Heather & Mathew I Old Stone House I Brooklyn wedding portraits

May 24th, 2013

Yes, parts of Brooklyn can look like the countryside. This particularly idyllic scene was smack in the middle of a city playground. Heather and Mathew were married at a small, intimate ceremony at the Stone Park Cafe in Park Slope and we had this great location just across the street.

Brooklyn Wedding Portraits Old Stone House

Brooklyn Wedding Portraits Old Stone House

Brooklyn Wedding Portraits Old Stone House

Meera I Fun Beach Portraits

May 10th, 2013

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.

kids beach portraits

kids beach portraits

kids beach portraits

kids beach portraits

kids beach portraits

kids beach portraits

Katherine and Burkett I The Metropolitan Building

May 2nd, 2013

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.

 

metropolitan building wedding

metropolitan building wedding

metropolitan building wedding

metropolitan building wedding

Venue: The Metropolitan Building 

Ruchira and Raghav I Brooklyn Botanic Garden

April 23rd, 2013

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.

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

indian wedding brooklyn botanic garden

brooklyn botanic garden indian wedding

Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Decorator: Elegant Affairs

Hair: Nikki Avanzino

Makeup: Elizabeth Black

Open Show NY #6 – April 25th

April 21st, 2013

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.

open show NY #6

Betsy & Sibin I Destination Wedding I San Juan, Puerto Rico

January 30th, 2013

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.

san juan wedding
san juan wedding
san juan wedding
san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding ritz carlton

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

san juan wedding

 

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

 

Betsy & Sibin I Destination Wedding Portraits I Old San Juan, Puert Rico

January 29th, 2013

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.

wedding portrait San Cristobal Fort
san juan destination wedding portrait

 

san juan wedding portrait

 

san juan wedding portrait

Radhika and Arpit I Engagement Portraits I Crystal Cove Beach, California

December 13th, 2012

 

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.”

crystal cove beach portrait

crystal cove beach portraits

crystal cove beach engagement portrait
crystal cove beach portraits

crystal cove beach portrait
crystal cove beach portrait
crystal cove  beach portrait

Betsy and Sibin I Engagement Portraits I Dumbo, Brooklyn

December 12th, 2012

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.

brooklyn engagement portrait
brooklyn engagement portrait
brooklyn engagement portrait
brooklyn engagement portrait
brooklyn engagement portrait

brooklyn engagement portrait

brooklyn engagement portrait

brooklyn engagement portrait

Lydia & Dave I Wedding Portraits I Newcomb Hollow Beach, Cape Cod

October 19th, 2012

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.

cape cod wedding portrait

cape cod beach portraits

cape cod beach portraits
cape cod beach portraitscape cod beach portraits
cape cod wedding portraits

cape cod wedding portrait

cape cod beach portraits

 

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