Having over ten years of experience taking portraits and headshot's, making people happy and feel comfortable about themselves is important to me. I have always felt that when taking photos, I am not just a photographer, or a service provider, but someone who cares about the people I meet. I have met and worked with over 5,000 people, if not more during that time, and each person I met was special, with a unique personality and very genuine! That said, I love people from all walks of life, and support diversity, equity, inclusion, and a persons individuality. It is my wish to continue serving people, and have the opportunity to work with and meet new people, thereby, ultimately helping them find true love.
Before I even start taking photos, I take some time to get to know my customer by having a relaxed, friendly conversation, and get a sense of who they are by building a rapport with them. I then explain that we will be working together to get some great photos and throughout this process, I will coach them, direct their poses, make them smile and laugh by telling some jokes while shooting to get some genuine smiles. I will give them feedback as well as have them give their feedback to me, and ensure them that I will listen to what they have to say. Finally, I will let them know that while shooting, I will pause to show them their images in between sets, so they can see how they look on camera, and if any adjustments need to be made, we will do so. I want them to feel confident in themselves, so they are able to relax and feel comfortable.
Well, I love shooting outdoors, especially in Central Park... Bow Bridge, the Carousel, Bethesda Fountain, and of course, the Mall . That being said, one of my favorite spots is in midtown just a few blocks up from the main theatre district in Hells Kitchen...just off 44th street between 9th and 10th Avenue. There are these beautiful metal garden trellises and tree lined streets, and these great door wells that are just wonderful. Of course, living in Queens, in the heart of Forest Hills, are the Gardens, with cobblestone streets, and stucco archways that are just magnificent. Then, in Brooklyn, there's Brooklyn Bridge Park, with a great skyline view of Lower Manhattan. OOH and I can't forget South Street Seaport near Water Street and Wall Street...wonderful. Of course, there are always nooks and crannies in between. But, I always keep in mind to ask the customer some of their favorite locations too. It's important to shoot where they feel comfortable and allow them to make suggestions.