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I love coffee. Sometimes people try to switch my coffee to decaf when I’m not looking. I can always tell the difference. I also like Pringles, but only the reduced fat kind because they crunch better when you bite into them and they don’t leave grease on your fingers. I’m…

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As part of our quest to support women’s issues, Katana Photography is excited to announce our first ever Celebrating Survival contest!
Having any kind of cancer is frightening and confusing. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Katana Photography is welcoming all survivors from all forms of cancer to participate…

Weekly Photo
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When I was looking to buy my wedding invitations (back in April), I found a lot of designers on Etsy. After narrowing it down to a couple different designs/companies, I contacted both for their pricing list. One was pretty significantly more expensive–almost $2 per invitation more. Which I think all…

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When talking to people about photography, I hear one phrase over and over again: Kids and dogs are the hardest subjects to photograph.
I, personally, don’t have this problem with my clients…kids and dogs are among my favorite things to photograph. Maybe it’s because I like to have any excuse…

Weekly Puppies
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Last week, Sean and I had our morning coffee on the balcony and watched as the Enterprise shuttle was pulled down the Hudson on a tug boat. It’s on its way to the Intrepid and I can’t wait to see it up close at the museum!

Weekly Coffee

Coffee Crisis

I was bleary-eyed. The rain pounded on my windows echoing the headache pounding inside my skull. Bebop pranced around my neck, licking my face. I hadn’t heard the alarm go off yet, so I knew it wasn’t even 7am. Bebop can usually make it until AT LEAST 7:30. I grabbed her little body and tried to force her to lay back down next to me. She simply wasn’t having it…with the same persistence I’ve seen as my niece tries to open a candy bar wrapper, she continued panting in my face. It was obvious…her highness would wait no longer.

I wrapped my robe taut around my body–an ugly, faded pink fuzzy thing. I really need a new robe. I put on my galoshes. My coat. My scarf. I reached down to the place where I usually keep my umbrella only to remember that I lost it weeks ago. Instead a grab a hat.

Bebop and I go for a weary walk around the block…well, for me it was a weary walk. For her, it was playtime. She bounced around, taking her time to pee on everything. My hat blew off my head. I managed to grab it and put it back on before anyone saw the disaster that was my hair.

By 6:50am I was back inside my apartment dripping wet. For the first time in her life, Bebop didn’t seem to mind the rain. Every dog owner’s….dream? Nightmare? It was still too early to formulate coherent thoughts.

Coffee. The second the thought entered my head, I could feel the adrenaline rush hitting me. Just the thought of caffeine was enough to energize me…if only for a second. With hope, I rushed to the cabinet and grabbed the bag of French Roast.

Empty. Empty. Noooo, this wasn’t possible. When did I finish my coffee? Oh, that’s right. Last night during my midnight marathon of editing. There had to be more coffee somewhere in my house. I always kept reserves of it…

Fridge - no. Cupboard - no. Cabinets - no. Linen closet - no. I was, for the first time in my life, without any coffee whatsoever. For the past few weeks, I’ve been eating random things in my house - peanut butter and jelly on tortilla wraps (because I was out of bread). Then I ran out of jelly. Then peanut butter. I’ve had no vegetables in the house. No protein. I even ran out of sugar and cream. I’ve been living on take-out and brown rice every day for the past few weeks. But none of that mattered because I had my COFFEE.

But now, even that was gone. And I officially NEEDED to go food shopping.

Which was fine, because I could grab a coffee on the way…

2011 Senior Rep Applications {Senior Pictures}

2011 Senior Rep Applications {Senior Pictures}

Have you ever wanted to model? Do you love having your picture taken? This is your chance to have a lot of fun!

Katana Photography is now accepting applications for 2011 Representatives from all high schools in the tri-state area! Slots go pretty quickly since I try to only take a couple from each school, so be sure to email or call me asap to secure your spot!

Your benefits, just to name a few:

-$50 off your session fee

-Your pictures on facebook, Katana Photography’s website and blog and promo materials.

-Beautiful 11×14 single picture print

-$20 in print/digital credit for each qualified referral

-25 rep cards to hand out to your friends

-24 free wallets
**Bonus- the Representative that refers the most students will get their portraits FREE! (Last year one of our reps received $500.00 in prints!)**

All 2011 Representatives will be photographed for a mini-promo session sometime in April. There will be an additional session in early-mid summer. You can choose from both sessions for your order.
You will be required to a sign photo release form and provide a deposit.

Contact Katana Photography today to apply to be one of my 2011 Representatives!

colleen@katana-photography.com

336.442.1135

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Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

I loved this shoot. Missy at Take 5 Photography had come to the city for the weekend and she and I shot this together! The couple wanted a very urban photo shoot with obvious city landmarks in the background. Things like Times Square and Radio City Music Hall and Rockefeller Center. This is always a challenging shoot–trying to get such icons in a way that still highlights the couple can be tough! Then add on top of that the fact that it was nighttime, raining and SO CROWDED. I warned them ahead of time that other people in the images might not be avoidable and they were totally fine with it. In fact, they welcomed it. Afterall, it doesn’t look like the city if there’s no people!

