.

It was quite a lovely day with a lot of people putting in a lot of hard work that all ended up  FABULOUS ! I am super happy to have been a part of this event that was donated my some very generous people!

Wedding photo at The Garde Theater New London

The prize package included:

* Hair and beauty for the bride provided by Bella vita Salon
* Ceremony and reception location provided by the Garde Arts Center
* Catering by Coastal Gourmet
* Photography by Seth Jacobson Photography
* Rings provided by Mallove’s Jewelers
* Entertainment by Pierce Productions
* Cake provided by You Take the Cake
* Linens and place settings provided by Arrow Party Rental
* Videography by Marsal Studios
* Dress provided by Pentangle Fashion Boutique
* Tuxedo by Colin’s Tux Shop

*Flowers by Adam’s Garden of Eden

The Officers Club Newport Naval Base Wedding photo

I get to visit some of the most beautiful places on the planet with my job! This is the Newport Bridge viewed from the Officers Club on the Newport Naval base. I took this while at a wedding the night before Hurricane Irene stuck us what a wonderful job I have!!!

The Newport bridge from the officers club in Newport by Seth Jacobson

The Contemporary Theater Company

I photographed the Contemporary Theater Company this week performing the Play “The Red Herring” As always they did an excellent job! Visit their website to learn more about the great work they do for our community!