Feeling Humble

Today I had something quite unexpected happen.  I woke this morning to a notification from my Flickr account that I had a new follower.  And just any new follower.  It was a photographer whose work I really admire.  He’s mainly known for his avant garde style in the fashion world.  His name is Frank Doorhof.  Here’s a link to his Flickr account; https://www.flickr.com/photos/frankdoorhof and his web site; http://www.frankdoorhof.com.  I think you’ll be very impressed if you haven’t seen his work already.  It’s some pretty cool stuff.   Too continue on the same line of unexpected.  Last week I shot a house for a realtor last week.  The owner happened to be a relatively big name architect in the Philly area.  I was a little nervous as I knew my images would be compared to the photographer that his firm uses.  Here again a relatively big name.  His name is Tom Crane.  Here’s the link to his website; http://www.tomcranephotography.com  So you can understand the sense of validation I got when I saw an email from the homeowner after I delivered a copy of the images to him.  Here’s what he said.

Hi Jim:

Thank you so much for sharing your talent.  The photos of our house are terrific and clearly attest to your skill and the time you took to compose and light the images.

Best regards,


It’s always nice to have your hard work notice and appreciated.

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What’s Wrong with Philly?

I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my photography.  I love the webinars and tutorials I find on-line.  I especially love Creative Live.  Their webinars are usually a two or three days with world renown photographers or Photoshop specialists.  These are absolutely awesome!  But to be honest I’d really like to attend a live seminar.  So with that in mind I went on-line to see if I could find anything coming to the Philadelphia area.  Know what I found?  Zip. Ziltch. Nada.  I could find plenty in NYC (of course).  I found a bunch in Washington DC, Atlanta and other big cities.  I even found a couple in Richmond, VA.  So it begs the question.  Why not Philly?  It’s not that I don’t like these other cities.  It’s not the cost of the seminars. (I believe that you can’t put a price on furthering ones career)  It’s the added cost of Hotels and meals for a couple of nights that often makes it hard to justify the cost.  Often times these factors more than double the cost of the seminar.  And while my business isn’t doing badly, these added costs push the price to a point where I just can’t justify the expenditure.  I know that there is a lot of photographers in the Philly area and it has a fairly active art community.  Is it just too close to NYC?  Is it seen by many as an outgrowth of NYC?  I do know that some commercial work is done by photogs from NYC.  Is it the misbelief that photographers in NYC are superior to those here in Philly?  So, what is wrong with Philly?

Microsoft Event

On Tuesday I did an event for Microsoft at their King of Prussia Mall store.  It was held in conjunction with the NFL to promote Microsoft’s partnering with them.  There was no big roll out.  No big new updates.  Though it did coincide with the release of their new tablets.  The Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2 but had nothing to do with them.  I had the privilege of meeting Jon Dorenbos.  He’s the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles.   A really nice guy and talented dude when it came to card tricks.  He was jovial and kept the kids and adults entertained with his card tricks.  He obviously really enjoyed himself and enjoyed putting himself out there for the meet and greet.  We had about 150 people through the line.  Not bad for a Tuesday night.  All in all it was fun and i rattled off about 200 images for them.  It was a little tricky being that it was a kiosk and not a full store.  I had to setup in the middle of the concourse of the mall.  While tough I did manage to setup one Calumet Genesis 200 strobe and used my 580EXII for fill and trigger.  I shot with my 24-105 f4 all day.  Love that lens.  They should be up on the Facebook page for the Microsoft Store.  I’l like to thank Becca Lin and Chritie Lee from the Wasserman Media Group and Buddy and the entire staff of the Microsoft Store in the mall.  Thanks and keep clicking!_MG_1782 _MG_1801 _MG_1876 _MG_9911 _MG_1701

A Long Summer

Once again I feel that I have not kept up my end of the blog agreement.  I looked today and my last post was back in May.  Wow where has the time gone? Well things have finally settled down a little and I feel like I can breathe a little easier.  Not to make excuses but there is good reason for such a long hiatus.  I wish I could rack it up way too much work and while that is large part of it, it is not the whole story.  At the beginning of the summer Kim and I promised each other that it was not going to be a summer like we had last year where we weren’t home any weekend between Memorial Day and Labor day.  While a great plan (in theory) the Universe had a completely different plan.  While business has been good and I’ve shot more real estate in the last 3 months than all of last year, I don’t know how I’ve achieved these numbers.  I’m not going to bore you with all of the details but since the middle of May Kim and I have spent more time in Myrtle Beach than here at home.  You see her mom’s health deteriorated very rapidly and we were dealing with all the fun that “end of life” has to offer.  This past week is the first full week we’ve spent in our bed and it feels great!  Now I’ve got to get back on track and get my business going again.

