Category Archives: portraits

Modeling Shoot with Lauren Amanda

I love January. For me, it means time to re-focus, be creative, and experiment with my photography. When I’m not shooting a lot of weddings in the winter, I find that stepping into other non-wedding realms of photography is invigorating and valuable.

So, when my friend Marco Sagliocco told me that he got a new set of studio lights and wanted to test them out (and that he had an amazing model coming in to photograph), I got excited. Marco has been a great advocate of my photography and referred many wedding clients to me, so I was really happy to finally be able to return his kindness by sharing some of my photography knowledge with him. He’s recently been taking the modeling photography circuit by storm, and I’m so excited for his new endeavor.

Now, technically, I do some of these same techniques on a wedding day with off-camera flashes but it’s really great to work with more powerful lights and “real” softboxes in a controlled environment. We shot with just one or two lights, depending on the look we were going for, and focused on giving Marco a good foundation for his future with these lights.

I should really thank the amazingly beautiful Lauren Amanda for spending her Monday evening modeling for us, and make-up expert Ashley Simon for her styling artistry. And let me add: there’s no Photoshop facial retouching here! Incredible.

Friends, here’s what I can do when I dig up my studio lighting knowledge. This shoot was so much fun!

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Lily - Newborn Portraits

This past weekend I had the privilege of photographing Andrea and Mark’s newborn sweetheart, Lily. (Remember their Pier Sixty New York wedding from last year?) Oh. My. Goodness. Lily is a beautiful baby and so alert and inquisitive for being just under two weeks old! At first I wasn’t sure if I’d get to see her in her wide-eyed stage as Mark and Andrea had told me I would, but after a few little naps she really did show us those gorgeous eyes!

She started out very sleepy:

So sleepy, in fact, that no matter what position we put her in, she still didn’t wake up.

But eventually, her eyes opened a bit:

And then she went back to sleep again. This time, doesn’t she look so happy in mom and dad’s hands?

Hello! I love this one. She’s looking at daddy here:

The pursed lips are too cute:

Aaaand, back to sleep:

Here’s a shot from her fabulous nursery. This wall art was skillfully painted by her grandpa!

And here she is looking pretty grown up for a two-week-old! She was really having a conversation with me.

And a cute look over mom’s shoulder:

Tummy play time was pretty fun!

I’m so glad I had a chance to photograph Lily. Thanks, Andrea and Mark!

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Danny, Kate & Isaac ~ Portraits in Central Park

I was so honored to photograph this beautiful family in Central Park last month. Little Isaac is a bubbly, sweet, adorable 1-year-old, and his mom, Kate, is a relative of a friend of mine from college. It was such a treat to spend some time capturing images of Isaac’s personality and also a few of the complete family!

Isaac’s eyes rock my socks off:

Again. Those eyes! And the whole family sure is stunning.

This shot is a favorite of mine. I’ve overlooked this bridge and tree as a backdrop before. I’m not going to miss it next time I’m in Central Park.

We managed to capture a few of Kate & Danny alone too. They had planned to do a “day-after” wedding portrait session in their wedding attire, but because of an unlucky chain of events with their wardrobe, we settled on a family session instead. Hopefully we’ll still get another try in their wedding attire at a later date!

Once we got out this bright blue bouncy-ball, Isaac sure let us know how much fun he was having.

What a sweet little man!

Thanks again to Danny, Kate & Isaac for a great session!

-S

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Beautiful Baby Aiden ~ Welcome to the world!

I told you I was doing a lot of family and children’s photography last month, right? Well, one of the highlights of all that extra-curricular photography was this newborn session. And as I’ve said before, because I specialize in weddings and don’t typically do many children’s sessions, this was actually one of the few newborn sessions I’ve ever done. (I mean, I can still count them on one hand!) What made it a real highlight for me is that this baby is my former college roommate’s first child … and I just happened to be in town for a wedding the week he was born! I love it when things work out so perfectly.

This photo melts my heart every time I look at it:

Little hands!

Little feet!

Nose kisses! And what a perfect sleeper (during the day).

Got a couple while he was awake!

But I just love the sleeping ones …

Welcome to the world, Aiden!

-S

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A fun family session - Lake Michigan

I promised to blog a few more of this super fun family. Now that a few weeks have gone by, I’ve shot a couple more weddings, done a few more portrait sessions, and processed a mountain of images, I’m finally getting around to blogging! Don’t worry, I think it was just a phase … I’m not going to turn back into the blogger I once was. (The one that only blogged once a month!) I’m back. And better than before. And, apparently, going all out with the cliches.

I guess you could say I’m a one-track sort of photographer. Weddings are my thing. I market myself only as a wedding photographer on my main website (I know. Crazy, right?), but I do get the occasional request for family photos from my wedding clients. July was one of those months where it seemed most of my clients were requesting family sessions, whether it was for themselves or their siblings, cousins, etc. And all of these families had children of varying ages, from newborn to 6. So, I welcomed the change of pace, and also the challenge of children’s photography!

You’ve already seen a similar image from the last post, but I really like this wider version. And I think they did too, as a 20×30 canvas print of it will soon adorn the wall of their family room!

I never expect kids to sit and smile for the camera too much, so I like to work to capture personalities rather than cheesy smiles. The beach proved the perfect location for that as these little guys took full advantage of the great expanse of the beach, running everywhere.

And, I’ll admit, they did look pretty cute when we actually lined them up in a row.

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