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Scott Erb| Erb Photography, Worcester MA, Ceres Bistro at night.

Go out tonight AND eat outdoors in Worcester!

One of the best things about spring and summer weather is eating outside and enjoying it!

Worcester has awesome outdoor eating options! Summertime in Worcester is short-lived, take advantage of the nice weather and “dine local” under the stars.

Ceres has a great outdoor space and also has great food, and some evenings they have great music too.

Night-time Photography and Marketing

This photograph was taken by Scott just after a beautiful sunset. It is a multilayered image which is why both the foreground and the background look sharp and vibrant.

Photographing your business at night adds gorgeous dramatic detail to your building or outdoor location. We highly recommend at least one well conceived “night shot” of your building for web site display and print marketing.

We’d love to here your ideas…and give you ours, for a beautiful night shot of YOUR location!

Contact us today for a quote, and we’ll show you some of our other examples of night photography.

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He thinks about this one from Evo in Worcester, MA. They are juicy and thick. But don’t take our word for it. Take a peek and see what you think. For Donna – she likes the pizza’s. Which would you choose?

Evo Burger

Evo Burger

Tangy Chicken Pizza

Tangy Chicken Pizza

Ryan Maloney has over 20 years of experience in the “spirits” industry. He’s been on covers of international whiskey trade publications. He is the founder of the Loch & Key Society. And he is right in our back yard at Julio Liquors in Westborough, MA. Do you like whiskey? Take a trek over to Julio’s to see some of their amazing and diverse offerings and learn about their tasting events. We did. It was quite the experience. We had no idea there were so many flavors and styles of whiskey.

Is he pouring whiskey over ice? Yep...

Is he pouring whiskey over ice? Yep...

Ryan at the Locke and Key at Julio Liquors

Ryan at the Loche and Key at Julio Liquors

It is when you are dining at The Common Man and the food looks like this…

 

Post Roast with peas and carrots

Post Roast with peas and carrots

But I loved the signage that reminded us just how important dessert is…I agree with each of these statements. We love ourselves some desserts…

Eat Dessert First

Eat Dessert First

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We do! And we got to try some really spicy sausey gooey goodness over at the Cedar Street Grille in Sturbridge MA… Check out this dish…

 

Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Spicy Buffalo Mac and Cheese

Or maybe you like less cheese and a little tasty burger(s)?

Sliders with Cheese

Sliders with Cheese

Homemade Bison Chili

We love our friends who love to cook. So when Rick invited us over for some of their homemade Bison Chili. We were all in… We had not had a whole lot of Bison before, so this is was going to be fun! Want to make some? Check out the Creamery Brook Bison Farm.

Bison Chili

Bison Chili

Bison

Bison

Photographing at the Beacon Grille was a truly fun experience. The crew there is very organized and talented. The best part about our time there was learning all about the ways the restaurant runs very green. Energy star appliances, LED lights, rain water collections, and solar panels on the roof. But – oh… it is the food that really was – all yum.

Talented Beacon Grille Crew

Talented Beacon Grille Crew

Beacon Grille Steak

Beacon Grille Steak

Need a little comfort food? Why not try a yummy bread pudding with a little homemade whip cream? Better yet, pair that with a Dogfish Head beer and really take your mouth on a tasty journey…. We did! We went to Sweet on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester to find this one…

Bread pudding

Bread pudding

Dogfish head Beer and bread Pudding from Sweet

Dogfish head Beer and bread Pudding from Sweet

Worcester’s Best Chef Competition is one big event that gets a chef’s creative juices flowing freely and actively. The kinds of dishes – and the amazing creativity of the chef’s – get to really shine this night. But the best part is – we all get to come along for the ride… Yippee! We won’t go into all the details of every dish, we just want to share a few photos from the evening. If you want to learn more please check out WBC on facebook. We uploaded a ton of images from the event: The Crowd, The Paparazzi Photos, The Competition, the Judging, and of course the Winners.

Rovezzi's Homemade Pasta

Rovezzi's Homemade Pasta

Pepe's Stuff Calimari

Pepe's Stuff Calamari

Cere's Scallop

Cere's Scallop

Surf and Turf

Surf and Turf

When our friend Elaine told us about her latest room reinvention we just had to see it for ourselves. She’s the kind of woman that can walk into a room that maybe a little drab and little boring and make it into something stunningly beautiful. The best part of it is she looks at what you already have in your space and just reinvents your stuff to make it look like a million dollars. Let me share some of the spaces with you and you’ll see what I mean… these before shots she took and the after shots we took really do speak for themselves. By the way, what do you think about the after shots? Do you need great after shots?

 

Need a lift in your own spaces? Check out Elaine on her blog Domestic By Design or on Etsy.

After Elaine got to sprucing up this room and fireplace.

After Elaine got to sprucing up this room and fireplace.

Boring old Fireplace before Elaine got her hands on it...

Boring old Fireplace before Elaine got her hands on it...

After Shot with Elaine's Reinvention

After Shot with Elaine's Reinvention

Before Elaine took over the room

Before Elaine took over the room

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The Student Prince restaurant in Springfield MA, has been around for 75 years and it is still going strong. It’s a place rich with history, rich in decor, and they serve very rich foods… rich German food. If you are ever in the Springfield area, you should eat here and enjoy the good service, the yummy breads, and oh- don’t forget the beer.

The Standard Fair at the Student Prince

The Standard Fair at the Student Prince

Pot Pies fresh from the oven...

Pot Pies fresh from the oven...

Chef at the Student Prince

Chef at the Student Prince

Once again this year, we got the chance to photograph the extraordinary show of A Christmas Carol – my all time favorite holiday story. It was quite the elaborate production- flying Marley’s and all… If you have not seen this show, I highly recommend you make this a new holiday tradition. We went to the show on opening night with some good friends and the entire place was buzzing with holiday spirit!

Marley at the Hanover's Christmas Carol

Marley at the Hanover's Christmas Carol

Christmas Present

Christmas Present

Ghost of Christmas Future

Ghost of Christmas Future

I got an email from a friend of ours who is an amazing designer. In his email he asked us if the photography in these “Foodies News” email newsletters is work we have done for this client of ours. (By the way, These newsletters are fun and informative – every time I read one, I learn something new about food- so if you are a foodie these newsletters are a perfect fit for you!)

So our friend wanted to know if the photography that was being used in the newsletters was ours? It is! and so I shared that info with him and he wrote back saying he just loved it. There is nothing like having custom photography work to make things look personal and beautiful. But we know it takes a great designer to make the photos we take look amazing and relevant in the marketing. We think this is a perfect example of that…

This post is from the Worcester Magazine Issue of Krave from 9.28.11

Behind the lens of Erb Photography

Scott Erb and Donna Dufault are not restaurant owners. They don’t work in a local kitchen, create stunning menus or put on chef’s whites – yet they have been instrumental in bringing the Worcester dining scene into the public limelight. They are Erb Photography, whose imagery has showcased the work of area restaurants through billboards, marketing, advertising, menus and more throughout the city. Those delectable and drool-inducing photos are products of a craft that takes years of experience, talent and drive to produce. We took some time in between shutter clicks with the photographic king and queen of Worcester to discover a little about their recent food niche and who the folks are behind the lens.

When did you come to Worcester – and why? Donna: We came to Worcester 13 years ago. We moved here from Rochester, N.Y. I grew up in Charlton, but went away to college in Rochester and stayed there a few years after college to work. That’s when and where I meet Scott. I came back to the area and specifically to Worcester 13 years ago. I came back here to be near family, but I wanted to be in a city. Scott came along for the ride.

When did you start your own business as Erb Photography? Donna: In 1998. Scott started it then, but he was mostly assisting other photographers and doing fine-art photography. That was the best way to learn the business. We highly recommend assisting if you want to get into photography. Learning from established photographers was invaluable and you get to learn all the things they don’t teach you in college.

How did your interest in food photography grow? Donna: Food photography was an accident. We were eating at our favorite sushi place and realized the marketing of that restaurant just did not reflect the high quality of the food we were being served. In fact, the food was outstanding and the marketing was awful, amateurish, and the photos were just snap shots. We talked the owner into letting us shoot three dishes for him, just to show him the difference professional photography can make. When we showed up to do the shoot, he gave us the smallest space down in the basement to do the shots. It almost wasn’t possible, but somehow we managed, through holding lights and a contortionist balancing act. We pulled it off. Out of curiosity, the chefs came down to see what we were doing and they all started smiling and laughing. They were surprised at what we had managed to pull off. They are the ones who got the owner down there to see the images. He was impressed and hired us to come back to do more. Needless to say he gave us the whole restaurant to work in the next time we came back to shoot. He was really, really happy with what we did, and he’s hired us several times over the years to come back and shoot new things for him. About a week after those first shots, an ad agency in Norwood called us asking to see any food work we had done. We showed them the sushi images and they hired us on the spot. The rest fell into place after that. We realized just how much we loved working with these talented chefs. They felt about their food like we felt about our photography. Passionate.

What are the challenges of photographing food? Donna: Time is the big challenge; we don’t “doctor” the food in any inedible ways. So it’s only unsullied for a short span of time. We need to work fast to make sure we get it while it is fresh and beautiful. Also, there are some food items that aren’t very photogenic or very colorful, such as some soups. It’s our job to find a way to style it in such a way that doesn’t change the integrity of the chef’s presentation, but looks good for the camera too.

Tell us about your Worcester centric work. Donna: We LOVE the Worcester dining scene! We’ve had some of our favorite shoots here locally. Clients like Michael Covino at the Niche Group really “get” what we are doing and he lets us “do our thing” creatively. One of our all-time favorite shoots was done at The Peoples Kitchen. They gave us all access to the chefs in the kitchen there for four full hours. What came out of that is the very personal art imagery that adorns the walls at The Peoples Kitchen restaurant, and it’s some of our favorite work of all time. There are really amazing chefs in Worcester, with so much talent. They are gems in this city. The fact that we get to spend time documenting and crafting images for them is such a pleasure.

What is your most visible piece of work that Worcesterites might recognize? Donna: We have had some of our images on billboards along Rt. 290, so my guess is that many folks have seen those. But if you visit any local restaurant from the Beechwood Hotel to the Broadway Diner you’ll see images we’ve made over the years.

Tell us how important it is for restaurants/caterers/food related businesses to have good, quality photos in their marketing? Scott: We know that having great photos is an enormous way to do justice to the chefs, owners, and staff (anyone who puts their heart into a business), who should understand that it’s an investment and an asset to have beautiful images to be able to show off what they have created. And the goal should be to do it in the best possible way. Professional photographers can really make the difference when it comes to lighting, composition and positioning a business’ best features.
Donna: Look, food photography is hard. We have this goal to create images that capture a passionate chef’s creations. We have to know how to make that look delicious. We need to make someone look at that image and want to go to the restaurant and order that food for themselves. We have to do that chef’s work justice. Anything less than that goal – anything else – is not worthy. And it takes time, knowledge and experience to be able to make images that get someone’s mouth watering. Let’s be truthful here, a snap shot from a cell phone is not going to make that happen…

How do the both of you work together when on assignment? Donna: We consider ourselves a team. It’s one thing that sets us apart of other photographers out there. When folks hire us they get the benefits and expertise of two trained photographers instead of one. Scott is really the technical expert- -the gear and lighting expert–as well as having Photoshop skills.
Scott: Donna is all about the details. She makes sure we have everything we need to make a shoot run smoothly. She is the manager of production. Together we do the creative work. We discuss angles, light, composition, color, contrast…etc. There have been occasions when we each have an assignment and go off on our own, but it is rare. We love working together on projects and feel we rely on one another to make great images happen.

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We love working with the Folks over at LHQ Dance Force. They are very high energy dance teachers and spend a great deal of time building their students self esteem as well as challenging them to do the best they can. This year we photographed all the teachers from both locations. We did do several standard head shots and they all look friendly and approachable. But we envisioned something a little more dynamic. So we went to task asking the teachers to show off some of their best dance moves for the camera. With a little flare and a lot of personality we came out with this final shot.

 

LHQ Teachers Group Final

LHQ Teachers Group Final

We have seen a real up swing in folks requesting to be photographed in their work spaces. I personally like these kinds of environmental portraits and think that where people work tells a lot about them. In this case it was a working lab. Lots of work was getting done all around us and we were happy to move out of the way of the folks working. We didn’t have a lot of time to photograph or set up a lot of lighting. There really was not much room in there. But I can tell you that this scientist felt right at home in this space, and I think that comes through in the image. Getting folks comfortable is half the battle when doing portraits and the fact he liked where he was made my job a lot more productive. And he was happy with the results… Success!

