Brooklyn Newborn Photo Sessions

Happy New Year!

2023 kept me busy as I expanded with a second office in the Berkshires, broadening my photography horizons beyond Brooklyn to capture more families and weddings.

January 2024 has been bustling with newborn photo sessions, and there’s nothing quite like swaddling little baby bundles and capturing cozy moments with their parents. Despite new parenting challenges, the first few weeks of parenthood are filled with joy.

If you are looking for indoor winter sessions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I wish you a wonderful weekend ahead!

Brooklyn Family Photography

Cherry Blossom Engagement Sessions

I hope you are having a cozy winter. In a couple of months the magnolia trees will start to bloom. You may want to schedule your engagement session on a date in April or May when the cherry blossoms are nearing peak bloom. We can take an afternoon off to stroll around the gardens or along the brownstone blocks. It’s your choice. Please enjoy these magnolia and cherry blossom engagement sessions at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and in Prospect Park below.

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Cherry Blossom Engagement Session

Karen Wise - Magnolia - Brooklyn Wedding Photographer

Karen Wise - BBG Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Wedding Photographer

Here is a proposal and engagement session from the BBG.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Proposal

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Proposal

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Proposal

Chelsea Glasshouse Wedding

There is nothing like an intimate City Hall ceremony, followed by a cozy welcome dinner at La Bergamote, succeeded by a lively Chelsea Glasshouse wedding reception with 360 views of the city. Benoit and Torsten celebrated for two days along with their kids, families and friends.

Please check out the photos below and see the joy and love for yourself.

NYC City Hall Wedding

NYC City Hall

NYC City Hall

NYC City Hall

NYC City Hall

La Bergamote

Chelsea Glasshouse Wedding

Chelsea Glasshouse Wedding 

Chelsea Glasshouse Wedding

Chelsea Glasshouse Wedding

Park Slope Family Portraits

Karen Wise is known for her Park Slope family portraits: Brooklyn Stoop Portraits, an ongoing project since March 2020 when the pandemic began. Her wedding contracts had either been cancelled or postponed and photographing her friends from a distance became a passion. Since then, Karen has photographed over 120 families and counting.

Whether you are home for the holidays or traveling somewhere warm, enjoy this time with your family. You may even make picture taking an annual ritual, our family sure does. We always make sure to take our family portraits before mid-December, and you should too. This way, your photographer will have time to edit the images and deliver them in time for you to make a great holiday card or create framed prints for your loved ones.

Park Slope Family Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this Fall

School is underway, and the temperatures are dropping.
Soon the trees will be bursting with color! Let’s take some Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this fall!

Your kids are growing quickly and it’s about time you had pictures you were actually in. As a mom, I know just how stressful the thought of a family photoshoot can be; you can trust me to take care of a lot of the fuss. I have some great techniques to help parents stay calm and in the moment, while the kids have fun being themselves and everyone looks great for the camera! Let’s take some Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this Fall!
Please don’t hesitate to contact me to plan your 35-45 minute family sessions.

Karen Wise Photography - Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

These photos were taken in either Prospect Park, in the Berkshires or on a Brooklyn stoop.

Prospect Park is considered Brooklyn’s back yard! It is beautiful all year round. I love photographing in Prospect Park in the spring with the cherry blossoms and magnolia trees. I also love to shoot engagement sessions and family sessions against it backdrop of colorful autumn leaves. Whether you’re interested in baseball, soccer, birdwatching, hiking, skating or nature programs, there are thousands of ways to enjoy Prospect Park with your family.

Buttermilk Falls Wedding

I loved photographing this Buttermilk Falls wedding! There were so many beautiful details including a teal vintage car, an airstream photo booth, unique vintage garden furniture, canoes as props.

The seasonal flowers and wedding colors all coordinated so perfectly. Thank you, Ali and JP, for inviting me to photograph your wedding. It was so gorgeous and everyone had a blast!

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

Buttermilk Falls Wedding

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

Buttermilk Falls Inn Bride

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

A Buttermilk Falls Inn Ceremony.

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

Buttermilk Falls Wedding

Karen Wise Photography - Buttermilk Falls Inn Wedding

Buttermilk Falls Bouquets

Buttermilk Falls Wedding

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Buttermilk Falls Wedding

Buttermilk Falls Inn is located on the edge of Hudson River, which depicts the perfect backdrop to their Riverfront Patio which can comfortably host 150-200 guests. This stunning two-tiered patio, on which a tent is placed, allows the guests to enjoy the serenity of Buttermilk Falls Inn’s grounds, while dancing the night away under the stars.

