John and I also go way back — he was in that same first class that Jillian Miller and I shared five years ago. John is an amazing actor, starring in many of Eastern University’s plays and performances over the years. A whiles back, John approached me about getting more up-to-date headshots taken so he can go out and get cast in other theatres. Well, he certainly didn’t need me to do that; he’s become quite the commodity in the greater Philadelphia area. But new headshots couldn’t hurt 🙂 It was fun working with John and I think we ended up with some pretty good shots. Enjoy!
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I know it has been a while since I last uploaded some of my photos, so I figured that instead of making a bunch of old posts that aren’t super relevant anymore, I would just throw a sample photo from each event in and link you to the facebook albums if you cared to see more.
This summer was a busy one. Lots of running around, trying to get my personal life in order. I had to find a new roommate, move out of my apartment, apply to graduate school, and deal with a car that chronically had something wrong with it. I’m glad to say that I did, eventually, find a roommate; we did, with much effort, find a new place to live; I was able to get into graduate school (I’m going to be a psychologist!); and, of course, my car still has problems. On the bright side, I’m glad to say that I am officially the staff photographer of Eastern University’s Fine and Performing Arts Division, so that means more dance, music, and theatre photos will be posted over the course of this year!
And now for the blog posts that should have gone up months ago…
Jessica Czop Headshots
I met Jess back in undergrad some three or four years ago. She happened to be the roommate of one of my co-workers. She was majoring in something biological during her time at school, but has since turned to acting. She must be doing well since she has her own IMDB page! I was thrilled when she told me she wanted me to do some new headshots for her! Maybe someday she’ll get famous and take me along with her…
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DVDA’s “An Evening by the Lake”
This was an interesting show to shoot because I was actually in the wings taking these pictures. Standing amongst the dancers. Trying not to be in the way. It all turned out well, though, and the girls did a wonderful job! It was so cute seeing the little kids in their duckling costumes (not pictured above).
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Jillian Miller @ Chaplin’s Coffeehouse
Jillian and I go way back — to the very first class of our undergraduate careers. She is outstandingly talented and extremely passionate for music, which is obvious to anyone who hears her. This was her first coffeehouse in recent history and has been since invited to open for an act at another coffeehouse in Phoenixville. Hopefully she’ll keep at it — it won’t be long until she’s the headliner!
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Beeeeeeeeeecause why not? Fun story: I was waiting for a client (photos to come soon) when I saw all these bees in these flowers. I was bored, so I decided to try to get some photos of the bees. I never tried to take a picture of something that small before with my 7D. My 30D always had trouble with it. Apparently the 7D was up to the task, so I got some awesome photos! Hopefully I’ll be out there again, trying to capture some more insects and flowers and whatnot. This was a lot of fun.
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Quick note about the next two: I just want to show you how high quality the 7D’s images are. I could crop closer if I wanted to, but I decided that the composition of the photo would get worse if I got any closer. Check that detail out! Wow! And I didn’t even do extra editing!
Remember these two? They’re the ones who first got engaged on stage. Naturally, that’s where we started on our shoot before heading outside. This was my first engagement photoshoot ever (wow). I think we did a good job! Congratulations you two!
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The second (and surprisingly last) senior portrait session of the season. Dan’s been a friend of mine for the past four years, so it was nice to be able to do this for him. Dan’s a bit of a jokester, so it was a little difficult to catch a photo of him when he wasn’t in the middle of telling a joke or laughing at one of mine. In the end, though, I think we were both happy with the results.
As always, you can find more photos on my Facebook page.
Another end-of-the-year show, this one was presented by Kat Moorman. Much like a senior recital, Kat and her friends presented a variety of songs from different musicals. Kat has since graduated, but was an active member of the theatre department during her time at Eastern. You might remember her as the lead female character in Carousel. All proceeds from this concert went to charity.
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It’s been a while since my last post. I’m glad to say that it’s because I’ve been so busy with new and exciting photoshoots! With that in mind, I’m going to keep my comments brief over the next few posts.
Before the school year ended, Eastern University’s Theatre Department put on one last show, featuring many never-before-seen pieces, written and directed by the students themselves. The night’s entertainment included poetry by two amazing student poets and short, interesting plays. Below I’ve included a photo from every play/poet. Enjoy!
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Here are a few shots of Eastern University’s 2011 Baccalaureate ceremony. It was a beautiful event held at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church that included messages from then soon-to-be graduates Jennifer Kane and Evan Kerstetter, a musical selection by the University Choir, a special musical selection by some of the graduating music majors, an address by Professor Van Weigel, and finally a candle -lighting ceremony to close (pictured above). Congratulations Class of 2011! You will be missed!
