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.
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!
Finally getting around to this post. Over the holidays, Cynthia reached out to me via Instagram for a photoshoot. She was planning on visiting her beloved NYC with her husband and 7 month old son Ashton. She wanted to coordinate an urban-style family portrait session and after going through various family photographers, she reached out to me - someone who has never professionally shot a family portrait. I warned her of my concern but she insisted she liked my street style and put the faith in me to shoot her lovely family.
While many people in my network know I shoot, my inbox isn't exactly full of family portrait requests because of my current portfolio. So I was really honored and determined to provide them a positive experience.
When the day came, we really lucked out with good weather. It was two days after Christmas and the temperature played around in the 50s for majority of the session. We met on Brooklyn Bridge for the sunset, then hurried down to the park below for some shots before we headed into the City. The BBP was followed by a quick trek to Herald Square in the hunt for the "BIG Piano" inside Macy's. After scrambling all over the store, we found it in the basement of the building. There, Ashton, Cynthia and Kameron all had a blast stepping on the piano keys and living out their childhood fantasy. We then capped the night at Rockefeller Center. It was after Christmas but there was a big crowd nonetheless (blame the weather we were so grateful for earlier). We swam through the people and found some spots to station while we captured special moments with Ashton. Below is a quick photo summary of that day. Before I end, I'd like to thank the Najares family and especially Cynthia for giving me a chance to capture their time in NYC. I hope you guys move to NYC so I can continue to capture Ashton's childhood.