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.

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NYC NonProfit Photography:: Megan Summer’s Kidney Disease Takes Turn For The Worse


Hello Everyone! I’ve been working on a series of non-profit projects that particularly affect women and their families. I wish i could go more into the project but this leg of it is very urgent. I allowed Natilee McSween (wife of Comedian Andre McSween, one of my client all stars) to write this blog post for you. Here it is in her words, please support the cause or share the story.

Photography by Michelle Etwaroo

“My name is Natilee Tracy McSween. My 8 year old daughter, Megan Summer, will have her left kidney completely removed on 2/25/15. Our lives were permanently changed the day that Megan Summer McSween was born. Pregnancy with Megan wasn’t easy and we knew that life after her birth would be just as difficult. But, we had no clue what the journey and toll would be like.

When I was 4 months pregnant, we found out that Megan would be born with Bilateral Hydronephrosis (water in the kidney that obstructs and prevents normal renal functions). Since then, the many surgeries, the pains and the ‘what if’s’ are everyday moments. Every time Megan goes in for another scan or surgery, the anxiety that sets in as you hope this will be her last… Then the sad reality knowing the doctors could find something else.

It’s not easy and it never will be when your child is hurting, rattled and shaking with pain and you can never, ever, EVER do anything to take the pain away or ease her fears; or better yet the fears you as her parent and caretaker has.

All I can do is hold her little hands, as she squeezes mine and asks me to “Make the pain stop”. Or when she looks at her doctor after another scan and she asks “so when is the next surgery?”. At night I often have to rub her lower back to help ease her pain as she tries to sleep. There’s no tea or any other remedy to make her ever feel better, just pain meds. I kiss her forehead every night thinking (better yet hoping) will she have a peaceful, painless sleep tonight? I have done this every night, since the day I gave birth. Yet still, we are blessed to see how far she’s come despite the odds; my tiny itty bitty 5 pound baby girl with the perfect circular head. It’s these little moments, we have to help get us through.

This journey is not one that I can say is easy, it’s not a journey for a person that cannot take the hiccups that Pediatric Kidney Disease might offer. You have to have faith and you have to know that even with that faith, life will happen. When it does you just have to prepare for the next phase in the journey. Despite all we go through, it’s these simple words of Megan Summer “I Have No Worries, Just Keep Blowing Bubbles” that inspires me to keep fighting for her.”

Support Meagan Summer McSween’s journey by donating here: http://bit.ly/TeamMeganade
Story written by Natilee Tracey McSween
Photography by Michelle Etwaroo
Makeup by Deborah Conton

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Married:: Elita and Sheldon


J’ouvert Sunday 2012, I had the pleasure of documenting Elita and Sheldon’s wedding in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. I blogged some same day teasers a little while ago, but here are both mine and the couples favorites.

The couple had a peacock-purple and turquoise theme.

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Elita’s sister gets the bride into her dress.

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The Girls!

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Elita and Sheldon decided on a “first look” before their ceremony. Sheldon, you are sharp!!

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I positioned the bride so that she would not be seen in his peripherals once she got close, but that I could also capture the bridesmaids looking on in the distance. Perfect composition! This might be one of my favorite images of all time : )

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Underneath the chuppah.

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An intimate moment during formals.

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A kiss with Grand Army Plaza’s monument framing the couple in the distance.

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A friend of the couple designed this peacock, guest poster.

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Fingerprint sign-ins

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First Dance

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I love the Hora, just as much as the guests!

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When the bride saw this image, she giggled. Not only because of the obvious, but because a teenage girl was holding her chair up.

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Rabbi Gloria, officiated the wedding. She made her mark at the ceremony, leading guests through Elita’s Jewish traditions and readings, yet keeping the simplicity of an intimate wedding in the park.

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For me, the guest and family shot is the crowning moment of the reception. Everyone is together in one image and it ties the day together. Thank you Sheldon and Elita for allowing me to capture the personal moments of your wedding day. It was such a beautiful affair! My assistant and I hold it as one of the best weddings we have captured!

