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  • Meet Caroline

    A few things you should know about me...I am passionate about creating wedding photos that are natural, romantic and timeless. My approach to portrait time is to create timeless imagery that captures you two and your unique love in an honest, but gorgeously composed way that looks almost candid. Not a model? No problem! I believe it's a photographer's job, not yours to help you look and feel comfortable in front of the camera! I work in both medium format film and some digital. Film because of its beautiful, soft, fine art qualities and perfect skin tones, and digital because of it's reliability in low light situations.

    In my spare time I read, write poetry, music and mentor other women. Brunch is my favorite meal of the day and my drink of choice is a French 75.

    But enough about me... I look forward to hearing more about you and your wedding plans!

Mini Engagement Sessions Part II

Wow this has been a busy spring!   Five weddings, and eight engagement shoots plus a few other jobs here and there in the span of less than two!  These are the last two mini-engagement sessions from the wedding channel deal.  I had a lot of fun getting creative with these two couples.  Enjoy!

Update from the last mini-engagement session post: remember Matt and Vivi’s mini engagement session with their dogs? They just hired me to shoot their wedding Spring 2013, can’t wait!!!

Nick + Isavela

Nick and Isavela got engaged at Niagra falls and are getting married by the Hudson river,  it only seemed fitting to them to have their engagement shoot be at another aquatic location – Glen Island Park, their favorite spot for taking the dogs.  It was so fun to shoot a new location that looked nothing like the locations I’m usually shooting in the city and the light was absolutely perfect.   Loved these two and their dogs and I wish them the best for their Spring 2013 wedding!

David +  Stephanie

David and Stephanie met at school, but were friends first for a few years before they started dating.  Now they are marrying their best friend!  We had a lot of fun trampling through Central Park and dodging several other photographers shooting engagement shoots at the same time…lucky I know some quieter secret spots where we could get some shots of these two sans the central park mobs.  I wish them so much happiness for their 2013 wedding!!

Melanie and Scarlett | NYC Maternity Photographer

One of my favorite things is when a client wants to work together to create an artful portrayal of themselves.  If a client doesn’t trust you or isn’t on board, it’s harder to push the limits and create unique and beautiful work.   That was not the case with Melanie, who is due to have a baby girl in less than two weeks.   She just loves photos and wherever she has lived ( and she’s lived all over the world)  seeks out her favorite photographers in the area and puts herself in their hands.   This is her first child, but her second maternity shoot (as I said, she loves photographs) as she wanted to capture the final moments of her pregnancy before her little Scarlett is born.    I am so honored that she trusted me to capture an artful, intimate portrayal of her final weeks of pregnancy.   Its quite possible that we will be having a third maternity shoot with her husband next week (if baby Scarlett doesn’t come first!)

Melanie was not afraid to get intimate, and with her permission, I’ve posted some of the moments that I was able to capture of this mother and the child she’s carrying.

 

judy pak - June 14, 2012 - 11:44 am

what a beautiful way to capture this special time in the mom to be’s life. she’s absolutely gorgeous preggo…amazing work as always, Caroline!

Michelle Lange - June 15, 2012 - 9:31 am

Oh my beautiful. What a stunning mom to be! The lighting in these shots couldn’t be any more perfect.

A Surprise Engagement Session | New York Proposal Photographer

Hiding like a sniper up on a tower of Central Park’s Belvedere castle I sat and waited with my 70-200 2.8 (for the camera illiterates- basically a really powerful zoom lens that is also HUGE and heavy) hoping and praying that Kelvin’s soon-to-be fiancee, who had no idea what was coming, wouldn’t see it and get creeped out ruining the whole mood for Kelvin.  I arrived 15 minutes early as usual, and thank goodness, because  Kelvin and Glennis arrived 5 minutes early.  You can see Kelvin looking around to make sure I’m somewhere up there and Glennis suspiciously follows his gaze.  I duck.

Kelvin had told Glennis that morning to dress nice because he had a romantic surprise for her.   She didn’t suspect anything so big as a proposal, as this is the norm from Kelvin.  You see her laughing as he moves her onto the lawn (in the pre-approved shady location),  probably because he was saying “We are here!” after leading her around the park for awhile.   Of course “here” is just a patch of grass.   The rest of the pictures tell the story better than I could from there…

After she said “Yes!!” (of course she did) and Kelvin turned down a nice couple nearby who asked if they wanted a picture.  “Why not?” Glennis later told us she was thinking.  Little did she know every moment had already been captured!  Kelvin lead her up the steps to Belvedere castle and introduced Glennis to a total stranger (me) who had been spying on her for the biggest moment of her life and told her I’d be taking engagement photos for them for a couple hours.  Sweet Glennis was still in total shock over the whole thing, but graciously let me pose her and direct her for the next two hours.  Needless to say, their joy and excitement of their future life together shined through in every photo.

And I got my first experience as a secret agent photographer!

Ciara - June 13, 2012 - 5:41 pm

That is too sweet! I love how it was a surprise…no time to get all dolled up. It was real and adorable.

Andrew McMillin - November 3, 2014 - 10:38 am

Would you be able to shoot a secret proposal on November 23rd?

Ryan - November 24, 2014 - 11:32 am

I will be in New York on new years eve and I am going to propose to my girlfriend. I have a restaurant picked out already but would like to capture the moment. I have seen your folder and think your photos are amazing. Please get back to me. Thank you

admin - November 24, 2014 - 12:51 pm

Hi Ryan,

Unfortunately I won’t be in town on New Years Eve- but that sounds like such a beautiful plan. Good luck!

Holding On and Letting Go | Personal Files

 

After a relaxing afternoon hanging out with our friends the Chens and their daughter Anthem,  we took a walk together to the delicious yogurt place, Sixteen Handles, which for some reason I only discovered this week.  (The verdict: Um…YUM!!!)  On the way back to our place,  we peeked in a discount store and Anthem’s mom bought her daughter two of her a favorite things: an umbrella and a ball.

You would think that having these two unequivocally exciting items would cause Anthem to be even happier than she was before and having more fun, but she was so afraid of someone taking them away that she couldn’t even enjoy them!   She screamed when we handed them to the checkout lady.  She screamed when her mother tried to close the umbrella inside the house.  So we watched as she clung onto these two items.  We laughed and laughed as this new walker tried to move around the room carrying both items, but it made me think about how many things we do as adults are not so different.   We cling onto our current situation when we feel that change is coming, even if it might be for the better.   We work and work and work sacrificing precious life moments so that we can buy things we think will make us happier,  when we were happier all along with what we had.  We often worry so much about our future, that we don’t enjoy the gifts we’ve been given in present.

Her mom eventually skillfully took away the umbrella and deflected the inevitable tears with another game, and Anthem was soon carefree and happy once more  (though I can’t say the same about her parents as my husband Alex was soon holding Anthem in the air by one foot – much to her delight).  Kids LOVE Alex.  If ever they don’t love him (Anthem has had some trouble warming up in the past) he relentlessly pursues them until they do.

Enjoy today and all the blessings you’ve been given friends!  And enjoy these photos of cute little Anthem and her three new best friends: ball, umbrella, and Alex!

The kids love Uncle Alex who will spin them around as many times as they want and the parents love that he keeps their kids busy…until he starts holding them in the air by one foot!
So dizzy she even forgot about her ball…

Happy and carefree once more!

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