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John Mark Whiddon | NYC Newborn Photographer

Meet John Mark Whiddon-  the first baby of my dear friends Colin and Sofia.  I couldn’t wait to photograph this little guy since I met him the day after he was born.   Here this little Asian/Caucasian halfling is 2 weeks!  When I got to their house I was disappointed with the available light; however,  we made it work with a window and some lamps.  All in all I think it worked out pretty well given what we had to work with.

John Mark had been a little fussy the past few days so his Mom was worried about how well he’d do with the shoot.  We turned the heat up, put on some soothing whale noises and he went right to sleep, seemingly very comfortable in the funniest positions that his Dad helped me get him into.  Thanks for being such a trooper for two hours John Mark!  This newborn shoot is really too cute for words!  Can’t wait to do this family’s portraits in the fall!

Love,

Caroline Frost Shea

PS- This little guy’s mom is an excellent designer and did the tags and prints hanging up in the strawberry pictures.  She also designed my logo. Check her out:  www.sofiachen.com

Jan and John’s Great Gatsby Wedding | NY Wedding Photographer

As of Friday morning, I had never met Jan or John and I hadn’t the faintest idea that I would be photographing their wedding.  However,  when Lauren Gabrielle emailed me Friday morning asking me to second shoot for her at this Long Island wedding I couldn’t pass it up.  I even cancelled a massage appointment I had, which is ironic given how much I could have used it after 12 hours of shooting on Saturday…I’m still sore and limping.

It was really fun shooting with Lauren, a laid back girl who is incidentally 3 months pregnant!  She gave me so much free rein to do my own thing; which I really appreciated.  First she dropped me off at the groom’s house, where  I simply knocked, introduced myself and started shooting.  His six groomsmen had a lot of fun giving this little photographer a hard time, but it made the day really fun, and I felt like I was shooting around friends by the end of it.   As a stark contrast to his rambunctious friends, the groom struck me immediately as a a very kind-hearted, quiet guy with a killer smile.  At one point I was gathering all my photo stuff out of the limo and I urged him and the groomsmen to head into the church while I finish packing up, but he insisted, “We aren’t going to leave you.”  Hang on to that one Jan!

Lauren was photographing Jan getting ready meanwhile and I didn’t see her until she pulled up in her vintage car.   Her gold and ivory mermaid gown with a silk bow around the waist was just breathtaking…  Jan was gorgeous (which goes without saying) and such a sweetheart too: quick to laugh and quick to smile.   It was clear how this pair were simply meant to be.

After the ceremony we went to the north shore of Long Island for some photos and then to the reception which was at an old mansion.  After the formal Catholic Mass, I would have never imagined the raucous reception that was to come…Jan and John’s friends and family could party! It was hard not to have fun at the reception amidst the wild dancing.

Something about this wedding really reminded me of the Great Gatsby what with the mansion (The Woodlands at Woodbury) ,  Long Island Shore, vintage Rolls Royce, suspenders and her slender mermaid gown.

OKAY…now what you really came for…not to hear me ramble.  Here is a selection of my favorite photos from the day…Lauren was so kind in giving me opportunities to choose some poses and locations for the couple.  I really wanted a wide shot of them against the reeds.  They were such naturals together and gave me my favorite shot of the day.  (The first photo below)

Thanks to John and Jan for letting me share their special day with them!

 

          The best man, John’s brother, asked me to take a shot of the groom looking out the limo window like he had just made the worst decision of his life.   Apparently it is a family tradition.   I didn’t include that shot for obvious reasons- but in between sad poses John’s real emotions about the day came out, and I got this shot.

 

When we had already given the driver of this fabulous car permission to leave, I happened to glance at the review mirror and see this archway.   I thought what a perfect frame within a frame within a frame.   We grabbed the couple who thought they had finally gotten a break, and got the driver to wait another minute while  I snapped this shot.

One thing that was really special about this wedding was the bond both families seemed to have.  During the father daughter dance I notice the groom watching his bride with such love and joy that I had to get this shot with him in the background.

I know you don’t usually see a lot of reception pictures on wedding blog posts but this reception was too fun to leave out!  This couple was the grooms brother/best man and sister-in-law who had only gotten married 9 months before.  They were so fun to photograph because they never stopped dancing and acting silly.  Here they were having fun dancing and singing to “Don’t stop Believing” with over-exaggerated gusto. Oh, and I also have to include this awesome kid who was a real head banger on the dance floor and never seemed to get tired.  He eluded my camera for most of the night, but eventually decided to give me a chance and I snapped this shot. 

Once the bride and groom had finally said all their hellos, they got on the dance floor and seemed to have the time of their lives.  This couple let it all loose and got crazy with the rest of their family. 

 

Wedding and Engagement Photo Contest Winners

 First and Foremost I just Want to Say…

Thank you so much to all of you who entered our Wedding and Engagement Photo Giveaway!  I was so delighted by the wide response, and  I loved seeing all of the couples pictures together. As you can see, this was a duel purposed post because above is a teaser of the Long Island wedding I shot yesterday- but more about that later…

The winners of a free customized engagement photo session (worth $400) are Liliana Dow and Daniel Stratton!  Congrats to this lovely couple who are getting marreid in Philadelphia in September of 2012!

But that’s not all!  Because of the overwhelming response I decided to choose a runner up couple as well.   The runners up who win a wedding photo package (of their choice) at 15% off  are the beautiful Valerie Menos and Jospeh Ramkhelawan who will be getting married in the NYC area in June of 2012.

Looking forward to getting to know each of you couples and hearing more of your stories!

Love,

Caroline Frost Shea

Crystal Frost Portraits – Personal Files

The past two weeks I was out in California visiting my family who I basically only get to see once a year.   I thought I’d need a few days break from photos, but only a few days into the trip I started getting “the itch.”  When my younger sister, Crystal Frost, mentioned that she might need photos for her website or an album cover, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph my beautiful sister.

Crystal, who I have called Crystie since I was little,  is quite the go-getter.  A Composition major (and business minor) she has already composed a full movie soundtrack and a t.v. show jingle as well as a song for my very own wedding last year!   She is also an aerobics instructor when she is not studying.   I suggested to her as I do to many clients, “You may want to consider not going with  a sleeveless dress. Sleeves are always more flattering in pictures.”  She replied, “Not for my arms, they look awesome!”  Haha!  And right she was…  She wanted a mix of serious, pensive and lighthearted photos to convey that in addition to having heart, she is also a serious female composer in an industry dominated by men.  Here are some of the beautiful shots we got up in Lake Tahoe, CA at our parent’s cabin.

 

More fun posts to come from my California photo adventures….

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