Photoshoot in Marine Park, Brooklyn


Mini-shoots this Fall season have been going great! Here’s a sample from a session I did with Andrew and Ava. You may remember them from when I did their engagement photos! They were just two lovebirds back then, now they are a family of four! So blessed to watch their love grow and be able to document their energy on a lovely fall afternoon in Brooklyn. Check out these images and drop me a line if you would like to take advantage of my Fall 2016 Promotion.

NYC Fine Art Glamorous Portraits and Intimate Wedding Photography

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NYC Fine Art Glamorous Portraits and Intimate Wedding Photography

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A Family Shoot in Stuyvesant Heights


I really enjoyed photographing families last year. One of the last  sessions  I did was in October with Robin, Will, and her pet hens- General Tso and Potpie. Robin and I met in 2007 when she had just started The Clinton Hill Blog and I had just landed the job at PACC. We’ve kept in touch all this time and I was so thrilled to visit the family at their beautiful turn of the century home and snap a few pics for her.

Seeing Robin’s home life, I cant imagine knowing a couple that lives more sustainable and I just adore their backyard. It’s very quaint and makes for an ideal place to take photos; loads of textures (brick, wood, straw fencing, etc.) and moderate northern exposure…

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…doesn’t Robin look lovely back-lit? this is one of my favorite pics! It was so tough getting this photo because i began cracking up when the hens decided to run back and forth in the background- lol.

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General Tso in the foreground, Potpie in the back.

Potpie and General Tso being fed by Robin

The hens, love blueberries!

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The moment Robin picked up General Tso, the hen immediately showed off her profile for me : )

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I hope, if Robin decides to do a lifestyle blog, that this photo is used as a banner. The wood in the background is reclaimed from an unwanted  shed the couple found on the internet. They took it apart and used it against the divider. It makes for a unique installation and conversation piece!

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I just love a happy ending, don’t you? Thanks for having me, Robin, Will, Potpie, General Tso and their sweet puppy that passed away this week- Mallow.

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Morales Family | Long Island City


I was invited to to take some family portraits of Elizabeth, Aris and their bundle of joy, AJ near their home in Long Island City. I was so happy that the day finally came for us to make the shoot a reality. Every time we planned the session, it rained! We first picked a date in July, then August. On the third attempt, Hurricane Irene hit. Mother Nature finally cut us a break the forth time and we headed to Gantry State Park, which is right on the water across from FDR Drive. The view over there is something to see!

Here’s Aris Jr. Isn’t he absolutely adorable!!??
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Dad and AJ. The look on each others face= PRICELESS.
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Someone’s getting sleepy!
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But it’s OK. When AJ went to sleep, I was able to give mom and dad the spotlight!
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The spotlight’s on you Mr and Mrs Morales 😉 This is reminiscent of the last time I saw you two…
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Photographers, sometimes textures can be found on location and doesn’t need to be added post-production.
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See what I mean =)
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Just in case you needed to validate our location-
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OK Aris!
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Elizabeth looks pretty darn amazing here! From what I hear she’s an excellent baker. Check out her site “Mi Almas“.
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I had so much fun with you guys!
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All smiles at Theo+Thur’s Christening


Being hired to shoot the Sookram twins dedication earlier this month, was very dear to my heart. The family went through a rough period when they lost their daughter a few years ago but had been blessed with twin boys not too long after! Ms. Sookram had asked me to design memorial cards for her daughter in 2009 and reached out to me again to design Theo and Thur’s christening invitations this past Spring. Shortly after completing the invitations, I was then asked to document the twins’ Dedication and Luncheon at St Johns Baptist church in Far Rockaway. There were so many smiles (and for good reason!) I decided to post my favorites. Some of the candids are linked below.

Some beautiful ambient light coming in from the stained glass
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Proud Auntie!
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Another proud Aunt
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Two lovely guests
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Can you say BABY BLUES!?
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This little princess was so charismatic!
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Sisters! And they refused to take solo pictures, only with each other 🙂Theo+Thur56wm

How confident is that smirk? And she asked me to take this pic of her, BTW.
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Proud Grandma
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More photos can be seen in the teaser slide show, here. Thanks for viewing!

2011 Vision Board


2010…Oh how I am so glad that last year is gone and never to return. 2010 was an incredibly difficult year for me. Every month was like a soap opera playing out, from January right on down to December. I had, not one but, two immediate family members pass away back to back (one in February and the other in March). A cancer scare in April, surgery in May, and a whole lot of sickness, recovery, PAIN and overall grief from June until December. Overall, I am grateful for (most of) those experiences and to be here still standing; And that my passion and ABILITY to perform as a photographer has not waned in any way. Trust and believe, I don’t take anything for granted these days.

