“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” ― Franz Kafka
I had the pleasure of photographing model Nina Jade again yesterday, and I got to work with a great team from Make Me Fabulous (Amy Adams Prastio, Erin Ozinsky, and Angela Nadine Wakefield). They did a heck of a job glamming up the already gorgeous Nina. And Bird of Paradise Boutique provided the dress. Thanks, as well, to JFP assistant Amanda Vitti, who lugged gear all day. And thanks to my friend Sean Junda, who was on hand to put together a behind-the-scenes video.
I remember the specific moment (on February 24, 2012) when I thought, “Hey, I can make this photography thing work. There’s something here.”
I knew I was passionate about making pictures and telling stories. I was willing to work hard at it. And friends had been telling me forever that I had “a good eye.” However (and I’m guessing it’s like this with any artistic pursuit), I wasn’t sure if I could make a good living with a camera. Would people be receptive to the way I see the world, to the way I present them in images, and how I tell their stories?
In June of 2011, I landed a gig to photograph one of my favorite bands (Company of Thieves) through a friend and fellow photographer (Julia Zave) for WEQX. I was thrilled at the chance to shoot the show, but I really wanted to make a portrait of the band. So I reached out to the group’s management company, sending them a link to my portfolio and a promise to work quickly. I heard back right away – Company of Thieves would be happy to have me make a portrait. I did a little dance in my studio.
My assistant – Krystal – and I got to Upstate Concert Hall (Clifton Park, N.Y.) early the day of the concert. We dragged an abandoned couch a half-mile into some shade and set up several lights. I formulated a plan. Then I met lead singer Genevieve and lead guitarist Marc, and I explained what I wanted to do.
“Cool,” they said. “Let’s do it.”
I got the shot I wanted in less than 10 minutes, and I cut the group loose. The photo ended up being used all over the U.S.A. for Company of Thieves publicity. So the experience was a success.
But, it wasn’t THE MOMENT. That came in February of 2012, when Company of Thieves returned to the Capital District to play at Jillian’s in Albany.
A month or so before the show, I reached out to Marc (the guitarist) directly and pitched the idea of me spending the entire concert day with the band, doing a “day-in-the-life” type of shoot. Again I heard back right away – “Let’s do it,” Marc said. I then pushed for what I really wanted, asking if they’d like to make a portrait again. And Marc – whom I’d hit it off nicely with – answered in the affirmative.
So, on show day, JFP assistant Alan and I hung photographed Company of Thieves for a solid 10 hours, documenting their road experience. Before the show, I made a few band portraits, and then I asked Genevieve and Marc – the heart and soul of the group – if I could make a few pictures of just them.
They were down. I told them exactly what I was after and I guided them through the session. Again, we were done very quickly. We made the following photo, which is one of my favorites of all time:
And this photo represents the moment I believed I could make a solid living as a photographer. That’s when I knew I could work effectively in high-pressure situations, that I could get people to buy into my vision, and that I could execute when I created cool photographic opportunities for myself.
Shooting Company of Thieves the first time was a proud moment for me. Landing a second gig and delivering a portrait that made me happy was confirmation that the first time had not been a fluke.
Shortly after this portrait was made, both Genevieve and Marc left me sweet notes on Twitter about my professionalism and the art I’d made. Additionally, the photo ended up serving as the poster image for an acoustic tour in 2013. (I also made a portrait of Genevieve and Marc during that tour — see below.)
I consider myself lucky to make pictures for a living. And I consider myself lucky to have experienced a specific moment where it became a reality to me. Life is good.
Wow, what a wonderful day (February 22, 2014) with Jennifer Keigley and Ron Mumblo at Saratoga National Golf Club Weddings & Events! We could not have asked for better weather, and these two were up for anything, including stomping through snow to get to a bridge for me. (As was Sarah from Mazzone Hospitality.) Congrats, Jennifer and Ron! And thanks for choosing JFP to document your day! It was also great to work with Fernando Bustamante of Conway Entertainment Professional DJ Service and Christopher of Christopher Brian Salon. Thanks to Kristen Renee of Kristen Renee Photography for second shooting.
This next photo, taken at Saratoga National, is one of my favorite First Look images I’ve ever made:
I also love this photo of Jenny and Ron and Sarah (from Mazzone Hospitality) trekking through the snow (this was necessary so we could make the picture at the top of this post). What troopers!:
Jennifer was such a fun, expressive bride!:
And nothing says winter wedding like a beer sitting in the snow:
Finally, it was time for the ceremony (and some tears):
How about a high-five to celebrate the moment?:
Oh my goodness, how awesome is this reaction from Jenny as she sees the ballroom in all of its “winter wonderland glory” for the first time?:
Finally, it was party time!:
Thank you for choosing JFP, guys! I wish you a lifetime of love and laughter together!
