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Lakeview 5K

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of shooting my first 5K, the Lakeview 5K in Edison, NJ at Roosevelt Park and Lakeview School. This 5K supports the New Jersey Institute for Disabilities. For years they have been helping people with Cerebral Palsy though schools, adult centers, and more. Their 5K is one of their biggest events and with this being it's 8th year it was one of their biggest yet!

Hundreds of people showed up to participate in the 5k and Walk & Stroll. Before the race began, people could meet the Chick-Fil-A cow and Sparkee from the Somerset Patriots! They also could get a pre-race stretch from Arrow Physical Therapy or participate in a Zumba class.

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I even had to make sure i got a photo with Sparkee myself, since his stadium is just down the road from my studio!

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The race took off a little after 9:30 am (with several delays due to the start gun not going off!) but everyone was ready and excited. 

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Split Second Racing handled all of the nitty gritty racing details and did a wonderful job! Our 5k Winner was Bryant Cordova with our Female winner being Susan Kinsella. If you didn't get a chance to view race results they can be viewed here on the Split Second Racing Website.

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Our second place winner was actually a team! Chris Lisee ran with his puppet, Shelly the Sheep. Chris ran with Shelly as part of his pledge to raise more money. In his online videos, he said he would run with Shelly if he raised over $500 and he was obviously successful! You can view the video here.

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Web Sensation Sparsh Shah showed up to his former school to help with festivities. He opened the event with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. After participating in the 5k with his family, he closed out the race with two more songs, 'Beautiful' by Christina Aguilera and a clean version of 'Lose Yourself' by Enimem from "8 Mile".

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Everyone had a great time at the event, tons of people showed up and supported a great cause. Hopefully, I'll see even more of you next year!

Getting Creative with Jewelry Photography

Not only do I love photographing people, I love photographing food and products as well! Recently a friend of mine asked me to photograph some of her favorite jewelry she sells at Trish's Treasures. She wanted to use the photos for social media and website so told me to make them pretty and to go wild! 

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I decide to us all different types of backgrounds with the photos. I used different types of wrapping paper and specialty papers as my background. On the top I put smaller pieces on solid colored paper to help the piece of jewelry stand out from the busy backgrounds. 

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I tried to use a variety of different angles and positions for the jewelry. Sometimes when shoot for catalog or commerce website you want to keep all the photos the same, but when you photograph for home pages and social media you want the photos to be eye grabbing and pretty, so they can stand out from all the other photos you're scrolling though.

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Some photos, like the two above, I photographed a bit differently. The black bead and rhinestone earring were very glamorous and eyecatching so I thought they needed a clean background that would make them look even more luxe. The orange beaded earrings were also very bold, but I though they could easily stand up to being placed directly on a background, so I teamed them up with map that matched their style and picked up the orange and bronze tones in the jewlery.

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I had so much fun shooting all the jewelry and some of these pieces are even in my jewlery box now! Can you guess which ones?

How Can I Display My Photos?

In this age of digital media, people are very often taking photos or getting them taken, but keeping them on cameras & computers without ever printing them. Wouldn’t it be great if at your desk at work or while walking up your staircase you could always see the people you love smiling at you? I always make sure every family that shoots with me walks away with at least one print, my gift to you, because I love prints that much.

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Prints are the perfect way to add something beautiful and special to your home. Whether you’re making a collage of your own iPhone photos on your wall or getting a big canvas print of your most recent family photo, photos should always be printed. There are so many amazing new print products out there these days; sometimes my head spins when trying to figure out which ones I should offer (or even get myself)!

First, you have you ‘Classic’ products; traditional products that are timeless and you can never go wrong with. They start with your prints. They come in every size imaginable from 4x6 all the way up to 40x60! (I’ve yet to have any one get one THAT large... yet) Another great product with an original feel is the canvas wrap. Canvas wraps start at 8x10 and go up to 40x60 as well. These are perfect if you want product that is classic, beautiful, and elegant. The best part of canvases is that they are extremely durable. Unlike large frames, they are very easy to move and rarely get damaged, which is perfect if you have kids!

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The second type of products are your ‘Modern’ products. I love these pieces for when you’re decorating a home that sleek & contemporary, my favorites being metal and acrylic prints. These products are great because, like canvases, they don't need to be framed. Metal prints are photos that are printed directly on to thin sheets of metal. They come in almost any size you can think of and can come with built in hardware for hanging or stands for table top display. Acrylic prints are printed photos that are mounted onto a sturdy material then have a thick layer of acrylic mounted on top. They also come in smaller block versions (up to 5x7 inches) that have a an inch of acrylic that are sturdy enough that they can stand up on their own. 

Lastly, you have your ‘Artistic’ products. Artistic displays are the newest on the printing scene, the most popular of them being wood-printed products. You can get your images printed on beautiful natural wood in the same selection of sizes you have for products like canvases and prints. Like the modern products and canvases, wood product can be displayed unframed as well. You can get you wood print with hanging hardware in the back or have coordinating ribbon attached to the top to add even more of an artistic flair.  They also make 6-sided photo blocks and stand-up wood hearts also with your photo on it that make perfect gifts for mom or grandma!

You can use this very handy wall display guide below to figure out which size products are best for your home:

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You can also have your photos printed on more than just wall and table displays. You can get great gifts printed like albums, keychains, magnets, luggage tags, ornaments, and calendars. The possibilities are endless! There are so many options these days that will fit everyone’s unique and individual style. I’m always happy to help my clients figure out what kind of option is perfect for displaying their photos.

Photographing Food with Blue Salt Culinary

Food is one of my favorite commercial subjects to shoot, It's beautiful, artistic, and best of all, I usually get to eat some of it when we're done! Recently I got together with Blue Salt Culinary in Somerville, New Jersey to photograph some of their delicious dishes. 

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The dishes ranged from classics like vegetables with dip and mozzarella & tomato to amazingly unique items like their incredibly popular mini tacos (these had ahi tuna!) and mini lobster rolls!

It was great to be able to photograph all different kinds of dishes with no rules. Blue Salt let me have complete creative freedom; I was able to try new lighting, angles, styles to create images that I knew would fit their modern classic style.

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As the night went on, the sun started to set which allowed me to let my creative side show even more and use the light and lens flare to my advantage. (This probably my favorite photo from the set!)

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The table was also adorned with some stunning classic and modern flower pieces from Gems & Stems, also located here in Somerville! They run a beautiful shop in downtown Somerville and I highly recommend them, especially for my favorite, Mallori's hand tied bouquets!

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Chef Sean had also created some fantastic succulent pieces, which he does regularly! They're full of unique plants you don't get to see often and look like small individual gardens across the table!

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And of course I can't show you all this marvelous food without talking about the chefs behind it. Blue Salt Culinary is run by Sean and Steven, two extremely talented and decorated chefs who turn out dishes that are delectable as well as eye pleasing. They put the ultimate care into designing a menu that is perfect for you and combines traditional flavors with plates that are also new and innovative. 

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Visit these awesome businesses here!:
Blue Salt Culinary- www.bluesaltculinary.com  •  www.facebook.com/pages/Blue-Salt-Culinary
Gems & Stems- http://www.gemsstems.biz  •  www.facebook.com/Gems-Stems
Mini Taco Shells- www.minitacoshells.com  •  www.facebook.com/minitacoshells