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Wedding: Prospect Park
Reception + Cake: Giando on the Water
Officiant: Rabbi Gloria
DJ: Juwandi Barney
Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang
Groom’s Tux: Men’s Wearhouse

Teasers:: Elita and Sheldon’s Wedding


This past weekend I documented Elita and Sheldon’s wedding. It was an intimate ceremony at Prospect Park with people dear to them, and then we had a full on rockstar bash at Giando on The Water. Here are some teasers from the day.

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Mandy + David’s Brooklyn Wedding


This April, fellow photographer Anselm Scrubb, asked me to join him to shoot Mandy and David’s wedding. Here are a few of the images I shot that day.

We began our day at the Sheraton Downtown Brooklyn, in Mandy’s suite. Here are a few of her getting ready, or as I like to call it, the calm before the storm.

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One of my favorites! Hair and Make-up gals going in on the bride, time is ‘a ticking!
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I asked the Matron of Honor how she feels knowing that Mandy will be a married woman in just over an hour- this is what she came up with, lol
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Another favorite! Mandy is stunning!
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Dave and Mandy met and were married at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. The story of how they met, was told at least three times that day and every time i heard it , the story got better and better. Mandy and David both signed up for new member classes at the church. On the first day, David arrived late and there was only one seat left, next to Mandy, so he took it. At some point during the class, the instructor asked everyone to swap phone numbers with their neighbor. David asked Mandy for her number and they became friends. Over time, it lead to a relationship and then eventually an engagement. I would love to sit with these two and hear more about their courtship. It sounds so romantic- to find love where you least expect it! They both found God and each other on the same day.
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Timeless and Classic : )
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The wedding reception was at Water Street Restaurant in DUMBO Brooklyn. Beautiful venue and the food was very good!
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Thanks for having us, Mandy and David, you two are such a beautiful couple!

NYC WingFest 2011 at the Boat Basin Cafe


Streaker Sports hired me to document their 2nd Annual WingFest this past Saturday. WingFest is a competition where BBQ Restaurants compete for the title of Best Wings in NYC! The event was held at the Boat Basin Cafe, along the Henry Hudson Parkway near Riverside Park and weather was ABSOLUTELY gorgeous! There are so many pics from this set, lets just get right into it! I may have to break this post up into 2 (maybe even three parts! EEK!) The day was beautiful and so were the people in attendance. Please let me know if you were there by leaving me a comment.

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Sunglasses that can also open  bottle of beer? YES PLEASE!!! Brewsees were awesome and let me test drive a pair. “Real Wo-Men Pry!”

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The folks at Brewsees that make these awesome glasses.

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Baby feeds mommy-

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I just adore the packaging for Hill Country Kitchen.

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Beautiful Girls at the R.U.B. BBQ Booth. R.U.B., being short for Righteous Urban Barbecue. FYI, her shirt says “Best Butt in Town”. The photo on the right is one of my fave’s from this set.

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See what I mean …

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Everyone was so friendly and more than happy to take a pic for me…

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…including Big Lou, from Wildwood Barbecue.

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…and this young lady, also from Wildwood.

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The lovely ladies of East End Bar & Grill.

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Sometimes the photos I love the most can be determined by whether or not I process them as a Black and White = )

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DUKES!!! The crew from Dukes BBQ were so much fun! Personality was flowing the moment I got to their booth.

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I began taking some action photos and saw a golden chicken vying for a cameo LOL! Do you see where the chef put it?

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Yep! Duke’s was last years WingFest Champion! Looks like Duke’s BBQ even marinates their trophies (he he he).

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There were a lot of love birds on Saturday. This lovely couple was so photogenic- another fave of mine. I just ♥ her body language.

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So much sun and fun!

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I looooove catching people with smiles on their face….stay tuned for more WingFest Pics! Part 2 coming in a bit!

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