Portrait in Lab

Portrait in Lab

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Sweet!

Yes, I said it- it’s fun!

SWEET!

That’s the name of the dessert shoppe we spent a little bit of time photographing cakes at, they are on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester. And man o man-  Talk about a busy place! There were a lot of folks involved with making these extraordinary cakes. And there are lots of folks ordering fun treats as well. They make really really wonderful cup cakes and other treats. So after a show, spend a little time at Sweet and have yourself a yummy dessert!

Sweets cakes

Sweets cakes

Morbid Enterprises has fun new products for their 2011 line up. We got to photograph a bunch of them recently and if you are looking forward to Halloween – you may enjoy adding one of these to your parties… It was a really cool challenge to photograph these labels that glow in the dark.

Glowing Kiss of Death Label

Glowing Kiss of Death Label

Kiss of death Wine Bottle Label

Kiss of death Wine Bottle Label

We were very excited to hear from Kevin over at The Citizen that their fabulous bartender Dave Delaney won the Imbibe Cover Cocktail Contest! They sent us the link to the blog post with the announcement and it was very exciting to get the sneak peek. We will be looking for the magazine and the full article in thier May June Issue.

While in the conversation with the management over at The Citizen, they mentioned that the Imbibe blog post had one of our images posted on the blog along with the article. The image posted was from a photo shoot we did with Dave a few months back. It was my client that suggested we should write to Imbibe and request that a photo credit be given to us for the shot. We thought that was a great idea as well. Being professional photographers and artists, we are very adamant about protecting our copyright. The best part of the whole conversation was – that so were our clients, and we truly appreciated that they took the time to share all of this with us.

Imbibe Magazine Blog About Winner Dave Delaney

Imbibe Magazine Blog About Winner Dave Delaney

So–Today, we sent a very kind email off to Imbibe’s staff with the humble request for the photo credit. Let’s see what happens next…I am now wondering how long it will take for them to respond to our request…What do you think will happen?

 

UPDATE! As of 2:45pm the same day I emailed Imbibe I got a lovely note back from Karen apologizing for not knowing about the Photo Credit and she placed it up there for us with a link to our web site. Thumbs up to the folks over there at Imbibe- they are a real class act.

We had fun taking on a referral from another photographer to do a photo shoot for a University in New Zealand called Massey. Everything was done through email. Price negotiations. Answering questions. Setting up the dates, place, time location. Doing work for clients you’ve never meet is really interesting. I was emailed the final version of their magazine highlighting all the amazing folks who are working there and also stories on alumni. When I looked through the digital version they sent me, I noticed several things.

First, that these digital versions of magazines are easily shared and becoming very popular. I am finding some fun places online to check out amazing new magazines and have really enjoyed looking through all the different ones currently available. I particularly like Issuu.

and Secondly, I saw they ended up using two images we did from the photo shoot. One image was used on the cover. That made me happy!

Massey Cover: Defining

Massey Cover: Defining

Massey Story On Carl

Massey Story On Carl

I heard from two different sources that one of my images was going to be on the cover of Inside Worcester Magazine. Which if you have not heard of Inside Worcester you should take a peek at them. (http://www.insideworc.com) I finally got to see it the other day and thought I’d share.

Inside Worcester is a one-of-a-kind full-color journal of observation and opinion on life in Worcester, Massachusetts: New England’s second-largest and most interesting city. The magazine’s content includes hard news stories, feature articles, commentary, historical pieces, photographs, poetry and more.

Inside Worcester Magazine Cover

Inside Worcester Magazine Cover

Its a great magazine and Rod Lee is the head guru. I hope you get to enjoy it!

Sign Talent.com

Sign Talent.com

Sign Talent is a start up website for creative professionals (www.signtalent.com). Julie, one of their resident bloggers, said they wanted to interview Erb Photography for their blog. They pitched the interview to us saying they would be asking questions about us, what our backgrounds were, our work/inspiration and any advice we’d have for budding photographers out there.

We of course said “Sure!” so they interviewed us via SKYPE. Which was excellent.

And today I got the link to the interview.

We were really impressed with the whole interview process, but then we realized it had grown into a two part piece. While that surprised us, we was also pretty happy about it.

We invite you will take a look at the blog and read the interview here: SignTalent part 1

and see the rest here: SignTalent part 2

 

All comments and critiques welcome!

By Scott Erb

Special to the Worcester Business Journal

Published Today in the Worcester Business Journal


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Your image matters and there are some strategic things you can do to make sure you succeed in conveying your brand through photographs. The key is knowing that using powerful images can easily convey what you are advertising, maximizing your profit. So when you are using photography to showcase your work, product, or service, here are some important considerations.

Great lighting. Light will enhance the subject and help showcase your message. If the image appears dark or poorly lit, your product or service will be easily overlooked and forgettable. Great lighting is achieved in many different ways, from natural light to professional studio lighting set ups.

Professional camera. Today’s professional equipment has multifaceted functions that allow the user to manipulate the camera’s aperture, depth of field and shutter speed to complement almost any subject. Learning how to use a camera’s settings will help you in any picture-making situation.

Professional quality lenses. Lenses with technically crafted glass hold the key to sharpness. Quality lenses allow the subject to be captured clearly and accurately in your photographs. A crisp, well-focused image will make your product or service stand out.

Images should be visually structured. Layout or composition within the frame of the photo is extremely important. You do not want your images to come across as cluttered. Make sure that what you choose to photograph is laid out in such a way that it guides the viewer’s eye to the important parts and feels organized and put together.

Create interest and awareness. What are you photographing and why? Does your choice of subject matter make sense for your customer? Be sure to pick something that leaves a lasting impression with the viewers in the demographic you want to reach. Photographing a subject that fits into your marketing and advertising strategy is essential.

Fresh, creative and intriguing. Stock photography is great for some things, but if it works for one company it will work for others. Set yourself apart from your competition and pick visuals that are uniquely yours. Create images using your own products or people and you will have something that no one else has. Choose to go beyond predictable by using unique perspectives that no one else has done before.

Make honest claims. Showing off your best work should be at the heart of your business. But be wary of too much photo editing.

Go ahead and remove a scratch on the surface of your product or a pimple on someone’s forehead — these are very acceptable changes. But don’t double the size of a portion of French fries for a photo and expect to have happy customers when they get less than what was shown in your images. Stay true to your brand, and let the photos speak for you.

The next time you are looking through your favorite magazine, take note of the images that appeal to you. Are they bright and colorful or dark and dramatic?

You’ll immediately notice that there are no dark or fuzzy images, because they really don’t add value and can hurt the professionalism of your brand.

Well-lit, sharp and organized images will always be at the foundation of a great commercial or advertising photograph.

Scott Erb is the owner of Erb Photo in Worcester.
He can be reached at
scott@erbphoto.com.

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I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. In videos, there is a special place for beautiful images. Adding great photos of events or people is adding another dimension to your video. It shows a polished look and feel. Video marketing is a surprisingly influential means to providing your visitors with quality information, while directing them to your respective web site and products. Videos can increase traffic to your web site, and right now not a lot of folks are using video. Most of the time folks will discover your videos according to their topic or content description. Once they have found your video, be sure that you are providing them with a reason to purchase your product or visit your location.

Here is a video done for the Ecotarium that shows off a nicely blended mix of voice, still images (done by Erb Photo), and real footage of the museum. It looks like a fun place to visit because it offers the chance to interact with live animals, has a cool planetarium, and lots of hands on learning.

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The Panera Men

We recently did a photo shot for a PR firm who needed to show case two of the owners of Panera Bread in Natick and Framingham MA. We tried several locations in and around the store, but they all agreed and settled on loving this shot taken inside the store.

Men of Panera

Men of Panera

The beautiful thing about this shot- it was all natural light from the big shiny windows you see in the front of most Panera Bread stores…. I love working with natural light. These men are huge sponsors of the UMass Cancer Walk taking place on Sept 26th, 2010. Erb Photography will also be at the Cancer Walk again this year. Come on out and join in the walking. It s a great day with lots of activities.

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Just got news from a client of our that she submitted some photos we did of her practice to a magazine and they ran them! I really enjoy seeing the places the work we do for folks end up. I was thrilled she sent along a like to the magazine so I could check out what the article looked like. ours are in the middle of the page on the left.

Wise Mom Magazine

Wise Mom Magazine

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Musicians

Hat on Drinking Wine

Hat on Drinking Wine

Hat on Drinking Wine Version 2

Hat on Drinking Wine Version 2

Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger

Blind Tiger ver 2

Blind Tiger ver 2

Sleepless Knights

Sleepless Knights

Nana's Garden Lazy Perogie

Nana's Garden Lazy Perogie

Nana's Garden Bread, Honey and Butter

Nana's Garden Bread, Honey and Butter

Nana's Garden Potatoes Perogies

Nana's Garden Potatoes Perogies

Each image needs it’s own special look and feel. Each image must show the food as yummy and delicious.

Women and Fitness

Ellen

Ellen

Tianna

Tianna

Jenn

Jenn

Lisa

Lisa

Hanover Theater Organ

Hanover Theater Organ Poster

Hanover Theater Organ Poster

We had the opportunity to walk through the catwalks and crawl spaces to see all the inner workings of the Hanover Theater organ. We took a lot of images the Hanover is currently using for marketing and for recognizing the men who helped get the organ to the theater and spent many, many, many, hours installing it.

We have read a lot about the organ on the Hanover Website but here are the parts we find most fascinating: “The Wurlitzer pipe organ was donated to Hanover Theatre by Donald Phipps, 76, of New Bedford. Originally this organ was used to accompany silent films, the organ has been arriving at the theater in pieces from Mr. Phipps’ shop in New Bedford since January 2008. Installation of the instrument is completed, and the Hanover Theatre is now the home to the largest Wurlitzer organ in New England. Of the 6,000 Wurlitzer organs originally produced by The Rudolph Wurlitzer Co. in the early 1900s, the organ is one of 200 still in existence today. Other plans for the organ are in development, including the possibility of a silent film series and organ recital.”

Hanover Theater Organ on Stage

Hanover Theater Organ on Stage

We can’t wait to see a silent film with the organ accompaniment. That’s going to be very very cool.

Donald Phipps

Donald Phipps

With the help, patience, and numerous talents of Cold Spring Design, www.coldspringdesign.com, we have launched the new Erb Photography Website.

http://www.erbphoto.com

http://www.erbphoto.com

We invite you to please take a look and share your feedback:http://www.erbphoto.com/

We know the format is very different for other web sites. But we wanted to stand out and –  well – be different. You’ll be scrolling to the right instead of scrolling down. Check it out- It’s fun to click the navigation at the top of the page and be suddenly pushed to the chosen page in a whirl. Our site is about showing you the cool photos we’ve made for folks, making great photos for you all, and having fun creating them in the process.

Even Cold Spring Design themselves posted this on thier Facebook page:

Cold Spring Design We’ve just launched a creative, horizontal, single-page website for our good friends and favorite photographers at Erb Photo. If you think every website looks the same, please check this one out – we’d love to hear your thoughts!

Jeff and Chris of CSD said “Coming up with a website creative enough to match Scott & Donna was a challenge – we think we succeeded but always appreciate the feedback – good or bad!” That’s what we love about these guys- they really do want to hear your thoughts and insights. Design is so subjective, yet so fun to play!

Frankly, We think they did succeed! We love our new web site. We’ve added new photos throughout and kept a bunch of our old favorites. We want folks to enjoy looking and pick up the phone and call us when they have a project that needs photos.

If you need a web site or even a face lift on your current site- we can not recommend Cold Spring Design enough… Go ahead and “like” them on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/coldspringdesign

You won’t be sorry you did.

Cheers!

The Walkways are Lined with Glowing Carved Pumpkins!

The Walkways are Lined with Glowing Carved Pumpkins!

If you walk along the rows, you'll see...

If you walk along the rows, you'll see...

Beautifully carved and creative Pumpkins!

Beautifully carved and creative Pumpkins!

Maybe even a ghost!

Maybe even a ghost!

Professional Fire Eaters who twist and sculpt fire for your amusement.

Professional Fire Eaters who twist and sculpt fire for your amusement.

They told the Kids "Don't try this at home!"

They told the Kids "Don't try this at home!"

Great balls of fire!

