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Archive for September, 2010

Children ballet headshots

That was extremely funny and easygoing photosession once.  It happened during rehearsals at Russian Brighton Ballet School in Brooklyn. I simply fixed paper seamless backdrop to a wall and set a couple of strobes, one in a softbox and another one shooting through white umbrella.

Girls were doing the rest of my job, except pressing the button maybe :) But at some moment I found them photographing each other with point and shoot cameras on my backdrop, they were definitely having fun.

Portrait of a girl in a costume on white background in studio

Isn't she bright? Posing in a studio-like setup.

Girl ballet dancer posing at Russian Brighton Ballet School

Excellent model! She knew perfectly how and what to do in front of camera.

2 different worlds

I was wandering around Battery Park City the other day and ended up at World Trade Center Ground Zero. And there was a perfect modern urban picture waiting for me:

Big colorful truck in front of commercial skyscraper building with metal facade

Still-life

But before I got there I was stunned by another view, more pleasant to my eye, quiet and calm on lovely Sunday morning:

Street life photograph of a Lower Manhattan neighborhood

Isn't it timeless?

Can you tell me what year it is?

These 2 photographs separated by just a few blocks, but what a difference! I love to travel around the globe and find these amazing small gems, pieces of life we live and sometimes don’t appreciate. That’s why I got here almost 4 years ago, and fell in love with this city, it’s diversity and craziness!

Orange city mood

Just a couple of glimpses :)

Double-decker for Mersedeses  at 3rd World Trade Center building.

Luxury top range passenger cars ready to be transported on a truck

Luxury Mersedes passengers cars as passengers on double-decker

Did she realize this match of colors? I guess not :)

Girl with orange bag talking on a cell-phone next to a display with haystacks and pumpkins

I think she had very bright mood

Princess’s family photo session in Central Park

Another family photography session in Central Park on lovely summer day with a beautiful princess Aidan and her parents Melissa and Rob.

Need to admit she was extremely shy and we had difficulties to get her in front of camera :) But we played and did let her play her game 😉

As the result I believe we got plenty of catching  images of this great family.

Portrait of redhead girl running trough flowers

Joy of running fast

Photograph of father holding his daughter in hands

Little girl laughing

Portraiture with great scenery in the background

Mother hugging her daughter

It's all about love

Portrait of lovely modern family

Great family moment

Redhead beautiful little girl running down the hill on the meadow

Faster than wind

Portrait photograph of a funny redhead girl sitting on rocks

What a beauty!

Tornado hit Queens

Tornado hit Queens borough of New York City on 9/16 around 6pm.

At first I thought it was nothing severe because everything we saw out of our windows was quite strong wind causing waves of water in the air, blackened skies and it lasted just for about 5 min. Gone. Nothing. But almost immediately started sirens of emergency vehicles. From all directions. Again could be just regular storm, we have had a couple of it this year. But, after 30 min sirens still coming I started to worry about my car parked on the street :) I guess not only me.

Still didn’t want to go outside. After a helicopter with a projector had hung over our building for 10 min it got to me that it’s quite serious somewhere close to us. I checked traffic in goggle.maps and got a shock – no one time saw I all local streets black. Something was happening out there for sure. And we went to see it ourselves as many of you did.

That was something extraordinary by any measure! Many people will remember those 5 min of nature’s anger for long time: smashed cars, destroyed trees, damaged houses etc.

And below you’ll find photographs witnessing human weakness before nature’s power.

Firefighter with a torch at emergency caused by a tornado

Reportage photograph of firefighters working on cleaning Woodhaven Boolevard in Queens, New York City

Tornado aftermath, night September 16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado aftermath, night 9/16, fallen trees damaged cars

Tornado smashed car in Queens NYC USA

A car smashed by a branch of a tree during the storm

Firefighters cleaning the tornado aftermath, night 9/16

Photograph 0f tornado aftermath, night 9/16, traffic stopped for a few hours because of the fallen trees

Traffic allowed, buses driving on Woodhaven Blvd through the safety corridor

Traffic allowed through the safety corridor after a few hours of waiting

Fallen trees blocked the traffic for a few hours in Queens, New York

Traffic moving through the safety corridor on Woodhaven Blvd in Queens, NYC

Morning 9/17 update:  more new pictures from around the Queens affected by the storm and tornado.

Reportage photography of a tornado disaster

Photography of the tornado aftermath

Power lines and street crossing lights damaged by the tornado

You may cross the street now

Meteorologists said that the majority of the damage came from the macroburst in Queens. A macroburst is an intense gust of wind that pours down from a storm. According to the National Weather Service, the macroburst started in the Middle Village section of Queens and ended in Forest Hills, and was 8 miles long and 5 miles wide with winds up to 125 mph.

And that’s what we actually see here.

Storm hit Queens NYC USA

One of many cars damaged by flying trees
Removing a fallen tree of the roof of the building

One of many damaged houses hit by fallen trees

Street filled with remains of trees that hit hoses and cars

Tornado crashed a lot of great trees that were a best feature if the area making it green and beautiful

Power lines are down because of the tornado hit

Documentary photograph: power lines are down, houses without electricity

Car smashed by a huge tree broken by a tornado in Queens New York

Do not park at bus stop?

Great trees are down broken by storm

Street closed by police because of the trees broken by storm on 9/16

Tree fell down in the morning long time after storm passed, it's still dangerous out there

Tree fell down in the morning in Juniper Valley Park and blocked the road almost entirely

5-minute headshot

At the end of another very long day I still had some juice and lights set ready :) And there were a couple of cool guys helping us with running the photoshoot whom I wanted to photograph. Luckily for me they were interested.

So I just used one rather big softbox for a swift 3-minutes sessions for both Anvil and Carl. I kinda like the result 😉

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Fashion lookbook – great team of professionals

It was a very long and fast-moving fashion lookbook photoshoot. The team was working together for the first time and I hope we will have a chance to work again, I like the result very much!

Thanks to all:

Make-up and Hair – Wenya Chang – amazing work, all images you’ll see here are NOT touched for any skin or hair issues (and mostly straight out of the camera, just basic level/contrast/sharpening adjustments). During the whole shoot Wenya was all the time doing the right stuff in the right moment. No need to ask her – she fixes a problem before you see it.

Model – Micaela Piccolo – extremely professional and hard-working, I admire her because she almost couldn’t stand at the end of the very hard day but was able to smile! And what a smile she has!!! :)

And to me she has that look of Monica Bellucci – check the pictures below for yourself 😉

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Fashion long dress photography in studio photo session

Fashion portrait of a young girl wearing long black dress and leaning against a red brick wall

Berkshire’s hidden beauty

I had a nice relaxing morning drive to Berkshire area on last day of August.  It’s always so inspiring to see all the beauty of the nature and those amazing old small towns.  I was very well charged to photograph the interior so nicely created by Boston area interior designer Mary Courville. We worked together for the first time but I believe we did quite great job photographing this lovely house :)

Luxury Kitchen Interior design photograph

Full view on an isle and kitchen, new custom designed house, Berkshires, MA

Upscale custom designed  house dining room interior photography

Dining room views

Kitchen interior by Boston interior designer Mary Courville

Cabinets and appliances

Photograph of a interior of dining room with a view to garden and lbirary

Dining room, garden view

Dining room with a view to garden and terrace

Dining room lit by sunlight with view to beautiful terrace and landscaped garden