Events what? Consider a Destination Wedding!


Well congratulations new brides and grooms! You're engaged and cannot wait to start your future together! Now the, sometimes, dreaded questions..."where to start?" or "Now what?" comes along. That's where me and my now husband were almost two years ago, after the love of my life bought my engagement ring and popped the question. Of course from what I've been told he was a mess and researched the ring to death, learned the 4 C's, and questioned everyone about the process, but that's neither here nor there. Let's talk about the process of getting to the altar and what needs to be done. Unfortunately, we did the easy route...we opted for a destination wedding! It was truly the best decision we made and it was right for US. I guess I am biased when it comes to this topic, but let me share you our experience.

1. Choosing the venue...choosing a travel agent. For us, this goes hand in hand. We could have called hotels on our own and helped EVERYONE book their travel and accommodations, but we didn't particularly like the idea of the headache involved with someone needing to change their flight and making sure everyone was booked correctly. Instead, we researched agents that catered to Destination Weddings. Like many brides, I was hooked on The Knot and specifically on the Destination Wedding Board. We called ourselves DW KNotties and it was a great board to find help and advice. Many of the ladies used or Beach Bum Vacations. We liked the first and everything after that was easy...sort of!

Photos above courtesy of Angelica Criscuolo Photography & Amanda Blythe Photography

2. Choosing the location. This was harder to do since we had a lot to consider. We definitely wanted the Destination Wedding. PERIOD. We knew many family and friends were not able to go (but you never know and guests may decide to come last minute) and if they really wanted to attend they'll be there. We also knew there were elderly aunts/uncles to consider so we also had to think about how they were going to travel. Add the fact we understand our families were on a budget, so we wanted to choose a location that was affordable, close to mostly everyone, and in a good price range that is also fun. Yea, a lot to look for, but first we set a budget, not for us necessarily, but for our guest. The budget was around $600-$900 for a 3-4 day weekend. To make it convenient for everyone, we chose an island in the east coast. We further narrowed it down to my husband not wanting to go to Jamaica, and me not wanting Mexico (all great locations by the way, so please go ahead and check them out!). In the end, with the help of our travel agent and the budget we gave him, he pointed us to Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. EXCELLENT! We looked at the venues within our budget for both islands and finally decided on Punta Cana, Dominican Republic...specifically Melia Caribe Tropical. It also helped that a few friends have stayed in the hotel and enjoyed it...PLUS it was an all-inclusive resort so the budget would include everyone's food. FOOD is very important in our family and with our friends so we had a winner. The images of the venue were great, had recommendations from friends, it was close to 90% of our guests, and it was budget friendly for a 3-4 day weekend.

3. Choosing a Wedding Package. For weddings, resorts will offer wedding packages that range from the basic to a regular wedding you would have in the U.S. MINUS the HUGE cost!  Since we've never really traveled other than cruises, we had no idea how hotels/catering/decor would be in any of the venues we may choose. Choosing the venue also meant choosing a package. So now that we did choose the venue, we needed to know what package to get and for how many people. We opted to send out a feeler evite/email to see how many truly wanted to attend. We let our guests know our decision to do a destination wedding, but wanted to get our guest's input on who was a real "yes" a "maybe" and a "no" and went from there. Around 80 responses said yes (out of 200+ guests) and so we worked with half that number and in the end ended up with over 65. Since we had a better idea of number of guests, we had our wedding coordinator at the hotel know the approximate range of guests that will be attending and she was more than happy to work with those numbers. FYI, we sent invites to everyone we invited and not just those individuals that replied "yes" to our evite/email feelers.

Photos above courtesy of Angelica Criscuolo Photography & J'Adore Love
4. Catering/Flowers/Music: Unlike weddings in the states where a bride and groom would either need to get a wedding planner to suggest vendors, or the bride and groom themselves would research and book vendors on their own, me and my husband were shown what the hotel venue offered. For the reception it was either a sit down dinner with one option or a buffet with multiple options. For flowers they gave us samples of flower arrangements for bouquets and centerpieces that was part of our package. I love flowers and would loved to have brought in Celadon & Celery, but since they were booked we decided to trust the resort and pay additional for a "higher end" arrangement. We sent the wedding coordinator pictures of flower arrangements we loved and in the end they did an amazing job of creating a similar look. For Music we placed ceremony music, cocktail hour music, and reception music on a disc. We trusted the resort's DJ and I did hear from other Melia Caribe brides that they did a great job on their wedding.
Photos below courtesy of Angelica Criscuolo Photography

