Spring in Central Park // NYC Family Photography

For this family shoot in Central Park the primary goal was to get portraits of baby boy for his 1st Birthday invitations. His older sisters were great helpers getting their brother to giggle for the camera, and after we were done with their brother's portraits the girls did some tree climbing and impromptu nature art-making with flowers and pinecones. So glad spring is here at last!!

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2014 Favorites: Engagement, Wedding and Family Photography

Oh boy, prepare yourself for a long blog post -- I had a hard time narrowing down my favorite images of the year! I had such a good time looking back through the year's photos and was reminded again how lucky I am to capture moments of love and beauty for a living. A sincere thank you to all the amazing couples and families whom I worked with this year -- you make my job a dream come true. Here's to a happy, healthy and beautiful 2015. xoxo

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Monica + Lincoln // Croton-on-Hudson Wedding Photography

Where to start with this amazing wedding? First off, I went to Oberlin College with this rad couple and was so so thrilled to reconnect with them and to capture their gorgeous wedding. They are sweet and beautiful people, inside and out. The day started off with a big Ultimate Frisbee game at Croton Gorge Park where all guests were invited to participate. Monica was sad she had to leave the game early to get her hair done. :) Monica got dressed at her parents' home in her old childhood room, which I loved. The ceremony and reception took place at Croton State Park and many guests were camping or staying in the cabins. I am a sucker for DIY weddings and this one was a true labor of love created by their friends and family: Lincoln's cousin provided beautiful musical accompaniment on the banjo during the ceremony; a friend officiated their ceremony; all the flowers came from Monica's father's garden; their friends helped them make all the hand-painted signs, reception decor, bouquets and flower arrangements; Monica's brother brewed their beer (!); Lincoln's other cousin baked four beautiful and delicious cakes; another friend of theirs live painted the reception! On top of that, since they are very eco-conscious, all the plates and cutlery was made of compostable materials. What a special day! Congratulations to this amazing pair.


Emily + Ben // NYC City Hall Wedding Photography

Emily and Ben got hitched at City Hall in Manhattan, witnessed by their close family and friends. Later that day the festivities continued at the rad Brooklyn Crab in Red Hook, which has a fun beach-shack vibe perfect for a summer evening celebration. (Side note, the next time I go back to Brooklyn Crab -  not on a gig - I plan to try their amazingly tasty-looking beer-garitas!). I loved all the joy and love that radiated throughout the whole day, not to mention how flippin' adorable this couple is together and their beautiful smiles. Congratulations!

Sarah + Justin // NYC Wedding Photography at Housing Works

Sarah and Justin were married at Housing Works Bookstore in Soho, NYC. We started at the Mondrian Soho then strolled up Crosby Street for portraits before the ceremony. So many strangers wished them congratulations in the few short blocks from the hotel to Housing Works - who says New Yorkers aren't friendly? Smiles and laughter abounded during the whole event. Congrats!!

Charles + Ryan // NYC City Hall Wedding Photography

Charles and Ryan were married in true NYC fashion on the 1-year anniversary of their engagement. After going back and forth about whether they wanted a big blow-out wedding or an intimate affair with close friends and family, they opted for the latter and asked me to accompany them "paparazzi-style" on their special day. We started off at City Hall for the ceremony, strolled over the Brooklyn Bridge for portraits, dined on pizza in South Street Seaport for lunch, headed over to Chelsea Piers for bowling, hit up the High Line for more photos, then met up with a group of their friends at Murray's Cheese Bar for champagne toasts and dinner. They opted for a cheese plate instead of a cake for their dessert - gotta love that! Cheers to these special guys - I love you and congrats!

Lauren + Scott // Charlottesville, VA Wedding Photography

This is the beautiful wedding of Scott and Lauren, my dear friend for over 20 years! We have been bffs since 5th grade when we bonded over our mutual love of King Arthur stories and musical theater. :)  Like my brother's recent wedding, I wasn't the hired photographer but snuck in photo-taking in between my duties as bridesmaid. (That's why there are no photos of the ceremony or the dance party - I can't have a camera hold me back on the dance floor!).

