The Liberty Warehouse Wedding

If you’re looking for a unique place in New York to hold your wedding, you may consider The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn. While the word “warehouse” might make you question the venue, The Liberty Warehouse is a beautiful and stylish location that’s perfect for weddings. I’ve photographed a couple of weddings at here and even attended a great event as as guest. This brief guide covers the benefits of this choosing this chic location for your wedding, and how to find the right photographer for the job.

Why Book the Liberty Warehouse

It’s Historic

Built in the 1850s as part of the Red Hook shipping yards, The Liberty Warehouse is full of history and life. This building is no longer used for storage and has since been updated and renovated to function entirely as an event space. With room for over 400 dinner guests and up to 1000 guests for cocktail parties, The Liberty Warehouse offers a unique mix of historical appeal and modern conveniences. The style is both rustic and contemporary, with the original brick walls and the nearby pier making perfect backdrops for photoshoots.

The Liberty Warehouse in Brooklyn

Great Views

A large part of the warehouse’s iconic status as a wedding venue comes from the incredible views it offers. From the waterfront patios, guests will be able to see Manhattan from a unique perspective. Red Hook is one of the few spots in NYC where you can see the Statue of Liberty from the front as she faces toward France. If you or any of your guests have never had a chance to see the statue from this angle, your wedding night will be all the more memorable.

The Liberty Warehouse Wedding

What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer

Expert Lighting

The mix of natural and artificial lighting at The Liberty Warehouse makes for some incredible photo opportunities. However, without the right experience of shooting in cavernous spaces, taking pictures here can be difficult. You want a wedding photographer who knows their way around the venue, who can work in large spaces with high ceilings, and can make the most of the natural lighting and even bring their own lighting setup.

The Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photographer

The Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photographer

Dynamic Skills

Your wedding day will include many different types of moments—happy, joyous, hilarious, serious, emotional, energetic and everything in between—and you need a photographer with experience capturing the full range of emotions and scenes. You want someone who can render the beauty of the ceremony as skillfully as they can capture the energy on The Liberty Warehouse’s massive dance floor.

The Liberty Warehouse Wedding Photographer

Park Slope Family Photographer

Are you thinking about hiring a Park Slope Family Photographer this spring?Park Slope Family Photographer

Karen Wise is a local wedding and family photographer whose studio is situated in Park Slope, just one block away from Prospect Park. Wise, the photographer behind Brooklyn Stoop Portraits, photographs families in the park as well as on their stoops.

How the Brooklyn Stoop Portraits project was started: Brooklyn Stoop Portraits began in April 2020, when Covid-19 forced us to stay home and shelter in place.
My 2020 wedding shoots were postponed. In a motion to connect with friends and neighbors, I decided to photograph families who lived near me (Park Slope), from a safe distance, on their stoops. These family sessions broadened to engagement, maternity, newborn and elopements and expanded into new neighborhoods too.

Home is where we all continue to feel safest this year, so let’s document and celebrate milestones as we stay close to our loved ones. To schedule your 30 min family session, please call 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 this Spring

The sun is out and it’s warming up, slightly. It’s time to book your Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this spring!

Are you interested in a family, maternity or newborn session amidst the cherry blossoms or magnolia trees? Don’t hesitate to contact me to book your 40 min family session now.
Please follow me on Instagram to see my newest family work!

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this Spring

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this Spring

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Portraits

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Portraits

I’m getting ready for pictures on stoops and in gardens, like these fun shots of Emi and Akiko at the BBG a few springs ago. When my son Henry was two years old, we hung out with our friends from Park Slope Parents. Henry was a baby social butterfly. He met Emi when he was just 3 months old with a few other babies. I thank Park Slope Parents who helped introduce us to so many similarly aged kids and their parents. We used to meet at cafes, in the park and at Blue Marble ice cream parlor for puppet shows. We are still friends with many of these families from our original meet ups in 2016 + 2017. So grateful for this community of friends we have here in Park Slope.

