Personal Project - Throwback to the 70's

My friend Nicole is gorgeous, has long dark hair and is a free spirit. I approached her recently after seeing some amazing images from photographers that I admire. They recreated the look of various icons in the movie industry and I was inspired to try to do the same with Nicole as Cher. Here are the results. 

Two Days with Sue Bryce!

I recently was lucky enough to be selected to spend two days in Los Angeles with Sue Bryce and approximately 180 other photographers. The two-day event was the culmination of a 12 week series of online courses through Sue Bryce Education. During the 12 weeks we focused on everything from posing according to body type, to marketing and sales. This woman never ceases to amaze me. 

Personal Branding for Two

Ashley and Vicki are two local moms who are also estate planning attorneys. They recently contacted me because they needed some updated personal branding photos for their new website. We began the shoot with hair and make-up for both, and a wardrobe consultation. We took shots indoors with a few different backdrops and then went outside for some shots in the neighborhood. 

A Combination of Business Casual and Suited Up

A recent client who sold his company and was in the middle of marketing himself to both "buttoned up" firms and more laid back firms needed new photos. He was in need of images that would appeal to both kinds of companies. After a location scouting trip we determined a location that would work for environmental portraits and had space for a small backdrop. 

The client looks confident, trustworthy and approachable. A smile and his body language speak volumes. 

The client looks confident, trustworthy and approachable. A smile and his body language speak volumes. 

We found a window-lit nook at the end of a hallway. No lights needed for this one, just a reflector. 

We found a window-lit nook at the end of a hallway. No lights needed for this one, just a reflector. 

Well-fitting clothes make a big difference. Interesting texture and bokeh help create an interesting setting. Window lit.

Well-fitting clothes make a big difference. Interesting texture and bokeh help create an interesting setting. Window lit.

Obligatory suit shot. The client's smile and impeccable fit of the suit help to create an image that is very marketable to potential employers. Shot in a small conference room. One light set-up with reflector. 

Obligatory suit shot. The client's smile and impeccable fit of the suit help to create an image that is very marketable to potential employers. Shot in a small conference room. One light set-up with reflector. 

Overall, this photography session took approximately 2 hours from set-up to break-down. Shooting at his work space made it more convenient for him, and allowed him to get back to work quicker. Professional portraits are important now more than ever in our digital age. Don't be left behind. 

Magazine Style Family Session

I've always loved looking through magazines, especially Vanity Fair and Harper's Bazaar. I recently completed a session with a local family where we were inspired by editorial magazine spreads. We chose to model the mom after Sophia Loren, and juxtaposed her and her husband's clothing with play clothes for the kids. . 

Group Family Photo on-location

The session was completed at the family's apartment in lower Manhattan. We thoroughly thought out all props, wardrobe, and lighting. Overall the session took 3 hours, which included hair and make-up for mom. 

Just another morning in a ballgown....

Making cookies with the kids.

Mother son love.

Mom as muse.

Family group shot.

After the kids have gone to bed (it was actually 10 am - lol).

Behind the scenes.

Hanging out on the floor, doesn't everyone? 

Exist in Photos

A couple years after my son was born I became very interested in my family history. I had always been interested in my family's story but I think the birth of my son made me realize how important it is to know where you come from. I turned into a genealogy geek overnight with the catalyst being Ancestry's television series, "Who Do You Think You Are", where celebrity family history journeys are documented. I poured over census documents, ordered birth and death certificates, visited libraries in New York City and Bucks County, PA and found out some really cool stuff. I was able to document my family tree, which included a  one branch with a Civil War and a Revolutionary War veteran! I have to say though, that one of my most favorite things discovered were photographs of relatives from generations ago. My first cousin 1x removed who is two generations older than me, surprised me with portraits of both my great and 2x's great grandmothers. These photographs are treasures to me, and I'm so glad to have them. What are your photographic treasures? How are you going to exist in photos long after iPhones become obsolete? 

 

 My 2 times great grandmother Annetta and her daughter, Ida, my great grandmother.

 

Local Vendor Recommendations

So you’ve scheduled your photoshoot but now what? Maybe you don’t wear make-up very often and you’re a little uncomfortable applying it. Maybe you’re not sure how heavy or light the application should be. Maybe your dream portrait would be in a gown by Marchesa Notte or Badgley Mischka but you don’t want to spend $1000 for a dress you may wear only once. What to do?

The first thing you can do to help complete your dream photoshoot is hire a professional make-up artist and hair stylist. Trust me, you will not be disappointed. You will be able to sit back and relax while getting made over. Some local favorites in New York City that I prefer:

  • Glamsquad -  a great resource of talented make-up artists and hair stylists. You can book just make-up or hair, and if you book both they do their magic at the same time. Book online or via their app. Super easy!
  • DryBar and Cos Bar at Brookfield Place  - Drybar at Brookfield place is a great addition to lower Manhattan. They will wash and blow-dry your hair. All you need to do is pick a style from their menu, sit back and relax. After you’re finished with hair head on over to Cos Bar. You can buy a make-up application or buy products and get a make-up application included (check with Cos Bar for pricing). They carry my favorite brands such as Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and Trish McEvoy. Just tell them you need make-up for photography.
  • Rent the Runway - Their motto is “Why buy when you can rent?”. Choose from over 1,000’s of designer pieces. You select the dress online, they ship it to you. No need to dry clean, they have that covered. All you need to do is wear the dress, be photographed looking gorgeous, send it back and you’re done. Easy- peasy!

Now that you’re armed with information to make yourself gorgeous, book that portrait session you’ve been dreaming about.

 

Heather and the fabulous Glamsquad

 
 

Beautiful Heather