Category Archives: NYC

Dyker Heights

Every year I always hear about these amazing Christmas lights in Brooklyn that are a must see. They are actually in the neighborhood next to mine yet I’ve never gone, so when I found someone who shared my enthusiasm (thanks Amy!), and convinced my Husband to drive it was a done deal. Each house tries to out do the next and it’s pretty incredible, and if you go on a weekend evening there’s even a real live Santa!

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See the rest of the photos HERE, along with a few fun snow photos (including a few of my cats). Not sure how long they stay up for but I highly recommend checking them out in person. I heard there’s a guy who shuttles people out there in a van from Union Square, or you could just take the subway of course but make sure to bundle up!

’09 NYC Marathon

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1- The first official No Parking sign I saw on the course in my neighborhood. I live a few blocks from the 3mi marker in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and I saw this on my way to work on Friday. Stuff like that always gets me pumped.

2- New York is probably the only marathon where you have to ride with non-runners to the start. Since I live so close to the Staten Island, all we had to do was hop on a local bus to get there. Unfortunately for a friendly Midwesterner like Angie, this means being forced to make small talk with strange businessmen on one of the more stressful mornings of her life.

3- Me and Angie showing off our bibs with the Verrazano looming in the background.

4- Having a much need quiet time of focus and reflection while chilling on the grass at Fort Wadsworth. We were there from about 7am-10am. That’s the official timing chip on my shoe in the foreground.

5- And we’re off! The cannons go off and Sinatra starts playing, Jenna is looking pumped!!!

6- I was sad to leave my Al Gordon Snowflake run sweatshirt behind, thanks for all the warm times sweatshirt! Hope someone nice found you.

7- This is the last shot I took (didn’t shoot any during the race for obvious reasons). All the runners were exiting Central Park to reunite with their friends and families. I thought the light and the leaves looked beautiful, and was happy to be done. 🙂

Photo Expo

I attended the PDN Photo Expo last Friday at the Javits Center. I was very much looking forward to seeing one of my favorite photographers, Lauren Greenfield, speak at a seminar about photography & film-making. I saw her in the past and I love her work and find her to be very inspirational. Well, I was very disappointed to find that when I got there, they had changed speakers! Now i’m sure the guy they replaced her with was great and all, but I just couldn’t climb out of my hole of anger long enough to care or listen to a word he was saying. So basically I left, complained to the right people, and was given a pass to go to another seminar if I wanted. I ended up going to one about archiving digital images with Seth Resnick, which isn’t exactly a fun or inspirational topic, but it’s still super important and you really can’t know enough about it. Oh well, there’s always next year.

Marathon on the Brain

The ’09 NYC Marathon is less than two weeks away and i’m having a hard time concentrating on anything else right now. This is my third year in a row running New York and i’m hoping for a personal best. To calm my nerves, I decided to look at some photos from my past races. These in particular are from 2007, my first marathon. I was so excited that morning, and was completely geared up. My friend Jenna bought me an early birthday present, a tiny digital wrist camera from GoPro which is what I shot these with. Unfortunately, the batteries died before the race actually started, but there’s plenty to see walking around Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. Look for my photos from this year in the next few weeks to see how it all turned out!

Jen & Miguel

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I had the pleasure of photographing a friends wedding over the weekend at the lovely Studio 450 on the west side of the city. I’ve known Jen since our dorm room days at SVA, and it was an honor to shoot her and Miguel’s amazing wedding day. There literally could not have been a more beautiful place in Manhattan for them to get married. There was an absolute gorgeous sunset going on in the background during the ceremony, and being a photographer, you really can’t get much better than that. Because of this, and the fact that they might be the cutest, most charming and sickeningly in love couple i’ve ever known, I had the hardest time picking just a few images for this post. I’ve seriously been agonizing over which photos to put up for the last hour. Lots more to come soon. Congrats guys and enjoy the cruise!

Underground Piano

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I was impatiently waiting for the subway the other night when I saw this guy playing the piano. I’m usually not into subway performers because they are usually not very good and more annoying than entertaining. But not only was he good, he must have been some sort of a magician. Think he took it through the turnstile?