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

Original post:

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.

How To Take Good Fireworks 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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Mecsey Wedding Sneak Peek

New Jersey – Lehigh Valley PA Wedding Photography

We are excited to show off the fairy tale wedding of Kristin & Mike Mecsey to all their family and guests, congratulations newlyweds!

Below is a sneak peek of some of the images from their special day.

Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR
Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

the groomsmen were able to keep Mike from running for the hills!

Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Beautiful bride and bridesmaids

Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

It wouldn’t be a fire department wedding without a real fire call!

Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

Then it was cake time – will they play nice or make a mess?

Photos of Kristin and Mike Mecsey’s wedding on April 27, 2019. Photo by DAVE DABOUR

A good time was had by all!

The event was held at Creamery Hall in Califon, NJ

More images of their special day will be available here:here:

http://www.dabourphotography.com/event/Mecsey-Capaldo-Wedding

Why you should hire a professional photographer to do your events

Photos from the Kwenyan Professional Services Holiday Party 2018.

Should I Hire a Professional Photographer to Document My Event?

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire someone to photograph your event, consider these reasons:

Let’s say the event is a family reunion and you want to get a group photo of the whole family. You could do it yourself, but one of two things could happen then. A) You have someone take the photo for you, leaving a family member out of the photo because they had to take it. This could possibly offend that person or make them feel awkward for being excluded. Or B) You set a timer on your camera. This can be problematic because there are so many people in the photo that you will need to take several images to make sure everyone is looking and has their eyes open. You will have to take two to three times as long to get the photos done because you’ll have to keep resetting the timer, and you still might not have gotten the shot. Hiring a professional will eliminate all of this stress.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go around all night taking selfies with my phone or camera with all of my friends and family members. I would much prefer to relax and enjoy the moment instead of trying to capture it. The quality of the photos will be much better than the selfies. Also, trying to take a selfie with a group of people is next to impossible when trying to get everyone inside the frame.

If the event is a birthday party, you don’t want to miss out on visiting with guests or helping your child open presents or cut the cake because you are too busy trying to take the photos. You want to be part of the action, not stuck behind the camera.

Another great thing about hiring a professional is that you don’t have to worry about editing and distributing the photos after the event is over. You just have to wait to receive them from your photographer.

Finally, it’s really a gift to have well lit photographs taking by a professional who preserve the memory of your event. Those images are going to be cherished by everyone for a very long time to come.

Our business motto is: Let’s us capture the moments so you can enjoy them.” These are words that were carefully chosen. We know lots of people have cameras today and enjoy taking photos. But at your own event, sit back and enjoy it. Let me capture and save the moments for you so you can enjoy them forever!

SKIT presents “Newsies”

New Jersey Event Photography – Theatrical

I had the pleasure to once again create some publicity photographs for SKIT’s upcoming production of Disney’s “Newsies.”

Here are a small sampling of the publicity photographs that have been used in media for advertising.

More images are available on my website: http://skit.dabourphotography.com

The show runs January 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 2019. For more information and tickets visit their website http://www.showkids.org. All shows at Voorhees HIgh School theater in HIgh Bridge, NJ

I will also be recording video of the show. Cast and crew can order a DVD at http://store.dabourphotography.com