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DN69 - Bill's Picks

These are a collection of arbitrarily and hastily chosen photographs t ...

Updated: Feb 09, 2014 11:28am PST

NPC - Songs for a Summer Night

Ridgewood's New Players Company, joined by alumni, friends and family, ...

Updated: Jun 25, 2012 10:50pm PST

Glen Rock Fishing Derby 2009

The Jaycees once again hosted a fishing derby at the Glen Rock Arboret ...

Updated: Apr 03, 2011 4:07pm PST

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MORE THAN GRAE PHOTOGRAPHY
(201) 632-1364

Memory moves in one direction
The body moves in another
And something is
Caught
In Between

(I wish I knew the poet I'm plagiarizing for that stanza.)

I am available for event and environmental portrait work in the Northern NJ, and southern New York State region. For work elsewhere, I request reimbursement of travel expenses together with a modest stipend. Otherwise, I offer a flexible pricing scale intended to support the local arts community and non-profit endeavors. Prices for my services are available upon request, and I can be reached directly by email at:

wgrae@NOSPAMALLOWEDechonyc.com

(Remove the NOSPAMALLOWED and use the resulting address).

My day job requires me to continuously yack. Like most photographers, I hope that my work will speak for itself. But -


Life can be so beautiful. Sounds like something you might read on a t-shirt - but that is my motivation, usually, when I pick up my camera. If I can capture fleeting moments of beauty, happiness, and the like, these moments become easier to share and to, well, revere.

Fortunately, the editorial policy of the papers for which gave me my first professional opportunities afforded me the opportunity to satisfy my own creative impulses. My assignments allowed me to develop an eye and a rhythm for capturing candid but essential moments.

I seek those moments while trying to capture a certain dynamism that integrates traditional composition with more contemporary ideas of emotional directness.


This site is perpetually under construction. For photographs I consider generally representative of my overall aesthetic, browse over to the gallery "My Portfolio," usually located in the "Other" category. If you're here because you're looking for my work from a recent event or shoot, and I managed to skip sending you a link (maybe because I didn't get your email addres), look around, you should be able to find your event in a reasonably logical category. If the event was at least semi-private and involved a preponderance of kids under the age of 15 or so, chances are that I've password protected the gallery of photographs. Email me for the password, or check out the "hint question." If you were present at the event, you should be able to figure it out.

Whether you buy prints or not, I remain grateful for all feedback, suggestions, rebuttals, and most critique.

Personal Background

Some of my most fond memories of photography involve rolling along the back roads and forgotten logging tracks in Autumn in the vicinity of Newfield, New York, and the Adirondacks/Essex County region, with my original SLR, a Nikon FG, and a cheap tripod strapped to my motorcycle. The visual tension between grinding urban poverty and the outrageous beauty of these areas helped me begin to realize the range of creative expression the camera can offer.

After I managed to finish my six years of college, however, I literally went years without touching a lens. Go figure. Eventually, I got to take a genuine vacation, and was offered an incentive to get acquainted with the technical advances in the digital medium. Ultimately, I decided to get serious in anticipation of my daughter's birth in 2005.

I shot on a fairly regualr, albeit freelance basis, for the North Jersey Media Group, from roughly 2008 to 2011. Along the way, I somehow converted to Canon, as well, and now shoot with a 40D and assortment of lens I've managed to rationalize purchasing. I have also had an opportunity to participate in workshops and classes with some genuinely friendly and talented teachers who have helped me further develop my creative sensibilities.

Aside from event photography, some of my more artistic pieces have been selected for showing in corporate headquarters and professional office space, while I have donated proceeds from sale of my dog photography to shelter groups. I also practice law full time as a litigator in State and federal courts in New York and New Jersey.

I hope that my photography conveys some of the fascination I have for the way people interact with each other, and my wonder at the visual irony and beauty that gets too often overlooked.

Dulce est desipere in loco. - Horace

Galleries

Neenan

Updated: Aug 16, 2014 4:27pm PST

Main Street Mag Submissions (DN69 Retrospective)

Updated: Feb 13, 2014 11:55am PST

DN69 - Community

These are shots from DN69 that generally do not depict the actual show ...

Updated: Feb 09, 2014 11:40am PST

DN69 - Bill's Picks

These are a collection of arbitrarily and hastily chosen photographs t ...

