Mid-Maryland Photography Blog
Questions to ask before hiring an aerial photographer
Monday, February 27, 2017

10 Questions to Ask an Aerial PhotographerAs a still photographer for nearly two decades I can honestly say that if I was to have looked into my crystal ball years ago, I don’t think I would have seen the drastic changes to our industry. Was I naive or just plain ignorant? You decide. I mean who would have seen the changes in a phone that you have in your back pocket? They shoot 12-15 megapixels now and in RAW format. They can record in 4k video and many point and shoots haven’t even matured to that level of quality. That brings me to the topic of this blog, aerial, or drone photography. I can remember when in 2010 my wife’s company hired me to shoot their corporate ...

A Very Successful Weekend, Dream Shoot One in the Books
Sunday, October 18, 2015

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 ...

Instagram for your Photography Business
Sunday, August 16, 2015

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. ...

Tips for Shooting Professional, or Non-Professional Golf
Thursday, July 16, 2015

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. ...

Shooting the Preakness, Tips from a First Timer
Friday, May 16, 2014

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 ...