I had the privilege of photographing Peter & Lauren’s destination wedding not too long ago. They traveled all the way from Australia with a nice group of family and friends in tow. Not only was the whole clan super cute and lovely, it was a ton of fun to share our city with them.
Chris and Krista's Vintage Inspired Engagement Shoot
A special thanks to the folks at FIND Furniture store in Gowanus, Brooklyn. Not only are they a neighborhood favorite, but they were kind enough to open their store for Chris & Krista’s engagement shoot!
The big day finally came for Gabe & Danielle and it was, of course, such a beautiful day. Although there were a few hiccups, that didn’t stop them from having a lot of fun.
And just like their engagement shoot, Danielle perfectly balanced glamorous with adorable and quirky, she has such great taste! They also managed to include their dog Oliver and his best friend Rex, surprisingly well behaved.
The couple invited their friends and family for an after-wedding brunch the next day at Pies’n’Thighs in Brooklyn. I literally left there with a doggie bag of a huge chicken biscuit dripping with butter and hot sauce— it’s my new favorite place to eat
I photographed Gabe, Danielle and their little one, Oliver, in their super cute apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Besides being crazy adorable, they have impeccable taste. We spent the day taking a short-tour of their favorite weekend activiites; Brooklyn Smorgasbord, walk the Wiliamsburg Bridge, and a relaxing neighborhood bike ride.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of shooting under the very talented Khaki Bedford, she’s one of our amazing shooters (and soon-to-be mommy!)
We got to photograph Max and Jejon’s nuptials, which had an added meaning since only a few hours after they were married the state of New York officially recognized their marriage. It was the perfect blend of close friends, beautiful design, and a laid-back and intimate event.
I had the pleasure of shooting Anabel’s baby shower held at Location05 Studios in TriBeca. Anabel is Ecuadorian, and Frank, half Ecuadorian, half Italian, so needless to say there was lots of family, lots of punch, and lots of good-times.
There’s something always really fun about doing family photos. I recall my own family photos being taken (usually at a Sears in New Jersey), we all wore our Sunday best and got shuffled into a small room under lights where I’m pretty sure smelled like old teddy bears and poopy diapers. Perhaps this is where my career choice came from.
I’m very happy that I get to meet other couples and families that would be horrified to present a Sears portrait studio photo as a proper representation of their family. Better yet, I get to take their picture.
Forefront Church also sent me over this fun video that they made for their church, it features our very own master of the Digital PhotoBooth, Mick “The Quick”! Thanks to filmmaker Shawn Willis for including some of our photos.
Baby Ava and her beautiful mom Trish decided to do a maternity photo shoot as a surprise Valentine’s Day gift to dad. We decided to do a JCrew inspired look, and I really loved how it turned out! I would love to do more, so any mothers-to-be, mothers-already, and friends of the family—photos make great gifts!
So I was lucky enough to have been blessed with shooting Alex & Emily’s City Hall wedding with probably the best snowfall of the season so far—the best looking anyway. We avoided Snowpocalypse and the two, along with a small group of family, celebrated their union with true New York City style ceremony and some Chinatown eats at Joe’s Shanghai. All and all, an extremely cute day!
I shot Alex and Emily this past weekend. Although we prepared for cold weather, it was surprisingly warm that day, allowing us to run around for a few hours.
Alex & Emily have had a whirlwind romance, the two originally met a few years ago in a marital arts class. Between Russia, Vancouver, and New York City the two fell in love and are getting hitched in January. We chose to go with an all New-Yorker themed shoot to welcome Alex back to the good-ole’ U.S. of A.
definitely my favorite shot…
It also happened to be SantaCon that day, so we found a few friends…
I got the opportunity to shoot Jacob and Tomi in Coney Island a few weeks ago. Tomi is a close friend who has already been married to Jacob for a few years now, but they wanted some fun, whimsical photos. Check out her post-wedding blog, The AfterAll.
So when we arrived for the shoot, the weather was bright, sunny, and perfect. And after a cup of white hot chocolate from the Dunkin, it went downhill…swiftly. Although I would’ve really prefer for the weather to cooperate, I love the final product! The whole thing makes me want to eat a tub of candy.
I’ve been surprisingly quiet these days. As we approach holiday season, it’s gotten a bit hectic; before you know it, it’s November. Double yikes.
I thought it’d be nice to share one of my more recent discoveries, Vi.sualizer. It’s an image bookmarking blog site, pretty much the internet’s version of magazine scrapbooking. It’s probably something that I should’ve known about for a while, but I’m known to be a little late with things. I’ve made one for my downtime at d+s appropriately titled Chirp (http://vi.sualize.us/chirp/?waterflow)
Wow, this has been so great. It’s only been about a month since d + s launched our new website, and the response has been overwhelming! It makes me so happy :)
One of my personal favorite wedding blogs, The Inspired Bride, featured us today so be sure to check out Melinda & Mario. I really love their aesthetics on this blog, it’s spot on. If you’re planning a wedding, definitely go to this blog for inspiration. Their color boards are perfect!
We’re also one of their sponsors [note our little pink bird in the sidebar ;) ]
Mario & Melinda decided to get married at City Hall and have a three hour photo session around Brooklyn afterward. Unfortunately, a very unfriendly tornado decided to say hello instead. But we rescheduled for the next day, and the weather was perfect! We had a great time.
I just came back from Lenox Massachusetts where Bobby and Jess were married at an amazing bed and breakfast called the Stonover Farm. Since fall has just arrived, it was the perfect setting complete with dinner under a tent, barn with music and dancing and a campfire for smores in the back. All around beautiful day, beautiful couple.
I love love love love anything to do with natural wood. This desk is my favorite, so get ready because you’ll probably see it spun a ton of different ways.
