The Empty Apple: A New York City Time-lapse
Photography Unfiltered Update
This year started off with a very unique wedding at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn in Lake Tahoe. I knew I was in for a treat when Ci Ci told me that Bob was having a custom tux made to fit over his ski boots. And why would he need such a thing? The morning ceremony took place at High Camp on the top of Squaw Valley. Shortly following the “I do”s’ the newlyweds took me for a ride on skis as I followed the great skiers around the mountain in their wedding garb. I must admit, it was one of the most fun things i have ever done!
The night reception displayed a completely different tone. It took place at the hip PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and was contemporary, elegant, and an amazing party. Everyone that sees the images assumes that Ci Ci is an interior designer or is part of the art world in some way. She has an innate sense of good design, grace and style. As for Bob, well, he is one of the most kind, generous, thoughtful people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. He especially got me when he left the dance floor to find me to make sure I got a “cupcake” – he didn’t want me to miss out on the experience of the delicious dessert!Thank you to the event coordinator, Liz Dugan, and to all the other vendors for doing such a phenominal job.
I just finished yet another amazing trip in New York City. My schedule was crazy with an engagement session on Friday, awesome wedding on Saturday, fun day on Sunday (shopping and massage), Monday and Tuesday – tons of great meetings. See iphone photos and details below:Weekend started with an engagement session in the rain. We had to get creative and go to Grand Central Station followed by some great portraits in the rain – stay tuned for images.Hanging with Richard Rabinowitz in the East VillageCoffee Break with the amazing friend and kick a*s photo editor for Elegant Bride, Claudia Grimaldi.I had a great lunch meeting with American Photo’s Executive Editor, Russell Hart – he is an amazing man! Lots of talk about the Famous Top Ten Wedding Photographer List & some exciting news about the magazine!Happy hour with great photographer, Jason GroupHad a great lunch at the very popular “Comfort Diner”with Modern Bride Photo Editor, Holly Watson – she is a gem!Kicked it with PDN feature editor Conor Risch at Starbucks in Astor Place. We had a great discussion about the current state of the industry.Enjoyed a tour and then yummy girly cocktails with The Knot’s lovely Rebecca Crumley.
There’s a saying that behind every talented person is a talented teacher. If you think about it, it must be true, even if that “teacher” only taught life lessons. When I was in college, I was fortunate enough to have a professor who not only taught me photography skills, but who also encourage me as an artist.
I met Sky Bergman during my first year of photography classes at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She was one of my teachers, but unlike others, she was also a practicing (absolutely amazing!) photographer. She really knew how to cultivate our creativity and push us further. In her classes, I felt encouraged to try new things. Things I wouldn’t have had the courage to do otherwise. Another thing I admired about her was that she always knew exactly what to say to motivate us to do our best. She could pull out the greatness in everybody and pushed us to find out what makes us special. And while all of these lessons were valuable, the greatest lesson of all came when I graduated.
Sky really wanted one of my prints. Because I admired her so much, I offered to give it to her for free, as a gift. She wouldn’t accept it unless I let her pay for it. We squabbled over this until she finally accepted it, and much to my chagrin, mailed me a check for $250 (much more than I ever would have thought it was worth!). And while I was both upset that she had paid that much and grateful for the money, I realized her plan had been strategic. She showed me the value of my work, and let me know that it was ok to ask people to pay for it. That lesson about not underestimating my worth as an artist has stuck with me ever since.
Sky and I are now more friends than teacher/student, but thanks to her inspiration and invaluable lessons, she will always be on a pedestal in my eyes.