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a New York calendar to raise funds for Sandy relief

a New York calendar to raise funds for Sandy relief

November 8, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc photography the biz

UPDATE: We sold out our first small run in 24 hrs! We are selling more in our shops but please allow up to 4 business days for the calendars to ship, though in most cases it will ship earlier than that. With your help, we have already made monetary donations to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, The Red Hook Lobster Pound, and the Ali Forney Drop in Center. We’ve also delivered supplies down to Occupy Sandy and the Park Slope Armory, which is housing storm evacuees. In our next round we plan to fund The Bay Ridge Cares Kitchen, the Red Hook Initiative, Hurricane Sandy Long Island Disaster Relief, and Staten Island Project Hospitality. Thank you so much for your purchase… CONTINUE READING

seasonal beauties

seasonal beauties

August 8, 2012 |  Category:   photography seasonal

There is so much good stuff at the Farmer’s Markets right now and it should continue on till Fall. We love walking over a block to our growing little market in the neighborhood and picking up zucchini flowers to stuff or watermelon radishes to toss into salads. These particular radishes were almost too spicy so Mark tossed them in a water, sugar and vinegar mixture as quick pickles and they are so good. It cut the spiciness almost completely and it’s been hard to resist not picking at them all day. We’re really looking forward to visiting the markets in Seattle, Olympia and Portland later this month. I think we’re all really ready for a change in scenery and a… CONTINUE READING

governors island on film

governors island on film

July 12, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc photography

It seems like it was forever ago that we were on Governors Island with our friend Jill taking photos with film cameras. But that’s the nature of shooting film sometimes. It might take weeks (hell, longer even) before you get around to developing that roll of film. These were taken with a Yashica 635, a medium format camera and yeah…now I totally want a film camera. We’ll see. It can be an expensive hobby! But the approach to photography with film is, of course, a different experience since there are only so many shots on a roll. You find yourself more selective and really thinking about the shot that you want to take, meaning you don’t have a million shots… CONTINUE READING

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

4th of july and remembering the lakehouse

July 4, 2012 |  Category:   holidays life photography press

We’re missing the lakehouse this year, which has sort of become a 4th of July tradition with our friends, the Jensens, over the last couple of years. I know they’re missing it this year too.   Acura, the car brand, publishes a quarterly lifestyle, travel and design magazine for their customer base (a distribution of 850,000 – hey, not bad!) and asked me to submit some photos for consideration for one of their photo essay stories. The lakehouse story was chosen for a 4 page spread and was published this Spring (along with a nice paycheck. Yay for paying photographers for their work!).   Happy 4th of July! We’re going to try and catch some fireworks.… CONTINUE READING

film

film

July 1, 2012 |  Category:   life photography

Mia took this photo of me with a Kodak Brownie film camera that my friend Jill lent her when we went to Governor’s Island a few weekends ago. I like it. I’ll show you my photos next week.   I’ve lost steam on posting this week. I don’t really have anything to say. I suppose things come and go in waves and I’m on a downturn (also, I’ve been sick). It certainly isn’t because of lack of time. I think I’ve grown accustomed to being slammed with multiple projects and working 15 hr days, then nothing at all for a month and then to back to being slammed, rather than this drawn out schedule of working 5 or so hours… CONTINUE READING

The Mixed Race Project: Meet Leslie & Hank’s Family

The Mixed Race Project: Meet Leslie & Hank’s Family

June 4, 2012 |  Category:   photography

I don’t know why it takes so long to get a new Mixed Race Project feature up (no, scratch that…I do know why), but I’m excited to introduce Leslie & Hank’s family from Long Beach, California. I was particularly excited to have the opportunity to photograph a family with older kids while we were out in LA earlier this year and both Leslie and Hank were so thoughtful with their interview questions. I hope you enjoy their feature as much I had the pleasure of meeting them.   Every time I publish a new family, it gives me renewed energy for the project. I may not have the time to devote to it as I’d like and it may take… CONTINUE READING

LA revisited on instagram

LA revisited on instagram

March 29, 2012 |  Category:   photography travels

Some outtakes from Instagram of LA. Sometimes I like these photos more than the ones my fancy expensive camera takes. Maybe because it captures the same spirit of those polaroids that I have from my own childhood. It certainly seems more spontaneous and inconspicuous than lugging a huge heavy camera around…… CONTINUE READING

The Mixed Race Project: Meet Margaret and Loren’s Family

The Mixed Race Project: Meet Margaret and Loren’s Family

March 8, 2012 |  Category:   photography

I’m excited to introduce the first family in this series that features parents who are also of mixed race. Both Margaret and Loren are half-Asian/ half Caucasian and they live in Queens, NY.   I think there is a point in any ongoing project where you start losing focus and you start having doubts. I’m not sure if I’ve reached that point quite yet, but I have been feeling it to some degree. What is this for? Who am I doing this project for? When will I know when it’s “done”?   It’s taken a lot of time and coordination to schedule and get each story done. It’s always a bit intimidating to enter into a stranger’s home and photograph… CONTINUE READING

street scenes

street scenes

February 10, 2012 |  Category:   nyc photography

Like many people, I’ve been using Instagram a lot more these days to capture snapshots as I move through my day, especially when I’m outside. Beats lugging around a big camera. Seems freeing and I feel like I’m more likely to take street scenes with my phone than I would if I were whipping out a huge camera. There’s a calmness to these shots. Even in a big bustling city, it’s possible to find quiet corners and alleys.   From top: 1. Nolita/Soho 2. Night time in the East Village, 9th street 3. The Cooper Union building, my old art college. 4. A cobblestone street at the edge of Soho/Chinatown 5. Woodside, Queens 6. A corner in our Brooklyn neighborhood… CONTINUE READING

Meet Annie & Michael’s Family from Brooklyn, NY

Meet Annie & Michael’s Family from Brooklyn, NY

January 16, 2012 |  Category:   photography

It’s been awhile since I uploaded a new family on The Mixed Race Project, but I’m excited to share a new family with you today. Annie & Michael live right here in Brooklyn, New York and are raising a 7 year old girl and a 3 year old boy. Annie is from Colombia and Michael is a born and bred New Yorker. Annie is a Pastry Chef who runs her own business called PicklePetunia Made and she’s been super nice enough to help out a few times in the kitchen when Mark has been slammed during the holidays.   The Mixed Race Project has been hard for me to keep up because scheduling shoots, interviewing the families and editing the… CONTINUE READING

15% off Black Friday Sale at our etsy print shop

15% off Black Friday Sale at our etsy print shop

November 25, 2011 |  Category:   photography the biz

If you haven’t taken a look at our etsy print shop lately (and why would you? I never talk about it here!) there are a ton more new kitchen conversion poster and print colors (like hot pink!).   Also in the shop are a bunch more photos, some from our travels to the Outer Banks for those of you who’ve asked, and a few more you might recognize from around here.   Use code: BLACK11 for 15% off until Sunday.   Did you all have a nice Thanksgiving? Are any of you crazy enough to get up at 4:30am to go shopping at the mall? I think I’ll sleep in…zzz….… CONTINUE READING

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