Kelly & Greg's Wedding at Liberty House

The Manhattan skyline was the backdrop for Kelly and Greg's Fall wedding. From portraits on the Hoboken waterfront to the reception at Liberty House Restaurant in Jersey City, you couldn't miss the spectacular view. As residents of Hoboken, they chose the waterfront  because it has a personal meaning to them and I was so happy with their choice. After the church ceremony, guests mingled outside for cocktail hour before a dance-filled reception inside the Liberty House. To top it off, the weather forecast predicted rain all day but it didn't rain until 5 minutes after the reception ended. I drove home that night in torrential rain and couldn't believe the rain's impeccable timing!

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Marisa + Mike's Wedding at the Mandarin Oriental, NYC

Marisa and Mike's summer wedding at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel was elegant and classic New York. After a church ceremony on the East Side, we headed to Central Park for portraits. The lushness of Central Park in the summer was a perfect backdrop for some spectacular and fun portraits. I've photographed at the Mandarin before so I was excited to be back there and enjoy the amazing view of Central Park and the city. Guests hung out by the windows to check out the view during cocktail hour but they quickly switched to dancing once the band played. It was such a fun wedding and I was thrilled to be a part of it.

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A Gramercy Park Wedding

Diana and Duane's fall wedding at The Gramercy Park Hotel was a gorgeous event to photograph. The wedding vibe was elegant yet relaxed. A local indie band played their own songs on the hotel's indoor-outdoor terrace. I was thrilled to be part of their special day. Here are some of my favorite photographs:

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Photos of My New Work Space

A new year equals a new work space for me! I'm really excited to begin working at Work and Play in South Orange, NJ. Local mom and businesswoman, Deb Engel, just opened a co-working space near my home where freelancers can work, have meetings, and use the drop-in daycare if they need childcare. She did a gut renovation of the building and it looks fantastic. Below are photos from the workspace and daycare that I took last week. Can't you see me working away on my photos in one of those comfy teal chairs?! 

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Best Kisses of 2014

As the holiday of romance approaches us in a few weeks (Valentine's Day of course!), I thought I would post some of my favorite wedding kisses of 2014. Some couples are more into smooching than others, but it's always good to get at least a few kissing portraits at a wedding. They are just nice moments to photograph and make for pretty pictures. Happy Kissing!

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Happy New Year from My Family to Yours!

Happy 2015! Last year was a great year for me personally and professionally and I'm so grateful for my family, friends and clients that helped make it such a great year. My business grew a lot, including new partnerships with wedding planners and reception venues, published work in The Knot Magazine and wedding blogs, ongoing event work with Seton Hall University, and over 75 family portraits photographed. My kids (including my four-legged one) kept me happy and always moving. I'm looking forward to another great year. Below are recent photos I took of my super energetic boys, Owen and Eli, and my darling dog, Daisy. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year! Thanks for the support. xoxo Kristine

From Weddings to Family Portraits

I thought I would post a collection of family portraits I took over the summer as I prepare for a busy fall photographing more families! I started my professional career mostly photographing weddings, but as my couples began to have kids, I got into doing family portraiture for them. People sometimes think it is very different from shooting a wedding, but I feel that I approach them similarly. While the moments that happen during a family portrait shoot are sometimes staged and directed, I try to capture them in a way that tells a story about the person, relationship and the love that is happening before my camera. 

Back to School Moments

Even as a professional photographer, I sometimes forget to photograph my kids properly. When I'm with them, I often feel wrapped up in the business of being a parent. However, there are certain key events I have to capture and the "first day of school" photo is one of them. I only had about three minutes to take these photos of my boys but I feel they captured the moment well: the excitement and energy of my youngest and the confidence and "batman" pride of my oldest. 

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Choosing the Best Outdoor Lighting for Portraits

A bride recently asked me when was the ideal time of day to schedule an engagement portrait to get the best lighting possible. It was a fantastic question and one I thought I could elaborate on here. 

I've done many portraits outside during the "magic hour" (which stands for the hour before sunrise or before sunset), and it is definitely pretty incredible. The light tends to be soft, warm and very romantic. If you can't schedule it during these times, my next option would be late morning or early evening when the sun isn't at its most intense. The tricky time is mid-day because the sun can be really strong and it causes people to squint which Photoshop won't be able to correct for! If mid-day is the only time you can schedule a portrait, I recommend finding a shady spot because then the strong light won't be a problem for squinting. 

And, finally, what about overcast days? Overcast days don't cause problems with portraits because the clouds prevent squinting and you really aren't limited as to where or when you shoot. If the light is really cool and gray, a little flash helps add warmth to the picture. 

Happy picture-taking!

I took this photo mid-day on a very sunny day but in the shade.

I took this photo mid-day on a very sunny day but in the shade.

I took this photo at magic hour. 

I took this photo at magic hour. 

How about that View? NYC Weddings with Great Views!

There are so many unique places to get married at in New York City and many of these sites have amazing views of the skyline or the water. Whether it's a picture from the window during the cocktail hour or going onto the rooftop, I always make sure to get a shot of the view. It's a great detail that helps you remember the atmosphere and feel of the wedding. Here are 10 wedding shots that have an amazing Manhattan views. Wow, is right!

