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Brooklyn Wedding Photography | Dumbo, Brooklyn | Nicole & Wil

I met up with Nicole and Will this past summer for a pre-wedding shoot, spanning both sides of the Brooklyn Bridge. I am SO EXCITED to share these images with the world because I think they may be my best set to-date.

Then I started thinking about WHY this was some of my best work and realized it had little to do with me and much to do with Nicole and Will. They helped make these images so great by:

  • Preparing for the shoot beforehand. Nicole and I were in contact throughout the year, exchanging ideas and planning for the shoot. She took time to gather inspiration shots and clearly communicate what was important to her and what she wanted out of the shoot, which in turn helped ME prepare a plan for how to make that happen.
  • Being involved and present in the shoot. Nicole and Will had their own ideas for poses and locations which, when combined with my ideas, made for some really great collaboration. They were also super enthusiastic and comfortable in front of the camera, which I know is not easy for most people (myself included!) – but it really does help.
  • Bringing props and an assistant. Nicole brought some items along to the shoot to add variety to the photos – e.g. balloons, a Mr & Mrs sign, and a bolero to wear over her dress. And – bonus! – she had her mom accompany us to play the roles of stylist and prop carrier in-between shots.

So thank you, Nicole and Will, for all your preparation and enthusiasm for this shoot. I’m thrilled with the images we created! :)

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Then later in the week, I photographed their wedding ceremony at Scottadito Osteria Toscana, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I love that they put so much thought into every detail – the restaurant looked incredible. It was such a pleasure to be a part of such an intimate ceremony.

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Personal | Mason Jars: Not Just For Jam (or Weddings!)

Alright, alright – I’ll admit it. Like with most fads and popular things, I was skeptical of mason jars. Perhaps even avoidant. In my neck of the woods, mason jars scream HIPSTER. I can’t be ruining my street cred by drinking out of these things or adorning my apartment with them, ya heard?

(I know, I’m so silly – I claim to be super rational, but sometimes my logic is beyond absurd. Case in point, right here.)

However, sometimes I actually DO give in to the trend when it makes sense to. But always on my own time (i.e. well after the fact). Last weekend, when I was visiting my sister in Boston, we were making glogg and I went into her cabinet to fetch some spices and – lo and behold – they were stored in cute little mason jars, labeled in chalk on a little strip she painted with blackboard paint. And at that moment, I said to HELL with my street cred. I knew that as soon as I returned home, I had a new project on my hands.

First of all, how amazing is the idea of chalkboard paint?! I would paint my whole wall with it if I could (in fact, I probably WILL someday, when I’m living somewhere more permanent). And second, you don’t even KNOW the annoyance I’ve experienced over my extensive spice collection. We have SO MANY bottles of spices, but nowhere to put them so they just sit in a cluster taking over half of our countertop. All of the bottles are different, and many won’t fit in spice racks. The walls around the counter are tiled, so installing a shelf isn’t even an option. Simply put, it’s a big tacky mess:

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Gross, right? ENTER THE MASON JAR PROJECT. Thanks to google, I had a pretty good idea of how to go about doing this. Last week, I scrambled to get a few materials before the weekend:

– a dozen 4 oz mason jars (@ Fishs Eddy)
– blackboard spray paint (@ Home Depot)
– painter’s tape (@ a local dollar store)
– chalk (@ Duane Reade)

I went a little spray-crazy and it looked like this:

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And here’s what our counter looks like now!:

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I didn’t have enough mason jars to house all of our spices, so there may be a Part 2 soon to come. Still, this is such an improvement from before, right?

And you might be wondering – what place does this cute little arts & crafts project have on a professional wedding photography blog? Easy – MASON JARS AT WEDDINGS!! Mason jars have become super prevalent as wedding decor. How awesome would it be to do a similar project for place settings at your wedding? Just buy a bunch of 12 oz jars, paint a strip (or some other shape) with chalkboard paint, and write each guest’s name on a jar. A quick search on pinterest (another trend I’m avoiding, by the way) yields countless possibilities. DO IT!!

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(grabbed this from Pinterest, linked from Style Me Pretty)

Brooklyn Wedding Phtography | Dumbo Loft | Emily & George

Well hello! I’m back to blogging, and I’ve got so many great shoots to share! Starting with Emily & George’s wedding from earlier this summer.

First, I need to say this: Emily was THE MOST organized, calm bride I’ve ever worked with. I was in awe of her wedding day demeanor.

Second: they had a Greek Orthodox ceremony, which had a lot of interesting little nuances to it. The church they married in (Sts. Constantine and Helen Church) was absolutely gorgeous!

Third: Emily had *2* bouquets – they were made of felt, by an Eastern European seller on Etsy. LOVE!

Here are some favorites from the day:

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Wedding Photography | City Hall Elopement | Sneak Peek: Sarah & Mitch

These guys came all the way from Australia to get married in New York City, and they’re spending the next MONTH traveling around the US. Now THAT’s my kind of wedding celebration :)

More to come!

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Brooklyn Engagement Photography | Emily & George

Emily and George are so great. I mean, with all the love they have for their cat, how can they not be? (Sidenote: I actually got to meet the famous Theo before our shoot. He’s a cutie!)

We wandered around Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo and were gifted with some AMAZING light to work with. They were even down to hop onto a loading dock for a few shots (e.g. the last one posted below). So much fun! Here are a few of my favorite shots:

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