nyc family photographer

I love getting to see clients more than once! had the pleasure of working with the G family for the second year in a row, to shoot their family Christmas card. Last year, they wanted an urban vibe so we met up in SoHo on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. This year, we went out to a rustic part of New Jersey for a completely different look!

History repeated itself in the best way possible: I had a blast with this awesome family and we got some great results!

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Marine and Mickael travelled to NYC from France with a gaggle of their closest friends and family to get married in Central Park, and it was a beautiful celebration! If my memory serves (and it does so only occasionally), the couple had been together for ~10 years at this point, and both were able to finish med school before they could find time to officially tie the knot. I know my busy, busy friends in med school can relate!

We started the day by shooting in and around their hotel, The Viceroy. Highlights for me were the library for its moody ambient light, and of course the rooftop for its stunning city views! From there we taxied to Central Park and then strolled over to their chosen ceremony location, the Ladies Pavilion. Much of the ceremony was in French, so sadly I didn’t understand it all – luckily, the guests’ happy tears and beaming grins filled in the blanks!

After the ceremony, we had some fun taking “formal” portraits by the water. Fun because:

1) classic skyline backdrop,

2) the bridesmaids and groomsmen were some of best-dressed wedding party members I’d ever met, and

3) it had rained earlier in the day and it was a bit humid in the park, so there was a lovely haze over the city for the photos! I love it.

When it was time for the group to head out to their celebratory lunch, I walked and photo’d the newlyweds out of the park. What an amazing day with an amazing couple!

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nyc engagement photographer

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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nyc newborn photographer

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 went for a quick visit to the park down the street to soak up some golden hour light, the very best.

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