31 July 2014

July 2014 Self-Portrait: Perfectly Imperfect

Okay, okay. This one could be considered a cop-out. For starters, it's an iPhone portrait. I snapped it rather halfheartedly yesterday afternoon while lying on my bed after a full day behind my computer screen. The way my hair fell made me think of mermaids; specifically, how mermaid hair is always voluminous and billowy. On a good day, my hair cooperates.

This isn't really about my hair.

I recently re-read this post from two years ago and caught myself nodding along to my own words. Sometimes I fantasize about giving up the internet completely. I also fantasize about using the internet to just lay it all out on here, no holds barred. Wouldn't that be freeing? I have so much respect for individuals who let their freak flag fly on social media. Rock on.

I want to spill my guts, too. I've felt braver lately, and am thinking about just diving in and going for it. Owning it. Letting myself write the way I know I can write.

It's easy to feel all of the feelings when you allow yourself an hour to lie back on your bed in the middle of a Wednesday afternoon and stare at the ceiling.

Right now, it's noon on Thursday and my hair absolutely does not look like that. I need to brush my teeth, answer emails, edit three sessions, order wedding and baby gifts for friends, and do another couple loads of laundry (your guess is as good as mine as to how two reasonably clean adults acquire such a huge dirty clothes pile. I mean, seriously.).

I also know that I need to switch off the internet for the rest of the day to successfully accomplish all of this, so sayonara for now!

29 July 2014

Born & New (In Black & White)






This particular newborn session resulted in 100+ final images delivered to the client, but I can't stop coming back to this handful.

I photograph a lot of newborns and my favorite way to document them is exactly like this: simply and naturally. I offer posing direction if necessary, but most of the time, stepping back to observe new parents interacting with their baby is more than enough.

Sometimes there's poop and peeling skin and exhaustion, but amidst that, there's also tiny toes and raspberry belly kisses and tenderness.

It is always a privilege to capture that.

28 July 2014

Snapshots // Birthday Festivities



Today is my little sister's 25th birthday. We celebrated over the weekend and had a lot of fun in the process.

Highlights:

-Catching up with a dear family friend over dinner whom we hadn't seen in over 10 years.

-Cavorting from Manhattan to Dumbo across the Brooklyn Bridge .

-Lounging in Brooklyn Bridge Park (we had planned on kayaking, but the wait was an hour and we were hungry. Next time).

-Strolling the promenade and eating lunch in Brooklyn Heights (one of the city's most idyllic & charming neighborhoods, in my opinion. Emma and I are hatching grand plans for a future yoga/photography studio space).

-Sipping sparkling wine and taking in the breath-taking sunset skyline views aboard a Schooner sailboat.

-Sleeping in on Sunday and waking up to a delicious brunch prepared by my lovely mama who came to the city for the weekend's festivities.


To my beautiful, talented, kind, brilliant, hilarious, weird & amazing Emma: you are tremendous, and I love you SO MUCH. The world is a better place because you are alive.

[Photos: July 2014 // iPhone 5
As always, follow along on instagram.]

23 July 2014

An Afternoon At The MET

This past Friday afternoon, Emma and I had a sister date at the MET. After meeting, we wandered through the Sackler wing to check out the Temple of Dendur and Charles Engelhard Court. Both rooms are super light-filled and so pretty (here's a peek on instagram).

Next, we rode the elevator up to the 5th floor to see the roof garden and grab a drink.


Admittedly, it was hot and crowded up there, so after taking in the views, we opted to forgo the café and retreat back inside the museum where we detoured over to the Modern wing (my favorite). I love how the bright, bold colors in the contemporary paintings pop against the white walls and blonde wood floors.




Emma just happened to coordinate perfectly with the art!



After working up our appetites in the museum, we strolled down the Upper East Side before settling in for a yummy Italian lunch at Bella Blu.

As always, thanks for the fun afternoon, sistah bean.

P.S. An afternoon at the Louvre. I find it fascinating how much this post visually contrasts with that one. The Louvre is so fancy and ornate and...French.

18 July 2014

All In The Details





I don't really photograph food that often anymore, and truthfully, I generally don't enjoy doing so as much as I like photographing people. But, give me a room packed to the brim with impeccably styled displays of colorful food & flowers, and I will gladly walk around for hours taking pictures of lobster, cheese and macarons.

That's what I did last Saturday night, and let me tell you, it was a lot of fun. I photographed the people in attendance at the party too, but the details of the event stole the show this time. (I can attest that it was all delicious. I obviously sampled everything).

Not pictured here, but worthy of a mention: dark chocolate-covered strawberries, trays upon trays of every hors d'oeuvres imaginable, a giant glass caviar station, Italian meatballs, and an orange Hermés cake.

