Christopher Appoldt Photography: Blog en-us (C)Christopher Appoldt Photography (Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 15 Feb 2024 21:31:00 GMT Thu, 15 Feb 2024 21:31:00 GMT Christopher Appoldt Photography: Blog 120 120 More Portraits and Head Shots on Long Island Another portrait roundup! We set up at the Melville offices of Bond, Schoenick and King to photograph a few of their new attorneys on a super cold morning; their graphics team will use those portraits in composites to match the rest of the style in the firm's marketing materials. Then back to meet up with Jody for a series of portraits for his upcoming new PR website, and finally three new faces at the accounting firm of Cerini & Associates, who always bring friendly smiles for me!

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Long Island NYC Event Photographer and Personal Branding Photography The holiday season is in full swing, and we've been busy with everything from personal branding to portraits to corporate events. 

I traveled east to visit the amazing Robin and her horses again, this time also photographing Marcia and Spartan as a gift from Robin on the trails at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. We nailed the calendar date for foliage, didn't we? Equine and pet photography make great holiday gifts, too, folks!

More events complete, and more to come! I'm thrilled to add Schroders to the client list - what a great Town Hall to attend and cover with the cameras. Schroders is celebrating its 100th year in NYC, and they dressed the offices to impress. They're a British multinational asset management company headquartered in London - founded in 1804, they employ over 6,000 people worldwide in 38 locations around Europe, America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Jennifer from their Marketing team was great and easy to work with, from the execution of the interactive multimedia wall to the official unwinding afterwards at Valbella at the Park.

George came back - it's now 7 years later(!) - for his LinkedIn portrait update for his sales clients to recognize him...

We've all read the recent news that we've lost Norman Lear. It was about ten years ago when we had the pleasure of meeting and photographing Norman, the mind behind All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, and so many more television shows and films that helped shape my childhood, and too my adulthood. He has a book out now titled Even This I Get to Experience, promoted with blurbs such as this: "In my ninety-plus years I’ve lived a multitude of lives. In the course of all these lives, I had a front- row seat at the birth of television; wrote, produced, created or developed more than a hundred shows; had nine on the air at the same time; founded the 300,000-member liberal advocacy group People for the American Way; was labeled the “No. 1 enemy of the American family” by Jerry Falwell; made it onto Richard Nixon’s “Enemies List”; was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton; purchased an original copy of the Declaration of Independence and toured it for ten years in all fifty states; blew a fortune in a series of bad investments in failing businesses; and reached a point where I was informed we might even have to sell our home..." No doubt a great read by a guy I couldn't have been happier to photograph. Rest easy, Norman - and thanks for everything.


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Long Island Event Photographer Event coverage has had us pretty busy! We were over in Centerport at the Vanderbilt Museum to cover a fundraising gala for Maggie's Mission, including capturing some parachutists drop in on the fun.

Next up was an amazing evening at Del Vino vineyards in Northport, covering a fundraiser for Give a Dog a Dream with the Huntington Town Animal Shelter and their incredible team. 

We also returned to British Aerospace's facility in Greenlawn to record their picnic to celebrate their delivery milestone for the US Navy... 

And of course I should mention the golf fundraiser for Parker Jewish Institute  - a sunny and fun day for all. Give us a call to get us on the calendar for your next corporate or fundraising need! 

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Fishing Long Island in Photos John Skinner is a long-time fishing columnist and former Editor-in-Chief of Nor'east Saltwater Magazine. His articles appear in most any fishing magazine you'll get your hands on here, and every one of his books is a gem if you'd like to learn about fishing around Long Island - I have them all, and they're dog-eared on pages I frequently revisit. His YouTube channel produces videos chronicling his efforts near weekly, and hold a wealth of well-narrated information. His degrees in Biology and Computer Science only seem to compliment his friendly, soft and well-spoken demeanor and approach to teaching about the art of fishing from shore, kayak, or boat. Kip and I met up with John on the eastern end of the Island for a fun 90 minutes in the rocks hunting for striped bass, talking tackle, and enjoying a mild breeze on a near-perfect evening. I think there are almost 200 images to the proof set of "keepers," but these stood out as some favs! Definitely stop by John's YouTube channel here: 


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Editorial Photography on Long Island, NY Personal projects are always a good idea, and it's been a while since I've started one - too long, really. So I figured I'd marry my love of photography with my love of fishing, and kick off the season the right way! Into waterproof waders we all went, with fishing rods, lures, lights and cameras to record an amazing May sunset with Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle's own Mark and Phil, my favorite father/son fishing team. Have you been into their shop on 25A? They're an incredible help, friendly, knowledgeable, and will set you up for success. I'll be popping out east, a little west, and definitely south to continue this fishing series through the late fall - hope you enjoy! Pop in on them online at

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Long Island Photographer for Head Shots and Advertising We've added three new, great clients to the list with the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King - based in Syracuse, they have offices up and down the coast and the new hires are keeping me hopping.

Island Federal bank brought in a really fun shoot with Lucy the wonder dog, who'll grace their ads and billboards in the coming year. We shot about 1,000 images of Lucy between the studio, parks, and beach - more to come, there, once the graphics work is together.

And last but by no means least, I've been working with a wonderful local couple who've put together Moon Breeze, an amazing retail collection of infant and toddler pajamas which were a pleasure to photograph. Whether they feature the Montauk Point Lighthouse or Amagansett Bouquet patterns, they're sure to make a great gift or just a great pair of PJs for your little 'uns. Their site is live here: .... oh and Blake at Moon Breeze just wrote, readers of this entry can take 15% off PJs with code HELLO15 - neat!


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Long Island and NYC Head Shots and Portraits Another portrait roundup! This post includes Jen, who came in for some marketing images for her lecture circuit, Patrick, whose LinkedIn needed an update for his new career start, and finally John, whose family brought him in for some head shots. Let us know if we can help update your online, print, or marketing presence. 

And meet Arlo! Arlo joined Doreen's clan of Australian Shepherds last year, and as expected with any of her furry companions Arlo is sweet, smart, and destined to rule the agility rings. That made it fairly easy to make some super portraits for them just as the light started to disappear. A nice way to welcome winter, it wasn't too cold that evening and we all had a blast in the process.

Fun to pop in for a haircut and find this New Beauty magazine to flip through - they'd hired me out of their Florida offices a few times to make portraits of two local doctors, and the images have landed in print. Always nice to see how they've managed the printing process, what they've chosen to do stylistically, and how the layout looks.


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Long Island Event Photography, Product Photography Special thanks to friend and colleague Donna Alberico Photography for having me along on a wonderful NYC adventure last night to help cover the 2022 GENYOUth gala and fundraiser with the lenses! My feet are a little flat and my tendons stiff, but well worth it for the smiles and generosity offered to help ensure kids in school get the meals they need. Check out their efforts to fight food insecurity at It's great to see events coming back!




The product photography continues in the background, here, as we continue our efforts for Maggie's Mission and their new pairing of their S'Mores for More with Solo Stove - big props to Donna for her design eye and appreciation for the same music that blared from the speakers overhead as we tweaked and fiddled and brought things to this point, with more to come. Also we added Rue Gilt Groupe to the resume, filling their web pages with beauty supply stock items - well over 100 with this shoot. Their sales team called one Friday morning, we accepted delivery of cases of goods that very afternoon, then worked the long weekend to get them digital assets by Tuesday. Happy to do it!



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Long Island Pet Photography Auction for a Great Cause More fundraising for animal shelters this month, with our contribution to North Shore Animal League America's efforts. Up for bid is a social media makeover, offering you portraits and head shots, and amazing images of your pet(s). Digital files will be delivered as well as an 11'x14' print of your favorite! All up for bid in one package, certainly browse their other online silent auction items, too! Here's the link - and thanks in advance!

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Long Island Head Shot and Marketing Photographer Time for a post with a portrait roundup, starting with Matt, who's going to be one of Florida's newest pediatric dentists. Matt's family is local and he was in town, so he popped in for the "modern office" look to merge with his team's website marketing. Next is one of Certilman & Balin's friendliest partners, and finally a poised board member over at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. We're booking well into November, so drop a line for a head shot or marketing update. 

The other week I popped into Farmingdale's KFA Dental to see how their new camera system was working for them - they're very diligent in their image collection when working on your pearly whites, and had a few questions on color management and DSLR operation - happy to help! They had up the new canvases from our last shoot together, and the offices look amazing. Photographing their clients and staff is always a pleasure.

Last, this great bunch from Cross Country Mortgage in Melville. Great smiles from a team looking to upgrade their online presence, check them out at

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Long Island NY Business Portrait Photographer Back to business... portraits... after the holiday break so I'll post several of the good folks at NAPA Anesthesiology on the blue backgrounds chosen to match their logo, then to Graeme who came in for some real estate branding portraits, and finally Emily who's joined the reliable crew over at EKJ Law in Jericho. Give us a call or shoot over an email about visiting your offices for a makeover with your portrait and website needs!

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Long Island Marketing Photographer and Pet Photography We're starting to see some printed advertisements from one of our favorite clients, the North American Partners in Anesthesiology (NAPA). We were on location at their new Melville offices last month, shooting singles and small groups for their visual collateral. Lots of laughs and lots of space to shoot! 

Gunne the Weimaraner was very happy to play well with others in the studio, here! "Will pose for treats" was the phrase of the day, and it left everyone involved happy - especially Gunne. Still a great gift idea, reach out for pricing and availability with Spring right around the corner - lending us beautiful outdoor sets for shoots with the fur babies. Call 631.561.8191 or write at [email protected]


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Long Island NY Portrait and Head Shot Photographer Continuing our practice of Covid-safe sets and careful planning we've been remarkably busy working with marketing budgets as local businesses update their websites and staff head shots. We've had subjects asking for additions to Stony Brook University's staff image files, a local student getting ready for his applications, job hunters looking to stand out on LinkedIn, and updates to Long Island attorneys' websites. 

Perkins had us back for more singles and group updates, which is always a pleasure at their offices in East Meadow.

And of course I have to be sure to mention this year's first road gig, where I spent 6 days driving the gear down to Virginia then back up to Northern NJ, and then finally into NYC for an amazing job working with the friendly and welcoming crew of Veterinary Innovative Partners - who are revamping their website and marketing materials. I met the vets, visited their offices, their homes, and photographed everyone from office management to the ever-important gang in I.T. The sets were white seamless paper, which let us stroll into a rental studio in NYC to get right to work photographing the Empire State gang just before the snow storm hit last Friday night. I must have met 50 of their pets and visiting animals, including some we brought in just for the shoot - which meant hanging with some terrific trainers and even Tic Tok animal stars and their humans! Lots to fine tune with the results, but here's some behind-the-scenes and in-progress images for this week's update. Thanks to everyone who helped make it all happen!

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Long Island Marketing and Editorial Photographer Citicorp called for a trip into Tribeca to make marketable portraits of their new Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer and Global Head of Talent - Erika Irish Brown. As always the Citi group were welcoming, easy and fun to work with, and bonus: Figured out how to get us out onto the patio in the sky for a few shots as well. Extra thanks to Casey for all the light case lugging, the fluid setup, and this time her chauffer skills, too.

And here’s three finals from our shoot with Dr. Kally Papantonion at her Melville office of dermatology for New Beauty magazine. The good doctor brought her A-game and was a terrific subject and comedic host - a great shoot. The offices are gorgeous, and lent for a single backdrop setup and eventually this perfectly good wall! Have lights, will travel.

Several weeks back I received a call from the Art Director for the esteemed Chemical & Engineering News, a weekly news magazine first published by the American Chemical Society in 1923 - they provide professional and technical news and analysis in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering. Steve, the story's subject, met Joe and me at a rental property in Bayville that didn't offer much visually, so we built a set in the yard. Then, we walked over the the beach for a few more - several made the cut for the magazine. Fun assignment, and satisfied to have made that magazine's pages.

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Huntington and Suffolk Commercial Photographer It's been a busy summer! Too much to mention but I'll share some highlights between this blog, Instagram and Facebook. 

Certilman & Balin continue their loyalty with more legacy portraits of their new attorneys, including Farrah - welcome, Farrah! 

The marketing team at Melville's North American Partners in Anesthesia had us in for a series of headshots and environmental portraits - a great day in the air conditioning in our own private space in the Marriott. 

And Tyler came into the studio with a very proud mom, this year in uniform! I do love pulling out the hand-painted canvas backdrops from Europe for these kinds of images.  I'll try to keep up with more regular posts as school starts for our daughter and we continue to stay busy! 

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Suffolk NY Portrait Photographer This week's post includes Jim, updating his portrait as Rear Admiral for the Northport Yacht Club, Patrick Adams' in-office portrait set as he takes the helm as the Chief Executive Officer of Garden City's Healthcare Partners, and local crooner Tom Daimiani, whose website is getting a complete overhaul; we wanted some images that made it feel as though he was on-stage in the smoky club as well as some straight-up headshots. Tom's wife, it turns out, used to manage the infamous Hammerheads club back in the day, and also used to hang with my cousin Valerie, so it was a "small world!" moment where my rather distinct and familiar last name started a conversation - it was a pleasure putting them back in touch.
I'll leave you with a few of Skipper, whose humans wanted me to photograph his having a typical great day on the sands of Eaton's Neck. Good dog, Skipper! 

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Long Island, New York Pet Photographer - Top 10! Neat - we were independently listed in New York's Top 10 Pet Photographers by Giggster, who in our humble opinion did fine research in selecting us! This spring and summer we'll be making amazing portraits of all the doggos we can; why not yours, too? Drop us an email for products and pricing, or do it the old fashioned way and give me a call! 

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Long Island Head Shot and Marketing Photographer April almost flew by without me mentioning a fun job over at Bond Vet's new location in Garden City, their 5th location in NY. We shot interiors, made portraits, and even managed to capture some four-legged models courtesy of local rescue Ollie's Angels. The goal was to put together a library of images to use for their marketing and web collateral, and we came out winning all-around. Everyone was amazing to work with, and we wish their continued success! 

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Editorial Photographer on Long Island, NY, Education and University Photography It's March! And it's almost warm. ALMOST. I'll quickly mention an assignment for The New York Institute of Technology at their Old Westbury campus: "See if you can bring us some images of a day in the life of the campus in the snow." Challenge accepted... and hands and toes absolutely frozen. Great people there - it's very sad to see the place so empty, with most of the learning virtual aside from the med students. 

Next, Duke Health in Durham, North Carolina, reached out to send me on a shoot to make editorial portraits of Long Island local Donna Bernstein, whose generous contributions to their health system has built a garden outside where patients can receive their chemotherapy in a remarkably beautiful setting. A cancer survivor herself, Donna has owned tennis clubs in Glen Cove and continues to teach. Special thanks to Huntington's Park Ave. Tennis - Karen and Phil - for hosting our socially-distanced efforts one frigid afternoon when the club was empty.