The day was full of artful details and DIY elements. Scott is a talented artist and illustrator and created all the chalk drawings on the table settings. Lauren's mother altered Lauren's vintage dress, made the bouquets and all the terrariums on the tables as well. In addition, my dear husband played guitar during the ceremony, my brother-in-law officiated the ceremony and another friend of ours sang a beautiful Mexican ballad during the first dance. The setting for the day was University of Virginia's campus gardens and Colonade Club - you couldn't have asked for a more perfect summer day to celebrate love and all the beauty of life. The evening ended the way every wedding should - eating pizza on the hotel hallway floor amid fits of giggles. xoxoxo


David + Maddie // Virginia Wedding Photography

Three cheers for my little brother and my new sister Maddie on an absolutely beautiful wedding! (You many recognize this handsome couple from their engagement photos). Though I was not the hired photographer for the event, I couldn't resist bringing my camera along and snapping away from the sidelines (when I wasn't too busy partying, of course). The wedding took place at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA - an absolutely charming hotel and conference center complex with sprawling grounds and lush gardens. The couples beautiful ketubah was created by artist and letterer Riva Brown of Living Letters Studio; she is a family friend and also designed the ketubah for my wedding and my sister's as well. Another family tradition that I loved was Maddie's veil, which has been worn in her family for four generations. Welcome to our family Maddie, we love you!

Andre + Solimar // Harlem Engagement Photography

We started out in Jackie Robinson Park in Harlem (the spot of this couple's first date) and ended at sunset by the West Harlem Piers. Solimar is a dancer and one of my favorite parts of this shoot was their impromptu dancing at the park's amphitheater. Adorable! I love this couple's radiant smiles, their love really shines through! 

Sarah + Justin // DUMBO Engagement Photography

We spent a sunny Saturday afternoon in DUMBO and Brooklyn Bridge Park for this fun engagement shoot. I adore the new large-scale murals up in the area! They made for such a colorful and lively backdrop to showcase this couple's charm and humor. Justin was great about keeping a constant smile on Sarah's face and was always cracking jokes, especially about the fact that we passed several weddings, engagements, birthday parties and quinceanera shoots going on at the same time in the neighborhood. Viva Brooklyn!

Long Island City Family Photography

This young fellow loves all things bridge/tunnel/train related, so his father and I thought a great place for an afternoon photoshoot would be the Long Island City waterfront and Gantry Plaza Park because of its marvelous skyline and bridge views. Our afternoon ended with a stroll across the Pulaski Bridge, which provoked a huge grin from the budding "railfan"!

Prints for Sale on Artfully Walls

Hello! I am happy to announce that I now have prints available on artfullywalls.com - you can view my work for sale here.  Artfully Walls is beautiful site where you can easily design gallery walls and purchase prints for your home or work space. I first learned about Artfully Walls on several art/design blogs and love how easy it is for you to bring gorgeous art into your life - especially if you love to color coordinate like me! Below are two gallery walls I designed. The first is inspired by spring and includes my prints Rain/Forest, Soft Spring, Green/Gold/Going I and Green/Gold/Going II. The second wall is for city lovers and includes my pieces Soft Skyline I and Soft Skyline II. Have fun bringing art into your life!

Art Wall inspired by Spring:

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Art Wall inspired by city living:

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Lindsay + Keith // Long Island City Engagement Photography

For this fall session, we started out at Gantry Plaza Park in Long Island City (the couple's home turf) then moved on to Williamburg water front and ended with a beer at Aurora Bar. Keith works at a brewery so this was a good choice for ending our fun afternoon! 

2013 in Review // Part 1: Music

In 2013 I shot SXSW and CMJ festivals for Time Out New York magazine (SXSW coverage here, CMJ here). It's fun to see which artists who are breaking around March end up in the spotlight later on during the year. Festivals take a lot of stamina (comfy shoes are a must!) but they are pretty much dream gigs for music-loving photographers IMO. Here are some of my favorite shots of the acts I caught this year.

SXSW (in order pictured): St Lucia, DIIV, Icona Pop, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Neighbourhood, Charlie XCX, Autre Ne Veut, Foxygen, Flatbush Zombies, Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Gold Gang, Sky Ferreira, Marnie Stern, Elle King, Walk Off the Earth, The Specials, Lissie, Black Lips, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Vampire Weekend

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CMJ (in order pictured): Lucius, Kirin J Callinan, Wild Yaks, Empress Of, Miniboone, Res, Smif-n-Wessun, Black Moon, Talib Kweli, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Head and the Heart, Pelican, Joanna Gruesome, Speedy Ortiz, Father John Misty, Kate Berlant, Haerts

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Moira + Scott // West Point, NY Wedding Photography

Moira and Scott were wed on a lovely November day at Holy Trinity Chapel in West Point, NY, home of the military academy Scott attended. The reception was held at the nearby Mansion at the Colonial Terrace. These two are so head over heels for each other and it really comes out in their portraits - they are giddy with glee and love! Moira planned the wedding while living in across the continent in Alaska (including helping to design her custom made dress which she tried on for the first time that day!) and everything went off without a hitch. Congrats on a beautiful day! Thanks to Nathan for 2nd shooting with me and Kate of Green Apple Weddings for coordinating.