black and white birthday

My buddy Matt Lesser the Hair Dresser (aka Matty Whoo-hoo) just turned 40. I’ve known Matty for 20 years now, back when he was young and pretty. Now he’s old and stinky, but we still love him. He wanted his closest friends to come over, have some snacks and drinks, and play Cards Against Humanity. It…

a poetry reading on the upper westside

I was invited by the director of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation to photograph a reading by Robin Morgan of her upcoming collection, “The Grey Matter Suite”, at a party hosted by Loreen Arbus in her amazingly colorful Upper Westside apartment overlooking Central Park. Morgan, a poet who lives with Parkinson’s Disease, set the room ablaze…

sweet 16

Katherine turned 16 last month and her father threw her a blow-out party at the Larkfield Manor out on Long Island. Elegant surroundings, great food and music, and the rowdy energy of teenagers made for a fun-filled party and many photographic opportunities. The party design was by Linda DeAngelis at Precision Event Planning. I used…

a high school graduation party

I was asked to shoot a graduation party at Cafe Frida on the Upper West Side. The setting was cramped and unglamorous, and to top it all off it was raining, so having to restaurant’s back garden to spread out and get some nice portraits in was out. We were limited to a small strip…

anya’s graduation

This nice New York family invited me into their lovely back yard to take portraits before they went to dinner to celebrate Anya’s graduation. Because they had to make their dinner reservation time was short. I threw my SB-800 on a 13′ stand behind them to light the greenery on the wall and to give…

thomas on his 1st birthday

This strapping young man was all personality on his first birthday, and his mother threw him a bash to match. Thankfully the rain held off and they were able to keep the fiesta in the back yard. Gear: Nikon D7000, Nikon 80-200mm f2.8, 16-85mm f3.5, Pocketwizard set up and Chimera modifier. Challenges: small children are…

kathleen’s 50th

All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much. ~ George Harrison