Charlotte and Brett’s Family Portrait, Welcoming Baby Toby, NY
Bethesda Fountain, a Boa Constrictor and all kinds of love! Oh my! This was a very fun Bethesda Terrace Engagement Portrait shoot. Central Park is so exciting in the summer, offering something new and completely different each time one returns. My goal is to follow the light and find a great background, but Katie and Joe, drawn to a GIANT snake, dared to incorporate it into their portrait session. Her name’s Helen.
Katie’s fun summer dress left her comfortable enough to move around in the park and have fun with some action shots. Her floral pumps added just the right amount of fun and polish to her look. The only other accessory she needed was her beautiful engagement ring! Joe’s simple blue on khaki look also looked great against the classic NYC landscape that is Central Park. We found beautiful arches to play on, making pictures that Katie and Joe will love to look back at for years to come. The rowboats on the lake always remind me of lovers enjoying the summer sunshine too. That made for a natural backdrop for the last shots of film on my roll. I couldn’t help but ask them to kiss! Stay tuned for their wedding.
Megan and Devon met in 2011 and have been head over heels for one another ever since. I was delighted to capture their sweet city engagement portraits in Greenwich Village this past spring. Greenwich Village is a wonderful place to shoot, particularly in the evening time. The bright, clear day offered perfectly golden light, giving many of Devon and Megan’s portraits a stunning glow that can only be captured on film.
The shot that every couple always wants during their engagement portrait session is a beautiful photograph of the ring. For me, there are several secrets to success to getting the perfect shot. The first secret is, no two perfect ring shots will be the same! So doing something fun to make yours unique is highly recommended. We went into an adorable little bakery to pick up a sweet, simple cupcake for an extra touch. It made for several fun portraits. The other thing to remember is to have nice, simple nails so your ring really shines. Megan’s whole look is elegant and allows for her ring and smile to take the spotlight. Plus, I love the pop of red in her shoes!
Veronica and Cooper’s Glam NYC Wedding was one for the books. The beautiful bride wrote, “Cooper and I fell in love immediately. We got engaged within a year of meeting. Two months later, I went to the doctor for what we would later discover was Autoimmune Encephalitis. My immune system was attacking my brain, at first causing mood swings of anger and crying, and eventually causing loss of speech ability, loss of motor control, and seizures. Cooper defended me to doctors who thought I was being hysterical. He acted as my interpreter when I could no longer express myself.”
“Doctors didn’t know how to diagnose me and said they couldn’t help us. Cooper never lost faith in my getting better. He gave me the strength to go on when my brain was armed against me. Eventually, Cooper’s mom was reading a book, “Brain on Fire,” about a woman who went through the same thing. I landed in the hospital in front of the right doctors, the same doctors in the book. Finally, we started treatment. I was injected with other people’s immune systems, intravenous immunoglobulin. A science miracle worked and now, I’m 100% healthy. Cooper and I knew each other so much more deeply [after that] and could not wait to get married.”
“Due to our extraordinary story, we needed an extraordinary venue. Our wedding was held at 632 on Hudson. We wanted our wedding to be timeless, organic, playful in moments, and always full of love and joy. Therefore, following the ceremony was an extended cocktail hour. Rather than choosing colors randomly, our wedding colors were midnight blue and gold, inspired by a portrait on the atrium ceiling. My bridesmaids wore earthy metallics and blush. The bridal flowers were burgundy, red, blush, and green. Most noteworthy, we went for a loose prohibition era, Glam New York wedding vibe!”
