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New York City, Home away from home…

I lived in New York City eons ago.  I go every year a couple of times and walk my butt off each and every time.  I recently went for my birthday and as is my norm took my camera everywhere.  So just  a few images to share…

Family Portraits in Central Park ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

I’ve known Karen and Eric for an unbelievable 8 years.  IT was that long ago that I photographed their wedding in Wine Country.   A few years ago they moved to New York City and we’ve kept in touch over the years.  Well, last year on one of my regular visits we did Karen’s pregnancy photos.  It was so much fun.  Karen is a petite little hottie who is quite shy and reserved but we got great shots with her, the belly, Eric and the cats too. Well, this year it was a pleasure to work with Liam too.  What a cute kid!  We spent just an hour in Central Park on the West side and got so many lovely shots.  Poor Liam had to wake up but he was quite awake when it came to a popsicle!    Photographing children is a lot of fun.  Do remember to keep it quick and work around their needs and schedule.  Take a break if you must and if they start to cry, just keep shooting!  Those are moments you will cherish too.

All the best to the Hopps and I look forward to next years shoot!

New York City Tribute

Three weeks after September 11th, 2001 I went to NYC on my yearly Fall trip.  I’d originally planned to go this week for my birthday and my friend’s birthday but knew it was going to still be muggy and hot so I changed it for three weeks later.  Fortunately for me.  Flights had resumed and my trip was on.  There were only 6 of us on a huge jet but on the way back it was a completely full flight.  I knew I was only going to shoot black and white film while I was there as it was just the most fitting thing to do.  But while people were still hurting, life was still going on.   Just like today.  A lot of my still very favorite images were taken that week.   This is just to remember.

Pregnancy Portaits and the Family ~San Francisco Portrait Photographer~

I photographed the wedding of Karen and Eric about 7 years ago.  This still amazes me!  Now they live in NYC and are expecting their first baby.  Karen is close to due but was a very willing and able subject as we used different places in their apartment on the West Side.  Karen is a shy type and was nervous but even dared to get just a little racy and looks beautiful!  Of course the feline kids got in on the action but what are you going to do…they are part of the family! Congrats guys!!

Some hints for pregnancy portraits:

  • Do it around the eighth month.  You are large enough to show but not so large that it’s uncomfortable.
  • Include the whole family!  The dad, other children and the pets.
  • Dress in the dad’s shirt or shorts.  It’s a way of incorporating him in the portrait that may just be belly.
  • Hands on the belly are so simple but say so much.

Travel Photography…NYC in the Fall

This is absolutely my favorite time of year and especially in New York City.  The crisp air, colors and light is just the best.  Here are a bunch of photos I took on my average 6 mile per day walk.  It’s the best way to see the City by far.  I used the Canon Mark II for this to test as I’d just gotten it which was fun but I sure missed my film camera!!!  Remember when you travel always keep your camera with you!  You just never know what you may see.