Beekeepers, Berries, Peaches & Pie

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In May, I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing a beekeeper. Her name is Mary Woltz and her business is called Bees' Needs. Mary proved to have no fear as she handled her hives and racks with her bare hands, without a beekeeper's suit on. She talked to her bees in whispers, as she smoked them out of the hives, letting them know that she was there to say hello.

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On my 8th and last trip out to Long Island, we drove to Oyster Ponds Farm, a family run farm in Orient, NY to shoot their raspberries and blackberries.

Back at Silvia Lehrer's in Water Mill, I photographed local East End peaches and blueberries. Silvia whipped them together with a syrup to make her delectable Peach and Blueberry Bake, which I photographed in her home, to illustrate this recipe in the book.

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Silvia Lehrer's book, Savoring the Hamptons, will be on bookshelves in May 2011.

LA Surfers

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I spent a week with my beau in LA in late June. Chandler was there for work (The Skisherman won best documentary at a local festival) and I went out to support him.

While I was there I shot a few rolls, and met some female surfers who intrigued me. I did their portraits and then developed a roll at Richard Photo Lab. I brought the rest home to Mary Converse, my printer at my favorite lab in Chelsea to complete the rest. 

It was an interested test and I like the results of both. 

I look forward to continuing the shoot upon my return.

Halloween Wedding at Studio 450

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Wendy & Kevin planned a Halloween Wedding at Studio 450 in Manhattan last October 31st. Prior to the ceremony, they fit in a long stroll down in the Meatpacking District where we took a lot of cobble stone street shots. Thankfully the rain held off until we were done shooting.

I loved working with Wendy and Kevin, they were extremely fun, and laid back too. They had mentioned “costumes optional” to their guests but didn’t ask what people would be wearing. It didn’t seem as though they worried at all. Everything fell into place. It was a pleasant surprise to see the fun costumes show their heads (pun intended) during the reception.

Here is a list of their talented vendors, who were a pleasure to work with, in front of and behind the scenes:

Wendy’s Dress: Custom-made
Bride’s Shoes: Michael Kors
Kevin’s Suit: DKNY
Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan
Venue: Studio 450
Catering: Spoonbread Catering
Rentals: Broadway Party Rentals
Cake & Cupcakes: Blackhound Bakery & Chikalicious
Flowers: Flower You
Hair: Amanda Shackleton
Make-up: Ellen Bodkins
Ceremony Music: Shih-Hung Young
Reception Music: Rockstar DJ Entertainment – Dave Moulter
Wedding Planner: Exquisite Affairs Productions – Christine Viola

 

Happy Weekend! and Pictures from the Cape…

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For my birthday in May, Chandler drove us up to Cape Cod for the weekend. We didn't do much but walk, and drive around, and shoot pictures, and eat, and shoot some more. Oh, but we did spend some time with my Aunt, my niece, nephew, sis and bro-in-law too : )

These were all shot with a toy camera (the Holga), with medium format film.

Image of the Month: Debjani & Sandeep

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I made this collage for my Image of the Month for June. 

This Spring, I photographed Debjani & Sandeep's Manhattan wedding in the Lower East Side at Angel Orensanz. Yes, in the same location where Sarah Jessica Parker & Matthew Broderick were married : )

I loved everything about this wedding, from the bride's custom made dress, to the food, to the live band, to the recurring theme of red. I will be showing more of this wedding soon, and I will include a list of vendors…

Published in ELLE Japan

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I was excited to find an issue of ELLE Japan (Mariage) in my mailbox when I returned from the Hamptons last night. It was fun to see a full page feature of Beth & Josh’s wedding, which I shot at the Museum of the City of New York this Spring with the Wedding Library. James Abel designed the bouquets and Canard Catering did the delicious food.

Thanks to Eri Kurobe for the interview, for writing the piece, and for hand delivering my images to the magazine in Japan!

Here are some of my favorite images from the wedding:

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Debjani & Sandeep – Prints on my Table

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Here are the film prints (proofs) on my table, from Debjani & Sandeep’s stunning wedding at Angel Orensanz. This spectacular event was almost entirely planned by the couple! All of the vendors were hand selected by them.

Debjani’s beautiful cream colored (second) dress was custom designed from pieces of sari in India.

More of their Lower East Side wedding to come!

(Day-of coordination by Sonal J. Shah Events)

Image of the Month: Rhubarb Polaroid

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I've been a bit obsessed lately with scanning old polaroids and making new ones. Especially since a lot of the Polaroid films for my professional cameras have recently been discontinued.

This rhubarb photo was made on Fuji instant film for the cookbook I am working on with Silvia Lehrer. The rhubarb was picked for us by a farmer in Amagansett, NY.

Cookbook Prints on my Table

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Here are some film prints (proofs) I just got back from the lab for the Hamptons cookbook. Now I’m back in Water Mill at Silvia Lehrer’s to resume shooting. So much fun. More recipes and photos to come!

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