New Jersey’s own Just Another Band brought the party to Ott’s Township at Sewell, NJ on a warm spring Saturday night in April; what started as a quiet and calm evening at a bar ended with what can best be described as a raging fraternity party with the highest quality live-band entertainment, a dazzling light show, and limitless audience participation. If you know the words, grab a mic and sing along at the top of your lungs. If you don’t know the words but love the beat, grab the tambourine and shake your groove thang!
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This week marks one full year since I’ve gotten into photography. I’ve always been interested in photography and cameras. One of my favorite memories from childhood was having a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles camera. It was a regular camera which would stamp an outline of one of the turtles on the corner of the photo. It had the TMNTs on the camera itself, and I remember shooting that to exhaust. I would always take my point and shoot with me on family vacations and social events and print/post those images for all to see. I remember both my brother and I got a digital camera for Christmas in 2006. My brother lost or broke his within a few months, but I still have it and it is in good condition. I used it to document Christmas 2006, our New Years Eve party at Rowan, and many events thereafter.
A year ago, my wife convinced me to take the dive into the DSLR world. I was fascinated with professional-looking photos, and a big part of me wanted to be able to do that. It’s not about money. It’s not about making a name for myself. Honestly, I made the choice to dive into this world in order to create something beautiful – something that I saw, created, and produced for others to see.
She sold me on the Canon T3 because it was the cheapest entry-level DSLR, and her father, who is also into photography and has some stunning images, uses the same camera. So, at this point, this was my foot in the door into photography.
A year later, I look back on this past year and I can see a vast improvement in my photography. Between my composition, preferred settings, and my confidence/approach overall, I have grown so much over this time and I am proud of myself for seeing this through. Now that I am one full year in, I would like to compare my images of yesteryear to images I’ve taken roughly one year later.
1. Laurel Acres – the stairway up the big hill.
Laurel Acres incline: One Year Ago
Laurel Acres incline: One Year Later
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One of my favorite local bands during high school, The Youth Ahead, named their sophomore release A Day At The Park. The album featured photos of a local park where my friends and I used to hang out from time to time, but I never really found any appreciation for or meaning behind the title. For the first time since listening to this album, I found the power and beauty of a day spent at the park this past Sunday at Laurel Acres Park with some great people.
First, after an impromptu breakfast date at Perkins, party of five, we found that none of us actually had plans for the rest of the day. We mentioned that it will be about 75 and sunny, and we should do something to take advantage of the day. Catelin mentioned Laurel Acres Park, and the plan was set in motion.
Bob brought the corn hole set he made for our Memorial Day party last year, and the Sunday Sunday had begun.
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This past weekend I had the pleasure of watching Just Another Band rock Shady Katie’s in Somerdale, NJ. This band knows how to work an audience. From their selection of immensely popular tunes, the band thoroughly entertained the crowd of about 75, transitioning seamlessly from Katy Perry to Dave Matthew’s Band to Green Day, and everything in between. The band danced with boundless energy as the audience sang along with every song – at times Shannon, Bob, and Mike even jumped into the audience and sang and danced with them.
Keep an eye out for this great band at your local bar. Next time this band is in town, do yourself a favor and come out, grab a drink, sing along to your favorite songs, and join the party!
Just Another Band is:
Shannon Kelleher – Lead Vocals
Mike Block – Trumpet/Vocals
Mike Dana – Lead Guitar/Keys/Vocals
Adam Zaccaria – Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Bob Clayton – Bass
Mark Kelleher – Drums
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