And lastly but importantly, we're partnering with the animal rescue heroes at Ollie's Angels for a fundraiser: $20 gets you one raffle ticket that gives you a full photo shoot for your pup, complete with either a 20"x30" wall canvas OR a gorgeous wood, leather, or fabric-covered box with ten mounted prints inside that features our efforts together! Please be as generous as you can for a great cause - winner to be chosen this Saturday. $20 tickets are purchased via

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Good luck!!!


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Long Island Editorial Photographer One of my photos will greet you on the news stands this month within the latest issue of Imbibe, featuring a shot from a fun session with Dan Pashman that we made for his podcast The Sporkful. If you haven't already, check out what Dan's talking about over at



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Best Pet Photographer on Long Island! I'm really excited to announce that we came in as the winner of the Best Pet Photographer on Long Island in the annual "Best of" contest! It's been almost 20 years since I first started photographing dogs and birds for books, magazines, calendars and greeting cards. Years of working to help charities and animal shelters certainly helped me hone the process, as well as countless private shoots - and this year I get to put up the banner and award for the results. A humble thank you to everyone who voted to make it happen! 

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Dental Office Photography on Long Island For over ten years now we've been working with Doctors Kahn, Ferrari, and Aldieri (KFA Dental) at their offices in Farmingdale - and one repeat portrait subject pulled his canvas off the practice wall to prove it, as illustrated in the image on this post. This time was a bit different with the pandemic rules, but we still managed to make them a fun series of patient and staff portraits that will be used in their marketing efforts - well over 40 portraits are in the proverbial can from visits over the course of two Sunday mornings. Great to see everyone, and more to come! Check them out at


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Long Island Portrait Photography and Head Shots Earlier this week Camila was kind enough to forward the results of our shoot for Top 100... she was a lot of fun to work with and without a doubt this won't be the last we hear of her! 

Arielle is a talented writer and photographer (def check her Instagram feed if you're hungry) who's sat for us before, and of course I was happy to reunite for another round of what we hope are great images! I'll post more soon, including a collage of test shots with masks and COVID precautions in place. *Days after the shoot, she was kind enough to leave a Thank You basket on the doorstep, including tea cups, teas, and a box of latex gloves to replace all the ones we went through. Because she's awesome. Check out her work here:

Curt from The Field Marketing sent me to Ronkonkoma, where the assignment was to create some "day at work" images for the amazing Kundig Woodworks. Curt (shown helping to carry in some lighting) met me with his mask on before we entered and it was a pleasure working in an environment that had multiple open loading doors, an incredible ventilation system, and conscientious employees. I also learned a ton about what it takes to make an array of desks, reception areas, dorm rooms, and more. Check them out at



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Long Island NY Branding Photography and Head Shot Portraits Nicole's headed into law school and needed some head shots for LinkedIn, resume needs, and more... so we put together an hour-long personal branding session, covering all the bases. The evenings are getting cool, but we'll be doing this all winter under the safest conditions we can create while meeting NYS regs for working with the threat of the coronavirus. 
The pandemic has us making sure everyone stay safe on the sets, and one way we do that is to offer composite group shots for business marketing - we photograph everyone separately taking care to maintain consistent lighting and angles, then later edit them together in Photoshop. The gang at RBC Finance did great!


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Long Island Portrait Photographer - Marketing and Promotion! Dan Pashman is the mind behind The Sporkful, a multiple award-winning podcast about food and everything food-related. If you're not familiar, I can't recommend it enough as it delivers much more than cooking tips or the same 'ol.

After some careful planning and scouting Dan brought the show's humor and enthusiasm to the outdoor set, letting us create some socially-distanced video for the gang at ZeroPointZero Productions to work with before we grabbed some stills just as the light faded. Check Dan out and have a listen at


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Re-opening under NYS Phase 2 We're back! It's been a long shut-down, keeping our clients, ourselves, and our families safe from potential infection with the Coronavirus. We've missed you - and look forward to getting back to it with safety in mind... with no sacrifice to our creative abilities. The approach will have a few more steps, but we'll all be safer for it. Looking forward to seeing AND photographing you! 

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Long Island Head Shot Photographer We've been ever-busy helping everyone from local businesses to actors getting their head shots updated - a benefit to marketing and promotional efforts in today's online media and print. Cerini & Associates CPA firm, Frisch Financial Group, and Crawford & Acharya are just a few of our recent clients - welcome! 

Harrison's mom brought him in for some heads shots for his acting needs, they're right here in HUntington so it made it an easy experience: 

And then there was Simbal, who we really enjoyed having in to update his acting portfolio. Somebody hire this guy, quick!  




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Long Island NY Pet Photography Happy New Year! It's 2020, and we have plenty to shout about as the decade kicks off. I'll admit it's tough to keep up with posting all of our shoots, which too are covered on our Instagram and Facebook pages - definitely do a quick search and follow along in those places, too, for weekly updates and samples of our brand. 

We're immersed in pet photography requests, and our product line of wall art and photo boxes. If you don't see pricing on the site yet, PLEASE call or email a request for the product pricing and session costs - we can't wait to hear from you and meet your dog or other pet! 

I mention your dog OR pet above as we've photographed birds, rabbits, chinchillas, a lizard or two, cats of course, and really - MORE. 

We mentioned our shoot with Robin in the last post, and the images she ordered on canvas are fantastic. What a fun shoot, and a neat challenge to get out into the trails of Eastern Long Island to make them. 

We first met Robin over a decade ago when we photographed her rescue greyhound, putting her into the Loyal Client category - she's amazing, what she gives of herself to helping animals. I still have all the images we shot with the folks at the Grateful Greyhounds, including Robin's amazing pup and more.

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We've had a lot of pet shoots in the past several weeks as we try to get ahead of the cold, snowy weather - we try to coordinate colors and keep in mind everyone's goal of prints and decor before the shoot. 

Then again, a little snow never hurt anyone if you're willing to lay down in it and wrap your camera in plastic, as Doreen's dogs' images illustrate. What an amazing morning... It was hard NOT to get a bad shot as these Australian Shepherds hit the fresh, white playgrounds!

And of course who could forget to mention our fundraiser with the great local gang at Greenlawn's Pawfect Pet Den? Santa came by - a very good, patient Santa - and cuddled with scores of local area pets to help raise funds with Give a Dog a Dream for The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter. An amazing day, we think, where the community came together with local businesses to help shelter pets. Thanks to all who participated! 


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Long Island Pet Photographer and Business Head Shots It's been a crazy autumn! We've knocked out some large head shot and business marketing photography for Melville and Happaugue clients, as well completing work for several other businesses in suffolk. All of those images will make it to an upcoming blog post for certain, but too we've been up to our ears in fun, fuzzy dogs - so can't forget to mention that especially with the holidays coming up as it makes a great, unique gift! Shoot us an email or call to get pricing for full or mini session costs for a gift certificates this season. 


Ameriprise Financial had us in for a workup on their leadership, and Ryan, below, was auditioning as a musician for Disney so we put together a fun marketing package for him. Outdoor portraits were in full swing before we got too cold, and lastly, bottom-right, we were happy to photograph the managing director of investments at Bank of America for her new work profile. No shortage of variety, and none of the shooting anything less than fun. 

So many fun dogs lately that it's hard to choose favorites to mention, but I will give a nod to Dorene and her Australian shepherds and Chris and his bull mastiff - we photographed them during such great lighting conditions those nights.


And I don't want to forget to mention that Casey and I made a very special portrait session for a huntington client at their horse property in Islip, where making everyone's portraits was a thrill - especially with the autumn colors. More of those finished images to follow! 



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Business Marketing Photographer on Long Island, NY We're trying out some new 20-25 second video spots for marketing value, and sprinkling them around the Internet. Enjoy a few from recent shoots! 

Marketing Photography on Long Island, NYMarketing photography for Bidewee's new President, Leslie! Head Shot Photography or Business on Long Island, NYHealthCare Partners in Garden City needed to update their website and marketing photography collateral - happy to help with that!



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Event Photographer on Long Island Spring brings emergence and rebirth to the event world here, too, where we put on either or running shoes or our polished ones to suit the crowd, or client as deemed fit. The Creek Club in Locust Valley saw me at their beach clubhouse for St. Francis Hospital's annual golf tournament and fundraiser, which was a perfect day for photography on the North Shore of Long Island.

I also traveled to Montauk for another fundraising event with Maggie's Mission, bringing research funding and awareness to rare, pediatric cancers. Maggie's family are neighbors and friends, and are always in our thoughts. 

I covered the Newton Awards for Teaching Excellence at LIU's Westbury campus, where every year we diligently record the event for some truly amazing educators. 

...And of course our 12th annual bombing of Brooklyn at Peter Luger's Steak House with the gang at Firstborn, where promotions are announced, milestones achieved rewarded, and laughs fill the air on the second floor. Great to see you, gang! 



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Pet Photography on Long Island We've been enjoying ourselves - and we're sure our clients have too - with the arrival of warmer weather and lots of photo shoots with Long Island dogs! We've been on the beaches, in the woods, fields, and studio creating some fun and gorgeous portraits as well as action shots of some amazing pups. 

Every now and then we get asked how the pet photography aspect of the business started, and it IS a great story - but I think I've hashed it out here on the blog before so I'll just have to tell you when we get together for a shoot. 

Here's a link to the current pet photography brochure that you'll see in stores and schools around the Island:

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We always are sure to mention that if you're a local shelter or charity, we're happy to do what we can to help you with placement of animals and fundraising - please ask! 

Over the years we've enjoyed photographing countless animals and getting them into print in calendars, books, product packaging and advertisements. But first and foremost, we enjoy getting them into prints and onto canvases, wood, and even metal presentations that look great in your home. Call and book today while we have a great spring to go play in! 

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) dog Huntington in Long Island NY Pet photographer Photography Suffolk Fri, 10 May 2019 14:11:17 GMT
Long Island NY Head Shots and Pet Portraits It's warming up and nature is letting us know it! As usual we're starting to fill up with outdoor pet sittings for late April and May when the great outdoors really lets things get photogenic - call or write and get your pet session booked ASAP! This is that one time of year it really matters, and we've got some amazing products on wood and metal and even glass this year.

We've been shooting some amazing fashion and beauty projects as well, and our resident mascot Kaya has wanted "in" on those sets, too - reminding that rain or shine, we'll get that pet portrait for you. 

Other work in-studio has included several great local businesses, from the Smiths at Rustic Capital to Natalie for her yoga practice and too the fine folks over at The Look Spa Salon. All three will have great websites soon, and I'll put links up here or on social media. 







(Christopher Appoldt Photography) head headshots long island ny photographer photography shots suffolk Sat, 06 Apr 2019 22:19:44 GMT
Long Island New York Head Shots for Business It's still cold but St. Patrick's Day will be here in no time, and I can't wait to start making more images in the great outdoors again - a little warmth will be great! We're booking into April already, and looking at some corporate events into the fall. Busy is good! 


Avalon Fenster came in, she's the Northeast Regional Director at March for Our Lives; tired of waiting for action on gun safety, Avalon and company want to create a safe and compassionate nation for our youth to grow up in. She's a 16 year old leader in both her community locally and nationally. She has served as Founder and President of the Youth National Organization for Women on Long Island, National Director of Diversity for Next Generation Politics, and was great to meet and spend some time with. 

It was also great working with the crew over at AMR Care Group, who provide comprehensive services to those in the aging process or adults challenged with physical or cognitive abilities. Great ladies, big hearts. Ask for Anne, and tell her Chris sent you. 

And I can't forget a tip of the hat to Gabby, who came in again after we worked together on some modeling images - this time she came in for some head shots for acting, and it was a pleasure. Go get 'em, Gabby












(Christopher Appoldt Photography) corporate editorial head Long Island marketing nassau photographer photography shots suffolk Mon, 04 Mar 2019 22:58:00 GMT
Commercial Portraits, Head Shot Photography on Long Island, NY The holiday season feels like forever ago, and Old Man Winter is reminding us here that we have a long way to go before flowers start popping up. Despite the single digit temps and wind chill, I wanted to get outside last night and photograph the Super Blood Moon Eclipse for my daughter, who'd been asleep since 8:30. This meant a lot of pausing the DVR while my wife tried to enjoy the evening's episode of True Detective, but I did get it done.


I have to give an amazing shout out to the folks at Long Island LitFest  and the Cinema Arts Centre who invited me down to meet and make portraits of author Lee Child, who later took the stage to discuss just how cool it is to be the author of the Jack Reacher novels. Mr. Child was remarkably fun, easy to photograph, and thrilled the audience. 

Head shots and location portrait work was the name of the game over at Walden Environmental Engineering, where we returned to make sure their Marketing Team had everything they needed to make them look good - their website is really coming together and looks awesome. Thanks to Kristin, who was as welcoming as ever! 



(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business head headshots long island marketing ny photographer photography shots suffolk Mon, 21 Jan 2019 22:44:58 GMT
'Tis the season It's refreshing to look back on the last several shoots searching for fun images for these blog posts, looking for a decent sampling of what our workdays are like. From pups to law firms to portraiture, it's so great to have a job with a "what fun people are we meeting today?" itinerary that's constant and reliable. As we enter the 2018 holiday season we're training the lenses on local families, businesses and more before the lull that comes with the end of year festivities.

We had the pleasure of meeting and photographing journalist and author Katy Tur while in town for her book promotion and Q&A, and let me assure you she's every bit as smart and pleasant and clever as you'd imagine from seeing her on the news broadcasts. 

The gang over at Tona Law had some group portrait updates for their business marketing and promotion - nice bunch to have over here, and they photograph very well. 

Lastly a quick mention about the efforts of the folks running HACO, a local outreach and food pantry, an incredible help to those in my community that are in-need. We volunteered the lenses for a day of pet portraiture, earning donations for the cause. Thanks to everyone who came! 





(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 06 Dec 2018 16:14:38 GMT
Long Island Event Photographer And like that, it's cool outside and Halloween is around the corner. I guess I'll admit it's nice to load in the gear without having to sweat buckets, and we're having a great time shooting outdoors without the bugs. More of those images to come later, but keeping the blog updated first I'll mention all of the head shot shoots that also seem to come with autumn! Readying new websites, marketing campaigns, and LinkedIn profile photography has kept the days full. 

I had an amazing time - again - with the crew from Firstborn up at their 3rd annual team-building retreat in the Catskills. From tug-o-wars to canoe races, I enjoyed watching them laugh and run (and sometimes, unintentionally swim) as they reinforced the camaraderie that put them at the top of the talent pool. Work hard, play hard. 


Trading my hiking shoes for polished ones, I can't fail to mention covering the amazing gala night for the United Veterans Beacon House, at The Heritage Club in Bethpage. Beacon House helps provide both temporary and permanent residences for families of veterans and of course single veterans. Shout-out to the evening's entertainment troupe, The American Bombshells, flooring everyone with their incredible charm and voices.

