Last month, wedding season started with a bang! I photographed a gorgeous, joy-filled 3-day Indian wedding in New York, and since then it’s been shoot after shoot. This week, I am posting a series of food + party images from a recent collaboration between my team and Naturally Delicious in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Naturally Delicious is the professional home of chef and food stylist, Loren Michelle. Loren and I have a mutual appreciation for delicious food and beautiful imagery, and we enjoy collaborating whenever possible, whether it be on weddings or food photography workshops. When she told me that she was opening Private Dining Room (PDR) – a new business adjacent to her catering kitchen – I jumped at a chance to do a shoot on location.
Karen Wise and Naturally Delicious Team Up
Loren hosted a very successful dinner to celebrate the opening of PDR. The guest list included Anne Chertoff of Anne Chertoff Media, Herve Riou of Tartinery, Jess and Jilly of Carats and Cake, and Shira Savada of Martha Stewart Weddings.
Loren and her staff pulled out all the stops. The evening was full of food, drink, and warm conversation. What follows is a collection of images that I hope you will enjoy. The cooperative efforts by everyone involved made for a stunning and tasty dinner.
Stationery (Menus, Place Settings and PDR’s logo on door) / Fourteen-Forty
Calligraphy / Paula Y. Lee
Photographer’s Assistant / Hillary Honeck
Karen Wise Food Photography + Blogging Workshop
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY + BLOGGING WORKSHOPS – 2 upcoming classes w/ KAREN WISE
Choose 1 or choose BOTH!
- June 24 – “Camera Fundamentals + Restaurant Visit”
- Location: Meet greet and technique at PDR (Private Dining Room). Lunch, styling and shooting at Runner & Stone, Brooklyn
- $200 / 11am-5pm
- July 9 – “Photography, Blogging + BBQ”
- Location: Naturally Delicious’ Garden. Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
- $200 / 11am-4pm.
Learn how to improve your photography technique, how to use better lighting, master composition in a controlled setting and out in the field. Learn styling and plating from professional chef Loren Michelle and learn the tricks to photo editing, social media and blogging.
Special guest, Loren Michelle of Naturally Delicious will be helping with plating and styling. Her chefs will be preparing food for us to shoot on July 9th. On June 24th we will be dining out and shooting inside a local Brooklyn restaurant (Runner & Stone)!
Register for the classes HERE!
You don’t want to miss this Karen Wise Food Photography + Blogging Workshop!
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Happy May Day everyone!
I had the pleasure of photographing Camille and Jonathan’s wedding last year in May 2013. As I was looking through their images again almost a year later, one thing particularly strikes me–and that is the warmth they feel towards one another and towards their children–so beautifully evident in their faces throughout the ceremony and reception.
They chose the Foundry in Long Island City for its intimate and rustic rooftop garden. The sprawling ivy was perfect for creating natural, lush portraits of the bride and groom. The floral arrangements were full of radiant, exploding peonies. One special detail that I absolutely love from this wedding is the hanging altar piece. It was so elegant and lovely; I could hardly take my eyes off it!
Check out this wedding as featured on Style Me Pretty.
Photography: Karen Wise Photography / Wedding Dress: Alita Graham For Kleinfeld Kollection / Cake:Cheryl Kleinman Cakes / Catering: Lifestyle Event Group / Event Planning: Mario Rivera – MR Hospitality / DJ: Upscale Sound | Grooms Attire: Vera Wang / Designer: Sibel Kurun / Leis: Handmade With Love + Shipped From Hawaii By Groom’s Mother / Sister+Mom’s Performance Dresses: Handmade With Love By Groom’s Mother + Sister / The Foundry: The Foundry, L.I.C.
Hello and Happy Spring!
I just returned from a beautiful Indian wedding in Locust Valley, New York. A huge affair spread over three amazing days! This week I’m busy developing film and editing images. The colors, the outfits, the emotions are all still very fresh and inspiring to me.
Meanwhile 2 of my New York weddings from last year are being featured on Style Me Pretty this week!
Here are pictures of Dana and Stuart’s gorgeous Jewish Fall wedding at Angel Orensanz in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. James Abel Events designed and planned this beautiful wedding.
When Dana and Stu were beginning to plan their wedding, there were several things that were important to them. Creating a fun, relaxed yet interesting environment for their guests was top on their list. With Stu’s love of Steve McQueen and Dana’s of Audrey Hepburn, these elements were definitely going to be incorporated. Overall, this wedding was one of the most unique, that totally embraced the couple and their interests.
