2 hours for Serbian "Express" Wedding

Hi there! Last Wednesday I was booked for 3-hours Wedding Ceremony and Newlyweds walk photoshoot with Milica & Jay, the couple from Serbia that lives in US. When we previously discussed with Milica what kind of photos do they need and expect, she mentioned that they don't need those "classic wedding photos", except portraits with the family. Also Milica told me that she does photography as hobby and she has much respect for this occupation. 

When I came to NYC Marriage Bureau, the couple represented me to their guests - "This is Marta, she is very creative!" and told me that the planes are changed and we have only 2 hours for shooting. So we had short time frames, 7 closest relatives/friends from Serbia that came to US specially for this celebration and tone of excitement to work with :). After we captured all the family in different compositions with City Hall mural background, did all the paperwork, waited in line for the Chapel, the time for the Ceremony itself came.

As for me, the Wedding Ceremony Chapel in New York City could be more elegant and spacious. But still, it's main purpose it to not to be beautiful, but to become the place, where the couples enter as lovers and exit as a family. For those 5 minutes that we've been there, my camera didn't stop snapping, as I had to capture not only "putting on the rings" and "the first kiss" photos, but what's the same important - candid expressions of the happy families, when they started to congratulate each other with the great event that just happened. 

After we left the Marriage Bureau, NYC's streets greeted us with freezing wind and cold. So we stuffed in Limo as soon as possible. As we were at one of the lowest parts of Manhattan, and got only about an hour left for outdoor shoot, we chose to go to the Flatiron district (though Limo driver was confused and didn't know the address - he excused that it just can not be a classic spot for wedding pictures, that's why he doesn't know where it is - So what? ;)  - I googled the address and gave it to him). 

The atmosphere in Limo was hot and festive. Everybody was singing Serbian songs (well, except me :D), drinking champagne, laughing and enjoying the trip. Jay, standing on his knees, accompanied by Milica's mother, sang a Serbian love song addressing to his happy wife. 
But though those Limos are cool, you could know that they usually crawl too slow in NYC traffic. So when we came to Flatiron, only 20-30 minutes were left for us to take the photos. Pedestrians kept stopping and snapping the couple while I was asking them to jump and move, shooting whatever they usually do to express their love. We had to work fast and dynamic, as I'm reminding, it was really cold (especially for the bride and the guests in the dresses :). After, we made some romantic shots with no family in the nearest square, captured 2 wedding traditions (taking off the garter by the groom and catching the bouquet by unmarried girlfriends of the bride) and even made a photo with the special book, that means much for Milica and Jay so they brought it specially for the shoot. 

What I can say - those 2 hours were one of the most filled with emotions, actions, places, atmospheres and importance in my whole photography experience. And I hope that I managed to show the vibe of that Serbian love and happiness and to create "the feeling of presence" that is my author's goal for the wedding photographs. 

Strolling the City with young fashionista

I'm very excited to tell you about the photoshoot that I had on Monday. 
Last spring I got a call from my client Julia that asked me to help with a gift for her friend's family that will come to visit NYC from Moscow. So we organized a lovely warm shooting in blossoming Central Park with Svetlana, Igor and their daughter Polina. 
This New Year's Eve I got a message from Polina in which she said that they are coming to U.S. again in few weeks. Polina wanted the new shoot to reflect the special New York City's atmosphere and also to present her street style fashion looks.

That Monday happened to be the coldest day among all the previous! But we had no choice - next day Polina and Svetlana had a flight back to Moscow. Since we started, Polina's mother was holding the winter coat ready to put it on daughter in every possible minute; I was trying to find the best spots and direct the poses as quick as possible; Polina's passion for fashion and beauty made me feel extremely inspired, no matter that in the middle of the shoot I stopped feeling my fingers :D (so we paused for a coffee-break and to change the clothes).

Though in one way it was a tourist-story, including shooting in some of the most famous locations of NYC, but we managed to put the motion and the attitude in it. 
As for me, through this shoot Polina became the "vibe" of New York, diverse and unique, somewhere epic and somewhere classy. 

I hope you'll feel our vibe too and like the photos!


He + She. Il + Elle. Parisian + New Yorker.

Are you romantic? Do you believe in fairytales? 
Let me tell you a beautiful story about the couple, that I shooted last Friday.
Jennifer, born and raised on Upper East Side, called me and asked if we could organize a love-story photoshoot for her and her boyfriend from Paris. He will be visiting NYC for the first time. She was wondering if I could suggest any spot that would answer our needs. (in some way I felt that it won't be interesting for her to shoot in well-known native hood, that many other couples choose :). So I proposed my client to meet up around Brooklyn Bridge Park (Jennifer has never been to Brooklyn before, YEP!) and to get some photos in the romantic location with that extraordinary NYC's skyline. 
When I got to the Brooklyn Ice cream Factory, I got a text from Jennifer that "this Parisian dessert addict" Thibaut was just finishing his ice cream :). 
The guys showed up very beautiful and the first thing that I told them was - "Wow, you look like movie stars"! (To be honest, they really reminded me Robert Pattinson and Taylor Momsen :D)
And then they told me their movie-like story...
Jennifer met Thibaut in Paris, where she came for study. They fell in love and have been together already for 4 months. And since they started, they're spending every weekend together in a different country/city. Firstly, it was Europe - France, Norway, Spain, and now Thibaut came to NYC.
I got so inspired by their sincerity and tenderness, their style and emotions, that I enjoyed every minute of our shoot and was aware to capture every special moment of their love expression. 

I'm really thankful to God for the clients, that make me feel interacted into their most precious moments, that open their lives and personalities to me. You're my biggest passion for work!