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100 years old and still voting!

This gorgeous woman is Anna Vieira Cabral Spencer. Anna was born October 14th 1918 making her 100 years old today. Her mother said that she came to stop WWI because the war ended less than a month after she was born. What an incredible honor to meet and photograph this intelligent, fierce and beautiful woman that has seen so much life.

Keep in mind this insane fact.

-The Nineteenth Amendment (Amendment XIX) to the United States Constitution prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. It was adopted on August 18, 1920. This means she is older than true democracy in our nation.

Of course she voted last Tuesday.
Anna Cabral at 100 years old
Thank you Anna and Len Cabral for welcoming me into your home.

 

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

I had the pleasure of viewing and photographing a preview of The Contemporary Theater Company production of Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (one of my favorites) It was fantastic and I predict that audiences will love it as much as I did! The show opens this Friday!

 

Musical Portrait of John Fuzek

John Fuzek is a musician and of of the most dedicated supporters of the Rhode Island music scene that I have ever met. We had a lot of fun making this portrait!

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Jesse Pugh for Narragansett Town Council

This my friend Jesse Pugh with his family. Jesse is running for Narragansett Town Council. I fully and whole heartedly support him in this endeavor. I think you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat the most vulnerable around them, and Jesse is a thoughtful kind and intellectual person. Over the years, seeing him with his kids showed me a lot about the good character of a man he is. I am sure he will make an excellent Town Council member.

His website is located here!

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Portrait Photography Bruce Decker

This is my friend Bruce Decker, he is an amazing artisan that works in many capacities. He creates beauty everywhere he goes, and I admire and respect the way he is making the world a better place. _SAJ7055_SAJ7065

Dweezil Zappa Band Portraits in Providence RI

I have been fortunate enough to create some relationships with in my opinion the best band in the world. These musicians are absolute beasts. Thank you Scheila, Ryan, Chris and Cian for your time and for another ass kicking show in Providence this week. You can catch the rest of the tour here is a link to the remaining shows

 

 

We Are The People/ Gender Reveal

Please share this photo and help me spread this story around, I believe it needs to be told to as many people as possible

This is the 5th in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me.We Are The People/ Gender Reveal

This is Apollo, he’s a 17 year old young man living in Providence RI. He attends Classical High School and is a talented artist. Apollo was assigned female at birth and transitioned roughly a year ago. There is a lot of fear and misinformation about transgender people, so I was particularly interested in making this portrait of Apollo to hopefully help move these views in a more positive direction.

What I was struck by when I first met Apollo was his strong and confident personality. I like any person that is authentically them self, especially in the face of adversity, but coming from a teenage boy it’s striking. We talked about how gender focused our society is. In many cases, including his, using the wrong pronouns or refusing to use chosen names cause pain.

We wanted this image to be a little playful by making fun of gender reveals…

Sometimes who we truly are isn’t immediately revealed.

 

The Science of Alternative Facts

This is the 4th in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me here or on messenger.

April fools day seems like perfect timing to reveal this portrait of Paul. He is a scientist  and describes himself as a conservative. Paul is the Dean of the College of Pharmacy at URI. He told me that he loves science becaue “The goal of good science is to find the truth. At the end of the day, you can believe the truth or not believe. But its still the truth.
Sometimes the truth is “unvarnished”, it may not be pretty or convenient or support someone’s point of view. But again its still the truth.
A good scientist removes their biases from the scientific process. Some of the most fulfilling experiments end with “Well, thats not what I expected!”

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We Are The People/Muslim Woman

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We are the people by Seth Jacobson

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This is my homage to Shephard Fairey’s iconic protest image and the 2nd in a series I am calling “We Are The People”. I am looking for other compelling stories if you know someone who’s story needs to be told, get in touch with me here or on messenger. This is a real photo of a real woman and her name is Nada.  #ShePersisted

Nada is a smart, hard-working and kind Muslim woman.

She is earning her Doctor of Pharmacy degree at URI and plans to graduate next May. She was born in Egypt where her father is a dentist and her mother is a stay-at-home mom of four.

She loves kickboxing and describes herself as a nerd. She chose to begin wearing her headscarf at the age of 12, a decision that has great meaning for her and her family.

She fears this new administration will build obstacles to her improbable dream of a life in the US that she cannot overcome. It is my sincere hope that she is able to live out her dream and serve the American people as a pharmacist. It would be a sad and unnecessary loss if she ends up being forced out.

 

We Are The People/behind the curtain

I created this portrait with a 4 light set up. I placed 3 lights bare bulb: 2 pointed at 45 degree angles toward the camera and one placed really low to the ground behind Emily and pointed up at the flag in the center. The fourth light was shot though a small octa box onto her face. We placed the 8’x 12′ flag behind her outside in the snow storm attached to my tripod backdrop holder. The settings on my camera were ISO 64- shutter 200th- aperture 5.6 and my lens was an 85 mm Nikon lens.

