Blasts from the Past

It’s been a while that I have looked at these but, I thought that I would bring them back as they are still valid. I’ve been asked to write helpful hints for food photographers a few times and would like to share the links to these here…

http://www.turmericnspice.com/2013/03/inspiration-from-blogging-community.html

https://www.adoramapix.com/blog/2013/11/12/5-tips-to-food-photography/

https://www.blurb.com/blog/beautiful-food-photography/

 

And don’t forget my little book…https://www.blurb.com/b/8264511-fine-tuning-your-food-photos

 

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Results

My goal is to deliver results far above expectations. I would never take on a job that I was not equipped to handle. Reading the kudos that I have been given by my clients makes that quite obvious.  Maturity, professionalism, creativity, expertise, and friendliness are the things that I bring to a photo shoot (not ego.)

Please take a look at http://www.photography-by-jerry.com/photo-book to see some of my food images and prepare to get hungry.

Some of my product work can be seen at http://www.photography-by-jerry.com/product-book.

I look forward to your comments and critiques of the work.

My website is at http://www.photography-by-jerry.com and this blog is at http://blog.photography-by-jerry.com.

Scallops on a plate at a high end restaurant

Scallops

 

 

 

 

 

Serving New York City, Philadelphia and all of New Jersey.

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Vision

Vision

Seeing through the mind of my client has been important part of my photography. Many times, when working directly for a client, they rely on my vision to create art from their products. Other times, the client has a clear vision of what they want and it is my job to understand that and to bring it to life.

When working with an art director however, it is imperative that I be able to see through their eyes. I have to create an image that they and their team have imagined.

Commercial photography has no place for egos. We are a creative team and have to function as a team. If my vision is different than that of the client, it is the client that takes precedence. That being said, after we get the shot that the client is asking for, if it is possible, I will deliver an additional version that gives the client a choice, something above and beyond what is expected.

Please take a look at my images at http://www.njfoodphotographer.com and click on the portfolios to see what you will get if you work with me and my team. See the comments that my clients have made at my KUDOS page.

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Consistency

Consistency

One of the many things I’ve learned in the past decade as a food and product photographer is that clients are looking for consistency; a style that holds their images together. This is no surprise. As a teacher for over 31 years, consistency in the classroom is crucial for being a successful educator. Besides consistency in the final image, consistency in attitude and professionalism is equally, if not more important. These are among the most important things about being a professional.

Please take a look at my images at http://www.njfoodphotographer.com and click on the portfolios to see what you will get if you work with me and my team. See the comments that my clients have made at my KUDOS page. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jerry@photography-by-jerry.com.

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In search of the Northern Lights

Northern Lights

The aurora and clear sky.

I try to keep this blog related to my food and product photography but, I just have to make another exception. My last post was about my trip to Southern Africa. I just came back from another amazing journey. This time, I went on a vacation to see Northern Lights and now I have checked that from my bucket list as well.

This is my wife and I’s second attempt at seeing the Aurora Borealis. The first time was a drive around Iceland in October, 2009. Unfortunately, we had cloudy skies every night.

This time, my wife and I and a couple of friends took a cruise in Norway. Our first outing to see the Northern Lights was cancelled because our ship had to leave the port before it would have been dark enough.  Our second attempt, in Alta, Norway gave us a beautifully clear sky and freezing cold (0℉) temperatures, but no Aurora. (Fortunately, there were teepees with fires to provide a little warmth.

Northern Lights

Watching the slowly changing curtains for 2 hours.

Our third outing in Tromsø was finally a success. As soon as we got off the bus in a parking lot in the middle of nowhere, the aurora was visible.

The sky was perfectly clear and there was no moon. We were all thrilled (there were two bus loads of fellow cruisers.) We watched the lights as they slowly moved across the sky for 2 hours. We were cold. It must have been 10℉. After 2 hours, everyone was back on the bus for warmth. We asked if we can return to the ship early and the guide inquired. She said that we can but just not yet. She told us that she would go outside to watch the sky to see if there was a change and let us know if there was. About a minute or two later, she came on to the bus and told us that we had to get off to see what was happening.

Northern Lights

The sky lights up with dancing ribbons and curtains of green and pink.

The sky lit up with well defined curtains of green light with a bottom edge clearly in pink. (The exposure changed from 30 seconds to about 5 seconds). The light danced around the sky above us an we were in awe. The show lasted about 15 minutes. The guides told us it was the best display that they had ever seen. Check this one off the bucket list.Northern Lights

We enjoyed the beautiful scenery on the rest of the cruise as all the passengers and crew talked about that amazing night.

Norwegian inner passage

Long, beautiful sunsets.

Norwegian inner passage

Dramatic Skies

Crossing the arctic circle.

Crossing the arctic circle.

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Back from Africa

One of the items on my bucket list was to visit Africa. Check it off. My wife and I, along with a friend, visited South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe. What a fantastic trip. The wildlife photography opportunities were amazing.

Even though it was more than 24 hours to get there and more than 24 hours to get back with transfers and layovers (and I don’t sleep on planes) I found myself wanting to plan another trip to Africa. We saw well over 100 species of birds (I photographed many of them) and almost all of the animals we hoped to see.

We did not see painted dogs, hyenas, or a cheetah in the wild. We did see Sylvester, a cheetah in captivity but I don’t think he was in a very good mood.

HERE is a photo book of the animals we saw and HERE is a photo book of the birds we photographed. Enjoy. As always comments are encouraged.

By the way, we took a traditional tour, not a photo tour. I can’t imagine what a photo tour would be like. I can’t wait for Kenya and Tanzania next.

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Products, Products, Products

A picture is worth a thousand words, a great picture is worth a thousand times more than that.

New Jersey Product Photography Gold Bag

New Jersey Product Photography Chocolate Bars

My goal in photography was always to become a food photographer and to be the best food photographer that I can be. Food photography has been my passion since the mid 1980s. What I had quickly learned is that while there are food photographs everywhere you look,New Jersey Product Photography Ice Bucket most of the work is going to the big names or to portrait/wedding photographers that don’t specialize in food photography and don’t have all the necessary skills needed (a classic case of you get what you pay for.) Especially when the little guy with the needed expertise and experience is in a small market that is right next door to the largest food photography market in the world.

New Jersey Product Photography Candle

To pay the bills, I started taking on product photography work. I showed some product work on my website but, I never promoted it.

New Jersey Product Photography Dust Mop Manufacturing

Now, I do much more product photography than food photography (something that I wish was the other way around.) From bags to bottles, centrifuges to cleaning supplies, I get it all. I guess that it’s time to start a promotion for product photography.

New Jersey Product Photography Janitorial Supplies

New Jersey Product Photography Jewelry

If you are following me, you have probably already seen my Food Photography Photo Book. Now, I have also created a Product Photography Photo Book. Please take a look at my new book and let me know what you think.

New Jersey Product Photography Food Products

 

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