After the chaos this weekend at the Roosevelt Island Cherry Blossom Festival, we can say officially that Roosevelt Island is no longer a hidden gem for finding beautiful trees in bloom. Indeed, cherry blossom season has turned into a huge national circus as everyone tries to take the perfect Instagram. Since the social media pressure is on, I thought I might share with you a few cherry blossom photo tips so you can get the best bang for your blossom.
Lessons From the Trenches
I am finally back from traveling across South America and my first job after returning to home was to photograph Matthew’s surprise wedding proposal to Anna. It was an exciting adventure, and I came away with a few more do’s and don’ts if you are planning on asking someone to marry you while rowing across the Central Park lake. So let’s dive right in and find out if Anna said ‘yes’ to Matthew in this week’s post of Central Park Lake proposal tips.
Tips and Tricks for your Empire State Building Proposal
I have been a wedding photographer for 11 years, and just had the pleasure of shooting my second Empire State Building proposal. While professional photography is technically not allowed at the top, the head of security kindly let me through so that I could photograph Andrea saying ‘yes’ to Aubrey. In today’s blog post I’ll have all the details of Aubrey and Andrea’s engagement plus some lessons learned for how to propose on top of the Empire State Building.
New Year, New Website Photos
Happy new year, everyone! I’m not a huge fan of new year’s resolutions, but I know many people have ‘update my website’ on their list of things to do for 2019. In today’s blog, I have a few website photography tips to guarantee you put your best self out there in 2019.
I can’t take credit for this, but at a recent family portrait with the O’Donovan family, Rory revealed to me the ultimate lesson in how to get your kids to look into the camera. I’ll be using this little tip for every family portrait going forward. A tiny trick for maximum camera eye contact in today’s blog post.
Are overcast skies good for photos?
The short answer is yes…and no. While overcast skies can help defuse the light and make colors pop, there is a tipping point where photos go down the hill. In today’s blog I take a look at the myths and realities behind overcast skies during a Brooklyn Bridge Park family portrait session.
I have lived in New York City for 16 years, and quite frankly, some parts of the city are simply crying out for an engagement shoot. While most people gravitate to Central Park and other iconic locations, there are a few spots around town that are underutilized – namely, Roosevelt Island, and today’s topic, Gantry Plaza State Park. In today’s blog, I give you all the details of Samantha and Cameron’s Gantry Plaza State Park engagement shoot from inner Long Island city to the waterfront and beyond.
Looking for a fun idea for your upcoming engagement shoot? How about re-creating your first date! I had the pleasure of photographing Miriam and Chaim’s Greenwich Village engagement portrait on Wednesday, and they gave me quite the challenge: to document the day they started dating. In today’s blog, get all the details of their engagement portrait – from Washington Square Park to the Hudson River – and get some tips for telling your own love story.
Ah, the holiday card…the annual bane of existence for most families. If you live in New York City, holiday cards are made even more complicated by the fact that we all have cramped apartments that rarely include beautiful fireplaces around which you can take an annual portrait. While you could go to some big ol’ photo studio to get your portraits done with a blank white background and a fake Christmas tree, I’ve got some better suggestions. In today’s blog, I share with you a few NYC holiday card location ideas that will take you from Battery Park all the way up to the Cloisters.