Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

I hope this finds you all well and safe sheltering at home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and take the burden off of our frontline medical workers.  It’s certainly a difficult time and we’re all feeling cooped up at this point.

Meanwhile, it’s spring and our children are growing; they may be taking their first steps or celebrating a big birthday. Perhaps you are pregnant and haven’t yet had the opportunity to have maternity photos taken.

With my 3-year-old son growing in front of my own eyes, I can relate and am excited to offer Brooklyn Stoop Portraits. For only $299, you can have a gallery of beautiful, professionally shot (from a safe a distance) and professionally edited images of you and your loved ones. $24 of each session will be donated to No Kid Hungry, a charity which helps hungry kids in need.*

These sessions will be social distancing approved, with me shooting with a telephoto lens. It’ll be a short 20-30 minute shoot.  Please feel free to wear anything you’d like! You can make it dressy or casual – whatever way you would like to remember this point in time.

Why Shoot a Family Stoop Portrait?

Do you love your historic neighborhood? As a long time Brooklyn resident myself, I have made so many memories here over the years. I remember shooting my first clients’ headshots on my Park Place brownstone’s stoop. My first weddings and engagement sessions were shot around Park Slope.

Perhaps you have a similar history or perhaps you recently moved here. You always loved the architecture in this wonderful historic district, so why not include your historic steps, banister, gaslight post, detailed door or even your window sill in the photos?

Home is where we’re all going to be for the next few weeks, so let’s document it and celebrate it as we shelter in place. To schedule your session, please call, text or email me. I look forward to capturing this unique time in your family’s life and bringing some much needed joy.

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Sheila and Isaac

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

*I know many of you have already donated to causes that you care about. I am happy to work with families on a case by case basis, and therefore the $24 donation on top of the $275 session fee is optional.

Homebound Project: Album Design

Dear Clients,
I hope this finds you and your families staying safe and healthy during this incredibly unsettling time.

While social distancing at home with my husband and our son, we’ve been devising ways to keep Henry busy and entertained with learning and creating.  We’ve been going on short nature walks in Prospect Park, doing virtual singalongs, and online drawing classes taught by Mo Willems.  Anything to maintain a sense of normalcy.
And I’ve been looking at photos, a LOT of photos, which remind me of carefree times (sigh).  So with Henry by my side, I’ve finally begun to compile photos to have designed in a layout, printed and mounted into a hardbound book of Henry’s first three years.

With this in mind, I would like to offer my clients 15% off any designed Queensberry Album, plus 2 free 8×10” prints (or 4 5×7″) for the next month.
Perhaps this project is something to distract you during this time?

Please stay healthy and stay safe.
xo
Karen
p.s. please email me for pricing.

Wedding Album Design

Creative Project at Home: Let's Make an Album

Flush + Matted Queensberry Wedding Albums

 

Valentines Inspired Engagement Session

Valentines Inspired Engagement Session

Valentines Inspired Engagement Session

If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you’re likely busy planning your big day. One of the best ways to show your adoration is an engagement photo shoot on or around Valentine’s Day, a holiday inspired by LOVE! If you desire to have an engagement photography shoot around Valentine’s Day, here are a few tips for planning it.

How to Plan a Valentines Day Inspired Engagement Session

  • Plan Your Outfits, Accessories and Backdrop

Valentines Inspired Engagement SessionBold red is the standard color for Valentine’s Day, so incorporate it into your outfits, your florals and your decor. One member of the couple might sport a res dress, red shoes, ruby colored jewelry, or hold and arrangement of roses or red dahlias. Your partner may coordinate their outfits with a pop of red in their scarf or tie. Create eye-grabbing contrast by sporting black and white with a smidge of crimson. Planning your outfits in advance of your engagement session gives you enough time to buy any accessories you might need.

  • Find a Creative Photographer

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and professional wedding and engagement photographers will be booking quickly. Ask for recommendations from friends or family who have booked photographers for weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries. Browse their websites to look at their portfolios, set up appointments with your top three, and then select the best one for you and your partner. See how they shoot in low light as well as in broad daylight to confirm their talent. Read reviews about your photographer, as much can be learned between the lines.

  • Scout Your Locations
Valentines Inspired Engagement Session

Central Park – Bethesda Terrace

The location for your engagement shoot can have personal significance to you, or it could be a snow-sprinkled winter location you are visiting for the first time. Before the day arrives, confirm that you won’t need any special permission to shoot in your chosen spot, such as the steps in front of a museum, the public gardens or park. If you’re planning to shoot outside, have a few backup indoor locations in case the weather is unsuitable for engagement photography.