5. Photography: This was dear to my heart, so not really being able to communicate with the resort's vendor, we opted to bring our own photographer - Amanda Blythe Photography from Louisiana - to capture our special day. Other brides loved the resort's vendor, so we decided to use them as our videographer. We also wanted a photo booth, but of course none of the U.S. based companies travel to the Caribbean. So being a photographer I got creative to make sure I got my way! We bought a small printer, downloaded a photo booth software on my laptop, and hooked up everything at the reception...well my bridesmaids did and everyone LOVED it. All guests needed to do was hit the space bar and pose 4 times to allow the laptop's camera to capture their picture and send it to the printer. We thought it was a hit and loved the line forming at the "photo booth" section.

6. Programs/Invitations: This is where we got creative. We created our own invitations and created the inner envelopes and added a ribbon to close the envelope. We decorated the outer envelopes using a custom made monogram and basically stamped away. The programs were created using the leftover paper stock for the inner envelope and used a heavier card stock to create the programs. We had a Catholic Ceremony so with the priest's help, we typed in our programs complete with readings, prayers, music list and traditional Filipino custom of the veil, rope, and candle ceremony.

Photos above: Angelica Criscuolo Photography

7. Decorations: Using large and medium suitcases, we brought our decorations for the ceremony and reception! We created table numbers, fans, place cards, seating cards and more. The medium suitcase was placed inside the large suitcase and we asked someone to bring it back with them after the wedding weekend. We also bought parasols as decoration and props and created an out-of-town bag complete with a "medical kit," chopsticks and take-out boxes with candies to give something sweet to our guests, pom-poms to put on top of the napkin settings at the reception, bubbles instead of guests throwing rice or bird seeds and so much more!

10. Bridal Party: As with any bridal party, we asked if our friends/family can be part of the wedding as soon as we knew they were definitely coming. We didn't want to add the pressure of someone feeling pressured they had to come to the wedding since we just wanted them to come and celebrate our wedding and have fun. We bought everyone's dresses(RK Bridal-Alfred Angelo) and shoes for the ladies and flower girl. The men's Barong Tagalog (top) were custom made in the Philippines and we also got their pants, shoes and belts from a department store and sent shipped them all to each of them to make sure they fit. We, well ME, had a blasts shopping at Etsy that I found beautiful silk-touch flowers for me at PowderBlueBijoux and my bridesmaids at All4Brides. The  men got custom made boutonnieres from TheHeadbandShoppe and my husband's at YJDesign. Etsy is so great that we even found a lingerie name hanger from lilafrances and edible flowers for our wedding cake at MissErikas.

As for my dress, I tried my Enzoani dress "Diana" and fell in love with it! Just because we had a destiAnation wedding doesn't mean I couldn't wear the dress of my dreams! My husband got his gorgeous suit and shirt from Hugo Boss and got it tailored at the Soho location in New York City. We carried our dresses and suit with us as carry-on and the flight attendants allowed us to hang them in first class. Some brides have mentioned that certain airlines does not allow this, but we flew American Airlines and they were nice about making sure my dress (and another bride's dress) were hanging without a problem.

Photos Below courtesy of Amanda Blythe Photography

Courtney and Cesar's New York City Engagement Party - Ritz Carlton, Battery Park

What an amazing engagement party! Courtney and Cesar are definitely a loving pair and truly meant to be. Their vibrant personality, love for one another, and love for their family and friends showed with each laugh, gesture and smile. The view at the Rise, on the 14th floor of the Ritz Carlton Battery Park location was just amazing! The entire terrace overlooks the Hudson River, the skyline of Jersey City, and of course a view of the Statue of Liberty. We hurried to take pictures while the sun was setting, but although the beautiful sunset was over, the skyline of Jersey was a spectacular view as well as the lit Lady Liberty. A surprise fireworks display was also  the evening's entertainment. A perfect night to remember. Many of the family flew from Kansas for the event and for them the trip was worth it. Here's a few pictures from the event. Enjoy and congratulations again to Courtney and Cesar and their family! Ritz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, sunset view, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson TerraceRitz Batter Park, New York City Engagement, Cultural wedding, Jersey City view, Statue of Liberty View, Hudson River Terrace, Venue by the Hudson Terrace

