By New Jersey Photographer John Case
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John Case is a wedding, lifestyle and studio photographer based in Alexandria Township, New Jersey. He has been involved in photography since 1978 and has traveled throughout the United States.
Case's gift for capturing life's memories has been inspirational to many and he enjoys being involved in those special moments in people’s lives, whether it is photographing a wedding, family reunion, children, seniors, or aspiring models.
John resides in Hunterdon County, he is a man of integrity and generosity in his personal and business relationships. John credits his family for their continuous support and loving dedication.
Philosophy of shooting
My entire philosophy of shooting is wrapped up into one simple concept: follow your heart. Photography is all about capturing life the way your heart sees it. When I’m shooting, I try to pay attention to my heart. I go after moments that appear to me and make me feel good. I strive to capture the inner beauty of people by focusing on the little things that attract me to them. Everyone has these qualities and they are easy to find if you look. Working with people gives me inspiration by delivering to them memories that they will cherish for a lifetime. When you shoot from your heart, your work will always be your own; something no one else can copy.
I have a few guidelines that I adhere to when shooting that helps me achieve my goals. I shoot with wide apertures for the shallow depth of field, which draws the viewer’s attention to the emotion of the subject. I prefer using natural light when possible because it preserves the natural dimension and contrast of the image.
My first lens choice is the telephoto because it allows me to be far enough away to avoid drawing attention to myself, but close enough to clearly capture the moment. Wide-angle lenses are great for shooting from the hip. I can grab unexpected moments all around me.
Backgrounds should complement the image being made. Therefore I try to use backgrounds with accenting tones and patterns that help to separate the subject from everything else. At a wedding I’ll try to include backgrounds that add excitement and emotion to the scene. An example would be to add the parents in the background during the first dace looking on with excitement and emotion. The right background can make or break a great photograph.
My ultimate goal is to create images that impart an emotion and become a cherished reminder that people will be proud to display. And if I’m lucky it will have a lasting positive effect on the people I photograph.
Cameras and lenses
Nikon D2x 12.4 Mega pixel camera bodies
Nikon D300s 12.3 Mega pixel camera bodies
Nikon D70 6.1 Mega pixel Camera bodies
12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor
18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor
28-75 f/2.8 XR Di LD Aspherical (IF) Tamron
70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
50-500mm f/4-6.3 EX DG HSM Autofocus Sigma
35mm f/2D AF Nikkor
60mm f/2.8D AF Micro-Nikkor
85mm f/1.4D AF Nikkor
TC-14E II (1.4x) AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter
TC-20E II (2x) AF-S, AF-I Teleconverter
Studio & Lighting
2,800 Square Foot Studio
White Lightning Professional Flash Units
Four-Channel Wired Remote
Sekonic L-358 Flash Meter
22 inch Beauty Dish
Softboxs – Small, Medium, & Large
Umbrellas – 32, 48 & 60 inch
Rosco color correcting gels
Bogen / Manfrotto Portable Background System
10x20 Muslin backgrounds (various colors)
Nikon SB-800 AF Speedlights
Custom Brackets QRS-35-EV Rotation Bracket with Handle - Extended Version
Giottos MT-8170 Carbon Fiber Universal 3-Section Tripod
Markins Large ballhead, Ultra precision Q-Ball M20
Wimberley Sidekick Gimbal Head
HP Pavilion dv9000 17” Laptop
HP Pavilion dv9000 17" Laptop
Dual AMD Opteron workstation
Samsung 21 inch LCD
Sony Trinitron 20 inch CRT
Canon i9900 wide-format printer
Epson Stylus Photo R2000 wide-format printer
SharpVision XV-Z12000U HD2+ DLP Projector
Da-Lite Model B High Power 120” screen
Pelican 1510 Watertight Roller Case
Pelican 1600 Large Protector Watertight ATA Hard Case
Compact Drive 40Gigabyte Portable Storage Device
Lexar Professional Compact Flash Cards
2 Terabyte SATA RAID5 Storage
"Capture the Memory"
J. John Case