Congrats to my friends Alayne Curtiss and Gwendolan Birkmayer Carter, who were recently awarded the grand prize after submitting one of their Updo creations using Bumble and Bumble products! (The look is shown here, in this Jeff Foley Photography image of model Nina Jade.) Alayne and Gwen’s look was selected from over 100 Bumble and bumble. salons in the US who submitted! Also involved on the shoot: BRIDE and GOWN, Jessyka Neitzel, Danielle Breitenbach, Fleurtacious Designs. Gwen and Alayne will spend a day receiving one-on-one training at the Bumble and Bumble Academy In NYC on Monday! Ironically, that is also when Jeff Foley will be shooting with Nina again. Congrats again to Alayne and Gwen!
“We were given two hands to hold, two legs to walk, two eyes to see, and two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find.” — Author unknown
I’d say, judging from the way Jennifer is looking at her husband-to-be (Ron) during a First Look at Saratoga National Golf Club Weddings & Events, she has found the the man she wants to have her heart. I absolutely adore Jenny’s expression here.
Thanks again, Jennifer and Ron, for choosing JFP to document your day! It was also great to work with Fernando Bustamante of Conway Entertainment Professional DJ Service, Tony Gibson of Time Capsule Photobooths, Mazzone Hospitality and Christopher Brian Salon. Thanks to Kristen Renee of Kristen Renee Photography for second shooting.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
Jeff Foley Photography won a 2013-14 Regional Choice Award from the Adirondack – Albany Wedding Association. Yay! JFP was voted (by the general public) the No. 1 wedding photography studio in the Saratoga region! I’m honored to be included with all the other wedding professionals listed here.
And thank you so much to everyone who voted for JFP!
Congratulations to Devan and Steve, who got married on February 1, 2014! It was a fantastic day, and the couple were game for anything photo-wise, even venturing out into the cold, wet weather for portraits. I loved documenting their day! It was also great to work with the Hall of Springs, Mazzone Hospitality (their staff crushed it!), Today’s Limousine, New York Players, Renaissance Floral Design, Mainstream Hair Studio, Angela’s bridal and Tuxego. Thanks to Alan for second shooting. It’s good to have the 2014 wedding season underway. And we kicked it off in awesome fashion!
I love this shot by JFP second shooter Alan! So moody:
Here’s the bride-to-be and her mom:
Seriously, how stunning is this woman?!?!:
The ceremony took place at St. Mary’s in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Check out the dapper groom waiting for the proceedings to kick off:
After the ceremony, we headed to the Hall of Springs for some portrait work (and the reception). Couples often worry about getting inclement weather on their wedding day, and I always tell them there’s nothing to worry about. As long as you’re game, inclement weather portraits are awesome. And Devan and Steve, and their bridal party, were more than game!:
I have just one word for this next photo: LOVE.
Finally, it was time for the party! And the Hall of Springs is about as classy a venue as I’ve ever seen:
Devan and her dad:
Steve and his mom:
If the New York Players are in the house, you know damn well that’s going to be an awesome event. These guys killed it!:
Apparently, there was a Duke-Syracuse basketball game going on at the same time, and there were a few Syracuse fans at the reception:
Another killer shot by Alan:
At the end of the night, Devan’s dad serenaded the new bride:
Thank you, Devan and Steve, for sharing your wedding day with JFP! I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
“Hey Jeff!! Sorry this took me a bit to get back to you but I just wanted to thank you again for our pop-up book!! It turned out amazing!! We got home that weekend I think it was Sunday night and boom it was there on our doorstep! I really just have to say besides the work you do I am really impressed with how prompt you are with getting things to us!! That was such an awesome surprise to come home to after a weekend away!! Thank you so much again for everything and for making our engagement session fun and non-awkward (especially since we didn’t have alcohol!! lol) We are really looking forward to having you on our wedding day!! Hope all is going well!!”
“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade … and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” — comedian Ron White
So, I’m pretty sure Jennifer and Ron can relate to that quote! This photo was taken Saturday during their Saratoga National Golf Club Weddings & Events wedding, BEFORE the first dance! Let’s just say that these two (and their family and friends) know how to have fun. They will have a blast during their life together!
Thanks again, Jennifer and Ron, for choosing JFP to document your day! It was also great to work with Fernando of Conway Entertainment Professional DJ Service, Mazzone Hospitality and Christopher Brian Salon. Thanks to Kristen Renee Photography for second shooting.