I wanted to take this time to blog about being confident in your work. So obviously this is a blog to Photographers and other Artistic Entrepreneurs out there working hard at mastering their craft during the cold winter months. I personally do not shoot Maternities, Budoirs, or Newborns, mainly because these are hyper sensitive and hyper qualified Photography Niche's.Read More
These kids are carefree and super fun and energetic. They were more than willing to do fun photos in the fog, even though it got a little wet, we create some beautiful portraits of these fierce, independent girls. *Z Snap*Read More
This family is full of personality, and sometimes personalities clash, but so does the amount of laughter that goes into such a dynamic family. They are close and they are each independent, like a cog in a well oiled machine. They can come together when they are needed, and sometimes you can't help but to laugh it all off. You can tell that in a pinch, they would do anything for each other!Read More
All the kids were home this weekend, its not everyday that the kids are all home together. When kids grow up its hard to get everyone together. This tough and hardworking single mom does everything she can to make sure her babies are doing okay and it looks like they are doing great. Check out this fun In-Home Lifestyle Shoot!Read More
Benjamin turned 1 this year! Check out the favorites from this In-home Lifestyle Session, full of love, full of fun, and joy. Its my favorite types of session.Read More
Like most children, at first she was unsure about photos, she was shy and she was a bit nervous about being in front of the camera. Give it time, and boy did she just go out there and have fun!Read More
So let me just say that his kid has the brightest baby blues I've ever seen! Coming in at only 4 months and a couple of pounds, this kid has already started to show personality. He doesn't like tummy time too much apparently, and even trying it out today, he now has more blackmail photos than I've ever had for myself. I might be laughing way to hard so tell me what you guys think!Read More
When a fellow photog friend asks you to take pictures for their baby shower, How can you say no? There was so much fun to be had at the Edison Club where friends and family came to enjoy good times with everyone and send their love and support to our wonderful new momma! Congratulations Jessica Gravelin + Marc Gravelin! Luke will be blessed with some awesome parents and Grand Parents who will love him for the rest of his life.Read More
Happy Beautiful Families means Happy Beautiful Pictures! The Dechongkit family wanted to get a family timeline, urban style. As they already have one side of the family, it was time to get another side of the family right in the roots of New York City. We walked around Brooklyn, Starting at the Brooklyn Bridge Park and then strolling a little bit of the streets for some fun backdrops! We ran, we jumped, we played and we laughed. Family truly ='s LoveRead More
Becky and Jeff had their little one not to long ago. Ryan was adorably cute, being only just turned 5 months! Both have been working hard at raising Ryan, between almost sleepless nights, and random upchucks and parental concerns, Becky and Jeff work together as a team, because that's what they are: A Team. They are what parents should be, loving, considerate, communicative, and understanding, of each-other and the world around them.Read More
Mini Sessions provides a fast and quick way for families to get some photos that require less effort and less time. Many clients have asked if I had offered this or could offer this and so I decided to fit in a small Mini Session to accommodate multiple clients who wanted to get in some photos within a short amount of time. There were some families that didn't want any information displayed on social media or anything and therefore its only respectful to grant their wishes. That doesn't mean there were any less beautiful photos taken, of some family fun we had that day. Check them out!Read More
I never liked taking pictures of myself. It stems from a self awareness of my appearance and my differences within my community. I also never liked posing for the camera, but if I did you bet that it would be a killer selfie. I grew up with the camera being an essential part of my family structure, along side food, TV and good spirits. Besides my mom wanting to take a lot of photos especially with us in it everywhere we went to and taking in what the United States had to offer, I also loved to take pictures. I would place myself behind the view finder and compose the subjects trying to take in the most of everything in the image and hit that satisfying shutter sound. I grew to love it easily. Now more than ever evidenced in my recent activities and past blog posts.
The thing I noticed most about loving photography was the retrieval of certain memories from the photos themselves. My mom would take the roll of film, go to the 1 hour development darkroom places and get the photos printed and bring back the negatives. I liked having the negatives because it was like watching a movie as I scrolled my eyes across them. The thing I loved about looking back at old photos is remember the day, especially if it was a special time or place like at the south street seaport. It wasn't a magical place, or any extraordinary place, it was just one of those perfect days where the cold september wind was blowing across my face as we walked around the pier just exploring the city. We found a spot where we could sit for a few minutes and I wanted to take the camera to take photos, so my mom readied me up and let me shoot away.
