Now that summer is just around the corner and thoughts drift to vacations and beach time it seemed appropriate to post these images from a portrait session with my favorite niece. Kids grow so fast. Though she’s only ten years-old I realize she’s on the verge of being a teenager. It reminds me how important is to have photographs of kids as they grow up to capture those changes. Just looking at these photos makes me think of sunny summer days to come. Love that California light. The lucky girl gets to enjoy the beach year round in Manhattan Beach.
Katherine and Burkett didn’t want to gamble with our iffy New York Spring weather and chose a wonderful indoor venue in Long Island City, The Metropolitan Building. It’s a fantastic location for any kind of photo shoot because it has great light and lots of cool rooms and props to work with. I wanted to post a few of the portraits from their wedding. I’ll put together a longer post on their wedding day soon. Stay tuned.
Venue: The Metropolitan Building
Ruchira and Raghav had a beautiful, elegant Spring wedding at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As Indian weddings go it was ‘small’. Small being a very relative word since most Indian weddings I photograph have a minimum of 300 guests. They couldn’t have asked for a better setting.
Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Decorator: Elegant Affairs
Hair: Nikki Avanzino
Makeup: Elizabeth Black
If you’re in NY this week please check out our next Open Show screening for photography, video, and multimedia. I’ve been enjoying producing these events since last year to encourage discussion and critique and create community. You can rsvp for the show on Facebook.
I love destination weddings. It’s a wonderful thing to have a small group of family and friends spending time together over several days to celebrate a wedding. Betsy and Sibin couldn’t have chosen a better location than Old San Juan for the their wedding. It was sweet moment to have Betsy’s mother walked her down the aisle of Holy Trinity Methodist Church in the absence of her father, who had passed away. One of my favorite photos is of Betsy and Sibin leaving the church with the words “God is Love” at the door. The Hotel El Convento was a beautiful location for portraits. A big thanks to Kathi Littwin for working with me on this wedding.
There were too many photos to share so please check on the second blog post that shows off more of the couple’s portraits and the beauty of Old San Juan in a day after shoot.
Getting ready: Conrad Hotel
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Methodist Church
Reception: Ritz Carlton Hotel
Portraits: Hotel El Convento
Event planner - The Event by Merylin, Merylin Andino
Decorator - Intic Corp, Jaasiel Pacheco
Wedding cake - C+M Contemporary Designers
Hair & makeup – Q’za
DJ - Big J Music Services
Videographer - Blink and Sin Pictures
One couldn’t ask for a more beautiful location for a wedding than San Juan in Puerto Rico. The problem was choosing between the many wonderful places a portrait session. We decided to do a day after session before flying back to New York and the lovely Castillo de San Cristobal and on the streets of old San Juan. The Fort completed in 1783 is a national historic site and built by Spain to protect the city against attacks.
There’s no end to the confusion in working with a bride with the same name. When we were planning this shoot in California I was waiting for an email reply and it turned out that Arpit had sent it to the wrong Radhika…his fiance instead of me. We have the same nickname too so no help there.
Although, like many photographers, I have my favorite portrait locations it was fun to have the chance to explore some place new on the West Coast. Sunny California wasn’t so sunny, but we lucked out half way through the shoot when the sun peaked out for a bit. That perfectly coincided with a change of outfits from formal to jeans and together that combination made the magic happen. You never know what will make things click (no pun intended) that turns a good photoshoot into one with really cool, beautiful images, but when it happens it’s very exciting….jump up and down exciting. What can I say. I’m a sucker for what mother nature does all on her own. Crystal Cove State Park is a beautiful location to photograph. The photographs on the stairs were taken within minutes of the silhouette…just goes to show that what National Geographic photographer Sam Abell once told me is true…”when the light is shining and everyone is looking one way make sure you turn around and see what’s happening behind you.”
Betsy and Sibin’s Puerto Rico wedding is coming up super fast….right after New Year’s. I’m excited to be shooting their San Juan wedding. And looking forward to some warm weather (just a little bit). We managed to sneak this shoot in ahead of their January destination wedding in one of my favorite areas to shoot. It was nice to see Jane’s Carousel up and running again after Superstorm Sandy flooded the park.
Lydia and I met many many years ago in Vietnam when we were both starting out professionally and finding our way in a vastly different culture to our own. Since then we’ve had some pretty crazy adventures together…one with some ‘dangerous’cows and knives under our sleeping bags in the Australian outback that’s particularly memorable. I was pretty excited one of my closest friends found a great guy, Dave, to marry. And perhaps just as excited that they chose to get married on Cape Cod. Lydia and Dave were game to get up at the very early hour of 5:30am two days after their wedding to humor me with a sunrise portrait session. Dave mentioned something about becoming familiar with the perfectionist mentality in getting to know Lydia so she’d paved the way for this moment so to speak.
I must admit that I’m more of a late night person than an early riser so it can indeed be painful to get up for dawn and very tempting to turn off the alarm and go back to bed. When you actually do manage to get yourself out of bed and are lucky enough to find the light is incredible, the world is a peaceful place full of promise and you’ve been given the gift of a gorgeous sunrise there’s nothing better.
Congrats Lydia and Dave! I wish you many more beautiful sunrises together.
I’m no longer surprised when I get asked to photograph a proposal. It’s fun to be in on the surprise and to witness that special moment. Even better when it comes off as planned. I advised Adi to make sure Rachana wasn’t planning on such a relaxed Saturday evening at Pier C Park in Hoboken that she showed up in shorts and t-shirt, unprepared for a photo shoot. Luckily, Rachana’s friend, in charge of getting her to the Hoboken waterfront, knew what she was doing and Rachana was totally prepared (unknowingly) for the moment. I had a to shoo a few people away from the spot before she arrived, but once people knew what was in the works they didn’t mind. One woman offered to marry Adi herself if Rachana didn’t accept since he was a good looking guy. Rachana- it’s a good thing you snapped him up!
I was impressed with Adi’s color coordination between his tie and the balloons. This man is totally prepared for wedding planning!