 

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We Are The People/Mexico sends it’s best

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Like so many other people I am angered and embarrassed about what is happening to my beautiful country by the current political administration. While I don’t have any real power to change their draconian policies, I still think that we need to do what we can. What I can do is take photos. And there are so many stories out there of good people doing good things and I want to use my abilities as a photographer to tell those stories. This is the 1st photo of the series I am calling “We are the People”

This is my proud, strong and defiant stepdaughter Emily.

She is half Mexican and all American.

Her father immigrated here at the age of 26 with the dream of creating a new life and serving as a medical doctor. Currently this is the life he lives and has saved more American lives and returned more loved ones home, against the odds, to their American families than can be counted.

Mexico sends its best.

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Portrait about Grief

I have been thinking a lot about grief and how it effects us all. As an artist I have the need to express myself through photos. I am attempting to make something to speak to the process of grieving.

Grief feels like this to me. When the world starts to unravel around us, when it seems surreal that everything keeps going on despite our pain, as if everything is normal, when it seems that nothing will ever be the same for us again. We experience grief at different times and for different reasons, but that initial shock is universal.

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Izzy and Alex get married!

Outside, Portrait lighting: Behind the curtain

I created this portrait of Rico for his acting portfolio. We wanted to tell a sad story of a man having a terrible day. The problem, it was actually a lovely day.

1st we had to get him wet because it wasn’t actually raining out.

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Then we added “Rain” which was just a regular garden hose, clamped to a ladder and pointed in the air. This is what it looked like in real life.

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My settings on the camera were ISO 400 shot on a 70-200mm lens at 70 mm. Shutter 125, and Aperture of 2.8the light above Rico was set with a small Octa box and had an orange filter. The light behind him was bare bulb set to a wide “spray of light” this light really made the water feel like rain because it back lit every single droplet of water. Here is what it looked like with the lights from the side. Notice the back light looks blue and the top light is warmer.

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Here is the final product

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The Rhode Island Portrait Project: 401 Studio

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.
This is a portrait of Elyssa and Matt from the 401 Studio, they are a screen printing company out of Wakefield RI that puts ink on clothing. So our idea was to put ink on them! How fun! The image that you are looking at is a composite of 3 different photos combined together to give the appearance of one. We threw paint at them and as the paint splattered all over they stayed still and I took all the splashing from the different frames and combined them for this image. Dig it!

 

For the photo geeks out there, I used 3 speed lights: Two lights in front of them a 72″ Octa box on the right and a small 15″ umbrella on the left and a bare speed light up and behind them (notice the shadow on the ground)  This was taken on a Nikon d600 camera ISO 500 with a 50 mm lens at F8 and a shutter of 1/200th of a second

 

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Elyssa and Matt for the RI Portrait Project

Scott and Kristen Engagement Photos Rhode Island

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

Leftover Cuties Portrait Session, Rhode Island

The Leftover Cuties are a breath of fresh air in the music scene. If you don’t know their music, it’s both old style and modern, very danceable but they aren’t a dance band, the music has depth and gravitas but is sometimes quirky and playful. I had the honor and pleasure of creating these portraits during their stay over in Rhode Island. The timing was good as it was Austin’s (the bass player) birthday! Yay!

You may be familiar with The Showtime television show called “The Big C” that the Cuties wrote and performed the theme song for.

Here are two other songs that moved me (both in different ways)

Dig the photos! I am very proud of them!

Beautiful Yoga Photos taken in a studio: Behind the curtain

I created these portraits of Alyssa Sullivan owner of Synergy Power Yoga in Barrington RI for her social media and for new marketing material to help promote her business. With all business portraiture that I do, I had a couple of objectives. These are different for every business that I work with, but for this one I wanted the photos to not only get across the love and joy that Alyssa brings to the Yoga she teaches, but her showcase her incredible talent and beauty as well.

Below I will be sharing exactly how I created these portraits that I am super proud of! Tell me what you think in the comments!

Beautiful Yoga portrait by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait
by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait
by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait
by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait by Seth Jacobson Photography

Beautiful Yoga portrait
by Seth Jacobson Photography

I wanted these photos to have a very clean and pristine look about them, so I put her on a solid white background and lit the whole scene with 4 separate speed lights. My ISO was set at 320 with a  shutter speed varied from  1/125 to 1/200 with an aperture of either 6.3 or 7.1

 

The speed lights were shot though 3 octaboxes from behind up and behind right and left. With one big one from the front right. You can see below my light placement. The three smaller lights from behind her were set to 1/16th power and the big light off to the right was set to 1/4 power.

Behind the curtain with Seth Jacobson Photography

Behind the curtain with Seth Jacobson Photography

Driscoll and Associates: Law Firm Business Portraits

I had the Pleasure of photographing Driscol and Associates recently. We created some business portraiture for them to use in promotional material. Enjoy!

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