• 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.

Racy for Rachel Benefit at Art-n-Soul Studios

The first of several charity benefits for the family of a waitress from Magnolias Restaurant happened recently at the Art-n-Soul Tattoo Studio and Art Gallery in Allentown.

Here is Rachel’s Story:
“Our dear friends & coworkers, Rachel Bissey & Ryan Cole were killed tragically in a car accident in January ’09. Their year started off great, they had just celebrated The Steelers win into the super bowl!
Sadly, one routine Wednesday night, Rachel & Ryan were on their way home from bowling and not more than five minutes from their home; their car hit a tree and their lives were lost. As close friends to this adored couple, we had been trying to think of a way to be more helpful to their families. Rachel’s family lost 2/3 of the household income as a result of this devastating night. This was the nicest couple you could ever meet. These two were fun loving, beautiful spirits with so much love to give others. As well as a helpful & supportive team to their employers, friends, and families. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to put together a series of functions to help raise funds for Rachel’s younger sisters’ college tuition. We are producing a calendar composed of Rachel’s girlfriends & coworkers, who miss her and loved her dearly.
We thank you so much for your support.
Kimberly Kerstetter, Erin West and all of Magnolias Staff”

Here are some shots from the first event that was held at Art-n-Soul Studios (Tattoo and Art Gallery) in Allentown.

They used some of my images from the pin up calendar that I shot for some decoration for the event.


The Project LV played:


They sold canvases with “artsy” versions of my images:


There was standing room only:

Erin West manned the front:

John and Kim Kerstetter from Magnolias Restaurant http://www.magnoliasvineyard.com/ were the bar tenders:

The Heavy Beat also played:


Some of the women from the pin up calendar and Rachel’s friends:



I also played a slide show of some of my images from the pin up shoots:

They will be debuting the sale of the “Calendar for a Cause” (Magnolias Pin Up Calendar) at Magnolias’ 1940’s themed Martini Party on Thanksgiving Eve.
If you would like to be informed of additional charity events please contact:

Mary Dunlap - November 10, 2009 - 9:15 pm

Great new blog and background!! What a great event for the families, and the photos are fabulous.

Racy for Rachel – Calendar Unveiling Charity Event at Magnolias » Christopher Elston Photography - December 15, 2009 - 7:33 pm

[…] My friends at Magnolias Restaurant in Orefield, PA, held another great event. This time is was for a charity event for the release of the pinup calendar that I shot for them. You can read more about Rachel and the reason for this charity calendar at my other blog post Racy for Rachel Benefit at Art-n-Soul Studios […]

October @LVTweetup Lehigh Valley Tweetup at Pearly Baker’s

What do we do at the @LVTweetups? Talk, drink, eat, but mainly take pictures of each other.
Another great time was had by the Lehigh Valley Twitterers; this time it was held at Pearly Baker’s in Easton.

@Glennard getting a high angle view of the Tweetup

@Koufie shooting me!

@Cwluc & @TimShady with two more cameras!
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@Doug_Mackie our entertainment for the night
& Nice shot of @hibecki with @iAmTheGreek being a goof ball in the background

@iAmTheGreek & @mandreano & @koufie just hanging.

I caught @Cwluc with his camera down.

@koufie and @ValleyWideShoes

@BlackForestDeli being nice and pretending to be interested in what @mandreano is talking about 🙂

Next up is Magnolias in November.
Follow the Lehigh Valley Twitter Meet up at http://www.twitter.com/LVTweetup
Follow me on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/CElston

Renew Lehigh Valley Traditional-Neighborhood Development (TND) Series

Last week I photographed the first of an ongoing series of brown-bag sessions held by Renew Lehigh Valley (RenewLV) at the Baum School of Art in Allentown. The topic for this brown-bag session was traditional-neighborhood development (TND), an approach to community design that seeks to create mixed-used, walkable places. This session discussed what the cities and other communities in the Lehigh Valley are doing on this front, why TND is important for the region, and the challenges in implementing TND.

The panel for this session included:

Becky Bradley, Director, Department of Planning & Codes, City of Easton
Michael Hefele, Director of Planning, City of Allentown
Darlene Heller, Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Bethlehem
Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
Steven Bliss, Executive Director, Renew Lehigh Valley








The Baum School of Art’s website is:

And here are several ways to get more information about Renew Lehigh Valley:
Their website: http://www.renewlv.org/
Their blog: http://renewlv.wordpress.com/
And of course follow them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/renewlv

The Hotel of Horror – Saylorsburg, PA

Last weekend I helped out my friend, Mitch Csanadi, from Dirt Productions to shoot a commercial for the Hotel of Horror haunted house in Saylorsburg, PA.
The building is a beautiful old hotel with a lot of character. But the way that they have decorated it for the haunted house is pretty amazing!

Here are some shots from the shoot:





For directions, times and more information, check out their website at:

Check out Mitch and his productions at:

UPDATE 9/22/09
Here is the commercial:

September LVTweetup at the Brew Works on the Green

So… what do we do at the Lehigh Valley Tweet Ups?
Not much. Just hang out, drink beer, play puttle… you know… typical after work stuff.

Here are some shots from the last @LVTweetup for September at the Brew Works on the Green in Allentown.

The sponsors for this September’s Lehigh Valley Tweetup:

@Mr_Puttle telling @iAmTheGreek how to Puttle:

Close up of the free give away at this month’s Tweetup:

@cwluc talking passionately to @iAmTheGreek & @AvueDesigns & @timshady

@mandreano Holding up a Follow me to @LVTweetup golf ball.

@iAmTheGreek holding up a Twitter T-shirt that he printed. Contact him for more information about getting your own shirt. You can even have it personalized with your Twitter name.

And @Cwluc let me borrow his new fish eye lens.
Here are some obnoxious shots:

Check out the Brew Works at their three locations and on the web at http://www.thebrewworks.com/.

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