Had a great time helping Laura, whose wedding we photographed several years ago, put together some image sets for her health and wellness site.  .


And I can't fail to mention the great team over at Local Long Island Bred, a new website that lets you order gifts and packages that bring the flavor and charm of Long Island to your doorstep. Such a great idea, and their site is now loaded with the photographs we made together. Check it out by clicking RIGHT HERE! 


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sun, 28 Oct 2018 19:29:12 GMT
Long Island NY Editorial and Marketing Photography The summer was a hot one, but it didn't keep us from hitting locations for business, and cooling the studio for models and marketing efforts. August is the most booked we've ever been in 15 years, so hopefully we're doing something right! Special thanks to Daniel and Casey and our amazing intern Danielle from LIU - their tenacity and flexibility has been integral to the summer's success.

Diana was a pleasure to work with, offering a variety of looks for portrait and print work. She's going to be great in catalogs and ad campaigns. 

Barbara at B. Thayer Associates leads an amazing team of architects, where we're now complete with the first half of a marketing campaign for their print and web needs. To keep the campaign consistent, something orange had to appear in most if not all of the shots to pick up on the firm's logo and office themes.

Lastly, a fun note that we continue to love our work with Jay Franco in NYC, who send us lots of great kids' items that we shoot on local talent, making celebs out of the community on their shopping trips to familiar box stores. Keep your eyes peeled this fall for these! 

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:45:20 GMT
Long Island NY Head Shots and Event Photography The executive director and staff of Long Island Obesity Surgery came in for their head shots, which was a fun day getting to know the crew and chat with Nellie from The Look Spa and Salon in Greenlawn, who made sure everyone looked their best with exacting hair and makeup. 



Last month I mentioned spending some time with a local pair of bald eagles, and a few of the shots ended up printed in large format and used within displays at Harborfields Public Library to promote a summer theme of bird watching, which I think is neat - and know my dad would have loved. My daughter seems to think it's something that happens every day, so I'll go with that.


Lastly, I'll remark on our event coverage in Montauk last month for Maggie's Mission. Please, if you can, take the time to visit the charity's website and understand that anything - ANYTHING you can do to help will assist families like Maggie's, who want to help find cures for rare pediatric cancers and help families affected. 

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:47:55 GMT
Long Island Photographer for Business Headshots Summer's on the doorstep and we're trying to keep up with the corporate event shoots and a multitude of business and marketing photography deliverables, including plenty of new head shots for new attorneys at Certilman Balin. Everyone is always friendly and excited to be signing on with one of the largest firms on the Island, and I'm happy to see the wide-open arms they're all greeted with from their Marketing/Comm lead. 


When launching a new business it's always a good idea to have a marketing plan in place, and with our client featured below we were excited to help her get her health and wellness collateral together for a new campaign. One day, lots of looks and settings means everyone has more than they need - and having fun while we're at it! These will work well into her print and online marketing materials.

Speaking of fun, some bald eagles have set up shop in the vicinity and I've been doing my best to spend some early mornings and late evenings with them for flattering light. They're amazing to watch and learn from, and it's great to know that we now have five breeding pair on the Island. 

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) head island long ny photographer shot suffolk Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:56:37 GMT
Long Island Commercial Photographer and Event Photography We're psyched to see the new Kong H2O sell sheets, featuring local two- and four-legged talent alike! Fun day of shooting, it's great to see the items go to market. You can buy them online here at the Bampz Site. 


I spent some time with Smithtown Honda's president, Lee Certilman, at his dealership to make portraits of him for a trade magazine cover - super nice guy and and fun folks to know!


Last but never, ever least? I spent the afternoon with the folks at Firstborn as they recognized their own for another years' accomplishments and enjoyed amazing food and drink at Peter Luger's steak house in Brooklyn. A perfect spring day with one of my favorite regulars! 



(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 15 May 2018 20:47:51 GMT
Long Island Business Head Shots and Product Photography Spring is rolling in along with a lot of business marketing work, including clients from as far away as Washington. The company's staff work remotely, which means you can live on Long Island and need a marketing photograph for the company's use there in Seattle. These three images were used to illustrate our business marketing capabilities here in Huntington.

I'm excited to send our clients with canine companions to pick up a new Kong H2O, as the product's packaging reflects our photography work (and I may have slipped my dog onto a few hang tags, too). Shop locally, or shop for them at Bampz

And last but by no means least, my favorite portrait from our shoot with Raj Tawny, director of marketing at the Huntington Cinema Arts Centre. The theater is independently owned and shows current blockbusters as well as fantastic indy and foreign films. Raj will be happy to tell you all about it! Before it was all over, he was interviewing me for his podcast. Have a listen HERE if you have nothing else to do today - I can be kinda boring, but Raj's enthusiasm carries me a long way! 

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business head long island photographer photography shots suffolk Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:02:04 GMT
Long Island NY Product and Catalog Photography Happy February! I was just in a toy store (great place - G. Willikers in Katonah, NY) when I saw the owner browsing through a product catalog, and it was one I recognized in a blink as the products in its pages were photographed here over the course of days. Top Trenz continues to crank out the hits with the kids. In fact, our daughter's birthday party was Emoji-themed. Speaking of catalogs, we also came across Nicolock's paver catalog  - also featuring days of work by three of us on-site at their HQ. That was a fun week, and a lot of work. "High intensity interval training" is pretty much named after our job moving the pavers into position, then out, then in, then out, then in.... 




While speaking of Works in print, our Kaya the wonder Chinook made the February 2018 breed calendar! A working sled dog, our studio mascot loves the snow. Also, she loves making me hike in it. And play in it. And freeze in it.


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business long island ny photographer photography product suffolk Sat, 24 Feb 2018 20:20:10 GMT
Happy new year! Between the snow and the holidays and bookings, we've been busy enough for me to wish for another Feb. Florida fishing trip - but it's not going to happen this year as there's just too much going on, and that suits us just fine.  We've been working in the city and some local hospitals quite a bit, making head shots  - but had a fun respite with a local basketball hero returned to market himself for print work. 

We're excited to see our packaging work head to the stores; it was great working with creatives from Kong to bring this cool new item to market - a water canteen with a lid that acts as a bowl. I know I'll be using it on hikes and playtime with our Kaya...! 



And lastly, bore yourself silly listening to me ramble as I answer questions posed by the great Raj Tawney over at the Cinema Arts Centre

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 22 Jan 2018 19:21:13 GMT
Long Island Business Head Shot Photographer The new site is running well, and the proofing section lets clients pop in via password and make their final selections for retouching and delivery, such as with the gang below - and you can see the results at this link: Walden Environmental Engineering 

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With our first snow on the ground come and gone, December has done its job and brought winter upon us. End-of-year budgets often mean a stampede of businesses updating their web presence or marketing materials, and it was no different these past few weeks with clients calling to have new head shots for incoming staff such as with our friends at Certilman Balin, a fine young man named Dan at Ernst & Young, and some fresh new faces from a new, local immigration attorney firm, coming soon at

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We're also still all-business prepping for the holidays. We just participated in an amazing fundraiser where we partnered with local business The Pawfect Pet Den, All proceeds went to The Town of Huntington Animal Shelter, through Give a Dog a Dream. It was a really fun day. Lots of Christmas spirit, goodwill, and of course licks. FYI? Santa was very, very cool. 

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business head long island photographer photography shot shots Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:46:59 GMT
Long Island Event Photographer September and October sure flew by, and we're left with hard drives filled with great memories of people we've met and events we've covered.

We photographed the last wedding of the season for us out on Shelter Island, where our happy couple ended the evening with a personalized fireworks display by Grucci. Super fun day, wonderful guests, amazing band. We wish Jennifer and George all the best! 

We were up in the Catskill Mountains again with Firstborn, recording their team building, laughs, and sweat through events such as tug-of-war, canoe races, and pie eating. Firstborn has once again been named to Crain’s Best Places to Work in New York list, recognized for their diversity, employee perks and education programs, and overall workplace practices and policies. Which also makes them a blast to photograph all day!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business corporate event long island ny photographer Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:40:50 GMT
New Website, Long Island Head Shot Photography It's official - we've launched a new website. The domain is the same, but thanks to the way Google and HTML5 works we found ourselves at the tipping point for a complete overhaul. The galleries are a little more interactive, and with our growing demand for wedding and event photography we've had a new logo made, featured at the bottom of the site pages. We'll be tweaking it for a while - so if you see some subtle changes or even if you see something that you think is quirky? Just let us know! 

From attorneys to actors, we've seen a non-stop request string for new head shots. Keeping your LinkedIn, portfolio, or business website up-to-date with fresh, attractive images is a great way to bring in your clients (unless you're me, then you use an old photo because there's no one to make the shot me? Yes! That's why!) We try to provide a series of options for clients, changing the lighting, angle overall presentation about 3 times during a visit to our lenses. That gives you a nice array of choices, and if we change your wardrobe, too, you can leave with several photos in your digital asset bin - offering the opportunity to market yourself a little differently across several platforms.  Long Island Head Shot Photography


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) and business long island marketing ny photographer photography Fri, 29 Sep 2017 18:14:54 GMT
Commercial Photography on Long Island I’m thrilled and honored to announce that I’m now a Brand Ambassador for Photoflex  – a company that’s had its lighting gear in my photography toolbox since Day One. Their light modifiers are a big part of why my photographs look the way they do; they diffuse the light, whether that light is natural or from a strobe. They help me shape it, aim it, and sculpt my subjects with it – whether those subjects have two legs, four legs, or are man-made products that although static still need to look their best. The gear I’ve bought from them over the years remains in perfect working condition, and I love that I can rely on it every time – it’s a good feeling to have when you can’t miss that shot. Take a peek over at their website, HERE, where I humbly appear alongside some great talents in the industry. Also, of course, just write or call if you want some advice on which of their products might help you with your photography!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) light modifiers lighting photoflex Sat, 08 Jul 2017 01:00:00 GMT
Long Island NY Food Photography and Product Photography You can’t knock the fun and science of lighting food for photography. Every set design has a slightly different element and “feel” to it, and with each textured food item or wine glass there’s a subtle way to pull the most flattering look from it. I spent a great afternoon working with the owner and manager of BLVD restaurant working out some new layouts for their advertising, and as a bonus? We managed to eat a few bites, too.

We’re also seeing our images branded with their Star Wars logos, popping up in the aisles in most major chain stores. Have I mentioned I love Star Wars and love having ANYTHING to do with the saga? So cool – as were our young models! Thanks, Jay Franco & Sons!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) food photography lighting Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Long Island Head Shots and Event Photography The best part about my job is that no two days are the same – which means you’re always excited to get to work, and each job offers its own uniqueness. One morning we’re making portraits and the next we’re wearing suits covering a press conference or summit. Jane came by the studio for some portraits, and now she’s ready to promote herself online and in print.

I can’t emphasize enough how happy we are to walk you through wardrobe and other preparations for your business and promotional portrait sitting.

While every day brings something different and exciting, sometimes we get to revisit familiar faces and places – which is even more fun, as we’re all comfortable with each other. Such was the case this year on our 10th anniversary with Firstborn and Peter Luger’s Steakhouse. Everyone was amazing and fun, as usual! Firstborn will be around the lenses three more times this year – can’t wait to see them again!

Lastly a mention of the just-completed Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, where world leaders and industrialists, innovators, and scientists get together to present, discuss, and evaluate the future of energy. Mr. Bloomberg was there to discuss his new book on how to organize against climate change, while Rick Perry appeared to address concerns about the Trump Administration’s stance moving forward. It was a busy few days, and an interesting one for Fitbit records! Great to see everyone for the 4th year straight, and we look forward to next year.


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 02 May 2017 01:00:00 GMT
Long Island Corporate Photography and Editorial Photography It’s been a great spring for both business and editorial portraits, with everyone leaving winter behind and keeping their best foot forward for print. Citi had us back to their Long Island City offices for marketing images of their executives again, and little beats the offered light from large windows 40+ floors up.


Local talent Kristen Traganas, authoring her first novel came in and we lit her for the light side and the dark side in this series of images destined for the book’s dust jacket. Links to the completed work soon!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) business portraits editorial portraits marketing images Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:15:00 GMT
SleekLens Photoshop Actions Review I recently had the opportunity to try out SleekLens Photoshop actions, with the results illustrated below. I never looked at Photoshop actions as a “crutch,” but often found them to be of limited value save for few exceptions when converting to black and white. There’s just too many variables in a day’s work here to apply a fixed set of color tones or vignettes. I’ve found a few that I like for wedding work, but with SleekLens there’s something I found that I can reliably use with my commercial work, too: Portrait Perfection. Starting with Base Layer color corrections, I can then apply a standard to image sets that don’t go too far. From jobs with large and complex lighting setups such as the image top-left to more simple strobe and reflector work, SleekLens really puts the value on the table and lets me dial in some fun color and lighting effects as well as retouch the subject. Thanks to Jane for sharing – thrilled, here!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) photoshop photoshop actions sleeklens sleeklens portrait perfections Sun, 05 Mar 2017 02:15:00 GMT
Long Island Pet and Dog Photography It’s been an exciting few months in the world of canine companions, here. We made a trip up to New Hampshire to cover the 100th Birthday of the Chinook breed, near Tamworth where they were first developed. Lots of fun folks, lots of amazing dogs, lots of beautiful settings.

Locally, we’ve only seen a few snowfalls this year – really only one of significance. That doesn’t mean sitting on haunches, though – for dogs or owners. After some fun sledding with the family, out we went.

Which leads us to what it’s like owning a working dog – a breed developed for sleigh pulling in particular. No snow to pull a sleigh in? Well then to exercise, we’ll have to bikejor. And who do you call on Long Island for bikejoring? Paul Kearney at, that’s who. Wild fun, and more to come!



(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 07 Feb 2017 06:54:45 GMT
Long Island Business Photography Yet another great visit here by the folks at Cerini & Associates, where we continued making portraits of their staff for their marketing and website needs. Always happy here to meet their new hires (and in some cases their veteran staff with new haircuts!).

Also, on Christmas Eve – an uncommon, warm day but with very common smiles and warmth we met with the Muellers for their family portrait. Such a fun bunch – we also made a quick video.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:18:31 GMT
Long Island Event Photography The holidays are almost behind us, with a lot to remember and also forget about 2016! It’s easy to remember with the aid of pictures, though!

We just spoke with Bloomberg’s event crew, ensuring we’d again provide the event coverage for the upcoming Future of Energy Summit in 2017. The images go straight to the marketing materials, blog, Twitter, and website.


