First Birthday Portrait + Party

First birthdays are a milestone for the parents as much as the babies - it's a true accomplishment. Sleep gets better, communication emerges, and first steps are taken. I recently took these first year birthday photos at the family's apartment and roof deck in NYC.  All the details were filled with love including a homemade hot air balloon. The happiest of birthdays to Miles!

Bring on the Sunshine: Beach Weddings

All of the senses are engaged at beach weddings.  The water laps, the air is crisp, the sand touches your feet, and of course, the views are all-encompassing.  A few of my favorite shots at beach weddings over the years.

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"Martha's Flowers"

I can't believe it's taken more so long to share this, but my photography has been included in Martha Stewart's recent book: Martha's Flowers!  It's a gorgeous guide to gathering, growing and enjoying flowers.  My photos are from a shoot over a few days at Martha's house in Bedford, NY.  Check it out and a quick sneak peek at my pages.

Spring Weddings

I love capturing nature at events.  And, while this spring has been off to a chilly start, soon flowers will be in full bloom... the perfect setting for a wedding.  And for spring, it's all about romantic pastels and fragrant flowers.  The bouquets are especially stunning, providing a gorgeous reflection of the season's natural beauty. 

The Mitzvah Scene

If you've been to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah party recently, you might think you've stepped into a nightclub.   Nonstop dancing, the latest hip-hop and pop tracks, fashion statements everywhere, and a custom logo to top it off.  Welcome to this generation's mitzvah scene... they're having a blast!

Venues captured here: Orange Lawn Tennis Club, Chatham Fish & Game & Slate NYC

A Bryant Park Grill Wedding in November

I had the honor of shooting this classic, picturesque wedding in the heart of New York City at Bryant Park Grill.  While November brought some bitter cold for the day, we were able to get outside and be part of the vibrancy that fills the park.  Congrats to the lovely couple!

Step 1: Pick a Season

Picking a season is a fun first step for the newly-engaged.  Fall leaves, spring flowers, summer warmth, and brisk winter air help to inspire your wedding style.  I always get outside for a few shots... even with some raindrops, every season is beautiful.  Here are some select outdoor photos of weddings throughout the year.  

Some of the venues featured include: Wave Hill in Riverdale, NY, Red Maple Vineyard in West Park, NY, The Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, Roundhouse in Beacon, NY, Bryant Park Grill in New York City, The Westchester Country Club in Rye, NY.

Romantic NoHo Wedding

Ah, weddings.  We often talk about the fabulous venues, gorgeous dresses, beautiful flowers... the details.  But in addition to that, it's the subtle moments, connections and laughter that truly warm up the photos.  I had the joy of capturing it all at this New York City wedding. 

Photographing your Newest Edition

There's nothing like the first few weeks. It's a complete joy for me to capture the expressions, interactions, and pure love that the littlest ones bring to a family. My favorite prop: the sibling. Enjoy!

Fall Family Portraits

School is back in session, some cooler days are here, and I've seen quite a few posts about pumpkin spice. It's nearly fall and a beautiful time for family portraits. Any location works in the fall...backyards, a nature trail, urban back drops. They all bring out the hues and gorgeous light of the season. Here are a few photos from 2016 to inspire. 

Valentine's Day: Hidden Moments at Weddings

In celebration of Valentine's Day, I thought I'd post some of my most romantic shots at weddings. My favorite moments are those that others don't see. The secret kiss over dinner, the embrace after the "first look", the look of a groom's face when he sees his bride walk down the aisle. The hidden moments are ones that aren't cliche or staged, but rather an authentic connection between two people.  Happy Valentine's Day! 

Red Maple Vineyard Wedding

Red Maple Vineyard was a stunning backdrop for Carlee and Matt's late summer wedding. I had the privilege of photographing Carlee's brother's wedding several years back in NYC so I was happy to see her family again for another celebration. The natural beauty of this Hudson Valley venue was coupled with personalized details and a few references to their shared alma mater, Colgate University. I had a wonderful time photographing their wedding and I hope to return to Red Maple again. Congrats to Carlee and Matt!

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10 Amazing Wedding Venues in NYC

I've been photographing weddings in the New York City area for over 10 years and I can proudly say that I've worked at some of the most interesting venues in town. Here is a list of 10 of my favorites venues for weddings in New York City for photography (in no particular order):

1) The Metropolitan Club off of 5th Avenue is old New York at its finest. The ornate detail in the ceremony and reception rooms are spectacular and make such an impact in photos. Look at those ceilings!

2) Continuing with the Old New York theme, the New York Yacht Club in midtown boasts one of the largest collections of model sail boats in the country. It's surprising to find such a gem like this right in the middle of Manhattan. The ceiling in the main dining room is made of Tiffany glass. So beautiful!

3) Old Jewish New York can be found at the amazing Angel Orensanz Foundation on the Lower East Side. A former synagogue turned art and event space, the building has amazing character and ambiance.

4) Sometimes is all about the view. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel's event space looks right over Columbus Circle and Central Park. You really can't get a more spectacular view of Manhattan than this.

5) Most views require you to look out a window, but not at 620 Loft and Gardens. Here you can have your ceremony or cocktail hour overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral and Rockefeller Center. The beautifully manicured garden is a nice contrast to the sharp lines of the city scape.

6) The penthouse terrace on the top floor of the Gramercy Park Hotel can't be beat for its warm, romantic ambiance. The string lights that line the ceiling are great for photos. 

7) Over in Brooklyn, I've had wonderful wedding shoots at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It's lovely to be in a huge city but have access to this lush, sprawling botanic garden. Cocktail hour by the lily pond is breathtaking.

8) Another garden wedding can be had at Wavehill in the Bronx. Receptions happen in a tudor-style historic house on the grounds and ceremony and portraits can be taken anywhere in the gardens. A view of the Hudson River is a nice bonus for this beautiful spot. I love photographing here!

9) I photographed here several years ago but it was definitely one to remember. The Chinese Scholar Garden in Snug Harbor (Staten Island) is as far removed from the intensity of New York City as you can get. The pavilion, paths, rocks  and waterfalls are incredible for wedding photography.

10) And, finally, sometimes a warehouse full of vintage furniture and decorations is all you need for some creative wedding photography. The Metropolitan Building in Long Island City has been a long-time favorite of mine because it has dramatic lighting and excellent props.