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits this Spring

Ariel Stein and her daughters in Park Slope

Brooklyn Modern Winter Styled Shoot

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Waterfront Family Session

Brooklyn Waterfront Family Session

Portraits in Prospect Park

 

 

Newborn Photographer in Park Slope

Are you searching for a newborn photographer in Park Slope, Brooklyn? Well, look no further, Karen Wise is your woman! Aside from weddings, Wise is a family, maternity and newborn photographer. Karen Wise is based in center Slope, a block from Prospect Park. Here are some examples of newborn photos shot in the past 2 years during the pandemic, from a safe distance with a mask. Many images were shot in spaces with windows open, or in the spring or summer with babies bundled tightly outdoors. Only experienced newborn photographers have impeccable swaddling techniques. Karen has these skills from having worked in hospitals, photographing newborns in their first days of life. Wise is a mom herself, and gave birth to her son in 2016. Henry is featured here in the red knit hat in his hospital bassinet. :)

We love these organic cotton swaddling blankets from aden + anais. They are soft and warm and have a lot of length to twist into a pretty swaddle.

Brooklyn Newborn Session

Newborn Photographer Brooklyn

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Brooklyn Stoop Portraits

Newborn photography in Park Slope

Sheila’s family was photographed on film in Prospect Park with the fall foliage behind them.

Here is Henry as a 5 month old, almost sitting for the first time! There were a few fall overs, but it was cute and he didn’t mind.

Karen Wise - baby Henry NathanielHenry poses for the camera after a bath.

 

Newborn Photographer in Park Slope

Newborn Photographer in Park Slope

Newborn Photographer in Park Slope

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal

I recently photographed a gorgeous holiday season wedding proposal at Rockefeller Center. The couple came from North Carolina, for a first visit to New York City. It was a memorable week to say the least!

Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day are beautiful times for a romantic wedding proposal in New York City, as the city is bright and colorful. Popping the question is always memorable, but using a professional engagement and wedding photographer can take the day to the next level. As you start planning your proposal, keep these tips in mind to make the experience special.

Rockefeller Center Wedding Proposal

Rockefeller Center Wedding Proposal

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal

St Patricks Cathedral Wedding Proposal

St Patricks Cathedral Wedding Proposal

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal in NYC

Holiday Season Wedding Proposal in NYC

A Guide to New York Holiday Proposals

1. Choose a Meaningful Location

New York City is full of unique options for a beautiful and memorable proposal any time of year. Still, the decorations and glittering lights create an even more magical experience during the holidays. The most popular times of year to propose are the weeks of Christmas, New Years and Valentine’s Day. Some unique proposal locations include Central Park, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, the Brooklyn Waterfront, and Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan.

However, don’t be afraid to get creative and propose in a place that’s meaningful to both of you. Perhaps you’d like to stay closer to home and avoid crowds? Hence, you may choose to propose in your local park, or on your Brooklyn stoop. After nearly two years of spending more time at home, for example, proposing on your roof, at your neighborhood outdoor cafe, or on your stoop might be the most meaningful location.

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Brooklyn Proposal Shoot

Brooklyn Proposal Shoot

2. Consider Timing

The time of day you propose is crucial to privacy and lighting for photos. Some places in NYC, like Central Park or Rockefeller Center, tend to be crowded. If you’re comfortable having strangers around to witness the proposal, the timing may not be an issue. However, for a quieter experience, you may need to do some research and be flexible. Your engagement photographer can help you plan, making suggestions that account for both crowds and the best lighting for the photos.

Manhattan Restaurant Wedding Proposal

Manhattan Restaurant Wedding Proposal

NYC Wedding Proposal

NYC Wedding Proposal

3. Dress Appropriately

It can be a challenge to subtly encourage your partner to dress up for the engagement without spilling the beans, so it can be helpful to plan the proposal around another event. Proposing before a dinner or party, for example, can ensure your partner is wearing something they will be happy to see in the photos for years to come. Ask your engagement photographer for ideas.

