Art by Chris Tanner

I am not an art photographer but sometimes photographing someone's work is inspiring.  My friend Chris Tanner is showing at Smart Clothes Gallery in the Lower East Side this month.  He has been an artist and performer for many years.  His art is constructed of glitter, sequins, jewels, mirrors and found objects, sometimes including vintage wallpaper.  It's fun to concentrate on all the details and it helps him to have a record of his shows and pieces.  I'm lucky too, because I've gotten some of Chris's beautiful paintings in exchange for photos.


Central Park in the Snow

I wish there were a way to promise everyone when they come to Central Park in the winter to get married that it would snow, that is if they want it.  A lot of people do come here in the winter hoping to experience a big snowstorm or at least a pretty white dusting.

Let's be honest, if I didn't have a wedding to do, I probably would not make it out to Central Park on a snowy day.  This couple were happy to take their vows in Wagner Cove in a flurry of snow.  Then we walked about and found a play area where the city had made extra snow for sledding.  Beautiful and fun!


Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine NYC Benefit

One of the wonderful perks of working in event photography is the chance to work with interesting and talented people.  At an exciting American Bar Association event in New York City, I met filmmaker Mellisa Donovan, who has been working for years on a documentary called "Zemene."  It's about a young girl with a rare spinal condition and how she was helped by a chance meeting with foreign surgeon, Dr. Rick Hodes.

When Melissa held a fundraiser for the project it was a great opportunity for me to offer my services and photograph the event.

Zemene, subject of the documentaryChildren from Dance Theatre of Harlem


Winter weddings in Central Park

There are many advantages to winter weddings in Central Park.  Regardless of the season, no one can ever predict how the weather will be.  Winter in the park can be just as beautiful as any other time of the year.  In February we often have the park pretty much to ourselves.  We can have backdrops of huge beautifully landscaped vistas with hardly a person in sight.  One this day it had been raining heavily. We managed to stay dry first by having the ceremony inside the Ladies Pavilion and then by stopping in the many smaller shelters as we walked through the park.  And, I don't know why but bad weather usually takes a break for a wedding.  We were able to go through the park taking photos all along the way.
We finished off our park pictures in the Boat House, a pretty bar and restaurant right on the lake.  Because it was a rainy day in February and few people there, the two stuffed chairs by the fireplace were waiting for the newly married couple. 



New York City Hall Weddings

Usually couples who travel from outside NYC are wanting a less formal and shorter time for wedding pictures. It's really popular to have a wedding in the City Clerk's Office.  I do a photography package especially for these downtown weddings.  First the ceremony, afterwards we travel to City Hall Park with a beautiful antique fountain and finish with a view of the Brooklyn Bridge.  My favorite spot is right underneath the bridge. It looms large in the background.  It's fun be surrounded by so many happy wedding couples.  It's great for people watching, which makes up for the waiting time.


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