The older I got, the more I loved Photography, but had no formal training or any proper way of getting the information I needed or had the infrastruature to learn the process on my own, But I loved to shoot, so I shot. It wasn't a big part of my life, but it was definitely a part of my life through my teenage years, no professional grade cameras but ones that were easily accessible and portable that my family took everywhere. The older photos that you're seeing, are the photos that I've wanted to scan for a while now. I was recently given albums of photos from my mother to have for myself, but to also scan them all for the record. Many of these photos makes me feel nostalgic, and almost longing to return just to watch over the day again, to be reminded and reflect what it was like. I guess this is why many Youtubbers vlog, so they can document their day-to-day but also to show the world their day-to-day. Every piece of media has their purpose, to either the maker or the receiver.
I've flipped through the photos and many of them tell me a story about the photo, especially for those ones that I have no recollection or had no capacity to even remember. The photo of my grandfather holding me tells me that he didn't handle children very often, which was culturally true, but also with how rough my mother grew up, it was apparently that there was a lack of physical sensitivity. However, his face shows pure amazement, it must've been how heavy I was that surprised him. The expression on his face tells me that he can't believe he's there in that moment right then and there, holding me in his hands, another miracle of life that would extend his family line.
Then there's the photo of my parents, my mom laughing at how silly I'm being with my first exposure to snow and highly enjoying myself, and my dad looking lovingly at my mother as he pushes the cart that he so willingly wants to push his second son in. I've never liked poses, but we often do it to bring out the best angle of our vanity. I like laughs because it lightens the atmosphere. my mother sharing her scarf with one of her best friends, and my brother celebrating some sort of victory in the playground.
So now I have the photos, looking back at the times that used to be and thinking "I remember when..." and "Wow I haven't seen ... in a while!" or "They're getting so old..." Each photo is piece of my timeline, etched into my life's documentary but disorganized and sporadic. These views into points of my timeline are friends that I haven't seen in a while, places I haven't visited due to inconvenience, loving pets that are past their golden age, or members that are of no more in this world. Memories are often on their own, especially for those that have past away. One photo, even if unrelated, can provoke a memory of someone who hasn't been in this world for a while, but the things you remember about them was how funny they were or how they always had that type of infectious laugh that you couldn't help but laugh along.
Lifestyle Photography isn't just a way for me to creatively capture moments, of my own or of other people, its a love for the human condition and everything that influences it. Its about trying to capture the essence of the day to day, the things that are true within those times. Dirty diapers and uncontrollable giggling, scrapped knees and training wheels, Heart breaks and camaraderie, failures and successes. Some of these snapshots can't always be captured by a third party, but the moments where its just me and my brother playing video games and celebrating our first team win over the big boss. Or moments when we would eat dinner and it was my favorite dish, roast pig! I wouldn't have wanted a picture of myself sleeping, but my mom loved taking pictures of me sleeping, and I understood why, its a moment of calm and reflection on realizing man, I can't believe he's here, and hes getting so big, and soon he'll be off into the world on his own. Although I don't have children of my own, and I'm the youngest child in my family, I understand that certain moments are fleeting and don't last long, even the ones we are used to from our old day to day that still haven't returned to us. Someday, I'll probably miss more than just the activities and traditions, so I'm trying to take note of the regular for as long as I can. Someday, a picture will be the last thing left to remind me of a time long ago.
So although I hate pictures of myself, because I think I could always look better, I learn to embrace the camera. When that camera clicks on me, I think to myself: "Someone will remember this moment, or look back at this moment, and I know its someone I care about, that is going to miss me later, and I want to leave them with something to remember me. I'm doing this for them, because they aren't going to see that huge zit on my nose or my forehead. They are going to see me laughing my crazy laugh wished they were apart of it, and wish to see me again. I'm leaving behind my legacy, and this is how I'm leaving it behind for the future to pick up and keep."