Here’s to great surprises, believing in Santa Claus and a whole lot of holiday magic. My assignment today for The Asbury Park Press was to photograph the surprise reunion of an active member of the military as his children visited … Continue reading →
This week has been busy not to mention filled with a great variety of subjects! Photography of a state field hockey championship, a teacher of the year ceremony for People magazine, two dress rehearsals of modern dance for Rutgers, a … Continue reading →
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)
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.
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 allows 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.