This blog has been sorely neglected for months now. You may recall that we moved across the country in August, while I was pregnant. Our twin boys were born at the end of November, and are now 2 1/2 months old. So that’s my excuse.
I’ve photographed hundreds of babies, but it’s somehow different with my own. I’ve taken so many casual snaps with my iphone, but not as many nicer setups as I would have liked. I’m trying to get better about documenting our two properly–it’s already going by so fast and they’ve already changed so much! Take a look for yourself at a few snapshots from the last few months:
And some detail shots I’ve taken recently:
Filed under Babies, Personal
This was a really fun shoot for me. These two girls, M and M, were my students six years ago, when I was teaching sixth grade English out in Queens. Both of these girls were smart (one was a little sassier than the other!) and I liked them a lot. They each got into top New York high schools (Stuyvesant and Brooklyn Tech!) and became/remained good friends. So this session was the first time I’d really seen them since they were in middle school. We got to catch up and I had so much fun talking with them (about books, boys, college, careers). They are still sharp, smart, thoughtful interesting young women and I could not be prouder of them. Enjoy these shots of these two great senior girls who are graduating next week!
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing an adorable family on Roosevelt Island. Julian is six months old, and full of joy! Look at him–he had just woken from a nap with nary a peep, and within a minute was smiling all over the place!
Parents J and D have a side book business, so we made sure to pose him carefully with a big pile of books. (Don’t you love those chubby hands and arms??)
Seriously happy baby!
All three of them are a really sweet family.
They live on Roosevelt Island, and their building has a beautiful roof deck with an amazing view of Manhattan.
Don’t you just love them!
After two weekends on a non-photography business trip, it was fun to get back to the hospital for more baby time!
This family was so cute–I was totally charmed by all of them.
Little lady was so prim and proper, and very calm.
Big brother was so excited.
Look how happy and adorable they all are! Love them!
Yesterday I shot such a sweet family at the hospital. I love when parents are so happy and excited about their new baby. The timing of this shoot went perfectly too–the little one was sleepy for awhile and then she slowly woke up and showed such personality!
Last week, I met up with Catherine, a young stage performer. She’s putting on a one-woman show next month, and was looking for publicity photos in the style of the Felicity credits–black and white, very New York, personal and pensive. We wandered around the Meatpacking district and the Highline, for a variety of places and textures. I had a great time with the shoot and I love the photos–check out a few of my favorites below!
Meet my friend L!
She moved abroad last year, but is back in New York for the summer, which is great! Since she’s staying with us for a bit, the other night I made her model for me. I hadn’t done anything with my umbrella lately, so I set that up on one side of the coffee table and she was on the other side. It faced her directly, but I told her to angle this way. Below is the original, unedited image. I thought it was pretty good! The light hit her evenly, it’s a genuine smile–all in all I was pretty happy with it.
But of course, I knew I had to take it to Photoshop to clone out the wall sconce. First I used the content-aware fill, but I still had to do some major cloning and patching to get rid of the unevenness.
My flash unit (sb800) had been on TTL; it was still a bit dark. I brightened the whole image with an adjustment layer, which made it look even better. Then I remembered a new “toy” I just got on sale–Perfect Skin from Jen’s Fabulous Stuff. This was the first time I used it, and it did a great job! I also did a bit of teeth brightening.
Wow, much better! However, I figured I should tidy up the edges, so I cloned out the stray hairs. Et voila, here once again is the final image!
I met Sam last year when I joined a book club. She and her boyfriend Erik got engaged last fall and this spring I offered them an engagement session. We roamed around the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens one Saturday last month. Unfortunately the cherry blossoms hadn’t appeared yet, though all the magnolias were in full bloom. It was a really fun afternoon and I love how they look at each other–you can really see their connection! I took a ton of photos and had such a hard time narrowing down–my ‘faves’ folder for them is the biggest it’s ever been! Here are just a few of my favorites. See more here on my Facebook fan page!
Stefan is a young actor just getting started and wanted a new set of headshots, so we met up in Central Park last month for a portrait session. I loved so many of the shots we did; here are just a few of my favorites!