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This is my friend Steve. Steve is an up-and-coming actor and an active part of Eastern University’s Theatre department. Before the academic year came to a close, Steve snagged me for a photoshoot — just some stuff for his portfolio.
We had a really great time, travelling from Eastern into downtown Wayne, PA for some of the shots. We also had dinner at this place called “PB&U,” which features some really weird combinations of peanut butter sandwiches. I had one which was homemade peanut butter, honey, bananas, and bacon. Strangely enough, it wasn’t horrible. How cool is that?
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Eastern University’s Dance calendar ended with their spectacular Spring Dance Show. I was particularly impressed by the student’s skill through different styles of dance – from an interesting tap piece set to guitar, to a beautiful and graceful ballet piece, and even to a very intense and exciting African dance piece. If you ever get the chance to see one of Eastern’s Dance productions, I would highly recommend it!
Update: If you like what I’ve been able to do with Eastern University Dance, Music, and Theatre, then you’re in luck! I have been officially contracted as Eastern’s Fine and Performing Arts photographer for the 2011-2012 academic year!
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It’s been a while since my last post, but I’m glad to finally share some of the work I did with the Delaware Valley Dance Academy out in Hatboro, PA. These remarkably talented dancers invited me into their studio for a photoshoot. Although this was a bit out of my area of expertise (I’m not really a studio photographer — more of a performance photographer), I think we came up with some nice photos!
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Eastern University had it’s last music concerts of the school year this past weekend. They were amazing! Some of my personal favorites: the University Band, Jazz Band, MIDI Ensemble, Eastern Strings, Orchestra, and the Choir. The Orchestra did a pretty cool original piece set to the silent film “H2O.” They had it playing live on a screen behind them while they performed. It was fantastic, even if it was 12 minutes long 🙂 You can see photos from that piece, as well as everything else on my Facebook page. Don’t forget to ‘like’ it!
Oh, and did I mention that two students got engaged on stage during the final show? That was pretty cool, too.
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Its Senior photo season and I kicked it off with Becca who will be graduating for Gordon College this May. It was a beautiful day at Valley Forge National Park. Too beautiful, perhaps, as we had so much trouble finding shade on this cloudless day. It was fun though, so I’m not complaining.
Becca was down in PA visiting her boyfriend this week so I ‘m glad we found the time to get some portraits done. He tagged along, so by the end of the day we decided to get a few of them together. They told me that they were cursed – they don’t have any good photos of the two of them. I consider this curse reversed.
You can see the whole shoot on my Facebook page (Don’t forget to ‘like’ it!). If you want to by prints or digital copies, you can visit my online store at www.bryoncalawaphotography.com, but you’ll need to get the password from Becca. Sorry!
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This engagement was a long time coming, but I only got the tip that it would happen at Eastern University’s Spring Music Festival earlier that morning. I was excited for the opportunity to capture this moment! I wish that the mic stand wasn’t there, but what can you do with an on-stage proposal? The cool part about these two is that they first met in choir. Now they got engaged in choir. How cute!
Oh, she said yes, by the way.
I’m looking forward to working with these two in the future. Can you say “engagement photos?”
More music-related photos from the Spring Music Festival will be posted as soon as they’re ready.
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Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve updated the blog, so I figured I’d throw a photo or two on here from Eastern University’s most recent theatre production: Carousel. If you were fortunate enough to see it, I’m sure you were able to appreciate all the hard work this group put in both on stage and behind the scenes. For those who didn’t see it, let me tell you… the scenery was beautiful, the lighting was magnificent, the choreography was top notch and the acting was phenomenal! You can expect a few more photos from this show coming soon, but until then, enjoy these!
Also, if you’re bored, you can check out the review article at www.waltonian.com that will feature a few of my pictures. It wont be up for another few days, though. I’ll link the actual article once its posted online. Enjoy!
EDIT: The review article is now online! Click here to take a look.
Graduation is right around the corner! With Spring bringing in nice weather, its not too early to start thinking about your senior photos. Think you can’t afford a “Best of…” photographer (see above)? Think again! I’ve got two reasonably priced deals for you! Don’t hesitate to book your photo shoot – the sooner you do, the sooner you can send out those graduation invites or, better yet, get that framed portrait that you mother always wanted. She paid your tuition. Its the least you can do. 🙂
Deal #1 – $50/hr
- Keep all the photos taken (expect anywhere between 30 and 40 different portraits in an hour)
- Bring some friends! Everyone goes under this one rate. Two people in one hour means $25 each. Save yourself some money!
