We are a husband-and-wife photography team located in New York City. We bring a Fine Art approach to photography, shooting in both digital and film. We are available for local and destination weddings and engagements. For more information or schedule a time to come to our Midtown Manhattan studio, click on the Contact Us section of this site.
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In some ways, running your own business is like being the mayor of your own secluded island. It’s wonderful to make your own rules and be the one in charge, but sometimes it can be a lonely endeavor. As much as you have gained by giving up the 9-5 pace of a traditional job (both personally and professionally), there are also things you have given up in the process: the office camaraderie - the happy hours, the talk around the water cooler, the co-workers who share your unique work experience and understand the ins and outs of your daily work life.
And you have moments there on your tiny little island of self-employed-ville, when you really miss all that. Moments when you’re editing a particularly amazing wedding. Moments when you’re feeling the weight of running the business heavy on your shoulders. In those moments, you look around and think how nice it would be to have someone else here? (besides just each other, in our case). Someone who would totally understand your feelings of elation or frustration (whichever the case may be), someone who would share their own ups and downs with you, someone who is writing their own rules to their island paradise just like you.
Now imagine that for three days, all of you island-building, photography-loving entrepreneurs came together. That you gathered for a retreat with open minds, ready to hear each other, to support each other and to cheer one another on as we each navigate the sometimes curvy road of business ownership. We have been searching for something exactly like that for as long as we have been in business. We have gone to a number of photography conferences over the years - the big ones (Imaging, PhotoPlus) and the gigantic ones (WPPI) and while we have learned quite a bit from all of them, we never walked away from any of them feeling like met people who truly understand where we’re coming from, like we not only gained information but also built a support system.
Then, this year, we went to Inspire. And everything we could have wanted was there. Like it had been waiting for us to stumble upon it. People who got us. Classes taught by fellow photographers who were saying exactly the things we needed to hear. Time to slow down and think about what’s best for our business, what’s next for our business, and what we really want to achieve personally and professionally. And on top of all that, there was fun. So much fun. There was dancing (which I needed big time - Momma doesn’t get enough time out on the dance floor), singing (Karaoke madness) and plenty of time sitting around laughing and really connecting with people who just “get” us.
We went to Inspire not only as attendees but also as speakers. In our class, we talked about the challenges that can come with running your own photography business and what we have done to overcome them. We were open, honest and vulnerable in a way we knew we could be simply because of the community-based atmosphere at Inspire. And it was amazing. We looked around the room and saw heads shaking in agreement. We saw photographers wiping away tears because our words were hitting home, because they know all too well how hard it can be sometimes. We heard from people who attended our class how much our words had touched them and how excited they were to go home and implement things we had mentioned in their own businesses right away.
It was, without a doubt, the BEST photography conference we have ever been attended. Hands down.
So, if you’re a photographer, standing tall on your little island of my-own-business-istan, and you find yourself looking around for a life raft. If you’re desperate to find like-minded people who understand you, I implore you to register for Inspire 2015 right now. It will be one of the best investments you could make for your business and for your life (because having a solid business a support system would make your life better, wouldn’t it?). Go do it. We’ll see you there.
And, in between now and then, I encourage you to find a local photography networking group that meets on a regular basis. We’re actually starting one right here in NJ - NJ PUG, (Pictage Users Group). At the PUG meetings, we’ll be bringing our open-mided, community-building, Inspire spirit to the Garden State on a monthly basis. If you’re in the area, we’d love for you to join us.
Thinking about how weddings should look is something that comes naturally to Samantha. An incredibly talented floral designer, she knows weddings inside and out. They are, quite often, her job. But knowing how they should look and experiencing how they feel for the bride and groom are two very different things. A complete Type A personality, Samantha thought of every detail and made sure everything was in the best hands, so that, once she was in her gown, she could stop planning the details and start living in the moments.
When the final buttons we fastened on her gown, Samantha stood still, looking radiant bathed in the light of the large loft windows. A stillness came over the room for a few seconds, an acknowledgement of the significance of the day that was about to unfold. Then, there were some tears and a few excited hugs from her very best friends. All that was left to do now, was wait. Wait for the man who had changed Samantha's life simply by becoming a part of it, the man who made her happier than she ever could have imagined. The man who, in a short time, would become her husband. She was placed in a seat of honor and with the women she held dearest in her heart by her side, and she waited for him. The room filled up with friends and family greeting her and holding her hand as she offered them blessings.
When the music shifted, she knew it was time. She heard the singing first, the sound of men’s voices together in song getting louder as they got closer. They were in a circle, surrounding Myles. When they were nearest to her, the circle opened. There he was. In keeping in tradition, Samantha and Myles had not seen each other for a week before this day, and the looks on each of their faces said that the wait was well worth it. Myles was speechless, gazing with wonder at the gorgeous woman before him. Samantha was beaming, the joy and excitement radiating from her face. The room grew quiet as Myles walked over to her. He whispered in her ear and, ever so gently, placed her veil over her face. She held back the tears as she looked up at him smiling, knowing that in just a few short minutes she would see him again at the front of the aisle.
