Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another Press Junket and thanks for a great year!

I just want to thank all my clients and friends for a great 2008!

December was busy for me with a two days on the press junket for Valkyrie.
Nothing crazy like the Iron Man press junket happened.
But I did have a weird experience with Tom Cruise as he left for the day. The crew was all hanging around after a long day of shooting and Tom Cruise came from his room and walked to the elevator. But on the way, I guess he felt like he needed to recognize the crew. He acted really strange. Instead of just saying a general, "Thanks!" to the whole hallway of crew, he awkwardly picked certain crew members out of the crowd to shake hands with and introduce himself. It seemed like he was trying too hard to be a normal guy. Anyway, all the actors seemed to really like him.

Later in December I got to do a PSA with Matthew Modine, who was much more normal than Tom Cruise. (But that isn't saying much.)

(Horrible cell phone picture of Matthew Modine.)

I'll keep you updated on my Hollywood lifestyle. :)

I hope to see you all in 2009!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from all the photographers at Christopher Elston Photography!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kathy & Dan's Wedding

The day was beautiful (but a little bit cold) and we got some great outdoor pictures. But the fun really happened at the reception at the Lehigh Country Club. Kathy and Dan have a lot of friends that love music and love to dance.

Here are some teaser images from Kathy Young and Dan Fitzgerald's wedding:

Lehigh Country Club website

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Brandy & Joe's Wedding

A beautiful day and a beautiful couple. It was really easy for Jen and I to photograph Brandy Kerekes & Joseph LiCausi. Here are some teaser shots:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Awesome Recommendation from one of my brides on LinkedIn

This is a really beautiful recommendation from a beautiful bride.
She posted it on my LinkedIn page.
Thanks, Kim!

“I hired Chris as my wedding photographer for July 2008, and I would highly recommend him. Months before the wedding he came to our house to show us his work and to get to know each other, he was so down to earth I could not imagine anyone not getting along with Chris or not feeling at complete ease. His work is quite impressive and very professional, he understood what we envisioned and has very reasonably priced packages to choose from. The photos that he captured on our special day blew my expectations out of the water, there was not one bad photo! I plan to use him in the future for all my photo-moment needs!” Kimberly (Stoeckel) Ehrig

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Michele & Tom's Wedding

We did a wedding of a sister of several of my daughter's teachers at daycare. It was fun hanging out with a bridal party in which I knew so many people. Thanks for the fun day!

Here are some teaser shots from Michele Williams and Thomas Heller's wedding:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Event DVP Video

I came across this while surfing the web.
A wedding I did a little while ago.
The guys from EventDVP edited a short video from part of the wedding.
There is a lot of nice footage of the back of my head. :)

Link to Event DVP Webpage with the video clip featuring Christopher Elston Photography

Event DVP Videographers Website Main Page

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Shannon & Eli - Northampton Coin & Jewelry

I had a great time with another couple that took advantage of a free engagement photography sitting when they bought an engagement ring at Northampton Coin & Jewelry.
It was a beautiful day at Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis, Pennsylvania.

Visit the Northampton Coin and Jewelry Website then visit them in person and tell Sarah that I sent you.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Cadi & Joe's Wedding Highlights

Robert from Knowles Video put together a video of highlights from Cadi Schantzenbach & Joe Gilliland's wedding at Skytop Lodge. You can see some of my images from their engagement session and also if you look really closely you might see me. Of course, as I do with all my weddings, I try to be close enough to get the action, but far enough away to not intrude. So it may be a little hard catching a glimpse of me.

Here is the video:

Cadi & Joe from Knowles Video, Robert Knowles on Vimeo.

Here is a link to Knowles Video:
Knowles Video

And here is a link to the Knowles Video Blog with Cadi and Joe's Video:
Knowles Video Blog: Cadi& Joe...08:02:08

Here is a teaser sheet of the images that I took at their wedding:
(Click on the image for a larger view)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Taryn & Rob's Wedding

Once again Jen and I had a wonderful time at another wedding.
Taryn Ouellette and Robert Denofa enjoyed perfect weather for their special day. The ceremony and reception were both held at The BarnHouse Village in Bath, Pennsylvania. They even were able to get ready at the Village's on site motel rooms.

Here is a little teaser of the wedding images:

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Beth & Matt's Wedding

It was a beatiful day at The Villa on the Green at the Riverview Country Club in Easton for Beth and Matt's wedding.
It was fun for Jen and I to catch up with the family. We shot Beth's sister's wedding back in 2005. The weather on that day was perfect and the Villa was beautiful with it's incredibly high ceiling with exposed solid wood beams and the stone fireplace in the middle. The ceremony was held a short walk down the wooden board walk to a rustic gazebo.

