Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Chrismakkuh '06 recap

Chrismakkuh is the term Seth Cohen coins in one of the early seasons of the O.C. Yes, I admit it, "The O.C." was a guilty pleasure of ours. Unfortunately, the show has "jumped the shark" more times than Shamu jumps for her daily dinner making it impossible to continue watching.

Anyway - if you did not know, I am Jewish and my wife is Catholic. This can pose some big challenges in a marriage, especially when we both came from moderately religious families. That's where having a good sense of humor comes in. :)

Being in an interfaith marriage does have its perks though - there is never an argument about which family we must be with for all the holidays. Thanksgiving does pose a challenge so for the last few years we have hosted. Problem solved.

This year we celebrated Christmas eve at home (sorry no photos) - and then went down to my brother and sister in-law's for Christmas day to celebrate and exchange gifts. Of course there were tons of gift cards (a few B&H for me), CD's, sweaters and games given out, but there was one I just had to share. Here is a picture of my favorite gift from my niece Gia. I nearly started crying when I read the back - fortunately, Liz quickly diverted the attention away from me. I am such a sap. :)

Pictured above is Kiera, Gia, Tommy and I about 7 years ago. It made me think how fast time flies and how important photos can be. I have watched these guys grow up over the last 11 years and we have had such a great time. I have had so much fun taking pictures of them - one of these days I will share a few.

Finally - we received our best Chrismakkah gift in my life - a photo of our baby be we have nicknamed "Linus" - he is 20 weeks and due to make his debut on May 15, 2007.

Is that the cutest baby ever?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

2006 top ten.

It's that time of year again - everyone else is doing it, so why not me?

I thought it would be fun for me to have my own top ten list for 2006. At first I enjoyed looking through ALL of the jobs I photographed this year - quickly I realized this would be a daunting task. I have been so lucky to have the greatest clients anyone could ask for. EVERY wedding I shot this year was amazing! And - if you don't believe me just go back and look at this year's blog entries. :)

I determined the top ten by picking one shot from every wedding shoot this year, then I had my wife Elizabeth pick her favorite ten. So if you disagree, you will have to take it up with her. :)

As the year comes to a close I want to thank everyone who let me into their lives to capture their wedding memories, and to those who me who helped me do it. I also want to thank all of my friends, and family for their support - 2006 was a great year and I am looking forward to what 2007 has to come.

Speaking of 2007 - I am excited to bring in the new year with my friends Scarlett Williams, Alisha Clark, and of course the infamous Luke Walker. We will be photographing Julie and Roberts' wedding on New Year's Eve. They are all coming in early so check back for some fun stuff we are doing next week. Scarlett will be turning the camera on me for a video we are shooting for the new website. She promised to make me look really skinny. :)

Finally - I need your help!! I am asking all of you to help me pick the #1 shot for 2006. PLEASE leave your vote in the comments below! Thanks, and Happy Holidays everyone!!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Winter Light

Shooting this time of year is a little tricky - mainly because there just isn't much daylight (time wise) to work with, and the angle of the sun is very low. However, there is something about the winter light (no not the movie written and directed by Ingmar Bergman) that is so nice. On a clear day like yesterday, it provides just the right amount of warmth to the cold NYC skyline.

Yesterday I met Ashlee and Frank (AKA - Mac) in Central Park for their engagement shoot. It was a little chilly when the wind kicked up, but for December, you could not ask for a nicer day. As always, for a Sunday in Central Park we werent the only ones taking advantage of the balmy day.

Here are a few photos from the shoot - Make sure to check out Ashlee and Mac's Slideshow here!

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Where in the world is Sara France?

Right here in our little town! Last night I attended Pictage's first annual holiday party. Sara France, from San Diego surprised us - she has a fun blog that I like to check out now and again so I could not resist stealing her title. Hope to see you on the west coast soon!

It has been so much fun getting to know everyone this year - looking forward to seeing all of you next year!

Here are a few photos.

Spencer Gordon, Robin, and Jeff Mason

Christopher Duggan, Sara France and Gene.

Rob Munroe, Shari Silk, and Carlos Varela

Me and Martin Orstadius.

Sara and I. http://beta.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif

My apologies for the aweful red eye in all these pictures. A new digital camera is on my Christmakuh list - I was really good this year, so I am keeping my fingers crossed. ;)

Make sure to check out more photos Shari just posted on the worlds greatest PUG blog.