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Alfred Hitchcock themed portrait session, Rhode Island engagement photos

TJ and Sarah approached me about making an “outside of the box” type portrait session and I was all for it! While I love creating more “standard” romantic images for my clients, THIS idea of using Alfred Hitchock movies as our inspiration was SUPER exciting to me! What a blast it was to make these images! Hopefully you like the as much as we do!!! I was impressed by the level of commitment they both showed toward making the photos happen! Feel free to share this post around if you like the photos as much as we do! I’m including a few original images from the movies as a reference for our inspiration for the shoot. Thanks to everyone that helped us make these photos happen.

Homage to "Rear Window" by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to “Rear Window” by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to "The Birds" by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to “The Birds” by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to "The Birds" by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to “The Birds” by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to "Psycho" by Seth Jacobson Photography

Homage to “Psycho” by Seth Jacobson Photography

Our inspiration from "The Birds"

Our inspiration from “The Birds”

Our inspiration from "Psycho"

Our inspiration from “Psycho”

Our inspiration from "Psycho"

Our inspiration from “Psycho”

Our inspiration from "Psycho"

Our inspiration from “Psycho”

Our inspiration from "The Birds"

Our inspiration from “The Birds”

Our inspiration from "Rear Window"

Our inspiration from “Rear Window”

Our inspiration from "Rear Window"

Our inspiration from “Rear Window”

Our inspiration from "The Birds"

Our inspiration from “The Birds”

The Rhode Island Portrait Project: Chris Simpson

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 Chris Simpson, creative director at The Contemporary Theater Company This small theater has brought vitality, energy, and enthusiasm to the hundreds of shows they have created over the years. Just last year they found a home in Downtown Wakefield which immediately created a place for the community to not only be entertained, but call their own. I am proud to add Chris to the list of portraits in this series, and hope you like it as much as I do!

 

Chris Simpson for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

Chris Simpson for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

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

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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Rhode Island Portrait Project: Behind the curtain/ Bethany Geaber

This portrait was created as a part of a series of photos I am calling the Rhode Island Portrait Project. You can see some of the other photos in this project here

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

I created this portrait with the intention of showing Bethany’s ability to transform herself as an actress. We chose 3 vastly different women from different time periods as our characters for this portrait rather than Bethany herself.. Going as far as to give them names, back stories and motivations for what was happening for them in these moments. I shot 3 photos with my camera on  a Tripod to keep the same position and then photoshopped them all together later. We shot the Gibson Girl 1st (her name is Edith) here are some set up shots. The costumes, hair and make up were pretty extensive Than you Becky!  We put a lot of time into making the details just right! Thank you to The beautiful Stadium Theater for letting us use their space to work in. Visit their website here and you can visit Bethany’s website here

set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Here is the photo we did of Bethany as the Gibson girl pre photoshop. You can see my Octabox in the photo which was later taken out in addition to this light I also had a light up the stairs camera left shining down. You can see that light on her face and arm. And one big 7′ umbrella camera left out of the frame feathered across her front to just fill in gently. You can see the 7′ umbrella in another frame below.

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

The next shot was our 50’s lady named Audrey here is a set up shot.

Set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Set up for Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

I used a very similar lighting set up for this lady as for the 1st shot. We had Becky stand in to give Bethany someone to interact with where our Edith character would have been standing. You can just barely see a light camera left if you look close. Also of note thank you to Faye for holding the christmas stuff out of my frame 🙂 we shot this just after Christmas so the place was decorated for the Holiday and we had to take it apart and put it all back together for our shot…

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

last we made the Courtney character shot. For this one I just used 2 lights on her right and left you can see both here if you look close on camera right you can just see my octabox our of frame.

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

The Rhode Island Portrait Project: Bethany Geaber actress

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 Bethany Geaber she is an actress. You can visit her website here We wanted to create a really unique portrait for Bethany. As an actress she has to transform herself into many different people to tell stories, and I really wanted to tell a short story with three characters. What do you think the story is? What just happened? What happens next? I am fascinated by these three ladies and by Bethany’s ability to change into different people.

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m77YrTvEyT4

Rhode Island Portrait Photographer: Janek Gwizdala sessions

Janek Gwizdala is one of the best bass players in the world. If you aren’t familiar with his music take a few moments and watch this video or this one

and go check out his website

I had the pleasure of photographing Janek this week. during the session I learned that he is obsessed with magic and card tricks. So we changed gears from my original thought which was to photograph him with his beloved instrument and made a portrait with his cards. I felt like this was the stand out shot from all the photos we took because it not only looks visually amazing with the cards flying through the air but also speaks to how I feel about improvisation and art in general. There is an element of Magic to beautiful art. When you watch Janek play his bass or any amazing artist create improvisational art there is an element of “wow that can’t be true?” that happens for me. I feel like we captured that element in this portrait. Also I have always said that photography is lying with images which lines up nicely with the idea of the card playing charlatan image we made here.

Janek Gwizdala portrait by Seth Jacobson

Here are the rest of the portraits we made. Janek’s beautiful wife Bethany jumped in at the end for a few photos too. Thanks Bethany and Janek 🙂

Michaelmas Photos from the Meadowbrook Waldorf School RI

The Rhode Island Portrait Project behind the curtain with Joan Dwyer

For the camera geeks, and photographers that want to take their images to the next level

This is how I created the portrait of Joan Dwyer from “All That Matters”

1st the concept: I sat down with Joan 2 times (with multiple phone calls and texts in between) and we chatted for about an hour each time about this portrait, this time is a very important part of my process. We talked about who she is as a person, a business woman, a mother, a friend ect… And I floated ideas for how to portray her in this portrait. One thing to note is that she was very nervous about being photographed as most people are (including myself) This time we spent together is so very important to making folks feel comfortable with the idea of being photographed. My idea was that I wanted to photograph her as a Goddess at rest. I wanted to tell the story of what I think All That Matters represents and what roll it plays in our community. She was very reluctant to be portrayed as a Goddess, because, understandably, she didn’t want to give the impression she thought of herself as high and mighty…  But this is (as are all the Rhode Island Portrait Project series photographs) my conception of who she is. Who I think of her as, not who she thinks of herself as…

2nd the execution: We built this composition over time using different things that Joan had on hand at her place  I wanted it to be symmetrical and balanced visually because Yoga is all about balance. I decided to light her with candles mostly, so I went to  Job Lot and the dollar store and bought about 200 candles! We used every single one! I constructed the composition slowly, and when I had everything placed where I wanted it to go then I set the exposure for the room (see 4708) then I added the one speedlight shot through a softbox (see 4710) and last I lit the candles and made sure the light was right coming off them (see 4713) when I had everything set which took about 1.5 hours then we started taking photographs and pretty quickly we got the winner (see 4733)

Here is my exposure info: ISO 800 (thank you Nikon) Shutter 1/25th and F 4 on my 50mm lens

Set up for Portrait behind the curtain of Joan Dwyer

With a little photoshoping the portrait was complete! I removed the leg of my light stand and some debris in the back ground as well some optimizations of contrast ect…

Joan Dwyer for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Here is a backed up shot so you can see where my light was positioned

Behind the curtain on The Rhode Island Portrait Project

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