Updated: Feb 09, 2014 11:28am PST

Site Visit - 2013-07-29

Updated: Jul 30, 2013 6:41am PST

Dunkerhook Feb 2012

Updated: Jun 09, 2013 9:19pm PST

LHG Dance Recital 2013

LHG's 2013 dance recital.

Updated: Jun 09, 2013 8:35pm PST

Communion Dress Try-On 2013-04-20

Updated: Apr 20, 2013 10:33am PST

2013-04-14 Ridgewood Maroons GU8 vs. Wayne Panthers

A valiant effort - and our team members all seemed to have a good time ...

Updated: Apr 14, 2013 9:10pm PST

Rehearsal - 2013-03-07 (Thurs)

Updated: Mar 11, 2013 11:57am PST

Our Lauren

Updated: Feb 27, 2013 8:04pm PST

DN69 - Other Shots

These shots include, but are not limited to, edited shots that are bei ...

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 8:18pm PST

DN69 - Meet The News, and Some Returning, Dads

Dads' Night - now in its 69th year. http://www.dadnight.org. Each ye ...

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 8:16pm PST

DN69 - In Rehearsal, 2013-02-14

Hawes-Somverville Dads' Night, in its 69th year, prepares once again t ...

Updated: Feb 17, 2013 7:49pm PST

RLI - Bayview Swim Club

These photographs, which are attorney work product, were taken during ...

Updated: Feb 04, 2013 8:15pm PST

Holiday Recital 2012

Another wonderful year of music . . . glad to be able to enjoy my daug ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 11:11am PST

Lauren's Recital

These are largely unsorted photographs of Lauren's piano recital on 12 ...

Updated: Dec 17, 2012 12:55am PST

DN 68 - Opening Night 03-09-2012

The curtain went up . . . and, somehow, everything sort of came toget ...

Updated: Jul 12, 2012 8:18pm PST

NPC - Songs for a Summer Night

Ridgewood's New Players Company, joined by alumni, friends and family, ...

Updated: Jun 25, 2012 10:50pm PST

Camera Awesome Photos

Updated: Jun 06, 2012 7:57am PST

Christ Episcopal Church - Rector Lisby Institution

It was my privilege to photograph services celebrating the institution ...

Updated: May 20, 2012 4:35pm PST

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Updated: May 16, 2012 5:28am PST

DN68 - Sunday Run Through 3-5-2012

The Merry Band moves from Somerville to Benjamin Franklin Middle Schoo ...

Updated: Mar 05, 2012 11:38pm PST

Lauren & Stella at Dunkerhook 2-19-2012

Updated: Feb 19, 2012 5:23pm PST

DN68 - Meet (Some of) The Dads (1-19-2012)

This was an attempt to shoot a truly motley crew for uploading to the ...

Updated: Jan 27, 2012 8:53pm PST

Rob & Selene's Family

Rob and Selene - I hope you like these shots! Regards, Bill Grae

Updated: Jan 22, 2012 8:41pm PST

First Snowstorm 2012

We waited until January 21 to get snow. So much for the irises and ot ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2012 6:51pm PST

Merlino on the Hill

Citizens's Park, Ridgewood, NJ, 1/21/2012, the first significant snow ...

Updated: Jan 22, 2012 5:33pm PST

DN67 - Community

It's about more than a willingness to bellow on stage wearing a dress.

Updated: Jan 19, 2012 9:53pm PST

Misc Lauren

Updated: Jan 19, 2012 9:20pm PST

Christmas 2011 on Reynen Court

Christmas Morning, 2011. Santa brought some suprises for everyone . . ...

Updated: Jan 19, 2012 6:41pm PST

Chance Sprague

Chance, the newest addition to the cadre of keepers of the Inn at Orms ...

Updated: Nov 20, 2011 7:08pm PST

First Day of School 2010 (Kindergarten)

First day of Kindergarten!

Updated: Oct 09, 2011 10:48pm PST

Papi's Birthday 2011 with LHG

It's just not a birthday without some ice cream cake.

Updated: Oct 09, 2011 10:42pm PST

First Day of School 2011

First day of first grade!

Updated: Oct 09, 2011 10:28pm PST

DN68 - Summer Picnic

The Dads' Night merry pranksters were at it once again, creating a boa ...

