Happy Helloween ’13

On October 31, 2013 by vard

Just a quick post to say thanks and kudos to Brian and his crew down at the Berwick Jaycee’s for putting together a great Haunted House this year.  Brian has been talking up his creation since this time last year, and man did he deliver.  I was really blown away at the detail and amount of work he and his misfits put into this effort…it really shows a passion for making what you have work, and work well.  If you didn’t get a chance to see it this year, it’ll be back and bigger in the fall of ’14.  Thanks again Brian…this is exactly the kind of cool stuff this town needs.  My hat is off…

Rock on!

Hitting the Lehigh

On July 22, 2013 by vard

Spent Saturday night and all day Sunday in Jim Thorpe, PA for SteveO’s bachelor party.  Getting this crew together was both challenging and ill recommended, but we did it anyway.  Props to Mike D for getting the gear around to make this happen…and extra props to Lynda, Bob & crew for making sure we survived.  Our mother’s thank you.  And congrats to SteveO and Monica for finally sealing it up official like this coming weekend.  Looking forward to the party!

Rock on!

Briggs Farm Blues Festival (Briggsfest ’13) – Day 1

On July 13, 2013 by vard

So far Briggsfest ’13 has been exactly what we’ve come to expect – tons of music, food and fun…and rain.  Happens almost every year.  And like every year, the crowd rolls with it and keep the party going.  It’s why we always come back for more.  Here’s a quick few from Day 1 before today we get going again.  If you’re coming out today, we’ll see you here.

Rock on and thanks for reading.

Casa de Lola & The House of Cool

On April 10, 2013 by vard

A couple of months ago I was approached about doing some work for a lifestyle blog run by Nathalie Barros.  I had previously done some work for Nathalie’s boyfriend’s band and she thought I might be a good fit for the style she was trying to bring out in her posts.  Her blog centers around her daily adventures, from shopping with friends in NYC to travel & cooking and trying to come to terms with her miniature Weimaraner Lola on who gets to sit on the couch.  And she makes the whole thing cooler posting her blog in both English and Portugese (she’s from Brazil)!

For me, working with Nathalie and Lola gives me a chance to shoot in a completely different way.  More freedom and less structure…I can pretty much do anything I’d like; which plays right back into ‘all the other shooting’.  If I do something interesting or technically challenging when I’m working with Nat, it’s easily reusable in the regular Studio D shooting.  And, more than anything else, it’s just fun!

Check out Nat’s blog here, or her fan page here and say hi…and thanks for reading.

Rock on!


Ah The Good Light…

On February 26, 2013 by vard

Right now I’m about 50/50 on editing and shooting; still making progress on the backlog of images I have, which is a good thing.  But I am still shooting quite a bit.  Here’s a few from a recent shoot, as well as some recent editing from an older session…

I’m a lighting nerd through and through and these are great examples of the kinds of stuff I really enjoy shooting.  Thanks for checking them out.  I’m working on some new ideas for the blog that will be diving deeper into complex lighting shoots like these.  Keep an eye out for those in the not too distant future.  Have a great one.

Rock on!

Italy – Jumping at Opportunity!

On January 29, 2013 by vard

Connie and I recently had an opportunity to shoot a wedding in Italy for some close friends of ours.  This was definitely on my ‘dreams’ list for what being a photographer could be, but it never really budged into the reality category.  And then it did…

Kyle & Rachael asked us to shoot their wedding a little over a year ago.  At the time it was supposed to be here in north eastern Pennsylvania.  What started off as a rather large event here in the States was morphed into a more intimate and memorable experience when they decided to take the whole shebang to Italy.

Sixty or so friends and family from the States and another twenty+ from Europe all convened in Palombara Sabina, Italy, just north of Rome.  We spent the first few days getting to know our fellow travelers and covering everything paparazzi style.  It was fun, and everyone got really used to having us around, which always makes for easier shooting at go time.  The wedding itself was held in a castle (Castello savelli) about 20 minutes away from where we were staying.  Perfect weather, great people and an amazing location; it’s a pretty good mix!  The day after the wedding a large group of us moved our base of operations down to Rome proper.  9 of us in one apartment made for some great ‘getting to know each other’ opportunities.  We’ll leave that at ‘you had to be there’…you get the idea…it was crazy fun.

On New Years Day we gathered up as many of the friends and family that we could and did some ‘formals’ outside of the Vatican and in downtown Rome.  It’s probably not a secret that I don’t mind making a scene when shooting…everyone should have their princess/rockstar moment, and this was Rachael & Kyle’s!  As much fun as it was to be shooting there, it was as equally fun watching what was happening.  Taking a step back to watch everyone enjoying an epic moment in their lives was really neat and something I’m glad I remembered to take the time to do.

Italy was amazing!  Unfortunately we couldn’t bring the short people with us, but we did get very good at Skyping with them.  Maybe next time ladies…Oh…and big thanks to my grandmother for hanging with the girls for a week and a half.  They miss you and are looking forward to July in Cape Cod! :D

Thank you one last time to Rachael, Kyle and both of their families.  You REALLY know how to throw a party!


Up next: info on new print pricing (it’s getting a lot cheaper), more blogs about what we’ve been shooting and editing for the last few months, and plenty more…

Thanks for reading.