Glenn L. Photography: Blog en-us (C) Glenn L. Photography (Glenn L. Photography) Wed, 17 Jan 2024 15:56:00 GMT Wed, 17 Jan 2024 15:56:00 GMT Glenn L. Photography: Blog 80 120 Our TABC Photography Club Photos Hanging in School Hallway Very pleased to add to our Wall Art to the beauty and energy of the TABC experience. Our club photos have received great feedback and help to enhance the hallway and inspire the students in the arts. We are looking forward to creating more images this year and hope to add 'behind the scenes' and explain 'how that shot was made' to the wall as well. 


If you are interested in Glenn's mentorship program please visit: Glenn L. Headshots to learn more. 

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Here are the shots:




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(Glenn L. Photography) art hall Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:43:41 GMT
Fashion Shoot for a Couple of Models Looks like these two walked straight out of a magazine ad. Great working with Molly and Jamej. Keep an eye out for Jamaj - this is his modeling debut and he's got the looks and attitude to go far! Best of luck!


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(Glenn L. Photography) fashion female male model Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:37:36 GMT
Outdoor Shoot for a Dancer Don't let anyone convince you not to shoot at high noon. Proper positioning and flash location are crucial for directional lighting and control of the shadows. Harsh light can be good light. I'd much prefer harnessing the direct sunlight than settling for a flat boring look from a cloudy day. 

Below are some shots taken in Fort Lee of a Professional Dancer names Constance, originally from Paris now touring in various NY Dance Productions. 


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(Glenn L. Photography) dancer model movement outdoor portraits Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:59:30 GMT
Cakesmash for Olivia's 1st Birthday! My adorable great-niece had her cake and ate it too! Kerri and Sarit couldn't help but join the fun!






(Glenn L. Photography) birthday Cakesmash Thu, 07 Jul 2016 17:00:00 GMT
Updated Portfolio Shots for French Model Laura We put the new LED lighting to good use. 


(Glenn L. Photography) collage model Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:44:12 GMT
Blackbox Studios recent work From recent shoots for Blackbox Studios.  Diana & Navy, Sweeny Todd, The Pillowman, Passing Strange and This Time.


Production of Diana, Navy and the Golden Tooth

From the show Diana & Navydiana & Navy

Cast of Sweeny Todd

The Cast of Passing Strange


The cast of This Time

(Glenn L. Photography) cast play production studio Tue, 28 Jun 2016 21:18:00 GMT
Headshots for Jeanette Once again it was great working with the talented and photogenic Jeanette Eng. If you've walked around NYC you have likely come across one of her photos plastered on bus stops, gyms, billboards etc. Here is a link to her site and some other shots we've taken


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(Glenn L. Photography) headshot Wed, 09 Mar 2016 20:54:00 GMT
Portfolio Shoot for Molly Here's a collage of images from our shoot. We took a very unique image that consisted of 3 images with different lighting all captured with one click of the shutter. No Photoshop or any editing - just straight out of the camera like that. 



(Glenn L. Photography) collage model photo Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:32:31 GMT
New Looks for Laura From a recent portfolio shoot for Laura. Definitely will be using the snow machine more in shoots to come!


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(Glenn L. Photography) collage model Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:24:00 GMT
Is There a Doctor in the House? Apparently dressing the part greatly increases the chances of getting it. This was for an Actor named Renata.


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(Glenn L. Photography) Actor Doctor Headshot Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:47:00 GMT
More Fun Fall Family Photos! This shoot was planned as a surprise gift for Grandma! So quick but so fun!

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(Glenn L. Photography) children collage fall family Tue, 27 Oct 2015 19:39:00 GMT
Fun with my son! Jonah is coming out with a new album soon. The rough cuts sound great so far. We had this idea of shooting in the street by a piano striped crosswalk and turning it into an epic photo. Here is the result!


jonah at the piano Here is the initial shot:

And here is another fun one of Jonah and his flippin' friend Jared


(Glenn L. Photography) epic flippinginja jonah piano Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:07:14 GMT
PPA International Print Competition - "Soaring Beauty" accepted into Loan Collection! I'm honored, excited and blown away that my photo titled "Soaring Beauty" was accepted into the PPA Loan Collection. The judging panel define the success of an image based on these 12 elements: Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting, Style, Print Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter, Color Balance, Technique, and Story Telling.

