My photography is featured in CeciStyle Magazine today!
I worked with so many amazing artists on this indian-inspired fashion shoot, from henna artist, to make up + hair artist, jewelry designer, manicure artist, and fashion and accessories designers.
Our beautiful and photogenic subject herself, Ceci Johnson, the luxury invitation designer of Ceci New York, made my job so much easier!
I have photographed many Indian weddings, some in far away destinations (Rajasthan, Punta Cana, and West Virginia) and others right here in New York. They are unique and very lush involved events! The shoot can last up to 3 days, and sometimes even 5 days, if there are parties for days to capture...
I really love to shoot Indian weddings! I'll always be inspired by Indian colors and patterns, the food and by the joy experienced by the families and friends at these celebrations.
Below is the cover image I photographed, and below that a detail of Ceci's henna and jewel-laden hands.
Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a one on one workshop to the talented vegan food blogger, clinical nutritionist, and cookbook author, Gena Hamshaw, of Choosing Raw.
It was such a pleasure to share photo tips and tricks with Gena, all the while taking pictures of beautiful vegan dishes prepared by Naturally Delicious.
These private photo sessions I teach are unique as I can really focus on specific aspects of photography and styling particular to the one attendee. The attendee brings his/her own camera(s) – film cameras or digital cameras, or both. It’s less about what I want to teach but more about what the attendee wants to learn this day!
On this full day of learning and practice last week, we covered a short history of still life photography, manually shooting, camera fundamentals (technique, exposure, white balance, etc.), and a quick Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge tutorial. We photographed about 10 gorgeous dishes styled by Loren Michelle at Naturally delicious. At the end of the day Gena and I had time to download our photos, edit, and work on getting images ready for our blog posts.
Here are some of the images I made this day alongside Gena, of the vegan dishes prepared by Naturally Delicious.
Here is a list of the vegan dishes we photographed, served by Naturally Delicious in the PDR:
Winter Roasted Vegetables with Olive Oil & Aged Balsamic Tuscan White Bean Bruschetta with Basil Winter Farro Salad with Oven Roasted Tomatoes & Vegetable Skewers French 75 with Cognac Kit Kat Fudge Brownie, “Speculoos Wafer” and Chocolate Mousse Shaved Fennel Salad with Orange Segments and Lemon Dill Vinaigrette Thai Vegetable Summer Rolls with Sweet Chili Dip Pineapple Coconut Smoothie Homemade Chocolate Cherry Pistachio Chips Raspberry Vanilla Cupcakes Red Wine Poached Pear with Thyme, Cinnamon & Cloves Roasted Winter Parsnips & Carrots with Black Sesame Seeds Chocolate Chip Cookies with Almond Milk
Are you hungry yet?!
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I am thankful for a great wedding season this year –– this fall season was one of the most rewarding thus far and I look forward to 2015 when I'll be traveling for work internationally, to Italy and to the Caribbean!
I had the pleasure of photographing Abby and Jon's exquisite late summer wedding which took place at a stunning private residence in the Hamptons. Abby and Jon exchanged vows in the gardens, framed by lush greenery, reflection pools, a fruiting peach orchard, and a mesmerizing garden labyrinth. the tasty hors d'oeuvres and dishes were all inspired and produced locally from East End farms and fisheries. I am thankful for all of the talented artists (the planners, the designers, the caterers, the musicians, etc) and to the couple's wonderful families who came together to make this stunning and delicious event come together.
Lauren and Benoit were married on Block Island, Rhode Island this summer, on her family's beautiful seaside property. It had been about 15 years since I was last on the island – I visited while I was a student at RISD, and so it was especially nice to be back amongst Block Island's laid back culture and cool ocean breeze after so many years.
Lauren and Benoit enjoyed a quiet moment before their rehearsal dinner, taking a stroll by the Southeast Lighthouse as the sun was beginning to set. It's these magical moments when the light is just right and the bride and groom are relaxing with each other that inspire me. I always recommend my couples take a moment for themselves, before or even while the party is going on, to catch their breath and soak it all in before going back to enjoy more of the celebration.
It is always an honor for me to photograph a friend's wedding. I first met Jennie a few years ago at The Clay Pot, a jewelry store in my Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. For years I would visit and buy small gifts for myself and others. I'd often gaze at the gorgeous, unique hand-crafted wedding rings in the back room. It was, and still is, a very special place to me.
My husband proposed to me in Hawaii with a ring from The Clay Pot. Chandler and I ended up purchasing our wedding bands there too - a lovely and patient woman, Jennie Fiske, welcomed my repeated visits to view the Jessica Fields and Overmann designs. She never got tired of pulling out ring after ring for me to see, over and over again! I left with rings that I still cherish three years later, and I still get compliments on them all of the time. A few years later, it was Jennie and Joe's turn to get married. I was thrilled when I received her call asking if I would photograph their wedding this spring!
Jennie and Joe used a very glamorous Roaring Twenties theme at the Montauk Clubin Park Slope, where fittingly, a number of episodes of Scorscese's classy Boardwalk Empire were filmed. Jennie's feathered headpiece was absolutely stunning on her flaming red curled hair. The bride and maid of honor's flapperesque dresses were very svelte, not to mention the smaller details like their shoes, fine beading on the maid of honor's dress, the rich and colorful bouquets, and the bride's feather shawl! Joe's ensemble was simple and understated, balancing out the glamour of the other details. Below are a few of my favorite portraits and moments from the wedding.
On a personal note, I just want to say how grateful I am Jennie and my paths crossed. I'm so thankful for her help in finding us the perfect rings. Wishing you both all the best in love and life.
Hello! I'm Karen Wise, a Brooklyn based photographer specializing in fine art weddings, food & still life. I'm a RISD trained fine art photographer with a BFA. I grew up in Montreal, Canada and french is my second language.