April 29, 2016

Traveling the Highlands of Peru- Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu on Film

This Spring I had the amazing opportunity to travel the highlands of Peru with my family and recharge my creative energy in some of the most gorgeous landscapes I’ve ever seen.  We spent a week traveling in Lima, the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu and then ending in Cusco before we headed to the Amazon, which I’ll post photos from next week.  I may have gotten a tad light headed from the altitude, and my Contax bit the dust in the rain at Machu Picchu, but it was well worth it for the incredible sites!  Some highlights were visiting a village located 12,500 ft above sea level and seeing their natural dye techniques for alpaca wool- and meeting lots of llamas and alpacas, and our dinner at Astrid y Gaston in Lima, which was incredible!

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April 25, 2016

Behind the Frame: Repeating Lines

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Last week I talked about the importance of leading lines in a photograph so this week I wanted to talk about repeating lines.  I loved the straight line of the zipper of the bride’s DVF dress and wanted to play off of it having her stand next the the strong vertical line of  the Empire State building in the background.  The two lines play off each other in a nice echo and repeat pattern so you can view both the couple and the building without having your eye pulled too strongly to either.  Sometimes in the quieter moments of the shoot when the couple is standing still it can feel a little awkward in the photo so posing here is very important to making the image feel like a natural stolen moment.  One of my go to’s for photographing a full length portrait of the back of a woman is to have her cross one foot behind the other at the ankle, this makes the legs look long and feels much sexier and more relaxed then just standing straight with both toes facing the other person.  The bride and groom are loosely holding hands and I instructed them to do one of my favorite words on shoots- nuzzle!  The act of him leaning in to her neck is both incredibly intimate and sexy while also being very sweet and a totally PG moment for framing in your house and sharing online.

April 18, 2016

Behind the Frame: Leading Lines

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One of my favorite things about shooting on the streets of Manhattan is the ability to use the streets to create strong leading lines.  Leading lines are lines within an image that lead the eye to a specific place.  In this particular image the line from the cars and the line from the sidewalk converge right at the bride and grooms faces so the eye is visually drawn in right to them and it even creates a nice little triangle with their heads, which as I’ve talked about before, is a visual element our eyes love to look at.  I used the same technique as I discussed a couple weeks ago in the cherry blossom photo of blowing out the background to create a luminous frame, but with the wonderful dynamic range of film I still retain the lovely details in her white Monique Lhuillier gown.  Great composition is nothing without a great moment and I love the connection here between the bride and groom as she places her hand on his jacket and laughs.  When I take these “walking and talking shots” I place the bride and groom in position, tell them to look and talk to each other and not to look at me and then I set my focus and walk in pace with them backwards so I can keep the focus at F2.