These elements are the "gold standard" by which an image can earn a merit and enter into the General Collection. A select 'best of the best' are accepted into the esteemed Loan Collection. I am truly humbled by the recognition and look forward to creating additional Award caliber images. PPA Press Release may be found below.

PPA Loan CollectionSoaring Beauty


Local Photographer's Work Goes to International Exhibition

Glenn Lesnick, CPP of Glenn L. Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Teaneck, NJ August 13 --   “Soaring Beauty,” created by Glenn Lesnick of Glenn L. Photographyin Teaneck has recently been accepted into the Loan Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2015 International Photographic Competition. Lesnick’s work will be on display at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia Jan. 10-12, 2016. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from more than 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 2,100 images were selected for the General Collection and 1,085 (roughly 21 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

Titled "Soaring Beauty," Lesnick’s photograph will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

About PPA: 
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots that date back to 1869. It assists more than 28,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers be more at

(Glenn L. Photography) award Bellagio Collection fountains Loan merit PPA Vegas Thu, 20 Aug 2015 22:07:31 GMT
Executive Headshot Light Setup and Diagram It's always good practice to plan and prepare lighting setups for client work. Here's a breakdown of the lighting for a recent Executive Headshot. The main light was a Paul C. Buff Einstein with a 4ft by 2.5 ft softbox placed approximately 3 feet away from the subject. Opposite that was a white reflector for fill. Main light registered at F8 with fill side at F5.6. An Alien Bee 800 with a grided 12x48 stripbox was used back right corner for hair and rim light. Another Alien Bee 800 was used for the background (Savage Thundergray) with a 20' grid to provide a circle and contain the light. Placement is key to get the soft edge of the light showing and not the harsh middle spot. This adds nice separation. Another reflector was used in front and below the chin to fill in some shadows underneath.  Shot with a Nikon D750 and Nikon 70-200 f4. Exposure was F8, 1/125, 112mm, ISO 200. 

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(Glenn L. Photography) Diagram Executive Headshot Lighting Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:38:24 GMT
Social Media All Stars Shoot Fun shoot with my son Jonah and Jared aka flippinginja. Between them they have hundreds of thousands of followers online. Wishing them much success going forward!



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(Glenn L. Photography) flippinginja Jonah media social Thu, 23 Jul 2015 22:53:00 GMT
Great Niece Baby Olivia Photoshoot Mazal Tov to Craig and Merissa on the birth of Olivia Belle. An absolutely beautiful addition to our family! What a fun shoot it was. I 'leaked' a behind the scenes photo as well ;).

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(Glenn L. Photography) Baby Collage Olivia Mon, 13 Jul 2015 17:16:32 GMT
Congrats to Selma - MSA Model's Newest Fit Model! So happy for Selma and glad to see our recent Portfolio shoot paid off! MSA Models is a first class organization with great people to work with. I'm confident she will find much success in her modeling career going forward.


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(Glenn L. Photography) Fit Models MSA Portfolio Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:10:20 GMT
Nicole and BZ Engagement Party Mazel Tov to the beautiful couple! May we continue to share many more happy occasions with you and your amazing family!


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(Glenn L. Photography) Couple Engagement Party Wed, 03 Jun 2015 13:46:46 GMT
Classy Look of Matted Folios Here is an easy and elegant way to showcase multiple images. No hanging or wall space required. The Matted Folio comes in several vertical and horizontal configurations. It is versatile to be displayed on a mantle, atop a desk or bookshelf. Practically any location can benefit from its visual decor. Makes a perfect gift for parents and grandparents! Available with a Mint Linen or Vintage Linen Cover. Imprinting available on cover as well. 


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(Glenn L. Photography) folio Mon, 11 May 2015 18:25:50 GMT
Before and After Sunset at a Park On a recent trip to St Louis I toured Forrest Park; the Central Park of St. Louis. It is quite scenic and expansive complete with a Zoo, Museums, Theaters and a Golf Course. As the sun was setting and beautiful light begging to be photographed, I borrowed a local to make a couple of exposures. One was 30 seconds before the sun set, the other a few minutes after.


