Mid-Maryland Photography Blog
A Very Successful Weekend, Dream Shoot One in the Books
Sunday, October 18, 2015 9:32AM

Last weekend we wrapped up our first ever Dream Fitness Shoot. Our model, Ashley Nicastro, was a trooper and posed for over 2300 photos over 3 days. The weekend was filled with drama and so many stories, some you couldn't even begin to make up. Ashley's journey started with a 4 hour bus ride to Baltimore. Once she arrived I picked her up and we headed to the studio downtown. Right before she arrived I received a text from the studio stating, "hey, just wanted you to know, the building has lost power". What? How? We have been waiting 3 months for this shoot and the moment it starts, we have no power to fire strobes at night, UGHHHHH. The only thing I could do at this point is determine how we could make lemonade from these lemons. How can we not lose a full evening of shooting? When we arrived the studio owner met us at the door and helped us carry 3 days of equipment and clothes up 3 flights of stairs, since the elevator was out. When we reached the 3rd floor we realized that there was one room, in the entire building, that had power. We pivoted and dragged all the lights and equipment, with flashlights, down to this new location. We made it work, we shot for 3 hours in the dark room and killed our first day of shooting.  Day 2 started at 9am and we were very happy to see that the power had been restored at the studio. Ready to go now. We literally started ...

Instagram for your Photography Business
Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:37PM
A Very Successful Weekend, Dream Shoot One in the Books

With all of the social media platforms and “noise” online, it is hard to find which to focus on. Businesses need have a presence in most of the social platforms but it is important to figure out which platforms perform the best for yours.With hundreds of millions of users, Instagram is the best performer for my business. If you have not used it for business purposes, I have to say you’re missing out on a great opportunity.Instagram as a photo and video sharing application is a perfect place for photographers. And it’s pretty simple to use. Unlike the other existing social media sites, it was made only for posting photos with a brief caption and tags under it. Instagram guaranties that everyone who follows you will see all the photos you upload. So it is one of the best ways to reach out your audience. Below, I put together a few tips and tricks on how to create buzz and spread the word about your business, using Instagram.Here are some tips to get you started and for long term success:Post Relevant ContentTry to upload the photos that are valuable for your viewers. Everyone likes to take a quick glimpse into the world of creative people. At the same time, everyone is quickly getting tired from all these people who overload their Instagram feed with irrelevant content.Post the same type of content you’d like to see from the other professional ...

Tips for Shooting Professional, or Non-Professional Golf
Thursday, July 16, 2015 1:33PM

Out of all of the sports that I have shot, golf is undoubtedly the most exhausting. Pro golfers walk at least 90 holes of golf in a week, 72 for the tourney and then at least 18 during practice rounds. Now we all know that the golfer has all of the talent and they may carry a bottle of water or an occasional club but the caddy has to schlep the huge tour bag miles and miles on the courses every week.For a professional photographer, it is a very similar experience. Place a 400mm over your shoulder, another body with a 70-200 on it and then a third with a wide angle and do the same walking. Add to that a Think Tank waist bag with water, protein bars and you may as well be a caddy. Be prepared for a long week/weekend and sore feet and body on Monday.Pre-PlanningSteve Stricker during the 2011 US OpenI can't stress enough how important pre-planning is for any shoot you do, especially when at a new venue. I have shot at Congressional Country Club three times now so the course layout is not new to me but if this were I would walk the course ahead of Thursday's opening round to look for opportunities  for long shots, high shots, wide shots, and tight shots. Start looking for clean backgrounds. This is a recurring theme in all my posts but something I really focus on while shooting. Each hole offers it's own unique shots, some better than others. Find holes where you can ...

Shooting the Preakness, Tips from a First Timer
Friday, May 16, 2014 1:26PM

Well, they do say that there is a first time for everything. As a professional sports photographer, we really fall into two buckets, those that specialize in one or a few sports and those that freelance whatever and wherever they can get work. I am the latter. Ever since I picked up a DSLR, I have kept an open mind and never said "no" to shooting anything, well, except weddings. From my time here in the U.S. to my 2 years in Europe, I have shot some sports that I never thought I would. For many years I have really wanted to try to shoot a horse race, one of the Triple Crown caliber. Every year when the Preakness race comes round in Baltimore, I have always had a conflict in some schedule that has stopped me from submitting credentials. This year, I went for it and got approved.Luckily I have some great colleagues in the Baltimore area that do shoot horse racing, almost exclusively. I leaned on them heavily all the way up to the blow of the final trumpet last weekend. Like many sports, groups of "preferred" agencies get different access than others. Those agencies include the big boys like Getty, Reuters, AP and agencies that often cover the sport. I was not on that list so it created a little anxiety on my behalf. In the case of horse racing at this level, that meant that I was not allowed to setup and monitor a remote camera on the inside railing or one at the ...

Tips for Shooting Professional Tennis
Monday, September 16, 2013 2:48PM

Over the last few years I have had the opportunity to shoot several professional tennis matches and have moved many photos for them over the wire. Like every sport (starting to beat the dead horse), the key to getting published and/or creating good images is to get out, get away from the court, move. I will say this in almost every post I have on shooting sports and tennis is not different.Gael Monfils at Legg Mason Tennis Classic 2011Any time I shoot pro sports I take a look around the venue for angles and unique opportunities. Look high, look low, look from afar, look from near. I will almost never go to the spot where other photographers have planted their butts. I will head there later in the event but not right at the beginning. Some of them are there just to get a quick shot to run in the evening paper and then leave, not me. The photo above was a Sports Illustrated Snapshot run two days after the event. It was unique to their editors because nobody else was high in the stands when Monfils dropped to the court. On a side note, if you ever have a chance to shoot Gael, jump on it. He is muscular, vocal and jumps all over the court, making great shots. I am sure that the photographers that were court-side got great shots of this too, but they all got the same shot and that speak for itself. PositionsThe standard positions at a pro tennis court are court-side. Some of ...