I had the pleasure of photographing Chelsea & Michael’s Waldorf Astoria and Harold Pratt House Wedding earlier in the summer. I’m in love with their portraits. Such a beautiful couple. And… they even brought their 2 kittens! I’ve photographed puppies and larger canines at weddings before, but in my 15 years of shooting weddings, I’ve never seen a bride and groom bring felines! There’s a first for everything I guess!
Thanks to the following vendors to help make this beautiful wedding come together:
Laura Remmert Events + Floral
Karen Wise Photography
Park Avenue Catering
Harold Pratt House
Waldorf Astoria Hotel NYC
Michael Colby Cinematography
DJ Michael Edwards
What an incredible week of scenic drives, glacier walks, black sand beaches, continuous sun and silica infused geothermal pools! I’m sharing some photographs I made from my trip to Iceland in June with my husband Chandler and our baby in utero. There are so many photos and video snippets, but I’m limiting it to just these for now. I cannot wait to return to experience Iceland’s beauty again!
I’m happy to see Christina + Michael’s Fort Tryon Park and New Leaf restaurant wedding featured on Carats and Cake blog today! Please feel free to check out the C&C feature here. You may also see more images from their beautiful wedding below. I shot these photographs with a mix of medium format color and black and white Kodak film, and on digital cameras…
Floral Design: Peartree Flowers
Wedding Gown: Modern Trousseau
Groom’s Attire: J. Hilburn
Event Planning: EM Event Management
DJ: A Starry Night
Cake: Baked NYC
I am thrilled to share this romantic and stylish Buttermilk Falls Inn wedding! Justin and Darren were dream clients – they were laid back, stylish and so fun-loving! I was also happy to see their wedding featured on Style Me Pretty this week. You may see the feature right here!
It was so sweet to witness how the couple considered the participation of their two young sons, Luke and Jake, in all their wedding festivities. Jake and Luke were included in Justin and Darren’s getting ready session, in their ceremony, and even in cocktail hour when they got to chase ducks and pick apples in Buttermilk Farm’s orchard. They even enjoyed holding a custom made Thank you sign for pictures which the couple would later print for their thank you cards.
Justin and Darren trusted me and gave me a lot of creative freedom within their itinerary. The palette of vibrant orange and peach dahlias and ranunculus, alongside the verdant green of the lush summer grasses, and the grooms’ handsome blue attire inspired unlimited picture-taking.
You may see more of my photos in my wedding gallery, and on Style Me Pretty this week!
Our Tiki with a Twist cocktail book is published and now on bookshelves! This collaboration between Montauk mixologist Lynn Calvo, of Lynn’s Hula Hut, co-author and James Beard award winner James Fraioli, me and Sterling Publishing proves to be a fruitful one! We worked on this project last summer in Montauk, New York, shooting cocktails at Lynn’s Hula Hut, fresh ingredients at the Montauk Farmers Market and a fun celebratory party at the tiki hut when all was over!
Tiki with a Twist: 75 Cool, Fresh, and Wild Tropical Cocktails is out just in time for summer! Feel free to get your copy at Barnes and Noble, or on Amazon. There are truly some delicious recipes with Lynn’s unique infusions and natural organic ingredients. I assure you, you will love these concoctions…
“Can’t get to the Caribbean or the South Pacific but want a delicious taste of those tropical islands? Now you can whip up new, mouthwatering tiki cocktails at home. From the Coconut Cucumber Mojito and the Honeydew Daiquiri to the Nutty Samoan and the Tahiti Spice Tikitini, these sexy, innovative drinks from Lynn Calvo, owner of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, New York, will take your tiki experience to the next level.”
Take a look inside at more of the pictures I made HERE!
I had such a good time shooting Marisa and Michael’s Central Park engagement session in early May! It was one of the first sunny and pleasant spring days so it was nice to work outdoors, comfortably, and with such a lovely couple!
I had photographed Michael’s brother Peter’s wedding a few years ago in the Berkshires, so I knew Michael and his family from photographing them then. It’s great to see familiar faces and of course it’s really flattering to get referrals from family and friends for future weddings!
I will be shooting Marisa and Michael’s wedding at the Metropolitan Building in November. This shoot was an opportunity to get to know each other better and it was great practice for the couple who will be enduring 8-10 hours of photography on their wedding day! Oy!
We photographed at the Bow Bridge, Bethesda Fountain and later cabbed it to Conservatory Garden for the final shots at sunset. The cherry blossoms were at peak bloom in these photos, which will make for a unique and contrasting story to their late fall nuptials…
Whether you’d like to refine your photography skills, or learn camera fundamentals, acclaimed Wedding & Food photographer Karen Wise teaches group and one-on-one photo & styling workshops, collaborating with talented floral designers and renowned local chefs.
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It’s Springtime in Provence and on April 17th, 2106 I will be collaborating with two award-winning Brooklyn based professionals on a Provence-inspired workshop!
Our Springtime in Provence Workshop includes flower arranging by floral designer and fine artist Denise Fasanello, food styling by chef Loren Michelle of Naturally Delicious catering company and an in depth lesson in photographing the final result with award-winning food and wedding photographer Karen Wise.
All attendees will have the opportunity to design their own flower arrangement and take them home! They will be able to play with colorful local ingredients and finished dishes plated by the chefs from the Naturally Delicious’ kitchen. A lot of vintage and rustic props and unique surfaces will be available to inspire you. Play around with lighting, composition, styling and propping, while Karen Wise guides you and answers questions during your focussed practice.
The date is quickly approaching, so get your tickets soon! Get out your cameras, roll up your sleeves and get ready to get your hands dirty! For a limited time these tickets are on sale!
Click HERE to learn more & to reserve your spot for this 4/17 collaborative workshop at Brooklyn’s very own Private Dining Room (PDR) in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
In the winter I always crave seasonal root vegetables and hearty winter fruits, for one because the color is so vibrant against the dark grey winter skies, but also because it’s a chance to recharge and infuse my body with healthy antioxidants. Pomegranate and citrus are both some of my faves. And do they ever photograph well.
Inspired to design a Food Photography Valentines promo card this year, I bought a bunch of juicy and perfect looking and tasting fruits from my local food coop and started playing with food. Of course, there’s nothing like sweets when it’s cold out too. So I infused some pomegranate pieces into a favorite brand of organic full fat dairy ice cream. Here are some of the images I made, photographed both on film and digitally. I had my card designed by the talented Paige Vickers, and printed on a detail-retaining textured paper at Lion in the Sun of Park Slope. In the same week, I also collaborated with my friend and colleague Sharon Becker makeup artist extraordinaire- she asked me to shoot lipstick on a model for her own Valentines promo this year, so I came up with some action shots of our model dabbling in cones of pomegranate ice cream and dark chocolate. And Voila, this is how my promo card is born.