Updated: Sep 06, 2011 10:11pm PST

Hurricane Irene Aftermath in Ridgewood, NJ

Updated: Aug 30, 2011 4:57am PST

Cape May 2011

We returned to Cape May and the Sandpiper Beach Club in August of 2011 ...

Updated: Aug 23, 2011 10:00pm PST

Accident Site - Ave D & E. 101st St

Updated: Aug 01, 2011 7:27pm PST

Ridgewood Pre-Prom 2011 - Mom Shots

I'm not sure why I wound up with more dad than mom shots . . . In any ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 10:20pm PST

Ridgewood Pre-Prom 2011 - Dads Shots

I appreciated the opportunity to take these pphotographs and, hopefull ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 10:19pm PST

Ridgewood Pre-Prom 2011 - Family Shots

Right-click any of these shots to download and print for non-commercia ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 9:08pm PST

Ridgewood Pre-Prom 2011 - Group Shots

Thanks again to the Cirillos for hosting this pre-prom get-together an ...

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 8:47pm PST

Ridgewood Pre-Prom 2011 - Couples

Updated: Jun 07, 2011 7:49pm PST

Lauren's Photographs

These are shots taken by Lauren.

Updated: Apr 24, 2011 7:51pm PST

Celery Farm Reserve on a Saturday Afternoon 4-2-2011

A brisk but sunny Saturday afternoon at Celery Farm Preserve in ALlend ...

Updated: Apr 03, 2011 8:01pm PST

DN67 - Highlights

These shots have been semi-arbitrarily selected from an extensive comp ...

Updated: Apr 03, 2011 7:37pm PST

3-30-2011

These are photographs of the latest contruction activities taking plac ...

Updated: Mar 30, 2011 2:20pm PST

Lauren's Sixth Birthday

Here are some random shots from Lauren's 6th birthday.

Updated: Mar 29, 2011 7:54pm PST

Lauren Before, During, and After Soccer Practice - Fall 2010

Like the title says - here are some random shots of Lauren before, dur ...

Updated: Mar 29, 2011 7:23pm PST

Thank You Ad

Here are some proposed shots for use in the "Thank You" Ad.

Updated: Mar 27, 2011 9:52pm PST

DN67 - Saturday 3/12/2011 (new)

DN67 - Final night of performance on 3/12/2011, joined by friends and ...

Updated: Mar 25, 2011 1:07pm PST

DN67 - Saturday 3/12/2011

DN67 - Final night of performance on 3/12/2011, joined by friends and ...

Updated: Mar 24, 2011 6:37am PST

Pearl Jam in Newark 5-18-2010

O.k., a lot more to come . . . gotta love the Rock's camera policy ("c ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 11:20pm PST

Bicycle Rodeo 2009

Bicycle Rodeo Returns to Ridgewood 5-16-2009

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 8:35pm PST

Pro Arte Choral 3-13-2009

Pro Arte Chorale Presents A Tapestr of Love, Life and Song in 2nd Conc ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 7:26pm PST

Jan 12 Blizzard

Ridgewood Responds to Yet Another Snowstorm - 1-12-2011

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 7:14pm PST

RW AIDS Walk 2009

AIDS Quilt Displayed at 11th Annual Ridgewood AIDS Walk on 5/2/2009

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 6:41pm PST

Ridgewood 2010 Fourth of July Parade Line-Up

Ridgewood's traditional July 4th Parade gets underway.

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 5:42am PST

Access Ridgewood 2009

Ridgewood Community Access Network Presents Access Ridgewood Day, 10/3 ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 5:37am PST

Habitat for Humanity in RW

Make a Difference Day in Ridgewood, 10/24/2009, featured construction ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 5:33am PST

Habitat for Humanity 2008

Make a Difference Day in Ridgewood, 2008 - Paterson Habitat for Humani ...

Updated: Mar 21, 2011 5:31am PST

Somerville Childrens Theatre - WWW Dot

Dress rehearsal for the Somerville Childrens' Theatre's production of ...

Updated: Mar 20, 2011 10:37pm PST

DN67 - Opening Night (Friday, 3-11-2011)

DN67 - Opening night, 3/11/2011, and Dads' Night takes the stage! (I' ...

Updated: Mar 15, 2011 8:13pm PST

Dads' Night 67 Reserve

It's going to take some time to review, edit, and upload all the shots ...

