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    Phillip Lehans is an artist and photographer with a background in fine art and photojournalism. Born in Boston, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2002, and the Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2005.
    He is the author of These Hamptons and his work has been published in magazines and news papers such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Style Magazine, Vanity Fair, Hamptons, American Photo, Digital Photo Pro, Dan’s Papers, The East Hampton Star, The Sag Harbor Express, The Southampton Press, The Landmark and Worcester Magazine.
    In addition to his images appearing on the iconic Bay Street Theater poster, his work has been on display at the Massachusetts State House, the Worcester Art Museum and Guild Hall in East Hampton, NY.
    He is available for photography commission work in the Hamptons, New York, Boston and worldwide with a range of services including family portraits, weddings and events, headshots, product, real estate, sports and nearly any photographic need.
    He is also available for one-on-one camera lessons, Photoshop instruction, scanning and photo restoration and digital printing.

Hamptons Family Portrait Photography

Yes, it’s August 1st! You’ve got a little tan, your social calendar looks like an NCAA bracket, and that thing you’ve been meaning to do, (have your family photo done at the beach,) has been put off long enough! The shame of recycling a photo from your Instagram account for your holiday card doesn’t have to be in your future!! Getting the family together is tough, and you’ve got a month ’till they’ve all scattered and are back in their post-Labor Day routines. So let’s lock it down and set up a session!! It’ll be fun!! Rosé is encouraged!!

 

Hamptons Event Photography: Bimmers, Jets and Tiny Cokes

A man trying to sell me something once told me, “son, we’re living in a social economy… better get on board.” What does that mean? It means your social media presence will make or break your business. Your “social relevance” has surpassed the value of word-of-mouth as people don’t talk with their mouths anymore, they talk with their thumbs. Having a high SEO score is almost as valuable… which is why I’ll use this space to insert some searchable keywords… Hamptons, photography, best photographer, event, cocktail party, BMW, Sentient Jet, East Hampton, Southampton, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, tiny Coca Cola. The lesson here is that all this pesky nonsense matters, and having strong imagery to promote your business, event, brand and product is essential in this new “social economy.” My free advice for you is to keep your phone in your pocket and hire a pro (me) to photograph your event, function, party, wedding, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, gala, shindig, get-together… see what I did there? Content is important, and since you probably didn’t skimp on the canapés, now is not the time to cut corners on the photographer for what could be the most #retweeted fiesta of the decade! Gimme a call and let’s #breaktheinternet !!

Hamptons Portrait Photography: Kids, Children and the preservation of youth.

Photographing children, families, and if you’re a grandparent, your kid’s families is a great way to immortalize the bloodline!! Sounds weird but it’s true! :)  In the short term, photos only seem to hold marginal meaning. It’s in the years and decades from now their true value becomes apparent, time is flying and fleeting! Think about it, Y2K was over seventeen years ago. Paul McCartney is 75!! Ya, it’s crazy, so put some time aside this summer for a family portrait or portraits of your kids. They may not appreciate it now but in the future they’ll thank you and think you’re totally lit! (That’s kid lingo for awesome.)

Hamptons Fashion Catalog Lookbook Commercial Portrait Photography

Hamptons Fashion Catalog Lookbook Commercial Portrait Photography… say that five times fast. I gave up at two. Anyhow, moving on… I recently shot the aforementioned (HFCLCPP) assignment for Kimberly Greene whose designs are available at Gloria Jewel on the East End and Manhattan. Eliza (as most models are) was a total trooper as she was dragged from Amagansett to Montauk in weather that was, let’s just say, less than balmy.

Hamptons Event Photographer: …because you only have two hands!!

It’s nearly impossible to eat, drink, dance, fist bump, raise-the-roof, hug a guest, hug a guest-of-a-guest, signal a waiter and take a photo at the same time…unless you’re a juggler, in which case you’re probably the entertainment. The simple solution to this, “I only have two hands” dilemma is to hire a photographer for your next event. So be a hero and think of these photos as a post-party digital swag bag for your guests!