This batch of photos is the last in a series I did for a prominent NYC nonprofit organization. I visited soup kitchens and a senior center and photographed clients utlilizing services there. My photos are going to be published in the organization’s annual report, which I am eagerly waiting to see! I’ll be sure to post photos of the report once I have it in my hands :)
As I mentioned before, I really enjoyed these assignments because they were different from my usual wedding and event photography, yet still allowed me to practice photojournalism and capture the essence of people. I’d love to do more of this sort of work! This particular shoot at the ENCORE senior center was especially enjoyable because all the folks were so nice and funny. Lots of jokesters at the senior center, that’s for sure!
Don’t worry, we’ll be back to our regular scheduled programming soon! I know I’ve been posting a seemingly random array of photos lately, but the month of June is stock full of weddings, events, and engagement shoots for me. I’m excited to officially kick off this wedding season!
Last weekend I went to Connecticut for my uncle’s 50th birthday party. My family has spent their entire lives in CT, so inevitably whenever I see them they ask me a billion questions about how “life in the big city” is. I’m pretty sure I always tell them it’s awesome. My grandma still can’t get over the fact that I live in Brooklyn, buuuuuut I think she secretly loves it because that’s where my grandpa was from :D
Without further adu, here is my fabulous family. FYI – I shoot all special occasions! Not only weddings, but also birthday parties, engagement parties, bridal showers, mitzvahs, you name it – if something important is happening, I want to be there to document it! Contact me if interested!
Oh, I need to preface the next 2 shots by saying that my sisters and I are the masters at making funny faces. For real.
Shan is the master of whipping up homemade birthday cards at 1am the day of someone’s b-day:
I love when my clients pick out the locations for their photoshoots – not only does it help me out, but it also reveals a bit about their personalities beforehand. Even better, the locations they choose tend to actually bring out their personalities because they hold special meaning or interest. And since that’s what I’m so keen on capturing in my images, I really encourage everyone I work with to choose a location for their shoot.
Kymberly and Davide had me meet them at the Transit Museum for their engagement session. “Davide loves trains”, said Kymberly. Translation: these two are fun, young-spirited people in love. I loved following them around as they hopped from train to train in the museum. And that wasn’t even enough train-action, so we went into an actual subway station afterwards to take some more photos. That was fiiiiiine by me, as I’m fascinated by the subway system. It was such a fun shoot!
Kymberly’s from Canarsie – gotta represent!
At one point, I had them both do something in secret on each side of the phone booth. They couldn’t see what each other was doing – yet they ended up doing the exact same thing! (putting their ear up against the divider to listen to the other side). I’m posting this shot instead though, because it’s pretty funny:
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?
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.
I got to photograph several arrangements for Mother’s Day for Barbara’s Flowers, a fantastic flower shop up in Harlem. Tara is an incredibly talented florist who prepares arrangements primarily for weddings and events. This arrangement happened to be my favorite of all the ones I shot – isn’t it gorgeous?