Great balls of fire!

Beautiful fall colors.

Beautiful fall colors.

Make for a fun night!

Make for a fun night!

Michael O'Brien at his desk in City Hall

Michael O'Brien at his desk in City Hall

Sometimes you need an updated portrait. Then you get to make all kinds of fun decisions about how you want to do it. These guys didn’t like the first one we did which was done standard style old school. Back drop set up with portrait lighting… so we went into the office and made this shot where  Mr. O’Brien seemed a lot more comfortable. He could easily work at his desk while we were setting up and getting things ready to go. Then when we were ready, we asked him to look up and smile. He looked at home and comfortable and that was what we were looking for. They were all happy with this portrait.

But Scott got to looking around and once everyone was happy with the formal shot, Scott requested just a few mins for something a little different…

He came up with this one, which made him happy -er!

Michael O'Brien in City Hall Office Environment

Michael O'Brien in City Hall Office Environment

Using available light and a reflector, then incorporating in the architecture of the massive windows on the back wall of the City Hall Building, Scott composed this image. He used great care as to where Mr. O’Brien stood in front of the carefully maneuvered blinds behind him. Who knows if they will ever use this images for anything ever- but it’s one for his personal portfolio.

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Super Hero Magnets

Nothing is more fun then adding a new line of products to an already successful line. And with Super Heros you really can’t go wrong. Pop Fun Merchandising has a entertaining line of Toon Tumblers – glasses with all your favorite super heros on them. We got to see and photograph their new line of rich and colorful magnets. These things have some heft to them, some serious depth and I will say it- artistry. They are just cool. Here is Spider Man, one magnet from the line of heros – maybe coming to a store near you??

Spider Man Magnet by Pop Fun Merchandising

Spider Man Magnet by Pop Fun Merchandising

Fresh Oysters

Fresh Oysters

Presentation of Sushi at Baba

Presentation of Sushi at Baba
3 Fishes

3 Fishes

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Salting the Steak

Salting the Steak

When Mike said, “We want you to spend several hours photographing in the kitchen with the chefs preparing the foods.” I knew it was a dream job. After the initial chat about want kind of images he was looking for, we got to work. And let me tell you these guys work hard in the kitchen. There is a lot of prep, a lot of chopping, cutting, slicing, and there are a lot of decisions.

Slicing and trimming of the aged meat

Slicing and trimming of the aged meat

Chopping of ingredients

Chopping of ingredients

Inspecting and deciding

Inspecting and deciding

We were also asked to spend some time with the talented bar staff. They wanted to capture some unique drink concoctions and expert pours.

Interesting Drink Concoctions

Interesting Drink Concoctions

Perfect pours

Perfect pours

Donna worked on capturing some of the details that are easily overlooked in a busy work space. Hand written recipes and perfectly weighed portions.

Sort of Secret Recipe

Sort of Secret Recipe

Weighing the portions

Weighing the portions

This was a dream job for both of us for so many reasons. They guys welcomed us into the kitchen and shared their talents. When we returned for dinner a few weeks later, it was really satisfying to see these images donning the walls of the restaurant. Bringing a little slice of the kitchen on to the restaurant floor. You get a small peek at the hard work they put in and we have a wonderful appreciation for the work they do. Be sure to visit The People’s Kitchen over at 1 Exchange Place, Worcester, MA – it’s right behind the DCU center. Eat a glorious meal and check out the art on the walls… We had a wonderful time making it!

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the Hanover Theater

Kareem Abdul Jabbar at the Hanover Theater

Kareem standing on stage at the Hanover Theater. Yes once again a unique opportunity to see and hear someone talk about something I never would have come into contact with unless I was a professional photographer. Loving this job more and more everyday. So what was Kareem the famous basketball player talking about up there on stage? History of course! Want to read more about his lecture? Check out this link: http://www.thehanovertheatre.org/news/pressRelease.php?releaseID=414

Kareen Abdul Jabbar and Senator Harriette Chandler

Kareen Abdul Jabbar and Senator Harriette Chandler

Kareem also has his own blog and has written several books on the history of black troops roles in the history of America. For those history buffs out there you can check this all out at http://kareemabduljabbar.com

 

The Players This awesome photo was taken by our good friend and excellent photographer, Steve Iadarola, at the Things We Project one night only show. It shows all 6 photographers in front of the 9×12 screen where their images were project all night long. This show was a stunning showc … Read More

via Things We Project

Opening night at a restaurant is all about making a strong first impression. The atmosphere at Ceres was buzzing the night of the opening. The staff was right on, the food looked and tasted wonderful, and the place was decked out in a wonderful simplicity. And we were right smack in the middle of it all taking photos. Mostly we were trying to get good shots and stay out of the busy staffs way. Our task was to take several photos of the food, the interior and get some striking exterior images, all for promotional usage.

An Interior Image of Ceres

An Interior Image of Ceres

How They Do Tuna at Ceres

How They Do Tuna at Ceres

Enter Here

Enter Here

It was packed opening night

It was packed opening night

Staff on the Move

Staff on the Move

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Magazine Cover Photo

Restaurant Week is almost over here in Worcester, but at least this year it did not pass with out us getting involved a little bit! We got one of our photos published on the cover of Pulse Magazine – a magazine that is know as the “Lifestyle and Entertainment Magazine for Central Massachusetts.”

Erb Photography Pulse Cover

Erb Photography Pulse Cover

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Photographers Take Over Worcester Gallery For A One-Night Show

Things We Project

Things We Project

Photographers can be real control freaks.

From behind the camera, they crop the composition, manipulate the lighting and adjust the focus. But that’s just the beginning. Now they’re taking control of a Worcester gallery for a one-night show.

“I have my own ideas about what I want to show, and how to show it,” said Jeff Haynes, one of the exhibiting photographers and the show’s organizer. “And while this area definitely has lots of great galleries and talented curators, I just don’t have the patience to wait for one of them to get on board with my vision.”

As a result, Haynes is organizing Things We Project with five other Massachusetts photographers. The show, set for Saturday Sept. 18, 2010 at the Sprinkler Factory, will feature photographers Nicole Chan, Scott Erb, Jeff Haynes, Dana Lane, Steve Stearns and Cynthia Woehrle.

“As the name suggests, this event is designed specifically for each photographer to showcase what he or she aims to achieve as an artist,” Haynes said.

Each photographer has selected 10 images to represent one cohesive body of work for the show. The six collections vary widely in scope, including figurative, narrative, travel and painterly style photos. Worcester photographer, Scott Erb, has chosen to highlight ten portraits from his Red Room Project for display. “I’m excited about this show. It’s an opportunity for me to showcase some of my favorite images from a year long project.” Erb said.

“This is a chance for the photographers to talk about how they view the world through their respective lenses,” Haynes said. “I didn’t want a show constrained by a single theme – I wanted an honest presentation from each photographer of what he or she likes to shoot.”

The 60 photos will be presented through a combination of computer displays and digital projectors. The move was made, in part, to save on the costs in printing, matting and framing 60 images. But there were other considerations, too.

“The projectors certainly add a theatrical element, which I like,” Haynes said. “And the computer displays provide a relatable interface for viewers. Most of us see a steady stream of images on our computer screens, thanks to the Internet. So the show will feature a variation on a format we have come to accept for viewing photos.”

The show is scheduled to run from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St., Worcester, Mass. The show is free and open to the public.

High resolution copies of sample photos are available to media upon request. Things We Project is a special, one-night-only event happening on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 7:30 to 10 at the Sprinkler Factory, 38 Harlow St. in Worcester, Mass. The show is free and open to the public.

http://ThingsWeProject.wordpress.com

Things We Project

Things We Project

Please join us at the show!

When we arrived to photography at Willy’s SteakHouse in Shrewsbury MA, we felt that old heartstring tugging. Willy’s was one of the first places in the area that my wife and I visited on a date night.

Willy's Steakhouse - A view from the square

Willy's Steakhouse - A view from the square

In fact, it may have been our very first date night after being married. The menu then was as the menu is now. Everything is delicious. Willy’s has an amazing Chef, Ken Novotny.

Chef Ken Novotny

Chef Ken Novotny

We spent some time with his favorite dishes creating some photographs that show off this food.

Lobster and Steak

Lobster and Steak

The one thing we did not know about Willy’s is there is a sweet spot in the restaurant that everyone who is a regular requests. It’s called the Commissioner’s Booth. And it has an interesting story behind it… No spoilers here- you’ll have to ask about it the next time you have dinner at Willy’s. But good luck getting that table! It’s very popular…

Salad at Willy's

Salad at Willy's

Eggs come in different sizes

Eggs come in different sizes

We were hired to photograph at The Country Hen in Hubbardston MA. One of the very first organic egg farms and wow I have to tell you – we were really impressed. The eggs come in many different sizes and the chickens were very – very friendly. We had a blast photographing that day at the farm, and just wanted to share a few photos with you…

Eggs being cleaned and sorted

Eggs being cleaned and sorted

Rhode Island Red Chickens are social birds

Rhode Island Red Chickens are social birds

I’ll say it again, We loved working with the folks at this farm everyone was fun and friendly. We also got to take some of these fabulous eggs home and made a nice meal out of them. They were outstanding! Yum… We can not recommend the Country Hen’s eggs enough- trust me -you will taste the difference! We are looking forward to more opportunities to work with other local organic farms.

The Country Hen Farm

The Country Hen Farm

Nyne West

Nyne West Singer Sam

NYNE West Singer Sam

NYNE West Singer Sam

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CNN story runs with photos by Scott Erb of Erb Photography.

We went to Upton to meet the Coskie family knowing we needed several photos of the entire family interacting as well as a few candid shots of Dixie and her son Paul together. We found a fun, easy going family who was very willing to work with us. We got some great shots of whole family that would not be showcased on the CNN site so I felt compelled to share some of them here. Its quite the story this family has and I encourage you to check out Dixie’s book and web site chronicling her experiences. Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this assignment.

Coskie Family

Coskie Family

Coskie Family

Coskie Family

Coskie Family

Coskie Family

Paul and Dixie

Paul and Dixie

Paul and Dixie

Paul and Dixie

CNN Article

CNN Article

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Garlic Photos from the James Beard Dinner

Garlic Photos from the James Beard Dinner

I just got the link to an article in the May issue of National Culinary Review. Two of the images we took at the James Beard Dinner appear on the pages of the magazine in a feature about garlic. Including the photo we took of the roasted green garlic biscotti -and thanks to Alina Eisenhauer of Sweet, they include the recipe for this tasty treat!

But here is the interesting part of the story – While we were waiting to photograph some of the dishes that were being plated, Donna took several bulbs of garlic and placed them on an empty plate we had on the set. She started playing around, photographing them at several angles with several arrangements.

Christopher Ranch Garlic

Christopher Ranch Garlic

Christopher Ranch Garlic

Christopher Ranch Garlic

After taking several images and being pretty happy with the light object on a white plate with a white background, she decide to photograph some thing else. Looking around the room she found some of the yummy biscotti Alina had made and given us to take home. She opened those packages up and started photographing them also in different ways.

Garlic Biscotti

Garlic Biscotti

A few minutes passed by and some of the plated food arrived and we began to photograph these… So the thing that makes us so very happy about being in the National Culinary Review Magazine and having these photos to showcase the garlic and biscotti, is this… they were just images we took while waiting for other things to happen! We had not planned to photograph these items, they were not on a shot list, or requested by the chefs. We are just two people who love to create beautiful images, even while we are waiting for the real show to start. And sometimes, just sometimes, the nicest things happen when you least expect it. It was serendipitous of Micheal Giletto to hand Donna a sleeve of garlic to take home and even more serendipitous for Donna to play and photograph the things around her while waiting…

We loved seeing the National Culinary Review this month! And that reminds me… does anyone have an extra copy they can give us?

Pretty Things

Pretty Things

Matt Webster founded Drink A Better Brew in 2008 to help share his love for craft beer.  He now shares his beer knowledge with well-known chefs, restauranteurs and caterers.  Matt also teaches craft beer classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education and the Brookline Center for Adult Education.   Additonally, Matt travels to private homes and offices for private craft beer tasting events.

I’m glad I meet Matt…

We have the best time working with Matt at events all over New England. Most recently at the James Beard House in NYC. Because of Matt, we have widened our beer palette and learned an awful lot about craft beers. You’ll see each of these beers we photographed are in different glasses. Each one offering a unique flavor – and because of Matt-  were wonderfully paired with amazing foods.

