cheers to things to come.

"Love is a force more formidable than any other.It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could." Barbara de Angelis

Regretfully, I haven't kept up with this blog very well.  I can't say the reason why whether bad or good.  It's unidentifiable, but oh how I miss it writing.  I miss pouring out my heart in words and photos.  I miss documenting what I've been up to.  I have, actually, just not very well on this blog.

But life has been splendid.  And with every day I've been given, I cherish this give to live.

I have many shoots and weddings to share, and some that I want to share over and over and over again... like Naomi & Nate's.  Here's a picture from their New York session.  I have plenty more pictures from their photo shoot and others.  I'm so excited with all the weddings and sessions I've done so far.  I can't wait for this wedding season to really kick into gear.  :D  Happy summer, everyone!  See you at a wedding!

a year of love | august.

July/August came and I finally got to meet Baby C.  Oh how I love babies.  C was so snuggle-able when I saw him.  Looking back on these pictures, it's crazy how much he's grown.  He definitely looked like an infant then.  I so miss this stage.  Babies are babies for such a short amount of time.  I took for granted how much C's changed since that first time I met him.  It makes me a little sad to think of all the babies growing up.  However, it does make me so happy to see these little ones grow.  It's really incredible how fast they grow. This time around I just photographed Leigh with C, as she had plenty of pictures of C with D, being the awesome photographer she is.  (She might deny it, but she's got a great eye.  Do you hear that, Leigh? I love your pictures!! And your blog!)

Anyway, I really love a lot of things.  I'll be honest.  But I really do love the things I love.  And one of those things I love is seeing first time parents with their babies.  There's this picture of my mom that I often think of.  She's sitting in an armchair cradling my (infant) sister, and there's this feeling of serenity and joy in the picture.  My mom and the light is so beautiful.  I'm not even in the picture, but yet this is one of my favorite pictures of my mom.  And that's how I want to capture my clients with their babies.  I want them to remember everything they loved about those early moments with their babies, to feel joy every time they see the picture.

So I LOVED this shoot of Leigh and C.  It marked a point in my business that I thought... "Yeah. I really am a photographer.  My photographs are exactly how I want them."

Enjoy these pictures!

See their other sessions here: January 2012  .  March 2012  .  August 2012  .  November 2012

 

Tribeca, New York, New York. August 2012 | Canon 5d markii 50mm 1.2L


Book Twins in New York.

Amongst many of my favorite things to do, reading in New York is at the top of the list.  It seems I do most of my reading of the year in New York.  New York seems to be the most conducive to it.  I usually have less work and more time, and for some reason I can read on the New York subway without getting motion sickness.  Another reason, probably the most critical, why I read so much is because of these two ladies.

These two are true readers.

I love going somewhere and reading with friends.  It sounds simple enough but it takes a certain kind of person to read for hours with.  I love that Karen and Balie have found that in each other.  They swap books and talk about books and swoon over books.  They talk about authors I've never heard of.  And are reading a different book every time I see them.  I love it.  I really love it.

So last year when it was beautiful out, we went around reading and taking some pictures.  It was loads of fun. :D


ain't no rest for the wicked.

new york subway I'd like to pretend that I'm living this glamourous life.  I'd like to say that I'm up at 2:30am because I'm exploring the nightlife here in New York; the truth is, I'm in my pajamas working on my computer.  I've found my groove editing to "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" by Cage the Elephant, and I'd love to say that's my life.  Really my life is "ain't no rest for the girl who has a long to-do list".  And I will say I do love this life where photography, work and travel meet.

The longer I'm a photographer the more I have to learn to balance.  And actually the more I'm able to find the love and the beauty and the silver lining in life.  It seems the less time you have the more you make of what time you do have.  I think I've been reading too much about end-of-life-philosophy.

This whole idea of balance is my biggest challenge and a constant learning process.  I appreciate all my friends and family and clients who've put up with me, encouraged me and full on cheered me through this (constant) life-juggling.

You are awesome. Cheers.

(p.s.  New York is awesome.  WAY awesome.  Don't get me wrong.)

 

New York Wedding Photographer | Tianne & Yam Ki

Tianne & Yam Ki.  What can I say about these two? I love seeing them together. I remember the first time I met Tianne. My friend Karen was living with her in New York, and even though she had just returned from a long day of traveling, she greeted us with her usual cheerfulness.  Tianne is the kind of person who could walk into a room of strangers and come out with tons of new friends.  How she meets people is beyond me, and even crazier is how she manages to make each person she talks to feel as if they've known her for years.  So it's no wonder she found a great guy like Yam Ki.  I also remember the first time I met him.  I think they had recently started dating.  A handful of friends were having dinner and Yam Ki seemed to have picked every single delicious item on the menu (or maybe that Tianne choosing).  So that's how I remember him.  The guy who had the good food. Whenever I visited New York I loved catching up with Tianne, over the years really appreciated my friendship with her.  I remember when she told me she didn't like the boy I was seeing and that he wasn't good enough for me.  The whole situation was pretty comical to me, as up until then I thought Tianne loved everyone.  My friendship with Tianne grew and the stories of Yam Ki increased as well.  Eventually I got to a point where I kept on asking Karen, who remained her roommate, when Tianne and Yam Ki were getting married.  Last spring Tianne moved to DC where Yam Ki was living, and even though I was sad I was sooooooo excited for her as I new this was a huge step in their relationship.

I couldn't be happier that Yam Ki and Tianne are getting married.  Like their engagement session, I can't wait to be a part of their love and silliness.  (check out the video I took of their engagement session to see their hilariousness first hand!)