Senior Pictures in Erie: Kara

Kara’s senior pictures adventure started at Wintergreen Gorge. I have a couple of beat up chairs that I occasionally bring, and this one seemed right for her in this setting.


We had a couple of other great settings for senior pictures in the same location:


Then we headed downtown to some of my favorite city locations. Kara chose a few great graffiti pieces featuring her favorite colors:


Then we headed to the beach. Here’s a great image under a favorite picnic shelter that she had great memories as a kid:


We got a great profile picture with the early evening sun, just before sunset:


For some seniors, Erie senior pictures are not complete with out some sunset beach pictures!


Wonderful images, Kara! I hope you and your family enjoy your senior pictures!




Erie Dance Photography: Haley’s Beach Pictures

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Haley is a young dancer who wanted to have some interesting dance pictures taken at Presque Isle Beach at sunset. So we picked a clear day and had an adventure!


As we approached sunset, we carefully mixed the right amount of light to get a nice colorful early evening sky. Haley thought ahead and we buried a board under the sand so her pointe shoes would not sink into the sand.


Here’s a great image right at sunset. The waves were a bit high, but we were able to capture some great dance pictures. Great job Haley!

Rebecca’s Senior Pictures in Erie and Harborcreek

Rebecca is an Erie Otters hockey fan. We were able to capture some senior pictures at the Erie Insurance Arena, where they were conditioning the ice for the upcoming hockey season.

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We headed up to Penn State Behrend campus for some nice outdoor senior pictures.

IMG_5128 The library wall is a favorite location of mine, as the rock is colorful and natural looking.

Rebecca is also a trumpet player, and was proud to show her trumpet collection and her Harborcreek band uniform.

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We finished after sunset at a secret location that had some great light and interesting settings for senior pictures.


Amazing images, Rebecca!

Erie Senior Pictures: Abby

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Abby had some specific ideas about her senior pictures. Starting in North East at the railroad museum, we captured some great outdoor images. We headed to the beach and other locations for more senior portraits, hit the zoo for some great “giraffe selfies” and finished indoors after dark.


Abby is a culinary student and plans to study the culinary arts in college. Great senior pictures, Abby!

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2014 Erie Save an Eye Game Photos

2014 was the 76th year for the annual Save-an-Eye football game. This game pits the all stars from the Erie City schools against Erie County schools’ best players.

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This year’s game was as exciting as you can get. Trick plays, dramatic turnovers and exciting passes highlighted the game’s progression. The score close to the last couple of minutes, the game was finally decided in favor of the County.

Here are some images for your enjoyment. These and more can be viewed at under Sessions.

Senior Pictures in Erie, PA: Rosie

We had another fabulous weather day for Rosie’s senior pictures. Starting at Wintergreen Gorge, we captured some great outdoor images. Then we stopped by her school to get some neat photos with her favorite books:

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We hit a favorite location of mine for some downtown images including this one near the graffiti wall by the train tracks:

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We finished in a great location near the bayfront with amazing brickwork:

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Great images, Rosie! We captured some very different looks and poses in your session!

Erie Senior Pictures: Paige

Summer senior pictures have begun! This week I had a chance to work with Paige, who is the third senior in her family to have their pictures done by John Huegel Photography.

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We had perfect weather and stopped at a half dozen locations to capture a wide variety of images.

Here are a few senior pictures from Paige’s session. There are more available in my Facebook business page.

Sonny Lombardozzi: The Making of a Rock Poster

Recently, I had the pleasure of working again with my friend Sonny Lombardozzi. Sonny is a world renowned guitarist. He holds music workshops around the world, and is recognized globally as one of the world’s best metal guitarists.

Sonny has many sponsors, from V-picks to Morley pedals to Spider Energy Drink and more. For this session, we captured Sonny playing his guitars outfitted with EMG 707 and 808 pickups. Our goal was to produce a large poster which will be shown in music stores around the world, to promote EMG pickups and Sonny’s reputation as the worlds most brutal shredder.

We brought in some aluminum trusses from the Raven Sound warehouse, where Sonny and I both have our studios. Thanks again to Phil and Rick and the gang for the trusses, I think you will agree they add a lot to the image.

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We have here the trusses and a few of Sonny’s guitars including the famous double “Saw” guitar. I arranged the guitars to keep most of them in clear view, with the pickups prominently shown.

Once we composed the image, we did a few image captures with regular studio lights. Here’s a sample:

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Of course I would crop out the windows above. This shows the basic setup. We were pleased with the images, but wanted a bit more punch. So we tried gelling a kicker light red to provide some color impact. It was amazing what that red light did to the trusses!

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I had the fog machine going as well. I set up a second kicker for red on the right (actually I didn’t have red but I combined Magenta and Yellow gels to make red!). Here’s the pullback shot:

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There’s a lot of red, and basically no other color of substance, so the poster will “glow red” and draw eyes to it. Additionally, we felt that the double guitar held was the best composition, so we chose a final image similar to this one:

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After post processing, titling and final edits, the poster is going to look like this:

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We are very pleased with the results. Look for it in a music store soon!