Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Maureen and Ed

I know in many of my blog posts I talk about the BEAUTIFUL weather so you would think that's all I see. It may never rain in Southern California, but that's not true in the NorthEast.

However - if it was beautiful and nice all the time what fun would that be? Who needs bright beautiful days? As a photographer I love the challenges shooting in NYC can bring. Bright sunny days to dark dreary rainy afternoons - I love them all. Of course, a warm sunny day is great, but there is something cozy about a rainy day.

Let's just say Maureen and Ed's morning was very cozy. :) We spoke earlier in the week and they mentioned their concern for the weather. I told them not to worry, if it did rain we would grab some of my giant umbrellas and find some fun places for pictures. I also promised some awesome shots if it was raining - I love the shine the city streets get when it rains. (You might notice in movies, that when they shoot the NYC streets they are often wet -- it just looks better on film!)

Fortunately for Maureen, Ed and myself, the sun came out for their cocktail hour and we took advantage of the sunset. Click on the image below for their slideshow.

Thanks again Maureen and Ed!!

I also need to say thanks to my friends and rockin' photo couple Laura and Paul Eaton for helping me out! Many of the great shots are theirs too. Thanks guys!

Monday, November 26, 2007

The First Rule of Cyber Monday:

The First Rule of Cyber Monday: There Is No Cyber Monday. I love this article about Cyber Monday. For those of you not familiar with this hyped holiday, here's the Wikipedia definition.

I make a point of doing all of my Chrismukkah shopping online, mainly because I hate shopping, crowds and well.....I'm a little lazy too. :) I must admit I didn't see anything worth jumping on today, but would love to hear from any of you who might have! Leave a comment, please!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I'm starting Cyber Tuesday. For those of you looking for a photographer for your wedding, today's the day to contact me! One day only, I promise it's not hype.... :)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

From Harvard Square to Stockton Center

I've really enjoyed exchanging emails with Jessica since she first contacted me last January for her October wedding. Here's an excerpt from her first email to me....

We're having a relatively casual, outdoor, autumn wedding, with S'mores instead of cake (oooh - fire pits at night, photographic challenge
maybe!) and lots of other non-traditional twists. The reception is
under a heated tent. We are looking for a photographer with a
journalistic style, who will document the day as it really happens.
Someone who isn't going to put us through a rigid pre-set pattern of
prom-style posed photos. Know what I mean? :-)

I knew from that email I would enjoy working with this couple. From the stroll we took around Boston for their engagement shoot till their wedding day I've truly enjoyed their company.

Jessica and Miles knew exactly what they wanted their wedding day to look like, and I think they did an awesome job of putting it all together. I hope I was able to capture their vision of the day in which I often got caught up in the emotion and love they have for each other....

I want to thank my buddy John Schafer who joined me and captured some beautiful moments.

Click the image below for the slideshow! Thanks Jessica and Miles for including me on your wedding day!

Saturday, November 24, 2007

A little window light.

Last weekend Liz and I had the honor of being guests at our friends Kristine and Warren's wedding at the Beekman Arms, in Rhinebeck, NY. It was our first "adult" weekend we've enjoyed since Phoebe joined us so we were pretty psyched. We were lucky to have my sister-in-law, Ellen, and her family watch Phoebe. She had a great time with her cousins.

My good friend Rob Munroe was there and let me sneak out with him for some fun night shots. Thanks Rob!

We found this sweet window light, mixed with a neon sign for highlights in town -

The city of Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, NY is one of my favorite places upstate. If you've never been, it's worth the ride...

A few more.

Typically I would crop out the "chimping" photographer, but I couldn't help but leave him in. :) We had a blast - congrats to the newlyweds Kristine and Warren!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Ladies look out!

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!

The weather doesn't always cooperate, but we got just enough sunshine to eek this shoot out. A few weeks ago I photographed Patrick and Owen. Owen wasn't quite ready for his close-up, but warmed up in the end. Look out ladies!

...and the whole gang!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

This has been such an amazing year for my family and I. This year was also the first time I have taken on the role of teacher. I have had, over the years, many assistants I've mentored......but never in quite this way.

So, I want to take a second to thank ALL the awesome people who participated in REVOLUTION.

