The benefits of combining your rehearsal dinner and engagement portrait
Before I tell you about Rachel and Ben’s Larchmont Shore Club wedding this weekend, I need to begin with details about their New Rochelle ketubah signing and rehearsal dinner. For Rachel and Ben, engagement photos weren’t a high priority. Rather, they were more interested in photos of family friends at their rehearsal dinner. So why not combine everything into one fun photo session? Mission accomplished. In today’s blog post, I share with you photos from the day before their big day – a New Rochelle ketubah signing, rehearsal dinner, and mini portrait session all rolled into one!
Your little ones are growing up so fast! They will always be your precious darlings, but they’re probably at their most photogenic between the ages of one and three. If you’ve got a wee one and are looking to schedule a photo session, then I have some toddler portrait tips for you.
If you are going to tie the knot down at City Hall, the reality is you don’t have a lot of obvious options for portraits in the area. Just walking into the Marriage Bureau office, you’ll notice you are surrounded by construction and scaffolding. While you do have locations such as the Little Wedding Garden, Foley Square, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even Chinatown, which spot is best? In today’s blog I assess all of your City Hall wedding portrait locations and let you know the pros and cons of each option from a photographer’s perspective.
Park Portrait Strategies
The heat is still with us here in New York City, and families are crowding into the parks to soak up the last rays of summer. If you have scheduled a family portrait in a local park and find yourself surrounded by other like-minded families, how do you take a good photo and make it seem like you have the place all to yourself? In today’s blog, I show you a Hudson River Park family portrait and give you some strategies so you can take the best photos of your family.
It was a beautiful day on Saturday for a Central Park lake proposal! Zing, the groom-to-be, did a lot of planning before the big day, and I am happy to say that Claire said ‘yes’! Check out all the details from Zing’s proposal to Claire in Central Park and find out my secrets to making it look like you have the park all to yourself.
Or, How I Photographed 21 People in 6 Hours
I recently had the pleasure of photographing a family reunion portrait. Picture it if you will: a beautiful home nestled in the woods. Inside and outside, 21 family members of various ages are running all over the place being photographed here, there, and everywhere. That was basically my six-hour day, and it was fantastically fun chaos for every minute that I was there. Are you getting your own gang together soon? I can vouch that a reunion portrait is a terrific idea for families of any size, and here are some tips for pulling off your own family reunion photo session.
With the end of summer drawing near, I thought it might be a good time to offer a few beach engagement tips drawn from Angii and Paul’s recent Long Beach engagement session. While this couple scheduled their engagement session AFTER they walked down the aisle (and I’ll have photos from their Montauk Lighthouse wedding soon!), the lessons learned from their photo session will help you plan the perfect seaside photo shoot, no matter when you book your session.
What do you do if it’s raining on the day of your portrait? This town has a wealth of unique spots to act as a backdrop for any type of portrait. Sadly, however, most of these locations are outdoors. With the rain we have been having lately, I have had to reschedule countless family and engagement portraits. It’s time to find an indoor alternative. And thus, this week I became a photographer with a mission: to search out this city’s elusive public atriums and see how these spaces would work as NYC rainy day photo shoot locations.
For Jason and Michelle, their New York public library engagement love story began a few years ago when Jason would drop Michelle off at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue to study for her medical degree. After meeting on the app Hinge, this iconic building in the heart of Manhattan became near and dear to their hearts, so it only made sense that we would go here for their engagement session. But to start things off, we begin our tale at the Library Hotel on 41st Street where Jason surprised Michelle with a marriage proposal.