1) Mandarin Oriental Hotel at Columbus Circle & 60th Street. Look out and you see Central Park and Columbus Circle.

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2) 620 Loft & Garden on 5th Avenue and 50th Street. Overlooks midtown Manhattan and St. Patrick's Cathedral.

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3) Battery Gardens Restaurant: Nestled in downtown Manhattan, the water and the Statue of Liberty are right outside the window.

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4) Studio 450 on West 31st between 9th and 10th Avenues. Cocktail hour on the rooftop and you will see this great view of the West side.

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5) Water's Edge in Long Island City is right on the East River and has this spectacular view of the City. 

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6) The Central Park Boathouse is right in the middle of Central Park with views of the lake. 

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7) The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers: The wall of windows from this Chelsea Piers location overlooks the Hudson River with views of NJ and the Statue of Liberty.

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8) Rainbow Room is right at Rockefeller Plaza and overlooks Manhattan from high up.

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9) Metropolitan Club: This historic building has a great terrace overlooking Central Park. 

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10) Manhattan Penthouse: Great windows at this location overlook the Empire State Building. 

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Vintage, DIY Wedding Featured on Rock n' Roll Bride

I was so excited to see Stephanie & Rob's vintage, DIY wedding featured in Rock n' Roll Bride this week! There were so many wonderful details to photograph, including the bride's dress which she knitted herself.  Stephanie's dress pattern and other DIY details can be found on her website. And thanks to Kat at Rock n' Roll bride for publishing. You can see the post here

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Romance in Spring

Finally, spring has sprung! It has been such a long, hard winter for all of us in the Northeast and with spring comes flowers, chirping birds and outdoor fun. I always love photographing spring weddings. The blossoming trees and saturated green grass makes an awesome backdrop for photos. Here are a few of my favorite spring wedding pictures from the archive.

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5 Tips on Preparing for Your Professional Portrait

On April 5th & 10th I'll be doing mini headshot sessions for professionals at my office/studio space in NoHo. I've done many headshots over the years but it's the first time I'm offering the "mini sessions." I figured shorter sessions would be ideal for busy professionals, and a lot of people could benefit from updating their work headshot for their company website or social media presence (yes, we know you were a guest at a wedding in that LinkedIn profile photo!) Preparing for a headshot is super important so here are some tips I have for you:

1) Choosing What To Wear: The biggest question I get from clients before I shoot is "what should I wear?" To answer this question, you must first answer this: What is your industry and what are your trying to communicate about yourself and your company in the picture? If you work in the financial sector, it's appropriate to wear a suit. Make sure the suit is well-tailored and isn't too loose or too tight. The shirt should contrast with the suit color and for men, the tie should coordinate well with shirt and jacket. It's okay to wear a newer design when it comes to ties, but you don't want to pick the most current trend because your picture will get quickly dated.

Someone who works in the creative side (say, advertising) can definitely wear a more casual outfit. A button down shirt with or without a jacket would be appropriate. A blouse or sweater would also work. Choosing the right color is really important. Wearing black or white can sometimes be too stark unless there is texture in the fabric or you have an accessory that offsets the color. Jewel-tone clothing is flattering and goes well with many complexions. I think the biggest advice for what to wear is choosing clothing that is simple, compliments your features, not overly trendy (as it will become dated quickly) and speaks the most about what you want to convey about yourself and your company in the photograph.

One last thing for those that wear glasses. I think that if you wear glasses on a regular basis, then it makes sense to have them in your headshot. However, I have done portraits with and without for those that don't love how they look in glasses.

2) Hair & Make-up: As you can imagine, hair and make-up is super important. Haircuts and any hair coloring should be done at least a week before the shoot. If you are comfortable doing your own hair, then there is no need to hire someone. However, if you aren't confident that you will like how you do it yourself, then absolutely hire someone. The key to getting this right is to keep it simple and natural.

3) The Backdrop: In the past it was common to have a graduated grey backdrop for headshots, but that has since become a thing of the past. The feeling now is that the backdrop should be simple, natural and soft. If you are inside with a backdrop, a solid color is best. If you are outside, the side of the building or against a natural backdrop works well. I see more and more people in various sectors having their headshots done outside. I often find that people loosen up a little more when they are outside which lends itself to a more natural looking portrait.

4) Your Poses: Most of the time I direct people to tilt their bodies one way or the other. The side pose complements the body and face. If you are near a wall or side of the building, leaning slightly against it helps. Smiling is important and you want to make sure you strike a balance between the giddy smile and the serious face. Your portrait should say you are approachable and someone you want to do business with.

5) Get Some Sleep! This tip is a simple one, but something people may forget. Get sleep the night before your shoot! When you are well-rested, your face and eyes look more relaxed which is obviously what you want in the pictures. So, don't stay at the office till 10pm or watch that extra hour of TV the night before the shoot, get your z's, folks!

You can see more of Kristine's corporate work here.

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NYC Quinceañera Portrait

Barbara and her mother came to New York for a visit this week and hired me to photograph portraits of Barbara around the city for her upcoming Quinceañera in Brazil. It was so much fun! To make the shoot a little festive, I picked up some balloons before the shoot. Barbara brought a bunch of clothing options, which made it feel like a real fashion shoot. And the best part--it actually felt like spring that day. Happy Birthday to Barbara!

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