Spontaneity is the canvas on which I create. I set my compass in the direction I want to travel then let fate dictate my interactions. I never want to do the same thing twice in the same location. I keep a fresh perspective and keep my instincts sharp by always making each shoot a challenge.
This shoot (part II) with Sara & Eric exemplifies that. My compass was set for the side streets of the Dumbo District in Brooklyn called Vinegar Hill. These are the streets that give you the most iconic perspectives of old world Brooklyn. It started off when the ferry captain told us our ferry (from Manhattan) wasn’t going to make it all the way to Dumbo due to a swimming race, and we could only go as far as N. Williamsburg. I knew then this shoot was going to be great. So I said, “hey, we just got thrown a curve ball so let’s make an adventure out of it!”
Beside the graffiti walls, we happened upon a charming little pastry shop who’s sign read “Pastries and Garden out Back”. Being that Sara & I were talking about food the whole time, we made a b-line right for the treats while Eric shot out back to check out the garden. Well, the pics tell that story. I bought them some pastries and let them have fun.
Next was on to Dumbo and Vinegar Hill. It was perfect. Overcast exactly at the right time and sunny just when and where I needed it, allowing me add the right mood to the tender and passionate way these two interact. We ended the shoot on the lawn recreating an intimate laying down shot that Sara wanted that ever so sweetly captures how these two feel together.
Our reward for such an amazing shoot?? Smorgasburg of course! And boy did we eat….(at least Sara and I did). Enjoy!
It’s natural to be nervous in front of the camera at your engagement shoot. Here’s an easy tip every couple can follow: Eye Contact! Nope, not with the camera; with each other. No matter how you two react (laugh, kiss, embrace) it will reveal the true emotions underneath those nerves. Some of the most honest, love-filled images I capture happen in those #realmoments – here are a few examples.
This past weekend I was in NYC for a series of shoots, one of which is the following engagement session of Sara & Eric. Sara contacted me a couple of months ago, seeing my work from a series of mutual friends and on different websites. Although they were getting married in Florida in January, they wanted a uniquely different look to their engagement session in the form of an iconic NYC showing. We settled on Grand Central Station and the basin in Central Park. This was a first for me at both sites so I was thrilled to shoot it. I’m always excited when presented a new challenge that tests my instincts on the shooting day. If you’ve ever been to Grand Central Station, you’ll know what I mean! I’m particularly proud of the subway shots we were able to get within the 3 minutes waiting for the train to take us to Central Park. Eric wanted a subway shot, so I had to react instinctively to create a dramatic and real image that balanced the power of the platform setting with the passion of the couple. Enjoy!
Here’s a few from a recent session with Jen Stone & Chad Carroll. Chad, and his company The Carroll Group were selected to be on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing airing in June. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, do so because these two steal the show. Jen, being a freelance TV and radio personality is no stranger to the spotlight. Jen reached out to me a few months ago and asked me to shoot the session because she is a fan of my photography. I’m so happy I’ve gotten to know them as they are genuinely sweet and real people. Let’s support them and wish them both all the greatest success. Now, go close some deals Chad….
Here is Jacqui & Drew from an Easter weekend engagement session in Battery Park in NYC. The day was perfect and Jacqui was extraordinarily radiant! I thoroughly enjoy exploring one chosen area and developing a series of images that capture both the essence and atmosphere of the location as a perfect compliment for the chemistry between the couple. In this case, both didn’t disappoint. We were treated to a stunning skyline along with full bloom tulips and cherry blossoms. The kicker was the Wall Street subway stations images at the end. Enjoy!!
Here is Heidi and Jacob. Two die hard New Yorkers who wanted a taste of the Florida sunshine for their engagement session. I decided then to take them to Naples to experience one of our stunning sunsets. Mother nature performed as expected and these were given a real treat. Enjoy!