Along The Ring Road Book Release With Blurb Books

I want to start this post off with a brief recap. During May of this year, I set out on eight of the most incredible days I have ever experienced. Eight days exploring Iceland. Eight days of nonstop driving and camping. Eight days along the ring road. As soon as I took my first film shot, I knew these were going to be some of the favorite shots I'd ever take. When I finished my first roll with a photo of Skogafoss, I became even more excited. Those eight days and five rolls of film ready for developing left me thinking about how I could get these images into something more. When I scanned my first roll back, I decided I was making a book.

Thats when I got in contact with Blurb. Blurb has been creating mediums to share memories for thirteen years out of San Francisco. They do everything from trade books to magazines to photo books like the one I created. Each option includes a wide variety of options in paper, cover designs, and more, making your product incredibly personalized. I decided to go with their premium magazine, which offered a thicker binding; a perfect medium in-between a book and a magazine. The popping color and high quality achieved the coffee table staple I was going for. 

I also have to give a big thank you to the Blurb crew for being incredibly helpful, responsive, and efficient as I created and recreated my book several times. They answered every question I had, gave great advice for the book, and were always pleasant. It was a pleasure working with them!

All in all, I'm happy to say this book is completed after a lot of time, memories, and hard work. It is a collection of beloved memories to me, and I hope you all will enjoy it as much as I do.

Gil/2018

Here are some recent shots of my friend and very talented actor Gil. Check him out and enjoy the shots!

@gilperezabraham

 

Neck Deep/2018

Earlier this year was was lucky enough to photograph Neck Deep out in Philly. I wouldn't of been able to do this without the help of the amazing photographer, @instabaeth. Here are a few of my favorite shots below.

Olivia Saunders/2018

Working with Olivia Saunders and her boyfriend, Conor Heisler, was an absolute pleasure. We shot back earlier in the year and I am just getting around to posting about it. Definitely go check them out and enjoy the shots below!

@olivia_gail_

@c_heisler

Elijah Boothe/ 2018

It was an absolute pleasure to be able to meet up with Elijah Boothe this past weekend. Elijah is an actor, model and musician. Seems like he is just doing it all! We took on Williamsburg and did our best to capture some lifestyle shots in the city. Here are a few so take a look! Make sure to look at Elijah's page and check out all the awesome work he has accomplished and will be working on shortly. Enjoy!

Shacar 2018

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up and photographing the artist, Shacar. He is a huge creative and it was great taking the day around Dumbo and bouncing ideas back and forth. Anyways, here are a few shots from the day. We will definitely be making some more content in the future. Stay tuned and in the meantime check him out!

 

Instagram: @iamshacar

Forgotten Youth Supply Co // Oahu, Hawaii

This past week I was out in Oahu for vacation and did a little editorial for Forgotten Youth Supply. Lots of hikes, new places and good times on this trip. Check the photos out below and swing by Forgotten Youth's pages for some good stuff!

www.forgottenyouthsupply.com

Instagram: @forgottenyouthsupply

O'Douds: Sensible Grooming for Sensible Humans PT. 2

O'Douds is a Brooklyn based brand that focus on quality goods. Their motto says it all, "Sensible Grooming for Sensible Humans." They create all their products in house, by hand and use only natural ingredients. All ingredients are vegan and cruelty free as well! 

The brand started back when the the founder, Clayton Douds couldn't find the quality products he was looking for. He decided to take it into his own hands and launched the first O'Douds product in 2014. After that, he never looked back. O'Douds continually is putting out new products and looking for new ways to improve. 

I have personally been using their products and I can not argue that they are nothing but quality. O'Douds cares about making products that are "good for you and good for others." It really shows within their branding and their products.

With all this said, make sure to swing by their site(www.odouds.us) and read their story and pick up something good! 

O'Douds: Sensible Grooming for Sensible Humans Pt. 1

I recently had the pleasure of working with O'douds. I took the trip out to Brooklyn to do a little in house shoot with them and we decided to make a one of one cologne and photograph the process. Here are a few shots from the other day. Look for O'douds Pt. 2 on the blog as well for a little back story of the brand as well as some shots of their incredible products! 

Instagram: @odouds

Website: www.odouds.us 

2016 Has Come to An End

2016 has been an interesting year to say the least. Though, it was filled with lots of photography and lots of new people! Last year brought new friends, new places and lots of new experiences. I had the opportunity to take a couple mini road trips, have one of my photos published for the very first time and do some amazing work with great companies/people. In honor of the new year, here are a few of my favorite portraits from 2016. I hope to have meet even more people and discover new places this new year!

