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Fitness Photography NYC

I love taking fitness photos. Why? Because it shows how much hard work and dedication someone can put into themselves to get the most out of a new lifestyle or change for the better. It’s inspiring to see my clients make huge life changes and want to document those changes for the world to see. I have shot personal trainers, models, actors, MMA fighters, boxers, and everyone in between. Wake up and get your fitness photography NYC! I cater to anyone who wants some high quality photos of the body that they are proud of. Nothing shows the world you’re ready or how committed you are to bettering yourself than images showcasing the physical and mental changes you have made. When you have your health you have the world at your fingertips. Small changes lead to big changes until you find that you’re the person you have always wanted to be. Fitness is a choice we all have and if you put your mind to it you can achieve great things and feel a million times better than you did when you started your uphill journey to being in command of your health.  I encourage everyone to quit smoking, hard boozing, and eating things that will slowly kill you. Start running, swimming, biking, and eating better. You’ll live longer and love how you feel.  I’ll be here when you want those new photos!

If you want to learn more about fitness photography packages including locations then fill out the contact form below and let’s work together to set up your shoot.

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Let’s pay it forward folks. If you have someone in your life that you want to motivate; now is the time. Help them get to on the road to where they want to be and without judgement extend a hand to a better lifestyle.

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Keeping Your Confidence As A Freelancer

Don’t lose your cool, kid. Keep it together.

Being a full time freelancer is tough to begin with. If you’re a full time freelancer in NYC it can be downright mortifying sometimes. Besides avoiding shady clients, net30 paychecks, and pricing yourself correctly, you are dealing with an over saturation of freelancers who could be competing for the same gigs you’re going for. As a photographer – we’re at times a dime a dozen in this city and that can be broken up into several categories depending on exactly what you’re shooting.

There will always be ups and downs and that’s a part of life. But coming back from those downs can be a bit harder to deal with. It can be a blow to your confidence when the work you do is met with either criticism or if even worse a gig ends that’s beyond your control. You would have to pick up the pieces and move on. If you’re freelancing full time and working hard then there is no reason that another door shouldn’t open. It may not happen over night but it will and you’ll get your groove back. But until then how do you stay upbeat? I’ll tell you:

Hone your craft

If you’re met with extra downtime because gigs fell through then use that time to perfect what got you those gigs in the first place. If I have downtime I look back on my past work and see how I can improve upon my style going into the future. Work hard at perfecting your skill.

Take Care of Yourself

It’s easy to fall into a funk and self medicate with food or candy or drugs or booze. Tying one on is all well and good but don’t let it spill over into a week long bender because you’re depressed. Instead think about ways you can improve yourself. Take up something physical and monitor what you eat. It goes a long way with preserving your mental health.

Know Your Worth

If one or two gigs fall through or your phone doesn’t ring for a week – it’s not the end of the world. There are peaks and valleys to freelancing and yes the feast or famine saying can apply. If you have experienced success and can look back and see what you’ve accomplished and who you have connected with that see the good work you do then you should tell yourself it’s going to be ok – I’m worth it – and better things will come my way. Losing one gig doesn’t mean that they’ll all fall through.

Don’t Get Trapped In Your Own Brain.

Often our minds are our own worst enemy. Those thoughts that keep you up at night can spiral out of control and they could make you lose control over your anxiety or emotions – which can be bad for business. Take a second and meditate. Take a step back and realize that there are worse problems out there than whatever is going on in your brain. It’s tough not to jump to conclusions about your path but taking each day as it comes helps big time. It also makes you a better freelancers because you can adapt to more situations.

Decompress

When faced with a dilemma one of the best things you can do for yourself is decompress and look at it from another point of view.  As freelancers we put the biggest pressure on ourselves and are our own worst critic but we also have to know when to take a break and just be a person and not a work a holic. If you’ve suddenly gotten a gap in your calendar take the time to do the personal things you wanted to catch up on. Read a book, watch your favorite shows, buy some new shoes, or hit a new restaurant. You’ll feel better when your brain and body aren’t under the pressure you put on yourself – even if it ends up being just one day.

Be proud of who you are and what you can accomplish. Don’t ever give up the pursuit of your dreams.

 

Thanks guys.

 

-Rich

 

 

Create Yourself. Create Health.

