group effort

i hardly know where to start with this one… there were so many people and businesses involved in this shoot i had to make a separate list to make sure i included everyone. the trunkshowchic crew and i started brainstorming some ideas for a shoot to do and it quickly spiraled into something big, which is totally cool. when it all came together on the saturday morning (at 7 am, mind you), here’s who showed up:

models: seven of’em, five girls and two guys. our talent in no particular order – gabrielle, molly, viktoria, tomas, sammy, steve, and kristina. if any of you watched the miss usa pageant recently you may recognize kristina. she is this year’s miss usa rhode island. you may also recognize molly and viktoria if you keep up with blueflash photos, as i’ve worked with them in the past on other shoots. all the models were awesome and slugged through a long day. we didn’t ‘let them go’ until about 5 o’clock.

hair: an outrageously good job was done with everyone’s hair by calma salon. ashley from inbloom also helped out with hair, more about her under ‘hair accessories’. these guys worked like crazy all day to transform these models into the different looks throughout the day. great stuff.

makeup: again, calma salon dominated this department. check out their work in some of the closeup shots. they didn’t stop working behind the scenes all day. without calma doing their thing, these shots would not have looked the same. i love working with calma because they know exactly what they’re doing and they do it perfectly. check out their site if you need hair or makeup done for your wedding, event, or just day to day stuff. i won’t pretend to know much more about this topic.

jewelry: trunkshowchic and zoho couture dangled the jewels from the ladies. it’s great working with them because it really adds a lot of interest to the compositions. big thanks to these guys for letting us use their space as a home-base and having their whole inventory on hand and available to use. check out their sites if you’re even kind of maybe possibly thinking about anything shiny.

hair accessories: you may notice all sorts of wild things sticking out of people’s hair in some of the photos. those were all courtesy of ashley from inbloom, a company that makes custom hair pieces. i’ve worked with inbloom on previous shoots and it’s always great having ashley there – mainly because it increases the quantity of laughter, but i guess the hairpieces don’t hurt. really though, check out her stuff, she makes bridal clips, regular clips, kid’s clips, fashion clips, birthday clips, baptism clips, pet clips, alien clips, and pet rock clips. i might have made up a few of those categories.

styling: we didn’t want all the models to be naked because blueflash has a policy against that, so gossip boutique came to the rescue with a ton of their new stuff. having all of their clothing there made it so much easier to achieve different looks throughout the shoot and to be able to have the models in group shots have a little more consistency than if they just all brought their favorite t-shirt with them. gossip is located in wickford, ri (address is on their site). they get items from all over the world and hang’em up in their boutique for you to shop through. check it out if you’re in the area.

photography: me. hire me. the self-plug, or ‘auto-plug’ is always a little bit awkward, but i’m shameless. i will now repeat the word blueflash a few times so it gets ingrained in your head. blueflash blueflash blueflash blueflash blueflash.

locations: we shot in the trunkshowchic space, sneaker junkies on thayer street, and in tazza cafe in providence. unfortunately it was miserable weather so we didn’t get to execute the day-ending beach shoot. huge thanks to sneaker junkies and tazza cafe for letting us take over half of their places with about twenty people and studio lights while their businesses were open.

big thanks to everyone involved. i’m ready for the next one…

gulpfish

the other day the bluecube made an appearance at the american career fair at the gulpfish booth. gulpfish is a super cool new job search site that takes much more of a social media type approach to the job hunt.

apologies for the low-quality logo. it’s not their fault, i ripped the image off their website and blew it up in photoshop, causing pixellation mayhem. anywho…
it’s free for job hunters. once you’re signed up you can do cool things like video interviews with potential employers and have photos, videos, and audio clips of yourself and your professional accomplishments included in your profile.

gulpfish is definitely pioneering the way into the future of job hunting, poising themselves to be a leader in the new form of online job searching.

the bluecube was there so new gulpfish clients could get a professional quality photo of themselves right there on the spot and sign up for a profile. this was a little bit different of an application for the bluecube, but it was good to prove that it’s useful for other things besides outrageous party photos and crazy group wedding pictures. it does have a serious, very business-like alter-ego.

due to the type of application there won’t be a gallery posted of the photos this time around. it made me realize that the bluecube would be a great way for a large business or church or any other establishment to make a photo directory of all employees and/or members.  keep it in mind, and make sure you go sign up for a gulpfish account. it’s free. go do it.

codename: raphael

we pause the regular blog nonsense to bring you this important announcement…

my wife is pregnant.

how cool is that?

we don’t find out the gender for a few more weeks, but on october 27th (give or take a week or so) we will have our first kid!

to make it even cooler, my older bro and his wife are having their first kid only three weeks after us. it’s going to be a baby-fest in our family.

i constantly refer to our future child as ‘raphael’ and my wife constantly reminds me that there’s no way we’re naming our child that. i will use that name as much as i possibly can until he/she is born so i can get it out of my system. i was/am a big ninja turtles fan. we told our families on mother’s day by giving our moms a framed picture of the ultrasound of raphael.

