The Faces of New Jersey Project : Paul K Trace

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Paul K TraceI am very proud to introduce you to this extremely talented photographer friend of mine, (Paul Trace). I actually met him today on accident. We had never met face to face before only through phone and email communications. I had just arrived at Red Bank Battlefield and was waiting for my next NJ resident to arrive. While walking up to the river I passed Paul. In passing Paul made a comment about the gear I was carrying. I explained the project I was working on and handed him a card when he replied “CHRIS, I’M PAUL TRACE.”

Our connection first started when his grandson began working for the same company I do. Paul would send me his old Pro Photo Magazines and has given me knowledge that can only come from a photographer with decades of experience. It was actually Paul’s idea for me to change the name of my image from Negatives Revealed to something more personal that my audience can relate to (Chris Spano Photography).

Paul introduced me to his lovely wife and explained that they were at the battlefield for a little walk and to capture images for Stock Photography. I wasn’t going to let Paul walk away without taking a photograph of him. It was truly an honor to put a face to the man who has had such an impact on the way I approach my photography craft.

I would highly reccomend Paul to capture any of your photographic needs. You can find some of his work here……. http://www.pktrace.com

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Katt Wilkins

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Katt and I met online through the South Jersey Photography Group. Katt has been making photographs since she first picked up her fathers camera in her Elementary School Years. Katt recently started a very inspiring photo project of her own. She takes photos of herself and others to showcase the beauty in everyone, especially those that have been through rough times in their life. Katt lost her sister to a “life-long battle with Muscular Dystrophy and six months later her best friend committed suicide”.

Needless to say, Katt has gone through a lot in a very short amount of time. It takes a lot of courage for her to speak up and not only share her experience with the world but also help others who may be going through similar experiences. You can find Katt and her project here……. https://www.facebook.com/KattWilkinsPhotography

If you would like to see more photos I took during Katt’s photoshoot head over to my page and clck the Like button. https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Jeremy

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Jeremy

Meet Jeremy, he is the fiancé of Megan Steigerwalt. Jeremy goes on all of Megan’s photoshoots as an escort and sometimes even participates with props. In his spare time he likes to come up with new cocktails, play video games, and work on projects in photoshop. Jeremy would like to persue a career in either Graphic Design or Advertising. You can find Jeremy on Deviant Art here……… http://dp-07-04.deviantart.com/gallery/

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Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisspano

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Megan Steigerwalt

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Megan Steigerwalt

Meet Megan, 23 year old vintage model from South Jersey. She has been modeling for the past 4 years and is very comfortable in front of the camera. Megan enjoys all things vintage and has a blog called “Overpowered by Funk”. The blog serves as a voice for vintage in Southern New Jersey. Megan also enjoys playing music specifically the drums. She played the drums all throughout High School at every music event possible.

Megan still rocks an 80 GB Classic iPod and is pretty proud of the music collection she has acquired over the years. A couple of Megan’s favorites are The Clash and Bobby Darin. Megan also enjoys comedy and finds Monty Python and Peter Sellers to be very inspirational.

Megan can be found at the links below…..
Blog: http://obf0908.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/obf0908
Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/1751824

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Curious Bystander

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The Faces of New Jersey Project- Curious Bystander

While photographing Allie a few weeks ago at the Hamilton Mall, we were approached by this fella. He was curious why we were taking pictures. I explained the project and gave out a contact card. He said thank you and was on his way. Our paths crossed once again as we were heading downstairs and I was told I would be contacted. I explained that I lived about 40 mins away and he should allow me to take a headshot real quick while I was there.

After a little hessitation about his wardrobe, he agreed to participate. I asked have you ever heard of the term squinching? He replied, “Smile with my eyes” yeah I got it. I never really thought of using that term but it makes total sense. After just a few test shots this was the outcome. As the shoot was coming to an end, he explained that he doesn’t always have access to the internet; however, he would check out the project at a friend’s house. I wish I could remember his name but it went so fast I couldn’t recall when I got home. I want to say its Armondo but I could be completely wrong.

If you or someone you know lives in NJ and has an interesting story to tell. Please send me a message through this blog and like my Facebook Page…… http://www.facebook.com/chrisspanophotography

 

The Faces of NJ Project: Aubrie Anna

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Meet Aubrie, she is a 22 year old actor from Palmyra New Jersey. Aubrie grew up a complete Tom-Boy who would go as far as dress in boys clothes and play sports with all the boys. Aubrie holds the Burlington County record in 2011 for shooting an impressive 51 three pointers. She is currently a server at Pub; however, in the past has worked in construction, remodeling homes.  When Aubrie was thirteen she began to experiment with clothes and makeup. This is when her interest for modeling and acting began. Aubrie has always enjoyed entertaining and making people laugh. Aubrie just finished her first feature film called Rachel’s Revenge and is currently working on her second called One Night at Dante’s. Aside from acting Aubrie has modeled in a couple runway shows for designers.

It’s safe to say that this young lady has already accomplished a lot for her age. I look forward to seeing her on the big screen one day.
You can find find Aubrie on any of the links below.

