Posts Tagged ‘NYC’
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
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?!
Portraiture session of NYC based interior designer and decorator Helaina Bernstein on-location in Upper West Side of Manhattan.
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.
Owners keep this loft as a guest apartment actually.
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:
I did this job more then a year ago, but I still wanted to publish it here since I love the result
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.
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.
And separately I shot a detail view of living area, which I like a lot finally
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 ).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We definitely had great time together walking and playing along most scenic spots of Central Park on that gorgeous autumn day.