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!
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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Please allow me to introduce you to Kirsten and João, who recently celebrated their engagement with a photo shoot on the High Line. These two met a few years ago across the dance floor at BAM Cafe in Brooklyn. João, a native of Brazil, and Kirsten, originally from Illinois, are huge fans of Brazilian and African dance. Their skills on the dance floor are evident in this photo shoot as they show the world how they make beautiful music together. Enjoy the pics!
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.
Miriam and Jon are a lovely couple, and I am proud to share with you photos from their engagement shoot at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn! Miriam and Jon live in New York, but will be getting married on the West Coast. As a salute to their home borough of Brooklyn, they decided to do the engagement shoot close to their front door. From a photographer’s perspective, Grand Army Plaza is a great spot for a shoot, especially if you would like to include Prospect Park.
Thinking about doing a ‘trash the dress’ shoot? Check out these photos of Justine and Dave, who I was lucky enough to photograph for their wedding in June at the Davenport Beach Club in New Rochelle. They decided that instead of a traditional engagement portrait they wanted something a little bit different that would give Justine a second chance to show off her dress. And so Dave and Justine took the dress out for a whirl around Battery Park in NYC. The sunlight was incredible and was a nice complement to the couple’s dancing skills. Enjoy!
Hi everyone! I am pleased to share with you the recent High Line engagement portrait of Anna and Andrew. As you can tell from the photos, the lighting was perfect! A few words of wisdom if you are going to stage a shoot at the High Line: first, if at all possible, schedule your shoot for the morning. The tourists come in throngs to the High Line, making it nearly impossible to get a clear shot without a lot of patience. Mornings, before the 10:00 a.m. rush, are the best. Second, take advantage of all that the High Line has to offer. There are several different views, terrain, and moods to the High Line. Make sure your shoot goes from the Meatpacking District down to 34th Street to get some different looks without ever having to get off the High Line.
I’m honored to be photographing Anna and Andrew’s wedding this weekend at the Alger House. Best of luck to them both as they walk down the aisle!
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I had a fun day with Emily and Mike, shooting their engagement portrait at the Lyndhurst Mansion in ye olde Tarrytown, New York. The mansion is the stately former home of Jay Gould, and is definitely worth a visit. Emily and Mike are an adorable couple, and both have former stage experience — it shows! Let these pics be an inspiration to all of you couples out there who are looking for a unique location for your engagement shoot. Road trips are definitely the way to go!
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Beautiful day for a Battery Park engagement shoot, just as the sun is setting. Please meet Colleen and John, who picked the perfect day for their shoot. A few words of advice if you are planning on taking photos in Battery Park. First, you technically need a permit to take any organized photos in Battery Park. That said, in all my six years of shooting engagements, I have never once come across a park ranger let alone a cop asking for a permit. As such, I would skip paying the $230 fee required to shoot here. Keep a lookout, but go ahead and shoot permit free. Second, know that Battery Park has tourists in abundance and virtually no shade. As such, I recommend shooting on a weekday when there are less tourists and to try and shoot during ‘golden hour’: one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. These photos were shot just before sunset and you can see how beautiful the light is. There are no harsh shadows anywhere. The light here is very ugly if you don’t have golden hour working in your favor, so you have been warned. Enjoy the photos!
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