My wife and I went to Assateague National Park to view the Perseid Meteor Shower this weekend. We camped out on the beach and saw about 40 shooting stars and a lot of wild horses. It was a weekend we will never forget.

   

I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Matt and Mary and their three beautiful children at the Jersey Shore during a family shoot.  We had a blast capturing these photos and watching the little ones play in the sand and find crabs on the beach.  I’m really excited about the picture frame photo that captures three generations of the Frese family in one shot!

Denise Massa

What a beautiful family you have Matt. What amazing pictures!

Mary Hefele Frese

neal these are amazing! thank you so much!

Kelly A Masotta-Berard

Gorgeous family!

Samuel Caponegro

Truly beautiful pictures.

Maryann Pyatak Skalski

What beautiful beautiful pictures! Love them!

Lynn La Para

Thanks for sharing these amazing photos. Love them.

Terry Manfro

What beautiful pictures. Matt your family is absolutely gorgeous. God Bless them.

Matt Frese

Thank you everyone! We could not be happier and Neal can capture the beauty in everything, an amazing talent!

   

CNN featured my photos of the Titan Arum that is in bloom at the US Botanical Gardens on their homepage.  The story received over 30,000 views and brought over 4,000 new visitors to nealpiper.com.  It’s always a huge honor to work with the CNN team and I’m grateful for everyone who is visiting this site for the first time.  I have been fortunate to work with the media a lot this year.  Among the highlights was being selected as a top 10 photo finalist by Smithsonian Magazine and being featured by Fotoweek in Washington DC. If you are here for the first time, I hope you get a chance to view other photos I have taken from around the world in my portfolio.  I hope you enjoy!

   

I took these photos from the Hiroshima Memorial which overlook the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument and the Capital.  It is one of the best places in the city to see the fireworks on July 4th.  I used a Canon 5D Mark III with a 200mm lens on a tripod.  I set the aperture to 11 and ISO to 100 and put the camera in bulb mode.  I then pressed the remote shutter release as the fireworks were being shot into the air then closed the shutter as the firework dissipated and smoke started to form.  During some of the shots I kept the shutter open for several minutes and used black foam to cover the lens between fireworks.  This allows multiple fireworks to enter the frame without overexposing the shot.

 

 

 

Chad Thomas

That’s awesome brother!