Valentines Inspired Engagement Shoot

Valentines Inspired Engagement Shoot

Valentines Inspired Engagement Shoot

Valentines Inspired Engagement Shoot

Valentines Inspired Engagement Shoot

 

Brooklyn Newborn Photography

It was super fun to photograph Zorah’s sleepy Brooklyn newborn photography session in the Heights this fall. I’ve never met such a calm baby! My camera’s shutter clicking, the nearby trucks honking, and the wind blowing – nothing woke up Zorah until the end when her outfit was changed.

What a quiet and relaxing photo session, and thankfully the new parents loved their family photos! :)

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

New Beginnings - Brooklyn Newborn Photography

 

River Cafe Brooklyn Wedding

I loved shooting Alisa and Richard’s River Cafe Brooklyn wedding this summer! What a lovely couple! The weather was warm in late August, but not too warm to stroll before the ceremony. We walked around DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and took portraits amongst the food vendors, the cobblestone streets and in the courtyard of St. Ann’s Warehouse (in old Tobacco Warehouse), adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. We utilized different photo techniques such as long exposures, shallow depth of field, and silhouette to highlight the bride’s flowing gown and veil, as well while featuring bokeh of the bright city lights. The River Cafe never seemed prettier than it did on this day.

Lapis Luna + Karen Wise Photography + River Cafe Brooklyn Wedding

Brooklyn Wedding at the River Cafe

Book a Fall Family Photo Session!

Are you interested in a fall family photo session? Why not book it now, for October, November or even early December, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn? Plan it f’or when the temperatures begin to cool and the leaves start to change colors.

The sooner you book a family photo shoot, the sooner you can get started on designing your holiday cards!!

Here is a bright and fun shoot I did for my friend and fellow photographer Sheila Griffin. What a pleasure it was to photographer her, with her husband and sweet newborn son Isaac, as well as with Ivy, their greyhound! I photographed them on film and digitally, to mix it up and capture the season’s beauty in full color.

Fall Family Photo Session

Fall Family Photo Session

Fall Family Photo Session

Karen Wise Fall Family Session

Karen Wise Fall Family Session  Karen Wise Fall Family Session

Karen Wise Fall Family Session

Karen Wise Fall Family Session

Prospect Park Engagement Session

Thunder and grey skies didn’t stop me from photographing Alex and Zach’s Prospect Park engagement session. We just stayed near the boat house, to be safe!

Take a look at this joyful and cozy series of portraits I made. You will see just why this loving couple is tying the knot next year!

Catskills Fall Wedding on Style Me Pretty!

Please check out my Catskills Fall wedding photos, also featured on Style Me Pretty! Here is an excerpt from the feature, I couldn’t have described Hanna and James’ impeccable style any better!

“And the bride wore…GOLD! And a stunning, gold Pnina Tornai dress at that! Hanna and Jimm said their ‘I Do’s’ at The Kaaterskill, a family farm that they visit each year, which felt just like home surrounded by family and friends, horse pastures and beautiful backdrops. The bride’s dramatic dress mixed with an array of colorful florals by Saipua made for the perfect pair and Karen Wise Photography captured it beautifully! Take a look and see why this wedding has us ready for fall and be sure to check out their gorgeous hand-painted wedding cake!”KWisePhoto-Hanna-James-Catskills-Wedding

Karen Wise Photography - Catskills Wedding on Style Me Pretty

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Interested in family session photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn? Why not choose Brooklyn’s Karen Wise as Your Family Photographer?

Karen Wise Photography, based out of Park Slope, is a well-known Brooklyn wedding photographer. She was named one of American PHOTO Magazine’s Top Ten Wedding Photographers in the World. She is also a sought-after maternity and family photographer. If you want to capture treasured memories of your pregnancy, birth, newborn baby or entire family, she can provide you with keepsake portraits you will enjoy forever.

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Karen Wise - Brooklyn Family Photographer

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

What a Professional Family Photographer Offers

Consumer cameras have never been of higher quality or as affordable as it is now, and you have an iPhone, so you may wonder why you’d need to hire a professional photographer for your family photos?! The skills required to be an exceptional family photographer go beyond the camera you have. They also require finding that perfect moment, and being able to engage young subjects. A great family photographer works quickly while her young subjects are running, playing and wriggling all around!

Karen has been honing her skills for more than 15 years, and her work has appeared in countless publications, including New York Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, VOGUE India, and Marie Claire China. She is herself a mother of a 3-year-old and understands how quickly time passes and how important it is for parents to capture images of their family at each stage and all ages. A Brooklyn resident, she knows the area well and can recommend photogenic locations for your family or maternity photo shoot, including the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and around Park Slope including Prospect Park.

For an experienced, talented, and dedicated Brooklyn family photographer, contact Karen Wise Photography. She blends technical skills with experience, creativity, and an unmatched eye for a memorable shot.

Karen’s specialties range from wedding and event photography, to maternity, newborn and family portraits, so you can enjoy a lifetime of beautiful images. Call 917-539-9908 to schedule a consultation.

 

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