Misha Nonoo - New York City Fashion Week by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Meeting Misha Nonoo during fashion week was a colorful sight to see! New York City welcomed the highly acclaimed designer who had her show at MADE in Chelsea by the Highline. Her clothing line was truly feminine, with a touch of masculinity in a few pieces she created. Misha received her inspiration during her time in Italy and the Mediterranean. Her show, designed by Celadon & Celery Events, was filled with live Olive trees in various species. The smell and sight gave the feeling we were in Europe! See below her gorgeous creations and you can see how anyone would love to be these models wearing such fabulous clothing. Makeup was provided by MAC and the shoes were from Aldo's who both sponsored the shows held at Milk Studios. Enjoy and remember to stop by my facebook page and "like"! :-)

The Busy Girls Network Expo Event - Marriott Teaneck, NJ by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

"Busy Girls" from all walks of life in the Northern New Jersey and New York metro area gathered yesterday at the Marriott at Glenpointe in Teaneck, New Jersey to participate in The Busy Girls Expo event. Entrepreneurs and many professionals in the financial field, photography (yours truly!), public relations and catering/cake business and so much more filled the ballroom as each guest and vendor chatted and learned from one another to build their respective network and referral contact. I met so many wonderful women ready to help one another that it was truly empowering and encouraging! Of course we cannot forget the men who also attended to help, assist, and support the event. Busy Girl Expo - New York New Jersey Wedding Event Photographer Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Speaker for the event was Andrea Gross, a Lifestyle Coach, shared her personal story and gave an inspirational speech to the guests. In addition to Ms. Gross, additional businesses who took part in the event, and those that attended the event, include (in no particular order): AART Event Planning, Almond Eyes Makeup Artistry, Ambient DJ Service, ‎Angelica Criscuolo Photography, Arbonne - Victoria Berner, Alan Boom Video Productions, Bergen County Womens Professional Network, Card Party - Send out Cards (Jill Clarvit), Creative Custom Card boxes, Dreamers Joy Events & Design, EH Social Event, Elegant Creations Events & Wedding Planners llc,  Hallak Cleaners Bridal, Hope Spring Photography by Dasha Wright and Robert Jacobs, Jemage Image Consulting, Lexus of Englewood, LilShopaholick, MCrescimbeni Artistry, Miller & Co, Mimi's Fushion of Flavor, NJAWBO, Pink Jewels, PR for Small Business, Primerica, Reina's Cakes and Catering Co., Royal Photobooth, RSVP to me, ELITE, Scentsy - Lucinda Faragher, Stacy Gemma Traveling Boutique, Stella & Dot Independant Stylist, Teaneck Marriott At Glenpointe, The Busy Girls, The Hudson Cakery, Vibrant Coach - Verena Visser Aibel, Tinkles Baby Gifts, Wells Fargo Financial Advisor - Miri Upton, Worship Luxury, and so much more!!!!

I was very fortunate to meet so many wonderful individuals and let them know more about me, my style of photography and show them my work. Plus, if you didn't get a chance to take note, my FALL Special to save 20% on a single one hour session is available to anyone who "likes" my Facebook page and books by November 11, 2011!!!

Thanks to Karina Alvela and Marni Gold for setting up the event! Everyone definitely had a great time!

xoxo Angelica


Sharda & Anna's New Jersey Wedding - Liberty House, Jersey City by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Congratulations to Sharda and Anna! They were married at the Liberty House Restaurant grounds in Jersey City New Jersey. This New Jersey Wedding was amazing and the event was planned by Kasal NY and the beautiful floral arrangements were created by Celadon & Celery Events. Working with two great vendors who are a powerhouse in the industry is definitely an honor. Anna and Sharda loved everything about the wedding. They both looked gorgeous in their gowns as they walked down the aisle complete with bouquets distinctive of their personalities. Celadon & Celery did an amazing job with their bouquets, ceremony decor, reception and more. The cake was also a masterpiece itself since it was made by Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss himself! He and his wife even stopped by during the reception to congratulate the brides. Who doesn't love the Cake Boss and his cakes! The ceremony was memorable as the brides were escorted down the aisle with their mothers and even their precious k9 took part in the ceremony as the Ring Bearer complete in his little tux! There were smiles all around and it truly was a sight to see. The weather was perfect for this special occasion and the brides truly deserved to have a perfect happy beginning :-).