Venue: Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Planner: Green Apple Weddings

Photographer: Karen Wise Photography

Vintage Car: Brook Shore Classics

Floral Design: Eltingville Florist

Cake: Ten Cakes Studio

DJ: 74 Events

Lighting: Storz Lighting

Brooklyn Maternity Sessions

Here are some recent Brooklyn maternity sessions that I photographed. I photographed Samantha and Joe’s session on a windy day in December. A few weeks later, the couple welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Lana! She is super adorable and sweet and loves hanging out with my 6 year old son Henry!

I loved posing for my maternity photos. At this point in time, I was 34 weeks pregnant and my belly was getting really big and heavy! It was such an exciting time for me and my husband. You can also see the beautiful cake I served at our baby shower, designed by Betsy at  Nine Cakes.

I recommend taking pictures between 28-32 weeks for the maternity session. You will be more comfortable and look and feel more limber in your poses!

Mawra’s maternity session was photographed at 32 weeks this fall. We photographed in Prospect Park and around the neighborhood in Park Slope. She was thrilled with the photos.

Megan had her second child, a boy, shortly after we took these pictures in her Brooklyn home. It was fun to have her 2 year old involved in the shoot, she didn’t want to leave her Mama’s side.

Yaryna, Lev and her son Cole welcomed a baby girl this summer a couple of months after I photographed their Brooklyn Stoop Portraits in Park Slope. Arielle delivered a baby during the beginning of the pandemic, so we did a maternity session a bit socially distanced, outdoors in front of her home. I love documenting this exciting time in a family’s life.

Karen is also a newborn photographer with 4 years of experience documenting babies on their second day of life in hospitals in Manhattan.

Brooklyn Maternity Session

Brooklyn Maternity Session

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Maternity Session Park Slope

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Maternity Session

Maternity - Baby Shower

Nine Cakes - Karen Wise Photography

Nine Cakes – It’s a Boy! – Karen Wise Photography

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Park Slope Maternity Danielle's Maternity

Baby Shower Floral Dress

Brooklyn Maternity Portraits

Brooklyn Maternity Portraits

Nine Cakes - Karen Wise Photography

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Manhattan Maternity

 

Maternity

Maternity

Karen Wise - Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Maternity Session

Summery Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Nothing quite like a summery Park Slope Brooklyn wedding on a hot day in July! Megan and Joe were married at Stone Park Cafe surrounded by their closest family members. Here is a preview of some photos from their intimate wedding at Stone Park Cafe. I loved the floral bouquet designed by Zuzu’s petals, the blues and lavender color palette was so unique!

Park Slope Wedding

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

First Look

Park Slope Brooklyn Wedding

Megan started her day at Medusa hair salon, next door to the venue, and since it was such a hot and humid day, they decided to have their first look in front of the restaurant/salon because it was slightly cooler there. The couple lit up once they saw each other. We went into the most beautiful portrait session around the neighborhood before the ceremony at Stone Park Cafe.

Floral Design by Zuzus Petals

Hair and Makeup by Medusa Salon

Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

Happy Pride Month!

In May, Brendon and George had their wedding at the Culinary Institute of America, the “world’s premier culinary college”, on the beautiful Upstate New York campus. As a foodie, home cook and food photographer I was honored to photograph at this incredible venue! Some well known graduates of the CIA include Anthony Bourdain, Anne Burrell, Sarah Baldwin, Roy Choi and Melissa Rodriguez to name a few.

What I loved most about Brendon and George’s wedding was how relaxed the day was. The couple decided to get ready together, so there wasn’t a first look. It was just the two of them, helping each other to prepare, which was sweet and serene. 

The couple wanted the focus to be on portraits and candids with family and friends. Their first dance was professionally choreographed. A drag show followed and took over the stage with two performances in two different outfits. 

I loved photographing both film and digital on this wedding. The shots at sunset on film were my favorite ones, with the unique look of grainy texture and rich color. Congrats to the happy couple!

Karen Wise - Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

Upstate NY Wedding

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate New York Wedding at CIA

Karen Wise - Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

MASS MoCA Wedding

Karen Wise - Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

Karen Wise – Wedding at the Culinary Institute of America

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Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

 

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

 

 

 

 

Upstate New York Wedding at CIA

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Upstate New York Wedding at CIA

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Upstate NY Wedding

Hudson Valley Wedding at CIA

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