- Get all your photos on a CD and do whatever you want with them! Note: groups will get one CD to share.
- I upload all of your photos to my Facebook page with minimal watermarking. You’re free to tag yourself and show the world how go you look!
- This deal is best for those who really like photos of themselves… and those who want to switch into different outfits and stuff.
Deal #2 – $20/hr + $5/photo
- A very affordable “sitting fee” rate
- You purchase only the photos you want, which will be available for digital download at my store (www.bryoncalawaphotography.com)!
- This is a solo shoot only. Any friends who want to take photos with you/at the same time will be charged individually.
- All of your photos still get uploaded to my Facebook page, but with major watermarking. You’re still free to tag yourself, of course!
- This deal is best for those who only want to keep a photo or two and are looking to save money.
Please note that both deals include FREE EDITING. The charge you see is the only charge you get. Secondly, please be aware that there are no partial-hour rates. 1/2 hours of photography get charged for 1 hour. I suggest you take advantage of the whole time offered. Lastly, this deal only applies to local photography only. That means on-campus at Eastern University or elsewhere in the Wayne area. If you want to do photos somewhere else, I’d be glad to work a deal with you.
The time to book your photo shoot is now! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Here’s some photos from the Music Benefit Gala held by Eastern University at Church of the Savior in Wayne, PA. I had my debut as the photographer for the Music Department at last year’s Gala and this year I got to use my brand new Canon 7D camera for the first time! This is always an excellent show, highlighting the talent of Eastern’s music faculty. The highlight of the show is always the piano quartet, which is usually done by pairing these pianist on two pianos. This year they stepped it up and brought in two extra pianos just for them. Four pianos, one piece (see above). How fun!
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For this post, I decided to upload two photos from a series of “experimental” photos I took with my model and friend Rachel. She came up with the idea of taking some extreme close ups of her face while she had some over-the-top glamor make-up on. It was an interesting idea so I figured I’d give it a try. By extreme close up, I mean that the crop of these photos was so close that portions of the face were left unseen. Ultimately, out of the 40 or so photos we took that night, I was only ok with these two. Even then, I feel like I could have done better if I did my research on this kind of photography. Nevertheless, I think these two photos are interesting. Feedback is, as always, appreciated.
These are a few photos from Beyond Existence at Eastern University last year. Its amazing what a 50mm prime lens can do when you have concert lighting and a fog machine. Check it out…
On a similar note, I suggested to the powers that be that they talk to Jars of Clay about letting me photograph them for free at their event on campus this year. He laughed and said it sounded like a good idea. I’m pretty sure he thought I was joking though. Oh well.
Every year in the Spring, a miracle happens. Students are finally able to put down their textbooks, stop doing homework, and enter into the real world. This miracle: graduation. Of course, who would want to graduate without getting some nice photos of themselves done first? Here’s a few examples of Senior photos I’ve done over the past few years. I’m hoping that I’ll have the opportunity to work with some more Seniors this year as the weather warms up.
Not too long ago, I had the pleasure of working with Cate in the dance studio at Eastern University. This girl is crazy talented! And to think, she’s still got a few years of college left! We had a lot of fun during this shoot. I showed her a thing or two about photography and she made me feel incredibly out of shape. A perfect night.
Here are a few samples of Eastern University’s Senior Dance Show titled “Still Standing.” The show was comprised of pieces choreographed by each of the three graduating seniors this year: Heather Mahurin, Liz Lyle, and Kelsey Brennan. I have been fortunate enough to work with these three before and I was simply amazed by the beauty of their choreography. Each one had their own style about them, making the entire show a joy to watch. It will be sad to see them leave, but I’m sure they all have bright futures ahead of them!
As you can see, I’ve decided to make a photography blog. I want to have a place where I can highlight some of my best work while maintaining high quality and large image sizes. Facebook isn’t cutting it.
That’s not to say that the Facebook page isn’t going to be used anymore. I will still be updating it regularly and you can still expect large albums full of my recent work posted after every job. This blog will simply be home to the best of those photos in all their high quality glory. Not to mention that I’ll leave that giant watermark off of these ones as well!
If you’re new to my work, I strongly suggest that you “like” my Facebook page as well. You can get to it using the link on the right. You’ll be able to see a lot more of my work that way. It’s also far easier to communicate via Facebook that it probably ever will be through this blog. That being said, comments and critiques are always welcome on either page.
I hope you enjoy my collection of photos. Over the next few days, I may end up posting a gallery of some of my previous work. We’ll see. I encourage everyone who reads this post to keep checking back, though. As I keep working, the blog will keep updating.
Thanks for checking in!