I’m personally looking forward to the Chinook Centennial celebration in New Hampshire, when the breed turns 100 years old. I’m going to wear out a shutter for that one:



And lastly, one smiling faces from Garfunkel & Wild law firm – corporate/business head shots for website updates!:


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 20 Dec 2016 12:12:36 GMT
Long Island Pet and Dog Photography November offered a few hurdles, here. I was unexpectedly declared a hospital patient for a few weeks while the docs tinkered with me a bit. Nothing to brag about, and no lectures on health for the casual or regular readers here – just glad the docs know their stuff these days, and I sure appreciate the understanding of any clients that had to hold off a bit due to my absence. Thanks for your loyalty and patience!


With all of that said, we’ve been having a lot of fun. Certilman Balin continues to hire some amazing law talent, and then send them over here for their photo workover for press releases and marketing. Darren was no exception in any of the talent or charm departments.


Our ties to the Chinook community are only becoming stronger, and we’re really looking forward to the breed’s 100th Birthday celebration up in New Hampshire  – cameras will be tearing through their shutters, I assure you! We had a few images of our Kaya end up in the breed calendar, too. Great fun. Here’s Ukko, who’s as stoic as he is playful.


Speaking of our four-legged friends, we’re just about out of time to get your holiday cards made with images of your furriest (or two-legged!) family members – give us a call soon before the holidays are upon us!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:36:20 GMT
Long Island Editorial and Advertising Photography I spent a full day upstate with the fun and friendly crew from Firstborn, a company and talent pool of great people we’ve been working with for just about ten years now. Ice skating, Peter Luger’s steak house, anniversary parties, racetrack events and corporate events are all par for the course, but this year they decided a weekend, overnight retreat was in order. Very, very cool.

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Susan’s layout came in from First for Women magazine, that’s fun to see pop up in print:

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Gina has been here to the studio first with her products for photographing, then herself for a portrait  as she launches her business, marketing campaign and website selling an all-natural skin care lineup. Having survived cancer and authored a book about the subject, it’s amazing to work with her and learn about her approach to her product, and her new lease on life. Long Island product and Portrait Photography

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sun, 30 Oct 2016 17:50:27 GMT
Long Island Editorial Photography We had a blast meeting the legend that is Alan Cumming, who offered the lenses all sorts of fun stuff for his portrait sitting. These are un-retouched shots from the contact sheet, and I’m sure you’ll find a few of the final selections on my website’s Portfolio pages within a few weeks. Check out his new book – it’s great! Christopher Appoldt AC

While on the editorial vein, we just finished our first shoot with First for Women magazine, and I’m excited to see the images in print. Susan has a great story to share, and while not a fan of limelight thought her story was worth the smiles – we agree.Long Island Editorial Photography

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 26 Sep 2016 05:16:58 GMT
Long Island Pet and Animal Photography It’s been a hot August, and thankfully most everything has been in-studio in the air conditioning. As September looms we’re headed to weddings, Manhattan to CitiCorp, and starting up with the season’s outdoor family portraits. Meanwhile, we finished up delivery for the fun gang over at KFA Dental, including these shots that will be printed on canvas to fill their wall space – happy, smiling clients.

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We’re also excited to see a lot of our work up on Metpar’s site, after a full day of commercial photography featuring their partition wares. Stainless steel is very reflective, and we had a definite goal in mind – so scrims were the order of the day.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 29 Aug 2016 07:37:48 GMT
Long Island Business Portraits and Marketing Photography Busy month! We started out at CitiCorp again, visiting their offices in Long Island City for the photography of their executives in need of materials for speaking engagements and marketing uses. Always a fun visit, as their sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline provide us with great light and backdrops. Long Island Business Portraits 45

We also had a great time with Ainsley, who needed a series of images for her business marketing and personal websites. She couldn’t have been more lively and fun a visitor here to the studio, and the results prove it. Long Island Portrait Photography

Lastly, we wrapped up shooting on Jeff’s new product line, including his new weight belt for sale online – take a peek if you’re in the market, hereLong Island Product Photography 1



(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 24 Jun 2016 05:36:00 GMT
Long Island Business Head Shots and Corporate Event Photography The gang at Firstborn, the kings and queens of multimedia, had me back to cover their annual “we’ve been working really hard since January and need to let off some steam” lunch at Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn. This year’s lunch – as with years prior – ended at a pub down the block, but this year? This year they hired a drum line to march them down there from Luger’s. Nothing like watching three blocks come to a standstill, watching the parade. Great time, as always – !

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Here at the studio, Steve came in for a head shot workup to refresh his LinkedIn profile. Within an hour we’d completed a set of natural light shots and a variety of studio images. Go get ’em, Steve.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 17 May 2016 09:49:47 GMT
Long Island Event and Corporate Photography Spring is in the air, and every year that means we’re off to the Hyatt Grand Hotel, working for Michael Bloomberg and his awesome event crew as we cover their New Energy Finance summit. It’s a huge job for the Bloomberg crew, and I liken it to their running 10 weddings at once as they ensure that their guests all receive the best service and organization possible, while we dutifully record the days’ events with the cameras. It’s an interesting forum, where the future of energy is explored as we move away from fossil fuels. Makes for some very interesting listening, and meeting some great folks. I have some great stories about Diplomatic Security procedures, ask me sometime.

After Day One, we decided that our legs hurt. Hm. So, on Day Two, we clocked our activity on the iPhone: 14,855 steps, 6.79miles, and 14+ flights of steps. And that was just Tuesday.

Great to see Mr. Bloomberg again, who’s always gracious, and to meet John Kerry. Kerry is tall. Taller than me. That’s tall.

A nod to Josh and his event team, and the gals in Social Media – great job, gang!

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With Kaya the Chinook added as our newest family member and unofficial mascot, we’ve been taking in a lot of questions about our pet photography schedules. YES, we’re still in the business of pet portraits! Just shoot us an email of give us a call.

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Kaya’s almost 6 months old, now, and making friends everywhere.


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:25:30 GMT
Long Island Product Photography and Corporate Portraits Churning through the winter months keeps us busy in the studio more often than not, but on more than a few snowy and slippery mornings we made our way to location shoots  – including one morning where we made portraits for John Sullivan at Delta Group, where he’s corporate vice president. The best part was loitering in his office for a bit, where I noticed a magazine piece on the desk about his son Matt, whom I’d photographed for NYIT about 8 years ago. That’s two generations of Sullivans, and one lucky photographer.

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On a frigid day we cranked the heat and filled up with kids again for a great shoot for Jay Franco & Sons for their new hooded towel line, and as usual the smiles were adorable and the packaging complete within a week of the booking – done and done! I think the greatest part about working on these shoots is that we get to cast local kids, and I love seeing their folks update their Facebook pages with posts about finding their children on boxes on shelves in department stores.

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Lastly we were revisited by the gang at Helios, who are revolutionizing the art of tattoo application. Their site is looking great, check it out by clicking HERE.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 15 Mar 2016 18:18:28 GMT
Long Island NY Suffolk Business and Corporate Head Shots Our clients for head shots have kept us pretty busy, with a focus on businesses though we’ve had more than a few dancers and actors in from the cold, too! Michael came in just yesterday despite the blizzard conditions, which was a great inspiration for me to get out there and keep the parking clear with a shovel. If you want personal service and a face-to-face with a company that can walk you through your home mortgage, Michael runs the show HERE.

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We always try to make it fun for the younger clients when planning a day in front of the lenses for comp cards. These days that means I have to change the Pandora station from where I usually have it, and I’ll just let you pop in some day to see what that station actually is. Meanwhile, Ashley was great and her agent gave the thumbs-up with our results.

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Lastly, we had a great and easy shoot for a client in Illinois, who needed us to merge studio shots of remote staff here in New York with pre-existing portraits from their office in Chicago. You get to guess which are which…

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 09 Feb 2016 08:15:45 GMT
Long Island New York Marketing and Corporate Head Shot Photography They say that the second and third weeks of January are the coldest of the year, and outside as the wind howls and the ice stays solid I’m not going to second-guess the experts. It’s warm here at my desk, though, where the computer’s cooling fan has pushed its heat into the office as we churn through portraits, products, and wedding albums as the new year kicks off.

EVO Payments International had us in for executive head shots , and the gang couldn’t have been nicer. Their lobby has this fish tank that has sharks in it… it’s huge…but the point is that the lobby offered us enough space for multiple sets, and we had a fun and brilliantly efficient time making the images.

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TopTrenz kept us very, very busy with a large portion of their product line, putting over 400 items in front of the lenses here at the studio. Cheers to Heather for her steadfast skill at arranging shoulder bags!

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Lastly, a quick introduction to the new, unofficial mascot around here, Kaya. Kaya is adorable. Loves to play, lick, pounce, bounce, and make hilarious “roo roo!” noises. She’s pretty darn good at going potty outside (only), too. Kaya is a Chinook, which is a fascinating breed – by all means read yourself an eyeful by clicking HERE.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 19 Jan 2016 14:57:36 GMT
‘Tis the season – product and advertising photography – Long Island NY Record high temps today! Well, at least I’m saving home heating costs and am not packing photo gear in snow or sleet. I’ll take it.

‘Tis the season to be busy!  Our sales and booking calendar  here trend to ramp up to almost uncontrollable every November and December, right before trailing off to a similarly predictable quiet January as everyone examines their budgets and digests all that holiday food. So, knowing there will be some time to adjust it’s been decided that a new family member will join us here as we welcome a dog into the fold! Time to elevate all the camera bags from the floor for a while.

We had the pleasure of welcoming Dana and Jayson over from radio station WBLI, they were great fun. They’ll join a compilation of others, which I’ll display in an upcoming post.

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The gang over at Proactive Medical have too been keeping us busy with their product line, and my fluency in bed alarms is certainly on the rise.

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It’s also been the months of family portraits, where repeat customers come back in preparation for their annual holiday shout-out. So great to see kids growing and hear the families’ updates. To everyone: have a great holiday season and new year!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 10 Dec 2015 05:36:54 GMT
Long Island NY Suffolk Huntington Marketing Photography November already – I can’t believe it. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, then we’ll head for the official start of winter. I am not looking forward to shoveling snow…sigh. Well, at least we haven’t been sitting on our haunches, here. Daniel, Casey and I have been plowing through marketing and product photography jobs like it’s our… well it is our job.

Casey and I revisited Long Island Lutheran schools to vamp up their marketing assets, and had an amazing time with their kids in the Day School as well as their athletes at the High School. A big tip of the hat to their marketing gals Kate and Susan, who not only facilitated a few dozen athletes and locations but rescued my beloved tripod from under the golf cart’s seat.

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The studio here hasn’t been empty once since September, with all sorts of great items headed to market. Pop onto Amazon and check out GreenPaxx’s eco-conscious items, or Marmara’s Turkish Delight offerings (and yeah, we were able to keep the samples of the latter – delicious!). Proactive Medical has particularly been keeping us busy – a big thanks and thumbs up to them! Really there have been so many products through the doors lately we had to order a few more items for the studio to keep up with it. Keep ’em coming!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 11 Nov 2015 17:45:55 GMT
Long Island Photographer – Business Head Shots As I type, we’re wondering what the first hurricane threat of the year might produce (I wonder if Mr. Phoenix gave his permission for the name use?). At this point I’m honestly just glad it’s finally raining for the sake of the lawn and new trees I put in the yard, though I certainly looked like a wet rat last night as I showed up with the camera bags at Fox Hollow, and today at a press conference. I don’t know why I thought the rain would be drier.

Our friends and regulars over at Garfunkel & Wild had us back to make portraits of their attorneys staffing their new Albany offices, and they couldn’t have been nicer. There’s no real trick to having a great day there – the load-in is easy with the elevators, the receptionist is quick to smile and make sure we’re settled, and hey – electrical outlets in the floors of the conference rooms. Now that, my dear readers, is strobe-friendly.

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On the topic of portraits, we had an amazing time marking an important birthday for Nellie here in the studio. She was nervous and excited all at once, and no amount of chit chat, music, or assurances seemed to get the edge off. So, I made funny faces. That worked! Happy birthday, Nellie – you look awesome!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 02 Oct 2015 17:21:14 GMT
Marketing and Head Shot Photography on Long Island August was a game of beat the heat… Portraits will typically never really benefit from the shiny sheen of perspiration, and we’ve never been happier about air conditioning. We were welcomed by the gang over at TSG Financial for a series of group and head shots for their marketing plan, where their staff – and lobby – made it really easy on us. Thank you, Red Chairs!

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The marketing team over at Certilman-Balin has us continuing with the photography of their new hires, and we’re always happy to welcome new business subjects here at the studio. Good luck, Jen!


Jerry Zarin, a businessman, actor, and a fine singer too, popped back for some stylish head shots for his portfolio. Great to see you, Jerry  – both here under the lights as well as online over at Humans of New York!

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Last but by no means least, we too had another stage performer pop in for some head shots to accompany her bio in the Playbill, soon to be read before her NYC performances – Cailin, you were great!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:03:17 GMT
Editorial Photographer on Long Island, NY July 2015 was our busiest month in a decade, so I guess we’re doing something right! Little downtime meant a lack of leisure for a warm summer month, though I feel we made up for it meeting some amazing people doing some amazing things. From the editorial photography end, we made almost a dozen trips around the Island and Manhattan. Shown standing at left, the good Dr. Gold is a sleep specialist, running his Stony Brook clinic with a sardonic wit and sharp intellect – his staff had us laughing a lot, too, and with room after room of cozy and comfortable looking beds my lack of sleep for this shoot was getting the better of me. Shown on the right is NYU’s Dr. Shetye, whose specialty is orthodontic reconstruction. Treating patients in need of repairs to a cleft palette and more, his offices put the smile back on your face – literally. Both subjects’ photographs will be featured on magazine covers in the upcoming weeks, I’ll get those up on here or my site when I see them. Great to meet them both…

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 03 Aug 2015 07:18:25 GMT
Long Island NY Editorial, Marketing and Wedding Photography We’re thrilled to see the layouts of the latest issue of Hamptons Dog magazine, where publisher Lisa not only asked me to write an article on how to photograph your dog, but found plenty of use for a bunch of fun photographs we made of kids with dogs. Always fun and great to see in print.

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We’ve just wrapped up a big job with Lutheran Day and High schools, where we spent several days capturing a day in the life of students and faculty for use as marketing . Schools are big and gear is heavy, but their cooperation made it all a pleasure. Looking forward to seeing their new website in a few weeks.

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Lastly, as we wrap up our spring wedding season, a special shout out and thank you to all of our brides and grooms. Shown below are last weekend’s happy couple, Ricky and Jessica, who are now in Greece – where I hope they’re enjoying their honeymoon (and access to ATMs). Best wishes, everyone!


