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Let me start by saying this: Unequivocally, foggy / post-apocalyptic / grey / pre-rain weather is my favorite to shoot in. There’s just something really awesome about naturally diffused daylight. No assistant holding up giant disc to see here, just the sun and clouds working together. I feel like every photo I take of people when it’s in that weather, could be their album cover.  Maybe I should move to Seattle.

I met Lucas in high school, when he had blue hair and I wore a Burger King visor backwards 100% of the time.* A few years later, we reconnected when I got back from college and moved into an apartment with four other Brooklyn born-n-raised kids, Lucas being one of them. My room was the size of a walk-in closet but it was around $300 a month, the cheapest NYC rent I’ve ever had! While we were living there, Lucas met and started dating Maggie. Six years later, they invited me to shoot their engagement portraits and also to go down to Maggie’s hometown in Lousiana and shoot their wedding! More on that in another post.

We did the shoot in two parts – racing against the imminent rain – starting in Red Hook, at the waterfront where there is a terrific view of a teeny tiny Statue of Liberty. While we were there, Lucas and Maggie wanted to recreate a photo that had been taken of them in front of this gorgeous mural, years before. They’re friends with the artist who painted it! I think we did a pretty great job with the redux:

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After Red Hook, we zipped over to Kensington to shoot in two of the couple’s favorite haunts:

First, to Sycamore Bar & Flower Shop – as amazing as it sounds, with a flower shop in the front and a bar in the back!

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Then, down the street to The Castello Plan – a romantic, wood-panelled wine bar that also serves delicious snacks, which we all sampled between photo-taking. We got to The Castello Plan right as it started to drizzle outside. Perfect ending to a perfect engagement session.

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*lol @ high school fashion

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Working with Rita and Michael was terrific! It’s always such a pleasure to be around two people who make each other genuinely, palpably happy. A really great session oscillates between all of us hanging out and laughing, to it being as though I’ve completely disappeared and it’s just the couple alone in a moment, in love.

We met at the Smyth Hotel in TriBeCa, where Michael had proposed. From there we walked around the Hudson River Greenway, taking in One WTC (Freedom Tower) as a great backdrop. After that we took a cab over to the Meatpacking District for a few snapshots, stopped into the gorgeous bar Revel (ivy-covered brick walls AND a massive skylight!) before finishing up the shoot on the High Line. Rita was wearing heels the entire time, and that makes her a champion.

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Aaron’s mom was one of my very best friends in high school – his dad went to high school with us too! – so photographing this little family was a highlight of my year. Often when I meet a newborn for a shoot, I can see right away how they might be the perfect blend of their parents’ looks. Aaron is indeed that perfect blend, and in his case I also got to appreciate how much he is the perfect blend of his parents’ personalities!

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At the very end of the shoot, we made a quick visit to the park down the street to soak up some golden hour light, the very best.

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Tiffani and Mark live in Georgia, and they wanted their engagement photos taken in NYC because Mark proposed in Bryant Park! Tiffani let me know straight away that the reason they’d chosen me as their photographer was because of my relationship with my dog. The couple has five (!!!) pups of their own, and both are active volunteers at a local No-Kill Humane Society. People after my own heart!

We arranged the session for two days before Thanksgiving, and the city was alive with holiday cheer! Overall, winter is my least favorite season – but at the same time it’s also my favorite time of year to stroll around Manhattan. You just can’t ignore the holiday spirit, and (confession time) part of me even enjoys the packed streets and mad rush of folks scrambling to buy gifts!

We walked through Central Park, cabbed over to Bryant Park, and wrapped up inside Grand Central Station for a break from the rain… click here to see an animated GIF!

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Isa and Ari are two very happy little people! I spent an afternoon with the adorable twins shortly after their first birthday, while their great aunt and uncle were in town for a visit. We did some playing and dancing in their bedroom, then went out to their backyard, and wrapped up at McCarren Park across the street.

Gotta love twins, never a shortage of adorable moments to capture!

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