I end up becoming friends with a lot of my clients.  I guess it just happens when you shadow someone on one of the most important days of their lives.  Or earlier, when you realize how well you get along at their engagement session.  Or when you meet for the first time over coffee, and you just click.  A few times a year, I get an email from a prospective client, and I can tell immediately that, yes, that person right there is my kind of person.  I guess after doing this for so long, I’ve really started to pick up on certain personalities through the little paragraph they submit through my website.  Last year, I had a client who emailed me telling me about how she and her fiancé fell in love with each other’s dirty jokes, mutual love of Rummikub, and their obsession with their dog, and with two dogs curled up on my feet, and my board game shelf above me with Rummikub right on top, I realized that this client and I were going to love each other (and love each other we do).  I received an email the other day from a bride who told me how much she valued photography, and used words that I say all the time: “it’s the only thing you have left when the party is over,” and I was all YES, this person GETS ME!  And then sometimes I can just read the excitement and the love in the language and punctuation a person uses, and I know immediately I want to work with them.  And that is exactly how I felt when Kelly contacted me. (more…)

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Jacquie recently provided a reference to a potential client for next year and she sent me a copy of the email.  Let me tell you, finding such kind words about you and your work in your inbox is probably the best way to start a week, and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get emotional reading it.  I feel such a personal connection to my clients, so much so that many of them have become great friends.  To hear that the love and appreciation I have for them (it’s a lot!) is reciprocated is easily the greatest part about my job. Hashtag Love Fest.

I have worked with Jackie on several different shoots now, including our wedding and infant’s photo shoot when she was just 4 days old.  

Jackie is great to work with – she just makes things easy.  I found out about her through a friend who used her for her wedding. After looking at her (Katie’s) pictures, I decided to use Jackie for our wedding.  I really liked all the candid shots that Jackie was able to capture at Katie’s wedding.  She was able to mix both the traditional pictures and the candid shots in a way that made you feel like you were at the wedding.  
Jackie had her hands full when it came to our wedding, she was more than accommodating.  We had a surprise wedding, none of our guests or family knew about the wedding, they thought they were coming to a surprise party for me.  She had to deal with a lot of variables, which she did without hesitation and with ease.  She even came to the restaurant the night before the wedding to capture the reaction our family had when we told them we were getting married the following day.  
Jackie was able to get the traditional pictures without anything feeling forced.  I didn’t feel like I was away from guests for any significant amount of time.  None of the guests felt as through they were being posed or ordered around at any time in the night.  
She made everyone feel comfortable and everyone was able to have a good time and just be themselves.  
I think the finished product was awesome.  The quality of the album was great too.  Jackie put together a book and then I was able to swap pictures in and out from the online album.  Our guests were able to order pictures too – which was nice.  My family purchased a few.  
I know you are only asking about weddings, but just to show you how much I trust and how highly I regard her skills:
I called Jackie when I was about 6 months pregnant regarding a maternity shoot.  She was on board and gave me tips for the shoot, including what to wear.   She was willing to come on a hike to shoot on a closed road that my husband and I really like to go to.  We also scheduled a shoot for after the birth of our daughter.  Jackie just said to let us know when we were headed to the hospital so that she could clear her schedule for the following days.  After letting our parents know we were in route, Jackie was our next call.  She was so excited for us and to meet our little girl – it really felt like she was part of the family! 
She cleared her schedule and came to the house the day after we got home.  Our little one wasn’t quite on a schedule yet, but Jackie patiently waited to take pictures in between feedings, diaper changes and my husband getting pooped on. 
She takes it all in stride! 
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One of my favorite things about my job is that I’m constantly getting to visit places near and far that, otherwise, I would never know exist.  There are a few locations that always jump out at me when this thought occurs to me and I’m feeling particularly grateful – the park beneath the George Washington Bridge, various arboretums and state parks, the Presidio, Mount Tam, Leo Carillo, so many different neighborhoods within the five boroughs of NYC, and now, Gantry Plaza in Long Island City.  Or for that matter, Long Island City.  Of course I’ve been aware that Long Island City exists, but then you actually visit a place you’ve heard about for a while and you’re like wow, this has been here this whole time?

I met Brittany, Brandon and Adeline at Gantry Plaza in Long Island City week before last, and we walked around the park chatting, eating ice cream (is there anything cuter than babies eating ice cream?!), and snapping photos.  It was a perfect night, having just cooled off after a particularly hot few days, and we timed the session just right to take advantage of the sun setting over the city.  I loved hearing the story about how they met and became a family, and spending the evening with them has me so excited for their wedding this August.  Here are some more photos from their session, if you’d like to see! (more…)

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It was insanely hot last week, but that didn’t stop actor and musician, Nelsy Benitez, and I from galavanting through my neighborhood updating her head shots.  Nelsy is an incredible performer.  If you’re local, you may have seen her killing it at the cajon, or belting out R&B covers at the Vault in Beacon, Pamela’s in Newburgh, or AJ’s Cafe in Wappingers with her band, the Naturals.  She is a force on stage, exuding so much energy and positivity, it’s contagious.  Imagine my utter shock to find that she’s not a fan of having her photo taken! (more…)

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Mathilde & Patrick’s wedding was so gorgeous, it is killing me to not share a thousand photos here – all in due time!  Mathilde left me a review on the Knot a few days ago, though, and it made me so happy to hear her kind words and positive experience, I wanted to share it here.  Thank you, Mathilde!

“Jackie was a dream come true for us! We both were nervous about all the photographs as we wanted to look natural and a lot of candid photos and Jackie was able to capture that instantly. Firstly, she is just such a lovely person, so friendly and easy to feel comfortable around, she made us actually laugh during the photos so we were not awkwardly trying to fake smile and laugh and she really was so passionate in what she did. She did our engagement shoot and the wedding. During the engagement photos, which we did in NYC, she made us feel so comfortable and had such great visions for the photos. She also designed and printed our save the date which were more then we could have ever dreamed of and captured our style so well. She was able to create the most amazing guest book for the day of the wedding for us with all the best photos from the engagement shoot and we will treasure that forever. On they day of the wedding she had a second photographer, Brian, with her who was also just as amazing to work with and it meant they captured the bride and groom getting ready as well as special moments throughout the night. She really was so experiences with wedding photography and what should be photographed and also chose the best spots for the family photos to be taken. She made me trust her instantly just by her personality and then when actually seeing the photos I was blown away. I would highly recommend her as a photographer!”

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