Tips From a Bar Mitzvah Photographer

Hora dance by bar mitzvah photographer, Kelly Williams

June got off to a busy start, not with a wedding, but with Bryan’s bar mitzvah. The ceremony, held at Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights followed by a bar mitzvah celebration at the Picnic House in Prospect Park, was completely planned by Bryan’s mother, Amy, and it went off without a hitch. If you […]

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A First Birthday Portrait, Plus Tips on Using Props in Family Portraits

First birthday portrait in Central Park

Saturday was a complete washout, here in New York City.  Friday, on the other hand, started off beautifully, and it was a great day for Nicholas’ first birthday portrait. Find out all the details from our Central Park shoot, plus get some tips on using props in your family portrait.

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The Challenge of a Day in the Life Family Photography Session

Little boy going to daycare for a day in the life family photography session

An early happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers out there (including my own)! With the upcoming holiday this Sunday, I wanted to pose a challenge to you for your next family portrait: why not take a chance on a day in the life family photography session?

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Image File Size and Resolution: Print vs. Web

Brooklyn Heights baby portrait for an article on image file size and resolution

When I deliver a set of final images to a client, the question always comes up: which files should I use online, and which files should I use to print? Answers to this probing question plus everything you always wanted to know about image file size and resolution (but were afraid to ask) in today’s […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside!: Indoor Baby Portrait Tips

Mother and child portrait for an article on indoor baby portrait tips

Just because New York City gets hit with a ‘blizzard’, doesn’t mean that the world stops. Let’s say your little one is turning six-months old and you want a family photo, but it’s too cold outside for that lovely portrait in the park you’ve been dreaming of? Well, have I got some indoor baby portrait […]

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A Greek Orthodox Baptism: Or, No Camera Flash in Church

Greek Orthodox baptism photos at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City

It has always been my philosophy not to use camera flash in a church for any event: be it wedding, or in this case, baptism. No matter the size of the event, a flash popping off is disruptive (and obnoxious), especially when guests are trying to focus on the ceremony at hand. While I may […]

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Photojournalistic Portraits: Picturing Your Photo Shoot as an Adventure

Photojournalistic portraits for a couple’s 50th wedding anniversary

For me, each photo shoot is a unique adventure. I never want the people I photograph to simply stand in front of my camera with a blank smile. Rather, I use my photojournalistic style to incorporate movement, emotion, and most importantly, story, into the frame. This is why I would encourage everyone to think of […]

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What To Do If Your Child Gets Sick Before a Photo Shoot

Little boy by Central Park family photographer, Kelly Williams

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: you schedule a family photo shoot for the one day of the week everyone is available, get everyone’s hair and clothes looking nice, and then of course, your child gets sick.  It happened to me Sunday, and here is how to handle the situation, with Central Park family photos from […]

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Why Haven’t the Leaves Changed?

Central Park family portrait

If you were thinking about scheduling a family or engagement portrait to coincide with the vibrant colors of fall, you might find yourself asking the obvious: why haven’t the leaves changed?  I bring you the 2016 leaf peeper report straight from Central Park, illustrated with photos of darling mother and daughter, Sheila and Layla, from […]

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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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