Angela in New York City

I had been wanting to shoot around my apartment building ever since I moved in, and I had the chance with Angela.

astoria new york city nyc apartment building portrait

astoria new york city nyc apartment building portrait

astoria new york city nyc apartment building portrait

astoria new york city nyc apartment building portrait

Queens wedding of Cheri and Angel

There was so much laughter at the wedding of Cheri and Angel; just like a celebration should be!

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

betty's catering wedding elmhurst ny

San Francisco wedding of Becky and Jack

There are so many reasons why this wedding was fabulous…
Becky has been a bridesmaid in three of my weddings over the past 3 years (Kelly and Matt, Carly and Dan, and Jen and Mikey); I love shooting in circles of friends like this. There were so many familiar faces!
I got the chance to travel to San Francisco and see my brother and a few friends (plus explore the fabulous city!).

Becky and Jack are a super adorable couple with great expressions. Here they are seeing each other for the first time.
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

I love Becky’s dress! So adorable.
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

This summed up their moods for the day… so joyful!
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

I love all the color in the Mission District
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

and the awesome colorful murals
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

Crazy awesome flowers!
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

Their Ketubah signing was wonderful. A beautiful mixture of laughter and serene emotion.
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

Awesome flowers again!
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

Becky’s sister Carly gave a wonderful toast that had them in stitches most of the time
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

The band! Awesome music; the guests loved them. They set the scene for one of the greatest Horas I’ve ever seen.
san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

san francisco jewish wedding foreign cinema

Venue: Foreign Cinema, San Francisco
Flowers: Natalie Bowen Designs
Officiant: Rabbi Jill Berkson Zimmerman
Band: Los Boleros
Dress: Nordstrom

For more memories, see the slideshow!

Apple Picking at Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Before the weather turned cold, a bunch of us headed up north for some apple picking at Stuart’s Fruit Farm.

We had lots of fun with the baskets used to reach the apples
apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

It’s exciting to pick apples!
apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

Who can resist swinging in trees?
apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

I had this great idea to balance lots of apples on Allison. My original idea failed miserably, but I enjoy the apples stuck in various parts of her shirt.
apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

A beautiful rotten one
apple picking stuart's fruit farm granite rock ny

St Louis wedding of Nicci and Eddy

You may remember the lovely Nicci and Eddy from my secret mission over the summer. After their Niagara Falls ceremony they still wished to celebrate with family and friends, so off to St. Louis we went! They currently reside in Texas, but used to live in St. Louis.

The day started with a morning portrait session. One of their favorite locations is Blueberry Hill, so we played inside for a few minutes. I loved the phone booth.
St Louis Wedding Portraits Blueberry Hill

St Louis Wedding Portraits

I’ve been strangely drawn to portraits on bike racks for years. And for these two it was especially fitting as one of their hobbies is biking on their tandem bicycle.
St Louis Wedding Portraits

We scouted out their old apartment. While I was changing cards they started dancing to keep warm, and didn’t stop once I started shooting.
St Louis Wedding Portraits

You’re probably wondering about the bunny. As a pair, these two have named themselves Team Sunshine Fuzzy Bunny, so it was only natural they brought along a mascot. If you watch the slideshow you’ll see a few guests sporting bunny ears in celebration.
St Louis Wedding Portraits

St Louis Wedding Portraits

A big thanks goes out to Neal, my ninja lighting assistant. I was having him add some back lighting to a shot, and he was making sure to stay hidden. As with the Niagara Falls ceremony, Neal also performed this ceremony (and did an amazing job, I must say!).
St Louis Wedding Portraits

Time to change into wedding clothes!
St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

Nicci going through the checklist. Rings? check. Suspenders? check. Groom? check.
St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

They were staying at the awesome Moonrise Hotel, which has so many spots for fun portraits.
St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

A little bathroom door fun
St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

Best stairs ever.
St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

St Louis Wedding Moonrise Hotel

A very sweet ceremony at Mangia Italiano with lots of great dedications
St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

Sealed with a kiss by candlelight
St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

They asked guests to find something teal to wear to the wedding, and these were a few of my favorite teal accents.
St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

Dancing!
St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

St Louis Wedding Mangia Italiano

For more photos from the fabulous day, please watch the slideshow:

Fat Witches Bakery in Chelsea Market

It’s always a good day when I get to start out photographing and smelling brownies all morning. Yum! I headed in to Chelsea Market to photograph Patricia of Fat Witches Bakery.

I love the polka dotted packaging on these brownies
Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City brownies

Such an adorable logo
Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City mugs

Fat Witch Babies! 3-bite sized brownies; super cute.
Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City brownies

Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City brownies

Fat Witch owner, Patricia, with her brownie cookbook
Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City Patricia Helding portrait

Fat Witches Bakery Chelsea Market New York City Patricia Helding portrait

Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn

I visited the Ger-Nis Culinary & Herb Center in Brooklyn last week for the upcoming CRAVE book. They specialize in cooking and educational classes for adults and kids; check them out!

I loved the look of the kitchen: so bright and welcoming
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Beautiful herb paintings by the owner’s sister-in-law
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn

The lovely owner, Nissa.
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn portrait Nissa Pierson

Her dog, Sadie, was following us around during part of the shoot, so I figured she needed her time in the spotlight as well.
Ger-Nis Culinary and Herb Center Brooklyn dog

BEARS XI at Badger Camp

For the 11th year, my friends organized a trip (that we have named BEARS) out to Wisconsin where we rent out a camp for the weekend. I typically do a few portraits throughout these weekends, and my primary subject this year was Ryan.

A few folks were standing around chatting and I enjoyed Ryan’s look, compete with pipe.
badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin pipe smoking

badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin pipe smoking

badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin pipe smoking

badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin pipe smoking

A few other random tidbits from the weekend… Joe and Neal are in the middle of a tetherball game, though I think it looks more like the middle of a dance routine.
badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin dance

Glow sticks in Jonathan’s hair
badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin glow sticks

A walk in the woods with Neal
badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin walking woods man

One of my favorites from the weekend. I put this on Facebook, and my friend Maciej titled it “Behold ZANON! God of baths and bathing, Lord of Saunas, Protector of the Truly Relaxed!”
badger camp prairie du chien wisconsin silhouette steam

Yvette Rose of Joulebody

I spent the morning with Yvette of Joulebody, a yoga, fitness, and nutrition company, to prepare for her page in the upcoming CRAVE book.

One of her services is the Kickstart Diet, a cleansing program she developed. She let me sample some of the products once we were finished, and they were wonderful!

joulebody kickstart diet food

joulebody kickstart diet food

joulebody kickstart diet food

joulebody kickstart diet food

Yvette demonstrated a few yoga poses, and I just love her smile in this one
joulebody yoga

A meditative portrait
joulebody meditation portrait

Skin by Kyra

I spent a lovely morning with Kyra, owner of Skin by Kyra, to photograph a few of her services and products she offers. She will soon be featured in the fabulous CRAVE NYC book.

Demonstrating a facial massage
skin by kyra face massage

Aromatic foot bath
skin by kyra foot bath

A sampling of Kyra’s product line
skin by kyra bottles oil

The lovely Kyra herself!
skin by kyra woman portrait