2011 Fall Portrait Session Photography Special! by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Fall is here and here's my special portrait photography savings and giveaway for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut (Tri-State) and for any destination wedding outside the Tri-State! Take advantage of all the gorgeous fall colors and book your Engagement, newborn, family, children, maternity and even head shot 1 hour portrait session today! Well, by November 11, 2011 (yes, that's 11/11/11) and receive 20% off your 1 hour session! For regular portrait sessions including newborn, family, children, maternity and head shot receive an 8x10 Metallic print and proofs on a DVD.

For all my engaged couples out there, receive 20% off  your engagement session as well, plus if you also book a wedding package for 2012 by 11/11/11 you will receive a FREE engagement book!!! GREAT as a guest book for the wedding. This is even a lot more saving since we all know how much anything wedding related costs these days! I will specially design the engagement book to fit your wedding theme.

To get the special savings as outlined above, just head on to my Facebook page at and "like" the page! Very easy to get this discounted pricing! In addition, as soon as my Facebook page receives 1000 likes, I will choose a winner randomly to receive a FREE SESSION of their choosing!!!!

I cannot wait to work with you all and I am very blessed to be busy this year and cannot wait to make it more so in 2012! Look through my website for samples of my lifestyle photography and photo-journalistic style and if you have any questions do not hesitate to call 646.662.6567 or email me at!

xoxo Angelica

9/11...We Remember - New York State of Mind - by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

9/11....We Remember. This past weekend was a whirlwind of memorials and dedications. One commercial created by State Farm "Empire State of Mind" ( really pulled some strings...not just because the commercial was made well, but because the Firehouse showcased in the commercial was the same Engine 205 Ladder 118 I visited earlier this year. Let me just say that these firemen were all very down to earth individuals who all had stories to say about that fateful day. Walking into the station, you can almost feel the presence of those that walked through the same hallways checking equipment, sliding down the pole when the alarm rings, or putting on over a hundred pound worth of gear...that's correct...A Fireperson has over a hundred pounds worth of gear at some point, not including carrying a person (if need be) through a roaring fire in a burning building. These men literally will put their lives on the line and talking to them and sharing their stories is just mind blowing. One cannot grasp what they do until you see how they live in a station first-hand. Here's a few photos from the station. They are by the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO and you can never miss their firehouse with their famous mural on their door. They are also a fun bunch since while one of them, Danny, was demonstrating his equipment in front of the truck, one of the lieutenants climbed on top of the truck with a bucket of water and poured it all on the uknowing fireman...and I was next to him! Good thing I looked up on time...I don't think my camera would have survived :-).

Kardashian Kollection SEARS launch - Leibovitz Studio - by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian along with their mom and successful manager Kris Jenner were in Chelsea yesterday, Tuesday September 6, 2011 to launch their new clothing line in over 700+ SEARS department stores. The fashion icons came dressed in their creations and were very impressed with the design created by Celadon & Celery Events and LDC (Lex Liang Design Corporation) for the event. Guests arrived even with the pouring rain, but the weather did not halt the occasion. Ben Zion from Baked by Melissa was at the event personally providing the baked goodies from the famous mini cupcake store and the Kardashian sisters were more than happy to have a few bites of the scrumptious treats.

Ben Zion, Partner and owner of Baked By Melissa designed this arrangement for the Kardashian Kollection launch event. He was my favorite man of the night especially since he loved to give us all the cupcakes and we were more than happy to oblige. Thank you Ben!A gorgeous arrangement created by Celadon & Celery Events

As previously mentioned, the Kardashians enjoyed the treats created by Baked by Melissa! So happy I was able to take home a few :-).

Me and Kaye at the launch party... a little time off from shooting :-)

Kim's ring is gorgeous!!!! Just look at it! Owners of Celadon & Celery Events, Ivie Joy Agustin-Gonzales and Bess Wyrick posing in front of their creation.

LOVESTRUCK by Vera Wang {Celadon & Celery Events} by Angelica Criscuolo Photography

Once again, the talented team from Celadon & Celery created a classy look for a very important client, Vera Wang! The talented designer launched her fragrance, Lovestruck, in NYC last week at The Jimmy located on the rooftop of The James Hotel in SoHo. The gorgeous designs and arrangements were carefully created by Celadon and Celery Events team including Ivie Joy Agustin-Gonzales of CC Events and Bess Wyrick owner of CC events. The event looked amazing and definitely made everyone swoon and feel 'lovestruck' :-). From Vera Wang's blog, Lovestruck is "all about being overwhelemed, inexplicably, hopelessly in love....a new definition of Romeo & Juliet..."

