keeping it fresh as a creative10.08.2013
there’s a million things that have been written about this very topic, but i’ve been giving some thought lately to what some of the things are that i try + do, + i thought that i’d share. if you’re an artist, or a generally creative person, then i think you can relate to dry spells. barren periods when you feel just a little burnt out on what you’re doing artistically. as a freelancer in a creative industry i pour out a lot + it’s important to refill that reservoir from time to time. i was feeling a little bored with my photography for some time + made some strides this year to remedy that.
firstly i paid to be mentored. this may sound funny since i’m no longer an up + comer in this industry, but i think the fact that you can never stop learning about photography is such a beautiful thing. i found two photographers who’s work + editing style was inspiring to me. i paid for sessions with them both to either see how they shot, or how they edited. what they did for their workflow… picked their brains to pieces. i found it really inspiring to get another perspective. to learn from peers in my industry. in addition to feeling inspired by them, i picked up some really useful tools too… that are in part making me a better photographer.
secondly, i took a trip. a cross country road trip. but not just any cross country trip. my girlfriend + i had to get from NYC to Seattle, but we went by way of Austin. the trip wasn’t only about getting from A to B, but was also about what we could see along the way. we stopped through Nashville, New Oreans, Austin, Marfa, Albuquerque, Moab, + Boise. we took photos everywhere. i shot a lot of film. a lot of pull apart, manually meter + focus polaroids. it was epic. + visually stimulating for me.
thirdly, I’m making it a point to shoot more personal work. this i don’t think needs an explanation.
in addition, i’ve been buying a lot of magazines. + watching a lot of movies. yes i enjoy these things… but i also research the imagery. how things are shot. angle, perspectives, lighting. i don’t look at much other wedding photography, but as a lover of photos I am constantly feeding a steady stream of inspirational visuals into my head.
lastly, i turn off the computer after 7. i don’t work on sundays if i can help it. i take yoga. i take walks + listen to lots of good music.
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brooklyn family portrait photographer10.04.2013
October is for family photos… Shooting kids can actually be pretty challenging sometimes… + what you might not believe is that this cherubic three year old was really not down with having his photo taken…. good thing I have a fast camera! anyways, loved these 4 + our little session in Dumbo. Kids grow + change so fast…. I love that I get to document these small moments for families…
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guerin + laura – a very brooklyn wedding09.16.2013
i loved guerin + laura’s wedding. from beginning to end it was so perfectly brooklyn themed without being over the top. the girls got ready at the wythe hotel while the boys bowled at the brooklyn bowl. they tied the knot in red hook, (personally my favorite BK neighborhood), overlooked by lady liberty… + set off lanterns at the end of the night into the manhattan skyline. plus what’s not to love about roaming oyster shuckers shucking yours to order… or a coolhaus ice cream truck showing up late for an evening snack… lastly but not least these two have some incredibly talented musical friends +family that thrilled everyone with some seriously jaw dropping performances. i’ll let the photos speak for themselves, but it was truly an amazing evening to get to be apart of! much help to Diane over at Spanglish Studios for second shooting + some of who’s work appears here.
Venue : Liberty Warehouse
Cake : Empire Cake
Make-up : House of Makeup
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