Roxy + Justin – Sundy House, Delray Beach FL

A truly international affair at the Sundy House, Delray Beach.

Roxy and Justin met as students at college in Miami and sealed their future together on this wonderful day.   Family and friends flew in from all over the globe to attend including a whole family from China.  The ceremony was as original as they come with a mixture of eastern, western and jewish traditions (including Chinese dragons)

www.4thavephoto.com were hired to provide Portraits before the wedding, rehearsal dinner coverage as well as coverage of the whole day in total we took over 2000 photographs.  As always we left Roxy and Justin and their families a priceless collection of memories for the future.

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

Beth and Ted – Boca Raton Wedding.

Beth and Ted are great friends of our, it’s always a great compliment to be asked to photograph a friends wedding!  The day was perfect at the Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club, Boca Raton.  A little shade in the Florida sunshine and a gentle breeze to cool the family and guests.

A couple of week before they posed for a portrait session, Ted & Beth Print 1-01we wanted to come up with something a little humorous. Why not pull off something that everybody will recognize, a movie poster!  ‘Star Wars’?  Nope, ‘Gone with the Wind’? Too cheesy…  How about pretty woman?!  This is what we came up with, a pretty good portrait for the wedding, and memory for the future.

The wedding was a great affair, great food and dancing.  Ted strutting his stuff on the dane floor with Beth Looking like an excited school girl having the time of her life at the best path of her life, we loved it.

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

 

How to photograph the Invisible Man! – Product Photography – Strong Boalt Menswear of Palm Beach

Strong Boalt Palm Beach (http://www.strongboalt.com) approached us with a challenge.  A new range of a dozen mens tops needed product photography and they needed to look great.

Dark-Blue-Turtle-2Clothing photography is always a tricky beast, obviously everything has to be lit but the colors have to be right it a lot of backwards and forwards with the strobes in the studio.  It has to be bang in focus, I like to use a high f-stop but again that means using a large amount of light so a couple of Paul C Buff Alien Bee’s sorted that out.  Then there is the cloths themselves, they always arrive at our Delray Beach studio in a box in their plastic wrappings folded (sort of) and WRINKLED.  How do you hang them? Pin them? Position them?     We haven’t taken a single shot yet…

So go on then, how do you do it?  Photograph the invisible man? We managed it, no cables or fancy stuffing involved either.  Just a bit of out of the box thinking and some clever photoshopping.

If you would like to know, drop me a line and I’ll spill the beans 😉

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

maria + douglas

Maria and I met a week before the wedding to go through the details, it was simple… “Matt, I just want to record the memories just do what you need to do”  this is music to my ears.

The wedding took place at a family house in deepest Delray Beach, lovely gardens and a huge marquee was erected at the last moment (that morning) as it was never going to be a typical florida sunny afternoon.

We definitely hit the mark with this wedding, remote strobe flash guns, two cameras and we delivered over 400 photographs, take a look at some of my favorite picks here…

Maria agreed… “Thank you Matt for all the great photographs, I’m so excited!! We can’t stop looking at them …

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

 

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4th Ave Photography & The Naked Hair Salon – Delray Beach

Saying ” I Do, Naturally” wedding experience launched by NAkeD Hair Salon and their Eco – Chic Partners at the I Do! Delray Beach Destination Wedding Weekend Event.

Weddings are celebrations of love and joy but there is some exciting wedding news afoot in Delray Beach, Fl., naturally. Naturally was the theme presented at the recent 2nd annual I Do ! Delray Beach Destination Weekend event by the Eco-Chic team ofInternationally acclaimed Delray Eco salon, NAkeD Hair Salon’s creative directors and their over the top dream co-team of natural floral expressions by Tailored Twig and 4th Avenue Photography, the amazing eyes behind exquisite wedding photography.

This 2nd annual, I Do! , Delray Beach Destination Weekend held at historic DelrayBeach Center for the Arts at Old Square and the Hyatt Place Hotel was the perfect backdrop to display the talents of this dynamic, dream wedding team to show off their natural beauty artistry for hair, make-up, floral expressions, and photography.

Janine & Adam Shuman, Professional Hair & Makeup Artist, owners of eco-chic Green Salon, NAKeD Hair, Darin Bahl the visionary behind the Tailored Twig and Matt Sturgess, the talent behind 4th Ave Photography are the wizards of this convergence of passion for art, fashion, and nature focused on enhancing the natural beauty of the bride, wedding party and the entire joyous wedding celebration.

