Irish Pub’s Tour de Shore 2014

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The Irish Pub Tour de Shore is a 65-mile charity bike ride from the Irish Pub in Philadelphia to the original Irish Pub’s location in Atlantic City. The event was held on Sunday, July 27th 2014. The funds from the Irish Pub Tour de Shore benefit children and the families of fallen Police Officers in the Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey Region.

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I was invited to ride along with my friend Joe, who works for Wheelies Bike Shop in Medford NJ, as he provided bike support for the riders. Wheelies had three support vehicles all throughout the race. Joe and I joined the racers at the first rest stop in Berlin, where there were plenty of bikes to service.

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When photographing an event of this caliber, its easy to get overwhelmed with things to shoot. I set a goal to only capture emotion. By doing this I was able to calm down and focus on the action.

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Irish Pub Tour de Shore benefit is very close to meeting their goal of $700,000.00 if you would like to donate to help families of Fallen Officers please visit their webpage irishpub.donordrive.com

I will be posting an album with more photos that I took of the event on my Facebook Page soon. Please LIKE Facebook.com/chrisspanophotography to stay up to date with my latest posts. If you are in any of the photos please feel free to TAG yourself, so your friends can find their way to my page as well.

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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/

If you enjoyed reading about The Faces of New Jersey please subscribe. You can find more of my photography at the sites listed below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography

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

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Curious Bystander

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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/

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: 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 Face Behind The Project: Chris Spano

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The Face Behind The Project: Chris Spano

My name is Chris Spano. I am the photographer and creator of The Faces of New Jersey Project. When I was young there was nothing I wanted more than to get my license. I had a love for cars ever since I first drove a go-kart, I guess you can say I had the need for speed. I started working at as a Photo Lab Tech when I turned 16, so I could save up and have a car for the day I turned 17. While working in the lab I got to reveal the negatives of 35mm film from camera’s all around town. This is when I began my interest in photography.

I joined a photo forum called The Agents of Fortune. It was ran by a bunch of guys who where hobbyist photographers and would go out and shoot landscape photography as a group. I tagged along with my little point and shoot camera. Even though my images couldn’t stand up to the quality of work these guys showed, I felt like I was where I belonged. The Agents of Fortune forum no longer exists but the guys who ran it are still around and they now go by Slama Photography. They have been my mentors throughout my entire photo journey and I am proud to call them my friends.

My wife purchased my first DSLR camera for my birthday almost three years ago. It was an entry level Nikon D3000. This is when the bug set in. Around the same time I got the camera my buddy from work Ed Owens was writing music and searching for musicians to put a band together. Ed eventually had a solid band and wanted me to come out and photograph their first big event. The band’s name is Loaded Gun and they played one of their first gigs at The Trocadero in Philadelphia. It was the first time I had ever photographed musicians but people seemed to enjoy the photos I had created. I was later invited by a production company called Glitter City Productions to come out to a few shows and photograph their concerts. I really enjoyed this because I felt like a Rock Star. I had an all access pass and could get as close to the bands as I liked. Through this journey I met a lot of famous artists and a few that some people would consider legends of Rock n Roll.

Since I was shooting in low light, my entry level DSLR just wasn’t cutting it, so I bit the bullet and traded all my gear in for a brand new Canon 5D Mark II with a 24-105 f4 lens as well as a 50mm 1.8 what is also known in the photography world as the nifty fifty. This is where my images started to shine. Living the Rock Star life wasn’t working well for me as I had a family at home, so I decided to stop photographing musicians.

I was searching online for other things to photograph and I stumbled across an ad for Professional Roller Derby in my area. It was a long shot but I sent out an email to the event coordinator and asked if I could photograph a bout just for fun in return I would supply them with the images that I create. It turns out that Roller Derby is extremely awesome and the Derby Teams were so appreciative of my photographs that they invited me along to other events. I photographed quite a few bouts at Derby Ink in Philly. It was a Bank Track for Professional Roller Derby Teams. I met a lot of cool people photographing Roller Derby. If I had the time to put into it I would love to be a team photographer but right now its not in my cards since I work 45-55 hours a week.

My love for portraiture began when my daughter was born. I photographed her just about everyday for the first year of her life. I learned a lot about portraiture just by trial and error and YouTube videos. I one day got an idea to photograph and tell the stories of our Nation’s Veteran’s and asked my neighbor George who I knew was a World War II Vet to participate in my new found project. George was happy to oblige. The photo turned out to be the best photo I had ever taken and one month after I was hit by the disheartening news that my friend George had passed away. George never shared his story with any of his children because he didn’t think they would be interested hearing about war. Luckily I kept a recording of our conversation and presented it to his family. The gratitude that I received back from them was so rewarding. I have been chasing that feeling ever since.

The Faces of New Jersey project is inspired by a project on Flickr called 100 strangers. I got addicted to viewing the 100 strangers project after I found Danny Santos. Danny photographs strangers in the street of Orchard Road in Singapore. I had a different approach to a similar project; however, I didn’t want to limit myself to 100 people and I certainly didn’t want to limit my project to just strangers.

Now that you know a little more about me and my project, I would like to invite you to follow along with my blog. My goal is to meet at least one person a week and post a new entry by Sunday night.

If you or someone you know lives in NJ and has an interesting story they would like to share please encourage them to LIKE my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography and send me a private message.