Sometimes you have to do a self-portrait – they say it’s a very good exercise for any photographer to get to the other side.
This time I had another reason – simply didn’t have any model on hands and wanted to try this black and white high-contrast approach.
I think I did pretty good actually 😉
But wife disagreed and said that I’m absolutely not like this portrait because I’m soft and smiley
Being a commercial photographer specializing in family and children photography one could meet newborns on almost daily basis. But… Having your own child born is arguably always an extraordinary event! And so I do understand all the parents wanting to get their newborns photographed. Because believe it or not you have only about 10 days for that. It is that short!
Another great photo session on-location, this time for Lianna Levine Reisner, beautiful soprano. She was about to launch her new venture – Repose and needed a few portrait and headshot photographs. So we went to 2 locations on Upper West Side and got quite a variety of portraits as you may see, both indoor and outdoor.
I always enjoy working with creative people, and this time was no exclusion!
And since I liked Lianna’s idea very much I want to quote her opening statement for the project:
“This summer I have been building an exciting new project. I am happy to announce the launch of Repose, which presents chamber music exclusively for private events at smaller venues. I am reinvigorating the age-old salon concert for a modern audience, bringing people together to experience music in the comfort of their living rooms, among friends and loved ones. And Repose is just the right type of entertainment for occasions like senior birthdays, retirement parties, and fundraisers.
That was an assignment from St. John’s College to photograph Peter Weiss for their multimedia project on human rights. He is Vice-President, former President, of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms and its US affiliate, the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy; Vice-President, Federation Internationale des ligues des Droits de l’Homme; and a Vice-President of the Center for Constitutional Rights. Here is more information about him.
As we spoke with Peter he mentioned that the time he spent in Africa is still most memorable and so I decided to incorporate in the portrait his favourite art piece he brought home from there.
It was a really easy going photo session at Stephen’s house. He is a very bright and creative person and despite he needed just a plain headshot I went to doing it with a little funny twist in post-production in terms of background. Which I believe looks just great for something like facebook profile and other social media usage. Of course I gave him a version with simple white background for more serious purposes too
Portraiture session of NYC based interior designer and decorator Helaina Bernstein on-location in Upper West Side of Manhattan.
It’s always easy to do portraits of a person with outstanding personality. That was the case
I was hired for a corporate headshot portraiture session, because Scott needed new headshots for his upcoming publication. We did it on-location at their office’s library, which was just the right spot for the look he was after.
Scott G. Kaufman is the principal of Crowley & Kaufman, P.C. His practice focuses primarily on Queens County Surrogate’s Court matters. These matters include estate litigation, estate administration and will contests. Scott G. Kaufman also handles all matters relating to Guardianships pursuant to Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. Scott has become a well known and well respected practitioner in both Surrogate’s Court Practice and Guardianship.
It’s getting to be that time of year again – that’s how Allison started her email asking when we can do another photosession with her family. I’m honored – it’s the 3rd year in a row I photograph this lovely family! I feel like I’m part of it, at least for those 2 hours we spend together 😉 And then I look through the images choosing the best for them and for my portfolio and recall how great they are.
First time we did a session when Alex was about 10 months yet and now he is almost 3 years old. They have relocated from Bronxville NY to New Jersey last year and they also got a new member of the family – furry Chelsea very playful and funny.
So we started to shoot around their new home in the backyard and then moved inside:
After that we drove to nearest park to get beautiful autumn colors in the pictures and to have fun in general
I admire Allison and James – they seem to me one of the greatest couple parents I knew – they are always caring of the family. And it is really easy to photograph them because there is no need for posing – I just observe and capture their happiness and love.
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.
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.
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 😉
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 😉
My son loves to be a boyscout (cubscout actually, but… being Webelos II and looking to get to boyscouts next year he could be considered a boyscout already, right 😉 ) So I usually spend Fri nights with scouts of Pack 106. And watching the efforts our Den leaders put to work with kids I realize that they actually are just parents like me. And they are tired after working a whole week, and would probably prefer to stay home and watch TV or relax in nay other way….
So I thought that taking their headshots to put them on our Pack web-site could be some way of showing appreciation. So I did it last week. Unfortunately not all leaders were there so hopefully we will continue in the new year.
And it was great fun though 😉
“Eric Jaeger is a recent transplant to NYC from Akron, OH via Pittsburgh.
Favorite credits include Contact, Romeo y Julieta, Michael Rupert’s Streets of America and the film In Northwood. Most recently, Eric was seen in Dixon Place/The Living Theater’s Salome! A Veiled Threat, puppeteering the infamous Muffy the Talking Vagina.”
What can be better than to meet lovely autumn morning in Central Park? We started a headshot/portrait session at 7.30am with the actor Joseph Beuerlein when the sun was still behind skyscrapers. And we were watching as it goes upper and coloring the trees and waking up the park.
“Geoffrey Borman is a recent graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre. He also received training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.
Geoffrey has appeared in such shows as, Romeo and Juliet, The Country Wife, The Weavers, Playing for Time, Tartuffe, and A Series of Small Doors. He is excited to be a part of such a kooky project as The Diary of Anne Frankenstein.”
“This is Jessica Caplan‘s New York stage debut, having recently made the leap to New York after a six-year stint in Hong Kong.
She started performing in her native Montreal at the age of five. More recently, in Hong Kong, she co-founded theater company bigbox theatre, co-creating and performing in their original productions, including a poetry-based show that toured local and international schools. Hong Kong theater credits include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Janet in Rocky Horror Show, Josie in Godspell, The Queen in The King of Time, Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Laura in The Glass Menagerie. She also played the Fairy Queen and Mrs. Darling in ABA’s Pan-Asian tour of its original musical Peter Pan. In Hong Kong, Jessica was the voice of cartoons originating from Hong Kong, China, Japan and France.
Jessica is a graduate of McGill University’s Drama & Theatre Program, holds a degree in law from the University of Toronto and is a yoga teacher. She’s thrilled to be part of this exciting new production.”
Another family portraiture on-location photography session with great family of Noah, Sean, Ariane, Barry and David.
Gantry Park in Long Island City with the great view to Manhattan. They expanded park greatly and put a lot of cool things there. I just love this place even more!
It was a great photoshoot around the idea given by a client – reference to somewhat old pictures of Robert Downey Jr.
Amir was just an excellent model! He is not an actor but he was absolutely photogenic and didn’t need any direction for posing at all…