Jiahu Beer

Ephemere Beer

Chateau Jiahu- Dogfish Head

Chateau Jiahu- Dogfish Head

Todays blog post is about encouraging you to go out this weekend and try something new. A new brew. Give yourself a treat! or – A challenge: To find a craft beer you have not tried before and really taste it. See what you think…

If you need help- you can always check out Matt’s website for tips! http://www.drinkabetterbrew.com

Cheers!

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If you have not heard the news please let me be the first to share this with you. There is going to be an amazing show of Rock and Roll photography images at the Worcester Art Museum! Yes- it’s called “Who Shot Rock and Roll” and includes over 100 photographers images of photographs of live performances, candid shots, portraits of musicians, and cover art. I work at the art museum teaching photo classes and so I heard about this show month and months ago. So I am very excited that it is opening in just a few weeks.

The Worcester Photo Meetup Group my wife and I run will be setting up a private tour of this show with one of the best and funniest docents the museum has. There will be parties and “bashes”  and VIP Exclusive events. The Worcester Art Museum is going “all out” over this one. SO much so they are even running a local music based photo contest to see if they can get the talented local photographers to come out of hiding and show off some of the best bands, best venues to listen to music and the talented folks who play in them! It’s got me working through my photos of bands and musicians to see what I can submit to the contest. They are offering cash prizes and your chance to have your work hang in the Museum for a show.

I am looking over images – playing around to see what I should submit to the photo contest. I’m not going to miss this opportunity! And if you have photos of bands, musicians, or folks playing in venues in Worcester–  you shouldn’t miss this either…

Here are a few shots I am thinkng of submitting… what do you all think? In or Out?

Singer Genesis with her producer Josh Lopez

Singer Genesis with her producer Josh Lopez

Singer / Musician Joe Santa Maria

Singer / Musician Joe Santa Maria

Singer Matt Hartke

Singer Matt Hartke

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Chef Alina Eisenhauer

Chef Alina Eisenhauer

“Food matters. You are what you eat not only because food is nutrition, but also because food is an integral part of our everyday lives. Food is economics, politics, entertainment, culture, fashion, family, passion…and nourishment. The James Beard Foundation is at the center of America’s culinary community, dedicated to exploring the way food enriches our lives.” ~ James Beard Foundation Website

The James Beard Foundation offers a variety of different types of events designed to educate, inspire, entertain, and foster an appreciation of American cuisine. Just about every night of the week there’s a great chef cooking at the historic James Beard House in Greenwich Village. One of our clients, Alina Eisenhauer of Sweet in Worcester, was one of those great chefs who cooked with an amazing crew of excellent culinary geniuses on January 23, 2010. And we were there to capture the entire evening with our cameras.

Let me share with you the photos of the Hors d’ Oeuvre’s….

Tataki-Style Sterling Sliver Strip Loin w Christopher Ranch Garlic Chips and Fennel Frond Aioli

Tataki-Style Sterling Sliver Strip Loin w Christopher Ranch Garlic Chips and Fennel Frond Aioli

Hudson Valley Smoked Duck w/ Fennel Dust-Infused Brown Butter and Fennel Carrot Crisps

Hudson Valley Smoked Duck w/ Fennel Dust-Infused Brown Butter and Fennel Carrot Crisps

Fennel Aspic w/ Caramel Brioche, Fried Salsify, and Tarragon Mayo

Fennel Aspic w/ Caramel Brioche, Fried Salsify, and Tarragon Mayo

But all the real action was in the Kitchen watching the Chefs create the amazing mouth watering dishes…

Chef Stuart Lindsay

Chef Stuart Lindsay

Chef Michael Giletto

Chef Michael Giletto

This trip to NYC was an extraordinary experience – and the food – Oh the food – it was tantalizingly delicious food…

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When the wait staff at the Abbey asks us if have ever been there before – I almost feel guilty about saying that we haven’t- but what comes after the answer is so great- I like hearing it over and over again. So we lie every time and say- “…nope never been here before.” Then we are told all about how the food comes from local sources- Fresh sources. Yes- local- as in places like Crystal Brook Farm in Sterling, MA and Berberian Farm in Northboro, MA. Sometimes it so local its right next door- from Dr. Gonzos.

The this summer the menu boasted that weeks best: “Ready for the picking in Northboro this week: Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Peaches & Nectarines at Tougas Farm! Fresh Scallions, Radishes, Peas, Beans, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes, all kinds of Herbs & Greens at Berberian Farm!

Goodness- those raspberries were just amazing. WE love this… Take a look and you’ll see why we love this…

New England Slate

New England Slate

 

New England Slate
Bridgid’s Abbey from Cato Corner Farm (Colchester, CT), Westfield Farms Blue Chevre (Hubbardston, MA) and Shy Brother’s Hannahbells (Westport, MA) with Artisan Salami, Candied Almonds, local seasonal fruit, Wildflower Honey from Honey Etc. (Princeton, MA), Dr. Gonzo’s Black Fly Mustard (Worcester, MA), our Homemade Seasonal Preserves made with fresh local fruit and our House Baked Breads

Raspberry & Spinach - Fresh picked Raspberries from Tougas Farms (Northboro, MA), Spinach from Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA), sliced Almonds and Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA) with our Balsamic-Stout Vinaigrette

Raspberry & Spinach - Fresh picked Raspberries from Tougas Farms (Northboro, MA), Spinach from Berberian Farm (Northboro, MA), sliced Almonds and Chevre from Crystal Brook Farm (Sterling, MA) with our Balsamic-Stout Vinaigrette

Beer on Tap

Beer on Tap

If you like beer, you have yet another reason to join folks at the Abbey. They have a HUGE selection. The staff never steers us wrong when we are looking to try something new and different.

The Space at the Abbey

The Space at the Abbey

Our favorite corner of the place to rest and eat is not actually pictured here. We love the front windows with their seating. We can watch the world go by… But this is a very good look at the rest of the Abbey space. All warm woods with cushy seats…


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I love working with good designers. I have been collecting all the brochures, magazines, cards, hand outs and catalogs our photos have been used in over the last year or so. I decided to look back and see just where how and where these photos were being used. I get to see them on web sites all the time, but there is something special about being able to see the images combined with great design that really makes my day.

Here are a few quick shots of the stuff I have collected lately. I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Does anyone have a favorite designer they like working with?

Brochures for Restaurants and Catering Companies

Brochures for Restaurants and Catering Companies

Catalogs, Magazines, and Full Sized Hand Outs

Catalogs, Magazines, and Full Sized Hand Outs

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Thank you to all the folks who voted for us! We really appreciate your votes and send good wishes your way!- Scott and Donna

Best of Worcester Living

By Laura Porter Photography by Tom Rettig

On the pages that follow, check out The Best — more than 70 winners in our third annual Best of Worcester Living contest

It’s the biggest contest so far, with new ideas for places to visit, eat, shop or relax. We added several new categories — where to have a picnic, take a scenic drive or eat ice cream, to name a few. We listed honorable mentions when the tally was close (5 votes or less) to give you more suggestions of the favorite haunts of Worcester Living readers.

Our rules: We counted one ballot per person and asked readers to vote in at least 20 categories. Businesses and venues had to be located in Central Massachusetts. You’ll see some favorites from past years in our winners’ circle, and some new names, too.
Enjoy — and to the winners — congratulations!

Photography studio

Erb Photography

380 Bridle Path, Worcester
(508) 421-3912
www.erbphoto.com

Geared toward advertising, Erb Photography specializes in corporate portraiture; their clients include restaurants, educational institutions and a variety of companies. Owners Scott Erb and Donna Dufault are also “passionate about food,” notes Erb, and “it shows through in our photography.” Indeed, Dufault recently had several of her photographs featured in the National Culinary Review. The founder of the Worcester Photography Center, Erb’s “biggest goal” is to work with local chefs on cookbooks that emphasize eating locally and organically.

Worcester Living Best of 2010

Worcester Living Best of 2010

A Roll of the Dice

Recently a restaurant I take photos for needed an image for a new promotion it was going to be running. I was told we’d need dice, a child, and a waitress for the shoot at the restaurant. We worked on the idea with the client and came out with this image below. I loved that they were open to the idea of having motion in the image and not just a static shot. I feel the motion really sells the idea – and honestly, the boy was having fun with the dice. There was no need to “fake” anything! So this collaboration was pulled off very well… They were happy and so was I! The image was given to the ad agency and as of this moment I am waiting to see what they do with it.

Dice Toss Promo

Dice Toss Promo

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Want to See Me Growl?

When I heard about one of my favorite photographers, Chase Jarvis, Judging a Nikon Video Contest called “Your Day 140 Seconds or Less” I knew I wanted to be part of it. So I went to one of my most creative friends, Joe Santa Maria of Kill the Ball Media, and told him what I wanted to do. Together we brain stormed and came up with a concept. I danced about, took photos, growled a bit, made many comments. He created music, did the editing and after many many many hours of work – we finally had a final project.

I would invite you to view this video now. It’s about my Red Room Project. I only use natural light when shooting in my Red Room so the video is done the same way… Please take a look at it, share it with your friends, and please please please leave me comments! I would love to hear your feed back.

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Thank you for all your support!

Cheers, Scott

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Smalley's Cookies

Smalley's Cookies

Cookies should come in Packs...

Cookies should come in Packs...

Does your product look good enough to eat?

When we show folks the images we’ve created of food {any kind of food} Evidently we hear, “Great! Now I’m hungry!”, or the old cliche- “That looks good enough to eat!”

We love hearing that.

It simply means we did our job…

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Show Off Your Assets

Sometimes it takes more than one photo to show off what you have to offer. Most web sites have more than one page. Most brochures have more than one side. Most businesses do more than one thing. Who are you? What do you sell? Where are you located? All of these answers can be enhanced by imagery. Beautiful, eye catching, high end photographs will enhance your image and tell your story. I offer up another example for you…

Who are you? The Celtic Tavern is a new restaurant with a lot of seating…

Celtic Tavern Room 1

Celtic Tavern Room 1

What does the Celtic Tavern sell?

Menu Option: Bangers and Mash Entree

Menu Option: Bangers and Mash Entree

Where are they?

Celtic Tavern Building

Celtic Tavern Building

These images can be used in a number of ways. On the web they can be strategically cropped and placed on the menu pages, directions page, or reservations page. In ads they can show a special dish, introduce a new menu item, or help solidify an upscale renovation. Wouldn’t you like to have a multitude of images of your business in your arsenal?

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When asked if we can add a little life to a product that may not be all that glamorous we usually think of color. Lots of beautiful bold colors… We’ve found that good use of color will greatly increase the impact of any printed piece. It will improve readership and increase response. Why? Because most of us will judge a business by their image. That is why it’s so necessary that your business shows professionalism and high quality. The best way to do so is create bold, colorful, (not gaudy)  eye catching pieces.

Let’s take a look at a before and after shot of a large piece of equipment we shot recently.

When a client can not decide wether or not to use bold colors, we usually like to show them the difference side by side. This next photo actually showcases the impact of color. Take a look at what we shared with them.

Bright Clean Machine

Bright Clean Machine

This is a bright – clean – well lit – piece of machinery. It’s would be perfectly acceptable for them to use this shot to showcase this machines capabilities. In fact, They really liked what they saw in this photo.

Then we added a bit of color into the mix and came up with this next shot.

Machine with Blue Added

Machine with Blue Added

In this shot you can see we used the color blue to highlight the machine in a very different way. We also liked the way blue looked against the orange of the product that the machine was processing. But to take it a step further, blue is also the company’s main logo color. Once we showed them these two options, they saw the impact color can have. One final thing –  their designer really wanted color for the brochure images… So by giving them this photo, we were also giving them what they craved design wise. In the end, It all comes down to personal preference and if it fits in line with the image the company is trying to convey. In this case, we just listened to what they were asking for.

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Almost anyone can make a video and put it online these days, but how do you want folks to see your business? Do you want to be seen as “Professional?” Or is it more important to be seen as “Fun?” Maybe you want to come across as “Approachable?” What kind of look and feel do you want to have your customers and more importantly – potential customers- to see?

I say why not make it the best it can possible be? Great lighting, great script, good video quality, and high end photos all interlaced make for a first class and enticing video that will make folks want to know about your business.

Here is a great example of how high quality images can really make a video about your business look professional and classy. This video was created for the Jewel Box, a local restaurant that hires us to do food photography for thier ads and brochures.

