The reason that some portraits do not look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures. Salvador Dali
I've got sunshine on a rainy day. It's a phenomenon called Ellie and it's always a great day when you can spend time with the effervescent Murphy family. My grandfather always used to say, "never judge a day by the weather". It was raining, like it had all summer. A little drizzle with some light rain periodically which wasn't going to stop us from having fun and creating some incredible portraits.
It's not a myth that at the end of every rainbow you will find Ellie. My son Spencer assisted me for the day and at one point, while we were out in a light rain on a dock, he whispered to me, "Dad, how is she not even getting wet?" I couldn't explain it other than to tell him special people project an energy that does amazing things.
JJ • What is your master plan post grad? Ellie • My master plan is to go to college. Right now I have committed to swim D1 at Siena College. I’m unsure what to major in just yet, but I’m excited for what’s to come.
JJ • Who is your hero? Ellie • My hero is my mom. She inspires me everyday to be a better person and is always here for me when I need her.
JJ • What are you most concerned about for the future? Ellie • I’m nervous to leave for school, it's all gonna be a change in pace. I’m used to being home with family. It’s definitely gonna be a hard change.
JJ • What is your favorite charity or cause? Ellie • Foundation For A Cure Mitochondrial Disease
JJ • High fives or hugs? Ellie • Hugs
JJ • Is there something people don't know about you like a hidden talent? Ellie • I love to sing
JJ • Favorite childhood memory? Ellie • By far my favorite childhood memory has to be when my family went to the tree farm and Sophie and I got lost, long story short I went through a fence.
JJ • How do you want to be remembered at CHS? Ellie • Someone always willing to help
JJ • Favorite hangout? Ellie • The couch
JJ • Three things you'd want if you are stranded on an island? Ellie • Chapstick, water, food
JJ • Pet peeve? Ellie • When people eat with there mouth open
JJ • Pizza or burgers? Ellie • Pizza
JJ • What's at the top of your bucket list? Ellie • Skydiving
Alea in NYC
I still think of NYC in terms of the historical photographs I grew up admiring. The work of Alfred Stieglitz, Berenice Abbott, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Weegee, Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt, Helen Levitt, Garry Winogrand and of course my idol Richard Avedon had impacted my visual perception and personal style of my own work form the start of my career.
When Alea asked me to create her senior portraits in the city around the neighborhood of her "other high school" Juilliard, a sense of nostalgia set in and I decided I wanted to approach the job like a fun self assignment I did with several friends way 'back in the day'. We took a drive over to the city and we each brought one camera, one lens, and one type of film. That's it - no flash, no lights, no reflectors, no tripods. We photographed one subject matter for the afternoon. Some did cityscapes. Some concentrated on urban art, animals, taxis and their drivers. I did the variety of people of the city with expired Agfa APX film.
I did the same with Alea on Wednesday, only I cheated a little and used two lenses - a 50 and a 24. Still no lights, flash or reflectors and processed B&W. Pretty stoked how it all turned out. I was blessed with the gift of Alea and her flawlessness (no retouching here) and a very overcast, albeit chilly day. Brings me back to a wonderful time in my career and very liberating. The following album is a sampling from the gig.
What’s your "Master Plan" - your long term goal for life after high school?
The master plan, is there is no plan. My end goal, my dream is to be a professional opera singer, traveling the world by way of music. What comes between now and then is a lot of school, hard work, and a little luck.
Where is your go-to hang out?
My go to hangout is Épicerie Boulud outside Lincoln Center. They have the best matcha in town, and it's my favorite place to get a snack, coffee and study my music.
What’s at the top of your Bucket List?
I have a bucket list that is a mile long, but the one thing that I want more than anything in the world is to sing a principal role at The Metropolitan Opera. I think that'd be super cool!
Who is your hero?
I have a lot of hero's, but the artist and person I most look up to is Jamie Barton. She's accomplished the unimaginable, but stays true to the art and who she is. I think that is admirable.