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I was always a big guy. I was a big kid and I became a big adult. I was always very proud of being big. I never had any confidence issues or wished I looked a certain way. That being said in the back of my mind I thought a better lifestyle, routine fitness, and a slimmer body were not within my reach, which meant I didn’t care and I was happy to indulge in the things that packed weight on my body.

It wasn’t until June of this year when I realized how completely unaware I was about anything health related or fitness related. At 33 years old, 6’3″ and weighing a tad over 290 pounds I decided to get a check up. I haven’t been to the doctor in ages (ages means about eight years) and I figured what’s the harm? I’m healthy! I know my body! (and a slew of things that later on I would come to know as excuses) I got a call about a week later to come in and get my blood test results. How bad could it be? I was a rockin’ dude with a rockin’ attitude! Clearly I was delusional as my doctor rattled off cold facts about my body. I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, was obese (what an ugly word) , and the nail in the coffin was when he sat me down and told me I had Type 2 Diabetes. That last part took me for a loop and rocked me out of my brain a bit. Type 2 Diabetes? I’m not THAT fat I thought. I took a minute to process the news and collected myself as opposed to yelling, getting mad, or killing the messenger so to speak. He did his job and told me that I had a disease. He gave me the option to either take a pill that would help with the condition (more of a band aid) or try and reverse it by losing at least 30 pounds. At that moment I sucked it up and opted for the latter. I asked him what could have caused it. Was it drinking? I didn’t really have a sweet tooth for cakes and pies. I was confused. I told my doctor I drink juice and eat fruit like they are going out of style and he pretty much said “No wonder you have diabetes.” He t old me to come back in three months for a followup and to try and lose as much weight as possible.

You can do this, Rich. I told myself. You can fuckin’ get off your ass and do this. Put in the work and get the results. After having a cry to my wife in the parking lot of Rite Aid over the phone while telling her the news (I felt awful in part about the state my body was in but the fact that I felt like I betrayed my wife by not being healthy made me pretty upset) She was my rock in that moment and assured me that together we can fix the diagnosis even though at that moment I wanted nothing more than to hit Burger King and get a double whopper (to be comforted and to go along with the attitude that got me there in the first place – fuck it – who cares – just eat it) I didn’t end up getting Burger King. Instead I went home, did my research, and came up with a game plan. For the next two weeks I started a diet and exercise program adhering to what were foods that diabetics can eat and should avoid. I cut out sugar and carbs completely along with fruit, juice, candy, chocolate bars, fast food, or anything processed. I became a calorie counter and label reader. I cut out coffee, vitamin waters, gatorade, or anything unnatural. My goal after three months was not only to lose 30 pounds but to walk into my doctor’s office with a 40 pound weight loss. I took up running pretty hardcore and would run by his office every single day (still do) and mentally say “I’ll show you!” (I cleaned up the language there) even though I knew it wasn’t his fault. I just needed something else to direct my emotions to. I would run every day and currently do between 3 and 4 miles a day. 5 Miles on a good day. I’m addicted to running and run around my neighborhood like a maniac every morning. My playlist is epic. It’s a combination of rockin’ metal tunes and more rockin’ metal tunes that are extremely positive and motivating (ask me about it)

Three months later I walked into my Doctor’s office 40 pounds lighter (fuck yea) and a whole lot peppier. He congratulated me on the weight loss and said the blood test will hopefully reflect the physical change. I knew I wasn’t out of the woods yet and had another week to go before the results were in. My blood pressure was perfect, which was a good sign. A week later I got the call that my levels looked good and that I was no longer in the diabetic realm. I had overcome my diagnosis from three months prior, lost a ton of weight, and had a better outlook on life. Suck it diabetes.

Now just imagine if I didn’t go to the doctor.

Through this process of getting healthy and staying healthy (the hardest part) I became an extremely positive guy. I was always positive and energetic but this experience took it to the next level. I have become irritating in my positivity and want everyone I know to become that version of themselves that they never knew existed. If I could do it so could anyone. All it took was will power and determination. Those are two things that are free and inside us all. We can do anything we set our minds to. We can beat diseases. We can become better. Even if you feel fine I encourage you to go to your doctor, get a check up, get a blood test. You could be living obliviously drinking lemonade by the gallon and not realize what you’re doing to yourself. Health matters. It matters to you and to the people around you. Be big. Be little. As long as you’re healthy and positive that’s really all that matters. I discovered things about myself, my psychology, and my physiology that I never knew about and that’s huge. This whole process gave me peace of mind and I will continue down a healthy path and help and support anyone who needs it. I’m not a certified personal trainer but I’m a good listener and motivator.

