When I was a little kid, I had a small insect field guide. In that guide was a photo of the red-eye periodical cicada (Magicicada spp). Plying the alleyways and infrequent parks of Jersey City, NJ I never did see one. When I turned 14, we moved to the ‘burbs. Carteret, NJ. Seemed like the country to my brother and I. Much more green and more opportunities to check off more insects in my field guide!
When I was 15, I finally met the periodical Cicada! Some Brood II specimens emerged in my parent backyard. I was thrilled to finally see them. The population was small. None of the loud chorusing you hear where there are huge, dense populations.
Not everyone was so excited. I was talking with my friend Brian. A magicicada landed near his feet on my patio. He lifted his foot to stomp on it.
“OMG no,” I screamed and pushed him away. I told him of it’s long, dark life sucking juice out of roots for 17 years and it’s short weeks in the sun, singing to find a mate. I gently picked up the cicada and tossed it into the air. It took flight in a gentle upward arc, the sunlight shimmered upon it’s gossamer wings. Then a bird swooped down and ate it. Ces’t la vie, eh?
Anyway I have seen a few broods in different states over the years and when I learned that Brood VII would be emerging south of Syracuse around Onondaga Hill, NY, I knew I’d have to make the trip. I first tried on a vacant lot but was chased away by local residents. I then contacted Saul, owner of Griffin Hill Brewery as I has seen a story about Cicadas on his property.
Saul was incredibly gracious –I spent a few hours wandering his property photographing this most intriguing insect.
Before I left a shot a few family portraits and bought some beer which I have yet to imbibe.
A most worthy odyssey.
We had the best time with Caitlyn, Paul and their families last weekend. I get to take photos of amazing people, who are in love, having the best night of their lives.
How great is that?
Franklin Lakes Wedding Photographers
On July 2nd, 2016 I shot Andrea + Sean’s wedding! it was my 1st Marine wedding and it was a blast. OORAH!!
I was excited to hear from Andrea recently –even more excited when she asked me over to her Mom’s in my neighboring town of Wyckoff, NJ to take some photos of her and her 7 month-old baby girl Mallory Pearl! How cute is that name?!
I had Mom, Aunt Allie and Grandma all helping me keep Mallory happy and looking my way. We had so much fun! Only had planned on the tub shot –everything else I improvised on the fly. I was inspired by the all the love.
Thanks ladies –next time we gotta include Sean!
Wyckoff Baby Photographers
So happy for Daisy + Luis –so happy to be taking photos of their growing family. Luca Alexander is so beautiful and the way his big brother Damian kisses him and sweetly talks to him to soothe him. It is so sweet. Love the photo of the boys together most of all…I bet Daisy and Luis will too!
After taking photos of the boys, I set up a light and a beauty dish outside for some family photos. We heard a big ruckus in the shrubs at the back of their yard and a 300+ pound bear emerged. As soon as he saw us he made a hard right and I didn’t have a good angle for a photo. From quite a distance away I grabbed a shot of the bear crossing the street.
NJ Baby Photographers
My photo partner Jed
asked me to shoot his surprise wedding proposal to Amy on Saturday, 3/31/2018. I
was excited, honored and a little bit nervous. Though we scouted the Central
Park location a week ago, Jed was so nervous he was facing the wrong way
when he asked…maybe that was best as I got a great photo of Amy’s surprise.
Jed was pretending to get ready for a family shoot. Pulled his camera
out of the bag to take some test shots w Amy and danging from his lens
was a ribbon and engagement ring. At first Amy thought is was vegetation
hanging from his lens then she saw the sparkler!!
Meanwhile I was
wearing a hoodie w hood pulled down so that Amy wouldn’t recognize me.
She thought I was some shady guy looking to get close and steal Jed’s
So cool to have been a part of this! Love to you both!
NJ Surprise Proposal Photography
Had a great time shooting the 1st ever Indian Hills HS alumni soccer event.
The IHHS Soccer Coach, Mike Calderon, is brother to long-time client Daisy Calderon so I have met Mike a few times already including Daisy’s Costa Rica wedding!
Anyway, I had a 300mm f/2.8 lens on loan from Nikon that I was to take whale watching…lens was perfect for shooting these matches as well.
I am not a big sports fan but taking photos of the event was great fun. Hopefully we can do it again next year!
NJ Sports Photographers
I have taken photos with and for Daisy and Luis and family many times. Engagement. Costa Rica wedding. Maternity photos. Newborn photos. Birthday photos. Family photos. Holiday photos. You name it! I love them for trusting me so many times.
When Daisy told me she was pregnant again I was excited to learn they were going to hire me again, but just for newborn photos. I knew they likely wanted some maternity/family photos with their son Damian while they were still a family of 3.
Next snowfall, I texted Daisy with the idea of a quick shoot during the snowfall by the Ramapo River. Close to where I shot their engagement photos.
They came right over –arrived as I was finishing shoveling my driveway.
I brought my Nikon D5, 85mm f/1.4 lens and one off-camera flash which I covered in a plastic bag to keep it dry as it snowed.
We only shot for 15 minutes. It was a little cold, and Damian was getting bored.
That being said, we caught some sweetness. The lack of color in the Winter landscape led me to convert them all to B&W.
Love my clients.
Love your clients. They will love you back.
NJ Life Photographer
Last wedding of 2017 was also the 1st of 2018 –our first New Year’s Eve wedding!
Kristina + Dan had the night of their lives and we were happy to be there for them!
The Saddlebrook Marriott was a great place for everyone to get ready.
Morristown’s I do, I do helped Kristina find the PERFECT dress –amazing!
Amazing MUA and hairstylist! Holy Rosary Church in Passaic was brilliant!
The DJs and MC kept everyone dancing and having fun!
The Venetian of course, was an amazing venue. Great service, killer food and so beautiful a space!
Thanks to www.adamsilversteinphotography.com for adept 2nd shooting!
Now we have a few weeks w/o and wedding photography…some editing and album design to keep us busy.
Thanks to all of our clients for making 2017 so amazing –I trust we returned the favor!!
Preferred Wedding Photographer
Sneak peak from Kristina + Dan’s amazing New Year’s Eve wedding a The Venetian in Garfield, NJ this Sunday into Monday. Last wedding of 2017 was also the 1st of 2018! Church was the gorgeous Holy Rosary in Passaic, NJ, gleaming and gorgeous inside! We love you Dan & Kristina –a larger gallery to follow VERY soon!
Passaic Wedding Photographers
The DeCroce family stopped by for their Christmas Family photo session in late November. We shot these in my backyard with one studio light. The leaves were perfect, as was the light! In 15 minutes we had amazing photos of their boys for their Christmas card!
Could not have been easier!!