Family Portraits for the Plaxe Family

New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer

Portraits of the Plaxe family in October 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s something about getting a family together for portraits in the fall. The weather is cooler and the air crisper.

Let’s capture memories that will last a lifetime!

Family Portraits for the Wert Family

New Jersey Family Portrait Photographer

Family portraits for the Wert Family in December 2020

You’ve heard me say before how much I love creating family portraits – especially in the Fall

What I love about this family is twofold: I not only photographed them before, but they were brave enough to go out on a chilly and breezy day!

And sometimes you get something unexpected when you put all the brothers and sisters together

And it’s always nice to give them options for holiday cards

When was the last time you updated your family portrait? If you still can’t remember the date it’s time for an update! Let’s create some that you are proud to hang on your wall! Contact me for more information at dave@dabourphoto.com or 908.995.7273

Dance Portraits for Lucille

New Jersey – Lehigh Valley Dance Photography

Dance portraits for Lucielle at SBK in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Lucille was a pleasure to have in my studio for some dance portraits

Dance portraits for Lucielle in August 2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

At first she came out with the adorable costume so I asked her to get into character and this is what she did!

After that, she turned on the cuteness all the way!

Ready for me to create some great dance portraits for you or someone you know?

I provide the following dance photography services:

  • dance portraits (recital or personal/groups)
  • action photos of dance rehearsals or recitals
  • candid portraits of dancers at rehearsal
  • video recording of events and recitals

In need of any of the above or want to find out more information? Please contact me at dave at dabourphoto.com or 908.995.7273

Macher Wedding Photography

New Jersey Wedding Photographer

Wedding day portraits for Greg and Cat

Cat and Greg’s wedding was delayed due to COVID-19 like so many others in the past 18 months.

Cat and Greg were a pleasure to work with. I also had the pleasure to create engagement portraits for them. Their sense of humor and adventure are priceless!

The church was important to Cat as her Mother also got married there.

I created a special image for them (left) that was very similar to what was done for her parents.

Their reception was at Hawk Pointe Golf Club in Washington New Jersey. I’ve photographed weddings and events there before. The location is ideal and the staff very friendly!

Wedding day portraits for Greg and Cat

Unfortunately Cat’s father came down with COVID-19 right before her wedding and could not attend in person. He’s now fully recovered and doing well! Cat and Greg put their wedding attire back on recently and we had another portrait session with her Dad! Look for an upcoming posting featuring those photos!

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Lehigh Valley Dance Photography

Photo of the PYB – Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley rehearsing for their 2021 recital. © Dave Dabour

I had the unexpected pleasure of photographing the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. They are part of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley.

Photo of the PYB – Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley rehearsing for their 2021 recital. © Dave Dabour

Like many dance studios, they were deeply impacted by the pandemic. They didn’t perform a traditional recital this year but still wanted to capture the extreme talents of all the dancers

I normally don’t have the pleasure of photographing them. They’re regular photographer took ill and I was glad they reached out to me and I was available!

They are all extremely talented dancers and I was honored to be able to photograph them. It would have been nice to photograph them with studio lights but given the pandemic, they requested only dance studio images.

Know someone who can benefit from dance photography? I offer the following types of dance photography:

  • Formal dance portraits (recital or personal/groups)
  • Action photos of dance rehearsals or recitals
  • Candid portraits of dancers at rehearsal
  • Video recording of recitals and events

For more information please contact me at dave at dabourphoto.com or http://www.dabourphoto.com

How To Take Great Firework Photos

It’s that time of year again. Here are some tips to capture fireworks on your camera.

For some additional tips search on the work fireworks on my blog!

Dabour Photography

Its not really as hard as you think once you get into it and think about it. The hard part is practicing it and managing the “stress” that occurs during the “shoot” since they only last a few minutes (5-10 minutes generally unless you’re fortunate).

Camera Settings – DSLR

ISO – fireworks are brighter than you think – even though it’s nighttime, set your ISO to the lowest setting. I go with 100.

Aperture – generally f8-f16 works well. f11 might be a good starting spot

Shutter Speed – (manual) Bulb and experiment with anything from 4 seconds to 30 seconds.

Tripod – a must for fireworks. If you don’t have one, get or borrow one. Otherwise try putting your camera on something sturdy like the roof of your car or a fence. But remember than you probably need to tilt your camera up somewhat unless you are going for…

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Spirits of 9/11

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Well, it’s 2020, and 9/11 has come and gone once again. I’ve visited the lights and shapes that commemorate 9/11 at Liberty State Park several times. People ask me why I go back more than once. “Don’t I see the same thing every time I go?” Never. This year was special.

