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Headshot of a young guy striving to be an actor

Studio headshot portrait of a young man, actor and model

in studio portrait of Cory, actor and model

black and white self-portrait

Self-portrait photograph in b&w against 100% pure white background. Focus on the eyes

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 ūüėČ

But wife disagreed and said that I’m absolutely not like this portrait because I’m soft and smiley :)

I can fly!

6 months old boy portrait smiling happily

Smiling happily

In-studio portraiture of a boy laughing. Laying on white surface with his arms and legs stretched out

I can fly :) !!!

Portrait in studio

portrait of a teenager boy in studio on white background

Studio portrait of a boy

Our Pride – New Arrival

Portrait of a newborn childBeing 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!

Portrait of a Newborn boy in a basket on white fur

portrait  of a newborn boy sleeping with hands on his cute cheeksnewborn boy on white fur throw, cloud dreams

Repose Chamber Music

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.

Contemporary photo portrait of a classic soprano singer

Repose Chamber Music

I always enjoy working with creative people, and this time was no exclusion!

Portrait of a young woman by piano

Classic soprano singer

Outdoor portrait photo session of a New York soprano singer

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.

As a mother and as a Sabbath-observant singer, I’ve been dreaming of a flexible, low-pressure approach to my singing that could operate on my schedule. Repose allows me to do what I love most, exploring and presenting repertoire that inspires, uplifts, and educates.
I’m launching Repose with some standard concerts “for sale,” with the hopes to later expand my programming to include more niche interests, like a concert of music by woman composers, Jewish art song, and other themed offerings. There are so many ways to get creative here.
If you or someone you know would be interested in booking a concert with Repose, please be in touch and help me spread the word!
You can read more at the Repose website, and be sure to like Repose on Facebook :-)
Many thanks and best wishes,
Lianna “

Pianist Mariko Miyazaki portrait

Outdoor portrait of a pianist in a park

Portrait of Mariko MiyazakiMariko in a piano store, Manhattan, NYC

Young piano player sitting at a piano, photographed on a black background

Mariko in a piano store, Manhattan, NYC

Portrait of young piano musician

Portrait on a bridge in Central Park, New York City

Portrait of Mr. Peter Weiss for St. John’s College

Portrait of an old man in blue shirt, wearing glasses

Portrait photograph of Mr. Peter Weiss for St. Johns College of Maryland

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.

Portrait of a graphic designer (with a touch of fun)

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 :)

portrait photograph of a young man in a light blue shirt on a blue pattern background

Headshot of Stephen Turbek, graphic designer

Portrait in interior of a designer / decorator

Portrait of a young woman in a living room sitting on a coach

Portrait of Helaina Bernstein

Portraiture session of NYC based interior designer and decorator Helaina Bernstein on-location in Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Corporate headshot portrait

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.

Corporate Headshot on-location of a lawyer

portrait of an attorney in library

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

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 ūüėČ 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 Рfurry Chelsea :) very playful and funny.

So we started to shoot around their new home in the backyard and then moved inside:

Portrait of a small boy sitting on a red chair and playing with soap bubbles in a backyard

Alex enjoying soap bubbles in the backyard

Family outdoor life-style photography - mother and father with their small son playing in the backyard

Having fun, jumping and wrestling

Family portraiture posing sitting photography on-location session

Great new house, great happy family

Father and mother playing toys with their small son

Toy story forever :)

After that we drove to nearest park to get beautiful autumn colors in the pictures and to have fun in general :)

Photo portrait of a family walking in the park through an alley during a fall autumn sunny day

It's all about love

I admire Allison and James Рthey seem to me one of the greatest couple parents I knew :) Рthey are always caring of the family. And it is really easy to photograph them because there is no need for posing РI just observe and capture their happiness and love.

Portrait of parents playing with their son in park trees

Having fun in the park

Portrait photograph of parents holding their kid on hands together

I see you - he loves to play hide and seek

Young mother holding her small boy on hands

Getting tired :)

Father holds his son in hands, happy smiling family

They are so happy together!

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.

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 ūüėČ

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!

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 ūüėČ

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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 ūüėČ

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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

Portrait photography session for local Boyscout’s Den Leaders

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 ūüėČ ) 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 ūüėČ

portrait of Eric - Boyscouts of America Pack 106 Leader

portrait of Eric - Boyscouts of America Pack 106 Leader

portrait photograph of Mark - Den Leader

portrait photograph of Mark - Den Leader

portrait of a Den Leader

portrait of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of Laura - Webelos II Den Leader

portrait photograph of Laura - Webelos II Den Leader

headshot of Yolanda - Webelos II Deb Leader

headshot of Yolanda - Webelos II Deb Leader

headshot of a Den Leader

headshot of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of a Den Leader

portrait photograph of a Den Leader

Portrait photography of the actor Eric Jaeger

“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.”

portrait on-stage

portrait on-stage

scared portrait

scared portrait

staging portrait photograph

staging portrait photograph

portrait of gigolo

portrait of an actor

Headshots with actor Joe Beuerlein

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.

Morning headshot photo session

Morning headshot photo session

Portrait of a young man, actor

Portrait of a young man, actor

On-location photography session in the park

On-location photography session in the park

Morning sun on 5th Ave

Morning sun on 5th Ave

Portrait session of actor Geoffrey Borman

“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.”

Geoffrey Borman as Fritz

Geoffrey Borman as Fritz

Portrait photography of a young actor

Portrait photography of a young actor

Portrait of Fritz-Gollum character

Portrait of Fritz-Gollum character

Portrait session of actress Jessica Caplan

Are we pretty?

Actress Jessica Caplan as Sylvia Beasley.

“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.”

Portrait of an actress wearing red suit and hat, retro style

Portrait of an actress wearing red suit and hat, retro style

Portrait of actress Jessica Caplan

Portrait of actress Jessica Caplan

Sunny autumn day in Central Park

photograph of a boy sitting in a park on a sunny autumn day

photograph of a boy sitting in a park on a sunny autumn day

blcak and white portrait of a mothe holding her small son

blcak and white portrait of a mothe holding her small son

family portrait photograph in a park environment

family portrait photograph in a park environment

portraiture photography of a mother and a son

portraiture photography of a mother and a son

Walking Gantry Park in the morning

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!

Retro morning

Photograph of young mom and her son

Noah

Boy running on a boardwalk in Gantry PArk of Long Island City, NYC

family portraiture session in the Gantry Park, Long Island City, New York

family portraiture photography session in the Gantry Park, Long Island City, New York

Ariane and baby girl

Photograph of young soon-to-be-mom woman, Gantry Park, Long Island City, NYC

Old story

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…

Smoking cool

Young man smoking cigarette

I'm quit

Young man smoking

Movie set

Young man with a cigarette

What do you mean?

Young man smoking cigarette, v-sign, f-sign

Walking-smoking

Young man smoking cigarette while walking

Just regular headshot

Headshot of a young man smiling, half-body