How to Get the Best Photos on the High Line
Representing both NYC’s past and its future, the High Line is one of the city’s best attractions. The 1.45-mile-long elevated linear park, greenway and rail trail created on a former New York Central Railroad spur on the west side of Manhattan lures in both tourists and locals alike, and it is a frequent location request for portrait shoots. But with over five million annual visitors and very little space to escape the masses, you need a plan so you can get the most out of your photo shoot here. In today’s blog post I will be sharing with you photos from Peggy, Mark and Phoebe’s recent portrait session and the High Line family portrait tips I used to capture the day.
Strategies for looking natural in front of the camera as a family
As you know, I am not a fan of stiff, boring poses. I would much rather let my portrait subjects be free to be themselves in front of my lens. That said, it is sometimes difficult to get people to look and feel natural while being photographed. So in this week’s blog post, I reveal how I structure a shoot and give you my list of my best family portrait poses that are guaranteed to get a relaxed smile out of any family member.
For most moms-to-be, the maternity portrait session is a tricky affair. How do you take a good photo when you are not feeling the most comfortable? Further, how do you strike a balance between showing off the miraculous state of your body without making your stomach the entire star of the show? In today’s blog post I tackle these questions and offer a few modern maternity portrait tips to help you glow in front of the camera.
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.
Ah, January. It can be such a beautiful month with crisp clear skies and a little frost in the air. It’s the perfect time for a photo shoot, no? If you have a portrait session planned when it’s cold outside, there are certain things you could should consider before stepping in front of the camera. In today’s blog post I present you with my top winter portrait tips to help you look good (even if your teeth are chattering).
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.