The Faces of New Jersey Project: Desa Scott

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Desa Scott

Meet Desa, she is 29 years old from Lindenwold NJ. Desa is a stay at home Mom to a handsome 2 year old boy named Austin. She currently resides in West Deptford with her son and newly married husband Joe. Desa is not your typical girl as she doesn’t like to dress up. She stated that she would rather throw on a pair of jeans and t-shirt and head to the lake with a fishing pole in hand. Desa also enjoys camping, mudding and photography.

Please LIKE https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography and check out more photos from Desa’s photoshoot at the barn.

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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

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Becky Beasley

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Becky Beasley

Meet Becky, born and raised in Cherry Hill. Becky moved to New York for college and spent nearly a decade there working in advertising. She was living the dream. Becky ended up moving back to Jersey and married the love of her life. They currently reside in Lumberton with two dogs and two cats. Becky and I first met while shooting our very first wedding as second shooters. There were a total of 4 photographer at that wedding. A bit overkill but it was a blast. While I stopped shooting weddings, Becky continued doing it on the weekends. She is a very talented graphic designer with a passion for photography. It was great having the opportunity to photograph Becky, she is such a kind soul and extremely photogenic. Please check out Becky’s Page http://www.facebook.com/beckybeasleyphotography and give her a like.

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

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.

 

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Patrick Rodio

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Patrick Rodio

Meet Pat, born and raised in Pennsauken New Jersey. He has been a Licensed Home Inspector for 13 years. Pat graduated with a B.A. Degree from Temple University in 1997 and has wrote, directed and produced several independant films, shot locally in the Tri-State area. Pat has written over 50 screenplays and several of them have done well in screenwriting competitions. He has completed his first novel and is working on the follow up novel.

Pat is also part of the South Jersey Photography group. He has enjoyed photography since he was in his teens. Although he now shoots digital, Pat still likes playing around with his older film cameras. He started his company Patrick Rodio Photography in 2009 and he shoots weddings, portraits, headshots and special events.

If you arent already impressed, Pat also has been training in Parkour to be the next America Ninja Warior. Be sure to stay glued to your television because you may just see this face.

It was an honor meeting Patrick, I am so impressed with what he has already accomplished.

Please contact me if you live in New Jersey and would like to be featured on my blog.

Head on over to Facebook and give me a LIKE https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography?ref=hl
You can also bookmark my website http://chrisspano.com/
to stay up to date with my photography

The Faces of New Jersey Project: Jim Pica

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The Faces of New Jersey Project: Jim Pica

Meet Jim, born and raised in New York, moved to New Jersey about 7 years ago. Jim is a union Elevator Constructor by trade and helped install all the elevators in the Yankee Stadium. Jim also has a passion for photography, we are both in the South Jersey Photography Group. Jim has had an interest in photography since he was a kid and has been pursuing it more seriously over the last couple of years. Jim enjoys music, especially Steam Punk and Industrial Rock. He also likes tattoos, sports and cartoons of all kind. Jim is determined to turn his love for art and photography into something he could make a living off of.

It was a pleasure getting to know Jim. He drove an hour and 20 mins just to be part of my project and I couldn’t be more grateful. I look forward to building a friendship and getting out and taking photos together. If you would like to check out some of Jim’s photos you can find them here…… https://www.facebook.com/jimpicaphotography

Please contact me if you live in New Jersey and would like to be featured on my blog.

Head on over to Facebook and give me a LIKE https://www.facebook.com/ChrisSpanoPhotography?ref=hl
You can also bookmark my website http://chrisspano.com/
to stay up to date with my photography