I'm one lucky 'tog having had the opportunity to work with Erin twice now. She first came by in the spring to do a promo shoot with me, which left me straight up amped to get together for her senior pics. If you know Erin, you understand her vibe. Yeah, it's a vibe, and it's a gift she puts out into the universe. It's hard to describe, but she gives you an easy sense of peace - life is good.
Erin sent along a nice note of testimony that I am very grateful for. "Working with Joey surpassed all of my expectations. I never could have imagined being so comfortable in front of a camera. Joey truly does take the time to get to know you and creates images of your authentic self. You can simply be you with Joey."
JJ - What is your master plan or long term goal?Erin - To have a book publishedJJ - Who is your hero?Erin - My Momma
JJ - Hugs or High Fives?Erin - HUGS
JJ - Where's your go-to hang out?Erin - Starbucks!
JJ - Pet Peeve?Erin - Cracking knuckles
JJ - Pizza or burgers?Erin - Pizza
JJ - What's at the top of your bucket list?Erin - Get a tattoo
D Y N A M O. This is Talia. She is the slightly shorter and teenage version of Wonder Woman. There is in fact NOTHING this young lady cannot do. Stand within a few feet of Talia and you will feel her energy rush through your soul and you will be a better human for it. I was listing her accomplishments for the Outstanding Students IG account and was worried I may have missed one. Then I realized there was nothing left that she could get herself involved in. She does everything.
President of Student Senate • President of the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization • Student government • Best buddies • Blood drive • Prom committee • Peer Advocates • National Honor Society • National English Honor Society • Science National Honor Society • Field Hockey • Indoor track • Youth Lacrosse Referee • Lifeguard • Intern at small business in art industry • Yoga • Poetry/creative writing • Foodie • Exercise • Traveling • Going to Colgate University, interested in anthropology and creative writing, eventually landing in the fashion industryI am super inspired as By "T". I had Talia take the Meyers-Briggs test and she is an ENFP-T "Campaigner" (just like me) and asked her a few questions:
Q • What’s your Master Plan - what is your long term goal for life after high school?..... T • to be happy, go to school and do something that makes me happy
Who is your hero..... T • My grandpa......... Q • What concerns you most about your/the future..... T • Being away from my family
Q • What is your favorite charity/charitable cause?..... T • Dementia/Alzheimer’s.......... Q • Hugs or high fives?..... T • Hugs!!
Tell us something that nobody really knows about you - any hidden talents etc...... T • I can argue things really well, I’m good at debates
Do you have a favorite childhood memory?..... T • Going on the boat with my grandfather and my family birthday parties (which were like a whole other holiday)
How do you want to be remembered at Cheshire High?..... T • As a good person
.......... Q • Where is your go-to hang out. ..... T • The gym or yoga studio
Q • If you got stranded on a deserted Island, what three things would you want to have with you...... T • my parents , magnifying glass, fishing pole
Q • Do you have a pet peeve .....T • people who take my food without asking first.......... Q • Pizza or Burgers..... T • New Haven pizza
Q • What’s at the top of your Bucket List..... T • buy my parents a house and become a certified yoga instructor
Kelsea had helped out at the studio a couple weeks prior to her session by modeling for my stylist friend, Alexis from the salon. It took all of a minute to realize we were in for a treat working with her. I had a pretty good idea that her senior session would be just as special. I spent a typical New England summer day with Kelsea and her family at her grandparents home on Cape Cod. What an absolute joy. I can talk with her grandparents for days about the history of the area. If anyone were to ask if I could describe love in photographs, I will show them the portraits from Kelsea's senior session with her family.Kelsea is a co-captain of the tennis team and was All State First Team 2018. She heads up the Seniors For Seniors organization at the high school and is a spokesmodel for Dynamite Designs. Post grad, she will be pursuing a career in Communications and Graphic Design.