(Glenn L. Photography) park Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:00 GMT
Different Ways to Photograph a Dancer Had the opportunity to take photos for Ellisif, a dancer from Norway. There are basically three ways to capture motion. 1. Freezing it (works with panning too) 2. Capturing motion with longer shutter speeds 3. Stroboscopic flashes. Rather than go the typical route of freezing the motion, we decided to get more creative. Considering strobes fire off the flash of light at around 1/2000 - 1/8000 of a second it is very easy to freeze motion at a typical shutter speed.  It becomes more difficult when the shutter is slowed considerably to several seconds in duration. Then there is consideration for the balance of ambient light and capturing the movement in a way that it is not a complete blur. Shooting tethered to the computer and seeing the immediate results on screen allowed us to play around with movements and then refine to get what we needed. The results were quite cool!


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(Glenn L. Photography) dancer motion Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:18:36 GMT
Commercial Model Shoot I had the pleasure to work with Ingrid; a former model turned management consultant executive turned commercial model once again. She decided to abandon the hectic lifestyle and pursue her passion for modeling. I'm confident with her unique and appealing look, she will continue her success in the industry. Best of luck!


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(Glenn L. Photography) collage commercial model Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:51:54 GMT
Awesome news! Two Awards at the 2015 WPPI 16x20 Intl Print Competition! Incredibly honored to have received an Award for "Moonlighting Photographer" and "Pure Harmony". Special thank you to to the World Class Printmaster; Jonathan Penney, for the outstanding museum quality prints.  Shout out to the photographer on the beach in Nahariya, my good friend Yochanan. Amazing how still he stood for a 25 second exposure! That was a memorable night on the beach, so appreciative he invited me to join him.

Thank you to the Harpist of the Year (literally) - Caroline Cole. It's funny how the last shot we took after wrapping up the shoot is the one that ends up meriting at PPA, winning the Court of Honor Award at PPANJ and now Awarded at WPPI. So happy we put the extra effort in to get the pose just right! Thank you again for being such a great sport!



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(Glenn L. Photography) Award beach Moonlighting Photographer portrait WPPI Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:00:00 GMT
Quick shoot before Bar Mitzvah Weekend It was an honor and joy to take pictures of the beautiful Jaffe family. Mazal Tov to Michael who was a great sport and did a fantastic job!

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(Glenn L. Photography) collage family portraits Tue, 17 Feb 2015 19:20:00 GMT
Who says taking new Headshots can't be fun? Many thanks to actor/singer/songwriter/model Yesenia for being such a good sport! 

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(Glenn L. Photography) collage crazy fun Headshots Wed, 14 Jan 2015 18:53:30 GMT
A Word about Copyright One of the most misunderstood (or disregarded) aspects of photography is copyrights. Who owns the copyright to a photograph? If one purchases photos from their photographer then what happens? Does the customer now own the photos? Can the customer print or share the photos? The simple and clear answers are no, and no. Unless the photographer specifies in writing via a print release form, it is in violation of copyright law to reproduce an image either in print or online sharing sites. 

There is a wealth of information about copyright law that may be found on PPA's website. Here is the copyright notice that typically goes out with every sale to a customer:

The Copyright Act protects photographers by giving

the creator of the photograph the exclusive rights to copy,

edit and distribute the image by sale or transfer.

These exclusive rights make it illegal to copy, scan, edit

or share photographic prints and digital media without

the photographer’s permission. Violators of this Federal

Law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties.

Be sure to discuss your copyright needs or questions

with your photographer; reasonable requests may be



The PPA has provided an awareness brochure to help understand and deal with copyright concerns. You can download a copy here: Copyright Brochure.

Per the PPA Website here are some points to keep in mind:

·         Copyright is a property right.

·         Just because you buy a print does not mean you have purchased the copyright.

·         Under the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, photographs are protected by copyright from the moment of creation.

·         Photographers have the exclusive right to reproduce their photographs (right to control the making of copies).

·         Unless you have permission from the photographer, you can’t copy, distribute (no scanning and sending them to others), publicly display (no putting them online), or create derivative works from photographs.

