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Sunday
Jan032010

My Knees Were Shaking..

On December 20th I photographed my first wedding.  I still cannot get over it when I say those words. 

I was introduced to the bride on a quick phone call one day while my girlfriend and her were driving to Manhattan to pick out bridesmaids dresses.  They told me that they originally were not going to have a photographer because they wanted to keep it intimate but my girlfriend did a great sell of my services and the bride agreed to use me!!  (Thanks again Georgia!!)

The one I wanted to get across to her was that I had never photographed a wedding.  They only wanted me to take photographs of the ceremony because the reception was going to be a small dinner for family and friends.  Either way I was super excited. 

The night before her wedding Long Island was hit with its first blizzard of the season.  28 inches to be exact.  The church was only five minutes from my house so I told her that no matter what I would be there, and I was.  I was nervous.  So very, very, very nervous. Serioulsy, my knees were shaking because I wanted to deliver photographs that captured their day.  

Before I share the photographs, I want to say that the bride was stunning.  Her brother commented before she got there that she is the most amazing woman, and I have to say I agree.  And even though the snow tried to interfere with their day, all of their family and friends filled the church to see them declare their love for one another.  It was simply beautiful. 

Here are some of my favorite shots from the day. 


The priest was blessing her brothers Rosary Beads.. The light was super bright, overexposing the image, but I love the texture it gave to the photograph.



I begged her to freeze outside for a few photographs..I am glad I did!

Thank you K&K for allowing me to photograph such a beautiful event. It was truly an honor.

To see more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Friday
Dec112009

What the heck? Newborn Edition

Over the past month I have had the pleasure of photographing numerous newborns.  I figured that it was time to have a What the Heck? Newborn Edition.  I will share some tips, cautions and a pull back shot of my typical set-up.

When I did my first newborn I was SCARED TO DEATH.  No seriously.  It was awful.  But I was extremely fortunate enough to photography my girlfriends son so she was very understanding and went with the flow.  However, after getting the first one under my belt, they don't get easier, I just approach them differently.  

Go into the session with confidence.  Seriously.  I mean that goes with any session.  If your confidence is not there, the pictures will reflect that (I recently had it happen at a portrait party and I can tell you it definitely reflects in your final work).

I know going into each newborn session that (a) Mom & Dad will be extremely nervous if it is there first born.  You need to explain in detail what will happen, and how the day will unfold.  They should be versed on your style of shooting, but just remind her that you will be taking off the babies diaper for some "hiney in the air" shots as I like to call them.  Make both Mom and Dad comfortable. (b) If it is their second, third, fourth child, all the same rules apply as in (a).  :)

The equipment I bring on a Newborn session is as follows:

1. A small heater
2. Bean Bag
3. Boppy
4. Towels/Changing pads for any accidents
5. Backdrop stand
6. Blankets, backdrops
7. Props (bowls, baskets, etc)
8. A softbox (I usually don't use it, but if there is not enough available light I break it out).

- It is extremely important to use a heater during a newborn session.  The baby never, ever wants to be cold. I will use a heater even during the summer.  So crank the heater up to high .. so that you’re sweating.  When you start sweating then you know the baby is comfortable.  

- Patience.  Patience.  And then more patience.  I explain to the parents when they book that the best time for squishy newborn photos is from day 5-10. I try never to shoot a newborn over ten days old because that is when they become aware, and they won't be in a deep sleep when you are trying to pose them.  Really explain to the parents that a sleepy newborn will result in amazing images.  You will run across the client that wants their newborn awake, and when that happens I explain to them that their photos will most likely result in very little eye contact with the camera, or even cross eyed photos because they just don't have the ability to focus.

Oh, and the baby will most likely eat, want to eat, need to be changed, snuggled, etc while you are there.  Newborns have their own timetable and needs.  Use that time to get some cute shots of Mom holding them. You can get creative too, because majority of the Moms I have photographed, do not want to be in the picture.  So I just take them holding the baby in their arms or snap a picture while the baby is resting on their shoulder.
-Think outside of the box.  I definitely do the traditional bean bag shots, which I love, but I love images of newborns in places where they shouldn’t be. (like baskets, bowls, etc).  Try to find backdrops that have a little texture to them. 

Explain to the parents that the set up may seem weird (I just had a newborn baby girl in a basket on the floor in the kitchen), but the shots will end up looking unique and beautiful.  However, go into the shoot with only three or four ideas.  If you bring more than you need you will end up bringing way to many props/backdrops and actually cause yourself to possible become way to indecisive when setting up shots.  (trust me on this. hahaha).
 
