Simon Pixelford often walked past Jake Neopolt, busking his heart out on the sidewalk, by the nearest subway stop. Jake’s well-worn guitar hinted at a passion that could not go unknown for long. His singing voice expelled rugged and catchy melodies that Simon and the other photographers would find themselves humming throughout the day. So when a local music producer contacted Pixelford Photography to shoot an album cover shoot for a recently discovered talent, the team was enthralled when Jake appeared on location on the day of the shoot. Humble yet funny, crass yet refined, with a willingness to do anything – Jake was a photographer’s dream. His only demand that day, asserted with a mischievous smile, was “do what you do – but make sure my gangly mug is blown out by the sun.” And that is exactly what the photographers set to work doing. The “Fire in the Sky” album cover features simple photos of Jake, blasted by the sun – hinting at a raw and burning talent. When asked what he thought about the images, Jake said “they tell the exact story I wanted them to tell – and you guys totally rock!” Jake’s career is flying high now, and we think there’s no one who deserves it more.
The Brooklyn Bridge has become an international icon, having been featured in so many films and photographs. Whether photographing this extraordinary manmade structure from a distance, photographing the Manhattan skyline while standing on the Brooklyn Bridge, or photographing portrait subjects in the vicinity of the bridge, there’s a wealth of variety in considering just this one location. Take a look at the various photos our team has shot, and you’ll see why this famous suspension bridge has a face for all seasons.
Black & White: The Brooklyn Bridge looks so clean and pristine in black and white.
Blur of Activity: The Brooklyn Bridge is seen here as an important part of the transportation system – bringing people to and from their destinations, in a blur of activity.
Color & Sparkle: When not focused on being a main transportation artery, the Brooklyn Bridge is a model of color and sparkle that dons its most popular face in the evening.
Wedding Walk: This couple is literally taking a big step in cementing their nuptials.
Juliane and Hanz met in Moscow, when Juliane was an exchange student, studying languages, and Hanz was enrolled in engineering school. Juliane returned home to Manhattan at the end of the program, and three years later, Hanz found work as a civil engineer in Brooklyn. They had lost contact while apart, and after a serendipitous reunion at a coffee shop in Brooklyn, it was apparent that destiny had played a hand in getting the two together. They were a couple within days, started living together the next month, and were engaged before the year was out. When it came time to plan their wedding, they knew it just had to be in Moscow, near the university plaza where they first met.
They contacted Simon, at the referral of a mutual friend who had used Pixelford Photography for a wedding in upstate New York, but assumed he’d recommend calling someone in Moscow.After meeting Simon, and seeing the large body of awe-inspiring wedding photography shot by the Pixelford Photography team, Juliane and Hanz were determined to hire Pixelford.
As luck would have it, Simon was shooting a commercial shoot in Europe later in the year, and after hearing the couple’s story, he was easily persuaded to book their wedding shoot. Juliane and Hanz couldn’t have been happier with the photos, shown here, and have called Simon their “White Knight Behind the Camera Lens.”
Ironically, in New York City, a hub of picturesque and vibrant photo settings, it can be very difficult to find a location for a portrait photography shoot. And if you’re planning a fashion shoot, with multiple clothing changes, a makeup artist and hair stylist, and a bit more hoopla, that problem can be compounded. There are various reasons for this. Depending on where you’re shooting, you may need a film permit. If you plan to “assert exclusive use of City property” and/or you’re using equipment or vehicles, instead of just handheld cameras and tripods, you’ll need to apply for a $300 film permit and have insurance. Also, in busy areas, you run the risk of individual and groups of photo “bombers” destroying your perfectly planned shot. And, if your subject is going to change clothing, or you’re shooting for a couple hours, you’ll need access to a bathroom.
But who says you need to be in the thick of things to get a great shot? In fact, in most cases, being away from the flow of activity, while having the picturesque scene is the desired, but not possible, option. Not possible? Think again! If you’re fortunate enough to have access, rooftop shooting is a great option. Not only can you frame your subject against multiple interesting backgrounds, but also there’s lots of light, relative privacy, and usually discrete areas, such as the stairwell or opposite side of the roof, for clothing changes. And, if you know someone who lives in the building, or there is public restroom, you’ve got bathroom breaks covered, too. If you choose this option, do remember to be safe and stay away from the building edges. And, always remember to be courteous to others who are enjoying the rooftop view. Good luck, and happy shooting!