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Western Union headquarters

architectural interior design photography of Western Union headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, New York City

main visitor’s area / lounge

architectural design photography of Western Union headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, New York City

terrace / outdoor lounge with the view of Bryant park and New York City library

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

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

Kitchen interior on Central Park South

Renovated kitchen interior design photography

Contemporary kitchen with appliances

This kitchen was totally remodelled by a New York contractor company. It took about 6 month to finish the project.  What I loved about this is finishing materials they used on columns and back splash lights on walls and bar isle. Really nice touch.

And yes, those jars for spices there on the wall, holding up with magnets – brilliant :) They cover actually small metal door to electrical switches, huh?!

Photograph of bar isle with bar stools

Kitchen bar isle from living room in an upscale Manhattan apartment with view on Central Park

Architectural photography of eat in kitchen in modern american apartment

Bar isle in luxury New York apartment

Interior of a kitchen looking out to living room

Photograph of kitchen cabinetsView on a kitchen bar isle from living room in an up scale apartment in Manhattan

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.

Beautiful and modest gem on Upper West Side

I loved this fairly small loft on 1 West 67th Street from the first glance. Probably because I’m personally not a fan of big apartments or houses for many reasons (not agoraphobic either though :) )

But this is really clean and simple dwelling where I’d feel comfortable.

Shot this loft last November for Marie-Christine Kresse interior design portfolio.

Interior design photography of small cozy loft on Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City

Living area from the second floor

Owners keep this loft as a guest apartment actually.

Photograph of interior of NYC loft

Kitchen and living area, view from the entrance

Upper West Side luxury

Piano in the interior

Living room with a piano connected to a dinning room with glass doors

It was a beautiful apartment in a great building. The photoshoot was challenging though – interior designed by talented designer Lisa Merkatz was finished mostly in whites. And that is always tough for me :)

But it is lovely and very livable! Judge for yourself:

Large living room in a luxury apartment

White beauty

I did this job more then a year ago, but I still wanted to publish it here since I love the result :)

Dining room in white and beige tones, luxury apartment interior design

White and beige

Kitchen in whites with a view

Chess kitchen

Interior design photography of a guest room library

Guest room, library

Photograph of interior of master bedroom in a luxury NYC apartment located in Upper West side

Master bedroom

Photograph of a master bedroom interior

Fireplace in the master bedroom

Sky View in Queens

Where is the best view on Manhattan? Not in Manhattan probably? There is a new residential complex named Sky View Parc which gives you the best view on Manhattan over the Queens.

I did this project photographing a few model apartments in this complex in January 2011. And I’d say it’s a lovely place to live actually.

Sky View Parc is a residential enclave featuring luxury condominium residences overlooking an expansive landscaped park. With breathtaking views that stretch over Citi Field, Flushing Meadows Park and the Long Island Sound to Manhattan, Sky View Parc is a new vision of luxury living in Flushing.

In an area rich with entertainment, sporting and cultural attractions, Sky View Parc redefines home ownership in the heart of New York City’s fastest growing and most vibrant neighborhood.

And you definitely will have great apartments at your disposal to design to your personal taste and to make it truly yours :)

Kitchen Interior design photography

Sunny breakfast area

Living room in a model apartment of a new luxury residential condominium

Spacious living room with a potential for great interior design

Living room Interior design photography

Social places, living room

Master bedroom interior design photograph

Photograph of a bedroom design

Cozy master bedroom interior design

Another master bedroom with a view on a park and Manhattan

Dining room in model apartment of luxury residential condominium

Model apartment dining room setting

These model apartments were designed by a highly experienced interior designer Kristina Jacob and I need to say it was a pleasure to work with her.

Tribeca loft’s interior

Almost a year ago I did this interior photoshoot for a designer portfolio.

It was a great loft located in Tribeca, Manhattan. The designer wanted to get photographs of dining area and living area. Unfortunately there were some limits in terms of choosing the angles because not everything was done by the same designer so we didn’t want to include kitchen in the pictures. Therefore I had to shoot dining room toward windows and living area. Which is not my favorite view in this case.

Dining room in a Tribeca loft

Dining area / room

And separately I shot a detail view of living area, which I like a lot finally :)

Interior photography of a luxury loft living room, Manhattan, New York City

Living room details shot

And here is the full view of the living area, with a fireplace. I love every chance to have a fireplace to be lit (so many fake fireplaces in our life :) ).

Photograph of interior of living area of luxury loft in Manhattan, NYC

Fireplace in living room

 

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

Portrait of an interior designer

This week was like week of interior designers’ portraits :) – I did 2 of them. This was the first job on that week, beautiful and talented Alicia, really great interior designer, with multi-years experience.

We were about to shoot both indoor and in Central Park at first, bit on the day of photoshoot the weather was quite windy so we dropped the idea of shooting outdoor (November in NYC is always  tricky).

I think we got the great imagery despite the space was a little bit too tight so we couldn’t get full-body portrait, but it wasn’t my plan anyway. I quite like the incoming light and those birds in behind the windows :)

The whole light-colored interior was quite good setup for Alicia’s blonde hair also.

Interior designer' portrait

Portrait of Manhattan-based interior designer

Alicia also is an avid traveler (looks to me she has lived all around the Europe), and she has done an international design jobs as well.

Portrait of a designer for business profile, promotional materials and magazines

Portrait with travel memorabilia

Photo session of an extended family in Central Park

It’s always a challenge to photograph groups of people, especially when a few kids involved :) But in this case I was lucky to have this great family, so easy to photograph!Big family posing in Central Park over Woolman Rink

Portrait of extended family on a terrace overlooking Woolman Ice Skating Rink in Central Park

We definitely had great time together walking and playing along most scenic spots of Central Park on that gorgeous autumn day.

Family with kids sitting on a bench in a park on a sunny autumn day

Love and happiness

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

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!

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 😉

Portrait photography in studio sessionPortrait headshot photography in studio sessionPortrait photography in studio session, blue tone, black young man, cap, fashionPortrait photography on-location session

Upper East Side beauty – former Westbury hotel building

This red-brick building along one of the city’s most chic stretches was converted into condominium apartments from a hotel in 1999. The building’s facade was cleaned but not substantially altered as it is within an historic landmark district.

The former hotel was always understated but attracted a very elegant and discrete clientele, including members of the Mellon family, because of its superb location and the fact that there were only two other major large luxury hotels on the Upper East Side, the Carlyle a few blocks north on Madison Avenue and the Stanhope on Fifth Avenue at 81st Street.

The 21-story building has only 47 apartments.

Interior of this particular apartment done by a finest interior designer – Brian Worthingthon.

Interior photography of a living room

Living room

Interior photography of a living room / reading room

Cozy corner

Interior photography of a dining room

Dining area

Luxury apartment interior design

Interior photography of a luxury apartment living room with a fireplace

Hallway in luxury apartment

Gold