Thank you Amy Martin, Erich Camping, Mary Beth Tyson, Frank Dimeo, Heather Ahrens, Jennifer Davis, Ryan Jensen, John Schafer, Joseph Keith Vickers, Megan Dailor, Polina Ohsherov, Rob Munroe, Sandra Eau Claire, Timco, Abby Liga, and Sherri Jackson, who has an awesome Flickr group of images from the REVOLUTION seminar. And I can't forget Jordan, who STILL doesn't have a website! :)

You guys are awesome and I am so lucky to have met all of you! I truly appreciate all the nice emails you've sent saying how the workshop has helped you grow as photographers.

Of course, none of this would be possible without my friends and workshop partners TJ Cameron, and Chris plus Lynn.

I will leave you with this shot of Monica and Anthony on the Brooklyn Promenade - taken during our workshop shoot on day two. Make sure to check the neglected REVLOUTION blog, for lots of updates soon!

Phoebe will be updating her blog later. She is looking forward to her sweeeeet potatoes!! Yum!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

How 'bout this face?

I met Lyndon and his parents in Central park for some fun family pictures. And - there's not a better spot in Central Park than Sheep's Meadow. With the NYC skyline in the background, Lyndon gave me his best supermodel pose. :)

Of course nothing beats a ride on Dad's shoulders.

There's still time to get your holiday pictures in!

Shoot me an email!

Thanks guys!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Happy Anniversary my love!

Today is my 8th anniversary to my wife Elizabeth! I can't believe we've been married 8 years, it feels like just yesterday we were planning our own wedding. Typically I would post a goofy wedding photo of us, but instead I thought I would put up a photo of how I feel today - on top of the world. :)

I took this photo a few weeks ago on Top of the Rock on a corporate shoot last week.

Happy 8th Anniversary my love! I love you!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tim Halberg ROCKS!

Of course, I am always grateful when I get a referral from another photographer, but it's not often that I get a referral from someone on the other side of the country. Tim and Cheryl Halberg are two amazing photographers living in Santa Barbara, CA. Tim and I met at a gathering last year and instantly hit it off. He's one of the funniest people I've ever met too. :) Make sure you check out his old blog for this funny video of him eating moss, and more seriously their new blog to see their beautiful work. Thanks again, Tim, hope to catch up with you soon!

I don't usually post pictures without talking about the bride and groom, but I have too much to share for this post! :) Maureen and Ed, thanks for your patience, the slideshow is gonna rock! :)

Who needs sunlight when you have a beautiful moonlit night!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Jennifer and Scott

Last week, I met Jen and Scott in Central Park for their engagement session. Another amazing fall day that we didn't want to end because it was just too nice!

While I am always looking for fun and beautiful shots of my clients, I always find it important to capture "them". It's that ONE shot that really depicts their personality as a couple. How do I know it's their shot? Usually I get a good sense when I am asking questions in our meetings, through emails, and as we walk around talking about their wedding day. That's why I love getting to know each client of mine, so by the wedding day I KNOW when I got "that shot".

Some are better than others, but I just LOVE this image below of Jennifer and Scott - I think it really is "them". I hope I'm right! :)

Click on the image to see their slideshow.

As promised -- more blog entries coming!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Ariana and Dan - The wedding.

This was was the perfect setting for an October wedding! Ariana and Dan had their wedding in the heart of of downtown Salem, MA -- the ceremony was in the Phillips Library Reading Room and then we walked across the street for the reception at the Peabody Essex Museum. What a cool town, with such New England charm! If you've never been there, it is worth the trip! I drove up early on the wedding day, and enjoyed some amazing fall foliage. Thanks guys!

Click the photo below for the slideshow!

Big time thanks again to James Federico who came down from Boston to help me! Make sure to check out the SWEET shot he got of Ariana coming down the aisle during the ceremony!

Friday, November 09, 2007

I thought shooting weddings was hard!

Whoa - I just noticed I have not blogged this week! Elizabeth is away on a business trip and it's been Daddy day care all week. :) So in between naps I've been editing weddings and getting album orders out to the binders...Thank goodness for day care!

It's been a tough week and we've missed Liz, we will be so happy to see her! Here's a quick snapshot from day 1 sent to Mommy letting her know things were cool.

Make sure to check back next week for LOTS (I promise) of posts from some beautiful weddings in October....

I am sure Phoebe will be updating her blog too. :) Have a great weekend!