Hi everyone! I hope you all had a chance to enjoy the final day of nice weather here in NYC. I was in Central Park this afternoon doing a venue check at the Bethesda Terrace for the Friday wedding of Bonnie & Gerry. I’ve shot countless numbers of engagements, weddings, and portraits in this very location, but it never hurts to circle back to a venue and make sure there are no recent changes, such as construction, closed off entrances, or heaven forbid, graffiti. If I haven’t been to a venue in a while, I always try to do a walk through to ensure that nothing has changed visually. It also gives me the chance to see a venue from a fresh perspective and add some new shots to my list. For Bonnie and Gerry’s wedding, I’ll be shooting through the mosaic terrace towards the Bethesda Fountain in the hopes of avoiding some of the tourists and adding a twist on this classic shot. In addition, I hope to have enough time to shoot the couple through the cement handrail on the stairs to the right of the mosaic terrace. #BonnieAndGerry2014
I can’t believe the day is finally here — my lovely clients Julia and Jason are getting married tomorrow at the American Yacht Club. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting for the first time in a coffee shop on the upper west side. Time has flown by! In celebration of tomorrow’s wedding, I wanted to share with you photos from their engagement shoot in Central Park. The park is near and dear to both of their hearts: it’s where Jason proposed to Julia not too long ago. Enjoy the pics, and I’ll be posting photos from their wedding on Sunday. Congrats, #JuliaAndJason!
It was such an honor to work with the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater New York City yesterday to help photograph their Race for the Cure in Central Park. The park was packed with inspiring runners and volunteers, all there for a good cause. In particular, I documented the ‘Endure for the Cure’ portion of the day, which was an ‘Amazing Race’-type event. Runners in teams of two raced through the park picking up clues after having to ‘endure’ such obstacles as putting on a show for the public at the Dairy and feeding carrots to horses at the edge of the park. Luckily, the weather was fantastic yesterday and no one had to put up with much humidity. For more information about the Susan G. Komen Foundation and to get ready for next year’s race, check out this link. Enjoy the pics!
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…as the song goes. In celebration of the season, I wanted to share with you a summer engagement shoot with two locations: the Hudson Hotel and Central Park.
Rani and Will are a delightful couple who have shared many good cocktails at the Hudson Hotel. As such, they wanted to include the hotel and its many fond memories in their engagement shoot. Shooting in any private location is nine times out of ten a problem. The venue will either charge a (usually hefty) rental fee, or not allow any photography at all. In this case, we decided to play it sly and get in a few shots while no other patrons were in the bar. [Many thanks to the bartender who turned a blind eye to us!] Be prepared that you are going to face these restrictions if you have any such locations in mind for your engagement shoot. We lucked out this time, but normally this is not the case.
We moved on to Central Park where we ventured from the Bethesda Fountain and Bow Bridge up to Umpire Hill. As you can tell from the photos, Rani and Will chose a weekday where there weren’t as many tourists in the background. I can’t emphasize enough that for optimum photos at a location that is popular tourists, you need to shoot in the off hours. Even so, still come prepared with plenty of patience. Good photos take time, but they are well worth it.
Enjoy the Central Park and Hudson Hotel engagement pics!
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Check out the lovely pics from Missy and Edward’s recent engagement portrait shoot in Central Park! They chose to be photographed in the area of Central Park next to the Met (around 82nd Street on the east side of the park), where you can find Belvedere’s Castle and a very curious obelisk. Enjoy.
Urvi and Chinmay are having a traditional wedding in India, but in the meantime, I was lucky enough to photograph them for their engagement portrait in Central Park. It was a lovely day, and we concentrated on shooting around Strawberry Fields and the lake.
Congratulations to Jessica and Dan, whose Central Park engagement photos I just shot. The greenest spot in New York City served as a classic backdrop for this decidedly fun and irreverent couple. The park was plenty crowded, but these two didn’t mind a bit. In addition to shooting around Bethesda Fountain, we walked over by Umpire Hill and played around on the grass. I love photographing couples who don’t fear a few grass stains. Jessica and Dan will be getting married next year out on Long Island, so until then, enjoy the photos!
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Congrats to Brian and Niki, who traveled all the way from the UK to get married in Central Park on June 6th! Their intimate wedding was a lovely testament to their beautiful relationship. The ceremony, conducted by Rev. Annie Lawrence, was held on Umpire Hill overlooking the amusement park area. Max, Brian and Niki’s son, was thrilled with the balloons and carousel which the whole family enjoyed immediately after the brief ‘I do’s.’ After the wedding, we stopped by Times Square for a few portraits of the bride and groom. Enjoy their lovely Central Park wedding photos!
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