Join me Sunday April 9, 2017 for your Portrait in support of the Elizabeth Street Garden

I will be taking 100 Portraits 

I am doing an awareness project to bring attention to the garden that the City of New York would like to close and build low income housing in Soho. The park has been there for 25 years and before that it was a school playground and meeting area for many years.

Elizabeth Street Garden is located about two blocks South of Houston Street at 209 Elizabeth Street.

I will be at the garden tomorrow, Sunday, April 9th from about 11am to about 2:30pm.

I will be doing more dates in the weeks to come, as well as appointments, but I wanted to reach out to my friends that are here from out of town this weekend.

Show up and let me take your portrait in support of the garden.

scottstanger@me.com

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Rapper Street Shoot

After meeting and agent of Red NYC in the East Village, I had the opportunity to shoot a couple of his clients, rappers GucciFurrr @icedoutguccifurrr and MorBucks @morbucksgc.

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Check out MorBucks’ YouTube.

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My vision was to show a connection with New York City, these guys, and working in a creative street environment.

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Check out GucciFurrr’s YouTube here.

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I took them through a few locations that I knew I could show them in the city night. I also knew of an set being constructed in the street and put them in front of it for effect. The equipment and background added to what I wanted to portray.

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There is a certain darkness in the city at night I wanted to take advantage of that lets the background lights add to the picture without distracting.

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I really like the effect of this next shot. I went across the street and shot this with the 70-200. Waiting for the right taxi and angle. I really like a NYC shot with a yellow taxi.

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Taking advantage of equipment on the street.

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I kept in mind through the shoot that I wasn’t only capturing these guys, but also as if what they were wearing, whether it be for editorial or advertisement.

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Fantastic gentlemen and professional attitudes. Look forward to another opportunity to work with them.

 

 

Brooklyn Tweed Ride 2016

An unseasonably warm day on Sunday for the annual Brooklyn Tweed Ride 2016. Meeting at Grand Army Plaza in front of Prospect Park in Brooklyn the sweltering tweeded riders met for a group photo and to begin their route.

After a short time to gather, Steve Rosen put everyone together for a group photo.

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Although I was just there to get a few photos, there was Steve Rosen, the event photographer, there to capture more formal photographs.

My love of tweed was my first priority and of course Adam was impeccable in true vintage.

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Maria looked fantastic and was a pleasure to talk to again.

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Matthew and Michelle.

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Everyone looked so amazing in their outfits and shared a love of the style.

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I really enjoyed capturing everyone with the fall colors in the background. It is my favorite time of year.

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D Jill Rosie.

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Trudy.

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John and Matthew

Maria.

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Networking Actor’s Style

The largest piece of the puzzle in the success of any person or business is networking and connecting with other people and businesses. I was fortunate to connect with this group of actors, producers, and writers to the event Team Rise Together at The Attic rooftop bar and lounge in New York City hosted by Marc Chouen and Thomas J. Bellezza. http://www.bbrproductions.com

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When you get a bunch of actors together, fun pursues, but there was plenty of introductions and real conversations. I met some great people with some interesting backgrounds and experience.

 

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I am not normally involved with the “talent” portion of advertising or marketing, and honestly I watch very little tv, movies, internet shows, or theatre, so I was a bit concerned to meet people that depend on those venues. I hoped my lack of knowledge of the latest detective police shows or what is currently on Broadway would hinder my connection with this group. Of course I was not quizzed or embarrassed by not recognizing any reference.

 

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It was very interesting mingling and talking about pursuits and experiences. One person asked me what is it that I was looking for and what could they do for me. That was incredibly thought provoking and a topic I need to delve. I have an “end game” in most areas of my life, but my photography career goals are quite a bit open.

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I truly consider the events that I photograph more of a networking event as oppose to an event job. The opportunity to meet people with diverse backgrounds and connections is worth much more then the time spent. Another important factor to consider as a part of these events are followup. You must take the effort after the events to reconnect not only in social media, but through direct connections such as email, coffee, other events.

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I believe my “end game” from this event was meeting some incredible people I hope to not only photograph in the future, possible business opportunities, but maybe some lasting friendships.

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I have to add one interesting note to this that I unfortunately did not get a picture of. About fifteen years ago I use to work with Jive Records/Zomba Records, better known as the label for Britney Spears, NSync, Backstreet Boys, R Kelly, etc. I worked with the department that produced the marketing materials and cd covers. There was this seventeen year old kid named Mason that worked there as his first job in the IT department. I had a number of conversations with him, great guy, eager to learn and start his career. Well at the networking event some guy was looking at me and asked if I had worked at Zomba. Mason!  He has grown to be a successful man, no longer in IT, and he told me something that brings these networking events to heart. He told me that I had given him advice that really meant something to him and used in his pursuits.

Networking in order to help others as well as mentoring is more important then any lead or self serving opportunity. Knowing that I have helped people with my knowledge and connections means more to me then any work lead. At the end of the day, that is what it is all about.

 

 

 

The band with no name album cover

I ran across this Brooklyn group hanging around Sleepy Hollow for the day. They clearly had a presence that I wanted to capture. I talked to them for a bit and turned out they were musicians and miscellaneous jobs in Brooklyn. Of course I asked them to pose for some pictures for me.

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Being quite the characters of punk, goth and Brooklyn hipster, we had fun posing a few different group shots.

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Since the sun was setting I was able to capture them in a magic hour glowing red orange which looked just amazing.

The portrait shots were equally fantastic in the light

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I believe the “money shot” was the backs facing the sunset.Each person viewing and taking it in individually, but as a group.  I was lucky to capture the bird right in the sun.

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Great day and great people. Hope to connect again.

 

ComicCon New York

Fantastic time taking pictures at Comic Con New York last weekend.

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There were some amazing Cosplay costumes and actors. There was a complete range from simple costumers to elaborate professionally looking with incredible makeup.

I really enjoyed the makeup of artist Jacque Lombardo @jacquelombardo on Instagram.

I saw that many of the photographers were taking pretty standard shots of the full body costumes. To me, that was like taking photos of fireworks. Even in poses I wanted to do something different.

I chose to photograph as I was capturing the people in the costume like a portrait.

I was hoping to photograph them differently then the standard cosplayer shots and something more pleasing an enjoyable to a non-cosplayer.

I did get some atmosphere shots and I toyed with these Crystal Palace captures with either Maria the Princess or the Harley Quinn.

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It was a treat photographing so many people in colorful outfits.

 

I met some remarkable people who I hope to connect with again. Author Jessica Carson and actor/musician Thomas J. Bellezza and actor Katrina Perkins.

Thank you Kelsey, Kayla, and Max. I had a great time.

New York Renaissance Faire 2016

2016 was a wonderful year at the New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo New York. Not only did my son love the faeries, characters, and pirates, we met the most amazing people and now call friends.

It was also a great opportunity to capture some colorful photos of some hard working people. The costumes and makeup beg to be noticed, photographed and admired.

Upon arriving and getting my first meade of the day, we race towards the faerie forest to say hello to our friends. The lighting in the forest can be a challenge, but I enjoy making the dark backgrounds and the subjects pop in the pictures.

The different times of the day and the different areas of the faire allow for the same subject to be photographed with different moods and background.

Looking forward to next year’s faire as well as seeing our new friends at other venues.

More pictures in the gallery.