Behind the Scenes on a Styled Wedding Photo Shoot

It’s hard to imagine what goes into planning a small wedding. Take a look at this video made behind the scenes on a styled wedding photo shoot.

It’s been a few years since we shot this styled shoot but it continues to be an inspiration for me.

Modern Winter Styled Shoot - Brooklyn, NY - Karen Wise Photography

Brooklyn Modern Winter Styled Shoot

Brooklyn Modern Winter Styled Shoot

I photographed this Brooklyn modern winter styled shoot with the following talented New York vendors. I remember how much work it was but also how inspiring and fun it was too!

Couple: Actors Abbi Crutchfield and Luke Thayer, who are really married to one another!

Photography: Karen Wise Photography

Event Planning and Event Design: Ang Weddings and Events

Flowers and Event Design: Rountree Flowers

Video: Love in Progress

Makeup: Lindsey Jones Makeup Artistry

Paper Goods: Regas

Dress: Angelo Lambrou via Gabriella New York Bridal Salon

Shoes: Aruna Seth

Headpiece: Sara Gabriel

Catering and Dessert Table: Naturally Delicious  + Viva Max Kelly

Jewelry: Paris via Mark Ingram Bridal

Grey Bridesmaid Dress: 57 Grand

Red Bridesmaid Dress: Thread Design

Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals

Venue: 280 Washington Street, in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

Published in Vogue Magazine

I pinch myself when I remember the time I was published in Vogue Magazine!

A few years back, a writer from Vogue India called to interview me. She requested I send wedding photos to go along with her story. Vogue chose to publish two photos from a local and destination Indian wedding. I love them both. One image was of Priti wearing her Louboutin slippers on the morning after the big wedding celebration. I love this image because she stood on a step at the Lake Palace waving goodbye to all of her guests wearing a flowing silk robe and these elegant kitten heeled slippers. Priti demonstrated elegance wearing these shoes but if you look really closely you can see a chipped painted toenail which reminded me of the jam-packed week of partying and dancing every night away. My very first destination wedding was this wedding of Priti Paul and Jaouad Kadiri in India and I will never forget it.

Publishing an image from Udaipur, Rajasthan, and then one from a garden wedding in New Jersey was also apropos. Many Indian families immigrate to American and hope to keep their customs and traditions. Also, after this big Indian wedding in Delhi/Udaipur, I was asked to shoot many local ones. Neha is depicted in the second photograph in her New Jersey home, she fidgets with her earring nervously and with anticipation as her guests are about to arrive. Neha was visiting extended family in India when she saw the copy on a newsstand and brought the magazine home for me!

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Some venues where I’ve photographed Indian weddings are: The Ritz Carlton in Palm Beach, Pleasantdale Chateau in NJ, Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan, Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia, and The Greenbrier in West Virginia. Other locales include: Birmingham, Long Island, Connecticut, Delaware, The Dominican Republic, and other international destinations.

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal

Morgan pulled off a great Brooklyn engagement proposal, Cody had no idea!

The couple had just arrived from Virginia to visit their friends in NYC. On an unassuming Wednesday in June, Morgan invited Cody to visit their old neighborhood in Brooklyn. They had always loved Cobble Hill Park, and he knew that Cody would appreciate visiting it. The park faces a narrow, quiet and secluded street with historic carriage houses on it, they would often sit with their coffees and wonder what it would be like to live in an old carriage house.

Morgan came up with a proposal plan and he contacted me to secretly photograph the moment inside Cobble Hill Park. We spoke a couple of times on the phone before the big day, as he was nervous and wanted to go over the plan a few times to make sure it would go smoothly. He got in touch the morning of, as well as texted me on their way to the park to ensure that I was in place with my camera when he popped the question.

Because the park was a little bit crowded that day, there was an elementary school graduation in process when I got there, I hid out with some other parents holding cameras and pretended I was one of them. I put my bag down on a bench that I was reserving for them and that I thought would feature the carriage houses in the background. I waited for them to arrive. Once they arrived, I let them have my bench, and they sipped their coffees while I spied on them from the graduation location! I knew it was about to happen when Morgan put his coffee down on the ground…

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

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Brooklyn Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Engagement Proposal Shoot

Father’s Day Family Sessions

June is here; take a look below at some Father’s Day family sessions photographed in and around Park Slope, Brooklyn. I love photographing precious portraits of dads and families with their kids. The one film shot of Chandler and my 9 month old son Henry in Ogunquit, Maine makes my heart melt!