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Janine & Adam Shuman, unveiled a collection of beach bridal styles complimented by the distinctive organic floral designs of the Tailored Twig and photographed by 4th Ave Photography. Their Eco-Chic package of wedding hair, makeup, fashion consulting, natural flowers and photography was a show stopper; “our mission is to offer our personalized services to brides and grooms seeking to celebrate their special day in a natural effortless style at the beach, backyard or favo994A1600-Editrite “I Do!” place, commented Janine Shuman.

The Eco-Chic team, Creative Directors Janine Shuman, Adam Shuman, Darin Bahl, and Matt Surgess, are committed to making this year’s beach wedding events one that goes down in downtown Delray history. “We invite our loyal sponsors, fans and press to join in making Delray as the Eco-Chic wedding destination in South Florida.” shared Adam Shuman, “after all, love is a natural occurrence to rejoice and we look forward to creating your memorable Eco-Chic wedding celebration”

Connected Warriors – Telling Stories – Free Yoga for Veterans

We’ve been involved with the charity Connected Warriors for quite some time now with photography, video and charitable donations.  It’s a truly worthwhile cause where you see changes in peoples lives.  The people involved quite literally work for free and make a difference.  Watch our video featuring the main players  and pick up the phone if you feel you can help or donate.

Connected Warriors is a non-profit group bringing free yoga to veterans, servicemen and women and their families across the USA to help them heal. Watch this video to hear some of their stories and how Connected Warriors has helped them deal with the ravages of military service.

Enjoy, Matt Sturgess

www.4thavenuephotography.com

Yoga on the beach… Delray Beach to be exact!

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We’re no strangers to beach photography, we’re based in downtown Delray Beach in Florida and the beach is just down the road, you would think that you can’t go wrong…  Well, you can!  Beach photography can be tricky, your subject get ‘blown’ out by the blazing sun, their hair gets swept away with the wind, it’s sandy and it gets into your equipment and the salty air constantly fogs up your lens.

So why would you bother?!  Because when you get it right, you can’t beat it.  It allows me to create an atmosphere of serenity and freedom in the lens, everybody loves the seaside and they’re happy to be there AND it’s perfect for Yoga Photography 🙂

Ruth Morrow Yoga came to us with a request for “fabulous” beach shots and we got to work.  A Canon 5d mmiii, a Sigma 70-200 1:2.8 lens and sometimes 3 remote strobe flash guns and a little photoshop work and the results are… well ‘Fabulous’

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

 

Jim and Lily – Mr & Mrs Craig February 16th 2014 – Lauderdale Yacht Club

It was a beautiful day, perfect temperature, perfect weather and the perfect wedding for Jim and Lily.  We we proud to be asked to photograph the couple for the second time, you may have seen the earlier post of the informal wedding on the beach.  This time was for family, friends wine and dancing.  We hope you enjoy the photos from Fort Lauderdale yacht club.

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

www.4thavenuephotography.com

Staff Portraits – Domain Holdings Inc. Delray Beach.

Can you take some photographs of the staff?  Can you do something better than this?  They sent me someportraits that looked like they’ve been taken on a camera phone 5 years ago… with a bright blue background.   “I’ll see what I can do”

We set up a studio in the Domian Holdings offices in downtown delray beach and got to work.  Setting up in the offices enable the company to keep working and have their shots taken with the least amount of interruption to the business.

We love their photographs, they love their photographs, we all win!

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318

www.4thavenuephotography.com

I don’t look, I don’t act, I don’t feel… I don’t care about 60!

You can hear them… All over the country!

I DON”T WANT TO BE 60 YEARS OLD!

Luz Marleny Leeds is here to offer you a helping hand and she wrote a book about her experiences on reaching this milestone in life.  4th Avenue photography were commissioned to provide the photographs for this wonderful book.

Filled with fun, laugh-out-loud anecdotes, easy to follow tips and helpful hints, this bilingual book (both English and Spanish versions can be found within its pages) takes the reader through a journey of personal improvement that allows her to make the most of her hair, face, body and spirit. Once you read it you’ll say, as Luz does: I don’t care about my age! I feel like a million bucks.

You can buy the book in hardcopy or for your nifty kindle on Amazon.com

Matt Sturgess
4th Avenue Photography & Video LLC
Studio. 561 819 4561
Cell. 561 860 0318