Here is a link to Riverview's website:
Riverview Country Club

Here is a teaser of images from the wedding:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Free Engagement Sitting from Northampton Coin and Jewelry

Sarah Schaffer from Northampton Coin and Jewelry and I have teamed up to the mutual benefit of our clients. Whenever someone buys an engagement ring at Sarah's store, they get a free engagement sitting from me (Christopher Elston Photography.)
Of course I showcase the the engagement ring for Sarah and the couple gets to view dozens of images of themselves.

Here is the coupon:

Here are some samples I made to display in Sarah's store:

I had a great time with Beth & Charlie, they were fun and hopefully Beth doesn't get too stressed out with planning the wedding.

I had a secret shoot with Patty & Dave. Their engagement and wedding was a secret, so we had to sneak around the Allentown Rose Garden taking pictures and hoped that none of their friends saw what we were doing. They had a surprise wedding with all their friends a couple months after these photos were taken.

More engagement sittings are coming up in the next few weeks.

Visit the Northampton Coin and Jewelry Website then visit them in person and tell Sarah that I sent you.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wedding during the Chinese earthquake

Check out this blog:
China Earthquake ~ A picture is worth a thousand words

Amazing that no one was hurt.

This is what I tell a lot of my brides.... "Something is going to go wrong at your wedding." But it's all right, don't stress over it.
Nothing like this earthquake is going to happen at your wedding, but chances are something minor will not be exactly perfect.

It's ok.... it's your special day... don't sweat the small stuff... enjoy it!


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Jackie & Mark's Wedding

Here is a collage of Jacqueline Toomey and Mark Roscioli's wedding. They had it at the Glasbern Inn in Fogelsville, PA. It was a great day!

Here is a link to their predesigned album:
Jackie & Mark's Wedding Album

Christopher Elston Photography
Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Iron Man Press Junket

Iron Man Press Junket

Last year I worked on four press junkets as a cameraman. In the past years I have been a cameraman in the rooms of Renee Zellweger for Bee Movie, Aaron Eckhart for No Reservations, Erin Gruwell for Freedom Writers, Emmy Rossum for The Phantom of the Opera, Jeremy Davies for Rescue Dawn.
[I also stalked Beyonce. I was on another press junket, but hung out at the Dreamgirls junket to see her. But that’s another story for another blog.]

[Movie Junket - a by-invitation event where members of the media see an exclusive preview of a film, and meet with and interview its stars and other key personnel.]

This year I just worked on the Iron Man press junket. I was the B Camerman in Robert Downey, Jr.’s room.

Here is how the press junkets usually work:

The press junkets that I have worked on are taped in New York City. They are usually in a fancy midtown hotel. The Iron Man junket was at the Waldorf Astoria.

Sometimes if there is more than one movie at the junket, we will take over a few floors of the hotel. With junkets that are just for one movie, we will take over one floor. Each actor gets his/her own room and there is usually a room for the director.

There will usually be around 5 rooms with actors and one room with the director. Then there is a control room where each room is monitored and the directors can give instructions to the cameramen.

Each room has two cameras with operators. One camera faces towards the actor who sits in a black chair in front of a large graphic (or poster) from the movie. The other camera faces towards the revolving reporters. There is an audio person and a room producer. The room proucers are responsible for keeping the reporters at their time limit. They try to keep the action flowing, so the actors don’t get too burnt out and everyone scheduled gets an interview. Each interview is usually 5 minutes or less.

The interesting thing is that each reporter doesn’t bring in their own camera, audio and lights. They use our lights and equipment. So chances are no matter where you are in the country (or world), when you see an interview with an actor from a movie, the same camera person had shot the interview.

The cameramen have a large stack of blank 10 minute tapes. When the interview is over we hand the tapes to the room producer who labels them and gives them to a runner who takes them to the control room to be checked. This ensures that the cameras and microphones are working and the interview was taped correctly.

On a typical day we may cycle through around 70 interviewers from all of the country and all over the world. It gets tiring for the actors and crew who have to listen to the same questions over and over again.

So a couple of weeks ago I was on the Iron Man press junket. I met Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard and saw Jon Favreau in the hallway. I was in Robert Downey, Jr.’s room.