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:06:25 GMT
Fashion and Product Photography on Long Island We’ve finished up delivery for the Fairly Fauna shoot! Heather was an amazing client, with a great line of cruelty-free clothing  – which let us mix Germaine modeling (thanks Germaine, for taking the time off during finals at Cornell!), studio, outdoors, and pups all into one well-planned day of shooting. Big props to Monique for makeup and hair. Heather’s offerings are up on her website, check it out at

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sat, 06 Jun 2015 08:31:35 GMT
Event Photography on Long Island and NYC Mr. Bloomberg’s gang had us back for a second year to cover their Future of Energy Summit at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan, and like last year we earned some flat feet over three days of shooting 7a.m.-11p.m., but well worth the fun and interest. The summit covers world leaders in new energy source exploration, current energy uses, and where we could and should invest in the future. We met Al Gore, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and a further list of who’s-who in the world of decision making where our future energy needs are concerned. As usual, the Bloomberg event staff toiled away tirelessly to ensure everyone’s comfort and organization during the three-day summit – big kudos to Andrea and her crew of Incredibles!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 19 May 2015 05:20:59 GMT
Suffolk County Long Island Editorial Photography Choosing a daycare or preschool for your toddler requires a lot of homework, there’s lots of choices and decisions involved  – so we’re flattered and thrilled that Island Kids chose us for their photography needs! With two locations, one in Greenlawn and one in Northport, the owners gave us access to every room  – from the infants to the preschoolers, in a two-day shoot to help populate their new website. The idea was to disrupt the routines as little as possible, and use actual students as subjects. The kids were more than a little cooperative!

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We also paid a fun and interesting visit to the folks over at NeuLion, who are responsible for streaming TV content. With a control room every bit as cool a setting for images as you’d hope as a photographer, we went in with only a few lights to make our subjects stand out as they were interviewed by editorial staff – keeping the images natural, lit with subtlety, and candid. And, for the first time in a long time, we found a parking spot to load in the gear right near the front door. I call that a win.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 07 Apr 2015 02:59:17 GMT
Huntington NY Suffolk County Editorial Advertising Photography Well, the glacier is pulling back and we’re seeing Spring arrive here, and not a minute too soon. Relegated to mostly indoor shooting for the past six weeks due to frigid temperatures, I did have the privilege of joining the Burnett Hockey League in Greenwich, CT,  for some of their playoffs and the game for the Cup. (Tip: cut the fingertips off some work gloves from Home Depot to shoot while keeping your hands warm!) What’s the Burnett Hockey League? From their website: The Burnett Hockey League is a backyard league in Greenwich CT hosted at Rob Burnett’s house. It is what you get when you marry mediocre hockey talent to a completely disproportionate amount of overthought hoopla. What this translates to is a bunch of guys about my age tearing up the ice at the producer of the Late Show with David Letterman‘s house. Burnett was a writer for Letterman long before he became a producer, and as he was at the microphone narrating the game play the jokes were non-stop and hilarious. Great time had by all! Michael Ferdman of Firstborn fame (and founding) put together some great materials for the Cup event, seen below.


Also, below spot the Thank You cards from Craig and Abby’s wedding – I love seeing our shots in print every month, no matter where they appear!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 11 Mar 2015 09:55:09 GMT
Suffolk County Long Island New York Photography It was great to learn that the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs used our shots of their amazing cast of canines for the holiday cards this year, and special thanks to them for sending over a digital set!

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We have a great new client for product photography here in the Huntington area, the world-renowned Wood Violins company, founded by legend Mark Wood. It was an honor and a pleasure to be able to see and handle the violins up close, and have a very educated and excited staff explain the nuances of the creation and marketing of electric violins. Here’s a screen grab from the studio work, where every angle and reflection are thought-through when we execute the series to conform to their specs:

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Business as usual as the winter churns on, Victor and I sent a great day at the Chelsea Pier ice rink (yep, cold outside and inside) on Manhattan’s west side with the gang from Firstborn, with whom we work with a few times a year chronicling their fun and often hilarious respites from working hard to stay the top multimedia company in the nation. Employees with tenure wear their Firstborn hockey jerseys and tear up the ice (when it’s not tearing them up), enjoy a skyline view of New Jersey over dinner and welcome the holidays. Santa made an appearance in the photo booth, too. Cheers guys – see you at Peter Luger’s in a few weeks!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:10:15 GMT
Advertising and marketing photography on Long Island Happy new year! As I type, the temperature outside has plummeted to around 20 degrees, and my cold fingers just adjusted the thermostat in the studio to get it a little warmer for today’s shoot.

At least today our subjects are wearing more than a towel, as illustrated here with Kassandra for our latest endeavor with Jay Franco & Sons for their new product line’s hang-tags.

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We’re also starting to see our round of marketing images for the law firm of Certilman Balin show up in the papers and on their website here, where we spent a great morning getting to know their staff and lawyers. Want to know what beats having a coffee machine four feet from your photo set? Not much…

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 07 Jan 2015 07:57:06 GMT
Long Island Event Photography Just wanted to type a special thanks to the marketing folks at the Tilles Center, who asked me to cover their Gala this year. It was a truly special evening, with Jay Leno headlining. We spent a good amount of time backstage with him, where he was more than happy to appease a few fans, special guests (Susan Lucci included), and staff. “Come get your picture with Santa!” is a proclamation and personality that sure makes my night easier! Great people, fine dining, and a fun atmosphere doesn’t hurt, either!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 19 Nov 2014 07:16:22 GMT
Long Island NY Editorial and Event Photography Summer’s over. It’s gone. The cool air and winds have arrived, and to celebrate they dumped half a maple tree onto my deck and shed in the backyard. It was my neighbor’s tree, and when he asked what the heck I was making jokes about, I replied, “Well, it missed the house and no one was hurt. And besides, my wife’s wanted a patio where that deck is for years.” There’s a bright side to everything, and that’s carried into every stumble and tough assignment we’ve taken on in the past several weeks. It’s been really, really busy, and  we’re hoping that attitude has shined through for clients regardless of the rainstorms on our sets, malfunctioning autofocus, and everything else that’s tried to dog us lately. Still chuckling about Casey almost being blown away while attempting to keep a 5′ octobox up in a field for one shoot! At 100lbs soaking wet, we’ll need to get her her own sandbag when the winds top 25 mph.

We had an amazing time meeting and photographing the legendary Norman Lear, an icon in the television production world. I mentioned that Sanford and Son may have been my favorite of his, but just stating that I saw the show, albeit on reruns, dates me – so maybe I shouldn’t mention that at all. Great guy and full of sprightly  vigor, his new memoirs just hit the book shelves.

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We also returned to the offices of CitiBank in Long Island City for more executive head shots, and by this time we have the procedure down pretty well when it comes to getting through security – the trick is to pack gear bags compact enough to go through the x-ray conveyor.

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I never really wear sneakers to assignments – they would be out of place at most of our gigs. But when Long Island University’s Post campus called for marketing coverage of their Homecoming celebration, I slipped on the ‘ol comfy Merrell’s for a day in the field. At least until the dinner event later. You know what? Football players are fast.

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 04 Nov 2014 18:36:13 GMT
Long Island NY Business and Event Photography September was full of hustle, including revisiting Bloomberg’s 731 Lexington offices covering events for Bloomberg Government out of D.C., as well as their Investor Relations summit. The catch to these events is always the same, in that you’re attempting to isolate key speakers, moments, and attendees without being in any way obtrusive, or on-camera as the video recorders roll. Big thumbs up to the event coordinators for these jobs – they’re focused on every detail, from the seating to the napkins, from months prior up until the wee hours the night before. Their ability to make guests welcome and comfortable are unparalleled.

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Locally, we’ve teamed up with the Greenlawn-Centerport Business Association to produce visual media for their advertising and outreach marketing materials. This means visiting members at their place of business and making photographs that both the association and the business can use to promote themselves and their services – and to remind residents that their local business owners are residents and neighbors, too. It also helps residents and businesses shape the way services in the towns grow. It’s been an honor meeting them, and of course, making their photographs!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sat, 11 Oct 2014 04:12:47 GMT
Long Island and NYC Event Photography We’re scheduling bridal and family portraits earlier in the evening now, catching golden hour as early as 6:30 p.m. – summer is drawing to a close! It was a great one, with lots of work, lots of fun playing with our little Katie in the pool, going to the beaches. The fishing hasn’t been half bad, either…! With wedding season in full-swing, weekends seem to fly by, but too we’re working more in-house images with product shoots, model portfolios, and infant sessions – though it’s not keeping us off the streets. Up at 731 Lex, Bloomberg had us over again to cover their Silent Disco promotion for Lincoln Center, complete with a roaming mariachi band and lots of smiles and laughs for all involved. Honestly, I’ve never seen anything like it, so it was serendipitous that I was hired to be there with cameras – great time!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:30:32 GMT
Long Island Advertising Photography The summer has been busy, and despite landing myself (literally – a bad jump preceded) in crutches for a good part of July, we’ve had a blast making images for clients such as XSport Fitness and Bank United. Bank United’s Chairman, President, and CEO John Kanas was a delight while we made location portraits at their Melville offices. Friendly, smart, and with a smile, we setup our gear in the home office’s branch while he was interviewed by our assignment editor. Special thanks to all of the branch personnel who made it easy on us! Long Island Executive Photography     We were hired by XSport Fitness out of Chicago to visit their Long Island location in Massapequa, in order to create a series of marketing images of their offices as well as photograph their Get Fit Challenge winner. Our own challenge was to photograph our subject working out and presenting her new physique in over 5 locations in just under four hours’ time, a bit of a workout in itself – but not a problem with the proper planning. Also, elevators – elevators help a lot, when the gym is two stories of equipment and floor space! Long Island Advertising Photography


Lastly, a shout out to Katie,who came in for some tests for her modeling portfolio. Mixing it up on location as well as in the studio, she was a great personality to meet and work with. thanks, Katie!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:25:19 GMT
Long Island Business and Fitness Photography Fitness isn’t just a craze, it’s a good idea… and with a larger footprint than ever, gyms featuring everything from personal trainers to mixed martial arts (MMA) are available wherever you are – with lots of options for keeping you fit. Within the last six months we’ve been to over five businesses and universities where their fitness offerings are the main focus of our assignment that day. Victor keeps asking me how my self-image is doing…

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 01 Jul 2014 19:01:09 GMT
Long Island New York Product Photography The fine folks over at Jay Franco & Sons have been keeping us busy with their Disney line of kids’ hoodie towels and blankets, sleeping bags, etc. A lot of fun, and certainly close to home with our little Katie having already had a few before the client even approached us (nothing beats having your daughter make corresponding animal noises in the mirror, wearing a hoodie animal towel, after a bath! Katie’s best one is the lion – ROAR!). The shoots are always fun, and it’s great to be pushing the shopping cart down the aisles at Target or Toys R Us and see photos you made of local families’ kids smiling back at you. Long-Island-New-York-Product-Photography


Also, we were thrilled to return to Dr. Leon Klempner’s offices to see Saline, whose surgeries were progressing well. In fact, the doc just sent a status update – she’s returned to her village in Nairobi, where she hugged her sibling and wouldn’t let go, having missed her so much with all of the time passed since she came here to New York to have her surgeries performed. I’m sure everyone who helped support Saline’s surgeries and Dr. Klempner’s mission to make it happen will miss her, and certainly we’ll never forget her over here, either. Best of luck to you, Saline…! The following was just published in the Tufts University alumni magazine… Long-Island-NY-Editorial-Photography-Magazine

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 04 Jun 2014 07:38:38 GMT
Portrait photography on Long Island We setup a location studio set for John Turturro last week, and I hope the results are indicative of the shoot’s outcome. Promoting Fading Gigolo, his nearly 100th movie, Turturro wrote, directed, and starred in the film alongside Woody Allen. I first remember seeing him in the stylish To Live and Die in LA, playing a  very convincing role that guaranteed I’d never want to go to prison.  Great job to Victor and Casey, who made three trips of gear a lot lighter!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 08 May 2014 17:57:12 GMT
Corporate Event Photography on Long Island Last week we spent three days covering the Bloomberg Future of Energy Summit at the Grand Hyatt in NYC; early mornings, late nights,  and quick turnaround made for tired, but satisfied shutter fingers. Far outnumbered by attendees and speakers, Bloomberg Radio, TV, and dignitaries, congressmen and women, our feet are pretty flat at this point – a great week for insoles (am I getting old?). Thumbs up to the great folks at Bloomberg for an event that was 10 months in the planning. The space was amazing, and no detail overlooked. See more of the three days’ work here, with more to come:

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Shifting gears, we’re initiating our show coverage at the Greenlawn Equestrian Center next month, with on-site print sales and online order capability. Look for our newest branding there (easy, no pun intended)…!

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And lastly, a quick shout-out to Liz, whose Workplace Wisdom series looks great with the images we made together  – cheers, Liz!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:23:27 GMT
Long Island business portraits We had a great time over at Cerini & Associates a few months back, kicking off a relationship we now joke is buried in snow – it’s snowed on the shoot date, the delivery date, and now it threatens to dust us again next week when we shoot yet a few more images for them.  Winter…. enough. Their new website is now live over at this link HERE, where they assure you they’re not your average CPA office – and they’re not. Wickedly smart, of course, too they’re clever and enjoy a good laugh. Below are some of the head shots, a compilation of their faces on characters from The Walking Dead tv series (fighting off the IRS – er- not my idea if you’re listening), and of course their fearless leader, styled after Game of Thrones… great day, fun folks, all good!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:23:57 GMT
Model headshots on Long Island OK seriously – enough with the winter weather. I’m starting to watch everyone I know suffer the doldrums from this onslaught of cold and snow, and it’s all I can do to think of April and robins…

That said, headed into 2014 we’ve been busy, especially with our corporate work – head shots, office images, and products. Ditto for the editorial work. But too, we’ve been shooting a line of kids’ clothing products, and in the process we’ve made a bunch of new friends as they return to bulk up their portfolios. Especially with my own adorable toddler running around, it’s been a lot of rewarding fun working with all of the kids!

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I went to the mailbox today to find that my Nikon Professional Membership delivered me a new card and a pin, commemorating their 40 years of service. Nikon Professional Services are a great asset for us, here – repairs are priority for us, which means we can get back to work, and whenever we need some specialty gear for a job they’re happy to send over a loaner. Cheers, Nikon Gang – glad to have you as an asset- and a big brother!

