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Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain (or in this case—camera)

I have been photographing R. John Wright Dolls for a few years now, and I’m always amazed at the level of intricate detail that their dolls entail—each one painstakingly hand-made and painted in their factory right here in Bennington, Vermont. I sometimes shoot at their factory, but mostly here in the studio and John’s wife Susan has the un-enviable task of trying to get them to pose just right without falling over, yet looking animated. We hem and haw about each shot while the hi-res camera sensor shows every flaw in glaring detail under the lights, so we fidget and fuss over each shot. I’ve started photographing them on set and wanted to show a few shots from our most recent session which included the newest and final member, the Cowardly Lion. This past December’s issue of Dolls magazine featured the shot of Dorothy with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and of course Toto.

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Old Sturbridge Village Wedding—Jeannie and Matt 1-31-15

Just over a year ago Jeannie and Matt held their wedding ceremony and reception at the Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. With their love of history it was a perfect setting, and although it was a brutally cold night outside, the warmth from the fires and the love from their family and friends kept the party going late into the night. Here are a few shots from their special day.

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Photography for the healthcare industry

Demand for quality healthcare is on the rise, and hospitals are expanding rapidly to meet those needs. With that demand comes the increased need for fresh marketing and other press-release communications in either print or electronic formats.

Over the last couple of years my hometown hospital, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, with their affiliated clinics, and rehabilitation centers have given me the opportunity to collaborate on some fun and creative projects. I have enormous respect for these professionals and what they do each day, and I have enjoyed meeting them and finding out more about them and their jobs.

Shooting in a busy hospital setting brings its own set of challenges, from tight exam rooms, to dodging gurneys and IV stands in the hallway as I try to light and compose the shots needed to highlight the subjects. And with any photo shoot, it can be broken down into two aspects—the technical (lighting, composition, etc.), and working with the “models” who are often in their work environment and not used to being photographed and feeling very self-conscious, often with co-workers looking on. I enjoy these challenges, and the process always pushes me to be more creative and elevate my game each time.

These are some recent shots that I will be adding to my portfolio, and look forward to more work in this demanding field.

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Jill and Mac’s Engagement Session

I had a fantastic session recently with Jill and Mac for their engagement shoot. I was exhausted from the previous night’s wedding, but once we started shooting in the beautiful fall afternoon light, and their obvious chemistry for each other, I got my second wind and we got some great shots for their wedding guestbook album. I’m really looking forward to their wedding next year and this session officially kicks off the 2016 season!

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Greg’s Top 100 of 2014!

Being this is my 100th blog post, I thought it fitting to share 100 of my favorite shots from 2014. I was asked in December to submit my favorite photo from 2014 and I have to admit that I was caught a little flat-footed. Over the course of a calendar year I capture tens of thousands of photos covering a wide variety of subjects and it’s difficult to choose just one—so I narrowed it down to 100.

In November I marked the start of my sixth year in business with the studio, and have grown my client base to a point were I can now begin to focus more on projects that I really enjoy while still supporting my family and keeping the doors to the studio open.

We moved last January to a new location to it’s current address of 186 North Street in Bennington, VT, and coming out of the initial first five years—a period that I’m told most photographers will fail financially—I’m feeling very optimistic that the studio client base will continue to grow as I provide professional, creative, and effective imagery to support their respective businesses.

My long-term goal is to continue to improve my skills through constant study and experimentation. I have by no means mastered anything, and feel like I am still in the infancy of my career. I had recently contacted a seasoned photographer whom I follow and he told me that although he has been in the business for 25 years he felt that he still had so much to learn. As with any job one must push the envelope and evolve with the new camera and software technologies that are constantly reshaping the industry.

The slideshow I created attempts to show the diversity of the sessions I shoot either on location or in studio, and I’ve sprinkled a few personal shots in that I really love, like flowers and sunsets. I could have easily added another 100 to this list and could tweak this until the cows come home. Speaking of which, I think if I had to pick just one image that I really loved the most it would be “The Girls of Brace Farm” taken during an assignment for Efficiency Vermont at Brace Farm in Ferrisburgh on a bitter cold January day. I just loved how the light was streaming in the windows and lighting up the cobwebs and the steam from the cows breath, and the barn cat huddled in the aisle just made it perfect.

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Click here for the slideshow.

So grab a cup of coffee, and turn up the speakers. Enjoy!

Greg

p.s. for contact info and portfolios please visit: www.gregnesbit.com

Let’s Rehearse

Whenever I have the opportunity, I really like to attend the rehearsal for a wedding. Not only is it a great way to familiarize with the venue, but it’s a great way for me to meet and get to know the family and wedding party a little before the actual wedding. I’ve shot several weddings at The Old First Church in Bennington, Vermont (arguably one of the most beautiful in the state, not to mention one of the oldest), but I still take rehearsal shots to help me get things dialed in and get focused for the next day. Here are the unfiltered pics taken at Erin and Kris’ wedding last fall. We had a fantastic time from start to finish and I was honored that they asked me to document their special day. To view the wedding album, click here.

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Anekah’s Motives

I was asked recently to do some head shots and makeup application candids for Anekah McCall’s business start up, Anekah’s Motives. She is very young but already has a maturity and artistic vision well beyond her age, where most high school kids aren’t thinking about starting a business—she is well on her way. I was glad I could help out, and we had a fun shoot at the salon she works at in Palmer, MA.

These are just a few shots from the all-day shoot. She wanted to show some before and after shots, so I set up a studio in the parlor and jumped back and forth between head shots, applications, and an outdoor shoot that got a lot of attention from the locals 😉 The little dog who came up to the girls was happy for the attention, and didn’t want to leave!

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