Photo of Leighton Meester (the face of Lovestruck) from Gossip Girl taken by Just Jared and Vera Wang above taken by the talented Sarah Jay Weiss.

Andrea & Michael - NYC Rooftop Wedding - Ramscale by Angelica Criscuolo Photography & CC Events

Congratulations to Andrea & Michael! They were married overlooking the Hudson River on the Ramscale Terrace in NYC this past Memorial weekend (it was a busy weekend for this photographer!). The wedding was very intimate with friends and family flying in from Florida and Texas. The Bride was beautiful and Michael had a smile when Andrea walked down the aisle . For the reception, Bess Wyrick and her team from Celadon and Celery created an outdoor space indoors with a huge canopy of vines and flowers hanging above complete with gorgeous crystal chandeliers. The ceremony space was designed with a custom chuppah addorned with silk fabric, roses, and vines, and candles were lit everywhere. What a romantic sight to see! Congratulations to the amazing couple! undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

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Happy Independence Day!!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing 4th of July weekend! Here's a few firework pictures captured on top of a friend's rooftop in Chelsea overlooking the Hudson river during the Macy's 4th of July firework display. A picnic on a rooftop is one way to spend the holidays! undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

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Ivie & Michael Get Married - New York Wedding

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. Michael Gonzales! Ivie Joy glowed as a June bride and Michael looked dashing with his new lovely wife. They looked amazing together and their love showed for everyone to see.  They celebrated with an intimate gathering of close friends at Rouge Tomate near Central Park and Bess Wyrick, owner of Celadon & Celery designed an amazing, and breathtaking, reception that made the couple's jaw drop. This photographer had a great time capturing every angle of the event and seeing everyone laughing, sharing stories, and celebrating with the bride and groom was just a sight to see. I have no doubt many wonderful blessings will be bestowed upon Ivie and Michael since they truly deserve all the happiness in the world. A toast to the new married couple and may you both have many years of wonderful stories and adventures to share with one another!

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Leah & David - Rouge Tomate {New York Wedding}

What a gorgeous reception Leah and David had at Rouge Tomate in NYC Memorial weekend! Celadon & Celery Events designed the venue and everything looked amazing. The unique design along with the main centerpiece truly pulled together the entire event space and once again C&C created a memorable masterpice! The bride and groom loved how all the details turned out and it was a great surprise after their outdoor ceremony in Central Park. Also, Rouge Tomate's event space is a perfect location for NYC brides to have an elegant, chic, fun and intimate reception. Everyone definitely had a blast (and if you're wondering how Rouge Tomate's menu taste, do not hesitate to stop by since the menu and drinks are exquisite)! Congratulations to the happy couple! undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

Joan & Melissa Rivers hosts AFSP's Annual Gala

On May 11, 2011, celebrity personalities Joan and Melissa Rivers hosted the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's annual benefit dinner and gala. Attendees came together for the Lifesavers Dinner from different backgrounds ranging from politics, science, media, entertainments and business. Each individual has been dedicated to raising the public awareness about suicide and support for the AFSP's research, education and advocacy programs. Joan and Melissa started the evening with their story of how this issue affected them directly after Joan's husband committed suicide and how mother and daughter dealt with the aftermath of such a tragic event. They continue to help others and are great supporters of AFSP with Joan being a founding member. The evening's gala was designed by Celadon & Celery and everyone was mesmerized of how the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Allen Room was transformed to a beautiful dining hall complete with cherry blossoms and creative center pieces. Bess Wyrick was on site ensuring every piece was in place for such a special occasion and once again C&C Events did an excellent job.


