At The Music Hall

Another year at the New Hampshire Film Festival has come and gone, tons of great films, great people, good fun, food & drink – all in all a great weekend for Portsmouth and those who came out.  Today’s shot was taken just before the closing ceremonies in the historic Music Hall.  I always love this lighting setup and the way that the ceiling is illuminated.

Congratulations to all of those who made it happened, especially Vital Design, Zac and Nicole Gregg and the dedicated team!  I was once again honored to take part in the festivities and provide a photo for the branding and pretend I was a paparazzi for the weekend.

2012 New Hampshire Film Festival

New Hampshire Film Festival Poster

I’m very honored to be working with Zac and Nicole Gregg along with the whole Vital Design team on the 2012 New Hampshire Film Festival!  This year’s program cover will once again feature one of my images, the Portsmouth waterfront at night complete with a freighter unloading sand onto the Granite State Minerals terminal.  I can’t wait for this year’s event – which will start on Thursday October 11th and run through Sunday October 14th.

I also had the opportunity to work with on creating a unique billboard image to promote the festival on Route 1! Check out the awesome behind the scenes video.

11th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

This weekend, the 11th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival has descended upon Portsmouth for four days of films, filmmaking, discussion, schmoozing, and an all around great time.  If you have time – try and catch a film at one of this year’s venues – the NHFF team and Vital Design have once again done a phenomenal job of organizing and orchestrating a ridiculous amount of talented people to produce a great event.  Check it out!

New Hampshire Film Festival 2011

I am very happy to share that the cover art for New Hampshire Film Festival 2011 includes one of my coastal images.  Local firm Vital Design created the graphic and handles the marketing for the festival, and does a great job putting everything together for the whirlwind event each year.  

The New Hampshire Film Festival is a phenomenal event that brings a wide array of engaging, funny, thought provoking, etc. films to our gorgeous little coastal town.  The Music Hall and various other venues throughout the city dedicate the weekend to screening the selected films from the various submissions received from around the country and around the world.  Last year was my first time attending, and I thought it was crazy that we had such a community of film professionals right here in Portsmouth, as well as VIP events, panel discussions, and plenty of people looking to have some fun. I encourage everyone to catch at least one film in the Music Hall, especially if you’ve never been, and to check out a panel or two.  Looking forward to seeing this year’s list of films!

Halloween in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a cool place during October.  In addition to the New Hampshire Film Festival, Portsmouth also hosts Scarecrows of the Port (awesome scarecrows posted around downtown…my favorite is above Jumpin’ Jay’s this year…and will be featured next week)….including the little guy seen here hanging from the clock at 49 Market Street (donated by Summerwind Jewelers).  This shot was taken with my Carl Zeiss 100mm Hasselblad lens, with some beautiful clarity on the clock…falling off in the background to a nice soft view of the Athenaeum building and the North Church.

In addition to today’s photo – you MUST head over to my Flickr gallery HERE in order to check out more shots from the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival.

Autumn in the Seacoast | NHFF 2010

The Music Hall

I’m going to keep today short and sweet by featuring two vertical shots taken on Sunday at the New Hampshire Film Festival.  Above, The Music Hall (main venue for the festival) is featured with the NHFF 2010 banner at the base of the hill along Congress Street.  Below – Market Street and the 100 Club balcony are featured in the shot taken during the VIP brunch.  It was a gorgeous fall day and a fantastic weekend…later this week I’ll share more of the portraits taken of the various filmmakers, producers, award winners attendees etc. from the various venues…where I’ll give the appropriate thanks to all the people that worked incredibly hard to make this event an enormous success.


10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival

This weekend marks the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival!  Read more about the history of the festival and get the full schedule for the weekend by visiting the official website at NH FILM FESTIVAL.  I’m very thankful and appreciative to be a part of this year’s event….if you’ve seen the banner or the official guide to the festival around town (shown above), you’ll have seen one of my shots of Congress Street looking up towards Market Square and the North Church.  The program was designed by the talented folks at Vital Design here in Portsmouth, and I think it came out phenomenally from cover to cover.

I attended the evening portion of New Hampshire day, which is traditionally held on the festival’s first day – and it featured several ridiculously good short films.  I don’t want to spoil it other than to encourage you to catch them yourself sometime this weekend when they’re shown again!  I’m in awe of all of the talented people that have come together to make this event possible…from the coordination of the dates, venues, sponsors, etc. to all of the creative and brilliant filmmakers who bring their product for the masses to see.  I’m looking forward to enjoying films throughout the weekend…and look forward to meeting some new faces and reconnecting with some familiar ones.

Dan Hannon

It’s worth noting that Entourage star and actor, musician & director Adrian Grenier will be in town on Friday to promote his documentary, “Teenage Paparazzo”….will be cool to have an international star hanging out to share some insight on his latest project.

NHFF 2010 | The Music Hall

Marc Dole

Juston McKinney

Head over to the Gallery HERE for more shots from Thursday night! (More to come throughout the weekend)

Balcony & Founder's Lobby | The Music Hall

In another visit to The Music Hall, I wanted to be sure to capture the pure grandeur of the historic theatre.  Inside the theatre itself – there is rich color and eye candy to be seen everywhere.  From the reds and natural wood color of the seats and the stairwells to the soft pastels of the wonderfully restored turn of the century painted ceiling, to the gilding and the gorgeous proscenium.  It’s a perfect setting for entertainment of all kinds, from live music to high quality films (or film festivals including the upcoming Telluride By The Sea or the 10th Annual New Hampshire Film Festival), to internationally recognized speakers and writers.

The Founder’s Lobby (as seen below) is a very cool place as well, very avant garde and very rich in color and unlike any other room you’ll come across in Portsmouth.  I’ll let the room speak for itself….and share more details in the future.  The room definitely commands a presence…and the minute details at every corner add to the interestingness of the place. 

Welcome to The Music Hall

Thanks to the team at The Music Hall, I was able to visit as part of the New Hampshire Film Festival (celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2011!)….and grab some brackets to capture the magnificence that is this old historic theater.

I could spend days shooting different angles of the wonderful details of the ceiling, the proscenium, the chairs, etc. etc.  With limited time, I had to go with the most obvious and my most desired shots – the wonderful expanse of the seats and the ceiling.  I can only imagine how awesome it feels to step out onto this stage with an audience full of admirers enjoying a performance.

Have a seat – enjoy the view!

The Moffatt-Ladd House

This historic building (known as the Moffatt-Ladd House) on Market Street overlooks a beautiful public garden and a walkway that leads down to Ceres Street from the Market Street sidewalk.  (Check out the link to read up more on the National Historic Landmark built circa 1763).

The carriage house set off from the house to the left recently underwent a transformation with a successful capital campaign, as the structure was lifted so the foundation could be stabilized.  This beautiful structure is also one of the venues for the New Hampshire Film Festival, which comes to Portsmouth every fall and marks its 10th Anniversary this coming October!