Wedding Proposal at The River Cafe

Wedding Proposal at The River Cafe.

I’m obsessed with this proposal session at the River Cafe in Brooklyn! Gillian was genuinely surprised and so happy for the entire evening! Andrew did an amazing job keeping it secret until the moment he proposed. Coordinating this special event with him was truly an honor!

I always get so nervous for my couples when they are minutes away from getting down on one knee. I love it—it’s an exciting and nerve-wracking experience all at once!

Gillian’s reaction was priceless.

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

The River Cafe Proposal

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

The setting was perfect for Andrew’s romantic proposal. With spectacular views overlooking New York Harbor, The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline, you can’t go wrong in choosing this venue for your proposal. After dinner we photographed the couple’s portraits along the Brooklyn Waterfront and in the River Cafe garden. Despite the overcast day, their pictures exude so much color and joy!

The River Cafe Proposal

Wedding Proposal Photos at The River Cafe

Brooklyn Engagement Session

Brooklyn Engagement Session

Aside from proposals at the River Cafe, we have also photographed River Cafe weddings. It is an awesome historic venue, in such an iconic setting. There is so much to take in at the Brooklyn Waterfront and every year there is even more to see, whether it’s outdoor sculptures, restaurants, or outdoor musical performances. We love to photograph there, and I think it shows. :)

Family Photo Sessions in Brooklyn this Spring

The sun is shining and the purple crocuses are poking through the ground; have you pondered family photo sessions in Brooklyn this spring with a professional photographer? You may have just started spring-cleaning; giving away clothing that is too small, organizing kids toys, books and drawings. It is definitely on my to-do list!

I’m also planning my own family’s next photo session. A couple of years ago, Chandler took photos of me and Henry at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden amongst the cherry blossoms as my Mother’s day gift. These memories are so valuable to me. I would love to do it again and possibly with magnolias this time instead of cherries. It’s a short window, so don’t miss it!

Family Photo Sessions in Brooklyn this Spring

Family Photo Sessions in Brooklyn this Spring

I also couldn’t be more excited to capture your family’s precious moments amidst nature’s renaissance. Just like our spontaneous fall sessions that turned into some of my favorite memories, spring offers its own unique charm for unforgettable family portraits.
From frolicking in fields of magnolias or cherry blossoms at the BBG, to sitting amidst the sun-dappled trees in Prospect Park, or even just hanging out on your front stoop, springtime family sessions are filled with warmth and joy. And it’s a chance to wear pink or pastels!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity. Let’s plan your spring session together. Inquire today and let’s create timeless memories together. To book your spring photo session contact me here.

I look forward to hearing from you! – Karen

Pantone’s Color of the Year is Peach Fuzz

Pantone’s Color of the Year is Peach Fuzz

Pantone Color of the Year

In case you’re curious, Pantone’s color of the year is Peach Fuzz! 

You might have already heard about this trend from your floral designer, stationer, or event planner, and it may or may not be relevant to you, but I do love photographing in color, so I’m intrigued!

From the moment I learned how to print in a color darkroom or how to enhance a color image digitally, the trueness of color has been important to me. Kodak Portra has always been my favorite film to use; it’s so natural and soft.

I’ve been told many times how accurate my color photography is, and brides and grooms love the vibrancy of my work. What can I say, as an artist, I do love a vivid palette.

Peach-colored flowers and makeup have always been a fave of mine. In fact, I wore peach-colored blush and lipstick on my own wedding day! I love the above images for their subject matter but also their vibrant and bold peachy hues.

To book an engagement session, or a discovery call for your upcoming wedding, feel free to contact me here. I look forward to hearing from you!

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

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