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Creating a video is just one more way to get your business out in the world- and I think, nothing completes it like using professional-quality photos- What do you think?

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I love the internet and love having a web site. You just never know who is going to stumble on your site, like your work, and then contact you. That’s just what happened a few days ago to us. We were approached about an assignment for a magazine based in WI. It was about a local lab here in central New England, so they found us online by searching for a photographer in this area. It’s so important to be able to be found when folks look for what you offer. It’s also important to have great work on your web site.

After some discussion with my new client, the specs were sent over for the assignment. There were some very specific needs, photographing certain people at the lab to fit the cover etc… But my favorite part was this “Accent photos: A variety of accent images are required to round out the profile feature. Provide 6-8 scenes and 3-4 images of each scene.” Wow! I get to be creative. Excellent and one of the reasons I love these kinds of assignments.

So, I thought I’d share a few of the images I thought fit the “accent photo” criteria. I sent over all the photos to the client two days ago, but will not know what they choose for the magazine layout for several weeks. All I know is they were happy with what I sent them. Therefore – I am happy, too.

Incinerator

Incinerator

Water Testing

Water Testing

Controls and Gauges

Controls and Gauges

Nutrient Water Testing

Nutrient Water Testing

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Read for the Record in Boston MA

Read for the Record in Boston MA

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, presented in partnership with Pearson, is a chance

to experience the importance of Jumpstart’s work in preschools year-round. Adults

will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar – the 2009 limited edition campaign Book – in

a record-breaking celebration of reading, community service, and fun.

Boston, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record event will feature a press conference

following VIP readings of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, the official

campaign book, with 240 preschool children from Boston, the South End, and

Chinatown, and Amy Ryan President of the Boston Public Library; Bob Gallery

President of Bank of America Massachusetts; Bob Sweeny Director of Development

Boston Bruins Foundation; Peter Tarr Chairman of The First Marblehead Corporation;

John Reilly Senior Vice President of Communications MFS Investment Management;

Joannie Jaxtimer Vice President of Corporate Affairs BNY Mellon; and Sandi Kirshner,

Chief Marketing Officer from Pearson.


Mayor Thomas Menino - Reading for the Record- Boston

Mayor Thomas Menino - Reading for the Record- Boston

Making Caterpillars

Making Caterpillars

Hungry Caterpillars

Hungry Caterpillars

On October 8, 2009, we aim to double that number in a single day. Together with record-setters everywhere we’ll be reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle. In addition to hosting reading events with friends, colleagues, and educators from around the world, we aim to raise funds to support Jumpstart’s essential year-round work with preschool children in low-income communities across the United States.

This year’s efforts come in direct response to what we learned by conducting the first “Pearson Foundation Early Childhood Education Perception” poll – a nationwide survey that explores perceptions surrounding the reading inequality gap that exists between children in low-income homes and their more affluent peers. The survey found that far too few Americans understand the important connection between early childhood literacy skills and a life of sustained learning and success. Of U.S. residents polled, 95% were unaware of the long-term importance of reading to children between the ages of three and five; 73% wrongly believe that unprepared kindergarteners will catch up in elementary school; and 53% were unaware that nearly half of low-income children start first grade with reading skills up to two years behind their peers’. The conclusions were simple: we need to give every child an equal chance to succeed, and we need to continue to spread the word.

Part of this effort includes donating more than 230,000 special-edition copies of the children’s classic at the heart of this year’s campaign. Thanks to the Penguin Group, a special Campaign Edition of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillarhas been created just for Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. On the morning of October 8, the book – which again this year features an introduction by Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira, as well as commentary by LL Cool J and Mary-Louise Parker – will be featured on NBC’s TODAY show with a host of celebrity readers. For the first time, we’re also welcoming Wal-Mart to the Read for the Record campaign, as the program’s official retail partner.

Also on October 8, we’ll be marching down Fifth Avenue in New York City and hosting events in Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. We’re especially looking forward to our kick-off event in Washington, D.C., where together with the USO we’ll host reading events for children and families of U.S. service people who are stationed overseas. We’ve been working to engage leaders from hundreds of school districts nationwide; to organize statewide reading events; and to bring governors, mayors, and city officials together across the country to involve more public and school libraries than ever before.

To find out more, check out the 10 Fast Facts page. Even better, get involved in Read for the Record by visiting www.readfortherecord.org.

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In a Magazine

While sitting in the dentist office today, I was flipping through a magazine when I came upon an ad that captured my attention. I know it’s shocking news to hear, an ad in a magazine… Who would have guessed? But I like looking at ads. Flipping through pages seeing what catches my attention then wondering what it was that caught my eye. I’m a pretty visual person surrounded by images all day long. But the goal is always to create something that catches a persons eye. So when one catches my eye I feel it has accomplished something very successful. Photos are great! (Yes I am bias – totally and completely)  Designers are great too… But together this is a combo makes things eye catching.

This week my favorite design and photo combo is this one for a new restaurant called The Jewel Box. I was very happy with the photo, but when Troy sent me the design – I thought – wow – he made that look great! I love working with designers…

Jewel Box Share Sum Ad

Jewel Box Share Sum Ad

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Monster Machines

Plastics Company Clean Room

Plastics Company Clean Room

A clean room is an environment, typically used in manufacturing or scientific research, that has a low level of environmental pollutants such as dust and chemical vapors. This place was pretty spotless. There were a few other rooms I had to don the cap and tyvek suit for. In these cases, I couldn’t bring a whole lot of equipment in the room with me. So the lighting is pretty basic in these shots. I knew it was more about capturing a great angle to show off a lot of what happens in the room. And how did I know that? I asked my client.

Sometimes the goal is different. I always ask my clients – what they are looking for in the photos? Are we showcasing the machine? It’s capabilities? The folks who are working with it? It’s essential to keep in mind the goal of the company when deciding what to photograph and how to do it.

For example the photos below were taken with the idea in mind that the machines look “massive and strong.” These monster machines are “well built”, and even thought there are many, many moving parts – everything fits together perfectly. The machines needed to “gleam.”  And so they do… and then the client is happy. Then I am gleaming.

Large Machine

Large Machine

In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids.

Boys and Girls Club Pool

Boys and Girls Club Pool

Boys and Girls Club Play Room

Boys and Girls Club Play Room

Boys and Girls Club Gym

Boys and Girls Club Gym

Photographing at the Boys and Girls Club was an awesome experience. It was because the people who work there are all amazing. I just can not say enough about them… Each one was friendly and extremely helpful. All were willing to work with me to create images. And the kids- were curious and respectful. It was an great day…

Boxing Program at the Boys and Girls Club

Boxing Program at the Boys and Girls Club

What’s the difference between a professional photograph and an amateur photograph? The biggest difference is the lighting. And lighting can be expensive. Which is why there are so many poor quality photos floating out in cyber space. But if you have a great product, service or space. Hiring a pro can show it off.

When photographing interiors – you really do need as much balanced lighting as possible- if you don’t use good lighting – say a point and shoot camera with a flash right next to the lens- you’ll get an amateur photo that has a bright spot in the center of the image and deep dark shadows in all the corners.

Here is an example of lots of soft- well balanced lighting- covers as much of the room as possible. It looks like the room is warm, inviting and the very natural wood finished is stunning. The fixtures look beautiful and the windows are not completely white (blown out) or reflecting any harsh light spots back at the camera.

Photo of Kitchen taken for a Professional Builder

Photo of Kitchen taken for a Professional Builder

Everything about this screams – Professional! So when you spend the time, money, and effort to create a beautiful space – seriously consider hiring a professional photographer to capture that space. This way you can have amazing photographs to show off to all your future clients…

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I was at a networking event and the person presenting at this event was a home inspector. He decided to jazz up the event by playing a little Q & A game about Home Inspections. BUT-  One of the questions he asked was “How many Real Estate Brokers are using their High School Senior Portraits on their business cards?” Everyone in the room laughed loudly- even the Real Estate Brokers. He joked further by saying “… sometimes when I meet the broker at the house I’m inspecting, I think they must have sent their mother!” I watch the crowds reaction – full of waves of laughter spread across the room… 

But this guy was right- and that was why it was sooo funny… Because it is true. 

Getting a head shot done is not as painful as the name sounds. In fact, if you pick the right photographer and connect with that person, they can create some really wonderful images of you.

You’ll want someone with experience. You should look at their work and see if you really like what they have done in the past. Ideally you will want to hire someone that can make you feel comfortable and someone you can communicate freely with. Please also look for someone who has technical abilities with lighting, cameras and lens. And you want someone who has a bit of  creativity! You really don’t want a “snap shot” feeling. You want well lit,  in focus – especially sharp in the eyes – and something that is not stiff or posed and fake looking. You really don’t want a vacant stare looking back out at your audience.

I’d also like to mention that fashion comes and goes. Trends in colors and clothing can give away just how long ago you had that photo taken. Looking modern and updated should be a key part to any successful headshot session. It really builds your credibility with your viewers. This is your chance to make the best first impression you can…

 

Let me give you an example and you can decide for yourself.

Robert's New Head Shot

Robert's New Head Shot

 

Robert's Old Headshot

Robert's Old Headshot

 

 

 

Here is just an example of what a client was using, an old shot from many years ago, needed to be updated to look a bit more modern and to reflect what he looks like now. His employer insisted upon the updated one… Now Robert can see why….

Can you?

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Skateboarding-  a misunderstood artform/sport where there are no uniforms, rules, times etc. to clearly define the activity. It is a skillful, creative and extreme sport and can only be compared to a select few other sports such as surfing, snowboarding, even BMX. 

 

Zack, Skateboarder

Zack, Skateboarder

 

Pat, Skateboarder

Pat, Skateboarder

Mark, skateboarder

Mark, skateboarder

 

Flying

Flying

I spent several hours following these guys around, photographing their stunts. I was on the ground asking them to skate and leap towards me… Over and Over again. Every time I said – do that again, they did. Or I’d ask – Come sit over here, they would. Some of the easiest going models I have ever worked with! And! These guys were skating on one of the hottest days of the year… and they all just kept going long after I was home in my air conditioning.

The phone call came a few weeks ago. A very nice woman from Worcester Living Magazine asked me if I was the owner of Erb Photography? And I said “Yes – Yes I am…” And she proceeded to give me the news that my photo business was voted the Best Photo Studio in Worcester by the magazine readers. Wow- how cool is that? I thanked her for the news and hung up smiling.

Just a few days ago I was sitting in the office of a prospective client going over what we felt he needed photography wise for his new web site design, when I looked down on the table and saw Worcester Living Magazine. It was the issue that was clearly showcasing the best of where to eat, shop and have fun…

After the meeting I flipped through it and saw name after name of some of my favorite places in the City of Worcester. I love Mezcal for my mexican food cravings and Sweet for – well my sweet tooth. But the list of places I like to eat out in Worcester is pretty extensive and I saw many of my favorites on the list. But it was also nice to see places like Worcester Fitness, which is my gym. And the Wine Vine which is where I love to do wine tastings.

So a heartfelt “Cheers!” to all the Winners!!  I am so please to be included among quite a prestigious and well loved group. And a very sincere and earnest “Thank You” to all who voted for us! I am so very grateful…

 

Worcester Living Best of 2009

Worcester Living Best of 2009

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Sometimes it’s about your amazing, talented and completely brilliant clients…

That’s what our client, Millbury Savings Bank, hired us to show off for them. Yes – they hired us to show off one of their artistic – and very friendly – clients. In this case a gifted painter by the name of Michael Graves.

 

 

Painter Michael Graves in His Studio

Painter Michael Graves in His Studio

 

 

 

Sometimes it’s about telling other peoples stories and how your business has helped them achieve their goals and dreams.

“If you work hard enough at something you love, eventually dreams do come true,” says Graves, a lifelong resident of Millbury, who says his passion for drawing and painting started when he was four years old. Today, he is an award-winning painter with works on exhibit in galleries and homes across the country. But it took years of effort and dedication to achieve the renown he now enjoys.