Karen Wise Photography - Henry + Chandler

Dads - Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Family Portraits

It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since the pandemic started. On April 7, 2020 I created Brooklyn Stoop Portraits, a project photographing Brooklyn family portraits of local friends and neighbors.

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits - Brooklyn Family Portraits

Please check out my new webpage for Brooklyn Stoop Portraits, where you may see a recap of the year in stoop portraits. The neighborhoods in which I shot these sessions include Park Slope, Fort Greene, Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Red Hook, Bushwick and Bedford Stuyvesant. I also photograph these outdoor family sessions on the Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn Waterfront and in Prospect Park.

Spring sessions have started again, and compared to last April, there is much less fear in the air. Many of us have been fully vaccinated, including me! Although we are still wearing masks, and keeping socially distant, there is more to feel grateful for this year. Soon we will get to see grandparents, friends and family who live far away. We have a president who has already helped get this economy going again while vaccinating millions each day.

Feel free to book a family session now to document your family’s milestones. Let’s create new memories and celebrate new beginnings!

Spring Family Portrait Sessions

Happy Spring! I’m offering 15% off spring family portrait sessions, until April 15, in Prospect Park at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, or on your stoop!

Please take a look at some of my recent family photo sessions and feel free to contact Brooklyn Stoop Portraits today to book your session! If you book before April 15th, you will receive the generous discount.

Another wonderful thing: 5% of the total session price also goes to No Kid Hungry. Since the pandemic started, I’ve raised almost $500 from my family sessions for No Kid Hungry, an organization which helps to feed hungry kids in this crisis. In this pandemic, vulnerable kids need our help now more than ever. I hope to see you in the next few weeks amongst the magnolia trees, cherry blossoms or on your stoop!

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits - Brooklyn Family Photographer

spring family portrait sessions

spring family portrait sessions

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New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms.

spring family portrait sessions at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

spring family portrait sessions

New York Family Photography at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Cherry Blossoms

Wise - Brooklyn Family Photographer

Good Morning America

I was so happy to see my Brooklyn Stoop Portraits on Good Morning America!

My clients Kristin and Phillip were interviewed by Robin Roberts in the piece titled, “Leap into Love with these secrets to a successful relationship.”⁠⠀Three of my portraits accompanied the interview.

Congratulations, Kristin + Phillip, on an inspiring and great appearance talking about how you strengthened your relationship during the pandemic⁠.

Furthermore, welcome newborn baby Owen, he is simply adorable! Ryleigh is already such a terrific and loving big sister.




Ring in the New Year with a Proposal or Engagement Session

A marriage proposal is an exciting major life event. When you are planning your secret proposal why not treat yourselves to some professional photos? Ring in the new year with a proposal or engagement session.

Winter Family Photos in Brooklyn

As the end of 2020 approaches, now is the perfect time to snuggle up with your loved ones for a family photography shoot. Despite the drop in temperature, winter creates some of the most beautiful scenery. This season provides an opportunity to capture unique iconic images in NYC. I am excited to offer winter family photos in Brooklyn on your stoop or in the park.

Outdoor Winter Family Photography Sessions

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

A major benefit of getting photos taken in the winter is the soft lighting and gorgeous sunsets. Even cloudy days are ideal for a photo shoot, as the soft light is flattering for skin. The darker, moodier setting enhances colorful sweaters and jackets. Some iconic locales like Prospect Park, The Brooklyn Promenade or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, tend to be quieter in the colder months. This makes it ideal for capturing quiet backgrounds, and for young children to stay focused. You’ll be able to get a beautiful shot whether you’re taking pictures in the park or on your Brooklyn stoop.

Your loved ones will be thrilled when they see your final pictures. Putting these winter photos in frames or in albums are perfect presents for the holidays. Additionally, you can create holiday cards to send to relatives and friends you have not seen in a while.

Book Your Winter Family Portraits Today!

Don’t wait to book your Brooklyn Stoop Portraits during the most magical time of year. If you’re interested in making memories of your loved ones before 2021 arrives, call (917) 539-9908 to reserve a date soon.


Karen Wise Photography