We love sharing creative and beautiful images of New Jersey and that includes sharing the work of some special community members of #NJspots. Our Ambassadors embody the vision we have of sharing adventures and amazing images of the Garden State. Be sure to check our their great work and community on Instagram.

Chris Soto – Central/North Jersey

Instagram Profile

My name is Chris Soto, and I am a photographer based out of New Jersey; born and raised. I was originally going to school for electrical engineering, but never had the drive or passion for it. After a couple of years, I decided to follow my heart and pursue my love for photography. Since then I haven’t looked back, and couldn’t be happier! “You should never do it for the money… follow your heart and the money will come.” I enjoy all styles of photography – from weddings, sweet 16s, bar mitzvahs, fashion, portraits, landscapes, and commercial photography. If you are looking for a photographer who you can connect with, is willing to work hard and give you exactly what you want – I’m your photographer.

Sean Mahon – North Jersey

Camera Equipment: Canon 5d Mark iii; Sony A7r; Canon L Series 24-70mm 2.8f; Canon L Series 50mm 1.4f; Canon L Series 16-35 2.8; Tamron 12mm

Instagram Profile

I was born and raised in New Jersey. Monmouth county resident all my life. I started doing professional video productions when I was about 15. Lost interest by time I was about 21. Not exactly sure why I lost interest, but I sold my video camera and used the money to by a photography camera. Liked the freedom that came with it since I wasn’t doing it for work, but as a hobby.

I instantly fell in love with that freedom and used  photography as an excuse to travel and stay out late when I should have been studying. I constantly find myself searching for NJ based photos. I think my favorite part about photography, is that photographers can continuously shoot the same subject time after time and still seem to find unique perspectives and have each photo stand alone. There is an indescribable attraction I find to NJ. The fact that you can go from hiking part of the Appalachian to sitting on the beach watching sunset within the same day is something special.

When I look behind the lens, I try and look for emotion. I try to capture an image that will make the audience feel something rather than just see it. John Berger once said something in his “Ways of Seeing” that basically said, the way we see images is different than the way they were intended to been seen due to photography and reproduction of images. The intended meaning of the images have been lost and replaced by simplistic meanings seen on the surface of the image. He explains that we as viewers attach words to images helping to explain their meanings. I don’t want to transmit words through my photos as much as I want to transmit feelings through them.

I think photography is an excellent way to preserve a memory and tell a story.  In a world of instant gratification and little patience, I’m just trying to capture something worth remembering or looking at twice.

Matt Marcheski – South Jersey

Camera Equipment: Nikon D810; Rokinon 14mm f2.8; 24mm f1.4; Nikon 16-35 f4; 70-200 f2.8; Sigma ART 20mm f1.4; 35mm f1.4; 50mm f1.4; 85mm f1.4; DJI Phantom 4 Drone

Instagram Profile

A South Jersey native, Matt (@mattmarcheski) joins the #NJspots team in September 2016 and is excited to share some great photos from around New Jersey. Living in Smithville, NJ, just outside Atlantic City, Matt is a freelance photography and maintenance manager in Atlantic City. You can usually find him exploring new areas, taking night shots, doing portraits for people or flying around his little drone. He loves meeting new people through Instagram with different interests and is excited to join the #NJspots to see and share new places around New Jersey.

Chris Redstone – North Jersey

Hello, I’m Chris currently living in North Jersey and I am an urban and landscape photographer. I started taking pictures about 3 years ago and it’s one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I read a quote once “find a job that you love doing and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. The quote really made me want to pursue the photography path. I am also a graphic designer, been doing it for 4 years now. I love to combine both my designing and photography into the same piece to form an unreal creation. If somebody says they want something done a certain way I’m the one who does it. Visually picturing what they want and putting it onto the computer.

Ty Poland – Central Jersey

I am a 23 year old from New Jersey and a graduate of Monmouth University with a degree in Photography. My main focus is real estate photography, but I am really trying to push the use of my drone for photography and videography. I also shoot landscapes, portraits and video as I am working harder and harder to grow my company, Simply Visual Productions.

JJ Bowen – South Jersey

I live in New Jersey and work in Philly, but spend all of my spare time traveling. I have always been interested in traveling, hiking, camping, and photography and as each hobby grew, they found a way to all be incorporated into one.

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