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

Urban Engagement | {New York City Engagement Photographer}

What’s In A (Last) Name?

I was chatting with my friend, Missy, the other day about last names. And I mentioned how I don’t think I will be changing my last name when I marry. Missy’s traditional (but not at all judgmental) and brought up an interesting question–one I hadn’t necessarily thought about in the past. Am I ok with not having the same last name as my children?

I think I am ok with this…though, who’s to say that my children won’t also have my last name? It doesn’t matter to me one way or another if a woman keeps her last name, hyphenates, or takes her husband’s. It’s a personal choice and I don’t judge anyone for the choice they make! If I had a crappy last name, I would ABSOLUTELY take my hub’s instead of being Ms. CrappyLastName for the rest of my life. And I understand that some women like the tradition; some like that it unifies them as a family. All are valid points.

But let’s face it–my name kicks some serious ass. Katana. KATANA. KUH-TAH-NAH. Like the sword. Like the motorcycle. It’s like being Mr. Incredible…that’s right–I’m comparing myself to a Disney Superhero! Not to mention, that my name is my business.

Every now and then when I mention my future name plans to people, I get a weird, disapproving look. “Oh,” they sneer, “you must be one of those feminists. You think it’s for your “career” don’tchya?”

This is usually the point in the conversation when I put on my faux southern accent and say, “Wayell, shucks! Ah never thought of it much beefore…but Ah suppose Ah am a feminist, afterall! You know…fer not wantin’ to change my entire business structure based on a tradition that Ah personally don’t believe in all that much. Thanks fer enlightenin’ me.”

So, my question to readers out there–did you take your husband’s last name? Why or why not?

New Product Being Offered! {New York Portrait Photography}

I just ordered a few of these accordion book samples from the AMAZING ProDPI! They are honestly, the most amazing company ever. And as I mentioned before, they always send candy!!!

These accordion books are absolutely beautiful and a perfect gift for parents of the bride and groom, grandparents of the new baby…or just for yourself! They fit easily in a purse and are a beautiful way to show off your kid.

New Product Being Offered! {New York Portrait Photography}

New Product Being Offered! {New York Portrait Photography}

New Product Being Offered! {New York Portrait Photography}

New Product Being Offered! {New York Portrait Photography}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

This is a client of mine from back in November…sweet little Isabelle. Or Isa-smell as her parents call her. Awwww, I LOVE my clients and their senses of humor! The parents had a lot of fun playing around with props and since Isabelle’s dad is a comic book artist, we played around with Batman figures and even toy guns. Yes, guns…it’s a little odd, I realize and I’m sure some parents reading this may be appalled. But to each his own! And if that’s what my client wants…that’s what they’ll get!!

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Baby Badass {New York Baby Photographer}

Single Ladies & Coffee Mugs - No we are not 80 years old.

My friend Eliza is a (relatively) newly single woman. Before Christmas, she and I went out to the Roosevelt Fields mall to do some holiday shopping and we inevitably ended up in Anthropologie. Otherwise known as the MOST AMAZING STORE EVER. The sheer sight of that store window can bring tears of joy to my eyes.

We walked in with the intentions of finding Liza some pretty, but sexy date outfits with a gift card she had. But we walked out with nothing but kitchen decor. Which is what ALWAYS happens. I am obsessed with coffee mugs and teapots.

I actually managed to refrain even though I fell in love with a couple of owl mugs. But my budget was tight and I just couldn’t justify it. Liza however managed to buy a few new water glasses and an iced tea pitcher–Which I told her, she would be very popular with her date if she opened the door wearing nothing but a couple of strategically placed water glasses. She, however, did not find this funny. I forget what little sense of humor people have when they’re stressing over a first date.

I kept obsessing over my owl mugs and after 3 weeks of pining, I realized I should have bought them. I went to 3 different stores in the city–none of which had them. I wanted to cry. Eventually, I admitted defeat and promised myself next time I saw something that was only $4, I would just spring for it. Then if I change my mind, I can always return them.

I had completely given up hope that I’d ever see the mugs again. And then Liza and I exchanged Christmas gifts…and an owl mug never looked so glorious and beautiful. BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT EVER. Who cares about the expensive espresso machine my sister gave me. That Tiffany’s necklace from Sean? Phhhh, please. But this coffee mug will go down in history as THEGREATESTGIFTEVER.

Now if only I had answered the door with only a couple of water glasses in hand, we could have come full circle.

Single Ladies & Coffee Mugs - No we are not 80 years old.

Single Ladies & Coffee Mugs - No we are not 80 years old.

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Last weekend I photographed a boudoir session where the subject really wanted to focus in on her tattoos to document them. The photographs turned out SO gorgeous and I’m so happy that she had no reservations about me posting images where her face was shown.

Here’s a handful of my favorites, but there were so many, I could barely narrow them down!

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

Body Art - XRATED!{New York Boudoir Photographer}

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

…they start photographing their dogs on really classy backdrops from Drop It Modern.

Bebop had absolutely no idea WHAT was going on. Eventually she calmed down, but those first few minutes involved me catching her mid-leap off of the box.

Red on the other hand was a natural. He just plopped down and I couldn’t get him to stand up even after the shoot was over.

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days