Christine Elle is getting ready for a special day tomorrow, the hardest decision is always knowing what to wear. I caught a glimpse of her behind the dressing room.
Reminiscing the sublime moments of flaunting what I have, exposing what I love, and capturing a new crossroad in our journey thousands of miles from home.
Emily and Jonathan love the outdoors, and they were not afraid to get their wedding outfits dirty for some great shots. It stands in contrast with their bright and modern church. They are so cute together that it really doesn’t matter where they are it would still make for sweet photos.
El Bob had a mission to eat West Coast again from Napa to Los Angeles. He had some great company which makes the food so much more delicious. In between his meals while digesting, he stays at some gorgeous AirBnB homes to enjoy the view.
El Bob enjoys the fresh breeze from a joy ride right after landing in San Francisco!
Diana and James are a cute couple from Virginia, and their playfulness makes it so easy to photograph them. The engagement session was at the Washington Mall and Georgetown locations, and eventually the capital in the evening as a backdrop. The wedding was at a beautiful art museum, the Corcoran. They are such a wonderful pair it doesn’t even feel like work when they are in front of the camera.
Everyone loves a good backyard wedding, it automatically evokes a laid back and charming atmosphere, and if done right, it could be much more photogenic than a cookie cutter wedding factory venue. Kellene and Ernie are a great looking couple with awesome personalities who I cliqued really well with. What truly makes a wedding great is the experience with the wedding party and the guests, and I really had a great experience here. Just look at the happy faces of the couple and the guests and it will make you want to be there.
I met Daniel on a car forum since we both drive the awesome BMW Z4. He’s obviously got great taste since he chose that car and my photography services… just kidding. It was very easy working with both of them, and Jessica is a sweetheart and a beautiful bride to boot. Our engagement session was at DUMBO, an easy stroll through many photo opportunities. Her vintage wedding dress looked stunning on her and they picked a great location, the Tappan Hill Mansion, to match the vintage look.
Liang and Andrew are a super cute and smiley couple who ventured out with me to Central Park for their engagement session last Spring and we got some beautiful lush flowers and gorgeous green leaves just starting to bud. Their wedding was even prettier at the Cairnwood Estates in Pennsylvania. I remember Liang saying how her jaw was starting to hurt from smiling all day, and you can tell it was true genuine happiness.
Sabrina and I have been traveling around the world separately for a while, always tailing behind each other until this trip where for once we could go to the same destination on the same plane, at the same time. She loves fashion, and I love taking pictures, so it was easy for her to pick the outfits while I picked the locations and snapped away. There’s nothing like renting your own car and exploring a new country, finding secluded spots and making the world your studio.
I am proud to show off one of my pride and joys in life, my 2005 BMW 330xi that has just hit 200,000 miles this weekend. This was my first purchased car when I was 23, a proud moment in my life – a new premium luxury car with my own hard earned money only a year after graduating from college. It was a status symbol, but by no means the main reason why I have such passion and pleasure for driving, it’s just in my soul. I admit I wasn’t nearly as knowledgeable about cars back then as I am now, thanks to the fact that German performance cars are high maintenance, I almost feel like a mechanic.
Sabrina and I walked around Fort Tryon park in Manhattan on a sunny day enjoying her cute summer dresses. As the photographer, we have just as much say in the wardrobe as the model. A photographer who has a vision must also know what kind of outfits he or she wants in the narrative. So many times the photographer might say “whatever you want,” when the model also replies, “I don’t know, what do you want?” Somebody needs to make a decision! When it comes to the outfits, the model needs to feel good in them, she needs to feel pretty or sexy. The photographer needs to create the story, the setting, observe the lighting, and tell the model the outfit is appropriate. My taste has always been soft, loose, flowy light summery fabrics that barely sits on the skin. It makes the model feel free and comfortable. I love the idea of cute clothes that can easily be on the verge of sexy. The inadvertent slip of the strap, revealing collar bone and cleavage or dangerously low back is such an incredible tease you just want to take the model inside so it can just be slipped off completely. So remember photographers, you have just as much of a responsibility and say to the wardrobe if you are organizing the photo shoot.
My recent purchase of a Canon 5D Mark III required some initial testing to see what improvements the camera has over the Mark II, and also how it compares to my Canon 1D Mark IV. I thought it would be best to pair up my newest body with my best lens, the Canon 85mm 1.2L Mark II. I brought my gear to a weekend getaway and shot in a real world environment, a hotel room with plenty of natural light just like any bride would be getting ready in. I shot at the widest at f/1.2 and had no problems focusing on fast moving bodies tossing and turning on the bed with the new 61 point AF points while making beautiful bokeh behind them. I never worried about missing the wrestling action with the faster 6 frames per second, every tug and pull, slap or grab was caught on camera. I was also impressed by the quieter shutter sound which was drowned out by the screaming, laughing and moaning, making it much less unobtrusive while being in photo journalistic mode. The subjects forgot that I was even there. While the layout of the Mark III has changed significantly from previous Canon bodies, getting started shooting didn’t take long at all. The body is bulkier than the previous version which helps my large hands get a fuller grip without getting tired. Now I can have a full frame body that matches the more professional features of the 1D series. If you are still reading this, I applaud you and I hope to have more opportunities to review equipment in the future. Enjoy the test shots!
Although one photo of Elle is enough to make you believe how gorgeous she is, seeing a consecutive series of her perfection only makes it unbelievable. Our session moves from the balcony and into the bedroom where she is free to roll around and stretch her presence over the bed.
Elle looks amazing under a soft summer shadow, with a soft lacy lingerie barely caressing her body. Her warm glowing hair looks soft to the touch yet it brings out the intensity of her soul through her eyes. She is a woman you want to get to know, inside and out.
Elle stuns us with her natural beauty, big eyes, voluptuous lips, fiery hair, and drop dead gorgeous body. In person she is such a cute, happy, playful gal, and the moment I put the camera in front of her, she transforms into a deep sultry vixen. Elle really knows how to move, I don’t have to talk much to get perfect results with her. We have great chemistry. You might just see a peek of her true personality in the video below.
I’ve had the extreme pleasure of photographing Kyla over the past four years, watching her transform from an innocent face to a seductive siren. The photo shoots have alternated between Miami and New York, from a hotel room to the beach, from my studio to a Brooklyn loft. No matter how she looks or where she is, her true playful and down to earth personality always shine behind the camera, and I love just hanging out with her. She will only blossom into a more confident and sexy woman with the coming years.
Mija takes on a softer and more sensual look under natural light and messier hair. There’s something about platinum blonde hair glowing in the warm sunlight that makes a woman look heavenly. There is no better way to have a dream model pose for you than naked rolling around in bed.
Mija is a gorgeous model from Czech Republic who travels around the world and found her way to my studio in Jersey. While most of my models may seem tall, Mija is really one of the tallest at the same height as me without heels on. If you ever wonder what a perfect ten Sports Illustrated or Victoria’s Secret model could look like under their clothes, guess no more. Catch the behind the scenes video below.
This is my favorite set of Aria, all in white. This is also her most playful look, who wouldn’t want to wake up next to this? We transition from a white wall and white t-shirt to nothing but a sheet over our heads for some heated fun. It’s harder than it looks, it can get quite suffocating having a session under bed sheets, but who’s complaining when it’s Aria? Enjoy the last video ever produced of this goddess from way back in 2007.