You can find great props at IKEA, Target, Home Goods, Marshalls, etc.
 
- Red.  Blotchy.  Scaly.  Yep, that is the typical skin of a newborn.  And every area of it is perfection.  You will hear Moms say, oh they are peeling, or they are so red (or jaundice).  Tell them not to worry because you will properly expose the shot, take it into photoshop and make minor tweaks.  Making sure you expose the shot correctly will help out more than you can imagine when trying to correct red, blotchy skin.  Take time to read your histogram!! :)
 
And because I promised, below is a pullback shot of a newborn session I had on Wednesday of this week.  I had GREAT natural light and did not need to use any artificial light at all.  I only used one of my reflectors (but I typically bring both of them when doing a newborn to fill in any shadows I see. 

Here is cute shot from this session:

There is a wonderful Flickr group that shows nothing but pull back shots for baby sessions.  Check it out if you get a chance.  

http://www.flickr.com/groups/babysessionsetup/

Newborn sessions are wonderful and I am not claiming to be an expert.. But so far this has worked for me.. and I know when I was starint out I used to search high and low for someone to say, just breath.  :)  You have to make sure you have plenty of time to dedicate to each session because you never know how the day will unfold.  But in the end, the result of presenting the final photographs to the parents is something so wonderful and a great way to start a lasting relationship with them.

Please email me or leave me a comment if you have any additional questions!! :)

Happy Shooting!

Wednesday
Nov182009

Beautiful Blues - Long Island Family Photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing the T Family two weekends ago.  We had unseasonably warm weather so I took the opportunity to take the photographs outside.  I am so happy I did, the lighting was spectacular and the camera loved their faces.




Thank you again to the T family for allowing me to photograph your family!!

To see more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Sunday
Oct182009

Portraits of Sweet Girl L- Long Island Child Portraits

A week after Sweet L's 2nd birthday I had the pleasure of taking her portraits.  I cannot say enough about this little girl.  The camera loved her adorable little face.  Here are my favorite shots from the session:





Thank you again to the T family for allowing me to photograph your beautiful little girl.

 To see more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Tuesday
Oct132009

Birthday Celebrations for a Beautiful Little Girl

Three weeks ago I had the pleasure of photographing the sweetest little girl at her 2 year old birthday celebration.  All her friends and family were there helping her blow out her candles.  Here are some of my favorite from the day:






 To see more of the photographs from this birthday celebration, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Monday
Oct052009

Beautiful Portraits on the beach.. - Long Island Family Photographer

Over the summer I had the opportunity to photograph this beautiful family.  I waited to post the photographs because she was sending out engagement announcements and I did not want to spoil the surprise.

I took these shots on the beach, the wind was powerful that day, the sand tried to kick our butt, however, in the end the pictures beamed love.

Here are some of my favorites from the session:




 To see more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..

Thursday
Oct012009

See who is getting so big!! Long Island Child Photographer

Back in May I had the honor of photographing Little Hunter.  You can see his sweet little face here... Flash forward five months and see how much he has GROWN!!!  His smile, eyes, and sweet sweet face made my job so very easy!!

Here are some of my favorite from his session!  Thank you to Hunter's Mommy and Daddy for letting me photograh their handsome little man!




 To see some more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..
All of the shots were taken with my 50mm or my 85mm.

Monday
Sep212009

The K Family - Long Island Family Photographer

This past Friday I had the opportunity to have a photo session with the sweetest family.  Their kids were full of smiles and laughs, and their love radiates through the portraits.  Please allow me to share with you my favorite photos from the day





To see some more of the photographs from this session, head over to my Facebook Fan page..
All of the shots were taken with my 50mm.

Thursday
Sep172009

Sweet Little J - Long Island Portrait Photographer

When I photographed J, he was three months old and such a sweet little boy.  Such intense little eyes that captivated my camera.  Here are a few of my favorite from his session.





 

Monday
Sep142009

Meet Katelyn - Long Island Portrait Photographer

I am super thankful to be apart of the Single Parent Project, because it lead Allison and her beautiful daughter Katelyn to my photography site.  The first time we met I knew Katelyn was someone special.  She was funny, smart, confident, did I mention she is only eight?  :)

Here are some of my favorite shots from our session.