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(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:07:47 GMT
Ten Years of Long Island and NYC Photography Happy new year! Looking  back, we’re now celebrating our 10th year making photographs on Long Island and in the tri-state area. We’ve  focused on businesses’  needs, actors, dancers, weddings, products, food, and everything else our clients could want photographed. It’s been a lot of fun – and a lot of work. Regardless of the way one reflects on the years past, it’s been successful  – and all thanks to our terrific clients. Here’s raising a toast to you, and everyone who’s sat still (or not, if you’re holding a flaming, spinning torch) for our cameras this past decade. Cheers – and thank you for your business!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 02 Jan 2014 06:37:43 GMT
Long Island Corporate Portraits and Head Shots Winter has definitely arrived, and outdoor shoots are now a thing of the past until spring, unless of course my subjects are immune to freezing temps – or it’s a product shoot for down coats. It’s been a very, very busy time, and I welcomed it – we’ve had office shoots, executive portraits, head shots for our future actors, and of course a litany of holiday-themed shoots bound for what is now an infinite number of online card printers (I’m a fan of, myself). We’ve been to aircraft repair centers, university campuses, and too have taken on a surge of new product photography. Now to just get it all delivered…! The new year is just around the corner, and we’ll see you then!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 12 Dec 2013 06:09:53 GMT
Product and Editorial Photography on Long Island Victor and I had a fascinating gig over in Freeport, at a lab that’s been making teeth – yes, chompers – for people for a few decades. I learned a lot – about ceramics, finishes, kilns, and just what it takes to make a custom set of teeth for someone who needs it. Having just checked the mirror and counted, I’m okay for a while… but if you do need a new set, or even just one, zirconium is the new way to go. Tougher than ceramics and finished to be indistinguishable from your prior teeth, the Zirlux brand is featured on the upcoming Advanstar product guide for 2014. It’s Victor’s composition, he says, that made it to the cover shot. I dunno… but it was a good day of lighting with snoots, grids, and soft boxes to highlight the macro shots we made that day. I’m really thrilled with the 36 megapixel Nikon D800, which  handled the job wonderfully.

We’re headed for winter, so goodbye to our outdoor sporting shots of the tennis crew over at NYIT – the images were a blast to make, and by “blast” I mean we had to pull out some big strobes to overpower the sun. This is one of my favorites, and we’re working on some football player images to match. But for now, off to rake the leaves and gear up for some engagement photos.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:57:29 GMT
Long Island Editorial and Advertising Photography Recently we visited the offices of Dr. Leon Klempner, where our assignment was to capture him and his patient Saline, who suffers a facial deformity resulting from NOMA, a flesh-eating bacterial disease. The doc founded Smile Rescue Fund for Kids, where monies are raised to bring international children to the States for corrective surgery. Saline, from Africa, lives in a little village that can only be reached on foot, and seemed delighted to poke at an iPad in Dr. Klempner’s Port Jefferson offices between surgeries performed by Klempner. She was a gorgeous subject for portraits, and her smile made our day. The images are destined for an upcoming magazine article on Dr. Klempner, but don’t hesitate to get involved here before I post that link.

One of the most challenging aspects of making photographs on location is the lighting; for this shot of a catering team in action, we had to match the existing lighting of the room, so that there wouldn’t be a color shift, then determine our exposure, then add a series of supplemental lights to balance our image with the prominent subject. We have four strobes in this scene, ensuring the image had depth and commercial appeal for its purpose in the facility’s literature. It’s like a puzzle to put together, and one of my favorite aspects of photography – keeps the ‘ol noodle sharp, all the while under a time crunch to get as many options for the client as you can. Oh and if you haven’t secured the DeSeversky Center for an event? Do it…

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 11 Oct 2013 11:55:48 GMT
Editorial Portrait Photography on Long Island Well, I’ve definitely fallen in love with a few things, lately – Nikon’s 85mm lens, and fashioning some lighting schemes based on the painterly brilliance of the Dutch masters’ works on canvas. This year’s series of editorial portraits, no matter the subject in front of the lens (be them a charming professor, a man who traveled across the Earth to bring a young girl to a specialist to fix her cleft pallet, or a law firm founder), really seem to come to life lately – and thankfully, my clients seem to agree. I’m going to start a large format print series with some of these – wish me luck!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:04:14 GMT
Long Island Head Shots August is steaming ahead, and the wedding season is underway! Just back from Jody and Sarah’s nuptials near Red Hook in NJ, with photos of that awesome day (and night!) coming soon. Meawhile, we’ve been very busy on NYIT’s campus, as well as several offices for promotional images and headshots – enough to fill a good-sized hard drive, in fact. Below are a few fun advertorial and promotional shots, with a lot more to follow – but first, I’ve got to get down to Nikon’s Melville office to get some gear fixed up…

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 19 Aug 2013 11:55:19 GMT
Corporate Head Shots on Long Island It’s been a crazy 6 weeks – I even missed a monthly blog post as a result. A vacation, a trip to the hospital, and lots of work makes the calendar flip by… But hey, an aspirin a day, slowing down a bit, and a great rest with the family was definitely in order!

Earlier in May, Victor and I hustled out to CitiCorp in Long Island City to create some head shots for executives on their way to the Cannes Film Festival to present on marketing. The toughest part of that job was the load in and load out, as that monolith of an office building has its loading dock about the furthest from where we needed to be as possible – but then Victor and I are strong, mostly-healthy lads, and we eventually made it up to the 30th floor… We photographed our subjects on backdrops, around the building, and delivered the shots almost overnight as their plane was on its way that weekend. Cheers gang- I’ll bet you did great!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 15 Jul 2013 06:08:39 GMT
Advertising photography on Long Island A while back we shot for the New York Blood Center; the images we made that day were of actual recipients of the NYBC’s blood supplies, and their lives were saved as a result. Such terrifying stories, some, but too amazing stories of bravery and courage.  It was a shoot you feel glad to be a part of. I’ve started seeing the photographs  all over the place – on signage, their website, and now too the buses and vans. Keep your eyes peeled – and if you can, please donate.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 28 May 2013 11:43:07 GMT
Advertising photography on Long Island A few months back Jen and I showed up bright and early to the New Yorks offices of Air Charter Service, to add to their growing collection of worldwide office images for marketing. We photographed the staff, we photographed the building, we photographed the space. The trick was to take the company’s pre-existing material, decipher the lighting their UK photographer had used, and try to create as close to a seamless match as we could for the delivery. The gang was great. Everyone brought smiles and a sense of humor, and let me tell you – these folks work hard. They kept their noses to the grindstone throughout, which let us capture lots of great candids, which were also on the shopping list of photographs. We had just a few minutes to pull the entire office to the lobby for a group shot, and one staff member had to finish what I assume was a booking – so afterwards we photographed him in the same area and light, and dropped him into the shot. No, I’m not telling you who that is.  Need a Gulfstream to get you where you need to go? Give this group a ring – their link is HERE.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:02:02 GMT
Editorial Portraits on Long Island I had the absolute pleasure of making a portrait of Oscar-winner Rita Moreno last week,  to start a strong and busy  spring for us both as she embarks on her book tour. Rita is possibly among the most charming, polite, and enthusiastic people I’ve ever met, bringing nothing but positive vibes and can-do to the set. While most of the folks on hand that night were talking about her performance in West Side Story, I personally was in the Oz camp – she was great as Sister Reimondo.  She’s one of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy, too. Great to meet you, Rita!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 11 Mar 2013 11:07:20 GMT
Editorial Photography on Long Island So, let’s rewind a few weekends, to when my clients started calling with concern over an approaching snowstorm. Never one to cancel if I can help it (ok, once with a car accident – not bad for a ten+ year run), I kept upbeat and assured clients I’d be there if they would, despite the looming snow.

In the end, everyone cancelled but one client that fateful Friday – and it was a client in Manhattan. The shoot was scheduled down in Tribeca, at a hotel that really pissed us off and put our backs against the wall  had a strict policy about photo shoots: NO. Truly a shame, especially as the interiors were visually incredible – no expense spared with the decorating.

So, our subject Carlotta De Luca, who’d flown in from Italy for Fashion Week, patiently – and very sweetly with complete understanding – worked with Victor and me to get the shots we needed for the magazine. We braved the oncoming blizzard for a few minutes outside the hotel, getting Carlotta an umbrella to shield herself from the sleet and winds. A SWAT team promptly showed up right about then, no kidding… they were reluctant to tell us why they were there, but assured us all was ok – so we simply kept clicking through a stream of black-clad men and body armor, complete with M-4 rifles as they spilled from the back of the NYPD van.

Then, we made our way up to Carlotta’s room, which was thankfully just visited by maid service. I really, really wanted to pop a few strobes into an umbrella-box on the top floor blacony, but we knew that would make Carlotta’s stay an uncomfortable one. So, we shot it with a reflector, then headed back to Penn Station. We made it out just in time, as the storm really started kicking up when we were unloading at my place. Three sets of images from various locations where a blizzard raged and a wagging finger said “absolutely not.”  I’ll call that a good day…

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:45:36 GMT
Long Island pet photography – best on Long Island -ish Well, great news – I was nominated and then voted as a winner of The Best of Long Island’s annual businesses this year. Hope I can keep up the good work! Thanks everyone!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:02:18 GMT
Product photography on Long Island, band photography Haaaaaaappy new year! 2013 rolled in without any Mayan-inspired apocalypse, which is great because I forgot to buy canned goods and a water filtration thing. I did, however, pick up some new camera gear at a few end-of-the-world sales – including a 36MP Nikon D800. The more megapixels, the bigger the print – and the more to refine prior to making a photograph, as the file will tell all about how well you did your job. Perfect for products and catalog work.

Here’s page from a new website that features scores of our images of hookahs, shisha, and more. Two very cool and entrepenurial gents spent a few days in the studio with me as we twisted hoses, polished metal and glass, and used up to 9 strobes at a time to well-capture their product line. Check out their site by clicking here.

Speaking of product shots, here’s a screen grab from a job we did at the studio that saw a lot of visibility in regards to your January 1st favorite, Tylenol. The trick to this job as well as the hookah job was allowing the items’ curvatures to show depth and form with the lights’ reflections, while managing the color for a perfect rendition:

Lastly, here’s a graphic of Matt’s latest CD case artwork, including images we made together while at his recording studio. The best part about Matt is that when he’s playing or singing, I don’t have to direct him to look relaxed or natural – the man’s already there.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:26:06 GMT
Long Island Editorial Photography We spent a morning out in Manhattan at Nielsen’s offices, and grand offices they were. Our subject below is Itzhak, and the immediate areas outside his desk were a treasure trove for compositions – something you can’t always say you find in the tight real estate in NYC. I think the most impressive part of the conference room we chose were the placards on the credenzas that reminded the room’s users to leave it as you found it. That meant that I didn’t have to striaghten chairs, remove or rearrange distracting elements, etc. I just had to get some strobes set up, and find my shots. I had about 15 minutes to evaluate angles the room had to offer, then 5 minutes with Itzhak to make the images for the story the magazine was running on him. This time? No sweat!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 04 Dec 2012 05:31:59 GMT
Event and pet photography on Long Island A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shadowing the Athens Exchange during facets of their visit to New York; their trip was to create institutional trust for Greece at a political, economic and business level so the global financial community can appreciate the upside potential that exists in the Greek Market. Great folks, serious message  – but with a lot of pushback here in the states. Sorting out this global economy will certainly not be easy.

Bowtie Publishing’s latest and greatest book on Australian Shepherds just hit the shelves, and there’s plenty of company with many of my photos among titles’ content and covers at the local bookstore and PetSmart. There are five of their publications presently on the shelves that feature some of my pet photography. Felt good taking a peek at the new book especially…

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 20 Nov 2012 14:25:43 GMT
Long Island Pet and event photography As usual things have become a tad hectic, and I’m being neglectful in regards to keeping the blog up to date, here. A few quick shoots of mention:

Firstborn had me join them at Belmont Raceway again, for a good, fun and this year not-too-hot afternoon at the races. Michael had everyone dress the part again, as per their work-function rules. Awesome.

I’ve been having a blast with a dew set of tri-split canvas backdrops we purchased, allowing the appearance of a a wall and floor combo that work particularly well with children and pets. In this case, a pleasant young pup named Jackson…

There have been more than a few editorial shoots and events we’ve covered, too, and Berger Bros. camera has pinged me to teach some lessons at their new Huntington location – stay tuned for that! Also, note that The Best of LI has me listed under Pet Photography – dunno how that happened, honestly. But hey, since it’s there, give a vote for me!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:18:08 GMT
Long Island Advertising and Pet Photography The New York Blood Center’s campaign is well underway, and we’re seeing the images we made with them last spring pop up all over. We even watched one of our amazing subjects on a commercial during the Olympics last month – she’s an amazing cancer survivor,  so upbeat, well-spoken and positive. And, adorable!

I also just had another book releaed featuring photos of Golden Retriever’s I’ve met and photographed; that’s a local Long Islander on the cover, with plenty of his pals inside the book’s pages. Keep an eye peeled.


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 11 Sep 2012 08:30:03 GMT
Bianca Just wanted to write up a brief entry saying goodnight, and a sincere assurance of missing you, to my four legged friend and frequent photo subject Bianca.  On every photo set we shared, Bianca would sit right where we she was supposed to – no asking twice. She would come over to greet me with a sniff, chortle, and grin, then go right to her mark. She watched mom and dad with a pant and a smile, super casual and no worries, bulldog-style. Every time. From her mom’s book cover shoot to some quick grabs we shared with her dad and everything in-between, Bianca will forever be a dog who loved her family unconditionally – and it always showed. It was a pleasure knowing you, Bianca – we’ll miss you here, too.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:29:52 GMT
Long Island Pet Photography It’s a sad day today, as I’ve just received a call telling me that Bowtie Press will no longer be offering Bird Talk as a print-published title. Their content will move online, and their annual Birds USA will remain. I’ve loved working for the gang at Bird Talk over the years. My lenses have provided many a zesty parrot for their covers, centerfolds, and editorial pieces. I’ve grown close to the parrot community here on Long Island as a result, and know I’ll miss not just the work, but the people. Cheers, and some Appoldt covers from the past few months:

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:28:23 GMT
Editorial Photography on Long Island A little while back we made our way out to the Hamptons for a shoot with the today Show’s Jill Rappaport, where she hosted us at her amazing home and horse ranch for an afternoon of shooting. We were out to make a cover and interior images for Tails Magazine, again pairing with the great editorial gang out in Chicago. Jill has a lot of energy, and her pets, all rescues, show a lot of appreciation and adoration in return. We nailed our cover, and too made some photos that will help Jill with her rescue efforts.

I’m also psyched to see a lot of the bicycle photography we made finally make it to print, within the pages of a new book out about the best and the raddest of the 1980s BMX bikes. I was there for that history, skinning my knees and getting as much air as I could on my Mongoose and Kuwahara – so it’s not a surprise I ended up restoring a few of the bikes I could find while I was at it. Check out the book here.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sun, 01 Jul 2012 15:36:41 GMT
Advertising photography on Long Island A few months back I was honored to bid on a job for the New York Blood Center, whose upcoming ad campaign and fleet of vans and trucks would receive the images of people we made. All of the portrait subjects are survivors, thanks in no small part to the NYBC. My day on the set let me meet all of them, and hear their stories. From shark attacks to surgeries to replace organs, every person featured in the images gave us a genuine, happy smile in their photo. It was an honor and a pleasure, folks.


(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 12 Jun 2012 01:45:00 GMT
Long Island NY Editorial Photography I have to admit that one of the most enjoyable aspects of photography, for me, is handling the unexpected. It’s where all of your experience, knowledge of theory, practice, and your toolbox come into play. The mission is always the same: Don’t screw up Don’t let your client down.

