Teen Drama Lab || New York Performance Photographer

I was asked to photograph the end of season performance of the Teen Drama Lab.

Teen Drama Lab is a acting class for young performers provided by FolksbieneRU, which is part of The National Yiddish Theater. Its a wonderful 3 month class where kids learn stage acting and at the end of the season get to put on a full performance for friends and family.

I was shooting the full practice run right before the main performance. I prefer shooting the practice run as the house is clear of people and makes moving around easier without disturbing the show.

I wound up converting a lot of the images to black and white. I usually only do this if there is distracting bright color taking away from the emotion of the subject. But this theater actually had beautiful soft ambient light that was quite flattering. But there is just something so classically emotional about looking at a performance photo in B&W it just adds a new element of emotion.

The class and performance was held at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan, at 344 Amsterdam Avenue. The Jewish Community center has a lot of great programs for children.

Kuljit & Gurpreet Rainy Engament Session || New York Engagement Photographer

A perfectly sunny day clouds up and starts to drizzle right as you meet your photographer for your engagement session. What do you do? Hair did’, makeup did’, leaving New York for home in California you realize rescheduling might be impossible you decide to troop it out and proceed with the shoot.

This was one of those amazing session where everything seemed to go wrong but turned out to be best case scenario. Shooting in the rain is tough for a photographer, besides getting yourself or expensive gear wet, rain also messes with the autofocus when taking pictures.

But the benefits are also great, the busy areas we usually shoot at are deserted giving you the opertunity to shoot wide, really wide, as wide as your lenses will allow without anyone crowding your precious space.

Additionally shooting in the rain is also great for lighting with the overcast sky blocking out any harsh rays creating essentially a huge soft box in the sky. Not to mention the wet streets, did you ever notice how the streets in movies are usually wet? its actually because they spray them down, the streets become glistening, reflective and more pleasing to the eye. Now add the additional luck of having a dramatic cloudy sky and you have yourself an amazing shoot.

Kuljit & Gurpreet were childhood friends when they both lived in NY, when Kuljit moved to California with her family they never lost touch and a childhood friendship progressed to somehting more. They were planning a multi day wedding and engagement party on both costs as is usually customary for people from South Asian background. After the wedding Kuljit would relocate permanently to live in New York. They decided on Brooklyn Bridge Park for the engagement session.

Brian Surprise Birthday Party || New Jersey Birthday Photographer

Brians wonderful wife Luba put on an amazing surprise birthday party for her husbands 50th birthday at Sabor latin Bistro in Edgewater New Jersey. The sexy latin restaurant takes up the entire three story building with both inside and outside seating, bright red decor, amazing flamenco show and a sexy modern spin on classic latin cuisine this place is sure to make any evening a memorable one, but throw a group of your closest fun loving friends and fun music by Alex Edge (who by the way recommended us for this event) and the party is guaranteed to by a smash. See some of our favorite images from the night.

Welcome Home Valeria || New York Newborn Photographer

The Villigs are longtime clients of ours. We have shot events, family sessions, newborn, cake smash and maternity for this wonderful family. Thats why we were so pleased to be able to photograph Valerias newborn portraits when she was born. 

 

In all our newborn sessions we always include the whole family, as it is a very important part of the process in documenting any milestone in a family's life.  Especially the special moments when parents are bonding with the new addition to the family. 

 

The session was shot at the clients home in Garden City, NY. 

 

Below are some of our favorite images from the session.

Amanda & Adam Amazing City Hall Wedding || NYC Elopement Photographer

I had a pleasure photographing Amanda and Adams New York City elopement. They were moving back to NYC after Adam completed his Doctors Without Borders program oversees and he was starting a new position in NY. So they decided to celebrate this move by eloping! 

The day started with preparations  at the gorgeous Beekman Hotel which is conveniently located by City Hall. Beekman Hotel is one of the most stunning buildings with unique old style charm and architecture. The hotel is so impressively beautiful and I loved having the opportunity to photograph this sweet couple in such a magnificent space. After the ceremony at the City Hall we walked to Brooklyn Bridge and the surrounding streets for the couple portraits, and finished our session in Brooklyn Bridge park. 

Take a look at some of my favorite images from this couple's NYC elopement.