A couple of months ago, I had the immense pleasure to meet baby Charlie, his parents Megan and Brian, as well as Shamus, the OG baby of the family for a newborn photo session at their home, in Brooklyn.
Baby Charlie graced us with a few beautiful smiles as well as a few tears (babies, am I right?) but overall, the shoot went very smoothly.
As a wedding photographer, I am often contacted by former couples to take photos of their pregnancies, babies, and even toddlers and I have to say that I LOVE it! It is always such a treat for me to meet my couples’ growing families and to shoot in a quiet environment where I can take my time, let the baby guide us through the session, and enjoy every minute without running everywhere.
So I am putting this out there: I am totally down for more baby sessions, so send them my way!
One of the greatest advantages of organizing a micro wedding with a Zoom ceremony, is that planning doesn’t take a lot of time. Melissa and Ryan contacted me ten days before their wedding to ask me to be their photographer, and in a matter of a couple of days it was all settled and we were ready to go!
I created a hybrid package for them with a ceremony shot on FaceTime and a photo session IRL in their neighborhood. Melissa and Ryan were very mindful of the pandemic, which is why the home portion of the day was all virtual. In addition to me, their guests, witnesses and officiant were all on Zoom, participating from afar.
Melissa and Ryan live in a really bright apartment with lots of windows and natural light, which was great for the FaceTime shoot. The fact that they had great light was a huge advantage for their photos to come out as beautiful as possible. We FaceTimed a few days before the wedding to decide where to prop the phone, and on the day of they put the phone on a tripod.
After the virtual ceremony in their living room in slippers (check Ryan’s feet!), I met them on their rooftop in Prospect Heights. They brought their big puppy for the family photos, and then we hit the streets for a few photos in the gorgeous winter sun.
Lots of tears were shed during the FaceTime session, both during the ceremony and the speeches. It was a true testament that virtual weddings can be as emotional and intense as IRL ones, and that nothing can stop brides and groom from having the wedding of their dream. Not even a world pandemic.
Check out a few of the FaceTime photos below as well as some of my favorite portraits. And if you guys are interested in a FaceTime shoot, I wrote a little article explaining how it all works over here!
And now, here are the real life portraits we took in Brooklyn!