If you’d like to see some of his paintings, you’ll find them on display at the Asa Waters Mansion, the Millbury Public Library, and the Millbury Senior Center. Or visit his open studio during the Millbury Chain of Lights on December 6. And if you travel the back roads and byways, you just might catch a glimpse of Michael Graves at his easel, working to perfect his art.*

 

*excerpt from the Millbury Savings Bank Newsletter

Big Trash the Dress Event run by Erb Photography and the Worcester Photo Meetups. Over 29 Photographers and 27 Models on a Beach In RI Trashing hundreds of dollars worth of Dresses- all for the sake of making that one “Great Photo.” 
“Trash the Dress? Why would anyone do that to their wedding gown?” 
“We heard this comment a lot when we were pitching the idea to the Worcester Photography MeetUp Group.” said Teya Rutherford from Photography by Teya in Oxford, MA. This was her brainchild and she was the one who came to Scott Erb, owner of Erb Photography and founder of the Photo Group, with the idea. “It’s important to see our group being active together and Trashing the Dress is a perfect photo op” said Scott Erb. “What makes our group so successful is that our members are proactive and have their pulse on what is hip, trendy, and yes, even a bit non conventional.

 

Erin Trashes her Dress

Erin Trashes her Dress

So, On Saturday August 8th -3 large tents went up, 35 photographers  joined up with 27 models, 3 professional make up artists, and they take over Oakland Beach in RI. The group trashed over 25 very nice dresses, some of which were donated by Local Bridal Shops. 

 
The idea of trashing your wedding dress after hundreds of hours of stress from planning a wedding has some mass appeal to some very non-traditional brides. They can run around a beach getting wet and dirty and feel free to have a professional photographer capture very unique imagery of them as a bride. The images are something that most brides could never dream of having on a normal wedding day, and that is it’s biggest appeal. Brides other choice is to tuck away their dresses – never wearing them again, never having fun in them again. Some brides feel they are saving it for their daughters. How often does that become a reality? So why not do something fun, creative, and down right dirty with the dress. Trash the dress sessions can be seen on Youtube.com and professional photographers all over the world are sending in submissions from sessions to the web site www.trashthedress.com. 
The models who attended will get very unique images for their portfolios and the professional wedding photographers can show future brides the endless possibilities that can be captured in their wedding dresses. 

 

Yes That is Wet Seaweed!

Yes That is Wet Seaweed!

 

 

Contact: 
Donna Dufault or Scott Erb 
Founders of the Worcester Photography Center 
Erb Photography380 Bridle Path 
Worcester, MA 01604 
Business: 508-421-3912 Cell 774-239-0215

 

Wicked Shoes for Trash the Dress

Wicked Shoes for Trash the Dress

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Ah- Yes the ultimate question. When you take photos for a living, you end up with a ton of images. You take them, download them, edit them, retouch them, send them to clients and guess what- most of the time we never know where exactly they end up being used… So I decide to do a little bit of detective work and look up some recent clients web sites. Eureka! I can see my images being used right there on those web sites. I’d like to share some of them with you….

Check out this one- I talked about Swing Labels in an earlier post. But when I went back and looked over the redesigned web site I was pretty impressed. They really did use a lot of the images we shot for them that day- throughout the web site. It was all integrated very nicely by Cold Spring Design.

 

Swing Labels Web Site

Swing Labels Web Site

Or check out this web site sprinkled with our images. Some of our favorite images were taken the day Mark gave us free rain to photograph anything we wanted in his office. He let us position him, his desk items, office items, and even a staff member for the photos. He was very willing to work with us and I think the photos really reflect him and his personality because of it. This web site design was done by New Perspective Web Solutions.

 

Mark Lee Web Site

Mark Lee Web Site

When I went to see the Worcester Fitness Web site today, I was literally blown away. Here is a client we spent a lot of time with. Someone who really wanted to overhaul their past web site and upgrade to the next level – and wow did that happen. I was so excited to see the photos we took for them right there front and center – really showcasing the Fitness Centers best assets. There are a lot of images used on this web site in very compelling ways. I have heard this client tell me that it has made a huge impact on their business as well. 

 

Worcester Fitness Web Site

Worcester Fitness Web Site

The extra time I took spending time looking through these clients web sites has been extremely valuable and insightful. Each one has a -very- unique personality. And I love knowing that I help contribute to that brand building. I love my clients and I love seeing their hard work look so good online! Good Photos and good designers are exceptionally valuable to helping a business grow.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- it’s all about the light!!

When a photographer is hired to photograph a special event they better know what kind of lighting will work best in any situation. Event photography is a fairly unique type of photography that has a unique skill set. It’s different set of skills than from a studio photographer or portrait photographer. Event photographers understand what kind of light may be needed in environments where lighting is uncontrolled. Outdoors, arenas, and halls are just some examples of places with all kinds of mixed lighting. You either need to know how to work with the light available by using it to your advantage or how to create your own lighting to overpower what is there.

We also pride ourselves on asking a lot of questions before an event to understand the framework of that affair. What’s the most important thing the client wants captured in photos? Sometimes it’s more important to capture the crowd’s reaction rather than the main person speaking behind a podium. So some of it comes from experience, some maybe a bit of gut reaction. The same is true for entertainment, corporate events or how to capture the action of a sport.

Below is a video put together from the photography Scott Erb and Donna Dufault did the evening of the Worcester’s Best Chef event. The photos we took that night were then put together as a video to be used as a promo piece for upcoming Worcester Best Chef events. Please note that there were two photographers capturing moments from that evening. When there is a large event like this one was – it’s always a good idea to have two people covering it photographically. Two perspectives adds a lot of value – and we can be in more places with more opportunities for capturing the event more fully. Plus it was a food event- and we love doing food photography!

 

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Ecotarium Billboard

Ecotarium Billboard

We spent the whole day at the Ecotarium! …and we took a lot of photos- hundreds of photos. The kids were everywhere. And they were having a great time. One exhibit was especially popular this day – and that was a seasonal exhibition about Bubbles. Kids (and you) can create magnificent mega bubbles! In fact, you can stand inside a giant bubble or play with different bubble shapes. Or you can go old school and just blow bubbles at one another like you did as a kid… While enjoying these glittering and shimmering rainbow suds – you’ll be learning about the science of bubbles.

So while this was happening, we were photographing… Then the next day we were asked to send some photos over to them so they could create a Billboard. Yikes! There are hundreds! How will we chose?  

Actually it was easy… we are professionals. We edit photos for a living. We know when something is a good shot and when something is not. Yep- it all comes down to experience. We narrowed it down to about 10 or so images an it made it easy for them to chose and design around these choices…

I think they did an excellent job and I can not wait to see the billboard!

Many of our clients have unique products and sometimes it’s all about showing them off. Taking a good – clear – sharp – well lit photograph of the product is the key to making it stand out and show you what that product is all about. After all- a professional photograph is worth more than a 1000 words.

For example, We just did a product shoot of this very cool packaging. it’s extremely popular in Europe and I have a feeling we will be seeing it a lot more over here in the next few years. You may not recognize the Ribena brand – but what about the other brands?

 

Ribena Package

Ribena Package

 

Dole Packaging For Fruit Snacks

Dole Packaging For Fruit Snacks

We got to taste these treats and I got to tell you I loved them. And the packaging made it all the more interesting and – well- kind of fun to eat. It doesn’t squirt out all over the place – you turn the cap part at the top and it pops off easily, then the rest is like a straw. So you just sip it up, and if you don’t finish it you can put the cap back on. It’s really neat! And not to mention- very little waste and it can be recycled without taking up a whole lot of space. We are sold…

 

The Incredibles Packages for Kids

The Incredibles Packages for Kids

And hopefully- once all these photographs are very neatly displayed on their web site- Showing off the printing, sizes, and options – so will everyone else!

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It’s true- Sometimes- you need to have some fun! And for me – that sometimes involves going out with my friends and photographing something I have never photographed before. This time- it was a Worcester Sharks game. Yep- a whole pile of us photographers from the Worcester Photography Center got ourselves organized, contacted the Sharks and managed to get ourselves all access passes to the last game of the season- which also turned out to be Fan Appreciation Night. Bonus! So we got to climb up to the catwalk to take photos as well as be down near the ice taking photos. We were all over the arena – It was a great evening- and very – very fun! 

 

DCU Arena During a Sharks Game- taken from the Catwalk

DCU Arena During a Sharks Game- taken from the Catwalk

Our group does a lot of things together during the year. The Worcester Photo Center is a place where people with an interest in Photography can get together and chat, hang out, talk about gear, vision, creativity and share with one another. So when the group asked if we could shoot a sporting event- Hockey seemed like a great choice in April. I have to thank the folks over at the Sharks for allowing us into the arena like this. Being down by the glass, seeing the space from above and participating in the events surrounding the game- was soooo much fun. In fact we are looking at going back again with the group this coming season. So if this is something you’d like to do – stay tuned in- go to the Photo Meetup site and sign up to get our emails. Afterall, it’s fun and it’s free to join the photo group!

 

Worcester Photography Center Sharks MeetUp

Worcester Photography Center Sharks MeetUp

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While traveling through Worcester along 290 toward 190- please take a look out your window toward the left and check out the latest billboard for Niche Hospitality. Billboard advertising is a high-impact way of getting your advertising message across. Based on the fact that thousands of people per day may be exposed to your message, billboards are very cost-effective. We highly recommend you find a professional to design your billboard. This billboard was designed by Troy Pontbriand Design. We here at Erb Photography were lucky enough to work with these really talented professionals when they were designing this latest billboard. They knew just what kind of imagery they wanted and gave us nice sketches to go by. It made it easy for us to create just what they were looking for.

Here is the Sketch we were given:

 

Pitcher Board Sketches

Pitcher Board Sketches

Here is the finished product…

 

Niche Billboard Photos by Erb Photography

Niche Billboard Photos by Erb Photography

 

 

 

 

Let’s get right down to it….

Just How Can a Billboard Ad Increase Your Product Sales?

By G. keith Evans, eHow Editor

    The number one thing it can do is – Create Public Awareness

  1. A billboard advertisement can be an effective way to make people aware of a product that they otherwise would not know existed. As drivers pass and observe a billboard, they become aware of the advertised product.
  2. The second thing you are doing when you use a billboard? – You are Building the Brand

  3. Some studies have shown that an advertisement must be seen at least three times before a consumer remembers the product. A billboard is observed each time a potential client drives or rides past it, increasing the likelihood that the advertising will be effective and the product considered.
  4. And Finally – Create a Need

  5. Some potential clients may not realize they want or need a product because they are unaware of how it can benefit them. As customers observe a billboard advertisement, they may realize that they have a previously unrealized need for the product.

So- Get your message out there… and they will come!

 

P.S.

One last thing- we took a lot of images during this shoot- and now our clients have a small library of images they can pull from for their other ads too. This is just one way Erb Photography adds real value to the photo shoots we do with our clients. Lots of images to chose from! Check out this other ad they did with another image from the shoot… Notice how similar the two ads look to one another- the style is unmistakably for the the same group of Restaurants. That’s what we call brand building… It’s recognizable!

 

Pitcher Ad for The Citizen Photo by Erb Photography

Pitcher Ad for The Citizen Photo by Erb Photography

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Maybe I am on a bit of a nostalgia trip these last few posts, but I have to share this video with you. We took this while visiting my old friend and college roommate’s darkroom. I used to live in the darkroom while in college. Printing was the art form to learn and become a master at. Now a days, I am spending most of my time in front of a computer doing my craft. Afterall, the chemistry used in making photographic prints was not good to for me and I was having terrible reactions to it. So the computer was a blessing for me to continue my creative process.

….But my buddy Troy is old school. I mean he does it all, from manual film camera- to wet printing with chemistry- to cutting his mats with a Dexter– to building his own frames. I love this about him. These images are stunning, the frames are beautiful, and each piece is truly an art work. I had fun getting a tour of his spaces. This is the first video of our look around the darkroom, which flooded me with memories of my own time of printing in the dark for hours and hours. I hope you’ll enjoy this tour, learn a little but about the craft, and leave comments about your thoughts.