Updated: Mar 14, 2011 8:46pm PST

DN67 - Opening Night (Friday, 3-11-11)

DN67 - Opening night, 3/11/2011, and Dads' Night takes the stage! (NOT ...

Updated: Mar 14, 2011 8:03am PST

DN67 - Dress Rehearsal at BF on 3-10-2011 (Wednesday)

Two days until showtime, we arrived at BF Middle School and everything ...

Updated: Mar 14, 2011 2:23am PST

Dad's Night 67 - Sunday Rehearsal (Ken Eng Photographs)

Courtesy of Ken Eng, these are shots of the 3/6/2011 run-through rehea ...

Updated: Mar 08, 2011 1:07am PST

The Book

Work in Progress.

Updated: Feb 13, 2011 2:07pm PST

Johnson Accident Scene

Updated: Feb 11, 2011 9:48am PST

Jamboree 2011

Jamboree 2011 Dress Rehearsal.

Updated: Feb 08, 2011 5:20am PST

Dads' Night 67

Too Big To Fail - DN67 Gets Underway

Updated: Jan 30, 2011 10:28pm PST

Who By The Dozen

Produced by Jeff Sofka, another semi-unplugged evening of (mostly) loc ...

Updated: Jan 25, 2011 11:19pm PST

Scott DeCarlo 6 in Rehearsal

In rehearsal for their benefit concert on 12/11/2010 at Mexicali Live ...

Updated: Dec 06, 2010 5:40am PST

Kennedy Christmas Portraits Proofs

Updated: Nov 21, 2010 11:02pm PST

PPSOP Class - Street Photography

Updated: Jul 11, 2010 8:29pm PST

FredMiranda WA Submissions

Updated: Jul 08, 2010 10:27am PST

West Pres Inter-Generational Fashion Show and Tea

It was my pleasure and privilege to photograph the first Intergenerati ...

Updated: Jun 13, 2010 9:42pm PST

Pearl Jam at the Spectrum 10-30-2009

An incredible show at a great venue. My first PJ show, actually. Wha ...

Updated: May 20, 2010 5:51am PST

YM-YWCA Healthy Kids Day 2010

On April 18, 2010, the Ridgewood YM-YWCA hosted another Healthy Kids D ...

Updated: May 01, 2010 7:58pm PST

Snow Day in Ridgewood 2-2010

Another snow day in Ridgewood. Some of these were picked up by the Ri ...

Updated: Feb 16, 2010 10:17pm PST

Ridgewood Newcomers Kids U Winter Family Event

On 1/23/2010, the Ridgewood Newcomers Club hosted a Family Fun Event a ...

Updated: Jan 25, 2010 10:50pm PST

My Smug Mug

Updated: Jan 05, 2010 10:08pm PST

Paul Jean Photographs

Updated: Dec 03, 2009 11:04am PST

Rosenthal Site Inspection

Attorney work product, privileged and confidential. These are a broad ...

Updated: Oct 14, 2009 3:55am PST

Rosenthal Survey Shots

Attorney work product: These are an array of photographs obtained on 9 ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2009 9:43pm PST

Bruce Springsteen in Concert

Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band at Giants Stadium on 10-2-200 ...

Updated: Oct 04, 2009 10:03pm PST

Martha Quinn College Performs - Second Gallery

I'm not sure why these failed to upload the first time around. Sorry ...

Updated: Jul 18, 2009 4:49am PST

Ridge School Playground Rebuild

Rebuild of Ridge School Playground Nears Completion

Updated: Jun 01, 2009 11:06pm PST

Memorial Day and B'Day BBQ 2009

Memorial Day? Heck, it was Alison's BIRTHDAY!

Updated: May 27, 2009 9:47pm PST

Taking Strides Against Mental Illness 2009

May 17, 2009, a dedicated group of volunteers and supporters helped ra ...

Updated: May 22, 2009 4:42am PST

AIDS Walk 2009

The Eleventh Annual Northern NJ/NJ Buddies AIDS Walk took place on 5/2 ...

Updated: May 05, 2009 6:11pm PST

Christ Church 2008 Blessing of the Animals

Updated: May 05, 2009 3:44am PST

Newcomers Club 2009 Eggstravaganza

The Ridgewood Newcomers Club hosted its annual Easter egg hunt and "Eg ...