·         Even small levels of infringement—copying a photo without permission—can have a devastating impact on a photographer’s ability to make a living.

·         Copyright infringements—reproducing photos without permission—can result in civil and criminal penalties.


So bottom line - Make sure you obtain a proper release form from your photographer. This will not release the copyright but may specify at the photographers discretion - limited usage rights. For example,  'prints for personal use' or 'uploading to a social network'.  There have been plenty of cases where customers use the photos in marketing campaigns whether online or in printed brochures and then find themselves in legal trouble down the road. Please read the attached brochure or visit for more information. 


(Glenn L. Photography) copyright Mon, 05 Jan 2015 23:51:23 GMT
Fall Photoshoot with Fellow Photographer A beautiful Fall day to shoot fellow photog/model Olya Victoria; a talented editorial and portrait photographer.

(Glenn L. Photography) Fall model outdoors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 18:43:53 GMT
A Magical Family Photoshoot A wonderful evening in Tenafly with the Wieners! Great fun, beautiful family and location. Replete with up close visits from local wildlife!



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(Glenn L. Photography) collage family wiener Thu, 02 Oct 2014 20:56:00 GMT
Congrats to my son Jonah on his debut Album 'Extrospection' Wishing my son much success on his first Album 'Extrospection' which was released today on iTunes. Funny how our photo ended up as Album Art.

Great stuff! Check it out!

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(Glenn L. Photography) album extrospection Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:03:28 GMT
How to plan a Wall Gallery Thanks to the advancement of photography software (Preveal) preparing a sample wall gallery has never been easier. All you need to do is find a beautiful family to photograph,  place a piece of paper on the wall of your choice and take a picture of the wall space. Based on the paper, the software is then able to determine the dimensions of the space so you can drop in photos and see which sizes and configurations work best. 

Without the ability to see what the final wall may look like it is very difficult to get a sense of appropriate print sizes for the wall space. As you can see, a typical 5x7 or 8x10 would have been too small to have any impact. 

The sizes ordered were (2) 11x14 (2) 12x12 (2) 16x24 (2) 12x18

Below is a Before and After. The Before is a simulation on a blank wall. The After is the actual canvases hanging.


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Wall GalleryAfterActual Canvases on Wall

And the adjacent wall a 24x36 (hung a bit too high!)

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(Glenn L. Photography) canvases gallery photo wall Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:31:07 GMT
'Stolen Moment' earns Honors of Excellence Silver Award at WPPI First Half Competition It is an incredible honor to be acknowledged by such a prestigious organization and judged by top industry professionals. If you want to see what it means to "take photography to a whole other level", check out the beautiful photography and remarkable talent at And check out photo #22 under Portrait > Group!

(Glenn L. Photography) award excellence family group honors of portrait wppi Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:34:17 GMT
Congrats to Rochelle & Howard on their marriage! engagement photo rochelle shoretzRochelle and Howard Engagement photo I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the couple in my studio. We had quite a blast! Such a remarkable woman and an amazing guy! Best of luck to the newly married couple. And thank you for the New York Times photo credit! 


(Glenn L. Photography) engagement New photo Times York Wed, 16 Jul 2014 04:28:00 GMT
Blue White and Water - Behind the Scenes


I believe Art is not necessarily defined by the finished product, but rather the process that it takes to create it. The photo above has been on Exhibit recently and I've been asked many times how "Blue White and Water" was created. The TABC Photography Club had the benefit of experiencing the behind the scenes for many parts as they unfolded. I'm happy to share the challenges and solutions I came across during the creative process. The beauty of photography is that it merges the technical with the artistic. A successful photo must contain both. I'll explain my thought process and tools used to create the photograph below.

To begin with, the concept of the shot was to convey that no matter where a Jew is located in the world, (just as rain falls throughout the world) - Israel is always reflected within our hearts. I thought it would be interesting to have water droplets reflecting the Israeli flag just as you may see dew drops reflect flowers in nature oriented shots. The initial questions were - How to set this up? How big does the flag need to be to get a reflection size that works? Where to place the flag? How to get large size drops that stay put? Which lens to use? How to light it? How to get everything in focus? How to get the drops in a heart shape? How to make just the heart shape drops reflect the flag? How to draw more focus to the heart shape so it is noticeable? 