Enjoy…

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Many of you know that our favorite thing to photograph is food. Yes, It’s true, working with local – and not so local- restaurants is our passion. We love every aspect of this kind of work. We will often come into a place and photograph the food right there on location. It’s perfect for the chefs, they have all their tools, foods, and and equipment right on hand. They create the dish – plate it  – and out from the kitchen it comes directly in front of the cameras. We spend hours working along side the chefs to make sure their creation is captured just the way they envisioned it. So we get to know these extraordinary chefs – and see just how passionate they are about the work they do…

I wanted to share with you some of the chef portraits I have had the pleasure of creating recently… Afterall, it’s these peoples talents you get to experience while enjoying your dinner at these restaurants…

 

 

Chef Stephen - Gastronomic Genius behind Niche Hospitality

Chef Stephen - Gastronomic Genius behind Niche Hospitality

 

Chef Paul -One of the Gastronomic Genius' at Peppers Catering

Chef Paul -One of the Inventors of Imaginative Menu’s for Pepper’s Catering

 

 

Chef Mike - Wunderkind Sushi Chef at Baba

Chef Mike - Wunderkind Sushi Chef at Baba

Chef Jim - Creating Flames at Micheal's

Chef Jim - Creating Flames at Micheal's

Chef Bo - Inventive Caterer for Harborside Catering

Chef Bo - Inventive Caterer for Harborside Catering

Chef Harley - Creator of Inventive Fare at 10 Center

Chef Harley - Creator of Inventive Fare at 10 Center

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Jazz At Sunset

Every summer the Ecotarium in Worcester, MA has the most incredible Jazz lineup. The series is called Jazz at Sunset and it happens on Friday nights from beginning June to the end of July. We try and go as many Fridays as we can, and we are never disappointed. 

 

Dancing is the norm at Jazz Nights

Dancing is the norm at Jazz Nights

 

Jazz Singer making the night smoking hot...

Jazz Singer making the night smoking hot...

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Trapped inside a what??? A Daguerreotype. Go ahead- google it. There are 525,000 results. You’ll learn a lot – but what you really need to know is that the Daguerreotype was the first successful photographic process and it’s discovery was announced in January 1839. Everything changed in the visual world from this discovery! But that’s another blog post for another time…

Perhaps you have seen a daguerreotype and just did not know it? Most folks have – a very famous one is the portrait of Abraham Lincoln.  

…but… I don’t want to get side tracked from the story I’d like to share with you today. I’d like to talk about an email from my college photography professor; Walter Johnson. He was sending me a link to a Daguerreotype web site that he is proud to be a member of.  When we were in college, Walter did make these Daguerreotype’s and even did demonstrations to show us this unique and complicated process. So when I was cruising through the web site he’d sent me too- I realized that he had captured me (and my fellow photo students, including Troy Plair on the left) in one of these Daguerreotypes! I had forgotten all about it…

 

 

Daguerreotype of the SouthEast Center for Photographic Studies Students © Walter Johnson

Daguerreotype of the SouthEast Center for Photographic Studies Students © Walter Johnson

Yup- that is me standing there – second guy in from the left side. Legs crossed leaning on the van… Looking cool in my sunglasses. But the cool part is this is a Daguerreotype. I personally feel photographers should learn a bit about them. See — There are a lot of processes out there to make images. And this my photo friends- is where it all began. I think it is important to realize and pay homage to the beginnings of photography. After all, it is a passion I share with so many folks. I have to give recognition to the creators of such an amazing invention. I’ve built my life around photography and here it is — the beginnings of a giant industry….

And I am trapped inside one.

And I am not looking for a way out, not even a little bit.

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Some nights are just perfect. The weather is in that sweet spot of coolness and warmth. The bugs are at bay. There is a clear beautiful blue sky right before the sun fades- we call that the “magic hour,” and we love being asked to photograph at this time. But this time the folks at Harborside Catering  added one more bit of magic to fully create an extraordinary atmosphere. Candles. Lots and lots of candles.

 

Harborside Catering

Harborside Catering

 

The tent lit up

The tent lit up

We drive down Route 146 all the time. It’s near our home and a great access road to adventures beyond our studio walls. But as we were driving down the road – suddenly in our view was this great big turbine rising out of the horizon. Both Scott and I looked at it, then at each other, and he said loudly “Was that there yesterday?” I replied incredulously, “There was no way we could have missed that- that has to be new…” And we both stared at it.

 

Out of the Horizon

Out of the Horizon

 

 

 

 

“It’s kinda cool…”

“Yea, it really is… we should go up there and check it out.”

Then a few weeks later came a phone call from a wonderful Canadian company called Free Breeze Energy Systems. They needed some photos of the newly installed Turbine for their brochures and upcoming trade show. Would we be able to take some photos for them? Our answer was Yes. We’ve been meaning to check it out! And so we did, and they used many of the photos we took that day. It was an incredibly powerful piece of equipment and was a challenge to photograph. Below are a few of our favorite shots.

 

Wind Turbine on a white puffy cloudy day

Wind Turbine on a white puffy cloudy day

 

 

 

Back Lit Turbine not a Cloud in the Sky

Back Lit Turbine not a Cloud in the Sky

 

 

The best part of the whole experience of this photo shoot was working with the guys up in Canada at Free Breeze. They were very kind in giving us a bit of creative license in creating the images, answered our questions in an extremely timely manner, and were super nice both on the phone and via email. Basically a dream client to work for. I can only imagine how fantastic they are at installing these monster machines! You can also learn an awful lot from their web site. There is a huge FAQ section with all kinds of interesting tidbits. i was particularly impressed with the part about impact on community…

Community

Building a strong partnership with the community is critical to the success of every wind energy project. With community dialogue a vital component of our strategy, we start speaking with residents early in the project development process to introduce the project and solicit early feedback on our proposal. Our goals are to

* establish a cooperative relationship with the community
* listen to our neighbors
* share information and
* ensure our proposal fits the interests and priorities of the community.

The proponents also meet with elected and appointed officials, civic associations, environmental groups and other community organizations. They also periodically share new information, as it becomes available, to provide updates to the community about the project.

 

I would highly recommend you take a look at this very interesting company! Especially now that they have some very snazzy photographs of the newly installed turbine in Worcester MA.

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One of our favorite things to do is collaborate with others. We can’t help ourselves – we just love working with other creative types. And we feel everyone is creative in their own ways. Most of the folks we collaborate with bring our work to a whole new level! Together we can make extraordinary things happen. Recently one of the talented models from Scott’s Red Room series ( a personal project you can read about here) was written about in a local magazine. Check out the interview and images below. But in the end- none of it could have happened with out that meaningful collaboration! Congratulations to Rhiannon Doherty for a wonderfully written article by Pulse Magazines own Mel Pigeton and for Rhea’s excellent words of wisdom.

 

Scott Erb and Rhiannon Doherty in Pulse Magazine

Scott Erb and Rhiannon Doherty in Pulse Magazine

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Michael Preston

Michael Preston

We love going into companies to photograph the people who work there. Most of the time these photos are going to be used on the company’s web site. We try to make each person comfortable and at home while making the photos fit their personalities. At times it can be very hard – other times it can be a cake walk. With Michael Preston it was chocolate cake all the way. He had an easy smile and he chit chatted with us while we were photographing. He loved telling us about his business and we learned allot about what it is that happens over there at New Harbor Financial.

Another fun part of our job was photographing around the office. We were there to create images that would make their web site stand out from other financial sites. They wanted to add a bit of personality and class to their site and in this case – that comes from using what is about a persons office as opposite to using stock images that really don’t tell you much about the people that work at the company. So we decide to take a look at Michael’s desk and around his office. See what we could come up with for the web site. Here are a few images we were able to create just from things on Michael’s desk.

 

Clock on a rich wood shelf

Clock on a rich wood shelf

 

Beautiful stationary with their logo

Beautiful stationary with their logo

Paper weight on rich dark desk

Paper weight on rich dark desk

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The Red Room Interview

One of the first questions we get asked when networking is “So, What do you do?”  So here is a quick little video by Laura Briere about Erb Photography. 

With his usual effervescent charm, Scott Erb provides laughs along with his wisdom as he shares tidbits about his business, and his philosophies… 

 

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Lots of Labels

Lots of Labels

There really are a lot of labels everywhere you look. They have can have huge amounts of information on them too. Labels come in so many different shapes and sizes, not to mention a plethora of colors. Each one must be accurate and meaningful… But who makes all these labels? Believe it or not they are made right here in MA at a company called Swing Labels. 

These folks work for some of the biggest names in the industry and they know their barcodes. They have to. Some of these labels are very complex while others just need to fit certain specifications and size requirements. We were certainly educated while we were there… We had no idea the world of labels was so vast. But like any new thing- once you know about it, you start seeing labels every where you look!

 

Big Book Store Labels

Big Book Store Labels

Bar Codes Rule the World of Labels

Bar Codes Rule the World of Labels

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Feathers on her eyes

Feathers on her eyes

Sometimes when you work with other creative people you come across some very interesting and different ideas. And for the women working in the Paul Mitchell showroom over at Hairlines there was no lack of creativity happening. Black and white checkered pants, feathers and flowers, brides up -do’s and exotic looks were whirling about the room when we showed up to photograph all the excitement. each one of them had their own vision, their own style and they were working on these models for hours trying to get things just so. We were told to not do a lot of post production retouching. This was to show off their skills are makeup artists and hairstylists. So we kept our word and here is what they got. Some stunning models in some really beautiful hairstyles and makeup applications.

 

 

Punk Ballerina

Punk Ballerina

 

 

Golds and Browns

Golds and Browns

 

Lighthearted Bride

Lighthearted Bride

The Worcester Art Museum is proud to announce a new class!

Worcester Photo Walks with Scott Erb

Sign up for one, two, or three workshops—receive $10 off when you sign up for all three! 

Join one, two, or all three of these educational and social photography classes. Walk around, shoot photos, and have fun with other photographers. Scott Erb will guide the walks and answer photography questions along the way. The routes will be short enough to provide plenty of time for shooting and exploring. Conclude each session with informal photo sharing and receive the link to a dedicated Flickr group to post and share your favorite photos! Bring your camera, photo equipment, sunscreen, water, and a snack, and dress comfortably.

09SAPHT314A

Photo Walk: Downtown Worcester 
Scott Erb  W  5pm8pm
May 20, 2009, 1-session 
Non-Member
   $45  Member   $25

Explore downtown Worcester to discover all of its photo-worthy nooks and crannies.

09SAPHT314B

Photo Walk: Green Hill Park 
Scott Erb   5pm8pm
June 3, 2009, 1-session 
Non-Member
   $45  Member   $25

Visiting Green Hill Park will provide a multitude of photographic opportunities, both urbane and natural.

09SAPHT314C

Photo Walk: Shrewsbury Street 
Scott Erb   5pm8pm
June 17, 2009, 1-session
Non-Member
   $45  Member   $25

Shrewsbury Street, full of life, business, and color will inspire your photographic eye.


To Sign Up-  please got to this web site at theWorcester Art Museum

A trip out of town is always a great way to get the creative juices flowing. Then visiting galleries is just an added bonus. But when it’s visiting a gallery that is showing your college roommates beautiful black and white photos- you have hit the jackpot! When we received the invite in the mail about Troy Plair’s show at a gallery called Caos on F in DC, I called and told him to reserve that spare bedroom for his out of town guests and biggest fans- myself and Donna. 

When we meet in the early 90’s in Daytona Florida while attending the SouthEast Center for Photographic Studies, Troy was photographing on the streets and also living out of his van. I offered my apartment up for half the rent and we had a deal. I got to see a lot of Troy’s work in those early years and felt there was certainly something special there. But the boy had a bit of trouble printing in the darkroom.

Now I see his work and it’s obvious all that has changed. 

The images are truly striking. Stunning black and whites with depth and feeling. This transformed printing takes place in his basement darkroom. He’s old school and when I say old school I mean it- he’s never touched digital. I joke and call him a luddite and he just smiles and trys to defend himself. But the place smells like fixer. And that old Nikon slung around his shoulder makes that long lost clicking sound of the old world. I had forgotten about that heavy mechanism sound.

Donna and I are now very proud owners of three of Troy’s original photographs- hand printed and with custom, hand made frames. He does it all himself and it’s truly impressive. 

Here’s a photo of Troy (man on the left) hanging out with Michael Berman and Matthew Falls at CAOS on F.

 

My Old College Room Mate Troy Plair on the Right.

My Old College Room mate Troy Plair on the left.

And here is the gallery the night of the opening. It was a great night! And I have a heartfelt congratulation going out to my old friend. I look forward to attending more of his sucessful events in the future- as long as he keeps me on his mailing list….

 

 

CAOS on F Gallery

CAOS on F Gallery

In the mail box today we got a nice surprise. I found an envelope from Rod Lee of the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. Inside was a copy of their business magazine for central mass entrepreneurs known as D.B.A. and on page 6 was a nice article all about Erb Photography. I meet Rod while doing a photo shoot with Laura Briere {of Visions Advertising} at the Hanvover Theater downtown Worcester. He showed up and interviewed Scott while he was shooting… 

 

d.b.a. article

d.b.a. article

 

We love these kinds of photography shoots. Hair and make up artist, excellent clothing, dramatic setting, willing model, adept assistant and very cool props…. We took a lot of photos on this afternoon. So sharing a few moments  with Rod Lee in the middle of this day was just icing on a very yummy cake. We want to thank everyone for the bits and pieces that had to fall into place to get this photo shot together. I wonder sometimes if folks think this sort of thing just happens? There are so many bits and pieces that have to align for something like this to work out and work out well. 

