This Park Slope maternity session is one of my favorites of last summer. Shooting maternity sessions and family portrait sessions now that I have a child of my own is so different that it ever was before. I can remember the excitement and nervousness the mother feels as she counts down the weeks until she meets her new little bundle! From photographing my own son and his many first year milestones, I understand which feats are important to the family. I also know how it feels to be so large you can’t see your own feet! So I understand the urgency in booking a maternity session at the right time (and the same thing goes for newborn and child portrait sessions).
In my experience, maternity sessions are best done when you are in the earlier part of the 3rd trimester. You’re not too big to move, and still look good in your cute maternity outfits! You may be unable to walk more than five blocks without severe pelvic pain late in the 3rd, which doesn’t make it ideal for sessions with a few locations. However, any time before 24 weeks may be too early for some big bump pictures.
I had the pleasure of photographing Meg, her husband, and their toddler daughter at their home and in the park when Meg’s baby was 36 weeks gestation. She was starting to feel heavy and a little more tired than the first time around, this time she had a 2 year old toddler to chase while trying to get enough rest for the baby!
Meg’s background as a dancer shone through in the portraits I did of her solo. She exuded calm and grace, posed with her bump in the bedroom, and in Prospect Park with her family. Her bags weren’t packed, but she didn’t seem to worry! She had a laissez-faire attitude. I really admire this quality in a mom-to-be!
In my 15 years of photographing weddings, I’m seen many New York venues. I have such a fondness for Foundry Weddings! I love the juxtaposition of urban and garden at The Foundry. Even in the colder months, the leafy walls surrounding the venue and open air on the terrace offer a feeling of lushness and serenity.
From the Foundry in Long Island City, the guests are looking at the skyline of Manhattan from a good distance. This skyline lends itself to some beautiful backdrops for photos of the bride and groom.
I’m so honored to have been invited to France to photograph Mia and Sean’s Paris wedding. The stylish couple were wed at Le Pavilion Etoile across from the Arc de Triomphe! Mia’s joie de vivre was captured in and around Palais Royal in the premier arrondissement, at Laduree’s patisserie, and on Coco Chanel’s historic mirrored staircase… It was a really beautiful affair, and a great week spent in France!
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Mia and Sean’s Parisian destination wedding took place in an elegant loft space facing the famous Arc de Triomphe. During the wedding day, the bride and groom visited the original Ladurée, Mia’s favorite sweets bakery! Laduree’s treats were served to the guests as part of the dessert options. Before their ceremony, the Mia and Sean also visited Coco Chanel’s original atelier, where Karen photographed the bride on the famous staircase of Chanel‘s first runway show! What a dream come true for Mia, and what a dreamy week for the couple and guests!
Here is a beautiful example of a matted Queensberry wedding album in a blueberry genuine leather cover, designed for a very important client. There were two albums made, one for the wedding and another for the rehearsal dinner + Sunday brunch.
Here are a couple of newly made Iris Book wedding albums that I designed for two of my clients with Cypress Albums. They were made in English Linen and in Irish Linen, two incredibly gorgeous fabric selections!
“The Iris Book is created with thick, heirloom pages and true photographic prints. The design and feel of this book with your beautiful images is simply breathtaking! Enjoy!” – Cypress
This Spring I had the pleasure of photographing model Stella Maxwell for H&M at her Met Gala dress fitting. The designers created an intricate low cut beaded gown which swayed as Stella walked down the red carpet and nine of my portraits ended up being featured in Teen Vogue!
It was so much fun to shoot Mia + Sean’s super cool New York City Hall wedding in January. How sweet and joyful are these two? Mia + Sean’s unique post-ceremony photo session was set in the cobblestone streets of the meatpacking district near Hotel Gansevoort. The fashionable bride wore a silk flowing gown and a faux fur stole, to complete her wintery classic NYC look. After a chilly and brisk walk outside, the couple warmed up by jumping and cuddling on the bed with their pup. A few months later, Mia + Sean had a reception with family and friends in Paris! I was so honored to photographed their Parisian wedding too! You may see photos from that destination wedding HERE on my website.
Photography by Karen Wise
Hotel: Gansevoort Hotel
Mia’s Dress: BHLDN
Mia’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Sean’s Suit: Michael Andrews
Make up and Hair: Katie Wedlund
Henry at 5 months old. Not quite sitting up on his own yet, but with a little bit of support. His gummy smile makes me melt! XO
Welcome Baby Henry! Sweet Henry Nathaniel entered the world in late September 2016, and it’s been quite the ride! He will be turning 6 months old next week, I cannot believe it! Here are a few images I took in the past 6 months, including the first one taken on day 2, in the hospital, wearing the red hat I knit for him. He is also sporting a nifty blue cardigan I made for him last summer, at 9 weeks old while in Montreal. Sadly, he only got to wear it for one day before he outgrew it! XO