The setup entailed an acrylic sheet over a tray holding a wallet size photo of the flag. To get the large droplets and avoid the water beading off, I recalled an old trick in food photography. Adding glycerin to water helps the water molecules bond together. I used a roll of Gaffers tape to raise the sheet until I had the right angle at approximately 1.5 inches distance between the acrylic and paper.

Yet another use of Gaffers tape

As a photographer, I understood lens selection would be critical. I would need to use a Macro lens in order to get in close enough to see the flag reflection clearly.  Though I usually shoot with the Nikon D600 which is a full frame camera, I decided to shoot with my D7000 and the 85mm Macro. The reason is the APS sensor has a 1.5x crop factor, essentially turning the 85mm into 128mm lens. This exceeds the Nikon full frame Macro lens of only 105mm. So the camera and lens are now decided.

The challenge using a macro lens very close to a subject is that the depth of field becomes extremely shallow. For example, focusing on one water droplet within the frame will assure that plane of focus is sharp but the rest literally goes to blur. See below.

Notice the slice on the top portion is in focus. The rest a blur.

To solve this problem, the picture needed to be focus stacked. Shooting on a tripod with the camera locked in position, several images needed to be taken one slice at a time. Each slice in focus and then later combined. To get the entire frame in focus it took 7 photos. To combine these into one complete focused image in Photoshop you do the following: File>Automate>Photomerge which stacks photos in separate layers and aligns the images. Then with all layers selected go to Edit>Auto Blend Layers. That creates near perfect masks which reveal only the focused area within each layer. 

Next was how to light. Though not as powerful as a strobe, using an always on light would be helpful to see the the lighting pattern as I moved it around. Since I was using a tripod, blur caused by slowing down the shutter speed to allow more light in would not be an issue. A quick decision was made to not use a ring light as the reflection of the ring in the droplets was very noticeable and distracting.  

Distracting ring reflections

Once the photos were stacked into one complete focused image, The next challenge was how to make the heart shape. I did not have an eye dropper or syringe which would have made it easier to place the water drops. However, I preferred to keep it more random as water falls randomly.

After changing the light source to a large softbox with 6 CFL bulbs within, I re-sprayed the acrylic until I could visualize an area that resembled a heart shape. After shooting the 7 exposures with different focal planes, I again combined the images through focus stacking and then began to work on the image itself. 

Now came the task of having just the drops in the heart shape reflect the flag. All others were to be clear - no reflection. As you can see from the photo above, in reality that is impossible. Notice every single drop has the reflection. To get just the heart shape to reflect the flags I needed to have a separate photo that contained all those drops in the same position but did not have the picture beneath them. That would give me a completely clear picture as below.

I then added the clear non-flag photo as a layer with a mask over my working photo which hid my working photo completely. By painting with black over the layer mask, I was able to reveal the portions of that layer I wanted showing through on my photo. So drop by drop I replaced clear drops with flag reflected drops only painting in areas that formed the heart shape. Some drops were moved, removed or re-shaped to get the correct shape. I always kept the integrity of the reflection angle given the drop position and lighting. Using curves and level adjustments I was able to darken and lighten areas to get the heart to stand out. Again, the final image:

Blue White and Water

(Glenn L. Photography) droplets flag reflection water Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:00:00 GMT
Selected as winner of the Jewish Federation Artists Contest I'm honored to have been selected as one of the four winners in the Jewish Federation Art Contest. Looking forward to a trip to Israel meeting and working with Artists in Nahariya come May. The Artwork will be on display at the JCC in Tenafly from March 23rd until April 8th and in the Belskie Museum from April 10th until May 5th. 


