June 20, 2014

Kimi & Ben’s Engagement…

A few weekends ago, I photographed Kimi & Ben in the hidden wilderness of Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. It reminds me of Central Park, this beautiful expansive wildness surrounded by an urban metropolis, and a perfect location to hideaway and take some photos.  We spent some time deep in the park dodging mosquitos and then headed over to the Hudson waterfront to view the NYC skyline. It was a quiet evening and a pleasure to see these two together. After six plus years they tie the knot next month!

June 19, 2014

Wedding Season Begins…

So it begins…busy season, and what a lovely way to start with a beautiful couple at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and working with Lyn Hughes. It could not have been a nicer day or more perfect timing for the blue bells to be in bloom. The Botanical Gardens are one of my favorite venues and the images from around the grounds are always stunning. It was a great day to kick off the season.

May 29, 2014

Rodney & Kajsa’s 20th Wedding Anniversary…

Earlier this spring, I photographed Rodney & Kajsa’s 20th anniversary at Eleven Madison Park in New York City. It was an elegant evening of cocktails, dinner, friends, and love at the beautiful Manhattan restaurant. I was honored to photograph the celebration and listen to their memories and accomplishments as a couple over the past twenty years, with two successful careers, two great children, and a lot of happiness.  Twenty years is an amazing achievement and I can’t wait to see where their journey takes them in another twenty years.

April 9, 2014

Sisters…

We were so lucky to finally get a little bit of warmer weather and some sunshine as an added bonus for this sisters session. Can you tell they are related?!?

April 7, 2014

Upstate NY Hiking…

A hike through the woods on a sunny almost spring day with cameras in tow.

April 6, 2014

The Last Days…

April 5, 2014

Daily Life…

Monkeys, motorbikes, and more…

April 4, 2014

Mount Ibituruna…

The large looming mountain you can see from almost anywhere in the city of Valadares, but most locals haven’t visited. I guess I can’t blame them since the drive up is a bit hairy and it is a chore in itself to find someone willing to drive you to the top. Once at the top, the view is stunning and unlike the US, you pretty much have run of the place. No fences, no rails, just completely free to go and do whatever you want, even para-glide or get a drink at the bar (which worried me a little, alcohol + no railings + intoxicated people), or pray to the extremely large religious statue (and local tv/radio station).

April 3, 2014

Morning Milk…

Most of the farms in the area are all dairy farms. Every morning the different farmers deliver milk from their farm to a pick up center where locals can also buy fresh milk. One morning we tagged along with the kids to pick up milk from the farmers and caught a wagon ride back.

April 2, 2014

From the beach to the interior mountains…

After a week at the beach, I spent a week 40 minutes outside Valadares city in the mountains on a farm. The entire town consists of maybe 75 people and most of them are Fernanda’s family in one way or another. We spent the week preparing for her birthday party, riding motorcycles, picking fruit, and exploring the countryside.

April 2, 2014
Postcards I made from some of my photos of Brazil.

Postcards I made from some of my photos of Brazil.

March 29, 2014

Lazy Days…

After surfing in the morning we would often head to the beach with Fernanda’s cousins or head to the river for a swim or stand up paddle session. We stayed with Fernanda’s mom and all Fernanda’s cousins. At one point I think there were 14 of us staying in a one bedroom place. For those who do not surf, an air mattress is the choice of beach activity. I’ve never seen anyone “surf”  an air mattress in the ocean before since that would never fly in the US, but its highly entertaining and popular on the beach in Brazil. The river is definitely not has fun as the beach but I did enjoy jumping out of the trees with all the local kids!

March 26, 2014

Guriri…

One of the most memorable experiences of the trip was meeting the local surf shop owners and instructors Japa, Jo, & JB. They immediately treated us like family and introduced us to the local scene. Every morning, Fernanda and I headed over to their place for a breakfast of Pao de queijo (a flourless cheesy bread that I quickly became obsessed with) and then a 2-3 hour surf session with all the locals, which included groms, doctors, lawyers, and anyone you could imagine. Since it was the week of carnival everyone was on holiday and out in the water. Even though my lack of knowledge of the Portuguese language was offensive everyone was extremely kind and excited to meet a gringa. There even happened to be a few english speaking locals who were more than happy to chat and yell pointers at the oncoming waves. Japa & Jo own a retail skate and surf shop in the center of town and then also sell surfboards and lessons out of their home across from the beach. JB, who is only 12, and obsessed with surf is sponsored and competes in contests around the country. He also repairs and handles all of the used surfboards. I couldn’t feel more lucky to have met such kind, genuine, and plain awesome people.

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