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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…

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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

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Sooooo, Take 5 Photography and Katana Photography are teaming up for a one-day-only Boudoir Marathon! It will take place on March 5th in my studio in Brooklyn. Essentially, this is a GREAT Valentine’s Day gift (we can provide you with a beautiful gift card explaining the session for her to open) and it’s also a fantastic First Anniversary (the paper anniversary) gift!

Or, ladies–just do it for yourself! Embrace your body, bring a friend, have some champagne and let’s document who you are. Please email me to sign up for your time slot (space is limited–only 4 slots left) and to get more details.

It will be a fun day with a makeup & hair artist on site. We’ll pamper you with champagne and mimosas, cheese, strawberries and have some fun in front of the camera!

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Boudoir Day Marathon!


Boudoir Day Marathon!

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Boudoir Day Marathon!

Holiday Session

I was so, so, so busy last season that I haven’t really had a chance to go back through and blog about all those sessions that happened between the months of September - December! This family was so beautiful, I was rather surprised they all weren’t Ralph Lauren models. I fully expected to have to pay THEM for this shoot =0) Here are a few of my favorites from their holiday session:

Holiday Session

Holiday Session

Holiday Session

Holiday Session

Holiday Session

Holiday Session

Wedding Wednesday: Guest Attire

I love dressing up. You wouldn’t be able to tell from my typical daily uniform of yoga pants and a sweatshirt–but, seriously. I love getting ready, putting on something pretty, finding the perfect jewelry and hair matchup for the style I’m going for. I might even go as far to say that it is one of my favorite things.
However, I have to admit that I’m pretty awful at choosing appropriately. For instance, the one day I decide to wear my new open-toed d’orsay shoes WILL be the one day that we’re expected to get 12 inches of snow and ice. This is more the product of me being an idiot and not checking the weather first, but still. Another example? Sure, I’ll give it to ya–I once wore a dress to a baseball game. Another? I accidentally wore the opposing team’s colors to my high school’s homecoming game (How was I to know that their colors were blue and green!). The list goes on and on.

Choosing your outfit as a guest at a wedding is a tough one. Is it black tie? Evening wedding? Spring-day wedding? Then there’s all the weather issues you need to think about? Is it outdoor? Will there be flooring or will you be standing in dirt (beware of spike heels if you’re gonna be in the dirt!). In theory, you’re not supposed to stand out too much as a guest…but I think that’s sort of becoming an outdated mindset. Most brides I speak to really don’t care what their guests wear so long as it’s not white (that’s one tradition that I haven’t seen vary too much).

I found these little numbers on Bluefly by BCBG and immediately fell in love with them: I think this one is a little funky, but gorgeous. I love the way it drapes around the hips and I think it’d be perfect for a spring garden or beach wedding. And this one might just be my favorite - I love how you can add straps to it (perfect for when you hit the dance floor!). And of course, you can’t go wrong with a little black dress.

In regards to shoes, I always have the opinion of the higher the better! However, it can’t hurt to bring a comfy pair of jelly flats for later in the evening when you start to ache a bit. These BCBG shoes are super cute and this pair specifically I think would be perfect for dancing the night away. They’re cute, SO comfortable (yes, I have a pair) and have a little bling on them so they still seem wedding appropriate.

Wedding Wednesday: Guest Attire

**Photo courtesy of Bluefly and BCBG

Grey’s Scrubs Practice ER

I started working with a company called Gaga Baby Photos, taking newborn pictures in the hospitals. It’s a really great gig–I get to go in, photograph a mini-session for the families interested in the program and then edit them at home.

I began this several months ago during the summer and I was really excited to have a job for during the week…since most of my business shoots are on the weekends, it’s a nice filler. But more than anything, I COULDN’T WAIT FOR THE DRAMA. After years of watching ER and Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs and Private Practice, I was ecstatic to get a chance to see the action from the frontlines.

My first week on the job went by with barely even a “code blue”. Actually that’s a lie–there was NEVER a code blue. Which I suppose is a good thing. But I was confused–where were all the hot doctors? Where were the nurses with the outbreak of syphilis? What about all the fistfights in the cafeteria. I spent a couple of weeks waiting for the excitement to begin. The craziest thing I saw was the head nurse yell at someone else for drinking her chocolate milk. BUT AT LEAST IT WAS SOMETHING. I watched with wide eyes wishing I had a bag of popcorn to munch on, too.

One day finally, after a few boring weeks, I walk in and join the other nurses for lunch. I came equipped with Godiva chocolate to share with everyone–couldn’t hurt, right? Get on their good side?

“Ok, so spill it…who’s sleeping with which doctors?” I blurted the question out without really thinking it through. I was just so desperate for some sort of drama–anything! Real hospitals were supposed to buzzing, especially in a city like New York, right?

The entire table of nurses (most of whom were late 30s-middle aged) stopped mid-bite of their salads/sandwiches. Finally one nurse looked at me, grabbed a chocolate from my bag, popped it in her mouth and just stared at me with a half-smile. “Sweetie–most doctors here are old, balding and probably have some sort of erectile dysfunction. You want that kind of action, check out LA’s hospitals.”

Six months later and I still have yet to see any sort of drama–but I’m not giving up just yet.

Here are some of my favorites from the clients who signed model releases. Hospital lighting isn’t always ideal, but I think we made do pretty well =0)

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Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

Contest for Katana Photography!

Katana Photography’s Facebook Page has reached 100 fans! To celebrate, we’re having our first ever contest…

Win an accordion mini-album–these cute little albums are 3×3 and have 12 customizable panels. Contest begins tonight and the drawing will happen on Friday, January 14 at midnight! The winner will be chosen through a random generator.

To win, you must be a fan on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Katana-Photography/153524862357).

For extra chances to win, tweet or put a message on your Facebook status about this contest and then leave a comment here on the blog for each extra entry.

Contest for Katana Photography!

Contest for Katana Photography!

Contest for Katana Photography!

DUDE. Duuuuuuude.

I KNOW. It’s been a while–don’t berate me, please. The fall/winter months are my craziest and this year was definitely not the exception to the rule. It usually slows down by now, but NOPE. No rest for me. But with how the economy has been, I definitely don’t want to complain. This is me not complaining.

I was home for the holidays visiting my family and I just cannot believe how big my niece is getting. She’s no longer a baby–she’s like, a kid or something. It’s crazy. One tradition that the two of us seem to share every time I visit is the back scratch. She loves her back and head being scratched. Almost every night of my visit, I was requested at bedtime to lay down with her and scratch her back and head for 10 minutes. The last night of my visit, I was wearing my new charm bracelet (a Christmas gift from my mama) and after she had fallen asleep, I very carefully tried to crawl out of the bed. The thing about charm bracelets, though–they’re not known for being quiet. The damn thing clinked and chinged and Addy’s eyes popped wide open. I froze in my spot hoping she’d pass out again. Instead, she pointed at my nose and smiled behind her pacifier. “Silly, Aunt Colleen.” I don’t know exactly what she was referring to here–my bracelet? The fact that I woke her up? I didn’t say anything, just continued sitting there frozen. As if I didn’t move an inch, she would just fall back asleep. Instead, she kept staring at me. “I love our time together, Aunt Colleen.”

Oh, boy.  Tears filled my eyes and spilled out onto her forehead. She giggled and wiped them off. I kissed her on the top of her head and slipped out of the room, listening at the crack of the door with her baby monitor in hand to make sure she fell back asleep. I heard her breath fall back into a steady beat and a breathy whisper that sounded very much like sleep talk: “Silly Aunt Colleen….”

DUDE. Duuuuuuude.