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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 :)

My first try of cinemagraph

cinemagraph cinegif small boy

portrait of a cute 6 months old boy posing on white background

Wanted to try a cinemagraph for the very first time and Anton seemed to be the perfect subject for that :)

We placed him on the backdrop and he started his usual crawling, push-ups and swinging standing on all fours :) But then he suddenly relaxed and took this painterly modelling pose. We were quite stunned as he was quietly smiling at us and gently playing with his hand.

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 “

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

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.

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

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

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!

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 ūüėČ

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

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!

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