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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

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”

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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Rhode Island Portrait Project: Rabbi Wayne Franklin from Temple Emanuel

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.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin is a wonderful man. He is the kind of man that you immediately feel comfortable talking with. I have spent many hours conversing with him, and soaking up his warm intelligence. What strikes me about Rabbi Franklin is his openness to explore. He is always ready to dig deeper and look closely at humanity. As a non Jewish person, I have burdened him with many questions that he has tirelessly answered, and I am grateful for his generosity of spirit. I am also impressed with not only the strength of his conviction, but the wealth of knowledge that he offers his congregation at Temple Emanuel in Providence. He is a scholar in the truest sense of the word, so when I photographed him I wanted his library to be included in our portrait. I think we created a beautiful portrait, and I am proud to share it with you now.

Here is a link to some of the other portraits I have created for this project

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI  by Seth Jacobson

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI
by Seth Jacobson

Portrait Photography Childhood: Seth Jacobson

Sometimes I create a portrait that transcends the moment that we are in, and touches onto something bigger than myself or the person I am photographing. I feel like these photos do that. Boyhood in a bottle is what we have here. I feel something very special when I look at these photos, I feel my own childhood, and countless others both before and after me. What are your thoughts?

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kid portrait by Seth Jacobson

kid portrait by Seth Jacobson

Macedonio Family Portrait Rhode Island

Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Seth Jacobson at The Hyatt Newport RI

Stephanie and Nick got married at the Hyatt in Newport RI earlier this year this is a small showcase from their beautiful wedding!

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

Cover Photo for Grace Magazine, by Seth Jacobson

As some of you know, I work for Grace Magazine creating portrait style covers for them as well as editorial features inside. Grace is getting a new look as well as an expanded mission. Asking the readers to “Read Deeper” check out the most recent cover I made, I love it, and hope you do to!

Here is a link to Grace’s homepage go check out some of the compelling stories Grace tells here!

Special thanks to Jeanne, Steve, and Mark at The Garde Arts Center for their help and kindness in creating this portrait!

Grace Magazine cover by Seth Jacobson

Editorial Photography: Seth Jacobson creates another Cover photo for Grace Magazine

Here I am lying down on the job again on the stage of the beautiful and historic Garde Arts Center

People often comment on the strange positions I put my body in while taking photos. For me it’s kind of and unconscious maneuvering. I just move my body until the composition looks correct through lens. After I’m done, if someone has snapped a photo of the moment, I am usually as surprised as everyone else at the way I look…

We were creating the next cover photo for Grace Magazine This one is going to be really FUN, can’t wait for it to go to print!

Seth Jacobson photographing the next cover for Grace Magazine

Seth Jacobson photographing the next cover for Grace Magazine

Portrait and Wedding photographer Seth Jacobson: self portraits with phone

My series of self portraits highlighting the disconnect that I see around me from the use of the little magic boxes we all carry with us. I am guilty of this myself from time to time. These images are meant to show me missing out on the beauty around me because I’m looking at my phone. To steal a quote from John Lennon, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” I do love what my phone allows me to do. Please don’t mistake my intentions, I just need a reminder (as I believe many of us do) to put the phone down sometimes and take in the beauty around us

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Portraits, Weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s OH MY 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here are just a small taste of the photos we created during 2013! Dig it!

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

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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“Light The Way” Photographic Workshop at Manic Training Wakefield Rhode Island

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

I co-hosted yet another “Light The Way” photographic workshop with my friend and fellow photographer Brad Smith this past weekend. This one took place at Manic Training Which by the way is an EXCELLENT place to workout!

We had a blast with lots of photos created and lots of learning happening I LOVE to teach what I love… I believe we had about 15 photographers in the room with 5 models and 2 hair and make up professionals. Thanks also to Trevor Holden and Matt Jacobsen for some behind the scenes photography and assistance in setting up and breaking down the piles of gear we brought with us, as well as taking some participants under their wing as needed.

Check out this really fun video we made of the event!

http://vimeo.com/60647894

Thank you very much to Lynda Williams of Formal Hair Design her hair styles keep getting better and better! Check out these ladies!

And Thank you to Jennifer Hodge of Spectrum Make up Artistry Always does just the right amount of makeup so the ladies look their best!

Here are some photos that I created

A big THANK YOU to our Models who really stepped up to the plate!

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

"Light The Way" Photographic Workshops

“Light The Way” Photographic Workshops

Behind the Curtain/ Roller Derby Portrait for Grace Magazine

Here is a portrait I created for Grace Magazine of some of the shoreline Roller Derby girls for an article  about their organization.

The Shoreline Roller Derby by Seth Jacobson

The Shoreline Roller Derby by Seth Jacobson

This is a very complicated photo I pieced together from 3 separate images. I took all of the photos in the same session with all the participants on hand the whole time. But I simply didn’t have enough lights to adequately cover everyone in my composition. So what I did was place my camera on a tripod and move the lights around to where I needed them for each grouping and then blended it all together in Photoshop later on.

The Roller-rink was closed and quite dark (if you look in the back you can see the concession stand is closed and dark looking something I wish I had seen when I was shooting)

Here are 2 set up shots

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Once I got my Composition figured out, what I needed to do was light each group but make it look like they were all lit the same way even thought they all had completely different lighting. I placed one of my lights right in the photo (top left hand corner) on purpose this gave the illusion of a unified lighting scheme. Your eye automatically wants to believe photos and this helps inform the lighting so you can believe what you are seeing.

behind the curtain with the shoreline roller derby by Seth Jacobson

behind the curtain with the shoreline roller derby by Seth Jacobson

You can see here I had 3 lights on this 1st photo. A 7′ reflective umbrella, a bare bulb light and on the right hand side in the back a gridded light just on the Ref. who was showing up too dark in test shots.

Behind the curtain with the Shoreline Roller Derby by Seth Jacobson

Behind the curtain with the Shoreline Roller Derby by Seth Jacobson

The Next photo was taken with a very similar lighting set up just moved closer toward these ladies the 7′ umbrella is off camera here but still in use and the gridded light was set behind them exactly to give a little back light in addition to the back light you can see on the top left.

Behind the curtain with The Shoreline Roller derby by Seth Jacobson

Behind the curtain with The Shoreline Roller derby by Seth Jacobson

The last photo was shot using 2 lights a smaller shoot through umbrella up and over the subjects the spot gridded light creating the shadow on the wall. With all the photos taken all I had to do was stitch them together in Photoshop Here is how it appeared in the magazine.

The Shoreline Roller Derby By Seth Jacobson for Grace Magazine

The Shoreline Roller Derby By Seth Jacobson for Grace Magazine