I wanted to do something really simple and this would be perfect for a barn wedding. Us New Yorkers are always jealous of the outdoors…
The perfect venue, however, and you may just have something really intentional and refined.
You may recognize the “You Are Here”; it’s a bookmark from Housing Works from whoknowswhen. I really like how bold it is. You may want to get a little more demanding of your guests, how about, “BOB, SIT DOWN.” Show them who’s boss.
I was inspired by a little knick-knack used to hold herbes de provence I’ve been keeping around. I added in a mix of dried flowers with a few live ones over a heavy tablecloth, which I turned inside out so I can see the seams and tousled threads. I chose a pale green and pink as the general color palette and threw in a vibrant red ribbon to hold the name tags. Wouldn’t a bunch of small bottles with dried twigs be cute name card holders? Plus, I think a chipped paint mirror makes a better way place mat.
I really enjoyed how these french soaps looked piled up in a Mason jar…and the smell was better than a candle! If it doesn’t make your table, it’d be great to use as bridal shower favors or place a bunch in the powder room.
So, indecisive me came out and I honestly couldn’t decide between a huge tag or a small one. The small one is probably better, but there’s something about an oversized tag…perhaps another day.
I spent the day at one of our partners, Location05 Studios, located in TriBeca. It’s where I’ve spent most of my time these days, so I thought it’d be nice to show a few details you can find here. Overall, the studios are perfect in every way—5 large studios, about a billion props and furniture, and perfect light. What’s great is the studios have a ton of uses besides photography and film shoots; I’m usually witness to a ton of events and parties here. Since each studio is fully adaptable, it makes party planning a cinch.
Amongst other things, I also had to take a new picture of myself for business purposes. It’s amazing how a photographer has absolutely no pictures of herself—yikes.
Lucky Number 20—Congrats to Jazmin Reyes! She’s won a Ground Glass Portrait Session with d+s! Thanks to all those that entered, it was a great response! I can’t want to show off the portrait session :-D
Two major things to announce today! Doveandsparrow.com is offically up and running and looks great! Number two: It’s giveaway time! We’ll be giving away a FREE Ground Glass Portrait Session. Best part is you don’t have to be engaged, you don’t have to be a couple (wouldn’t a fun picture of you and your doggie be a fun profile pic?) and you can definitely don’t need a budget for this one. All you have to do to head over to our Facebook Page or Twitter and browse through our photos to pick your favorite. I wish everything were that easy. We’ll be picking a winner on Thursday September 9th. And don’t worry, it’ll be completely random—but the more tweets, likes, and comments, the more you’re entered. Good Luck!
(1. Some pretty fun posters worth checking out. Paper Jam Press. (2. Margin Release Vintage Wood Cufflinks. amazon.com. (3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. etsy.com/shop/stephunk. (4. Have guests type out their best wishes. Underwood Typewriter. etsy.com/shop/chasevictory. (5. This family rules sign can invoke warm fuzzy feelings in your guests. etsy.com/shop/SignsofVintage. (6. Decorative quills can hold your place cards, even the tag is cute! etsy.com/shop/32NorthSupplies. (7. Conveniently styled vintaged books go just about anywhere. Books by the foot. etsy.com/shop/retroreading.
(1. For a casual, laid-back wedding, vintage-looking food canisters can dress up any silverware. Albion Cafe, London. decor8blog.com (2. Super hot this season, carnations mixed with peonies. mypolaroidblog.blogspot.com (3. This short Sarah Seven dress is perfect for a spring/summer time garden wedding. sarahseven.com. (4. A sweet dove hair pin to add a little cuteness. sparrow and blossom barrette. etsy.com/shop/crushjewels. (5. A great and subtle way to carry the theme to your bridesmaids; and totally wearable after the big day. etsy.com/shop/freshyfig. (6. Sharply dressed groomsmen can pull this off. bird on branch. etsy.com/shop/craftierobot. (7. Sofia Loren’s irresistible style. DeadSpin. (8. Owls are perfect bird for an urban-woodsy inspiration, hang vintage biology prints mixed in with seating assignments at the entrance to your reception. allposters.com. (9. Another possible poster mixing, these beautiful illustrations can add a feminine touch in a barn or farm setting. sandrasuy.com. (10. Light up the bar, the cake table, or the sweetheart’s table. etsy.com/shop/anzfer. (11. A perfect seating card holder, vase for flowers, or cigar holder for the guys. Black Bankers Box. etsy.com/shop/vintagejunkystyle. (12. Bird nests can carry eggs, treats, table numbers, or personal notes from the bride and groom underneath cake covers. tarafey.com.
Some Quick Tips When Looking for a Wedding Photographer...
Here are some quick tips for overwhelmed and under-encouraged brides in search of a wedding photographer:
(1. Establish your budget. Allow yourself some space to budge, but have a maximum price you’ll spend.
(2. Look at blogs and wedding magazines. If you spot a set of photos you love, there’s usually a photo credit to track down the photographer. In magazines, if you can’t spot the photographer’s name, you can often find it near the gutter of the pages (where the two pages meet in the middle). Bookmark your favorites.
(3. Email photographers and collect pricing information. If you’re working on a budget, don’t be too discouraged if your favorite photographer is out of your budget. Don’t be afraid to ask for shorter coverage or ask if packages come without albums. It’s best to let the photographer know your budget upfront, they may be able to work with you, they may not. Although a lot of photographers are up for working with couples, don’t ask a photographer to cover your whole wedding and include all the fixings without paying their standard rate.
(4. Ask friends and family. If your sister’s photographer was amazing, that makes your search a cinch! Ask if there’s they offer any referral specials.
(5. Photographers book up fast! It’s best to book your photographer right after you’ve set a date and booked a location.