DJ: Scratch Weddings https://www.scratchweddings.com/Cinematography: Kress Productions http://kressproductions.com/ Event Planning: Danielle Bobish of Curtain Up Events http://www.curtainupevents.com/
Dress: Austin Scarlett http://www.austinscarlett.com/
Bridesmaids Dresses: BHLDN https://www.bhldn.com/
Catering: Marcey Brownstein Catering and Events http://marceybrownstein.com/
Band: Peter Pazza
Ceremony and Reception Venue: 632 on Hudson http://www.632onhudson.com/
Getting Ready Venue: Refinery Hotel https://www.refineryhotelnewyork.com/
Florist: Anthony Brownie http://www.anthonybrownie.com
Makeup: Sharon Becker Beauty http://sb-beauty.com
Why film you ask? Shooting with film is an artistic decision, part science, part artistic tool. Having film cameras in our “tool box” makes sense to us for three main reasons. The first is that we learned photography using film, (pre digital), why throw away all that knowledge? The second is that the combination of film and film cameras create soft beautiful images, specifically with medium format film, (which is a large negative), and third – it sets us apart from most wedding photographers. These days shooting with film is a niche market, one which we gladly take part in! We feel that strongly about the art of creating the images we’re commissioned to create. Shooting with film does cost a little more, but we feel it’s worth it. It’s as if film breaths life into images as living breathing photographs. Film, as an artistic tool, captures emotionally powerful images with beautiful soft tones. All the film we shoot gets scanned during processing at the lab. A good lab is most important, our lab of choice is the best lab we’ve found, we use Richard Photo Lab.
Medium Format Film Cameras:
Contax 645, with an 80mm f2 and a 45mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Optics Lens
This camera is one of my favorites and in my opinion, is the best camera ever made. This auto focus camera shoots a rectangle, an actual 6×4.5 negative size. There are 32 images per roll on 220 film and 16 images per roll on 120 film. I use 400, 800 or 3200 ISO film.
Hasselblad 500CM, with an 80mm f2.8 Carl Zeiss Optics Lens
This Swedish made camera is a vintage beauty from around the 1960’s. It’s shutter makes a specific loud “kerrrplunk” sound, music to my ears. It shoots a square 6×6 negative, with 24 images per roll on 220 film. This is a completely manual camera, there is no battery which means no light meter. A hand held light meter is a must. It’s Carl Zeiss lens renders images that are extremely sharp and at the same time, a little dreamy. I use 400, 800 or 3200 ISO film. I adore this camera.
In 1969, a slightly modified Hasselbald went to the moon on the Lunar space shuttle, Apollo 11 when astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first people to reach the moon. A little history side note!
It was so fun photographing Liz and Ted’s Greenwich Village Engagement Portraits in NYC. They’re adorable and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding! I love working with couples before their wedding as we all to know one another. I get to learn everyone’s best angles. Overall, it can build of confidence to have an engagement shoot to see what you look like on film, giving couples one less thing to worry about on their special day.
These two are probably going to have a gorgeous wedding, if this springtime Greenwich Village engagement portrait shoot is any indication. I simply LOVE Liz’s sunny yellow dress! The clean lines paired with her sweet pink scarf and nude kitten heels were stunning. They were perfectly complemented by the spring cherry blossoms which we found in the park nearby. Ted wore a smart, well fitted navy suit. That’s always a great choice for this type of occasion. The whole shoot was tied together by the unique downtown architecture of Greenwich Village and the iconic architecture of Washington Square Park.
In conclusion, we all had a such a pleasant afternoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village in search of the next perfect spot to pose. Perhaps most noteworthy, we managed to stop for an ice cream cone. It made for an adorable shot of Liz’s engagement ring and happy smile. Liz and Ted were complete pros at smiling and looking in love.These photographs were shot with a combination of film and digital. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Nichole and Jon wanted their at home family portraits with their three young boys captured as they are: fast, loud, at play with each other. That’s exactly how we like to work photographing families. If we get the chance to come to your home, we’ll take it. It’s where you feel the most comfortable, and it’s a space that more often than not is a great reflection of your personal tastes. This makes for a perfect setting for candid, authentic, beautiful pictures of families with children of all ages.
Three little boys makes for a rough and tumble time and the photos definitely show that. At the same time, I think I managed to capture a certain quiet innocence in these at home family portraits. This is one shoot where the black and white photographs become gorgeously timeless. Little moments captured on film become true works of art. The dinosaurs make cute additions to some of the pictures, serving both to keep the kids entertained and add a little color and whimsy to the shot. I love that the family will return to the photos in years to come and remember themselves exactly as they were.
Even though the boys were moving really quickly as they laughed and played, there was plenty of light in the home and I managed to capture the afternoon perfectly. We moved into different areas of the house and it didn’t take much coaching from me. This bunch looks great naturally. I shot these photos with a combination of film and digital cameras. High five to a little bit of chaos and an extra sweet family. It was such a fun day, I can’t wait until the next one. Will your story be next? Get in touch!