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(Glenn L. Photography) Artists Contest Federation Jewish Water Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:15:00 GMT
Tweet ends up Pic of the Week on 360Vegas Amazing how high the Bellagio Fountains shoot! I shot this image from our 18th Floor balcony. Funny how my tweet to @Cosmopolitan_LV was retweeted and favorited many times and then ended up the Pic of the Week on a Vegas site. Nice feedback from them though. Here's what they had to say: 

This week was another tough one.  Lots of great pics to choose from but the winner couldn’t be denied because it looks like a damn oil painting.  This week’s winner is@njphotog201 for taking the very common Cosmopolitan photo from a balcony of the fountains of Bellagio and north-mid strip and turned it into art.  I’ve no idea what filter is being used but the colors on this thing are fantastic.  Bright blues set against white, both in the fountains and the sky. Lush greenery surrounding the attraction and Cromwell’s exterior color really stand out as well as well.  Capped off by the newest larger-than-life addition to the landscape, the High Roller.  You really get a sense as to how well the high roller fits in with the Vegas skyline, if only because its something that is only in Vegas.  It takes exceptional skill to make this view look different from hundreds I’ve seen posted since the property opened.  Well done and thanks for sharing it.

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(Glenn L. Photography) Bellagio Cosmopolitan Vegas Mon, 03 Mar 2014 05:59:00 GMT
Awarded images on display in the Phoenix Convention Center Cool seeing my photos on display at the Annual PPA Convention in Phoenix. A bit surreal.


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(Glenn L. Photography) Collection Merit Phoenix PPA Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:01:00 GMT
Ari & Shira Engagement Mazel Tov to Ari and Shira on their Engagement. The party was another beautiful and tasteful 'Jeneration'. Congrats!

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(Glenn L. Photography) engagement photos Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:16:00 GMT
Headshots for Sarah Not often I work with a Jewish, Ford Model engaged to a Rabbi! Here's a sample from the shoot.


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(Glenn L. Photography) headshots Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:25:00 GMT
Photographing colors through a glass - The "Refraction Effect" Always fun playing with a glass half full (or half empty, or twice as big as it needs to be....)

Here is the shot that was on display at the TABC Open House and how we created it.

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(Glenn L. Photography) colors glass refraction Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:48:00 GMT
Fall Family Photoshoot Always fun taking family photos in the Fall. Here's a cute shot from the day!


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(Glenn L. Photography) Fall family photoshoot Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:52:00 GMT
PPA's new flyer - Why hire a Certified Professional Photographer? The CPP program is moving under the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) umbrella. Check out the PPA's brand new web site with tons of resources and videos about the Certified Professional Photographer program.

Why hire a CPP? from the PPA

(Glenn L. Photography) certified cpp flyer photographer ppa professional Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:20:00 GMT
PPA Press Release for IPC Photographic Awards Local Photographer's Work Goes to International Exhibition 
Glenn Lesnick, CPP of Glenn L. Photography is honored by peers and jurors for high-quality photography.

Teaneck, NJ August 23, 2013 Two Photographs created by Glenn Lesnick, CPP of Glenn L. Photography in Teaneck, NJ have recently been accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2013 International Photographic Competition. Lesnick’s work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, January 12-14, 2014, in Phoenix, AZ. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 43 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and just 682 (about 7 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book, and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

Titled "Pure Harmony" and “Simply Mesmerizing,” Lesnick’s  photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

Earlier this year, Mr. Lesnick has successfully earned the title of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). Currently, he is the only CPP in Teaneck, NJ. Mr. Lesnick recently received the Court of Honor Award from PPANJ. His photographs have garnered International Accolades and Awards from WPPI and PPA Print Competition. Mr. Lesnick runs a Professional Portrait Studio and teaches a Photography Club at TABC; a local High School in Teaneck, NJ.

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About Professional Photographers of America 
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 26,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry. See why photographers love PPA at

(Glenn L. Photography) awards competition IPC photography photos ppa Fri, 23 Aug 2013 15:39:34 GMT
Two Awards at the International Print Competition! The list is out! It is a great honor to have two of my images accepted into the PPA General Collection. I hope to see them on display next January in Arizona at the Annual PPA Convention. After receiving these 2 Merits, in addition to the CPP, I have decided to pursue the Master of Photography (M.Photog.) degree. That requires 13 Exhibition Merits + 12 Additional Merits (Speaking or Service).  My goal is to complete the requirements within 7 years. 