really really really awesome. thanks for reading.

common occurrences

i decided to take my camera with me the other night on a walk around the neighborhood and a ride to the grocery store with my wife. there really is cool stuff everywhere. i’m going to try to do this more often; i think it’s a good exercise to find interest in the mundane, a bit of an eye training exercise. i know a lot of people take photos on their iphone or what have you, but my phone is from 1947 so it doesn’t have a built-in camera. they’re not the awesomest pictures ever taken, but there’s something about taking pictures for no reason that is a lot more relaxing than doing a model shoot or a wedding.


anywho, we hit the grocery store and picked up what i call ‘life juice’. if i don’t drink non-pulp orange juice for more than a few days, my body starts to break down and deteriorate. i can feel it in my inner soul. when i came back from our honeymoon for two weeks in italy, all i could think about when we touched down on american dirt was the bottle of life juice sitting in my refrigerator. i was weak. i was hurting. why does everyone drink warm juice in europe?


there it is, tucked away in the back corner of stop and shop – the juice mecca. all the bottles lined up every so precisely with their various colored caps signifying their different levels of pulp. tonight was a ‘simply orange’ night. how can you beat two for five?

i spotted lowe’s across the parking lot on the way back to the car, so i threw the camera on the roof of the corolla for a makeshift tripod (i guess technically the car would be a quadpod) and snapped a shot of everyone’s favorite home improvement store. pretty much anything looks cool at night if you leave the shutter open long enough.


earlier in the night we walked around the neighborhood. the sky was real cool looking, with a decent amount of clouds and some good color starting to develop toward the bottom half. i snapped the best one i could get with the least amount of obstructions in the way. there was no way for me to get a shot of the sky with the horizon and no power lines. i don’t think they’re too noticeable. i really ended up liking this one, i may get it printed and see if my wife will let me put it somewhere in the house.


the last photo stop on our wild adventure was a flower hanging off a tree in someone’s yard. thanks to that stranger for maintaining such a fine tree. in my head this picture was going to come out better than it did. it’s ok but it’s not quite what i was going for.


i realized that since i started blueflash almost a year ago that i haven’t really taken pictures just to take pictures. unfortunately, i think i’m my own worst client in terms of satisfaction. maybe i’ll give myself a refund.

will explores thayer

i think i’m going to officially adopt the concept and name ‘urban baby’. i’m sure i’m not the first and i’m not the only to put a little kid in a city/urban environment and take pictures, but i really like it and i think it comes out great. the contrast of the cute kid against the nasty city surroundings makes for interesting photos.

this past saturday i met up with bill, katie and their little guy will on thayer street in providence. apparently there was some event going on nearby that caused parking to be worse than it normally is… i felt kind of bad when bill and katie had to drive around for awhile to find a spot. that was poor planning on my part. anywho, the approach was very simple: walk up one side of thayer and take pictures. after that, walk back down the other side of thayer and take pictures. you see, it’s thoughts and ideas like these that attract people to use blueflash. here’s will being very introspective, not quite sure if he buys into this picture thing quite yet.
that thought didn’t last long for him. as you can see in the following shots, will broke out into ‘ham mode’. awesome. check it out…

i thought this one below would be a good shot if will runs for mayor of providence.
i think this one is so cool of will and his mom. just a casual walk through a bus tunnel, ya know, no big deal or anything.

i made this little collage picture of some of the photos from the day. i have mixed feelings about it, i think i like it. what do you think? i may throw one together for each shoot.

i had a really good time on this shoot, bill and katie were real cool and will was a good kid to take pictures of. check out the full album on the blueflash site and some other pictures on the facebook page. thanks guys!

raquel, tyreak, and roger william

raquel and tyreak are getting married this upcoming september. this past saturday we hung out at roger williams park in providence, ri and took some shots for their engagement session. roger williams is a heavily used photo backdrop so i made an effort to use the grounds some different ways so it wouldn’t look typical.

i got to the park about a half hour early so i could scope it out and find some places to use. my valiant effort of having everything planned out worked out pretty close to perfectly until the end when i tried navigating to ‘the outdoor area with a lot of flowers and the path thing that goes through it’. for the life of me i could not find one person who could point me the right way based on my clear and concise description. we ended up in the botanical gardens instead. close enough. tyreak and raquel were following me as i drove around aimlessly on my quest for the alleged outdoor flower area. i thanked them profusely for their patience with my misdirection. luckily they were really cool so the few u-turns were no big deal.

one lesson i learned that day was that sneakers and jeans season is over. it is officially shorts and sandals time. while it may not strike you as the most professional attire, i think most people would prefer it over having ‘sweaty photographer guy’ take your photos all day. weddings are another story. i’ve yet to shoot a wedding where i was allowed to wear shorts and sandals.

raquel and tyreak were laid-back and cool to hang out with so i had a good time… i’m looking forward to doing their wedding later this year. check out the facebook version of their photos so you can leave comments and then head over to their full album on the blueflash website to see all the photos from the day.

