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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 :) !!!

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 “

Dreaming of flight

Boy running on a beach with a towel like wings, pretending he is flying

Take off

Boy running along water with a blue towel as air-plane wings

Flying over the beach

It was a windy day on Fire Island and you would want to fly against that wind, I’m quite sure. It was real fun! I clearly remembered myself being a boy and doing the same :) Unfortunately I didn’t have ocean around.

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

Loft in Tribeca

Modern design of a dining room in a loft

Dining room in a small Tribeca loft

Living room area

Living room area in a Manhattan loft

photograph of a modern loft interior

Office area in a contemporary loft

Don’t shoot

This was just a test-shot, another part of my ongoing project about uniforms. Fun, fast and easy-going photo session on-location in a basement :) We will obviously work on this theme though, I would like to have more action in the image of course.

Portrait of a man in uniform with flash light

Not a cop but in this uniform looks cool

Just quick ‘strobist’ info behind the image:

one 580ex2 blue-gelled behind him in the boiler room, 1/16;

another one 580ex2 gridded on his face, camera right, 1/16.

F8, 1/160 sec.

Photographing a family for Christmas card

I’m always proud when clients come to me again year after year, because it proves I’m doing good :) I’m delivering the images and I’m making them happy!

This was another such family: I photographed them last autumn when Robi  couldn’t even stand yet on his own. And now we had another photo session in Central Park for their Christmas cards. The astonishing fall foliage of late October in NYC makes it perfect  background for such images.

Family portrait at a park with a fall faoliage

It's all about love and happiness

Robi is now quite running and know what he wants and what he doesn’t like too :)

We had actually to do 2 days of photography to get enough images.

Photo session in a park for family album

Family portrait: It's good to be together

Outdoor portrait of a family with 2 years old boy

Beautiful day in a park makes it perfect for family portraiture

Portrait of family of 3 together

Happy family moments that we want to remember

Urban view

It’s one of the best spots to look at shiny NYC’s skyline – across the river from Manhattan you got to Brooklyn. There is a beautiful pier with water taxis and infamous Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory. And there is that view :).

As times change something we lose and something we gain. It was a great place to go for wedding pictures, on any given day you’d see a few weddings coming there. Not anymore, because parking is prohibited there now. But they built there really nice Brooklyn Bridge Park.

photograph of Manhattan skyline at dusk / night from Brooklyn side

It's always crowd there especially at night, eager to see the city's glory

Skyscrapers Manhattan downtown  financial district at dusk reflecting in the East River waters

Reflections of shiny beauty of New York City

Tourists and travelers watching NYC skyline at dusk

Golden time to look at NYC's skyline

Looking at Brooklyn Bridge at dusk

Photograph of NYC view at dusk

Products photography in interior

This is was an interior photography kind of work. But. In fact we were shooting for and with Linoto company which makes great linen stuff. It was quite fast-pacing and high-quality work, with 2 invited stylists and a lot of props. So we shot it in a loft and all interiors were staged and styled mostly by stylist Abby Walton and Jason Evege from Linoto.

Staged and styled interior

Photography of White linens which are the bestsellers at Linoto

Everything was styled to the way you would feel it like it’s home, not just a showroom, but real cozy and warm home. I think that the stylists did they job really great. there is fine balance between messy loose set and relaxed homelike atmosphere we achieved in these images.

Styled interior, staged for travel theme

Here lives a traveler

Man sitting on a chair and reading a book

Lovely place for reading something

Styled set of food, plates and silverware

Food on a table, set just to show napkins. But it is tasty and looks good

Family portraiture in Saudek’s colors

It was a family portrait session in out local beautiful Juniper Valley Park in the beginning of November. I was caught by autumn colors and remembered my old favorite photo book by great Czech photographer Jan Saudek. He used there a technique by hand painting his B&W photographs in such a vibrant and rich, saturated colors. The book was titled “LOVE’.

So this particular picture reminds me of that book every time I look at it.

Family portraiture in a park in the evening

Family portrait photo session in a park

Once on a foggy day

It was unusual morning on Fire Island where we go quite often. Fog was covering everything. Beach, swimmers, fishermen, gulls…

Quite fairy vision.

Photograph of Fire Island's beach

Beach on Fire Island located off south shore of Long Island

And actually it was really sunny, could you believe? Just a couple of miles away from the shore it was perfect hot summer day.

Girl doing acrobatics on the beach

Having fun on the beach

What we love most about Fire Island is incredible mix of ocean air with smell of vegetation, it’s just so exciting.

Morning fog on Fire Island in June

Illusory morning fog

Photograph of people enjoying ocean waves

Atlantic ocean waves in the fog

Man standing in front of ocean waves

To boss around :)

Fog covering shore of Fire Island

Children playing in waves of Atlantic Ocean on Fire Island

Sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Young sunbathers on the beach of Fire Island

Fishermen's rods in the morning fog on the oceans coast

Really foggy morning

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 😉 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:

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 – 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.

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!

Engagement in NYC

It was first time being in NYC for Carlo, but 4th for Eleonora. I was hired to photograph this beautiful couple around Manhattan’s landmarks.

Lovely young couple on a bench in a park

Lovely couple on a lovely day

The day we scheduled  the photoshoot weather was quite tricky and nasty so we had to push it for another day. I saw that Carlo was kind of upset and confused because of that and I didn’t see the reason for that. I thought it’s not a big deal, we always depend on weather.

While we were walking to Central Park  next day Carlo explained to me that actually he made a proposal yesterday! Damn, I missed this moment, now I got it! But they were so obviously in love, kissing all the time so I think I didn’t miss too much after all 😉

Italian tourists on Times Square

First time in New York City, and being in love

Walking by Times Square in Manhattan on a sunny autumn day

Love

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

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

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 😉 ) 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 😉

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

Autumn joy

I photographed again a lovely family of Alex, Allison and James. It’s always great to know that your clients trust you, believe in you and ask you to save their memories in photographs once more.

Family portrait photography of Alex, Allison and James

Family portrait photography of Alex, Allison and James

Portrait of a boy with his parents holding his hands walking together

Portrait of a boy with his parents holding his hands walking together

Boy's portrait photograph in a nice autumn day

Boy’s portrait photograph on a nice autumn day

Photograph of a boy curiosly looking at the camera

Photograph of a boy curiously looking at the camera

Mom and son talk

Mom and son talk

Black and white version

Black and white version

Photograph of a boy playing ball with his family

Photograph of a boy playing ball with his family

Portrait of a family posing for photographer

Portrait of a family posing for photographer

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

Cinderella

Regular portrait photo session with a real princess – what could be better? Laura was just great at posing and super patient! Thank you Laura :)

Portrait of the Princess Cinderella

Portrait of the Princess Cinderella

Portrait of a girl in Central PArk

Portrait of a girl in Central PArk

Portrait of a smiling girl

Portrait of a smiling girl

Photograph of a girl running

Photograph of a girl running

Photograph of a girl wearing princess dress

Photograph of a girl wearing princess dress