In case you are wondering what makes a Merit image, the Photographic Exhibitions Committee of PPA uses 12 Elements to define an image the "Gold Standard." These are the criteria on which images are judged in competition. Here are the elements in accordance to their importance as per the PPA Website.

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1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

2.) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

3.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

4.) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

5.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

6.) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

7.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

8.) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

9.) Lighting—the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

10.) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

11.) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

12.) Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

(Glenn L. Photography) Award Competition IPC Print Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:55:49 GMT
Relaxing week at the St Regis Punta Mita Resort Beautiful Resort with amazing service. Wish we could slow down time.....

St Regis Punta Mita Resort collage

(Glenn L. Photography) Resort vacation Mon, 05 Aug 2013 22:02:47 GMT
Fun shoot with my son We always thought he could model. Who knows, with his talent maybe we'll shoot for an Album one day? 


Glenn L. Photography shots of Jonah playing guitar

(Glenn L. Photography) guitar lighting photoshoot Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:47:02 GMT
Executive Headshots up at Ameriprise Financial Had a great time shooting Executive Headshots for Private Wealth Advisors from Ameriprise Financial. I'm pleased to see they chose all my shots after they weren't happy with their two previous photographers. Bottom line, everyone can look good in a photo. It's up to the photographer to get the best angle, pose, expression and light it correctly. The other half; post processing skills (on a calibrated monitor!), are just as important to produce a professional quality image. Here's a link to the Team page:


Ameriprise Financial Advisors Executive Headshots

(Glenn L. Photography) business executive headshots portraiture Fri, 05 Jul 2013 17:19:12 GMT
Congrats to Harpist Caroline Cole! Winner Astral Artist of the Year Harpist Caroline Cole I appreciate all the photo credits on the Astral Artist website as well as Wishing Caroline continued success!

(Glenn L. Photography) artist astral award harp photos Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:35:28 GMT
Great times with the TABC Photography Club Thank you guys for a great year! I hope you enjoyed the experience and learned a lot as well. Please continue to share your photos with me and contact me if you ever have any questions. Best of luck to you all!

Glenn L. Photography: TABC &emdash;



(Glenn L. Photography) club construction photography TABC tracks train Wed, 19 Jun 2013 22:34:09 GMT
Talia and Benji Engagement Party Mazel Tov to the Silber and Strulowitz families on the long awaited engagement of Talia to Benji. It was an honor to partake and capture photos at this joyous occasion. Special thanks to the couple for being such great sports!


(Glenn L. Photography) engagement party photos Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:25:17 GMT
Turning a Bright Sunny Day into a Dark Rainy Night The magic of photography! Here's how to capture a moody rainy night when it is a bright sunny day outside.

dark rainy night in the studio


Tools used:

Plastic sheet, White Sheet, Clamps, C-Stand, Boom arm hanging colored lights in back, add glycerine to water in spray bottle to make larger water drops. Background doesn't matter - Shooting at f7.1, 125th, ISO 200 the Inverse Square Law assures it will go black.

Rogue grid on speedlight with 1/2 CTO as main @ 1/16 power

Red Gel on Strobe to add outdoor atmosphere

Grid on Beauty Dish with a cut of CTO to add light to back of hair (was to right side when shot)


behind the scenes setup for dark rainy night

(Glenn L. Photography) behind clamp color gel grid lights photography rain rogue scenes set strobe studio the up Wed, 29 May 2013 15:24:01 GMT
Mother's Day Family Photoshoots at Care-One The TABC Photography Club captured Mother's Day events and provided a free Family Photoshoot and professional prints to residents at the Teaneck Care-One facility.  It was a privilege to capture those special moments and meet such wonderful people. Thank you to the Administrators and Program Directors at Care-One who helped co-ordinate the event. Big thanks to my students who took the time and helped create this memorable experience!


Glenn L. Photography Care-One collage



(Glenn L. Photography) care-one club photography portraits tabc Fri, 17 May 2013 17:10:00 GMT
Book Cover a Done Deal I'm proud to announce my photo titled "The Royal Couple" will appear on the cover of a bestselling book. It is the Italian translation of Codex by Adrian Dawson. Due to be published in September 2013. I've read the book and if you are a fan on Dan Brown novels, you'll  find this one right up your alley.