Unfortunately Type 2 Diabetes is the most common disease facing this country. The good news is that it’s reversible. Take the news of a diagnosis and turn it into a positive by creating a new life for yourself. Take the opportunity to unlock that healthy being inside you. You can do it! Realize your self worth and get out there for the better.

I’m still losing weight and wanted to write this post after losing 50 pounds (I’m about a pound shy but who cares?) Here is a before and after. The before is taken earlier this year (shot by Michael Benabib) where I was about 295 and a photo I took in my home studio at 241 (11/18). Help me spread love and positivity and encourage anyone you know to turn their life around and get healthy. Be body positive and health positive.

Much love,

Rich

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Fitness Photography NYC

I love taking fitness photos. Why? Because it shows how much hard work and dedication someone can put into themselves to get the most out of a new lifestyle or change for the better. It’s inspiring to see my clients make huge life changes and want to document those changes for the world to see. I have shot personal trainers, models, actors, MMA fighters, boxers, and everyone in between. Wake up and get your fitness photography NYC! I cater to anyone who wants some high quality photos of the body that they are proud of. Nothing shows the world you’re ready or how committed you are to bettering yourself than images showcasing the physical and mental changes you have made. When you have your health you have the world at your fingertips. Small changes lead to big changes until you find that you’re the person you have always wanted to be. Fitness is a choice we all have and if you put your mind to it you can achieve great things and feel a million times better than you did when you started your uphill journey to being in command of your health.  I encourage everyone to quit smoking, hard boozing, and eating things that will slowly kill you. Start running, swimming, biking, and eating better. You’ll live longer and love how you feel.  I’ll be here when you want those new photos!

If you want to learn more about fitness photography packages including locations then fill out the contact form below and let’s work together to set up your shoot.

Contact

Let’s pay it forward folks. If you have someone in your life that you want to motivate; now is the time. Help them get to on the road to where they want to be and without judgement extend a hand to a better lifestyle.

You can find me on  Twitter, LinkedIN, and Instagram.

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NYCC 2014

Over this past weekend I had the extreme honor of shooting for Dark Horse Comics. This is the stuff I did when I wasn’t shooting at the booth. Hope you guys enjoy! If you know any of these fine people let them know and let me know. Thanks to everyone!

Product Photography And You!

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Product Photography In NYC

Product photography in NYC can be a tricky situation at best for photographers as well as whoever wants to sell their products. Sometimes clients just think the process is point and shoot and offer extremely low rates for product photography in NYC. On the other side of the coin there are lots of photographers out there that charge an exorbitant amount of money for product photography in NYC. There needs to be a solid medium between client and photographer before product photography in NYC implodes.

I do a lot of product photography in NYC that is actually outsourced to me from different parts of the country and even the world. Usually, a client will send me their products and I will cast the model. After that I would shoot whatever they needed and upload their product package. I have been very fortunate to have met some cool folks along the way. But, like with anything there are some people out there that just want to rake you for your time because they think that because they are PAYING you for THEIR product photos means they can treat you like a slave. It happens. You have to be able to screen the potential hits from the potential misses. There is a lot that goes into product photography that may bite someone who is getting into it in the butt, which may also lead those less than trustworthy clients to take advantage. I remember my first product shoot and the rate I quoted. After the attitude, rudeness, and haggling that happened before and during the shoot; it dawned on me that I was doing a job that should have reasonably been charged three times more. BUT, I bit my tongue and did my job. Sometimes we have to pay our dues in order to get to where we want to go. Product photography can be a very lucrative side job for freelance photographers. There will always be new product to shoot and clients to help out. Plus, more often than not you will get some take home swag!