 

Laura on Hanover Balcony

Laura on Hanover Balcony

All that planning pays off… we are thrilled to show off some of our favorite photos from the shoot…

 

1940's Microphone borrowed from WTAG

1940's Microphone borrowed from WTAG

 

A Willing Model Tries Different Poses

A Willing Model Tries Different Poses

 

 Great Models assume a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed.

Great Models assume a particular attitude or position in order to be photographed.

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Worcester Fitness

Worcester Fitness

I have heard a lot of chatting about this “Social networking” lately. In fact, when I was at an actual face to face networking event the other night at G’Vanni’s in Worcester and that’s what a lot of the folks were talking about. Who’s on Facebook? Linked In? – and what is this Twitter thing? I mentioned I like all of these things and try to be on all of them at least 2 times a week.  I like being connected to others. I find it’s a nice way to broaden my vision and I can stay in touch with the people who matter to me.

In taking on the “burden” of learning the ropes of these online applications – I have meet -online- and face to face – many- many new people. I have also connected with friends from many years ago… but I’ll save that story for another blog…

I’d like to share with you a brief story of how I have found LinkedIn to be an amazing place to network. Actually,  what I’d like to do is have this recommendation that I found in my in box this morning do all the talking…

LinkedIn Recommendations

Joe Santa Maria has endorsed your work as Co-Owner at Erb Photography.

Dear Donna,
I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share with other LinkedIn users.

Recommendation: “I consider myself fortunate to have been at the right place, at the right time to meet Scott and Donna. Proof that Social Networking and Business networking can blend! I met Donna simply by searching Worcester area businesses here on Linked In. I was looking for a new photographer and I was struck by the cool picture profile picture on Donna’s page. I sent her a message, she followed up immediately, the three of us met.

From there I immediately hired them for a major branding and marketing project for my company and invited them to dinner with my wife Lynn. The work that Scott and Donna did can only be described as GENIUS! They are the single most professional marketing team I have ever had the experience working with and I would recommend them to anyone looking to improve their brand with high profile, expert photographic images.”
Service Category: Photographer Year first hired: 2008 (hired more than once) Top Qualities: Expert, High Integrity, Creative

Meeting Joe Santa Maria from Worcester Fitness through LinkedIn was one of the best experiences a business person could have asked for- but the greatest part has been finding a new set of friends with a lot of the same likes and interests we share. Events like this are the reason I can sit and smile when folks around me talk about whether social networking is a good or bad thing.

I already know the answer.

Spinning Classes at Worcester Fitness

Spinning Classes at Worcester Fitness

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Tush - A Denim Boutique- On Green Street

Tush - A Denim Boutique- On Green Street

When Tush first opened it’s doors in Worcester Ma- Scott wanted to photograph the place. It’s in one of those old renovated factory buildings that is filled with character. Big windows, old wood, and great brick.

 

The Store is beautiful inside as well. Thanks to the time and talents of it’s owners – Deb and Shannon – It’s nicely decorated, and has a warm welcoming feeling. All the women who work in this place are helpful and talented. What’s their unique talent? Not something you can find just anywhere…They can place you in a great pair of jeans. 

 

Scott chose to capture the entire building from the street at dusk. You can see the boutique on the first floor all lit up in a warm glow. The second shot was taken earlier in the day inside of the store. He used his own lights to fill the large space so you can see every nook and cranny of the place. http://www.tushdenim.com

Inside the store - Tush Denim

Inside the store - Tush Denim

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Wasabi Scallops

Wasabi Scallops

 

 

Every so often I have a client that would stop and ask me “What kind of camera are you using?” My answer has always been and will always be- “ That’s a great question…Why do you ask?”

 

 

You see, many people ask me that question, but they all ask for very different reasons. Sometimes they are photo buffs with a hidden passion for knowledge about all things photographic. And I enjoy the banter over lenses, f-stops, settings and the like. After all, I do carry with me over 500 pounds of gear whenever I shoot on location. I have a lot of gear. I love gear. I love gadgets, I love all the bits and pieces of my photo world. And I love chatting about it with other photographers- amateurs and pro’s a like. I love the learning and sharing. But in the end – I always try and remind the person I am talking with – it really doesn’t matter what tripod, what lens, or even what camera you have. You can get whatever you need gear wise to fit your vision- the image you create in your head. The one you want to capture. More on this in a moment…Let me get back to the original question…

 

“What kind of camera do you use…?”

 

Others ask me this question because they honestly think that if they go out and buy a “high end” camera they too will be able to create great photos and have no need for a professional photographer. I don’t want this to sound haughty- yes some folks can take the camera right out of the box and make some nice photos. I’ve seen it with my own two eyes. And I would always encourage anyone to pick up a camera and go for it.

 

Here is my point…

 

While shooting in a restaurant the owner jokingly said to me-

Wow these images look amazing! It’s all about that expensive camera…” and I smiled

…and said “Yes- just like how your expensive oven makes the food here delicious…

We exchanged smiles and laughs…it was fun.

 

My point is- it’s not about the camera.

 

…And a final note- about this “vision” I said I’d get back to. I would encourage you to think about your vision. About how you want your ‘company’s’ image- your ‘corporate’ image- your ‘mom and pop’ store’s image- to be portrayed. Because finding the right photographer who can help you achieve this vision, is really what a professional photographer can do for you.

 

 

 

 

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20 Artists of Worcester - Book Cover

20 Artists of Worcester - Book Cover

Haven’t you ever wanted to see the inner workings of an artist studio? Are you curious about what it looks like behind the doors of the imaginative and inventive artist? Through his editorial style photography, Scott Erb captured of some of the most talented artists in Worcester County in their creative environments. Join us for an entertaining and revealing evening looking at the artist’s work and where they created it. What you find may surprise you!

Please Join Us on November 14, 2008 at the Davis Gallery at 44 Portland Street, Worcester MA. for an enjoyable evening of fun, food, and art. You’ll meet and greet not only the photographer and writer of the book “The 20 Artists of Worcester,” – but also the artists themselves at this exhibition. We will be unveiling the book and Scott Erb & Julie Grady – will be there to sign them just for you. Plus – The gallery show of photographs by Scott Erb and artwork from each of the 20 Artists will be on display. An event not to be missed!

Wine and Hors D’oeuvres will be served. Yum…

Can’t make the show? – Check out a preview of the book and portraits of the artists at our web site. (These are just portraits and not the studio images of the artists. Yup, it’s a teaser!) The 20 Artists of Worcester and their Work Spaces exhibition will run until Jan 23, 2009. So you can make an appointment to see the work or stop by during regular business hours to see the show, M-F 10AM-4PM.

Web Site for Book: http://20artists.wordpress.com
Scott Erb – Erb Photography web site: http://www.erbphoto.com 

 

Press Release:

Erb Photography & the Worcester Cultural Commission 

 

Contact: Scott Erb Tel: 508.421.3912                                                             For Immediate Release

 

TWENTY ARTISTS OF WORCESTER:

Worcester County’s Latest Contribution to the Art World Hits Stands In November 

Scott Erb of Worcester’s own Erb Photography is releasing his book, Twenty Artists of Worcester during an exhibition and book signing on November 14, 2008.

 

The project, which was funded by an Individual Grant from the Worcester Cultural Commission, highlights 20 of Worcester’s most talented artists.

 

“It was hard to believe after meeting so many creative people in the area that there was so little publicity,” Erb said.  Taking matters into his own hands, he began his own creative journey to document—through photography and text—20 of the most sought after artists in Worcester County in their personal studios. “I wanted to meet with and collaborate with them in order to create interesting images…images that could tell a little bit about them as artsy people living and working in the area.”

 

Scott will be able—with the help of assistant Donna Dufault and writer Julie Grady—to show off these hidden and not-so-hidden gems in an exhibition that showcases not only his newly-published book, but the artists and their works featured in the project as well.

After months of hard work, Erb Photography is pleased and proud to announce the opening and book signing will take place November 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Davis Art Gallery on the third floor of the Printers Building on 44 Portland Street in Worcester. The show will close on January 23, 2009. 

For more information or to learn more about the project Twenty Artists of Worcester, please contact Scott Erb and Donna Dufault at 774.239.0214 or scott@erbphoto.com

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EcoTarium Exterior

EcoTarium Exterior

Here is a photo of the EcoTarium in Worcester MA. I have been photographing here for years. But I finally got the opportunity to do one of the images that I always wanted to create. There is a certain time of day when the light in the sky hits a very beautiful and stunning blue color. Just after the sun goes down. And I really enjoy taking photos of buildings at this time of day. I really only have about a 20 min window to get it all set up and done right – and I love the challenge of it.

Learn a bit about this fun place- if you have kids it’s great during the day. If you have an event coming up and need a unique place to hold it – check them out!

The EcoTarium is a unique indoor-outdoor museum in Worcester, Mass. Set in an urban oasis, the EcoTarium offers a chance to walk through the treetops, take a thrilling multimedia journey through the galaxy at a digital planetarium, meet wildlife, stroll nature trails, ride a narrow-gauge railroad, and get hands-on with family-friendly exhibits. http://www.ecotarium.org/

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Many commercial clients are striving to find a unique “vision?” or “style” to associate with their products. Just look around at the latest magazine ad’s or tv commercials. What we have seen is a growing trend of fine art photographers being hand picked for commercial jobs!

It’s a very exciting time for many photographers who have a unique style and a very clear vision of how they make their images.

 

Photographers who have cultivate a fine art aesthetic in their work are being sought after by demanding clients who need to really stand out- and be different from all the others. Creatives seeking new approaches for their inventive material need to find photographers with the styles to show case their brands in a exceptional way.

 

Erb Photography is know for it’s sepia toned figurative work and in this image you can see it crossing over into a product placement image. A convergence in Fine Art and Commercial Photography! 

Product placement in Fine Art images

Product placement in Fine Art images

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Erb Photography voted Best Photo Studio 2008

Erb Photography voted Best Photo Studio 2008

When Worcester Living Magazine came out with the list “Best of” this year there were a lot of great places and people listed. To see our name among them- we’ll was very – very cool! Thank you to everyone who voted for us! We are so grateful… Come by and see the awesome plaque hanging in the office sometime…

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Jonathan's Studio

Jonathan

The 20 Artists of Worcester book is coming along nicely. And after a visit to Jonathan Lucas’ studio – we also knew he was yet another wonderful choice to be included in the project. The very large and overwhelming sculptures Jonathan creates we the center pieces to our conversation and made for a fantastic back drop for the photos Scott were taking.

Thank you Jonathan!

Check out Jonathan’s web site at: http://www.jonathanlucasart.com

The book is due out in November and we are working our tails off to complete the final stages. So stay tuned for updates!

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Scott Erb with Lynn Curran the owner of The Willows Studio

Scott Erb with Lynn Curran the owner of The Willows Studio

It was a beautiful day outside, but being inside the Willows Studio was so very peaceful and relaxing. 

Their mission tells it all:

Our professionally trained staff performs outstanding bodywork and energy healing to support the health and well-being of our clients and our community. We collaborate with local professionals, businesses, and organizations to provide insight and education on health and wellness topics.

We just were there to make photos to underline the beauty and serenity of the place. It was easy- everywhere you looked was comfy and casual with just the right amount of professionalism. And the woman who work there not only are fully trained and licensed – but know how to make all your cares go away… they were a dream to work with.

 

Check out the Willows Studio – Spa and Wellness http://thewillowsstudio.com

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I am not sure if you were paying attention, or not, so you might have missed it.

There is this cool little radio show broadcast on Worcester’s WCRN 830AM called “It’s the Liquor Talking” and its hosted by two local greats and liquor know it alls – Ryan Maloney and Randal Bird of Julios Liquors in Westboro.

These guys know just about everything about liquor you can imagine.

So when they asked Scott and I to come on the show and have a chat – we had no idea how it was going to go. But after the show was over – well- lets say we just had to share it with you all.

So we sent the interview to our main man Joe, over at Kill the Ball Media. And he came back to us with this video.

Tell us what you think!

 

Live on WCRN at Julio’s Liquors in Westboro!

 

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