More of My Still Lifes of Joy’s Cards and Notebooks



June252008KWise-40660-03med Joy and i started to work together on creating photographs for her nantaka joy site, featuring lines of paper and pattern products, after i shot her wedding a couple of years ago. what a talented designer, and what a pleasure it is to collaborate with her.

Favorite Film Images from Weddings over the Past 7 Years

 My Favorite Film Images from Weddings over the Past 7 Years:

priti’s slippers. priti wore these shoes to her farewell brunch in india after her week-long wedding extravaganza. i just had to get a photo of them, especially against the mehndi {henna} and chiffon dress…
anjali‘s portrait. what beautiful skin, there was no retouching on this photo. the amazingly talented Susmita Patel did her makeup.
marina and leon‘s wedding took place on the edge of a cliff in negril, jamaica. marina, a fashion designer, brought her own aqua silk fabrics to drape over the tables. what beautiful colors and a gorgeous setting for a wedding!

joy and bob looked so elegant and dapper at their PAFA wedding in philadelphia. we did a unique portrait session on a white backdrop adjacent to the gallery of their reception. this left us with tons of really creative and clean-looking portraits. (you will find more photos of this wedding on oh joy’s blog as well as on my weddings website.)
“100 degree breeze” is the title this photo on my weddings website, which accurately describes the amount of heat on that day. i arrived at this location in rajastan, india in the morning, to shoot as many shots as possible, before the bride and groom arrived. the canopies (and the pool) were a beautiful and functional idea, shielding guests (and bride having henna painted) from the sun.
please see more on priti and jaouad‘s wedding page.

Priti’s mehndi (henna) ceremony. thankfully the sun was starting to go down as the henna was being painted, what a hot day for mehndi! notice how everything is fuschia…priti had everyone wear hot pinks on this day to match her decor… more here

caroline and damion at the penthouse 15 loft in manhattan. what a cute couple, and i love the silver balloons!

jade‘s dress and stance is beautiful here on the bridgehampton, ny beach in late summer.

one of my all-time favorite portraits. i made this one of dana in the w hotel in union square before her wedding. this shot ended up winning fifth place in a wpja creative portrait contest.

david and his groomsmen (including his dad, how cute) on a dock in chatham, massachusetts last september.
guelay and her maids before the ceremony at the brooklyn botanic garden (bbg). i love how they agreed to be posed in different directions at different angles from the bride, making for a really elegant and sexy group portrait.
eric and sarah chose a gorgeous time of year to be photographed. their wedding was up in westchester, at estherwood mansion, at peak season for colored leaves!
this is one of my favourite kiss images. the light is perfect on jade and chris and their white attire and the canopy (no, not a chuppah) keep everything in the photo looking so clean.

angel orensanz foundation (a former synagogue in the lower east side of manhattan, where sarah jessica parker got married) is absolutely stunning at every angle. i love how the lights project radiant colors against the altar just as the bride and her dad are walking down the aisle. perfect.

Happy Father’s Day!

happy father's day dad! here are a few photos which I love, with you in them.
thanks for being a great dad, and I hope you have a fantastic weekend. i'm looking forward to seeing you in montreal next week!


laurie, dad, sophie the cat and me seated in the living room. it looks as if it might be winter as laur is wearing nana's knitted hat and we're both wearing flannels…

i took this photo of my parents, in 1986, with my dad's minolta camera. i love this picture. the pose, the way my father carefully holds his glasses. apparently he introduced me to photography at a young age… thanks dad!

dad, oscar and me seated in the living room on trafalgar ave. dad always had a fondness for cats, and they always flocked to him…


dad in genoa. he's so striking!

dad and laurie in santa margherita, liguria, italy. i love how relaxed this photo looks.

dad and I dressed up for laurie's wedding. again, look at how dapper and handsome he is!

My Little Niece Sat Up Today!


                                                                        Alexandra, I miss you!

I did this photo mini photo shoot back in March, on black and white film, with black velvet. It was the last time I saw my little niece in person. My sister said she sat up today all by herself for the first time! I cannot wait to see her in three weeks in Montreal. How she must have grown…

il ponte vechhio, a mezzogiorno


An image to tide me over until my film from Italy is developed…

I took these photos on my last trip to Florence, back in January '06. I shot this while I walked over the Ponte Vechhio from the Duomo side, south, on the way to find Beatrice Galli's yarn shop. Her beautiful shop* is just around the corner to the right. Check out her yarns and chat a bit (ma, ho bisogno parlare italiano). She is really friendly and has many stories to tell, she has been situated there for 30+ years!
*The ribbons and tweeds are out of this world. It is now my favorite yarn store EVER.


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