Still a few Spots Left!

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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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Upcoming Food Photography & Styling Workshop!

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Please join me for a one day intensive Food Photography & Styling Workshop at iCi Restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. It's two weeks away, on Wednesday, November 6th, and there are still spots available!

Learn how to improve your photography technique, how to use better lighting, master composition, styling and photo edting. You will receive film photography tips from me as well!

Special guest, Xochitl Gonzalez, of A.a.B. Creates will be helping with styling that day. Learn how to prop-style a table from one of the most talented event designers in the city as Xochitl will be designing a gorgeous tablescape for us to shoot and later dine at.

Register HERE!

 

A little background: My interest in teaching
began when I was a teacher’s assistant for the Large Format class in the RISD
Photo Dept. I also TA'd for Photo 101 and the Lighting class. I have always
grasped the technical aspects of photography pretty well, and it’s always been
rewarding for me to share this knowledge.

I'll always remember
the professors who had an influence on me. Ann Fessler for her awesome
critiques and for pushing our bodies of work to the edge, Richard Lebowitz and
Henry Horenstein for emphasizing the importance of sound technique and darkroom
work, and Deborah Bright for imparting her knowledge of history onto us – those
stunning/piercing portraits by Dorothea Lange and Julia Margaret Cameron will
forever remain engraved in my mind. I owe it to many of them for their
encouragement and sometimes grueling honestly but mostly for seeing the merit
in my work.

On Nov 6th I hope to
share and also to hear about what you are currently working on to help you
grow.  

Please click HERE to register for this awesome opportunity/investment. 

Investment: $500*

*All payments are non-refundable. In case of cancellation, you may find someone to take your spot.
(Space is limited to 14 students.)

Announcement design by Katie Fischer DesignPhotographs by Karen Wise for the Savoring the Hamptons cookbook.

Stonover Farm, Berkshires Wedding

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September is one of my favorite months of the year. In New York, New England and Quebec, where I spend a lot of time, the weather cools down perfectly while the foliage stays lush and colorful.

Last September, I had the pleasure of photographing Elisabeth and Peter’s gorgeous Stonover Farm, Berkshires wedding. It was a drizzly day, but the warmth and love really shone through in Elisabeth and Peter’s photographs.

Elisabeth + Peter’s talented vendors:

Venue: Stonover Farm | Caterer and Day-of Coordinator: Mezze Catering | Florist: Crocus Hale | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Lighting: Julie Seitel | Dress: Lela Rose from Mark Ingram Atelier | Shoes: Miu Miu | Tux: Hickey Freeman | Invitiations: Designed by Miko McGinty, printed by Coeur Noir

This wedding was also recently published on Style Me Pretty and in Flutter Magazine. The opening bouquet image was published in Flower Magazine. You may click here to see the SMP post, here to see it on Flutter, and here to see it inside Flower Magazine.

 

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Farm to Table Shoot in Santa Barbara: Dahlia Farm

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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 recent 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.

Design Sponge Farm to Table Shoot

Check out my recently featured Design Sponge Farm to Table shoot! What a pleasure collaborating with stylist and producer Kelly Oshiro, Roots Farm and caterer Duo Events and more talented vendors on this shoot in Santa Barbara, California.

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A Santa Barbara Farm to Table Dinner

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Excerpt from the Design Sponge’s Photo Essay: A Santa Barbara Farm-to-Table Dinner:

One of the best things about midsummer is the ready access to fresh, local food. Whether it’s from your neighborhood farmer’s market or just the grocery store, you can be sure to find extra ripe, full-flavored bounty this time of year – making it the perfect time for delicious dinner parties. Karen Wise, a Brookyn-based photographer friend of ours, recently sent us photographs of a beautiful farm-to-table dinner she worked on in Santa Barbara. Featuring fresh-picked flowers and a fully seasonal menu, these photos have us jonesin’ for our own outdoor summer festivities…

You may also see more of Karen’s food photography on her Food and Art website.

 

 

Image of the Month: Lemons and Kisses

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Hope you are continuing to have a great summer!
I just returned from a long and lovely week of shooting a wedding in Massachusetts and then driving up to visit family and friends in Canada (my homeland). Spending time in Ontario’s “fruit belt” reminded me of a beautiful engagement dinner I photographed last year under the stars decorated with freshly picked dahlias, ripened fruits and local wines.
Here are a couple of images from that session, shot on film.
Stay tuned for a surprise feature later this afternoon!
credits:
couple: Samantha and Todd
styling + production: Kelly Oshiro
dinner: Duo Events
film development: Richard Photo Lab
produce: Santa Barbara Farmer’s Market
dahlias: Carpinteria flower farm
Get ready for Karen’s upcoming food and styling workshop to be held in mid-October in NYC.
To sign up and to get more info click HERE!

Ultimate Nachos Cookbook Photography

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Ultimate Nachos, a new cookbook by Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, which I photographed last May, was just released in bookstores! It has over 70 delicious nacho, guacamole, salsa and cocktail recipes!

I’m so in love with the cover image. Two days of cover shooting, and with added help from prop stylist extraordinaire, Kira Corbin, made it so worthwhile in the end. Can you believe the Ultimate Nachos cookbook photography took only 4 days to complete with over 100 images…

This St. Martin’s Press publication is selling on Amazon, B&N, Nachos NY, as well as at Urban Outfitters, so check it out!

Featured in a Kodak Film Brochure

One of my portraits is featured in a Kodak film brochure!

This portrait of Abbi and Luke, on a Brooklyn stoop was taken on a chilly winter’s day, was chosen to promote Kodak’s Portra 160 print film. Really proud to be a part it, as most of you know I continue to love and support film photography, using it as often as allowed with every project I do.

You may see the whole brochure here.

And you may see more images of Abbi and Luke on my website here.

Wedding Album Design

Lately I’ve been using Skype a bit more to “meet” with prospective clients, some of whom live in London, Montreal or California. I photographed a few albums and album layouts to show what they would typically see at my meetings.

Here are a few pictures of Beth and Josh’s 12″ x 15″ Duo Queensberry Wedding Album Design which I thought came out exquisitely:

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Below is an example of Marina and Sam’s Flush Mounted 12×12″ Queensberry wedding album in Slate silk.

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And below is an example of Lindsey and Scott’s Flush mounted 11×14″ Cypress wedding album in Sage silk.

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Here are a couple of 12×12 wedding albums in contemporary leather by Queensberry:

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And here are a few more layouts. Our wedding album designs have been created by Tamar Avni in Los Angeles, or Queensberry’s designers in New Zealand.

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At our meeting I can show you a swatchbook of leathers and silks for your album cover:

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