BUT, there are some great people out there that have a vision for their product and want to show it off as best they can. I was recently contacted by Taft Foodmasters, which is a certified Non GMO organic/natural food manufacturer based right in NYC. Along with the shoot, I have tried their products first hand and can attest that they are the best vegetarian foods I have ever had. They wanted some product photography in NYC and wanted to use local talent as well as a local photographer. I found the model Tony Cantanzaro, who is also a fitness guru, to match with the look my client wanted. Taft Foodmasters wanted to replicate the gyro ads that populate Greek food stores across the country. Growing up in Queens and having a Greek wife, I was all too familiar with those classic ads. What you see is the final product of using a concept, finding the right face, and then nailing the image in production. It was a great experience across the board.

Product photography in NYC can be a very cool thing because it puts a photographer right in the lap of creativity. It’s also kind of cool to see an ad, billboard, or website that has your photos and maybe graphics on it so you can proudly say ; “Hey, I did that.”

I would love to hear some stories that relate to doing some product photography!

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A Fierce Defender

So, I love music. Further more; I love heavy metal music. I have been in NYC metal bands since I was 18 years old. Metal has always been a part of my life since I cranked up that first Black Sabbath album I got through those bogus Columbia House deals many moons ago. That being said; metal is an extremely positive genre of music and for me it’s the most rocking life affirming jammingest stuff you could listen to. People associate great things with music and I have a song for almost every memory or frame of mind. I love to rock, baby.

Every so often you run across a song that means more to you than the surface value of any written piece of music is supposed to mean. Sometimes music speaks to you in untold ways that really strike you to the core. I have recently felt like that about 3 Inches Of Blood’s song “Fierce Defender.” It’s not because I’m killing undead hordes or championing a battlefield with sword in tow. This song is the perfect allegory for a small business start up. You still with me? Good. Here are the lyrics and song and my breakdown as it relates to being a small business owner. If you could stick around to the end I’ll buy you a drink (Call me out on it. You will get a drink and a conversation!)  Anyway, here we go:

The outbreak has begun
End of days are coming
Very few will survive this plague
Gather all supplies, keep your wits about you
A war is coming, prepare for the attack

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

Fortress walls, behind them to defend
From mindless creatures need for flesh
They are coming, they will not stop
Crash upon you like a tidal wave of doom

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

Hold the line, defend it to the end
Destroy the brain and they will fall
Show no mercy for they will give you none
Relentlessly they seek to kill
Don’t wait for outside help
Reinforcements will not come
On ourselves we must rely
Find the courage to last another day
So all of us will stay alive

Outlast the horde
Their ranks are shrinking
The instinct to live on our greatest strength
The will come when all the killing stops
Time to rebuild all that’s lost

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

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The outbreak has begun
End of days are coming
Very few will survive this plague
Gather all supplies, keep your wits about you
A war is coming, prepare for the attack

Meaning: You have recently started your small business and the pressure is very real. Statistically, there are only a small number of businesses that succeed. You have to use all of the tricks you have learned and carefully use your funds because you’re on your own now with no outside help. Keep your wits about you.

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

Meaning: You’ve been thinking about this for a while. This is your chance to succeed and employ the tools you have amassed while preparing for your launch. The odds of success are against you but you have to believe in your self. You have to be your own champion because you know you can. Never slip in your own self confidence. Be that Fierce Defender!

Fortress walls, behind them to defend
From mindless creatures need for flesh
They are coming, they will not stop
Crash upon you like a tidal wave of doom

Meaning: Whatever you build there are people that want to tear it down. These are the haters. They could be family, friends, or business associates. They could try and tear you down and tell you that you are not good enough or special enough. It may hurt at first but you have to persevere and defend that wall.

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

Hold the line, defend it to the end
Destroy the brain and they will fall
Show no mercy for they will give you none
Relentlessly they seek to kill
Don’t wait for outside help
Reinforcements will not come
On ourselves we must rely
Find the courage to last another day
So all of us will stay alive

Meaning: Small Business owners must face facts. There is no one to help with their journey. At the end of the day if  you decide to do everything on your own then you must hold the fort and provide victory for your brand. Against all odds you will see the success of your small business and end up being the bigger fish in the pond. Small Business owners must be steadfast in their product and their belief in their product. No one will help  you, no one will back you up, and you have to find the gumption to stand alone, say your piece, survive, and live to fight another day. As small businesses, we climb a treacherous hill with many obstacles and we should never give up. We must find the courage to last another day. We owe it to ourselves, our family, and other like minded individuals. We stay alive through the communal effort of other business owners that hold the line.