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Cobble Hill Wedding Proposal

Get help planning the perfect New York holiday proposal from Karen Wise Photography. This wedding, family, and engagement photographer has been named one of the top wedding photographers in the world by American PHOTO magazine. Her work has been featured in publications worldwide, and her experience will ensure you have gorgeous images of this milestone occasion. 

Summer Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding

Below are some photographs of Samantha and Spencer’s beautiful summer Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding.

Despite summer heat and humidity, we captured many creative photographs, even in the rain and under an umbrella!

Samantha and Spencer’s July wedding at the Palm House at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was a bit rainy but that didn’t stop them from having a blast. The ceremony had always been planned for indoors, and the cocktails were originally planned for outdoors by the fountain, but it moved inside as some thunder and romantic bolts of lighting were seen.

The bride’s Oscar de la Renta gown was a show-stopper. It was one of the most fashionable haute couture wedding gowns I had ever seen. The bridesmaids dressed in various elegant white dresses, which made the palette unique and bright.

Summer-Brooklyn-Botanic-Garden-Wedding

Summer-Brooklyn-Botanic-Garden-Wedding

Summer Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding

Summer-Brooklyn-Botanic-Garden-Wedding

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Wedding Ceremony

The Palm House - Dancefloor - BBG Brooklyn Botanic Garden weddings are stunning. The BBG is a lush garden oasis within the bustling borough of Brooklyn. There are endless naturally picturesque backdrops to use.  Some of examples of flowers in bloom at the BBG are peonies, magnolia trees, cherry blossoms and rose garden. The Japanese maple trees are stunning all year round. This was truly one of my favorite Brooklyn Botanic Garden weddings.

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden;  Patina Events; Hotel: The Conrad; Event Planner: DMEvents and Design; Hair + Makeup: Samantha Jacofsky;Videography: NST Pictures; Fashion Styling: Stacie the Stylist; Gown: Oscar de la Renta

 

Brooklyn Family Photographer

Life moves quickly, especially for families with children. One of the best ways to preserve precious memories for yourself and future generations is to invest in a Brooklyn family photographer to do a family photography session, and fall is the perfect time to do it. Here are some past fall sessions I photographed in Prospect Park, and in neighborhoods around Brooklyn:

Brooklyn Family Photographer

Brooklyn Family Photographer

Brooklyn Family Photographer

Windsor Terrace

Here’s why you might want to consider booking a family session this fall season.

Children grow up quickly, and families evolve. Photos encapsulate precious, fleeting moments in time. These pictures provide eternal reminders that your family can look back upon for decades to spark memories and emotions. They’re also valuable pieces of family history that you can share with grandkids and great-grandkids.

While selfies can also capture special moments, they’re not the same as professional family photographs. Professionals have the training, experience, and high quality equipment to ensure everyone in the family looks their best. They’ll capture creative portraits of you and also your newborn, but also capture candid shots that highlight your family’s genuine joy and love for one another, and the fleeting moments.

Newborn Photographer Brooklyn

Here are some of my favorite images from recent newborn sessions in Brooklyn and Manhattan. They never get old to me, as each baby is so unique. I love baby swaddling blankets and styling newborn photo shoots. The last image is of my sweet baby Henry at 3 days old, wearing one of my hand knit baby hats.

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park BrooklynNewborn Photographer Brooklyn Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn

Brooklyn Newborn Session

Brooklyn Newborn Session

Karen Wise - Brooklyn Family Photographer

Karen Wise Lifestyle Newborn Family Session

Newborn Photographer NYC

Brooklyn Newborn Session

Karen Wise Lifestyle Newborn Family Session Family Session Photos in Prospect Park Brooklyn Brooklyn Newborn Session

Behind the Scenes on a Styled Wedding Photo Shoot

Take a look at this video made behind the scenes on a styled wedding photo shoot. It’s no easy feat planning a wedding, nor planning a styled wedding shoot.

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

Brooklyn Modern Winter Styled Shoot

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

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

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