This junket started a little bit differently than most. Robert Downey, Jr. started at 11 AM a hour or so later than the other actors. When he came in, he seemed nice, but not really excited about doing the junket. He has just come from a European junket tour. He knew what he was in for on this day and was not really looking forward to it. After several interviews, he took a break and left the room. This usually doesn’t happen. The actors usually don’t take breaks just because there are so many interviews to do. After several more interviews, it was lunch time. After lunch he came in and did a few more and wanted a break again. He turned around to me, since I was over his right shoulder on camera, and asked me if I wanted some iced tea. I said sure. He said that after his break, we’ll have another break with iced tea and cookies. So after his break he did one or two more interviews and then we had iced tea and cookies. We all hung out in a circle and Robert “entertained” us. Then we went back to work.

One of the reporters was from the production company. She was asking questions for the film, so this interview will most likely be used in promotions and possibly be on the Iron Man DVD. She prepared Robert by telling him that she would be asking him a question about what an “essential” Robert Downey, Jr. DVD would be. He thought for a couple seconds and then I couldn’t resist… I whispered “Weird Science” to him. He thanked me and was ready for the interview. When it came to that question he started singing the Oingo Boingo song, “Weird Science.” Then he turned to me and said, “Thanks, Bro.” So if you ever see Robert Downey, Jr. sing “Weird Science” during an interview, I was there. And if you hear him say, “Thanks, Bro,” I’m the “Bro.”

The rest of the day Robert was downing these Chinese supplements and vitamins and itching to get out of there. It didn’t help that Terrence Howard came into the room during an interview and bragged that he took a short lunch and sped through his interviews and was done for the day.

All hell broke loose when one reporter came in that wasn’t a typical entertainment reporter. He started out asking about part of the movie that is based in Afghanistan. Robert answered something like they were trying to put a little realism into the movie since Tony Stark (Iron Man) owns a company that makes military equipment. After the second Afghanistan question, the control room asked the cameramen to notify the room producer to wrap up the interview. It got a little more tense since every subsequent question was about Afghanistan and not really the movie. Robert Downey, Jr. was always cordial explaining that his politics had nothing to do with the movie, he didn’t write the movie, and it’s based on a comic book. The reporter got very offensive and got even angrier when we were instructed by the control room to turn the cameras off. There was a shouting match between Robert and the reporter that continued even after the reporter left the room. I doubt this footage will ever be seen. I’m pretty sure the production company kept the tapes.

Needless to say, we did one more interview after Robert calmed down and then we were informed that we needed to wait ten minutes for the next interview. Robert left the room and never came back.

When we started wrapping up, a bunch of the other crew told me that I should have been running my own camera to get the argument on tape. I could have sold it to TMZ. But then I would never get hired from the press junket production company again.

I have to say that this was the most interesting press junket that I have done. Iced tea and cookies, screaming matches, Chinese herbs, and far fewer interviews than normal.

Let me know if you see Robert Downey, Jr. singing Weird Science anywhere.

Here are a few shots from previous press junkets and one from Tim Dangler's cell phone camera on the streets of New York after the Iron Man press junket. [Tim Dangler was a camerman in Jeff Bridge's room.]
Also the Bee Movie poster is hanging in my daughter's room now.

Also here is a YouTube video of one of the interviews from the day. I was operating the camera of the interviewer from over Robert Downey, Jr.'s shoulder:

And here is an interview that I shot at the press junket for Bee Movie. I was operating the interviewers camera over Renee Zellweger's shoulder.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Allison & Justin

Follow the link below to look at the wedding album slideshow of Allison Schaeffer and Justin Marinoff.
They got married at the Hotel Bethlehem and had their reception at the Northampton Country Club.

Allison and Justin's Wedding Album

Christopher Elston Photography
Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Kerry and Adam

Click on this link for a slideshow of the wedding album for Kerry Boyd and Adam Roberts that I created:

Kerry and Adam's Wedding Album

Christopher Elston Photography
Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Friday, April 4, 2008

Jaime & Josh's Wedding

Here's a collage of some of the pictures from Jaime Warmkessel and Josh Fincke's wedding.
It was held at the Hideaway Hills Golf Club in Kresgeville, PA.

Christopher Elston Photography
Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Public Relations Photography

Here is a collage I made showcasing some of the Public Relations Photography jobs that I have done in the past year. Included are images from grand openings of production plants, town hall meetings, head shots, press conferences, charity auctions, and motivational posters.

I have worked several times for Merrill Lynch, Nestle, T-Mobile, PRIMER, among others.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Smith-Marsteller Wedding

Thanks Shannyn and Walt for a terrific day!

Christopher Elston Photography
Lehigh Valley Wedding Photographer

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Happy Holidays

For those of you who didn't receive my Holiday card, here it is.

Yes, those are two Rockettes.
I did a photo shoot with them at Radio City Music Hall for Merrill Lynch.

Monday, February 18, 2008


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