Outlast the horde
Their ranks are shrinking
The instinct to live on our greatest strength
The will come when all the killing stops
Time to rebuild all that’s lost

Meaning: The more you chip at it – the more you get out of it. The haters will fade and the detractors will think better. Why? Because you have pioneered and championed your brand through your own belief. The INSTINCT to live on IS our greatest strength. Small business owners know that they have a huge undertaking before them and that is to establish a reputable brand. When success comes then you can expand, take time off, and make up for lost time.

No more running, here we make our stand
Against the odds we will fight
Be the champion, be the one
A fierce defender til its done

Meaning: Get out there and do it. BE the successful person you know you can be. BE the business owner you have always wanted to be.

Whew, well I hope you all got through that in one piece!

The album this is from; “Here Waits Thy Doom.” is also one of the greatest driving albums ever.

I would love to hear what songs motivate you and have meaning for you.

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Pin Up Photography!

Pin Up Photography

Pin up photography is awesome. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but there is something innocent yet alluring about pinup photos if done the right way. The playful nature of the pinup photo has been an American and photographic standard since we were able to capture moments on film! One model doing pin up photography here was such a great and awesome sport that we decided to do some Geek Girl Pinups. Being a geek herself she knew exactly what to wear and how to pose. This set set of photos was a hit for anyone I showed and actually would encourage more potential models to let it hang out and let their geek flag fly high. I also included some other pin up photography in this post as well. As always, I encourage you all to click around the site, send me emails, and interact with me on Twitter or Facebook. A huge part of pin up photography is making your model feel comfortable, attractive, and playful. I have written about this at length for a couple of magazines and my word of advice to any aspiring pin up photographer is to have fun, keep your hands to yourself, AND crank out some awesome tunes!

I am also a huge fan of pop culture, nerdery, geekery, and all within. To be honest I’m really into comics, science fiction, and a number of TV shows. Like really into comics. This photoshoot for some Geek Girl Pinups was a no brainer for this guy. This gallery combines a lot of pin up photography I have taken amidst other shoots. I can say that every single one of these models was completely awesome and appreciated the posing and style of pin up photography. I used a large seamless white background for the setting on a few. Fandom has been taken to the next level by lovers of comics, sci fi, movies, TV, fantasy and what have you. Fans also have direct access to creators now through conventions and social media platforms. It will be interesting to see where the state of fandom goes in the next few years. If you use Instagram you can search for a number of cool pop-culture related things in the hashtag search. It doesn’t matter what you like anymore because there will be tons of supportive and like minded fans out there for you to interact with.

I used my Canon EOS 60D and various lenses for this one as well. The editing was done in Photoshop and in Lightroom. If you enjoy these photos then let me know. I would love some feedback. Also, if you ever wanted to book your own pin up photography shoot then I would be more than happy  to talk about it. I am looking forward to shooting some more. Also, feel free to interact with me via Twitter, Facebook, or through nyphotony.com! Also, please support this site by clicking the GoDaddy.com banner below the gallery!

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Yoga Photography

Yoga Photography NYC

I have always wanted to do Yoga Photography and have found the perfect model for it. Candice is from out of town and has only been in New York for a couple of weeks. I feel honored and privileged that I was the photographer she chose for her brand and requested my services for some yoga photography that she would use for networking and of course yoga! She is a certified yoga instructor and an extremely wonderful person as well. We put together poses and photos that we would like to showcase and being the great subject that she is also posed for some more pinup style photos (that will be featured on an upcoming update) This session concentrates on her ability to strongly pose without faltering and shows the strength of her will, mind, and body. Yoga is an extension of your being and it’s proof to the universe that you are one within it and one with it. Yoga Photography can be an extension of the photographer’s quest for knowledge within a subject. In a city that can at times be a clenched fist I commend her efforts to spread positivity through her practice and am extremely happy with the results of the yoga photography that I captured of her practicing her art.

I decided to use mostly black and whites for the post production on this session. I feel it showcases her strength and definition while fading into a universal constant. We employed a Valeo Yoga Mat, Purple and I used my Canon 60D with a Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens , Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras , 85mm, and 50mm as well as a Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash for Canon Digital SLR Cameras to capture Candice’s yoga photography. Photoshop and Lightroom were also used in the post production for this session.

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