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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

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 :) !!!

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

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 Рinterior 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

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.

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

 

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.

Long Island house again, Port Washington

It was a lovely summer day in July when we had this photoshoot of a beautiful new house in gated community of Port Washington on north shore of Long Island, NY. Again for portfolio of interior designer Christine Hopper.

A little bit too much sun outside for dealing with skylights but we managed it :)

Photography of interior of living room in new luxury house in gated community

Living room main floor

Interior photography of living room in new house on Long Island shore

Main living area with skylights

Living area Interior design photography leather luxury coach and art piece table

Another view on living area

And here is a couple of shots from 2nd floor rooms:

Photograph of Interior Open office on second floor of upscale new house New York

Open office space on 2nd floor

Photograph of interior Kids bedroom, upscale new house in gated community

Grandchildren bedroom

Interior photography of doctor office

It was a relatively small project for designer’s portfolio. Newly designed doctor’s office with ambiance. Terrific location on south shore of Long Island with amazing views on water. I can say I envy their patients :)photography of interior of doctors office

Reception area

Photograph of a check room in a small private doctors office

Check room

Waiting area - doctors table

Doctor's table in waiting area

Great view out of windows of waiting area in doctors office on Long Island

Waiting area

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