Elie Honig – New Jersey’s new chief of criminal prosecutions

Elie Honig portrait photography Jody Somers

Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. (Jody Somers / J Somers Photography LLC / www.jsomersphotography.com)

Recently I photographed Elie Honig, the new director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, as he talked to a reporter from The Star-Ledger.  I like this image.  That sun-spot he is reaching for is actually an off camera flash reflecting in the window and the table top.  Every now and then your subject, your lighting and your timing on the shutter button all come together to make what could be a run-of-the-mill feature profile something a bit more compelling.  I knew it when I made the photograph that this would be my favorite from the assignment.

Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety.  (Jody Somers / J Somers Photography LLC / www.JSomersPhotography.com)

Elie Honig, director of the Division of Criminal Justice for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. (Jody Somers / J Somers Photography LLC / www.JSomersPhotography.com)

I do very much like the portrait I made of him in the lobby of the building.  Here is a lawyer that has taken on members of organized crime and won!  It’s an impressive record and I wanted the portraits of him that accompanied the newspaper story to reflect his no-nonsense personality.

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Portrait of a Two Month Old

This young lady, just two months old, was brought into the studio for a portrait.  Thankfully her attentive mother kept her well fed and content.

Infant portrait photograph Jackson, NJ Jody Somers

Portrait of a two month old infant in Jackson, NJ.

It’s funny.  With children you want them to smile and be playful or in the least follow directions.  With infants you have to completely cater to their needs.  From a practical standpoint an infant can not even sit up so every part of the portrait session needs to be prepared for.  I always have extra padding and ways to prop up a young child to give them, and their parents, the best portrait possible.

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NJ Governors State of the State Address

The other day I was going through my archives and came across this assignment.  I was hired to photograph the 2012 State of the State Address for the New Jersey Governors office since their regular photographer was unavailable.  It was an interesting, challenging assignment since I had never worked in the state house before and here I am at arguably on of the biggest media events on the governors schedule.   At this and every assignment I try to cover every angle and make the photographs that tell the story.  I was in the balcony on all sides, on the lower wings, in the center aisle, using wide angle and telephoto lenses, and working the room through the entire address.  In the end I was happy with the results and so was the client.

 

A Lifelong Passion For Photography

I remember the first time I processed my own roll of film in the darkroom of my seventh grade industrial arts class.  The smell of the chemistry, the anticipation of what might be on the film, the magic that took place inside the developing tank, I was hooked!

Since that day I have been pushing the boundaries of my craft, attempting new techniques and honing my skills.  Twenty-two years ago I started on a path of self expression, professional excellence and creativity that allowsBilly me to see the best and worst of humanity through my camera lens, from breaking news events, to weddings, funerals, and the first baby of the New Year.  That early roll of film even set in motion the day that I would meet my wife, a direct result of my profession. Years later I would meet our son (that’s Billy in the picture), and now a second child is on the way, and all these events are directly linked to that single roll of film processed by hand in a darkroom decades ago.

My professional and private worlds revolve around creating the best images I can.  I bring my love for and skill of my craft to work for my clients.  I hope to share a bit of my world with you through this blog.