Models listed in order:

Crosby Mironov

Anthony Green

Vincent Rutherford

Courtney Maura

Chelsea Brennan

Chastin Paley

Martha Barabas

Melissa Stecklow

Alex Drago

Kyle Cooley

Talene Appleton

Collaboration is Important Pt. 1

I decided to start a series of blog posts to discuss recent shoots with new people. I'm going to title it "Collaboration is Important." I believe that being into photography, one of the most important things to do is collaborating. Step outside your comfort zone, meet new people, work with different brands, etc. You'd be surprised at what two creative minds can accomplish.

With that said, here are some shots of a recent shoot with the homie, Kyle Cooley. We decided to meet up in Princeton with no set game plan. Just winging it. Sometimes winging it provides some really killer shots. To see more work of mine, go to @adambarabas on Instagram. To check out the cool dude himself, you can find Kyle on Instagram at @kiguy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Nikon EM

Being into photography, I tend to separate my work. What work makes me money and what work I do for myself. For the most part, my digital work is what pays the bills. Though, when I have some free time just to go shoot for the hell of it, you’ll most likely find me shooting film. Film just has this great feeling and look to it. The process is much longer but it’s nice to slow down once in a while.

                Over the past few years, I’ve acquired a few 35mm cameras that I use. Most recently I picked up a Nikon EM. I saw it in a local camera shop and I had a little extra cash on me so I said, why not? A little background on the Nikon EM, it was originally introduced in 1979. It was geared towards entry level photographers as well as women. It was the smallest, lightest and cheapest 35mm SLR on the market. Nikon, what were you thinking? That niche of people did not show much interest in the camera. Women were pretty offended by Nikon saying that they were implying that women were not smart enough to use full manual cameras. Needless to say, Nikon didn’t produce the Nikon EM for very long.

                Let’s talk about some of the features of this SLR. It is extremely basic. You can take a look at the thing and notice right of the bat that, well, there isn’t really much going on. It works using two S76/A76 batteries. This is an aperture priority only camera, there is no full manual mode. It has auto mode, bulb mode and 1/90th mode. The 1/90th mode is a pretty cool feature that in my opinion, a lot of pro cameras were lacking. That mode allows you to operate the camera when the batteries fail and you will shoot at 1/90 mechanical shutter without using the battery. Now, many may think that since there it is only aperture priority, there isn’t much to offer and that it will limit you. Though, aperture priority is a preferred mode by many photographers. I will say that I am not a fan that there is no manual override though.

                The lens that came with this camera was the Series E 50mm f/1.8. A lot of people aren’t a fan of the Series E lens since they are built cheaper but I must say, this 50mm is a great lens. It produces great images. Since owning this camera, I came across a Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-s. This is an extremely well made lens. I have been enjoying it very much.

                Now, would I say that the Nikon EM is one of the better Nikon cameras? I would probably never even think of saying that. With that said, it is a sleek little camera and it does get the job done. For the price, it’s hard to pass on. You can find one on Ebay for around 40 bucks. So it may not be the best camera to relate back to Nikons killer 35mm cameras, but it is for sure an interesting one and worth checking out. Thanks for reading!

 

Below are some sample images of the camera as well as some film shots from it.

Lomo'Instant Wide

Where to begin. In the past couple years there seems to be an abundance of Instax cameras coming to the photography world. I personally owned the Fujifilm Instax Mini Neo 90. Perfect little camera to take everywhere with you. I am currently using that camera for a 366 day project. I digress, I haven’t felt the need to own any other Instax cameras since I already owned one. Then of course, Lomography had to release an amazing camera so I can spend even more of the money I don’t have.

There aren’t nearly as many Instax Wide cameras out as there are of the Instax Mini. Lomography wanted to release camera not only that was made for the wide film but also that raised the bar for all Instax cameras. The Lomo’Instant Wide has already been noted as the “best instant camera you can buy today” according to PCMag. So let’s first talk about some of the cool features of this camera.

The Lomo’Instant wide uses Instax wide film as well already know. It has exposure compensation control, built in flash (which you can control), multiple exposure capabilities, manual focus lens, sync socket for your external flash (FREAKING AWESOME) as well as multiple lenses that come with such as the wide angle and macro conversion add ons. It also has a selfie mirror. Who wouldn’t want a selfie mirror? Now, one of the coolest features I would say is the ability to fire the shutter from an infrared remote. Oh yeah, that infrared remote is lens cap. Yes, THE LENS CAP. Lomography really went above and beyond with this camera and I’m extremely happy I picked it up.

                The only negative to this camera is that it is absurdly large. But it does have a nice feel to it so I try to look over the size factor. The Instax film can also be expensive so make sure to look on sites such as eBay and Amazon to snag some deals of film bulks. Aside from that, I would recommend this camera to anyone. It is a perfect camera for daily use, parties, days out with your friends and great to carry around during your shoots for some extra Instax film goodness. You can find this camera in multiple colors as well as multiple bundles. I attached a link below to Lomography’s site as well as I added some sample shots below. Thanks for reading!