Aubrie’s Links

Model Mayhem Page-http://www.modelmayhem.com/779382

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/aubynanners

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5941899/

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The Faces of NJ Project: Allie Tuesday

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Allie Tuesday is 19 years old, residing in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey. She was born in Somers Point and raised all over South Jersey. She’s English, Irish, Scottish, Hungarian, German, and American. In her spare time she likes crocheting scarves for her store, playing keyboard, drawing, and spending time with her cats. Allie also enjoys bicycling and skateboarding. In addition to retouching, she also does alternative modeling, photography, and creates musical showcase flyers for a local NJ booking company called Little House Booking. She went vegetarian when she was 12 years old, went vegan 8 years after that, and finally went fruitarian 4 months after that. She’s always been what I suppose you could call the ‘outcast’, having been bullied throughout middle and most of high school. However she’s extremely optimistic and makes sure she takes time out of the week to ground herself and set pathways towards her goals. She was part of the drama club throughout high school and continues her passion for acting with a lead role in an upcoming independent film.

It was a blast getting to know Allie throughout her photoshoot. Among many other thing’s Allie has done and accomplished, I think it’s really awesome that she skateboards. I personally am completely against bullying and believe whomever did bully Allie were missing out on knowing what a cool person she truly is.

Allie’s Links:
model mayhem- http://www.modelmayhem.com/littlemisstuesday
retouching mayhem- http://www.modelmayhem.com/3095973
facebook- http://www.facebook.com/littlemisstuesday
email- ellomisstuesday@aim.com

If you wish to be part of The Faces of New Jersey Project with an interesting story to share please contact me either through this site or Like my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography and send me a private message.

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Shooting 100 Strangers Style

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Shooting 100 Strangers Style

Usually I have a name and story to attach to each face I photograph; however, this one is a little different. As some of you already know from my 3 previous posts, I met Fred and Becky at the mall for their portraits, due too how cold the weather here in New Jersey has been. The temperatures definitely have not been comfortable enough for me to ask someone to stand outside for a photograph. As I was chatting with Becky and Fred about photography, I noticed this gentleman walking up from the corner of my eye. I immediately walked away from the conversation and went up to this bearded charmer. I think I may of said something like “Dude you have to let me take a photo of you for my project” and I immediately handed him a contact card. He looked a little puzzled and was curious to what the project was all about. After Becky, Fred and I explained the project to him, he said my girlfriend is around here somewhere, let me grab her and I will be back. When he walked away I was thinking he wouldn’t come back thinking some weirdo just asked if he could take my picture. That wasn’t the case at all.

While walking toe to toe with his girlfriend, still seeming puzzled by why we were shooting portraits in the middle of the mall, this young lad with hipster swag agreed to pose for a shot and also agreed to be part of The Faces of New Jersey Project. Unfortunately, didn’t catch his name because I was so interested in not missing the opportunity.

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Ken Steinberg

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Ken Steinberg

Meet Ken, born in Brooklyn, NY. Ken worked for a Wall Street Company around the same time The World Trade Center had just opened. While attending school in Building 1 of the World Trade Center, Ken studied all aspects of International Trade. At the age of 29, Ken was relocated to Center City Philadelphia where he worked in the Penn Mutual Building. During this time Ken found himself living in the Echelon Apartments next to the newly opened Echelon Mall. Ken was quite the businessman, moving around in some big buisness circles of the International Trade Industry and was often a guest at the Legionaires Club. Ken has resided in many areas of South Jersey and has come to love the senior friendly atmosphere. Ken is a father, an active biker rider who is into excercising and technology. Ken can often be found utlizing the computers and internet services at the Pennsauken Public Library where he currenlty resides.

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Fred Glasser

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Fred Glasser

Meet Fred, full time Professional Photographer and owner of S18 Photography based in Marlton NJ, with a studio in Cinnaminson. Fred shoots a lot of Commercial Photography; however, specializes in Real Estate and Headshot Photography. Fred’s wife is a photographer as well, she primarily is a Newborn Photographer but they shoot wedding’s and events together. Fred said that they compliment each other well as they have different shooting styles.

Fred, never really knew what he wanted to be when he grew up and along the way he’s done everything from stock trading & real estate to owning his own vending company. Fred’s background is in engineering, he has a degree is in Computer & Electrical Engineering. Fred, worked for the US Dept. of Defense for 8+ years. Fred worked in Weapons & Munitions testing for the US Army, and in modeling and simulation for the Navy. Fred worked his way from Jr. Engineer to Lead Project Engineer in 5 years at the Naval Air Warfare Center in Lakehurst, NJ. Fred then went into management where he managed a number of large information systems & visual landing aids platforms… a number of multi-million dollar platforms stationed throughout the world.

One of the scariest decisions of Fred’s life was when he stepped away from his day job, leaving behind six figures, while having a mortgage, car payments, a daughter and more. Fred decided that he wanted to do something that truly made him happy and liked the idea of owning his own company. Along with his wife, Fred was able to build their already busy photography business into his a successful company. Fred is very excited about moving forward with what he and his wife love to do.

I met Fred on Google+ and I have already learned a lot from him just by going on this photo shoot. Fred is a huge fan of David Hobby, and strobist.com and has a lot of knowledge on off camera flash. Something I have very little knowledge with but have been trying to learn for quite some time now. I also learned a good bit about custom white balance as the shot you see here, was not coming out how I had originally planned in my head. Fred told me it was due to the incandescent bulbs and suggested that I custom white balance my camera off of his shirt. As soon as I did that the photo came to life. It was definetly a pleasure meeting Fred and I look forward to future shoots together.

If you would like to connect with Fred head over to one of his websites
http://www.s18photography.com, http://www.s18newborns.com, he is also on many other Social Media platforms. Just do a search for S18 Photography.

If you or someone you know lives in NJ and would like to be featured in my project, please send me a message either through this site or on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/chrisspanophotography