An Evening at Ariana’s

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When I walked into Ariana’s meticulously designed apartment, I felt like I’d stepped into Paris, the way that Paris is at its best. She went a little closer to home to find that French style and passion with Eric, who is from Montreal. I’m already a bit silly with excitement for their May Metropolitain Club wedding. If you can wring this much style out of a Manhattan apartment, what can you bring to your wedding day?

Lens: 24mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: Sb-900s

SWPB takes on WPPI

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I’m a member of a number of wedding photographer communities who have been great to me — I’ve enjoyed so much support from DWF right from when I was starting out as a wedding photographer; I’m easing my way into the staggeringly talented crowd of the Foundation Workshops (and I promise I’ll go next year!) but one community keeps grabbing my attention, my love and friendship: SWPB.

You know how KFC isn’t called Kentucky Friend Chicken anymore and the Hitchhiker’s Guide trilogy has five books? It’s like that with SWPB, which until recently was called Starting a Wedding Photography Business. With so many members who have now been in the industry for years and are on lists ranging from Junebug’s Best Wedding Photographers to American Photo’s Top 10, we figured we’d expand the scope to Succeeding as a Wedding Photography Business. But really it’s SWPB, and it’s a big, crazy family. Like any family, there’s dysfunction from time to time, but overall it’s the most supportive large wedding community I’ve seen.

I just returned from a massive conference in Las Vegas, and saw so many fantastic people from all over, but the highlight for me was heading out into the desert with my friend Stephanie and members of SWPB. I can’t wait to show you what happened when these talented photographers just cut loose and had a great time.

As we finished up, I suggested a group shot with our four cars (including the rental car we covered inside and out with dust) as backlight. I used a tripod and timer to put myself in — the most important thing was the posing. Photographers know how to pose pretty well, but I also wanted to make sure all of the headlights were hidden by body parts for the exposure.

The easiest way to see the lineup is in the Facebook post, where everyone is tagged. So much more to come.

We also are already starting to plan big things for WPPI 2013. Mark the dates.

Lens: 24mm f/1.4
Camera: Nikon D3s

Natalya.

I’m headed off to WPPI in Vegas, the biggest photography conference in the known Universe. I’ll be shooting, meeting friends new and old, and just possibly trying to ride Siegfried and Roy’s tiger around town. If you’re at WPPI, send me an @reply on Twitter — I’ll be playing host a few times throughout the conference, and I’d love to meet blog readers. The business continues as usual in Wendy’s capable hands, but I figured I’d leave something awfully pretty up for the blog when I’m gone, and Natalya more than fits the bill.

A photographer and documentary filmmaker herself, she was an amazing subject to work with: She can go from vulnerability to a Julia Roberts laugh in a heartbeat. And she knows how to dominate a beam of light.

Lots of different light sources in this set, including an iPhone. Photography-geeks can feel free to guess.

Hair: Chi Shay
Make-up (and light assistant): Andrew Sutphen

30 Rock’s Dot Com (Kevin Brown) and Barbara in “S & Om”

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Kevin Brown, whom 30 Rock fans will know as Dot Com, came by my studio last night for a really fun photoshoot, with yoga instructor Barbara Purcell. This is all stage magic, folks — Barbara is actually a lovely, kind person*, and Kevin was having a blast. He has been doing yoga every single day of 2012 so far. As some of you know, I’ve been studiously committed to fitness this year, but my jaw is still hanging open at his commitment.

I can’t even describe how much fun this was. Kevin is as kind an open as people come in general, not just for actors.

*though with more Urban Master Manhattanite in her personality than standard Yoga Earth Mother, which is appreciated.

Lens: Sigma 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6
Camera: Nikon D3s
Lighting: Two Sb-900s, one bounced, one through a Softbox LTP