Here’s some images from some of the shoots I managed to squeeze in.

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A Little Bit for Myself

It seems like it’s been a very, very long time since I’ve done or posted anything that wasn’t for a client or project of some sort.  A little while back I was waiting for traffic to clear or something like that while doing exterior shots for the Embassy Suites in downtown Philly.  While I was walking across Ben Franklin Parkway I noticed the light shining through the beautiful stained glass of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Peter and Paul.  This is one of the shots I got.  It was a great moon and beautiful night sky.  I’ve got a few more and hopefully will have time in the next little bit to get to finish them and post them.  Here’s the first one.


Working on My Website

I’ve been working on revamping my website.  I’ve changed a bunch of the galleries mainly by reducing the number of images.  I’ve been trying to only present the best of the best for each of the categories.  I’ve also added a Weddings gallery showing off some of my wedding work.  I’m not but wouldn’t mind a little feed back at this point as I’m kinda stuck on where to go next.  Thanks in advance for checking it out.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say.  www.fullframefotography.com

Busy February (So Far)

Sorry it’s been awhile since my last post but things were just a little slow through the Holidays and first half of January.  Well most of January.  Since last week of January things on the real estate front have gotten very busy.  I’ve done 9 shoots in the past two weeks and have 3 more scheduled for this week.  Not that I’m complaining.  While on hiatus I did a lot of studying on different techniques for HDR and architecture.  I’ve since altered my workflow slightly by introducing Lightroom into the mix and also started shooting more bracketed sets.  I’m liking the results and I think that the images I’m getting are really pretty good.  I’m always looking to improve.  I’m always looking to give myself that edge on the competition (Not that I have any according to my girlfriend. LOL.)  I’ve also been brushing up on my portrait work and hoping to land a little bit more of that this year.  Keep your eyes on my website as I’m in the middle of revamping and redesigning that as well.

In the meantime here are some shots of a couple of properties I’ve done in the past couple of weeks.

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Google+ Hangout With Help-Portrait Philly

Last night I had my Hangout virginity taken away.  All I can say is that it was absolutely AWESOME!!!  It was such a great way to meet and connect with a bunch of the people who will be helping out at the 2424 York St. location this Saturday.  We brainstormed and in general just got acquainted with one another.  We talked about gear and who was bringing what and the location we were shooting in.  I’ve never been there but it seems like a great place for this event.  I can’t wait.  They’re hoping for about 150-200 people at this location which means we should be really busy.  Special thanks to Kacey Crawford who is in charge of this location.  She’s really the one who put the Hangout together and is coordinating all the goings on on Saturday.  I will definitely post images next week and I’m also going to try Tweeting during the event.  So keep an eye out.  If you find yourself in Philly this Satuday between 8 and 4 stop in.  Get a family portrait taken or just hang.  There is going to be other activities going on a lot of them for kids.  I’ve been informed that Santa might even be making a visit.  The address is 2424 York St.   Hope to see you then.

Sonesta Hotel-Philly

Well I’ve finished and delivered another group of images to Hotel Tonight.  This time it was the Sonesta Hotel in downtown Philly.  It’s a really nice hotel.  Very contemporary in design and furnishings.  It has a great pool located on the 8th floor with a nice view of some of the older buildings in downtown.  The staff was great and got me everything I needed to make the shoot go smoothly.  A special thanks to Jason and all of his hard work.  The only problem was shooting the restaurant and bar.  They were absolutely packed due to the big Made in America concert that was going on over Labor Day weekend.  So I had to make a second trip to get the shots of the bar and restaurant.  The bar and restaurant are a copy of an upscale British pub and is called The Elephant and Castle.  A nice place to stay if you find yourself in Philly.


It’s been a few days since my last blog so I thought I’d catch up.  On Thursday I did another shoot for Hotel Tonight.  It was the Ramada at the Philly airport.  They were in the middle of remodeling so I couldn’t shoot everything but the folks at Hotel Tonight were hot to trot on getting them on-line.  So that means I’m going back in about a month and shoot the areas that we were unable to get.  The folks there were really nice and it might have lead to another job.  They need photography for their own website and brochure after the remodel is complete.  If everything goes right I’ll be getting the gig.  Keep your fingers crossed.  I want to say thanks specifically to Donald Jester over there.  A great guy and fun on top of that.  Though they really seem to keep him jumping with all of this remodeling going on.