Photo commemorating the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Maybe it was because it’s the year of COVID 19 and a pandemic. Maybe it’s because the weather was beautiful this year on 9/11 – just like our weather was on 9/11/01. Maybe it’s because I’ve always lived in the NY/NJ area my entire life. Maybe it’s because I’m a member of my local fire department. Maybe it’s because I love creating images. Maybe it’s because of something else…

World Trade Center Steel on display at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

There’s steel from the World Trade Centers on display in many places including the Greenwich Emergency Squad right here in Stewartsville, NJ. Every time I see it, it gives me chills and goosebumps. I start to think of what this steel must have gone through to look like this. Then I think of what all the people that were in or under the towers must have gone through. Then I think of the families of the survivors…

NYC sky line at the 9/11 anniversary at Liberty State Park on 9/11/2020. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

The NYC sky line is what I’m drawn to first. Even though it’s very familiar to me, it hold a special importance. But this year I also wanted to create some images to put a spiritual connection to what happened here.

If you would like to see more and purchase any prints, please visit my gallery at: https://www.dabourphotography.com/Events/Spirits-of-911/

Do you have a special image size in mind and would love it customized with a mat? I’d love to create that for you! Here is an example of what I mean:

16×20 print

SBK Summer Camp 2020 Dance Portraits

Outdoor Dance Portraits

SBK Dancers and Parents,

Summer Camp photos at the Thomas Stewart Park are finished. Thank you to everyone that showed up for dance portraits!

Did you still want some dance portraits? You can still get them. Simply contact me for a session at my home studio. You will pay a small deposit for the session that then gets applied to your order!

dave@dabourphoto.com or 908-995-7273.

To schedule your appointment at Summer Camp click here.

Dance Portraits in my home studio

Studio Session – available in my home studio in Bloomsbury/Stewartsville area. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting. $49 session fee (up to 1 hour) that gets applied to your order! Interested? Please email dave@dabourphoto.com or call 908-995-7273 to schedule a time slot

Dave

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Great news: there will be an opportunity for dance portraits at the SBK Summer Camp this week! I really missed seeing everyone this Spring and creating some dance portraits of the talented SBK dancers!

I will be at the SBK Camp this Wednesday (5 – 6:00 pm) and Thursday (5 – 7:30 pm). These will be outdoor portraits with a natural background. There’s a signup list here I’ll be more than happy to photograph any dancer that wants portraits, however, priority will be given to those who signup in advance. If interested, I can also photograph dance friends and group photos as well.

I’m also offering photo sessions at my home studio. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting at a very affordable fee. More info below

All of the portraits will be posted in an online gallery where you will be able to “favorite” the ones you love. I’ll forward the link when available.

Prints, print packages and composites (like I do for the candid’s – more info here: Candid Dance Photos) along with digitals are available for purchase. More info below.

Best news of all: no order forms required in advance! Please contact me with any questions.

Dave Dabour
DABOUR Photography
dave@dabourphotography.com
908-995-7273
http://www.dabourphoto.com/dance

More information, scheduling and pricing

To schedule your appointment at Summer Camp click here.

Dance Portraits in my home studio

Studio Session – available in my home studio in Bloomsbury/Stewartsville area. This will allow the dancer to have a more personalized session, giving the ability to change costumes/outfits in a more relaxed and comfortable setting. $49 session fee (up to 1 hour) that gets applied to your order! Interested? Please email dave@dabourphoto.com or call 908-995-7273 to schedule a time slot

Products

Prints 3.5×5 $2.99 4×6 $4.99 5×7 $7.99 8×10 $10.99 Plus a lot more!

Packages (available to order via desktop computers only) – starting at $20. Contact me for more options

Composites – love lots of photos? Let me create a composite of several of them together! Starting at $59. Contact me for more information

Digitals $9.99 (web) $49 (full res) each or all photos of dancer $149

CHS Palm Sunday 2020

Video from the Church of the Holy Spirit’s 2020 Palm Sunday service

Regular readers of my photography blog will find the above post a little bit strange. Truth be told, an elderly parishioner at my church couldn’t see the online video from Palm Sunday. I needed a quick way to convert the Facebook Live video into another easy format for her to see it since she doesn’t have a Facebook account. Putting the link in my blog was a quick way to accomplish this! And if you are search for an Episcopal church I highly recommend Church of the Holy SPirit in Lebanon, NJ. http://www.churchholyspirit.org.

Senior Portraits and More

Summer is a popular time to capture Senior portraits for the upcoming school season. If course you don’t have to be a senior in High School to get your portraits taken over the Summer!

When was the last time you updated your portrait for LinkedIn or your website? You can’t remember? Or you don’t have a LinkedIn account? Or for your corporate directory?

Portraits can be as simple as a head shot or as thorough as capturing who you are and displaying that to others.