Dana + Stuart’s Angel Orensanz Wedding

Hello and Happy Spring!

I just returned from a beautiful Indian wedding in Locust Valley, New York. A huge affair spread over three amazing days! This week I’m busy developing film and editing images. The colors, the outfits, the emotions are all still very fresh and inspiring to me.

Meanwhile 2 of my New York weddings from last year are being featured on Style Me Pretty this week!

Here are pictures of Dana and Stuart’s gorgeous Jewish Fall wedding at Angel Orensanz in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. James Abel Events designed and planned this beautiful wedding.

When Dana and Stu were beginning to plan their wedding, there were several things that were important to them. Creating a fun, relaxed yet interesting environment for their guests was top on their list. With Stu’s love of Steve McQueen and Dana’s of Audrey Hepburn, these elements were definitely going to be incorporated. Overall, this wedding was one of the most unique, that totally embraced the couple and their interests.

Check out this wedding as featured on Style Me Pretty.























Venue: Angel Orensanz Foundation / Hotel: Hotel On Rivington / Event Planning, Floral Design & Decor: James Abel Events / Dress: Anna Maier /  Bridal Dress Salon: Gabriella New York Bridal Salon / Catering: Thomas Preti Caterers / Band: Jerry Kravat New York / Lighting Technician: Roberto At Angel Orensanz / Videography: Clark + Walker Studio


Style Stalker: Karen Wise’s Wedding Portrait in The Knot Magazine!



I’m so flattered to be featured in the Style Stalker section of the The Knot magazine’s Fashion Issue!


dress: Monique L’Huillier, from Mark Ingram Atelier

feather and rhine stone hairclip: Sara Gabriel

bouquet: Flore, Montreal

location: Hotel Nelligan, Montreal, Quebec

photography: Heather Waraksa

Published! Ultimate Nachos Cookbook

A while back I posted about a cookbook project I was a part of last year. The final product turned out so well, I decided to share more images from this delicious shoot. The recipes and images in the Ultimate Nachos cookbook are full of fresh ingredients–perfect for preparing and sharing this spring and summer.

This cookbook has been described as a “Brooklyn-hipster-centric” project, and as a Brooklyn resident who likes to eat–I love that title. It was a pleasure to work with Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, of Nachos NY, on this project.

Just a heads up–you will probably be hungry for nachos after looking at these photos!

More of my food photography can be seen on my Food Photography website Food and Art.

















Food Styling by Sophia Loch / Cover Prop Styling by Kira Corbin

Karen has photographed two other cookbooks–a four-seasons project on location documenting the visually sumptuous culinary, farming and vineyard cultures of the Hamptons for the cookbook “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food & Wine of Long Island’s East End”, written by Silvia Lehrer and published by Running Press and “The Way We Cook”, written and styled by two Boston Globe food writers, Julie Riven and Sheryl Julian published by Houghton Mifflin.

Catskills Wedding at The Kaaterskill


Happy Valentine’s Day!

With winter in full swing, I’ve been enjoying looking through the photos from Hanna and Jimm’s Catskills wedding at The Kaaterskill in Upstate New York. There was a crisp chill in the air that November day, and the sumptuously muted, autumnal colors of the surroundings were augmented by Saipua‘s gorgeous floral design. Hanna and Jimm’s wedding was a pleasure to shoot and the warmth in their photographs are a nice reminder of the beauty of this cozy season.

You may see more from their wedding on my website gallery page!

Creative Team:

Bride’s Gown: Pnina Tornai 

Groom’s Suit: Micheal Andrews  Bespoke

Makeup and Hair: Sharon Becker of sb beauty

Floral Design: Saipua

Catering: Sonnier & Castle – Executive Chef Patrick Phelan

Cake: Patti Paige at Baked Ideas ( I loved that cake so much!)

Band – The Lowdown Stompers

Venue: The Kaaterskill

Film Developing, Scanning and Printing: Chelsea Photographic

The Knot Wed 100


I am honored and excited to be featured in these four publications this month:

The Knot Magazine (The Knot Wed 100 – Insider Advice from the Experts)

Flower Magazine, Weddings by the Ritz Carlton and Well Wed!


Farm to Table Shoot in Santa Barbara: Veggies Galore


















Part 2

Last August, I had the awesome and unique experience of photographing for 3 full days in and around Santa Barbara, California, in organic tomato and corn farms, in dahlia-filled fields, farmers' markets and in a private lemon orchard.