stop eating food

this past weekend was the 30 hour famine. teenagers (36 of them) and leaders (myself, my wife, and about 12 others) fasted from 12:00 in the afternoon on friday until 5:00 on saturday. in addition to food, the teenagers gave up their cell phones and ipods. for some of them this was a bigger deal than not eating. when everyone arrived, the shelter building began.

cardboard shelters? what the heck do they need shelters for, right? to sleep out in the church parking lot overnight. yup, right on the good ol’ concrete under the stars. my buddy jared and i were too hardcore and rugged to even use a cardboard shelter, so we were greeted in the morning with a layer of frost on our sleeping bags and pillows. it’s not easy being a tough guy.

so here was the point… 30 hour famine is an event that takes place across the country to heighten awareness for starving children throughout the entire world. the teenagers raise money by getting people to sponsor them for fasting and basically living as a homeless person for one night. it helps the teens to identify a little bit more with kids around the world who are much less fortunate than they are.

we held a prayer vigil by candlelight at midnight around the fire. each teenager had a candle and a paper with a child’s name and story on it. after reading it out loud they extinguished the flame one by one until they were all out. it was pretty sobering.

it wasn’t all doom and gloom. the youth group band ‘fight for that’ had their debut and jammed out for awhile in front of the rest of the group. they were pretty awesome. i handed my camera off to my buddy john while the band played since i had to fill in for bass (notice the old guy on the left hand side).

there was also some kickball to be had the next day. i won’t lie. i dominated.

there was some time set aside for them to get together in small groups and pray for the needs around the world and to focus on God and what’s important. it was a cool sight to look around and see all these guys sitting around doing that.

the teenagers made popsicle stick crosses to represent how many kids die each hour from hunger. i think the number was close to a thousand. the next day at church they were handed out to every attender as a reminder of what had gone on.

one of the last things of the day was a car wash to raise some more money to donate. they ended up raising almost $500 from washing cars that drove by on route 7 in ri. the cars ended up leaving pretty shiny. i was impressed.
that was about it. to all the teenagers’ credit there were hardly any complaints about food or anything. it was an awesome group of kids and a really good event. don’t scoff at the next teenager you see, they may have spent the last 30 hours in a parking lot with no food to help kids in other countries that they’ve never met. nice job guys.

ed. laura. flexing.

ed and laura are getting married in august in smithfield, ri. they wanted to have some engagement shots done beforehand (potential invitation use), so we headed over to main street in east greenwich. we caught a bright and sunny saturday, a bit cool, and windy enough to not have to bring a hair fan. i had to use my wide angle lens to fit all of ed’s muscles in some of the shots like the one below.

i almost don’t want to share my newfound secret… the most awesomest wall is in east greenwich (with the exception of all the ridiculously good ones in guatemala). check this out:
we continued the day with more feats of strength, with ed demonstrating his ability to grasp laura between his legs while hanging on to a giant metal pipe. very romantic.
we did have a lot of fun, but we also grabbed some ‘serious’ engagement shots. here’s a few, just to prove i’m not a total goof-off as a photographer. check out the reflection in the first photo:
i really ended up liking a lot of the photos from their session. i highly encourage you to check out more of their pictures on facebook. better yet, head over to the blueflash site and check out their entire album.
ok, stay tuned – i had a huge shoot this past saturday with trunkshowchic, inbloom, gossip boutique, and calma salon. keep your eyes peeled…

gimme 30 seconds

i’m a little behind the times. i just signed up for a youtube account so i can embed videos in my blog. for starters, to get my feet wet, i made this 30 second photo collage video of my recent shoot with hillary. what do you think? i kind of like this type of video, it’s nice and short and gives a good feel of the shoot. let me know in the comments section, and keep your eye out for more video stuff from blueflash in the future. it’s on now…

by the way, this was made at animoto

hello hillary

meet hillary.

hillary is a girl who talks about girly things on her girly blog. she actually runs a couple blogs, one is the gleam of rose tea and the other is the gleam of rose tea outfits. the first blog is about stuff like decorating and the second blog is solely dedicated to what hillary wears each day and why today is a hat day and yesterday you should’ve wore a belt. obviously i don’t understand, but she has a lot of happy readers so that’s cool.

we drove through scituate, ri and just stopped where we liked how it looked. there were some ‘no trespassing’ signs in a few spots but neither of us know how to read so it was fine. i usually do high-contrast and bold colors, but for a lot of the shots in this session i backed off and took a different approach. i feel like it matched hillary’s look better and i’m more than happy with how it came out. take this next shot for example – it’s a bit washed out and soft but i think the feel of it is just right for the contrast between the little bit of the airy dress and the patched up pavement that her bare feet are walking on.

i think this next shot is my favorite one of the day. it probably won’t be hardly anyone else’s favorite, but there’s something about the way her hair fell in her face and the angle that she’s looking out at that i think is perfect. i think she looks very model-esque in this photo.

check out hillary’s blogs, follow her on twitter, and follow this link to go directly to her full album to see the rest of her photos on the blueflash site.

here’s a few more shots from the day…

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