There is nothing so wonderful as being asked to photograph a wedding for an elegant couple at one of the best restaurants in New York City. In late October, during a fluke snowstorm, I had the pleasure of photographing an intimate affair Thomas Keller's Per Se.
Here are some of my favorite details from that day:
In January, I had the pleasure of participating in a modern winter styled wedding photo shoot here in Brooklyn. It took place at a gorgeous mansion in Clinton Hill owned by an interior designer and her husband.
The film stock I used to create the above photos was Kodak's Portra 400, which in the New York provides me with the richness and color saturation I love. I used mostly natural daylight on this shoot.
Below I list the whole creative team involved.
And here is the documentary video made by Love in Progress about our process while at work!
When Kelley proposed, I had received a promotion at work (I worked in HR at a hedge fund in Connecticut), it was my 28th birthday, and our 2 year anniversary. We had so much to celebrate, I didn’t think a proposal was coming even when Kelley surprised me with lunch at Per Se. He knew I would want to have a say in the design of my engagement ring, so he gave me a simple gold ring on a necklace. I didn’t figure out he was proposing until I read the engraving “Will you marry me” on the inside of the ring. That ring is now my wedding band.
When we were planning the wedding, we wanted everything to be elegant but comfortable at the same time. Where we could, we included our local favorites and sentimental details from our relationship. The wedding and reception were at the country club attached to our favorite restaurant in the area, The Tavern at the Highlands Country Club. The favors were burnt caramel and Hawaiian sea salt truffles from a chocolate shop in our town. The invitations and all of the paper goods were custom made by my friend Misako, who owns the paper company, To You From Me. Kelley and I share a love for wine, so both the invitations and the flowers included vines.
I studied photography at Cornell, so the other aspect that was really important was that we have good quality photos. I came across our photographer, Karen Wise, through a friend. I fell in love with her documentary style, which went with the relaxed feel of the wedding. She also uses medium format film, which is impossible to find, and the photos made everything look that much better. The wedding was not only gorgeous, but incredibly touching and great fun!
It's been a busy summer. After my own wedding in May, I came back to New York and photographed 5 more in June!
August is the month that many New Yorkers take off. Many day trip to the beach, or take a long weekend away... This August I find myself shooting and editing, but also catching up on creative projects like painting my home/studio a few new shades of white :)
A few weeks ago, I photographed Lindsey and Brian in DUMBO, Brooklyn. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass. It's a quaint little neighborhood between 2 bridges, with much cobble stone, textures and views – a beautiful backdrop for any photo shoot. Lindsey and Brian, who are joint owners of a greenhouse in Nyack, have a love for flowers and for Brooklyn, and decided to tie the knot at a gallery space there.
Because they sell and look at flowers on a daily basis, they wanted something really different for their wedding. Lindsey's bouquet was one of the most unique bunch of flowers I'd ever seen! According to Blossom and Branch who designed it, it was a collection of cymbidium orchids, scabiosas, artichokes, croc ferns, succulents, viburnum berry, safari sunset and fern curls.
The bright colors and hearty textures played perfectly against this rustic historic district of Brooklyn.
For more images from Lindsey + Brian's wedding click here.You may also see more of my wedding photography here.
It's been a couple of months since I created an Image of the Month blog post.
I was married in May, and needless to say it has been busy!
I’m resuming this June with this Holga photograph of an old windmill in Barbados. This photo is part of a colorful series I made in April while visiting with my aunt and uncle. On my daily walks through their neighborhood, in their garden, and during visits to the Barbadian countryside visiting chattel houses, windmills and cane fields, I closely documented what seemed to be really unique to me in this tropical, romantic paradise.
This flower covered windmill, with blooms that last only two days per year, happened to be in bloom on the day that I visited it! This creeping vine called Cat's Claw Whisk is commonly named Shower of Gold because its golden blooms that shower whatever it grows on with gold once a year. In Barbados it grows like crazy. It is especially drawn to old windmills, wrapping its loving vines around them, and bursting into bright yellow bloom for just a couple of days.
For more images from my trip to Barbados you may look at these previous blog posts.
You may also see more of my travel photography under places on my Food and Artwebsite.
In April I went to Barbados for a little R&R, to settle my wedding planning nerves and to see my Auntie Debbie and Uncle Geoff who live there. While I was there I photographed inside an old chattel house, saw an old windmill coated in yellow flowers which bloom on one day only per year, and photographed in my aunt and uncle's garden.
Hello! I'm Karen Wise, a Brooklyn based photographer specializing in destination 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.