As the year draws to close, it invites much reflection.
There is a lot to be thankful for –– I am grateful for my family and friends, both new and old. I am grateful for my husband and mine's newly adopted kittens and the good people at Brooklyn Animal Action who rescued and nursed them back to health. And of course I am grateful for my clients and for the opportunity to capture their most meaningful moments and play a part in some of their most special memories.
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 Villa des Amis, a private estate in Southampton. Abby and Jon exchanged vows outside the villa, framed by lush greenery, reflection pools, a fruiting peach orchard, and a mesmerizing garden labyrinth. 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 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.
Last week I hosted another food photography workshop in Brooklyn. Myprevious workshops were so enjoyable, I was really looking forward to working with this new group. We started the day off meeting at Naturally Delicious' newly renovated space called PDR (Private Dining Room). Chef owner, Loren Michelle, and her talented staff prepared and styled both delicious and beautiful plates for us to photograph, including some lovely cocktails.
Thank you to those who were able to attend! We had a great turn out, and I was so pleased to meet my attendees--some of which traveled to Brooklyn from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Chicago to be there! It was a warm, interesting group of photographers (most of them wedding photographers!) who were passionate about shooting. Any time you gather a group of artists together you are guaranteed to see creative sparks fly!
Our group spent the latter half of the day shooting onsite at Runner & Stonebakery and restaurant. Runner & Stone is the delightful by-product of the combined ideas and dreams of pastry chef Peter Endriss and savory chef Chris Pizzulli. Not only does their space have stunning light, but also the food is unbelievable. We were thrilled to work with their friendly staff and be able to sample many of the items on their menu.
One of the benefits of doing a hands-on workshop is that you can troubleshoot as you go. We ended up covering many different topics including food styling, shooting angles, exposure, highlights and shadows, and especially and always composition.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to lead this group, and I am looking forward to the next workshop on July 9th. I take every opportunity I can to shoot alongside my students, I always learn new things, too!
Credits: All of the above photos were taken by Karen Wise, except for the last portrait of Karen + Jennifer shooting, which was photographed by Emilia Schobeiri, and the Instagram images which were shot by Hill Honeck.
Last month, wedding season started with a bang! I photographed a gorgeous, joy-filled 3-day Indian wedding in New York, and since then it's been shoot after shoot. This week, I am posting a series of food + party images from a recent collaboration between my team and Naturally Delicious in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
Naturally Delicious is the professional home of chef and food stylist, Loren Michelle. Loren and I have a mutual appreciation for delicious food and beautiful imagery, and we enjoy collaborating whenever possible, whether it be on weddings or food photography workshops. When she told me that she was opening Private Dining Room (PDR)--a new business adjacent to her catering kitchen--I jumped at a chance to do a shoot on location.
Loren and her staff pulled out all the stops. The evening was full of food, drink, and warm conversation. What follows is a collection of images that I hope you will enjoy. The cooperative efforts by everyone involved made for a stunning and tasty dinner.
A while back I posted about a cookbook project I was a part of last year. The final product turned out so well, I decided to share more images from this delicious shoot. The recipes and images are full of fresh ingredients--perfect for preparing and sharing this spring and summer.
This is the third cookbook I've shot. It's been described as a "Brooklyn-hipster-centric" project, and as a Brooklyn resident who likes to eat--I love that title. It was a pleasure to work with Lee Frank and Rachel Anderson, of Nachos NY, on this project.
Just a heads up--you will probably be hungry for nachos after looking at these photos!
Food Styling by Sophia Loch / Cover Prop Styling by Kira Corbin
Karen has photographed two other cookbooks--a four-seasons project on location documenting the visually sumptuous culinary, farming and vineyard cultures of the Hamptons for the cookbook “Savoring the Hamptons: Discovering the Food & Wine of Long Island’s East End”, written by Silvia Lehrer and published by Running Press and “The Way We Cook”, written and styled by two Boston Globe food writers, Julie Riven and Sheryl Julian published by Houghton Mifflin.
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.