Throughout the ceremony and reception that followed, one thing was made unmistakably, undoubtedly clear: if there is one thing Samantha is even better at than floral design, it’s picking a husband. And that’s saying something. As you’ll see from the stunning arrangements of vivid blooms, flowering branches, and soft candlelight, Samantha knows how to make a wedding beautiful. But what’s even more evident when you see the way she and Myles look at one another, is that Samantha knew just how she wanted to feel on her wedding day - the way she does every day when she’s with Myles.
By all accounts it should have been a cold, dreary day, but it wasn’t. It was unseasonably warm, nearly 60 degrees, December day and the sun was shining bright. It streamed into the windows as Allison read the message James had written to her on the bottom of her shoes. “May these be the first step to an amazing life together,” it said. She read it and beamed, turning to her friends to gush about the man she couldn’t wait to marry. Her mother looked on and smiled with pride, so happy that her daughter had found such a thoughtful man.
Those first steps in the church were pretty amazing, with Allison and James each fighting back happy tears and her father smiling broadly as he shook the hand of the man he knew his daughter would marry maybe even before she did. That was the consensus of everyone in attendance, that if one thing was certain it was that Allison and James were meant to find one another. They complete one another, two halves made whole when they are together.
And, let me tell you, these two are fun to be around. They are filled with the kind of positive energy that comes when you know you’re about to embark on an amazing journey with your favorite person in the world. And the best part is, they share that energy with all the people around them, making everyone around anxious with anticipation of whatever incredible thing this couple might do next. Because there is no doubt that together Allison and James can do about anything. They can even make the sun shine on what should have been a dreary December day.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - there are few things more fun than photographing a surprise proposal. There’s so much to love about them - the excitement of being in on a surprise, the thrill of hiding in plain site and feeling like we’re on a secret mission, the joy of knowing that we will be capturing something completely raw and emotional as it unfolds. We love them so much, we’ll even photograph them in 20 degree weather.
We did just that in December when we bundled up and ventured into Central Park on an early Saturday morning to photograph Tyler’s proposal to Jessica. We always love getting phone calls about surprise proposals but when Tyler told us about what he had in mind, we were pumped. You see, Jessica is from Florida, she’s lived there her whole life. So cold temperatures? Not really something she’s used to. And snow? Well,that’s something she had never seen before. So when Tyler saw that snow was in the forecast for that Saturday, he was excited.
We told him that we’d be waiting for him at the Mall area of the park, knowing that the snow resting on the trees and the emptiness of the park would be a dramatic backdrop as he got down on one knee. And, without a doubt, it was. But nothing compared to the look on Jessica’s face when Tyler stopped walking and knelt down beside her. She was speechless. With the snowflakes dancing around them, she said yes and he picked her up and gave her a giant hug.
This was the very first time we had ever met either of them, but I couldn’t help from tearing up a bit as we watched it all unfold. The snow, Jessica’s smile, Tyler’s excitement; it was incredible to watch. And totally worth an early morning and spending time out in the cold. Moments like the ones we captured between Jessica and Tyler are exactly why we love what we do. And why we love photographing surprise proposals so much.
When you’re with Derek & Nikki, it’s easy to feel like you’re on the outside looking in. Like a child pressing his face against the glass of a toy store, you can’t help but watch the two of them with wonder. You don’t feel like you’re on the outside because they are exclusionary in any way (quite the opposite, actually), but because, just like a child with a toy, you can’t help but marvel when something truly remarkable is in front of you. It’s not every day that you see a bond like the one Nikki and Derek share.
Their relationship is as easy and playful as it is deep and meaningful. They tease each other lovingly, protect each other fiercely and are unquestionably devoted to one another. Together, they are fearless. There is no hesitation. They just fit together in a way that makes it clear that some people truly are just made for each other. They use a sort of short-hand when the talk to one another, having known each other for so well and so long that they can pretty much always just cut to the chase. And it’s refreshing to be around. They would shout from the rooftops just how they feel about one another, but they don’t have to. It’s as obvious as the giant smile on her face when he pulls her close and the look of pride he flashes to his friends when she’s on his arm.
A few weeks ago, they gathered together their closest family and friends. In a candlelit room overlooking the Long Island Sound, they vowed forever. Standing in front of the Rabbi that was there on the day they had first met nearly two decade earlier, they fulfilled the destiny that had been laid out for them since they were nine years old. Looking around the room at the faces of the people who know the two of them so well, there was a universal expression of wonder. Everyone in the room could see that these two were pure magic together. It was a raw, emotional ceremony filled with laughter and tears. And those of us lucky enough to witness it knew that we had just witnessed something truly remarkable.