The King and his QueenThe King and his QueenThe king with his lovely queen by his side




Codex by Adrian Dawson



Postscript:   Though I was paid by the publishing company for the right to use the image, they decided to create their own version and have used that for the Kindle book photo. See below.


book cover for codexCodex Kindle Book Coverbook cover






(Glenn L. Photography) book chess Codex Mon, 06 May 2013 20:15:00 GMT
'Pure Harmony' receives PPANJ Court of Honor Award What an honor! Out of thousands of the amazing competition images in PPA's PhotoNortheast, my photo 'Pure Harmony' (see prior post) was selected by the PPANJ Judges to enter into the Loan Collection (1 of 10 every 3 years). I was awarded a plaque and immediate second credit at the Awards Dinner in Westchester NY. The photo enters the PPANJ Loan Collection. Thank you to the Judges and PPA. 


Glenn L. Photography: Caroline &emdash;

(Glenn L. Photography) award court honor loan-collection photo winning Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:50:03 GMT
Awarded Seal of Approval from PPA Northeast District Competition I'm honored to have received a Seal of Approval from the PPA's Northeast District Photo Competition. That guarantees a Merit when entered into the International Photographic Competition (the Oscars in Photography). The photo below is titled "Pure Harmony." Thanks to the amazing and talented Harpist Caroline Cole  who is featured in various Broadway productions and National concerts. Additional images at her site as well:


harp, award, silhouetteHarp-10

(Glenn L. Photography) approval award harp of PPA seal Thu, 28 Mar 2013 18:12:00 GMT
Awarded Accolade of Excellence at WPPI 16x20 Print Competition Wow! My first time entering an Intl. print competition and receive recognition by being awarded an Accolade of Excellence. The photo, "Refracted Vision" is on display in the Gallery at the WPPI 2013 Convention in Las Vegas March 11-13th. For more on the competition here is the link:

A little behind the scenes info - The image was shot using a beauty dish on a gray background. The angled "rays" were created by using a blue colored gel on a flash and shooting it through a piece of cardboard with slits cut in it which hung on a stand at an angle. A flag was used to ensure no colored light spilled on the subject. I used this for one of the 6 compulsory images (angular shot) for CPP.


headshot, refracted vision

(Glenn L. Photography) Award headshot WPPI Wed, 13 Mar 2013 21:51:09 GMT
Officially a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) I am very pleased to announce my images submitted to the Professional Photographic Certification Commission have passed their rigorous judging standards. A panel of 5 judges approved my images which tested lighting, composition, editing, processing and some other technical skills. Together with the comprehensive written exam, that successfully completes the two part process.

I now have the official designation of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) (the only one in Teaneck!). To learn more about the process and what the exam covers please visit


certified professional photographer

(Glenn L. Photography) certified cpp photographer professional Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:19:00 GMT
Won Staff Favorite in Light Painting Photo Contest December What to do when the power goes out? Grab a camera a light and take a long exposure! 

(Glenn L. Photography) award light painting Tue, 04 Dec 2012 15:43:58 GMT
Thank you Rick Sammon for the shoutout! I had the pleasure of helping out the world renowned travel and portrait photographer Rick Sammon at the PhotoExpo in NYC. So generous of him to let me take a couple of shots with his camera as well.


models using speedlight

(Glenn L. Photography) Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:31:32 GMT
Proud Parents selected as Editor's Choice for October 2012 Thank you to the Editors at for the October 2012 Editor's Choice Award!


(Glenn L. Photography) award chess photo Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:20:34 GMT
Thanks to my beautiful wife for the fun shoot! beautiful woman

(Glenn L. Photography) Tue, 09 Oct 2012 19:57:00 GMT
My latest Coffee Art Coffee ArtCoffe-Art-1

(Glenn L. Photography) Art Beans Coffee Thu, 16 Aug 2012 19:24:40 GMT
The Royal Couple Featured at Viewbug Thank you to and it's members for awarding my photo "The Royal Couple" Featured Photo of the Day.


(Glenn L. Photography) chess king queen Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:24:52 GMT