The day illustrated below began as a routine assignment – photograph subjects X, Y, and Z at their respective locations, for a magazine piece on the efforts of doctors and their students at the university. The catch is that when you show up, with one assistant and a confident stride, the shot list grows. Doubles. In this case, triples. Now I’m not a guy who says “No, I can’t do that…” very often, because the truth is that I probably can do it  (I believe that we all can, if we choose to); my client, who I like to think of as a best friend who doesn’t want to be let down, needs something – and if I can deliver, I will.

So, Jen and I exchanged a few looks throughout the day, but we pushed through. Tore down one set after another, moved up a floor, set back up, and kept listening carefully to what our client needed, and kept shooting. We shot in tight hallways, enclosed rooms where closing the drapes was the only option to create a compelling image, set up strobe after strobe, tried out everything we had to. We even stood next to about 7 corpses, who were quietly reclined in the anatomy lab, to get the shot we needed. In the end? We broke a record for most sets in one day on location, had every shot requested “in the can,” and discovered just what my old, crackling knees can do in just under seven hours. Big thumbs up to Jen for being a trooper, and a toast: to never saying, “No, I can’t do that.”

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 17 May 2012 19:47:47 GMT
Long Island Editorial Photography Several weeks back I had the pleasure of making a series of portraits for a magazine at Jefferson Medical College. My subject was Dr. Michael E. Ciminiello,  a Long Islander who was drafted out of Princeton University by the Detroit Tigers. After a season in single A-ball, the Doc decided to pursue orthopedic medicine as a career, walking away from  baseball. He now practices at several locations on Long Island, specializing in joint replacement, and I met him at Peconic Bay Medical Center. The Doc has an intelligent, friendly, warm presence, and his hand enveloped mine when we shook upon meeting. From there he continued on with pleasant patience as we fulfilled our assignment, and in the end we made some fantastic images together. Thanks to the Doc, his great staff (and tall ceilings), and of course my trusty assistant Daniel.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Sat, 21 Apr 2012 08:35:12 GMT
Advertising photography and head shots on Long Island With a new addition to the Appoldt family, it’s been tough balancing work, sleep, and diapers – but it’s all well and good, and sleep? Sleep is for the weak. Replacing your blood with coffee helps, too It is also good that I’m in such amazing physical shape!

Gabriel Sloyer, who aside from being an active actor, is a clever and fun guy to make portraits with. He’s been to the studio twice in the past few months for a variety of images that display not only his physical attributes, but his range as an actor and chameleon. Here’s just one of about 1,000 images I’m going through of Gabriel; I’ll post another soon, where hopefully you can compare and contrast what we’re trying to do with his comp card.

We also just delivered Carly’s headshot set, and a few of the images I really loved – her eyes are ice blue, and they just pull the viewer in. Carly, you’ll be great!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 04 Apr 2012 06:47:46 GMT
Long Island Advertising and Portrait Photography

Here’s a quick post about a very noble and dedicated young man at NYIT in Westbury, where as captain of NYIT’s cross country team and ECC Preseason Male Runner of the Year, he seldom fails to pace himself with both his running and his studies. He plans to return to Kenya after graduation to open a community health center in Chuchuniat, but took the time to pose for a location portrait to be featured in the university magazine.

We had to overpower the ambient light for this, using several carefully-aimed strobes to create the dramatic effect that lets the sky become a detailed part of the image as well.

Also,  if your caught the Oscars the other night, you saw Christopher Plummer finally get what was coming to him! It was a great pleasure to meet him a while back, and make his promotional portrait in Huntington. Cheers, Christopher – you know I knew.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 01 Mar 2012 07:18:24 GMT
Long Island NY Event Photography Andrea Correale, the (deliciously) talented mind behind Elegant Affairs catering here on Long Island, posed for my cameras during an editorial shoot in Westbury several weeks back – with wonderful results. The job was a location shoot, with the mansion used for the original Arthur film as the backdrop. Instead of fighting the sun, I used it as a backlight and let large softboxes do the rest. Thank goodness for mild winters, eh?

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:48:01 GMT
Long Island NY Event Photography Andrea Correale, the (deliciously) talented mind behind Elegant Affairs catering here on Long Island, posed for my cameras during an editorial shoot in Westbury several weeks back – with wonderful results. The job was a location shoot, with the mansion used for the original Arthur film as the backdrop. Instead of fighting the sun, I used it as a backlight and let large softboxes do the rest. Thank goodness for mild winters, eh?

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 23 Feb 2012 06:48:01 GMT
Portrait Advertising Photography on Long Island Well, the Giants and the Patriots are about to go at it. Last week Jen and I had the pleasure of making some portraits of Edward Burns, who’s sporting his preference for the Superbowl win…cheers to that!

Ed is a remarkably affable fellow, as I’m sure anyone who’s worked with him will tell you – we found out we likely know some of the same peeps from high school back in the day, but that had nothing to do with his willingness to be a great subject for a few stills. For some reason, all the gals wanted to see the pics from this shoot before the camera batteries had even cooled off, too. Check out his website to see the great stuff he’s writing, directing, filming, and starring in here:

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:45:14 GMT
Portrait Advertising Photography on Long Island Well, the Giants and the Patriots are about to go at it. Last week Jen and I had the pleasure of making some portraits of Edward Burns, who’s sporting his preference for the Superbowl win…cheers to that!

Ed is a remarkably affable fellow, as I’m sure anyone who’s worked with him will tell you – we found out we likely know some of the same peeps from high school back in the day, but that had nothing to do with his willingness to be a great subject for a few stills. For some reason, all the gals wanted to see the pics from this shoot before the camera batteries had even cooled off, too. Check out his website to see the great stuff he’s writing, directing, filming, and starring in here:

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 03 Feb 2012 07:45:14 GMT
Commercial photography on Long Island Giants…Ravens…Patriots…Mets? Are any of these teams headed to the superbowl? I wish I could say I followed football – but oddly, I simply never have. Baseball/softball are fun for me to play, but I’ve always been more of a Frisbee and fishing guy – never rooted to a TV screen. Alas, that hasn’t stopped me from willfully participating with the local Coors Light and Miller Light promotional team of gals, with more to come soon. For the shoot illustrated below we had about 5 wardrobe changes with just over a dozen gals. Long night, but fun work if you can get it!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:04:51 GMT
Melvin: Portrait photography on Long Island Melvin Van Peebles is the stuff of legend. Maybe you’ve seen one of the films he scripted, directed, produced, or starrred in, or maybe you’ve read some of his novels. Maybe you’ve followed his son Mario’s career, too – including the movie Badass that  Mario wrote, produced, and directed, a half documentary/half homage to his father Melvin’s 1971 film, Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.

I’ve seen a lot of Melvin’s work, and meeting the legend himself was an absolute pleasure. While we only had a few minutes together for the shoot, we were able to talk about film, his home in Paris, and how absolutely cool it was that he could produce that cigar (half smoked) from his pocket while having his portrait made. Melvin, I’m going to take you up on that invite for a coffee in Paris one day – I mean it.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:45:41 GMT
Happy Holidays! On a recent shoot with America’s VetDogs, several images we made together were selected by American Greetings for holiday cards, as shown at left. If you’re not familiar with America’s VetDogs, take the time to read this link here. Located in Smithtown, they work with some of the same great staff and crew that train the great pups of The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. They’re fantastic clients to work with, and every job I see in print (or on their website) from our time together makes me feel great, knowing that they’re making a difference. Happy holidays, everyone.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 22 Dec 2011 06:06:37 GMT
Long Island pet photography It’s been an amazing six weeks of making sure all of my clients needing their pet portraits ready for the holidays were all set and taken care of. I’ve been everywhere from Manhattan to Montauk in the past several weeks to make images of pets, and the studio too has been plenty booked. Locations are always geat for the four-legged pals, but most of my favorites have been right here at the studio – including this just-brought-home French Bulldog pup, now a member of the Herold family in Huntington Bay. You have to appreciate that this little guy fit in my palm…adorable.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 14 Dec 2011 06:12:22 GMT
Long Island Product Photography I just completed a challenging and rewarding assignment for a Long Island based company called Value Eye Care Network, who operate . The trick with eyeglass frames is that almost all of the surfaces are reflective, so a diligent approach is needed to account for that factor. Essentially, once the basic exposure is set, you have to tell your brain to ignore the object itself – and only ‘see’ the reflections as you set up scrims to deal with them. It doesn’t hurt to read, and re-read books like this fav of mine, too. Check out when you get a chance – as an eyeglass wearer myself, I can attest that the frames are no different than any high-end set on your noggin’ right now, and the two gents that run the site are indeed eye doctors – and cool ones, too. Just do me a favor – if you order any of the ones I just photographed, don’t return them saying the color didn’t look the same in person! 😉

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 05 Dec 2011 06:02:14 GMT
Studio photography on Long Island Well, we all knew it was only a matter of time, right? My studio has seen dogs, cats, and chinchillas. Parrots. A lizard or two. Horses. But pigs? Sorely missing.

The three little pigs shown below were an absolute BLAST to meet, scratch, pet, play with, and photograph. Their owner – or maybe “minder” is a better word – runs what’s regarded as the largest pot-bellied pig rescue on the Eastern seaboard. My hat’s off to Janice – she and her family’s generosity are matched only by their love for these amazing animals in their time of need.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 11 Oct 2011 14:08:07 GMT
Pet photography on Long Island I want to write a brief entry here and send special thanks to the gang at the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America’s VetDogs. We spent a day there over the weekend making images of the dogs for an upcoming American Greetings card line, as well as for some packaging for pet treats and products whose profits go back to the Foundation.

I was listening to another photographer talk about how exhausting it can be to photograph dogs, and man oh man could I associate with that. Now don’t get me wrong – it’s the usual great time, filled with people who share my love of dogs, on a great mission to help others! But too, it’s a lot of knee-poppin’, back-bending, and sweat to accompany all of the laughs and smiles. It’s a joint effort, a collaboration  – the furry friends are a part of it, the trainers and handlers, the organizers (who forsee all of the chaos), and even my assistant were all part of the fray. As the shooter, my mind is on the tech end of the shoot as well as being part Director, part active participant. And with dogs on a mission such as these pups, an important part of the shoot is knowing when to stay the heck out of it – to just let the trainers do their thing. Most of all, everyone involved needs patience and the constitution to stay in the game.

So, what does it take to get a group shot of these handsome breeds that lend their lives to helping veterans and the visually impared? A lot of bags of ice for knees, coffee, pizza for fuel, hyper organization, and 100% focus – for 7 hours at a time. Maybe a back rub would help, too. Thanks again to all the staff there – you guys and gals were amazing.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:09:03 GMT
Advertising Photography on Long Island I can’t believe it’s September already. The summer months flew by like a whirlwind, with lots of photo shoots, hot weather, and little relaxing – but it’s all taken in stride here! Autumn opens up even more photographic opportunity, what with changing leaves, new wardrobes, and more.

One of my favorite (air conditioned) shoots several weeks back was with North Shore Animal League America, where we made a variety of images for their Public Service Announcements and ads with their lovely spokesperson, Beth Ostrosky Stern. Beth was great as usual – she brought several perfect outfits, her can-do attitude, love for the animals, and of course her great smile. NSALA staff had some amazing kittens and puppies ready to be adopted, and it was rather obvious that the animals wanted to make a great impression, too. It’s always a crazy variable, the animals – sometimes they want to cooperate, sometimes they don’t – but our subjects this day all wanted to play along and mug the camera. Bingo.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 07 Sep 2011 07:18:59 GMT
Corporate Photography on Long Island A few weeks back I had the pleasure of visiting The Down Town Association, one of Wall St.’s oldest social clubs. I’ll come clean and say that Financial District social clubs don’t exactly knock my door down with invitations for membership, so I was looking forward to just seeing, not to mention shooting in the club’s interior.

It was everything I’d envisioned: textured oak walls, the vague smell of old wood, cigars, coffee, and leather. The locker room was familiar, and after asking why was told that they shot a scene with Jodi Foster and Christopher Plummer there in the film Inside Man. I remembered the shot – she stormed in on him receiving a haircut.

The library where we decided to make the portrait was a charming, warm, and very dark room. The former attributes you love as a photographer – but the latter, well – “photo” does mean light, after all…

This took a little bit of wrangling with the gear, and with our subject somewhat pressed for time there was little room for error, not to mention trials. The result is below, and I love the shot. Thankfully, so did my client!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 04 Aug 2011 11:35:59 GMT
Long Island Pet Photography Just a quick note about tonight down at Prime in Huntington Bay! The NSALA mobile shelter will be there from 6-8…if you’re in my neck of the woods and are looking for an addition to the family, stop by! Hamptons Magazine is co-sponsoring the event, and their poster features a shot of Beth-O that we made last month. This post is dedicated to my old Texan pal, who’s really great with dogs, I hear. You get back what you put out there, as they say – right bud?

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 21 Jul 2011 07:57:01 GMT
Book photography on Long Island Just a quick post about our good, furry pal Bocker’s upcoming book release on Aug. 1. Bocker came in for headshots a while back, and sure enough one of the images we made together will grace his literary debut’s cover. Check out more of Bocker’s exploits on his site, where too you can order his book:

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:16:49 GMT
Long Island Portrait Photography I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer Grant, Cary Grant’s daughter and actor in her own right a few weeks back in Huntington. She was in the area to promote her new book on her life with her father, which you can find by clicking here. Jennifer was gracious, lovely, and of course full of smiles. We had a fun moment of humor that was clicked through on the set, and thought it’d make a nice blog post – she’s a great subject!

Meanwhile, churning away. My great university clients are keeping me very busy, with upcoming shoots from Brooklyn to MTV in Manhattan, then back to the financial district. My two favorite animal shelters, too, have been keeping me running – but more on that later. Anyway, with a wedding coming up later in the month and a ton of print deliveries to prep, I’m pooped. More to come…

Jennifer Grant: laughing with me, thankfully...not at me.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 05 Jul 2011 11:15:52 GMT
Long Island Stock Photography Just a quick note with Father’s Day fast approaching! Back in 2002, I sold my first stock image, ever. It’s a great story, having to stop strangers on the street to get them to let me photograph their dog…er…relieving itself. What a first assignment – you just can’t make it up. But, though the shots weren’t exactly the most technically perfect images, they were precisely what Avanti Press was looking for. This Father’s Day, browse their card racks for the below! It’s nine years now that it’s been a best seller, and your help keeping that up would be appreciated…and hey, funny stuff. I’d almost forgotten about it, but spotted it at a card shop at Kennedy the other week.

