I’m a sucker for deeply saturated stained glass. It makes me happy in a way I can’t completely explain. I love to work them into portraits when I can. here I have a bat mitzvah during her temple run through. It’s an unguarded moment but I love it. The window takes up 2/3s of the image and her upper body takes up an overlapping 2/3s. It’s one of my favs from the session.
I love photographing mitzvahs. They have all the joy of a wedding, have the fun of a birthday party and just slightly less stressful than a wedding for a photographer. And since I’m generally not around during the service, I get to see families being real and a bit more relaxed during the run throughs. I like capturing the unguarded moments.
And the unguarded moment applies to the party too. My goal is to be everywhere and not in the way. I don’t want to affect what happens in front of my lens during the parties. I want to capture your story, as it happens.
A moment in time - save it forever.Read More
We should celebrate when children have one foot in each world, childhood and adulthood. There is no one brightline that actually demarks that moment. But there are a series of small and not so small moments. One is your birthday. It’s a moment. When you’re young, it’s a big deal. When you’re older, it’s mostly not. But in between, we shouldn’t be so eager to move children to adulthood. Personally, there are more than a few times I’d trade with a 5 year old, or even my 19 year old self, any day of the week.
So a party to acknowledge that moment - that fleeting moment - is a good thing. It’s to celebrate this very moment. A moment where your child is in both worlds and not fully in either.
Celebrate life. Enjoy it. Enjoy your children. They will be grown and flown soon enough.
A quiet moment before the party!Read More
Small spaces = many choicesRead More
I'm a sucker for light. All light. Here are pops of color and circles and loops and splashes and well a rainbow of sorts. It's a fun and colorful moment and makes me, and hopefully the client, happy!
It is always about family. Nothing else.
Our minds are comforted by patterns. While there are adrenaline junkies in our midst who constantly strive for excitement,, they too crave and are comforted by patterns. It's just that their patterns are thrills. The mind loves patterns, they are paths, maps of what happens next. It's comforting to know what happens next. Here is a image from last week. The repeating wood grain and lines of the benches - pull the eye thru the image - you know what happens next! I chose to make the image b&w to accentuate the patterns. The space was all wood and I had to either bounce the flash off the walls/ceiling and get an 'orange' glow or use direct flash that would have created a distracting shadow. I chose the bounce. While I could neutralize the orange tones, I felt the image was pretty strong in composition and I could strip out the color and have a strong image. And it is.
It's a great office policy! My office allows you to bring your pet! Not my pet - your pet! How awesome is that?!?
Second time around for this family. I had the honor of photographing their son's bar mitzvah and now it was time for their daughter. And they were great to work with and the fun didn't stop!
Did you know that Newark's Branch Brook Park has about 5000 cherry trees in 18 varieties, the most in the US. Even more than their famous cousins in DC. You can read more here. This past April, I had the pleasure to photograph a wonderful young lady amidst the blooms. So many photo ops! So many great places to pose! Every turn, another beautiful vista to take advantage of and enjoy. I love getting outside and trying new spaces with clients!
Sometimes it's the simple small things that make me smile. Here is a simple flower floating in a bowl. It's a Gerbera Daisy - one of my favorite flowers since they are, IMHO, one of the happiest flowers around! The decor for this bat mitzvah was simple and elegant in rose and gold tones. It was beautiful. Decor: Laura Himmelien from Party Cake, Party Cake.
Last week, I photographed a beautiful young lady in a local temple, Oheb Shalom in South Orange. The main sanctuary has the most amazing stained glass windows. I arrived early, before my clients and took a few close ups.