Another Photography Break!…

After the busiest month to close out the spring season ever (boo-yah!), it seems things will slow down artificially again as my body gets sliced and diced to bring my one of the my shoulders back to full functionality!

The prognosis is 100% but depending on who you talk to at the doctor’s office, I’m either back in action in several weeks or several months.

What I do know is that my break from photography will be from actual paying gigs…I’m hoping after a couple/few weeks I’ll be able to hold the cameras again and re-start some of my projects that I love to work on (star trails, light painting, other astro-nerd-picture-stuff) as well as some family humor shots that have been absent for quite a long time.

Also, I can’t wait to share some of the wedding shots that were attained over the past month….and as soon as my self-imposed black-out period passes, I will…until then, here are a couple of shots from one of the weddings that took place in Newport a couple weeks ago.

North Kingstown Lacrosse 1/2 Black – Game 1

First season of lacrosse for Lincoln.

I’d like to say I signed him up because he was excited, but I think I was agreeable as it gives me a new sport to photograph.  Either way, we both seem to enjoy it.  Below I will be including some shots I normally wouldn’t due to the fact I was helping coach while shooting…and I kept hitting a dial that messed with my shutter speed…however, I think some of the parents would want the shots for fun anyhow.

If you are a parent and would like a larger file than the web-based ones I placed on here, reach out and let me know.

This is the team’s 1st game of the season due to weather cancellations.  Conditions were soggy, but no rain and all fun.

Enjoy!

Early Spring Sunset & Reflection

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Life has been busy of late.  The next few months as the school year closes (work) and my schoolwork (graduate work) ramps up, I will have a couple of photography gigs, personal projects, kids in spring sports and more….  but these are the days we’ll reflect back upon….. the hard achievements to be earned and family memories to build.

Still, it’s nice to grab a few moments to yourself.

Southern Rhode Island Hockey – Jr. Rams

Sure, I have considered sending my children to St. George’s in Newport – boarding and all….even if it’s $61,550 a year.  According to them, they are only a high school, but I’m pushing hard to have them take early registrants.  Regardless, I think we got a solid discount playing at their rink today….

While we’re still a few years away from pondering the crushing debt-load of such a venture, we are preparing to journey back into travel hockey as Lincoln is now finishing up YEAR 5 on trying to be the next Bobby Orr.  Yes, he has a long way to go, but he has been perfecting his post-goal celebrations and fist-pumps.

Switching over to the Jr. Ram’s house league this year was a nice change of pace and slowed things down this year to allow Lincoln to see how he want to proceed at his young age.  With the volunteer coaches and great teammates, he is looking forward to trying out for next year’s Jr. Rams Mites travel team and beyond.  We’ll be there to support him and I’ll have my camera ready to capture him and his teammates!

The next two weeks brings the end of the season and tryouts, but this past weekend brought some fun scrimmages and practices.

Enjoy!  (Parents who want the full-sized files, please message me on Facebook (“Keith Mercado Lazarski) or email me at keith@merskiphotography.com

 

Aerial Lighting & Automotive Photography

I love Teslas.  The Tesla 3 is a car that may actually be a practical car for my long commute in the future, but for this shoot, it was simply fun to play with the lighting and with the gray color of the car, I thought it would be badass to add the red accenting and experiment with aerial spotlighting from about 45′ above.  It worked out fairly well but I would have liked a better background to work with.  (It was at a garage for detailing “Inside-Out Detailing in North Smithfield, RI” and not a lot of open space).

Ideally, I would have liked an open field, starry sky or city-scape for this kind of shot, but you have to work with what you got and I didn’t want to over-Photoshop and drop the car into the scenary artificially.

There are things I would do differently next time, but mainly, I would choose to do the next shoot when there’s not a 0° windchill as it definitely rushed the shooting process.

Shoutout to Brad and Inside-Out Detailing for the opportunity to play!

New Years Eve – 2018

Then end of another year!

It’s been a success in some ways and very quiet in others.  I was not able to accomplish much of the photography goals that I had for myself.  I keep a small notebook with me and doodle down ideas that pop in for projects and I literally have not completed a single one of them this year.  Family takes up a lot of time!

While I am still able to shoot some shots that I enjoy (like the ones included here) the ones I want to do are more involved and require much more time to set up and execute.  My normal excursions usually last about an hour or two and most of the projects I have would be overnight….and when you have a family and a full-time job, some things have to wait, but not forever….

The winter months are where I am able to do a bit more, so hopefully I can crank out a project or two over the next couple of months….for now, enjoy captures from the last couple nights.