Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

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…

Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

Tiki with a Twist Cocktail Book

“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!

Central Park Engagement Session

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…

Photography Workshops – Sign Up Here



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. 

Photographers, food bloggers, portrait takers or anyone interested in an upcoming food, still life, portrait or wedding photography workshops, please join my mailing list! By signing up you will receive very infrequent but juicy Image of the Month newsletters as well as information on upcoming workshops.

I’m now offering One-on-One sessions as well as Group Workshops which can scheduled at a time convenient to you. Feel free to contact me directly for a private lesson.

To see pricing and to sign up for a one-on-one photography workshops, click here. Or take a look here for upcoming group workshops in the calendar here.

Hope to meet you soon!



Springtime in Provence Workshop

Karen Wise Photography Workshop

On Sale Now!!

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.


Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

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.

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Food Photography Valentines Promo

Manhattan Engagement Session

Engaged?  Mazel tov!
Now it’s time to plan a photo shoot –  spring will be here sooner than we all think!
Photographing Chelsea and Mike’s Manhattan Engagement Session (outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and in SoHo) was so much fun, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter, more laid back, stylish and creative couple to work with.
I will also be photographing their wedding in May.  Cannot wait!

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Shoot

Manhattan Engagement Session
Manhattan Engagement Shoot

WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award

Karen has received a WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016! Recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals, within the WeddingWire Network, who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. This is the sixth WeddingWire award granted to Karen Wise Photography!

Thank you to my amazing clients for writing me such laudatory reviews!

Karen Wise - WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award for 2016

Karen Wise Photography Receives WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award for 2016

Tiki with a Twist

I am so happy to have worked on my 4th cookbook, Tiki with a Twist, published by Sterling Publishing this summer! As the name suggests, this cookbook documents tropical tiki style drinks. The recipes were created by Lynn Calvo, of Lynn’s Hula Hut in Montauk, on the eastern most point of Long Island’s south fork.

Lynn’s cool Polynesian style Tiki bar sits on a peaceful boat-lined marina, and is often packed full of locals and visitors in the hot summer months. We photographed for 3 days this past August, in Montauk with the author, Lynn Calvo, co-author/creator James Fraioli and a team of editors and art directors from Sterling Publishing.

Torrential downpours and gusty winds did not stop us on the first day of the shoot. We found a lovely local restaurant (Swallow East) that took us under wing and let us spend the day using their window light, to which we are so grateful. The next two days were sunny and calm, and thankfully we resumed the shoot at Lynn’s outdoor bar as planned!

Tiki with a Twist cookbook will be on bookshelves in May 2016. A few examples of what you will see when you open it up:






Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

Take a look online at Hanna and Jimm‘s stunning autumn wedding at the Kaaterskill Farm Inn.

Check out some favorite film and digital photographs from this cool couple’s Catskills wedding below, in my website’s Weddings gallery, and published here in Martha Stewart Wedding: Martha Stewart Weddings Feature.

Hanna and Jimm, Martha Stewart Weddings Feature

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“Hanna and Jimm loved the idea of getting married at The Kaaterskill because they travel to the property, owned by Jimm’s cousins, for family holidays and other escapes throughout the year. An inn, pond, 15 acres of wooded land, horse pastures, and an array of animals comprise the estate. What’s more? Although dozens of weddings are held there annually, Hanna and Jimm were the first in the family to book the property for their big day…”

“Hanna envisioned herself in a colored gown before her first shopping trip. “Since it was likely to be the most extravagant dress I’d ever buy, I wasn’t going to limit myself to only white,” says the bride. She admits this gold satin dress that she snagged at aKleinfeld sample sale was a tad dramatic for her “farm wedding,” but she says, “it made me smile.”

Hanna went traditional with her custom veil—a single layer, off-white, cathedral-length beauty.” – A quote from the bride, via Martha Stewart Weddings.

To see the the whole Martha Stewart Weddings Feature click HERE!