Erie Photography: Honoring Our Firefighters

Today I conducted a portrait session for my local volunteer fire department, Fairfield Hose Company on East Lake Road.

They have not had station portraits taken in 25 years. We all thought it was time!

It was great to see everyone in their dress uniforms. We captured over 30 portraits today, with a wrapup session to follow. We had some groups of siblings, husband and wife, and father sons. For many, firefighting is a family activity!

Our goal is to build a large collage of all of the members, as well as some specialty shots of their equipment once the weather warms up a bit.

It’s an honor to help those who help us every day.

Erie Photography: New Studio: Need Models!

I have moved into the Raven Building! The new studio is awesome. This building was built in 1897 as a schoolhouse, which supported nearly 400 students. Lots of bricks and wood and windows and high ceilings. Here’s a shot of Lauryn, who convinced me to go inside and take some photos for her Senior Portraits last year. I’m indebted to her for that, as it convinced me that this is the place for incredible photos. Here she sits in a windowsill. Ahh, the light…!

I’m looking for a few models to help me figure out the room. If you are interested in hanging out for a bit and getting some great images taken in this cool place, let me know. Here are the details:

  • Shoot date tentatively Sunday 1/31/10 – starting about 2PM until after dark. I need a mix of day and dark shots to figure out the light and reflections.
  • I’ll be getting a variety of natural light and full studio lighting shots with backdrops. You may be in either or both.
  • If you are under 18, a parent will need to accompany you.
  • Your session will last around 1/2 hr to 1 hr.
  • You get – for FREE – a bunch of digital files, an 8×10, a couple 5×7’s and two wallet sheets. And bragging rights of course…
  • I’ll need a model release from you and/or your parental unit.

Sounds like something you would like to do? Send an email to I’ll let you know if we can get you into the schedule!

Erie Photography: New Studio!

Today I got the keys for my new studio space. Located in the Raven building in Suite 101, it has perfect north-facing windows, which provide wonderful diffused illumination for natural-light photography. It has great wooden floors, high ceilings, and a killer brick wall. This building was an old school building, and has tons of character and history.

Here’s a view from the doorway facing North. Look at all that light! (Don’t look at the cheesy furniture…they are on the outs.)

Facing south. You can’t get better light than this for portraiture.
The east corner has the windows and the brick wall, and a floor that will shine up quite nicely.
Closeup of brick wall. You know me and bricks…this is serious!

It needs just a bit of cleaning, but it will be a perfect space for portrait photography, seminars, consultation and hanging out. It will be a wonderful meeting spot and indoor portrait spot for my summer seniors, family portraits and pre-wedding bridal photography. It’s also 20 feet from some of the best graffiti in Erie.

I’m going to post a call for models in a few days. Once I get the place cleaned up, I’m going to do some test shoots with willing participants, in exchange for some prints and digital images.

I’m also planning a February indoor portrait marathon as a fund raiser, most likely for an agency that supports the relief effort in Haiti.

Stay tuned…lots more “Raven 101” to come!

Can you tell I’m pumped? I’ve been waiting for this for over 5 years!

New Blog: Erie Wedding!

Today I launched a new blog (my fifth), entitled Erie Wedding. This blog will be full of information for the engaged couple who intends to be married in Erie.

I have received a lot of inquiries and business from couples out of town who are coming to Erie for their wedding. This got me thinking about providing a useful resource for these folks, and also for people already in Erie who may want some additional sources of information apart from a raw web or yellow pages search.

It will take me some months to fully build it out to be a useful resource, but it’s a start!

Please check it out and give me some feedback.