With the New Year like a field of fresh snow, most folks are trying to seize the opportunity and use it as a clean slate to start anew. By resolving to do things like smoking cessation, spending more time exercising and less time eating junk, etc., with the hopes of improving their quality of life. Resolutions have NEVER been my thing. So when I met an incredible group of women via Thirdage.com that introduced me to The Vision Board concept back in 2003, it was a bandwagon I jumped on immediately!!

The result: what started out as just writing down aspirations and “wants” for myself, have turned into a full-fledged, poster sized collage, backed with foam board that hangs as art in my apartment. My vision board is pretty elaborate, but trust me it wasn’t always this way and by no means should you go all out like I have.

Old Board circa 2007:  Essentially the new board contains the same vision(s) but it has more dimension…

My 2011 Board 🙂

A few tips to creating your vision board-

*Set some time aside to figure out what you want- write it down and be specific. A good example of this would be: “a fulfilling career in ___” vs. “a good job”, “sultry vacations in Cabo with my wife” vs. “a romantic weekend”, etc. It’s also OK to put physical things on the list- mine has photography and makeup equipment, and the car(s) I would like to own.

*All the things you want, MUST BE ABLE to live harmoniously alongside each other, obviously that would mean on the board as well as in real life 🙂 I.e: My own need for travel and my desire to be commissioned for more destination weddings. The universe is very “choosy” and if you throw things out there that cannot exist alongside each other…Well, you might end up with some things coming to fruition and others… not so much. Which reminds me of one of my favorite episodes of Tales from Crypt surrounding the Monkey’s Paw, lol.

The harmony is pretty apparent here:

*This is the fun part: using the list you made, look online, and in magazines for images that represent your visions. Respect your desires from the gate by using high quality (color) images, it makes it all more real as opposed to clipping things out of a newspaper or printing in b/w. In the process, Google Images will become your best friend! Don’t worry about missing your target by being too specific. If you want  “A zen bedroom with romantic lighting and platform bed” search and ye shall find! Tip: Give yourself a couple of days in advance to begin collecting pictures for the board.

*Arrange your collage before you begin securing it to your backing. Try to work out a flow…remember,  ♪♫♫harmonious♪♫  is the key here :). Ideally, your board should be seamless, in the sense that it should flow from one desire to the next. A tip: Put your priority in the center and work your way out, transitioning into everything else.

*Have FUN with it! I invited my good friend over and we spent the day watching feel good movies and eating comfort food while we clipped and arranged the pictures. In turn, we were able to advise each other on positioning and composition.

*Feel free to embellish it. Use markers (or scrap-book supplies if that’s your thing). I find that writing specific notes and affirmations all over help to channel exactly what i am looking for.

*When done, post it in a conspicuous place. Somewhere that you can see it when you wake up and when you go to sleep. If you work odd hours that may mean you will have to take a picture of it and upload to your Ipad as wallpaper. Extreme, but it will work for someone in Med School/residency/a night job, etc. My board hangs on a wall in my living-room. Remember you’re doing this to remind yourself of your long and short term goals and where your focus  should be should you get side tracked.

There are a number of videos on Youtube that illustrate how to build a vision board. I linked to Erin over at Scandalous Beauty, who I normally watch makeup tutorials by.  Also, be sure to check out The Secret’s website that has some goodies like a blank check that you fill in and WORK toward attaining.

Good Luck! Do message me (or comment) if you want more info on this project.

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Christmas Night in Jamaica


I am fortunate to spend Christmas in Jamaica this year. Here are some moments I captured on Christmas night.

I caught someone using my camera!! he he he , looks like someone caught the shutter bug!

Best of 2009 (Pro-Photos)


Yes, I know we’re in February now, but throw in a last minute trip to London for my Uncle’s Funeral, a huge workload throughout January, a virus on my studio computer and you have a blog post late by one month. These photos are my favorites that were taken in: Jamaica, Arizona, Brooklyn-NY, and Capital Hill-Albany.   So, without further ado, here are my favorite pro-photos of 2009. Thank you for allowing me to be inspired by all of you.

FYI. Each picture is tagged with a caption.

Gracie in the Cherry Blossoms

The Controversy that is Pedro Espada

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Gazebo at Moon Dance Cliffs, in Negril Jamaica

Sunset at Moon Dance Cliffs

View from my Balcony

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Sun is Shining

MJ's Biggest Fan

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Jouvert Baby

Wave Your Flag

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