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Izzy and Alex get married!

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

I woke up this morning in San Francisco, and snuck out of bed in the dark. Luckily we had amazing light today. Here are a couple photos I created of The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

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

The Rhode Island Portrait Project: John Ford

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 John Ford he owns Manic Training John is a man who has helped me to change my body; I can now say with confidence that I am strong. I am turning 39 in a month, and all my life I have been very happy with the way that I looked and felt. I’m not one of those low self-esteem kind of people, but I have also known that I’m not a particularly physically strong person, either. So to reach middle age (oh my god really!!! middle age wow) and to have such a different view of myself is really a wonderful experience. This has come out of some really hard work. I owe that to John Ford and Manic Training. John is a patient teacher, the kind of trainer that will push you to the next level without being a jerk about it. Always attentive but never pushy. You can see by this photo that he takes his own health and well-being seriously. I am extremely proud of this portrait we created. If you have ever worked hard to achieve a goal, you know that there is struggle, determination and hope all mixed together. I feel that we got that across in this portrait.

Click on the photo to see it at its proper size and watch the video below to find out more about the project.

 

John Ford from Manic Training for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

John Ford from Manic Training for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

 

 

The Rhode Island Portrait Project Erich Manser Blind Triathlete

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 most recent portrait is of Erich Manser. Erich is an extra-ordinary individual. Not only is he a world-class athlete, but he is legally blind. When I 1st saw Erich in the “Firm Man” triathlon I was mystified 1st at how incredibly fast he was moving but also my mind spun thinking about the difficulty of what he was doing (swimming 1.2 miles in open ocean, running 13.1 miles and biking 56 miles) with out the sight that you and I enjoy and use to navigate the world. He has a limited vision and describes what he can see as looking through a pair of toilet paper rolls with wax paper covering the ends, and he is loosing his eyesight more with every passing day.He is guided through these races by another racer of equal or better athletic ability, they tie a rope to each other for the swim and he runs with his hand on the guides shoulder, and then they ride a tandem bike.

 I really wanted to honor Erich with this portrait. We met to talk about the concept and he explained that before he has starting loosing his eyesight he had been a swimmer and now swimming is his strongest section of the race for him. So we decided to create this portrait in the water. We got up in the dark and went down to the Ocean and waited for the sun light to emerge. So the portrait was actually created before the sunrise in the pre-dawn light.

Here is a link to Erich’s Blog and some more info on his inspirational story.

Dig his tag line, “You don’t need eyesight to have vision” I can only hope my vision does justice to this great man.

Click on the photo to see it at its proper size and watch the video below to find out more about the project.

Erich Manser for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

When life comes at you

I have been feeling the weight of life coming down on me lately. This wonderful quote from Leonard Cohen helps keep things in perspective

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Beautiful Landscape Photography Barn Island CT

I went for a walk at Barn Island in CT near Stonington yesterday. It was a beautiful day and it is a fabulous place. This is what it looked like!

As always click on the photo to see it at the right size!

Barn Island Ct

Water and Stone

I had a hard day yesterday. They come and hit all of us some times right? We all have our fair share of these days. I went down to the Ocean and watched the cold, cold water run up and over the rocks, and then slide back down the slope of the shore line and cliché as it is, this wonderful rocking was so comforting to me. I looked at these perfect soft looking round stones and was touched by the constancy of their battle against the elements. It is exactly this struggle that has formed these beautiful shore line. Without this battering that these rocks have been getting for the past 30,000,000 years or so it wouldn’t look nearly as soft or refined. So I am hoping that with the battering that life has been giving me, that I will get a little softer around my edges, and a little more refined in the way I engage the world. Here’s to hoping!

 

Click on this beautiful photo to really see it at it’s best!

A few from this past year

Here are a few wedding, portrait and client photos from this past year in Rhode Island. It was a great year for photography! I grew as a photographer and got to know some wonderful people along the way!!!

THANK YOU!!!

The Newport Bridge

The beautiful Newport Bridge! Taken on a foggy day just after the sun dropped over the horizon. Taken on my 70-200 mm  VR lens. Set on a tripod just to make sure it was sharp. Taken at shutter 60th F-stop 2.8 ISO 640 on my D700

the newport bridge by Seth Jacobson

Kinney Bungalow at Sunset Farm

I photographed the very beautiful Kinney bungalow tonight at sunset.

School Lantern Festival

Last week I joined the ranks of all the other parents in the world that have been to school functions for their children. This was the 1st of all of these types of events for me and it was pretty nice. The Waldorf School where my daughter goes here in beautiful RI has a lantern festival every year starting with a puppet show for the kids and then ends with everyone walking in the dark with lanterns and singing songs. It was very nice and here are the photos!

Sunrise at the Newport Bridge

Woke up early today and took atvantage of this beautiful place we have here. Took this photograph of Newport Rhode Island and the sunrise this morning. Dig it!

How to create a great portrait

This beautiful photo of my daughter was taken in afternoon/evening light. The sun was getting pretty low in the sky and directly behind her. I had an 85 mm lens on the camera. My aperature was set at 1.8 which makes that wonderful blur in the background shutter 1/640th of a second ISO 100

I was about 6 feet away from the subject, and just off to my right about 3 feet away from her was a gold bounce gently pushing light back on her. Very simple but effective

Kathleen and Pablo at South County Museum

Kathleen and Pablo got married at the South County Museum recently and I had the good fortune of being the photographer. I loved working with them and their families on this unbelievably hot day. Although I did have a small crisis with my car. I went to Kathleen’s parents home in Jamestown to photograph her getting ready. That all went off without a hitch. But when I got in my car to follow the Limo to the Ceremony my ignition switch broke and I couldn’t start my car. Apparently there are little moving parts in your ignition that can break down over time. I just about had a heart attack! Luckily I was working with Kelly Meyer who is an awesome photographer and she was already at the church, and luckily a friend of mine was able to drop everything and drive over and let me use a car for the day. TOTAL life saver… I only ended up missing  about 45 seconds of the ceremony. Kathleen was still walking down the aisle when I arrived! Phew…

The rest of the day was Amazing! Kathleen and Pablo are a lovely couple! What struck me from the very first time I met them was how affectionate and loving Pablo is to Kathleen. He is constantly reaching out to hold her hand and brush the hair out of her eyes etc… They are obviously filled with love for each other and that is SO NICE to be around.

Coastal Gourmet was provided the food and it was GREAT!  Here is their website

Moondance productions provided the music and everyone was dancing!!! Here is their website

I was the photographer and here is my website 🙂 LOL

The event happened at the South County Museum and Here is their website

Kevin and Tara at The Atlantic Beach Club