Organized by Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic, we decided to collaborate on this farm to table shoot from long distance. I was in New York, having never visited SB before. But with phone calls and scout pics, we were able to produce something great from afar. Before I headed out west, I just knew it would be a stunning and busy weekend of shooting.

From the moment I got there, we captured Santa Barbara's natural beauty. I shot the fresh fruits and vegetables at Santa Barbara's Saturday market, while our friend Ashley of Duo Events who was guiding us, chose the ripest produce cook. The following day he concocted a beautiful and delicious meal for Kelly's friends just north of SB. The friends had gotten together to celebrate Samantha + Todd's engagement, in Todd's family's garden just north of SB. The dining table was set up outside, decorated with the local dahlias Kelly and I picked from a nearby farm.

Only in California can one plan this kind of party, without the fear or rain, cold or hurricane coming through! Instead we were guaranteed a beautiful and lengthy sunset, and a sky filled with stars while candle light enhanced the mood.

All of the above images were photographed on Fuji film. Wine provided by Cambria Estate Winery.

My film was developed, scanned and printed by the awesome Richard Photo Lab in LA.

Happy Holidays!


Wishing you much happiness and peace this holiday season!

It's been lovely sharing work and fun images this year with you via my blog, Facebook and Instagram.

See you in the New Year!


Food Photography & Styling Workshop at ICI restaurant – Recap!

It's been a couple of weeks of "down time" after my Food Photography & Styling Workshop to finally gather images together and write a recap of that awesome day.

In the interim I have been delivering many weddings to happy brides and grooms who got married in September and October. I photographed my last wedding of the year in the beautiful Catskills and then traveled to Kentucky for Thanksgiving with Chandler's relatives.

While I was away I received tons of praise and got sent images from my workshop attendees, thanking me for the fun time they had at my Food Photography workshop. I'm so flattered that Christina traveled from Wisconsin to attend! The other attendees came from NYC or Westchester and had varied backgrounds – some were wedding shooters, while others were bloggers or chefs-turned-photographers.

The Food Photography & Styling Workshop with special guest wedding planner and stylist Xochitl Gonzalez from A.a.B.Creates was at iCi restaurant. Ici is situated in Fort Greene, a beautiful historic neighborhood of Brooklyn, in an old house on Dekalb Avenue. The workshop took place on the parlor level which is infused with natural south-western light, ideal for photography.

I started off with a lesson on exposure using an all white still life styled by Xochitl:


I went on to explain the differences of using film and digital for still life photography. I showed a slideshow and then did a demo showing the precision of Polaroid + film shooting vs the ease and immediacy of digital.


(My awesome assistant that day, fellow photographer and friend Karen Cline shot these images of me :)


Blueberry pie I shot on film.

Xochitl's table-scape featured a unique tablecloth using the illustrations of Katie Fischer Design. Katie modelled her illustration of an elegant bowl of fruit from a still life painting her grandfather had done.

After the initial demos and slideshows, the rest of the day was devoted to hands on time, where the attendees could set up their own still lifes from the food and props provided by Xochitl and I, using some of the techniques they had just learned.KarenWiseWorkshopCollage3

The attendees were busy shooting at the various tables on different surfaces and textured linens:KarenWiseWorkshopCollage2


Some unique wooden surfaces I had purchased from Peg Leg Furniture made an appearance in many of the still lifes. So grateful to Tony Minnick for shipping them to me in time for my workshop!KarenWiseWorkshopCollage1


The above image I shot on film using a cutting board from an antique store in Kentucky, and with ingredients Xochitl purchased from the Green Grape Market. 


Then once Xochitl was ready, there was a big reveal of the stunning table scape she had created all morning!


"Ok, who wants to learn to do a food action shot?" Everyone gathered around one the of the tables for our last demo. There were many oohs and aahs from the crowd as the egg yolk was caught in mid air:



Some Polaroids of the blueberry pie before we devoured it ;) 


Hope you will stay tuned for my next workshop which I will host in February. Please also feel free to send suggestions for future workshops! (Either email me or leave a comment here) I'm curious to know if you prefer group or private workshops, and if you have a preference for food/still life workshops, or portrait/wedding workshops.

To learn about my photography workshops and for periodic updates sign up HERE!

Still a few Spots Left!



There are still a few spots left for next week's workshop with Karen Wise and Xochitl Gonzalez at iCi restaurant on 11/6 from 10-5pm.


To register click HERE http://karenwiseworkshop.bpt.me/


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