Behind the Scenes: PDN Top Knots 2014 Winning Image

I am so honored to have an image included in Photo District New's Top Knots 2014! Congrats to all of the winners and thanks to the amazing panel of judges!

I rarely enter contests, but I was inspired after reading Kristen Kalp's Go Your Own Way (which is FREE, BTW) and figured, why not? This image has always been a favorite and there is quite a back story going on too, making it even sweeter. Read all about it below!

Perrie and Adam's wedding is the only wedding I've had to date (knock on wood!) to be postponed. Hurricane Irene hit the day of their original wedding date and the couple, their planners, Just About Married, and The Bowery Hotel, decided to postpone the wedding. It was moved to the ONLY Saturday I was free that fall. Whew!

I just love this moment because it captures Perrie and Adam (right behind her) and their parents FINALLY getting to cerebrate their marriage with the traditional hora dance after the difficult road to get there. This is the epitome of what I am looking for and simply love to be a part of moments like these. It makes me so happy to capture it for my clients.

I have to thank my husband Ryan for helping me with the lighting on this shot. I had him standing next to me on a bench with an off camera flash because I was 8.5 months pregnant! (I was trying to conserve energy by giving him the flash and Quantum battery weight.) The other light is another Canon Speedlite on a stand with an older version of a

See the rest of Perrie and Adam's wedding here.

Postcards from a cruise to Mexico

It has been such a brutal winter in New York his year. Thankfully we had a vacation with my extended family, including a cruise from New Orleans to Mexico on the M.S Elation, scheduled for March! It went by way too fast, but now I'm excited for summer and all the fun shoots coming up. I can still feel the warmth a little when I look at these. :)

We sailed to Cozumel and spent the day snorkeling and relaxing at Paradise Beach. The next day we docked in Progreso, Mexico and set out to the Dzibilchaltun ruins which also had a glorious clear cenote with lily pads. I wanted to stay there all day, but we continued to Rancho Tierra Bonita for a delicious lunch and rodeo. It was awesome! My father had tipped the waiter well and they just kept bringing us complimentary margaritas all afternoon long!

The boat was smaller than the ships we have been on before, but there was plenty to do and the food was generally excellent. We had lots of fun singing along with this super talented acoustic guitarist, Edd Carr, late into the night.   I can't wait to plan another vacation! Maybe a cruise from New York? Oh and, it goes without saying, you can totally hire me to photograph your vacation!

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Buddakan Library Room Wedding Reception

Following a private ceremony, Charles and Gregory had an intimate reception at their favorite New York restaurant, Buddakan. Surrounded by family and friends, this low key celebration was held in the library room, a moody room with golden bookshelves adorning the walls. The biggest challenge for me was not to annoy their guests since it is a relatively small space and I had to use flash. However, I was so flattered to get an email from Charles after the wedding saying I, "meshed so well into the event."  Mission accomplished!