If you know me at all, you know that I absolutely love cats. LOVE. Not quite to the point of being on the road to crazy cat ladydom, but enough that I will yell out “kitty!” whenever I see one and likely try to pet it and get it to purr. That’s probably not something to go telling the world on your blog, but cats make me happy. So does photography. And so does taking pictures of cats.
I’ve actually never had a cat of my own, but this year I decided I was finally ready to adopt one. I wasn’t going to settle for anything less than my kitty soulmate, though! I started looking at shelters and thinking of names (for awhile I was set on naming her Chubby Checkers, though I can’t remember why exactly…). The plan was to hopefully adopt one this summer, in July or August after a jam-packed month of June. But hey, you can’t always plan when you’ll find your (kitty) soulmate! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook, I learned that a friend of a friend had rescued a little tabby cat on the streets of Newark, and that she was so sweet and cute and desperately needed a home. There literally was no decision-making process, I just automatically made up my mind that I had to see her. I told myself that I’d think about it afterwards and if I wanted to take her, I’d wait a week or two until the dust started to settle in my hectic life. I also picked out a name for her before even meeting her: Chib Jr, after my family’s gorgeous tabby cat back home who’s my favorite cat of all-time.
Well, guess what happened? I went, I saw her, and I had to have her that night. We lugged her back to NYC in a cardboard box that she almost busted through at least 20 times on the train. She spent a week camping out in my bedroom while we kept her separate from my roommate’s cat and I tried to cram in her vet appointments to make sure she was healthy. She nearly escaped when she climbed out my window one day through a ripped screen while we were at work – thank god our neighbor saw her!
But oh, she’s so adorable! She purrs, she plays, she cuddles, she likes to lick my arms/hands and nibble on my hair. She often wakes me up at 5am to play (as if dragging a toy into bed at that hour is really going to get me up!). She’s the most easygoing, chill kitty I’ve ever seen. Yeah, she’s pretty much my kitty soulmate :) … and definitely worth the wait I’d say!
And with that, I present: Chib Jr!
(She’s probably about 6 months old here…)
I had the privilege of photo-documenting Ebony and Shawn’s vow renewal ceremony at the gorgeous Grand Cascades Resort in Hamburg, NJ. I was super excited about the day, except for one thing: I had to drive through Manhattan to get there. Living in NYC, I don’t have much need for a car so I rarely drive these days. And that’s fine with me because a). I don’t like driving, and b). I prefer greener methods of transport, i.e. train or bike. The mere thought of driving through the city shakes me! But there was no way around it today, so I bit the bullet and dove right in. And I dare say it was kind of fun! :)
Even more fun was getting to photograph this beautiful event. Ebony and Shawn have a colorful and tight-knit family, and they renewed their vows in front of all their loved ones. The day was as much about celebrating their family as it was about renewing their marriage. There was such an outpouring of love during the toasts, it was so touching to witness.
Congrats to the happy couple and their fabulous family!
Literally 2 seconds after I took this shot ^^, it started to downpour. How’s that for timing?
Right after the ceremony, I found all the kids hanging out in the game room while the adults mingled in the lobby. Too cute!
All of the table decorations came from Ebony’s home collection. So pretty!
I kicked off a very busy month of June with Naeema and Ron’s wedding. They got married at the Flushing Town Hall (in Queens, NYC) on a ridiculously hot and humid day, but the weather didn’t spoil anyone’s spirits. The wedding party walked down the aisle to a Method Man & Mary J. Blige song, a great change of pace from the traditional wedding processional and indicative of the fun-loving, laidback nature of the bride & groom and their loved ones.
The day began at the Marco Hotel, where Naeema and her bridal party got ready:
The ceremony took place in the gardens at the Flushing Town Hall:
Ron and his groomsmen were so much fun to photograph!
Here he broke out some freestyling action after I instructed them to strike a non-serious pose. It was pretty amazing, and I wish I had caught it on video but alas.
Naeema and Ron had a Caribbean theme going on at their wedding (she’s Puerto Rican and he’s Haitian), so the tables were adorned with shells and tropical-looking flowers.
Congratulations, guys! :)
On Saturday, I got to photograph Naeema and Ron’s wedding at the Flushing Town Hall. The wedding party
walked danced down the aisle to Method Man & Mary J. Blige’s “You’re All I Need To Get By”, and it was nothing short of awesome :) More to come soon!
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!