Earlier this month I was asked to shoot Animal Haven‘s Winter Cocktail Party, which took place at a friend of the shelter’s spectacular loft apartment. Bulldog Gin supplied the liquor and the wonderful restaurant Salt supplied the amazing food. During the event, Australian singer Sia sang her hit song “Breathe Me” alongside a slideshow presentation that Kendra Mara (Director of Community Involvement at AH), put together featuring many of her photos as well as several of mine.
Kendra also had a few of my photos blown up to poster size displayed throughout the party. Go HERE to view the rest of the photos from the fabulous event. Click here to see the VIDEO I shot during the live performance, it’s pretty powerful stuff so look out. Oh and please excuse the shaky camera work, I promise to bring a tripod next time.
I was walking dogs in Soho this evening and saw this bizarre scene on Crosby Street. I made a mental note to go back afterward with my camera, and shot it using only existing light on ISO 6400. I’m thinking it’s leftover holiday decorations from Bloomingdale’s or something, what do you think?
Update: A reader pointed out that the trash is from the clothing store TOPSHOP that is located around the corner on Broadway, and is apparently making a lot of the neighbors angry because they don’t take care of their crap properly. Regardless, I was trying to capture the surrealness of it all.
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!
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!
nycgo.com did a wonderful feature on how to adopt a pet in New York (and why to avoid going to one of those terrible pet stores), and it brought some more fantastic press to Animal Haven and lots of the other New York shelters.
Click here to see the post, and scroll down to the link for Animal Haven to see more of my images (there’s also a link to the article on the homepage). Thanks again Jen!
Exciting news! My work was featured on Time Out New York today. Not only did they credit me but they also put a link to my site! Please check out all 16 photos, and while you’re at it view some images from other shelters like the ASPCA, Bideawee and more. Many thanks to all the people at Animal Haven that made this happen, and of course to all the wonderful animals that were nice enough to model for me.
There are so many great adoptable dogs and cats currently at the shelter just waiting to meet their new owners, and I can’t help but love seeing my photos on the Animal Haven website (thanks for the credits ladies!). From left to right: Michaela (Rottie Mix), Snowball (White DSH), Moon (Orange Tabby), Michi (Calico DSH), Grand (Cane Corso, has been adopted, YAY!), Rhino (Shepherd/Pit Mix), Kitty Kahmir (Tortoiseshell DSH). These are only a handful, please spread the word or come visit!
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.
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!
People are always asking me for photos of New York. I’ve been using Flickr a lot more lately, and I thought a rather easy solution for this predicament was to put together a public set of city images. This way people can go through them at their leisure, and I don’t have to frantically put together dozens of images, downsize them for email, etc. Happy hunting!
My good friends over at The Fresh Air Fund hired me to be a photographer at their annual spring gala this summer. The event was held at Tavern on the Green, and it was star studded. Pictured above are just a few of the VIP’s that came out to support the FAF, Gabourey “Gabby” Sidibe, starring in the upcoming movie Precious, and the director Lee Daniels. Even though it’s not set to release in theaters ’till November, it’s been getting tons of press lately (mostly due to Oprah touching it with her golden fingers). A short summery from the IMDB page for the film:
“In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.”
Looks like it’s going to be a good one, i’ll be seeing it for sure. Gabby also seemed like a complete doll, and was loving every minute on the red carpet (check out my Portraits & Events gallery for more photos)!
*A helpful photo tip that I had to relearn the hard way during this shoot: ALWAYS bring double and triple backup equipment of everything! My trusty Canon 580EX completely died during the middle of this event, and even the hardcore paparazzi guys couldn’t help me. Thank god I brought a backup camera body that had a pop-up flash on it. Not perfect, but it was better than nothing in a jam and I was thankful I threw it in my camera bag that morning. As Tim Gunn says, “Make it work!”