Monday, November 16, 2009

Kelly and Chris, 11/8/09

Chris and Kelly are a wonderful, down to earth couple with an awesome sense of style. Their big day was last Sunday and they chose to get married In Long Island City at the Foundry: a real live metal foundry converted into an event space with an amazing, bohemian atmosphere.

My Friend and fellow Photographer Erica Mankowsky has known the couple from the very beginning so it was natural that she should be the one to record the day for posterity. She very graciously hired me to help out.

The day was low on formality and big on everyone relaxing and having a great time. Everything was impeccably designed and yet superbly simple and low key. I'm sure that this is mainly down to Kelly's impressive arts and crafts skills. See that party dress she changed into, with acres of peasant/bohemian inspired style? She made that! See that bouquet painstakingly crafted from hundreds of buttons? She made that too along with many others to be used as centerpieces!

Chris and Kelly's love for each other radiates for all to see and I'm sure their marriage will stay fresh for as long as the button bouquets!

Monday, November 9, 2009

MacDella Cooper Foundation Celebrity Gala

Last Weekend it was my pleasure to photograph my 3rd event for the fabulous MacDella Cooper Foundation. This time the evening was a Gala dinner at the illustrious Four Seasons in Midtown Manhattan. The VIP list was impressive as ever, especially with the last minute addition of New York Governor David Patterson. Others included the Liberian Ambassador, Project runway finalists and Editors of major magazines.
The evening was a great experience for all involved and managed to be both a great social event and to stay resolutely focused on the foundation's noble cause of helping children in Liberia to recieve the education they so richly deserve. Oh, and the after party in the VIP section of the Nikki beach nightclub made a fantastic finale to a great evening!

This time I actually got to be in the volunteer photo thanks to a very helpful Wire Image photographer!

Stephanie's Headshots

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to shoot a wedding for a beautiful bride named Stephanie and her new husband, Justin (unfortunately it was for a studio so I couldn't publish the pictures here). I have met few brides more relaxed and vivacious as Stephanie and we got some awesome pictures both at the wedding in New Jersey and out and about in Times square.

During the day I learned that Stephanie, like me is an alum of AMDA. She mentioned that now that the craziness of her wedding planning was done, she was looking forward to getting back to auditioning. The only problem being that her headshot was way out of date.

Naturally, when Stephanie called me on returning from her honeymoon to enquire about headshots, I was anly to happy to oblige. I think we got some beautiful shots!

I have every confidence that an illustrious performing career awaits Stephanie and that her marriage will be long, loving and happy. She and Justin seem like the perfect match!

Cohens Fashion Optical annual awards dinner

On the first day of November, I was honored to shoot Cohen's fashion optical's corporate awards dinner for the second time. Once again I got to spend my Sunday evening in the elegant rooms of Manhattan Penthouse on fifth avenue at 14th st.

This year has apparently been a record breaker for Cohens despite the tough economic climate and everyone was definitely prepared to celebrate. There was much dancing, and all involved seemed to enjoy themselves immensely (oh and the food was way above my usual expectations of a catering hall)!

I love when I get to shoot happy, beautiful people in a great location and am proud to say that I have already been told to save the date for next year's festivities!