Celadon & Celery Events - Audrey & Vijay's Long Island, NY Wedding at Garden City Hotel

Weddings are beautiful ceremonies to attend and add the right design by Celadon & Celery Events, then you have a magical day, or night, to remember! Everyone at the Garden City Hotel were amazed with the details and vibrant colors of the reception's entryway for Audrey & Vijay's wedding celebration. Each angle guests discovered new things to see as they find their place card on their way to the cocktail hour. I had a lot of fun at this wedding since New York being a small world, I saw a few friends dressed up for the bride and groom's special day! Much blessings to the bride and groom as well as to their family and friends who all looked beautiful that day. undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined

Cherry Blossom Festival - Brooklyn Botanic Garden

What a way to start the month of May! Attended the last day of the Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, which is the end of the month long Hanami celebration of the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season. The last day of the festival was packed, and rightly so with all the cherry blossoms in bloom. Many dressed for the occasion, and others came as they were ready to picnic and lounge by the orchards. Below are some moments from the event. Enjoy! undefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefinedundefined


French-American Aid For Children honors CHANEL

Another classy event at The Plaza this time with the French-American Aid for Children (FAAC). Celadon & Celery designed the event, where the FAAC honored CHANEL for their commitment to helping underprivileged children. The occasion also marks FFAC's 70th anniversary of The Bal des Berceaux, which is an elegant, black-tie affair featuring a debutante ball and live auction complete with a dinner-dance. Everyone looked glamorous in their gowns and tux and I am honored to have been there.




We all have that inner beauty that photographers capture in an instant. That's why portraits, especially candid portraits, show a person's true personality. Catching someone in their natural state often times captures their "true" self. Once they see how the camera can be their friend, and not something to shy away from, they become more relaxed and can look into the camera more comfortably.


USA vs. Argentina - New Meadowlands Stadium

I'm giving much of the credit for these pictures to my other half, Matt, who took all the later pics of the game. We were at the coach level, and being petite I was not able to get any good shots. Matt on the other hand blended in with his 6' frame and with a 200mm lens he was able to get some shots of a very exciting game. USA and Argentina tied in the end 1-1 and everyone left happy.


Exploring Dumbo

This past weekend I had the chance to learn from one of the most respected photographers in the industry, Joe DiMaggio. He may not be the well known baseball player, but he is the well known photographer whose work have graced the pages of Sports Illustrated, Life and Time Magazines just to name a few! Time Magazine chose his 1981 Cooney-Holmes fight as picture of the year. Deciding to do one of his workshops was one of the best decisions I've made since it was a very good experience learning from one of the best. I'm actually giddy with excitement that Mr. DiMaggio posted some work on his blog site: JOE DIMAGGIO IN THIS CORNER. You can also see some other works from other talented photographers who attended the workshop. Being part of a group of individuals who were all very creative and loved photography was also worthwhile. No one looked at you odd when you're with 15 others with DSLRs hanging around their necks and taking shots of buildings, people, the ground and sky in all angles! Mr. DiMaggio took us through the Brooklyn bridge, stressing that you should always walk, stop, and look back and see the different angles, look at how different the angles and horizons are after just walking 15 feet. He also stressed that not everything has to look sharp! He also stated do not be afraid to raise your ISO! Get that shot, that moment, and you'll be amazed at how wonderful it can be even if it is not as sharp or more grainy than you would have liked. He also mentioned whatever he speaks of are a matter of opinion. Well, his opinion, in my opinion, does count.

After shooting pictures of the Brooklyn Bridge, getting sceneries, motion, angles and more, we headed to Gleason's Gym where many of the best boxers have trained. We were also warned not to touch anything and then touch our face...Duly noted! Gleason's is not your modern day gym so do not expect a NYSC feel to the place. This training gym is worn, used, and the facility is filled with experienced trainers and legends looking for the next champion. After Gleason's we headed to the home of Engine 205 and Ladder 118. Thanks again to everyone at Engine 205/Ladder 118 for allowing us freedom to access the firehouse and capture everything! They were all very cooperative and patient with our questions. Just seeing the hundreds of pounds of gear a single Fireman or woman must carry is definitely an eye opener when seen in person and not just on TV. The jacket and pants they wear are about 50 pounds, plus additional gear consisting of oxygen tank, mask, axes, pulling hoses, plus a body to carry if it ever came to that. That's on top of the person's weight! Very humbling indeed and we all walked away thankful for the experience, and thankful to each of them for doing what they do. After seeing the home of these brave Firemen, we were off to the pier overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. A natural scene in this area are newlyweds and we saw one such couple who were happy to have our workshop take pictures freely. We then ended the day at the East River Park...of course along the way we stopped at Jacques Torres Chocolate factory for some much loved hot chocolate (some got the Wicked drink while the rest including yours truly tried the Classic).

All in all a very good day and a very fun experience. Thanks again to my fellow classmates and for Joe DiMaggio for sharing their experience, knowledge, and providing advice and hopefully we'll meet again at the next workshop! Below are some more shots from the day.