The Mahers | Long Island Maternity Portraits

I got to shoot my first maternity shoot on this brisk Sunday in April with the Mahers. This was honestly one of the most enjoyable shoots I did. The parents-to-be were full of love and I was merely there capturing their special moments. We started out at Jones Beach but we weren't so lucky with weather and quickly made an audible, re-locating over to a preservation by their home. That turned out to be a great idea as spent the rest of the afternoon in between the trees and most importantly, away from the strong winds.

Jason S. | Westchester County Bar Mitzvah

I booked and second shot this bar mitzvah in Westchester County through an ad on Craigslist. It was a journey to get there from Queens, NY because I sold my car only weeks prior. There was also a medical emergency during the night that added an odd twist but luckily, the person in question is all good and the rest of the evening turned out OK. 

This was my first time shooting an event of its kind and also shadowing a seasoned photographer. It was great to pick her brain and get some experience under my belt. Even better is that I was giving positive feedback from the head photographer who hired me, so here's to hoping he reaches out for more work in the future!

Photo Assignments Are Cool


Photo assignments. All I need is photo assignments. And just like that, I find a few.

Originally, I was planning on doing everyone's favorite photo assignment—365 project but then I came across Jeff Metz' #make100portraits. I tweeted. He responded. And an hour later, I received his blessing to take his idea and run. Only mine will come with some small variance. First of all, I am tweaking the hashtag slightly to it "#make101portraits" in order to separate our two projects. The project will last longer than one season (thinking: all of 2016). I also won't be producing Polaroids or any physical print of the subjects [yet]. Film photography for me at this point is a spectator sport. I have yet to dive in and frankly, it's scary as fuck. 

My second project which I'm embarking on ASAP is to take photos of my neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. I discovered a local shop that may sell some photos on my behalf and I've given myself the goal to produce the appropriate photos for the store's theme, "Astoria." I've already scouted a few locations and I am excited to see what prints I can produce.

I will also continue exploring the world of long exposure/tripod usage. I wouldn't consider this one a project but rather, "extracurricular activities." With a new tripod on-hand and education, I feel very motivated to continue learning new and neat tricks created by long exposure and photographs assisted by tripods.

This has me excited for 2016. Stay tuned.

Trekking over the Triboro

It takes motivation and boldness to walk across a suspension bridge to capture images. The motivation and boldness grows tenfold if you're afraid of heights and the bridge in question is the Triboro (RFK) Bridge with (too) many trucks zooming by. To add adversity, I chose to venture out just ask the temperature dropped 25°, but with my new Dolica LA600 tripod on-hand, I was determined.

Below, you'll see my first experience with long exposure shots. Surprisingly, it was Instagram that has gotten me to dive deeper into the world of photography. Through it, I am intrigued and eager to mimic photos beyond what I've always taken (street, portraits and landscape). Through this, I've realized I need a remote shutter to help produce better shots. That's to come but until then, here are some decent shots that came out.