With Father’s Day approaching have you thought of what you will gift dad? How about Brooklyn Stoop Portraits for Dad on Father’s Day, taken from a safe distance?
During these last few months, I’ve been photographing families and couples in front of their Brooklyn homes. I started this series with the idea that families were spending so much more time together than ever, celebrating birthdays and milestones at home, so why not continue to document this time together? I used telephoto lenses, so it is safe, and my mask stayed on during the shoot.
If you are looking for a memorable and fun gift idea this year for husband and your dad, feel free to reach out! To book your 30 minute photo session, email, text or call in time for Father’s Day. You may view more Brooklyn Stoop Portraits here, and peruse my most recent Stoop Portraits photos on my family Instagram.
I hope this finds you all well and safe sheltering at home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus and take the burden off of our frontline medical workers. It’s certainly a difficult time and we’re all feeling cooped up at this point.
Meanwhile, it’s spring and our children are growing; they may be taking their first steps or celebrating a big birthday. Perhaps you are pregnant and haven’t yet had the opportunity to have maternity photos taken.
With my 3-year-old son growing in front of my own eyes, I can relate and am excited to offer Brooklyn Stoop Portraits. For a reasonable price (please inquire) you can have a gallery of beautiful, professionally shot (from a safe a distance) and professionally edited images of you and your loved ones. 5% of each session will be donated to No Kid Hungry, a charity which helps hungry kids in need.*
These sessions will be social distancing approved, with me shooting with a telephoto lens. It’ll be a short 30 minute shoot. Please feel free to wear anything you’d like! You can make it dressy or casual – whatever way you would like to remember this point in time.
Why Shoot a Family Stoop Portrait?
Do you love your historic neighborhood? As a long time Brooklyn resident myself, I have made so many memories here over the years. I remember shooting my first clients’ headshots on my Park Place brownstone’s stoop. My first weddings and engagement sessions were shot around Park Slope.
Perhaps you have a similar history or perhaps you recently moved here. You always loved the architecture in this wonderful historic district, so why not include your historic steps, banister, gaslight post, detailed door or even your window sill in the photos?
Home is where we’re all going to be for the next few weeks, so let’s document it and celebrate it as we shelter in place. To schedule your session, please call, text 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
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*I know many of you have already donated to causes that you care about. I am happy to work with families on a case by case basis, and therefore the charitable donation on top of the session fee is optional.
Dear Clients, I hope this finds you and your families staying safe and healthy during this incredibly unsettling time.
While social distancing at home with my husband and our son, we’ve been devising ways to keep Henry busy and entertained with learning and creating. We’ve been going on short nature walks in Prospect Park, doing virtual singalongs, and online drawing classes taught by Mo Willems. Anything to maintain a sense of normalcy.
And I’ve been looking at photos, a LOT of photos, which remind me of carefree times (sigh). So with Henry by my side, I’ve finally begun to compile photos to have designed in a layout, printed and mounted into a hardbound book of Henry’s first three years.
With this in mind, I would like to offer my clients 15% off any designed Queensberry Album, plus 2 free 8×10” prints (or 4 5×7″) for the next month. Perhaps this project is something to distract you during this time?
If you’ve recently gotten engaged, you’re likely busy planning your big day. One of the best ways to show your adoration is an engagement photo shoot on or around Valentine’s Day, a holiday inspired by LOVE! If you desire to have an engagement photography shoot around Valentine’s Day, here are a few tips for planning it.
How to Plan a Valentines Day Inspired Engagement Session
Plan Your Outfits, Accessories and Backdrop
Bold red is the standard color for Valentine’s Day, so incorporate it into your outfits, your florals and your decor. One member of the couple might sport a res dress, red shoes, ruby colored jewelry, or hold and arrangement of roses or red dahlias. Your partner may coordinate their outfits with a pop of red in their scarf or tie. Create eye-grabbing contrast by sporting black and white with a smidge of crimson. Planning your outfits in advance of your engagement session gives you enough time to buy any accessories you might need.
Find a Creative Photographer
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and professional wedding and engagement photographers will be booking quickly. Ask for recommendations from friends or family who have booked photographers for weddings, birthdays, or anniversaries. Browse their websites to look at their portfolios, set up appointments with your top three, and then select the best one for you and your partner. See how they shoot in low light as well as in broad daylight to confirm their talent. Read reviews about your photographer, as much can be learned between the lines.
Scout Your Locations
Central Park – Bethesda Terrace
The location for your engagement shoot can have personal significance to you, or it could be a snow-sprinkled winter location you are visiting for the first time. Before the day arrives, confirm that you won’t need any special permission to shoot in your chosen spot, such as the steps in front of a museum, the public gardens or park. If you’re planning to shoot outside, have a few backup indoor locations in case the weather is unsuitable for engagement photography.
It was super fun to photograph Zorah’s sleepy Brooklyn newborn photography session in the Heights this fall. I’ve never met such a calm baby! My camera’s shutter clicking, the nearby trucks honking, and the wind blowing – nothing woke up Zorah until the end when her outfit was changed.
What a quiet and relaxing photo session, and thankfully the new parents loved their family photos! :)
I loved shooting Alisa and Richard’s River Cafe Brooklyn wedding this summer! What a lovely couple! The weather was warm in late August, but not too warm to stroll before the ceremony. We walked around DUMBO (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) and took portraits amongst the food vendors, the cobblestone streets and in the courtyard of St. Ann’s Warehouse (in old Tobacco Warehouse), adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge. We utilized different photo techniques such as long exposures, shallow depth of field, and silhouette to highlight the bride’s flowing gown and veil, as well while featuring bokeh of the bright city lights. The River Cafe never seemed prettier than it did on this day.
Are you interested in a fall family photo session? Why not book it now, for October, November or even early December, in Prospect Park, Brooklyn? Plan it f’or when the temperatures begin to cool and the leaves start to change colors.
The sooner you book a family photo shoot, the sooner you can get started on designing your holiday cards!!
Here is a bright and fun shoot I did for my friend and fellow photographer Sheila Griffin. What a pleasure it was to photographer her, with her husband and sweet newborn son Isaac, as well as with Ivy, their greyhound! I photographed them on film and digitally, to mix it up and capture the season’s beauty in full color.
Please check out my Catskills Fall wedding photos, also featured on Style Me Pretty! Here is an excerpt from the feature, I couldn’t have described Hanna and James’ impeccable style any better!
“And the bride wore…GOLD! And a stunning, gold Pnina Tornai dress at that! Hanna and Jimm said their ‘I Do’s’ at The Kaaterskill, a family farm that they visit each year, which felt just like home surrounded by family and friends, horse pastures and beautiful backdrops. The bride’s dramatic dress mixed with an array of colorful florals by Saipua made for the perfect pair and Karen Wise Photography captured it beautifully! Take a look and see why this wedding has us ready for fall and be sure to check out their gorgeous hand-painted wedding cake!”