Monthly Archives: February 2010

Scenes from New York City - February 17-20

During the winter months I spend most of my time collaborating with other photographers, honing my craft, and meeting with new clients for consultations. Over the past few days, much of this work has been taking place in New York City. Every time I have a meeting in the city, I try to do some shooting while I’m there. A week ago, there was snow. Then, this weekend the skies cleared and I found myself looking up much of the time and shooting architectural images.

Often, when I’m toting my camera around with a load of other things, I choose just one lens for the entire day. It’s as much of a personal challenge to shoot at only one focal length as it is simply for practicality. Depending on the day, these photos were shot with either of my little Canon 50mm f1.4 or 28mm f1.8 lenses. Both are great small lenses for fun stuff like this!

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The REAL Winter Wonderland - North Jersey Photography

When I woke up yesterday, this is what I saw. You might be sick of hearing about it, but this former-Michigander still loves her a snow day.

A few interesting compositions out the window.

I overheard one of my friends call it “Slurpee Snow.” Here’s proof in the way it stuck to the windows.

I don’t know if we got the 10 inches that Central Park seems to have reported. I’d say it was around 6-8 inches. This shot was taken at about 4 PM, after the majority of the snow had fallen.

Yep, I’m going to say (in my expert opinion, haha) that we only got about 6-8 inches in Rutherford, NJ. But it sure was beautiful!

Later, Joe and I couldn’t help but take a walk through the bright reflected light at about 10 PM. It’s quite eerie really, shooting at NIGHT in light that allows one to actually HAND-HOLD an iPhone and still get a clear picture. (Yes, this was shot on my iPhone with no editing, but I still think it’s pretty cool.)

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Winter Wonderland - Part 2 - Kate and Linzi

Here’s Part Two of my Winter Wonderland shoot; minus the dreamy winter snow scenes. I guess Washington D.C. kept all the snow for themselves last weekend!

Kate and Linzi braved the chilly temps and wind to model for Kyle and me. We took quite a few warm-up breaks in the Chelsea Market nearby and did most of the shooting on the High Line and around 9th and 15th.

^^^ See all that snow on the ground in the photo above?^^^ Yep, that’s all we got in NYC on Saturday!

Linzi is a designer in her own right, and she made this amazing orange coat herself.

Linzi also designed the outfit that Kate is wearing. I love fashion talent!

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Winter Wonderland - Part 1 - My friends!

As I sit here on the eve of what weather forecasters say will be an actual snowy day, I can’t help but laugh about the snowy shoot I planned for last Saturday that resulted in a complete lack of snow. :) I’ve also learned that the best way to keep in touch with one’s clients about major life milestones is to invite them to wear their wedding dress one more time. I had more than one client announce that they might not fit into their dress for a while on account of pregnancy! Quite exciting, I might add! So, my last-minute Winter Wonderland shoot became a great time hanging out with my friends, a fellow wedding photographer, and a couple of models who were up for the challenge of spending some time out in the freezing cold. Oh, and because everyone who RSVP’d lived in NYC, we moved the shoot to the High Line in Lower Manhattan.

First up, I wanted to share a few photos of my good friends Paula and Paula. Yes, I have two friends named Paula! Aren’t they lovely?

Complete sweethearts. I love my friends!

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Winter Wonderland!

This morning I woke up to a light dusting of snow. Yay! For some reason, I feel like my winter has seriously been lacking in the snow department. I guess North Jersey and NYC have been slightly out of range for the big snowstorms that hit the rest of the east coast this winter. A little more snow might come our way on Saturday, so I’m going to try to take advantage of it!

And that brings me to the title of this post…

A Winter Wonderland Shoot - for all of my past, present, and future brides & grooms!

Saturday, February 6, 2010
2pm - 5pm

Why this Saturday?
Because snow is hard to predict and the forecast looks good for it right now!

Meet at my place in Rutherford, NJ at 2pm.
Then, we’ll carpool over to Hoboken to do the shoot in/near Frank Sinatra Park. We’ll have (hopefully) snowy park spaces, the view of NYC, and some nice wintry trees/branches to work with.

Who is invited?
Anyone who wants a super-fun, wintry photo of themselves, their friends, or their significant other. If you have a group of friends who want to join you and simply wear their favorite fabulous outfit, they are definitely invited! This doesn’t have to be all wedding dresses!

How will I stay warm?
Well, since this isn’t your real wedding day, bring along your warmest boots, coat, hat (or earmuffs that won’t mess up your hair; I won’t judge!), and mittens. I’ll attempt to get us close to a restaurant or coffee shop where we can make warm-up stops, and we’ll also have at least one car nearby to warm up in. Hot cocoa and coffee will be on hand as well!

How much?
This event is completely FREE. I simply wanted a reason to go shoot in the snow! And you’ll also get some cool swag in the form of one 8×10 (or 2 5×7s) and a web-ready disc of your images, delivered about a week after the shoot.

What about my makeup?
Wear makeup that suits you. Just a little extra mascara, blush and lipstick go a long way to making you look extra fabulous in photos. (Photography usually shows less makeup than you actually have on, so feel free to do it up a bit more than normal.)

Should I rent a tux for my man?
That’s completely up to you. Your man can dress however you choose, whether that’s his favorite suit, a vintage jacket and pants from a thrift store, or jeans and a t-shirt. I’m all for creativity here!

Want to join us?
E-mail me at to let me know you’ll be joining us! Questions? E-mail me there as well!

And to get you in the spirit of a wintry shoot, here are a few images I shot a few days ago at a get-together with a bunch of fab New York/New Jersey photographers and models.

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