Baby Portrait Tips From the Trenches

Grand Army Plaza baby portrait

Happy baby = happy shoot and Saturday morning’s family portrait at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn with Miriam, Jon, and baby Ella went off without a hitch.  I asked Miriam if she had any advice she would impart to families before they embark on baby’s first portrait, and here’s what she said:

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A Visit to Governors Island

Governor's Island photos by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I have an engagement shoot in September on Governors Island with my fantastic clients, Vanessa and Nathan, and so I decided to take a trip to New York City’s most overlooked oasis. Here is what you need to know for your upcoming photo shoot on Governors Island.

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How to Become a Wedding Officiant in NYC

The Foundry wedding photos for an article on how to become a wedding officiant in NYC by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

It’s the new trend that is sweeping the wedding industry: having a friend or family member preside over your ceremony and officially declare you married. How do you get ordained quick?  Today’s blog will tell you all you need to know about how to become a wedding officiant in NYC.

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When Should My Wedding Photographer Arrive?

Highlands Country Club wedding photos for an article on ‘when should my wedding photographer arrive?’ by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I’ve previously discussed what to have ready when the wedding photographer arrives, but I’ve had a few questions lately asking exactly when that should be.  You asked, I answer: the time your wedding photographer should arrive is….

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How to Get Perfect First Dance Photos

DUMBO Loft wedding photos for an article on first dance photos by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

You will definitely be nervous during your first dance.  With the spotlight on you as a couple, how do you focus on your feet yet channel your nerves into the perfect first dance photos?  Details below.

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Event Entertainment Ideas: What Works, What Doesn’t

Astoria wedding photos by NYC event photojournalist, Kelly Williams, for an article on event entertainment ideas

For most events that I photograph, there seems to always be a party within the party.  It’s not enough anymore to just feed your guests and have a DJ.  Now you have to entertain them as well.  As an outside observer to several events a year, here is my take on what works and what doesn’t for event entertainment ideas.

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NYC Rainy Day Photography Tips

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What To Do When It Rains on Your Photo Shoot

It’s going to be a raining all weekend here. However, yesterday’s forecast for dismal skies turned into a nice day. That’s New York City for you. The weather here is as unpredictable as a subway train’s arrival. With rain on the brain, I thought I would give you some tips on what to do if bad weather is scheduled for your photo shoot.

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How to Get the Perfect First Look

How to get the perfect first look, by NYC wedding photojournalist, Kelly Williams

If you read my previous post about seeing each other before the ceremony and have decided you want to get the majority of your photos out of the way before walking down the aisle, you might be wondering how to get the perfect first look. Well, have I got tips for you.

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The Mystery of the Backwards Flash

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If you have ever watched me at work, you might have noticed that the flash on my camera points backwards.  Why?  Simple answer: I am using the wall and ceiling behind me to bounce off light for maximum depth and softness.

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