• Christopher Elston Photography & Video Production

    Christopher Elston Photography and Video Production
    I am a portrait, event, corporate photographer and a video producer based in the Lehigh Valley, PA. 
    Frequently I work in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. And, of course, I travel the country, too.

Perk On Main, Emmaus, PA – Grand Re-Opening Celebration

I’m more of a visual person than a writer. So I’m lifting some words from my friend’s blog. Donna Hosfeld from Hosfeld Insurance wrote an awesome blog about businesses that give their customers the Rock Star Treatment. One of the businesses that Donna mentioned was Perk on Main on Main Street in my town, Emmaus, PA.

Here’s what Donna wrote about Perk:

“PERK ON MAIN, 332 Main St., Emmaus (Jill and crew will know your name and your favorite brew in no time at all! Leave room for light lunch or baked goods, she has both. Delightful bakery treats from Back Door Bakeshop of Bethlehem…another local business “doing it right”)

These are the kind of places where you instantly feel “at home”…you may not have a guitar slung around your hip, or a limo waiting…but you get “rock star treatment”…and what’s not to love about that?”

Jill Killo, from Perk on Main, has been in business for 3 years and she recently moved to a larger store a couple of blocks away from her original store on Main Street.
Last month she had a grand re-opening celebration with her loyal customers and several store owners from Emmaus.

Here are some images from that night:

Jill's friend made an awesome 'Perk' cake

PA State Representative Doug Reichley, Jill & family, and other Emmaus shop owners cut the red ribbon

Jill and her family

Visit Jill and her family at Perk on Main, 332 Main Street, Emmaus, Pa. 610-966-0203

Please contact me here: CONTACT Chris

Donna Hosfeld - April 9, 2010 - 3:52 pm

Thanks for the mention, Chris! Meant every word of it! I’m already cranking on several cups of coffee had BEFORE church on Sunday at the Mercantile Club! But after service, a trip to Jill’s Perk on Main is necessary!

Not only do I coo and purr about the latte she makes (with a special design atop, obviously just for me, her very favorite customer ever…hey, it’s my dream, let me have it!!)…but I also make sure to take a brownie from Back Door Bakeshop along for my evening snack! They provide baked goods for Perk and it rocks right along with the rest of the experience!

Everyone likes to be treated “right”. Everyone wants to feel “special”…and at Perk, you do. We can’t compete with Jill’s coffee, but we try to make folks feel at home in our agency, too. The Keurig provides the coffee…we provide the fun! Making clients feel “at home” and helping them “have fun” is what we do over here on Main Street in Macungie!

Bethelehem Area Public Library Charity Fashion Show

The Bethlehem Area Public Library will hold its first ever Fashion Show and Luncheon at the Hotel Bethlehem on April 28, 2010 to benefit the Room to Grow Project. We spent a morning at the Jane Roncoroni store to shoot the commercial for the show. Several local business women were the models.

Here are some of the images from the shoot:

Here is the video shot and edited by Rocky Urich Productions:

Rocky Urich Productions – BAPL Fashion Show Commercial from Rocky Urich on Vimeo.

I will be at the fashion show with a portrait set up. Please stop by to get a free Social Media Head Shot from Christopher Elston Photography.

More information about the fashion show: Room to Grow Fashion Show for Bethlehem Area Public Library

Please contact me here: CONTACT Chris

Marie F. Sterlein - May 4, 2010 - 10:34 pm

Great Fashion Show! I had a Media Head shot done before the
Fashion Show – great fun!
Will the picture that was taken be sent via email?
I don’t believe I gave my email address. Thank you.
Marie Sterlein

January & February 2010 Lehigh Valley Tweetups

The January Lehigh Valley Tweetup was held at The Bookstore in Bethlehem, PA. I got there late, so I only had a chance to hang out with a few people. I was going to leave, but @Glennard turned out to be a beer aficionado and told me what to drink all night. We stayed until closing. The bookstore is a really interesting place. The owners (who also own the Tap & Table in Emmaus, PA) call it a speak easy. The door is hard to find… I actually drove past it a few times. It’s easier to find it on foot. There is a nondescript door that just reads “Bookstore.” Once you walk in, it looks like a tiny bookstore until you walk into the back. It’s all candle lit and has a great atmosphere. The beer selection is amazing. Like most of the Tweetups, I try to do something different with my camera. So this time I decided not to use my flash since The Bookstore is such a mellow place. I really pushed my camera because the bar is complete lit by candlelight. I forget what Glen suggested I drink, so I took some pictures of the bottles. Check out Glen’s website, Covering Art, Entertainment, and Dining around the Lehigh Valley and Beyond: The El Vee

February’s Lehigh Valley Tweetup was at Starfish Brasserie in Bethelehem.
I met Kristofor Sandholm, owner & head chef, early and he let me set up my gear where is wouldn’t be knocked over. He opened his whole restaurant to us, but I knew with this crowd that we would all stay at the bar. The bartenders and the servers at the Star Bar were awesome!

Usually at the Tweetups I spend a lot of my time taking pictures and I don’t get to mingle as much as I would want. I tried something different this time. I just bought an iPod touch and am in love with it. The night of the Tweetup I found an application that lets me interface the iPod touch with my MacBook Pro which in turn controls my Canon 5D digital SLR. The program is called DSLR Camera Remote by onOne Software. I’m still playing with it, but it allows you to change all your camera’s setting from the iPod Touch (or iPhone) and fire the shutter. It also has a intervalometer for taking time lapse pictures. I had fun taking pictures from across the room and away from my camera. I set the focus and exposure for the center of the room, so if people got too close the foreground was overexposed and out of focus. A few of the images are good, but I think this video makes up for the bad images.

Follow me on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/celston
Come to the next Lehigh Valley Tweetup and follow http://www.twitter.com/LVTweetup

And visit Michael Andreano’s website at: http://thebeesbuzz.com for more information on social media and Lehigh Valley Tweetups.

See my other blog posts about previous @LVTweetups here: Previous Lehigh Valley Tweetup Blog Posts

Please contact me here: CONTACT Chris

TheJennC - February 10, 2010 - 8:45 pm

The video is fantastic!

uberVU - social comments - February 10, 2010 - 8:55 pm

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This post was mentioned on Twitter by celston: February’s and January’s @LVtweetup Blog Post are up! The video makes me giggle. http://ow.ly/1688t

eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” Luncheon at Lehigh Country Club

My friend Marisol Sosnowski invited my wife and photographic partner, Jen, to a recent eWomenNetwork “Accelerated Networking” luncheon at Lehigh Country Club. Jen and I set up a backdrop and lights so Jen could photograph free social media head shots for the women that attended.

You an contact Jennifer Elston at Jen@ChristopherElston.com

To learn more about the Lehigh Valley Chapter of eWomenNetwork, visit this site: eWomenNetwork Local

To learn more about Marisol Sosnowski who is a Mortgage Consultant for Life, visit this page: Marisol Sosnowski

Visit this page to learn more about the Lehigh Country Club

The following are the head shots that Jen shot:
[Please click on an image to see a larger resolution; you can right click to save any image and use in your any social media sites. (i.e. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter)]

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Mark - January 21, 2010 - 1:55 am

Wow the ladies are going to love these pictures, they look great!

Kelsey - January 21, 2010 - 11:09 am

Looks like a great group of ladies. Fantastic head shots!

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