Grateful, thankful, appreciative, overwhelmed and so inspired to say the least. What a year!
You might guess that Tuxedo Park was named for the fancy attire men wore to the dinners in the clubhouse there. It was actually the other way around! Tuxedo Park was the preferred outdoor recreation area for both winter and summer of NYC’s elite in the late nineteenth century. It was the birthplace and namesake of the men’s formal dinner jacket which remains popular today. Guests at the park still enjoy activities like tennis and swimming in the gorgeous, serene lake. The Clubhouse is an opulent historical venue ready to host the most elegant of weddings. Caroline and Nick chose a perfect fall day for theirs.
Caroline and Nick’s wedding day was timeless. Most notably, classic elegant details like pearls and the bride’s Carolina Herrera gown could have come from any decade. The groom wore a classic Tuxedo and looked incredibly dapper. As much as I like modern and unique, sometimes following tradition is the way to go. Almost as the sun was setting, the outdoor ceremony captivated everyone. The bride and groom kissed, and a wonderful joyful party began. Rather than slowing down at the end of the evening, the last dances were some of the most exciting. Finally, friends and family saw Caroline and Nick off with gorgeous sparklers!
Venue: The Tuxedo Club http://www.thetuxedoclub.org/
Venue Coordinator: Shelby LaCombe
Gown: Carolina Herrera https://www.carolinaherrera.com/
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo https://www.jennyyoo.com/
Stationery: Cranes http://www.crane.com/
Florist: Dan Rowland: http://dramaticny.com
Music: Sultans of Swing/Jerry Bennett Entertainment www.thesultans.com
Video: 15 Minutes of Frame www.15minutesofframe.com
Cake, Empire Cake http://www.empirecake.com
Grooms Cake, City Cakes http://citycakes.com
Photo Booth Teddy Telles www.teddytelles.com
Hairstylist/Makeup, MG Hair & Makeup, http://www.mghairandmakeup.com
David and Jessica’s Bowery Hotel wedding had it all. They told me from the start that they love my use of film, which was great news. I was able to really work with the soft, gorgeous lighting of the Bowery Hotel, it helped to create the magical look Jessica and David were looking for. I always ask couples what the most important aspect of their wedding photography is and Jessica said, “We love detail shots and also capturing the love between us when we are unaware the photo is even being taken.” Awesome, just what I love, free to capture the bride and groom naturally.
Most noteworthy of Jessica’s wedding day look was her breathtaking dress from Sachin & Babi, with that amazing bow! As a sweet memorial touch, she also wore a memorial locket with her beloved father’s and grandfather’s portraits. It was a lovely way to have these special people with her in her heart, even if they couldn’t be there. Lovingly, the bride’s brother and her uncle walked her down the aisle at the beautiful Saint Brigid – Saint Emeric church. Finally, a bit of rain didn’t affect us in the slightest. Jessica found a bunch of clear umbrellas to stay dry for portraits outside the Bowery Hotel with her bridal party.
This couple’s love story began in the workplace, even though they come from different corners of the globe. I love to see how these personal details are mixed into a wedding celebration and this creative couple was no different. David is from Australia so the couple incorporated some fun Aussie flags in the dessert cupcakes and American flags in their amazing ice cream sandwiches from The Good Batch. In conclusion, it was a perfect ending to a perfect day.
Venue: The Bowery Hotel http://www.theboweryhotel.com/
Venue Coordinator: Amanda Len
Church: Saint Brigid – Saint Emeric http://saintbrigidsaintemeric.org/
Planner: Milana, Just About Married http://www.justaboutmarriedny.com/
Bridal Gown: Sachin & Babi https://www.sachinandbabi.com/
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige
Stationery: Custom, Bella Figura, www.bellafigura.com
Florist: Putnam & Putnam www.putnamflowers.com
Music: Generation Events www.generationevents.com
String Quartet: Lumiere String Quartet http://www.lumierestringquartet.com
Pianist: Charles Lalima
Video: Valerie Barnes, www.Valeriebarnesfilms.com
Transportation: M&V Limousines http://www.mvlimo.com/
Hair: Face Time Beauty http://facetimebeauty.com/
Makeup: Eva Scrivo Artists http://evascrivo.com/
Cake: Baked www.bakednyc.com