My first stock image, sold to Avanti Press for this card - see if you can spot it!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Tue, 14 Jun 2011 14:22:42 GMT
Corporate Head Shots on Long Island I would be remiss not to post about yet another great visit to the law offices of Garfunkel & Wild to make the official portraits of their new attorneys, which happens about once each year with us – and has since 2006. Daniel and I spent the entire afternoon there sitting 16 of their new faces, and this time we shot with the camera tethered to a laptop PC, allowing us to perform the proofing for the subjects right there on the spot. Shooting tethered lets us keep a close eye on the results, too, and all-told lets corporate photography clients see their order turned around in a fraction of the time. Cheers, gang – great to meet the new faces, and see the familiar ones!

With that said, I’m back from a few weeks abroad having visited family and friends in the Netherlands and in Spain. I left when it was 50 degrees and raining, only to return to 85+ degrees and lots of sun…and even a tornado warning? With summer officially here, then, it’s time to dive in and get back to work. Two weddings, a band shoot, some model testing, more corporate work, and a few editorial jobs are already inked in; should be a great summer!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Fri, 03 Jun 2011 06:35:40 GMT
Long Island Bridal Portraits As of last week, I’ve booked five weddings for this summer – and that should about do it. Weddings are one of the most important days of a client’s life, and I can’t do what I want for them by booking myself too thin, stretching out a delivery schedule, or being too exhausted to perform the way I promised them I would – and know I can. I’m excited, too, to have each of the brides coming into the studio for their formal portrait…no photo subject glows and shows her happiness and inner self like a bride-to-be.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 11 May 2011 11:20:32 GMT
Long Island Pet Photography I’ve learned a lot of things this past month. I can assure you – in photography, there is no complete mastery. You’re always learning. This keeps it fresh, never boring. I need that. And even if the photography seems routine, you can bet you’re learning from the many new people you’re meeting on sets. I love that, too. I think I keep learning about the business of photography as well, and that’s an experience thing. Here’s a few things from this past month:

The first thing I learned is that WordPress Blogs are a hassle if you want to write about more than one photo shoot, as posting more than one image creates a bit of layout nightmare. So, I’ll only be posting one image per post as I move forward here.

The second thing I learned is that iPhones don’t float. Apologies to all that may have inconvenienced over the past several days – but know that now even my voice mail is up and running again. Whew. Special apologies to my head shots on the 16th, you shouldn’t have to wait for more than a day for a call-back!

The third thing I learned is that Dalmations, Chinese Cresteds, and dog trainers named Lisa Hartman are all very, very cool. Lisa took the time to drive out from Southampton and brought over her Dal Jay-J and her Crested Saffy for a shoot, and it was a great day. The subjects were fantastic, Lisa tolerated shares my sense of humor, and the afternoon flew by. As a result she has some fun portraits to choose from, and I’m proud of a new homepage image set. Don’t hesitate to give Lisa a call if you’re looking to start off with a new puppy, change some bad habits, or even just need help to understand a rescued new best friend. Lisa’s training covers Long Island’s East End as well as Manhattan;  you can read more here:

I'm pretty sure if Saffy wanted to change a lightbulb, she'd do it by merely jumping and spinning. She also likes rubbing of just about any kind. And turkey dogs.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 04 May 2011 11:45:57 GMT
Long Island Portrait photography, head shots, stock photography The weather is warming up, so to kick off the month I headed down to Florida to shoot some wildlife stock images, and shake off the long, cold, unholy and desperate winter. There may have been some fishing and moonshine procurement involved too, but I’ll never tell. I planned the trip for the tides, and the more I visit the area around Sanibel Island, the more familliar I am  – essentially making my own luck – with encountering subjects of choice.

Tricolored heron, Sanibel Island FL

The catch is always the same on such trips – know your subjects and their behaviors, position yourself with the dawn or setting sun as appropriate, get down to their level, and shoot the heck out of them. You can read all about the photography on the trip and see more of my images by visiting the blog of my favorite lens and camera equipment rental service, who flatter me by being interested – click here:

Next up is a shot of local band Inner Situation, whom I’ll formally introduce just prior to their upcoming gig in Bellmore. The catch to this shoot was that we didn’t really have the space to light them as a group, so we carefully shot them each singly then assembled the group. We used four lighting setups so that the band could get the most mileage out of the time, and then took their requests for group images and single head shots.

Inner Situation

I actually had to miss the band’s LI debut as I was on-set shooting Edie Flaco, of Sopranos and Nurse Jackie fame. She’s a local hero, having grown up in Northport, which is steps away from my hometown. Ms. Falco was considerate, sweet, and a treat for crowds at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, where she was engaged in a Q&A about her latest film.

Too I’m happy to mention being invited to Peter Luger’s steakhouse in Brooklyn, to cover another fun event thrown by Firstborn Multimedia. Firstborn is an admirable company for a variety of reasons; from its leadership to its culture, its inherent talent and amazing products, their award-winning efforts cater to the likes of Pepsi, Wrigley, and AT&T.

I’ve also been crazy filling the home studio with everyone from dancers to local singers to actors and dogs, it looks like it’s going to be a great year in there – so I don’t regret the investment one bit. Take a peek at the finished product, below.

Firstborn Multimedia works hard, plays hard.

Open for business!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 04 Apr 2011 07:17:33 GMT
Long Island Headshots and Editorial Photography It’s been crazy busy enough that I’m forgetting to keep the blog updated, but a moment of serenity is allowing me some keystrokes! The last 30 days have seen a lot of location and portrait work, and too we’ve done a lot of headshots and tests in the studio.

This first image is Emily, who really pulled off a couple of great looks as we went for catalog fashion, shown here on green, and too a glamor/editorial with much more vivid color as shown here. Emily is a little new to the game, but you’d never have known it from her professionalism and enthusiasm.

NSALA Adoptathon 2010

Also below, a few great examples of images that have made it into recent print. First up is a spread in Fetch about the ever-generous Beth Ostrosky Stern, which also features the book cover we shot a few summers back. The great Adam Pass did a perfect job of angling a reflector to help us give Beth a little edge lighting in this shot.

And Lastly, an advert for North Shore Animal League’s mascot for Mutt-i-Grees….man, were we lucky to get this cute guy smiling. All he wanted to do was play once he was taken out of that kennel.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 07 Mar 2011 11:23:19 GMT
Long Island Pet and Product Photography

I was happy to see my portrait of actor Keir Dullea made it into an article in Rangefinder magazine this month, and even was the first image in the article. Take a peek at their site in the link, the magazine has been the premier magazine for professional photographers for as long as I can remember – I’m flattered.

blue-and-yellow Macaw parrot

On the topic of magazines, Bird Talk  has been running scores of photographs in its pages from my shoot with members of the Long Island Parrot Society over the past few months. Special tip ‘o the hat to the gang – great posing! I tried something new with my parrot photos on this submission, taking special care to produce a life-like color print – and think it paid off.

Lastly, here’s the famous and loveable Eli, the chihuahua. Eli has graced the packaging of Milk Bone dog bisquits, countless ad campaigns, and is now sharing screen time with his mom Karen on Doggie Moms. Check out Karen & Eli’s webpage here, too. We shot Eli for the upcoming issue of Dog Fancy magazine, and as usual Eli was as professional a model as one could ask for. Thanks you two!

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Thu, 03 Feb 2011 07:58:28 GMT
Editorial and advertising photography on Long Island The year is off to a busy but cold start, so I’m simply putting on boots and gloves and not complaining a bit! Immediately below is a shot of an iPhone app developer, and his creation allows you to plug in what you’ve been drinking, and in how much time – which lets you know if you’re too drunk to drive. VERY useful app for some people I know…

We had a pretty big room to photograph him in, and while the setting was medical I wanted to de-emphasize it and focus on our subject. The first task was to set the exposure to correctly capture the iPhone screen, then build up an edgy and engaging look to the lights for our subject himself. This took a lot of running around few more minutes of setup than usual, so I was glad I brought all of the lights in the arsenal – I used five altogether. It just ran in the NYIT alumni magazine, along with the full story.

Next is a shot is a rare behind-the-scenes snap for you,  of my miraculous crew of photographers and elves on location at an undisclosed location on Long Island, where we met a US Navy MH-60R for some images of the crew, the machine, and its capabilities. I work regularly with this contractor, but never mention them by name here (nor do I show their work) as I’m bound by Copyright agreements.

I'm the tall, nerdy guy in black, obnoxiously leaning on the $28M Seahawk as though it were a pickup truck.

I mentioned it was shaping up to be a cold and snowy winter, yes? On the bright side, that meant a really great opportunity recently when Stella Betty Davie came over to the studio for a head shot workout. Stella is originally from Scotland, and her original songs – along the folk vein – are amazing. I was treated to a few, I insisted! It was also a great way to get Stella into some natural poses, and garner some smiles. When the snow started, it was perfect – big flakes, nice light. It didn’t hurt that one of her most popular songs is about winter, which let us nail some appropriately thematic images. Way to go, Stella!

Stella Betty Davie

And lastly, I had a bit of a breakdown yesterday, what with the snow and sleet. I’m gearing up to head down to Sanibel Island in Florida, I just need a break from the winter. On the plus side, it will be a working vacation for wild bird stock photography. I’ve been down there a few times for 4:30 a.m. alarm clock mornings, wading into lagoons, and making images of my favorite dinosaurs. Of course, the grouper sandwiches and Coronas at the beach bars after never hurt a guy, either…

A few from my last trip to Sanibel Island

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Wed, 19 Jan 2011 08:33:26 GMT
Corporate Portraits and Event Photography on Long Island Happy New Year! I’ve been wonderfully busy – but don’t want to have a few clients’ work fall off the radar from the past few months since I’ve installed this new site and blog, either – so let’s take a look at a few corporate portrait photography samples to kick off January’s entry:

Here is Major General Phillip Volpe, Commanding General of Western Regional Medical Command in Puget Sound. He flew a long way from Washington State, so I arrived more than 90 minutes early to set up for his portrait. Having scouted the location a few weeks before, I though that I’d use the leading lines of a speaking room’s seating to create a pleasant editorial portrait that put him in context where he was to be speaking that day. A lot of this idea was based on the warning that he’d likely not be in uniform, a potential request from the Army. But when I heard he’d been spotted in uniform, I adapted quickly to re-set for the shot you see here. This way, we get to focus on the man alone, his uniform and smile telling us all we need to know.
Next up is Crystal Ackley, model – and host of the Sportsman Channel’s American Airgunner. We wanted to create a series of images of Crystal in various wardrobes by a local designer, but too we wanted to be sure she walked away with a few head shots that showed a bit of a softer side of her than she shows on her cable program. Aside from using studio strobes, we also went for a nice, flattering shot as illustrated below. Reflectors and natural light do the work for lighting, Crystal and I did the rest.

I just delivered the final DVD sets to Annabelle and Mark, whose beautiful wedding we captured in late August. It was an amazing day of photography; we started early in the morning with Annabelle’s preparation, covering just about every move she and her family made at the house. From there we headed to the church, where the light was just perfect (almost never happens!). The reception was nearby at the Harbor Club, where their manicured waterfront property gave us an amazing setting. Congrats, you two.

Lastly, I’d love to mention the coverage I again provided for the American Parkinson Disease Association’s 6th annual dog walk. Every year it seems they bring in a larger crowd, with more donors, smiles and fun. My mom worked for the local Parkinson’s clinic for as long as I can remember, and I’m always happy to hear from the APDA when they need photo coverage. This year brought even more dogs with amazing skills, talent, and warmth to declare the day a success, and admittedly my knees were sore from the up/down to get some great angles. No matter how crackly my knees, it was worth it.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 03 Jan 2011 06:22:03 GMT
Portrait and event photography on Long Island I’ve always been a film buff, which makes the work of Stanley Kubrick at the top of my short list for film making at its finest – there’s always a little something more to be pulled from watching one of his movies again, and again, and again… So, when I had the invitation to make a portrait of Keir Dullea, who played Dave Bowman in 2001: A Space Odyssey, I jumped at the chance. Great guy, full of charm and enthusiasm – and a man who has had one heck of an amazing career on screen and stage.

I used six light sources to photograph Keir, with two strip lights showing prominently in his eyes.

Next up of mention is a collage from a recent event I covered for North Shore Animal League, at their 2010 celebrity Gala and fundraiser. Red carpets can get pretty sweaty, but Rachael and I held our own and photographed the likes of Stephen Baldwin, Sandra Bernhard, and scores of other familiar and generous faces. Deborah Cox sang her heart out for the crowd, and by the end of the night I was wondering if I’d need a cortisone shot for the strain in my arms from the camera weight. Worth every second!

2010 NSALA Gala

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) Mon, 22 Nov 2010 10:47:04 GMT
New Long Island Photography Blog Well, after 5 years of blogging on my old site, I had to say farewell to the format and content as it wasn’t meeting my needs – the content was all Flash, I couldn’t embed metadata, and the interface was just getting…old. So, I have a new website – and new blog! Sad to see that much history flushed, but that was part of the problem – the site platform just didn’t allow any flexibility. That said, let’s get on with the next 5-year chapter of what’s happening with my romps through the world of photography.

First up, a big mention to the ever-patient and talented Scott Portugal, who is awaiting his last set of re-touched and color-corrected images from an interior shoot we did of his design work in NYC and NJ. Scott doesn’t mess around, and he’s a dedicated perfectionist (which is why the final photos have to be just as immaculate, for his portfolio). Here’s a sample of  thehigh dynamic range (HDR) photography we made, combining the best of up to five exposures of the same scene. The end-look is a little surreal, and bypasses the need for extensive lighting – unless you need an off-camera flash pop or two, which I did add from time to time.

Scott's designs are done here, he's off to Florida - and he's leaving behind some great work.

Next, a shot from a day I sent with Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer. Cesar was visiting a local elementary school to promote the Mutt-i-Grees curriculum, in conjunction with North Shore Animal League America. I covered his visit and interactions with the students and parents, and watched them all delight in his warm and caring personality. Nice guy – not the first time we’ve worked together, but I definitely enjoyed a more intimate setting with him, and he had me laughing more than a few times throughout the day. Watch for the rest of the shoot in his magazine, Cesar’s Way.

Cesar Millan Visits Elementary School with NSALA to promote curriculum

Cesar shoots me a smile after 6 hours with the kids - the man has more energy than you'd imagine possible, and he's doing great things with it.

Lastly, I’ll finish up my first entry with the lovely Beth Stern, spokesperson for NSALA.  Over the years Beth has become my most regular and favorite of subjects, and Beth has charmed everyone & everything from my mother to my lenses with that smile and her kindness (and I’m betting the fuzzy friend in her arms will feel the same) in the process. Beth and Howard adopted the cat, Walter, from NSALA – making it two cats and a dog that now share their home. Hat’s off to you for your big heart, Beth – and don’t ever let anyone say anything different.

Beth adopts Walter, who took cues on great poses like it was his job.

(Christopher Appoldt Photography) portrait photography Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:14:20 GMT