Updated: Apr 16, 2009 6:14am PST

Rose of Tralee Benefit - Oilean

On 4/9/2009, the Ridgewood Irish Dance School performed "Oilean, The S ...

Updated: Apr 15, 2009 10:07pm PST

Ridgewood Coffe Company Cupping

Renowned coffee expert Daniel Humphries hosted a cupping of fresh, exo ...

Updated: Apr 15, 2009 8:18pm PST

Ridgewood Irish Dance

A performance of a "Ceili" at the Ridgewood Public Library on 3/21/200 ...

Updated: Apr 10, 2009 8:54am PST

BF Middle School Spirit Night

Updated: Apr 07, 2009 10:53pm PST

Glen Rock Baseball Assoc Opening Day 2009

The Glen Rock Baseball Association conducted a food drive to benefit t ...

Updated: Apr 06, 2009 9:30pm PST

Ridgewood Newcomers Club 2009 Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza

The Newcomers Club hosted its annual Easter Egg hunt on 3/28/2009, fea ...

Updated: Apr 01, 2009 10:09pm PST

Pro Arte Chorale

In its second concert of its 45th season, the Pro Arte Chorale present ...

Updated: Mar 17, 2009 5:35am PST

Reeves Accident Site

Vincent Ave & Sunrise Highway, Lynbrook, NY. Attorney work product - ...

Updated: Mar 05, 2009 5:27am PST

Patelmo Site Inspection

These are photographs from an inspection of the accident site conducte ...

Updated: Feb 27, 2009 9:16pm PST

Cato Accident Scene

Inspection of likely vicinity of alleged accident site in the vicinity ...

Updated: Feb 22, 2009 10:03pm PST

Forbes Accident Site

These are photographs of the location of the alleged occurrence as of ...

Updated: Feb 13, 2009 8:53pm PST

Pinkalicious, The Musical

The Junior Women's Club of Ridgewood Presented the Vital Theatre Compa ...

Updated: Jan 21, 2009 8:41pm PST

Mom & Daughter

Just a lazy morning . . . or afternoon . . .

Updated: Jan 11, 2009 9:18pm PST

Christmas Pizza Dinner

Updated: Jan 09, 2009 6:19am PST

Backyard Birds

These are birds I observed from - but not necessarily in - my backyard ...

Updated: Jan 05, 2009 9:22pm PST

Christmas 2008

Christmas 2008 in Park Ridge

Updated: Dec 29, 2008 8:15pm PST

Ridgewood Sledding Hill

Perhaps the last snow fall of 2008, the first of the 2008-2009 Winter ...

Updated: Dec 23, 2008 9:59pm PST

Last Snow 2008

The first snowfall of the 2008 winter season . . .

Updated: Dec 22, 2008 11:17pm PST

Ridgewood Winter Social

Plastascene and Jersey Kidz performed at the Winter Social held at the ...

Updated: Dec 19, 2008 7:59pm PST

Lauren's Swim Class

Updated: Dec 07, 2008 9:37pm PST

Reynen Christmas 2008

These are prospective Christmas-card shots, Happily, the choice is ki ...

Updated: Dec 07, 2008 6:36pm PST

Breakfast with Santa (Valley Hospital Kurth Cafe)

Crafts, face-painting, clowns, and a chance to meet Santa combined to ...

Updated: Dec 07, 2008 6:58am PST

Run for Elwood Day 2008

Updated: Dec 06, 2008 5:31am PST

Ho-Ho-Kus Pow Wow and Centennial

Updated: Dec 05, 2008 9:53pm PST

The Incredible Max

Sorry it took me a while to upload these photographs; I hope you like ...

Updated: Dec 02, 2008 9:51pm PST

Saddle River Tree Lighting 2008

Damp weather failed to lessen the spirit of celebration as the Borough ...

Updated: Dec 01, 2008 9:24pm PST

Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus Holiday Bazaar 2008

Updated: Nov 16, 2008 10:08pm PST

Ho-Ho-Kus Halloween 2008

Updated: Oct 27, 2008 6:29pm PST

Barbecue for Obama in Ridgewood

Updated: Oct 20, 2008 2:18pm PST

Neborsky/Cirillo/Holt Halloween Shindig

Highlights of the Fourth Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition, Halloween ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2008 11:50pm PST