15 July 2014

A Walk In The Park




Here's one very important item I forgot to include on my summer bucket list: plenty of downtime in Central Park. Without a doubt, I consider it one of New York City's greatest treasures--time there is never wasted. During the summer months, the vibrancy of green in every direction (as evidenced above) is enough to make you forget you're in the middle of the city.

I am currently reading Sister Mother Husband Dog: Etc., a book of essays by Delia Ephron (Nora's sister). The way she writes about New York City causes me to frantically search for a pen so I can transcribe my favorite little bits, like this:

"If New York is for you, nothing else will do. The beauty, the excitement, the friction, the thrill of mystery...mostly, however, loving New York is personal: the  validation of identity. New Yorkers are born all over the country and then they come to the city and it strikes them, 'Oh, this is who I am."

This is true for me, having come here for college ten years ago (ten years!) with nothing more than a few plastic bins and the beautiful naiveté of being eighteen and out on your own for the first time.

P.S. More bubbles!

[Photos: May - July 2014 // Central Park, NYC]

11 July 2014

Summer in New York

Summer in New York goes like this:

1). Sweat miserably, hate everyone and wish you were rich enough to afford a beach house.

Or,

2). Sweat miserably, commiserate with everyone doing the same, and realize you're pretty freaking lucky to have a city full of awesome stuff to do at your fingertips.

I try my best to fall into that second camp. When I don't, I give myself an attitude check and go hide until I'm ready to be civil again (Happened yesterday. Over it now. Trashy tv & rosé helped).

Here's my personal city-themed summer bucket list for the remainder of Summer 2014:

Attend Yoga & Broadway lunch in Bryant Park (free!);
Visit Smorgasburg & the Brooklyn Flea (free entry);
Go kayaking on the East River via the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse (free!);
Stroll the Highline and lick a popsicle to beat the heat (free!);
Have drinks at a rooftop bar;
Take the train out to Coney Island for a day at the boardwalk;
Shakespeare in the Park--King Lear runs July 22-August 17th--(free!);
Sunset sail on the Hudson;
Visit the MET and go for cocktails at the Roof Garden Café;
Check out the colorful Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney;
Sample craft beer on a Brooklyn Brewery tour (free tours on Saturdays!);
Catch an outdoor nighttime movie at one of the many screening locations around the city (free!);
Attend the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island;
Eat pie at Four & Twenty Blackbirds & drink iced coffee at Bluebird or Crosby Coffee;
Be a glutton at The Chocolate Room;
Take a trapeze class.

New York, I love you.

P.S. 21 Newly Opened Outdoor Dining Spots (Would love to check out Pier A Harbor House in Battery Park City) and Recommendations for Summer 2014 from the NY Times.

10 July 2014

La Tour Eiffel

We visited the Eiffel Tower a couple of different times during our stay in Paris. Our second night, we spontaneously detoured there late after a lengthy day spent walking all over the city. We stayed to watch the lights sparkle and then hopped on the metro to head back to the hotel.

We saved our picnic for out last night in Paris. We arrived an hour or so before sundown and plopped down on the lawn to share a bottle of wine and treats we picked up from a local market. We opted not to climb the tower this time, mostly because the lines were long and we were lazy (and who am I kidding, sufficiently drunk). Instead, we walked underneath the tower and headed up to the plaza overlooking the Trocadéro gardens to take in the view from there. We arrived at the top of the plaza steps in prime time to take a few photos as the sky turned the prettiest shades of pastel pink and purple.


To end, a quintessential midnight shot, at which point anyone in vicinity of the view stops to gaze up and watch the lights.

Never gets old.

07 July 2014

Color Me Happy


We ended our 4th of July weekend with a bang; racing in the 2014 Brooklyn Color Run, aka 

The Happiest 5K on the Planet

It was one of those bucket list things I've wanted to do for a long time--I am so glad we finally signed up for one. We actually ran the entire thing, 'cause three miles ain't no thaaang (except my thighs are burning today, so there's that). I'd say at least half of the other participants walked, danced or skipped for most of it, which, in retrospect, is how I'd recommend approaching the whole event.

Below, a before and after comparison for you. The most fun of all takes place after you cross the finish line, when everyone goes bat-shit insane jumping and screaming underneath rainbow clouds of color. Photo booths, free swag, music and yummy treats (frozen yogurt, granola bars) abound aplenty, making for a fun-filled and memorable experience. I highly recommend participating in an event near you: check out the rest of this year's tour schedule here.

P.S. We're both still washing color off our bodies: My right armpit is purple and Tiho's left torso is blue. It all mostly comes off in the shower, although those darker colors take an extra scrubbing or two...