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Beautiful spring weekend spent outdoors

Wanna know how a photographer spends her weekends when she’s not out shooting a wedding, event, or portrait session? Taking pictures, of course! :) I just can’t help it! I’ve always been sort of obsessed with documenting my life. And I’m always out and about doing things and exploring NYC, so of course I’ve got my camera with me almost all the time.

This past weekend, we were graced with the most incredible weather – sunshine & 70’s – does it get any better? When the weather is good, I make an effort to be outdoors as much as possible. On Saturday, Lauren and I wandered around the East Village and got a wee bit distracted by all the gorgeous fencing on St. Marks Place. I get so entranced by all the swirls and texture. Isn’t it just gorgeous?

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Then on Sunday, I got on my bike and rode down to Prospect Park, where I just layed on a hill with the sun shining on me, dozing off to the occasional shouts from the six baseball games taking place all around me. No pictures, just pure enjoyment and relaxation :) Later, I ended up on 5th Ave in Park Slope where the annual 5th Ave Street Fair was happening. Unlike most NYC street fairs that all have the same repetitive vendors, this one had much more variation to it. So I wandered the street with my big lens, shooting candid shots of strangers and ogling all the kittens that were up for adoption at one booth. I am officially on the hunt for a kitty to call my own!… but it’s not a decision to be taken lightly, so I did not give in to temptation and adopt one on the spot there. Soon enough!

But man, I love NYC. I say it all the time, yet somehow it’s not enough.

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St. John’s Bread and Life

Back in March, I had the pleasure of taking photos at St. John’s Bread and Life, a soup kitchen and pantry in Brooklyn. I really like these sorts of photo jobs because they give me a chance to step outside the realm of wedding/event photography and put my photojournalistic tendencies to good use in a more low-key environment. Here are some of the more colorful characters I encountered:

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West Harlem Community Kitchen

I’ve had the privilege of assisting a certain nonprofit organization with taking pictures at some NYC soup kitchens for their annual report. It’s been so much fun meeting the clients, chatting with them about their experiences at these soup kitchens, and photographing them.

Shooting various NYC events in the past year has really opened my eyes to how diverse this city is. From soup kitchen clients to the Real Housewives of NYC at a boutique opening, I’ve seen firsthand how New York can be home to anyone, no matter what race or class they may be. I think this is one of my favorite things about NYC – you can find anything and anyone here. I’m so glad to be living here!

Community Kitchen of West Harlem | brooklyn wedding photographer

Community Kitchen of West Harlem | brooklyn photographer

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Community Kitchen of West Harlem | brooklyn wedding photographer

Community Kitchen of West Harlem | brooklyn photographer

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Winter Flowers at the Community Gardens

There’s this community garden in the East Village that I’ve been to many times in my NYC wanderings ever since moving here 2+ years ago. It’s La Plaza Cultural on 9th St and Avenue C. What initially drew me to it was the fence surrounding it, decorated the whole way around with flowers made out of recycled items. Beautiful AND eco-friendly, not to mention super-creative and durable (they’ve been there for 10 years!). Love it!

This past weekend, on the Vernal Equinox and 10th Anniversary of these Winter Flowers, there was an assembly line setup where passers-by could help in constructing 300 new flowers for the garden. It involved cutting up old soda/beer cans into flower petals, layering these cans and threading them onto a pipe cleaner, adding a bottle top as the center of the flower, and finishing the flower off. They had us wear robes, hats, and gloves while participating in this special process. Lauren got to cut the cans into petals, and I had the task of assembling the cans and putting the flower together. And oh, this was not a task to be taken lightly! I took my sweet time with it, even though it backed the assembly line up a bit. But it was incredibly gratifying to be a part of it and finally see how the flowers came to form. I’m so glad we stopped by!

Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn wedding photographer

Winter Flowers at La Plaza Cultural community garden | brooklyn photographer

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Lauren took the photo of me here (on the left), which I just LOVE because it’s so natural :) By the way, that hat barely fit on my big head!
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These are the flowers we made:
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Dining like royalty in Brooklyn

There are a few things I won’t think twice about spending exorbitant amounts of money on (i.e. photography equipment, traveling) – but eating out is not one of them. On the rare occasions where I DO go out to eat, I typically only order an entree – and an inexpensive one at that.

But the lovely thing about NYC is that sure, you can go out and spend a fortune on a meal – but you can also just as easily eat on the cheap. And once in awhile, you can even combine extravagance with affordability, such as during Restaurant Week. Or, in this case, during Dine In Brooklyn week. A $20 three-course lunch at a restaurant right on the Brooklyn waterfront, where there are doormen, complimentary fresh bread, and sweeping views of the bridges? Sign me up, and fast!

So Lauren and I ate like queens on the most beautiful day of the year thusfar. I had salad, penne alla vodka, chocolate cake, and a mimosa, and it was nothing short of glorious. Giando on the Water is such a beautiful venue too, and they host events. Oh how I’d love to shoot weddings here!

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