Check out this wedding as featured on Style Me Pretty.
Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation / Hotel: Hotel On Rivington / Event Planning, Floral Design & Decor: James Abel Events / Dress: Anna Maier / Bridal Dress Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers / Band: Jerry Kravat New York / Lighting Technician: Roberto At Angel Orensanz / Videography: Clark + Walker Studio
I’m so flattered to be featured in the Style Stalker section of the The Knot magazine’s Fashion Issue!
dress: Monique L’Huillier, from Mark Ingram Atelier
feather and rhine stone hairclip: Sara Gabriel
bouquet: Flore, Montreal
location: Hotel Nelligan, Montreal, Quebec
photography: Heather Waraksa
A while back I posted about a cookbook project I was a part of last year. The final product turned out so well, I decided to share more images from this delicious shoot. The recipes and images in the Ultimate Nachos cookbook are full of fresh ingredients–perfect for preparing and sharing this spring and summer.
This cookbook has been described as a “Brooklyn-hipster-centric” project, and as a Brooklyn resident who likes to eat–I love that title. It was a pleasure to work with Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, of Nachos NY, on this project.
Just a heads up–you will probably be hungry for nachos after looking at these photos!
More of my food photography can be seen on my Food Photography website Food and Art.
Food Styling by Sophia Loch / Cover Prop Styling by Kira Corbin
Karen has photographed two other cookbooks–a four-seasons project on location documenting the visually sumptuous culinary, farming and vineyard cultures of the Hamptons for the cookbook “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food & Wine of Long Island’s East End”, written by Silvia Lehrer and published by Running Press and “The Way We Cook”, written and styled by two Boston Globe food writers, Julie Riven and Sheryl Julian published by Houghton Mifflin.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
With winter in full swing, I’ve been enjoying looking through the photos from Hanna and Jimm’s Catskills wedding at The Kaaterskill in Upstate New York. There was a crisp chill in the air that November day, and the sumptuously muted, autumnal colors of the surroundings were augmented by Saipua‘s gorgeous floral design. Hanna and Jimm’s wedding was a pleasure to shoot and the warmth in their photographs are a nice reminder of the beauty of this cozy season.
You may see more from their wedding on my website gallery page!
Bride’s Gown: Pnina Tornai
Groom’s Suit: Micheal Andrews Bespoke
Makeup and Hair: Sharon Becker of sb beauty
Floral Design: Saipua
Catering: Sonnier & Castle – Executive Chef Patrick Phelan
Cake: Patti Paige at Baked Ideas ( I loved that cake so much!)
Band – The Lowdown Stompers
Venue: The Kaaterskill
Film Developing, Scanning and Printing: Chelsea Photographic
I am honored and excited to be featured in these four publications this month:
The Knot Magazine (The Knot Wed 100 – Insider Advice from the Experts)
Flower Magazine, Weddings by the Ritz Carlton and Well Wed!
Last August, I had the awesome and unique experience of photographing for 3 full days in and around Santa Barbara, California, in organic tomato and corn farms, in dahlia-filled fields, farmers' markets and in a private lemon orchard.
Organized by Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic, we decided to collaborate on this farm to table shoot from long distance. I was in New York, having never visited SB before. But with phone calls and scout pics, we were able to produce something great from afar. Before I headed out west, I just knew it would be a stunning and busy weekend of shooting.
From the moment I got there, we captured Santa Barbara's natural beauty. I shot the fresh fruits and vegetables at Santa Barbara's Saturday market, while our friend Ashley of Duo Events who was guiding us, chose the ripest produce cook. The following day he concocted a beautiful and delicious meal for Kelly's friends just north of SB. The friends had gotten together to celebrate Samantha + Todd's engagement, in Todd's family's garden just north of SB. The dining table was set up outside, decorated with the local dahlias Kelly and I picked from a nearby farm.
Only in California can one plan this kind of party, without the fear or rain, cold or hurricane coming through! Instead we were guaranteed a beautiful and lengthy sunset, and a sky filled with stars while candle light enhanced the mood.
All of the above images were photographed on Fuji film. Wine provided by Cambria Estate Winery.
My film was developed, scanned and printed by the awesome Richard Photo Lab in LA.