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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…

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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!

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Announcing Our First Annual Celebrating Survival Contest!!

Announcing Our First Annual Celebrating Survival Contest!!

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 in the Celebrating Survival contest this year to win a free glamour/boudoir shoot with photographer, Colleen Katana.

Research shows us that the impact of breast cancer can be minimized with accurate information. Colleen Katana, owner/photographer at Katana Photography, is committed to supporting this cause and proud to be providing New York women a place to be photographed in a way that builds confidence about their bodies once again. The pampering that occurs during a Katana Photography glamour portrait session helps ease feelings of vulnerability. After surviving such a serious health challenge, women sometimes feel betrayed by their bodies. The final photographs help to bridge that gap, building peace and self-assurance. These stunning images provide the final proof: You are not a patient; you are a survivor. And you are stronger and more beautiful than ever.

Beginning on October 1st, 2012 and ending on October 31st, 2012, Katana Photography will be accepting entries to win a complimentary Glamour or Boudoir Photography session, valued at $499. Entering the contest is easy, simply send us your survival story along with one or two photos of you and we will post the entries on our blog. Then you, the readers, will choose the contest winner based on the person receiving the most number of votes. The winner will be treated to professional hair styling and makeup application and a sixty-minute portrait session.

All finalists will receive a gift certificate toward a Katana Photography glamour or boudoir portrait session. In addition, Katana Photography will contribute a portion of all proceeds for the month of October towards breast cancer research.

To enter the contest:

This contest is for any woman who currently has cancer or has survived cancer in any form.

Please email your story to colleen@katana-photography with the subject line: SURVIVOR CONTEST. Send a picture of yourself and any other photos you would like to share.

Your first name and images will be posted on our Facebook page and Blog for our readers to view and vote on.

Feel free to nominate a deserving friend – just please ask their permission first and send us their contact information so that we can get their confirmation.

We will be accepting entries until October 31, 2012.

Viewers can cast their votes through November 14th and the winner will be announced on November 15th.

Good luck and we look forward to hearing your amazing stories!

Angela’s Boudoir Session

This is Angela–an actress living here in NYC with such a glowing personality, you can’t help but see it shine through in the imagery. Over the past couple of years, Angela’s gone through some amazing changes in the past couple of years; a very transitional period for her and she could not be more gorgeous….on the inside AND the outside.

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Angelas Boudoir Session

Sneak Peek of Carolina’s Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Here’s a quick sneak peek of Carolina’s boudoir and glamour shoot! I couldn’t resist editing a few of my faves as soon as she left. Lots more to come soon!

Sneak Peek of Carolinas Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Sneak Peek of Carolinas Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Sneak Peek of Carolinas Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Sneak Peek of Carolinas Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Sneak Peek of Carolinas Boudoir/Beauty Session!

Sameer Newborn

Sameer is the newest family member to one of my past brides! Lisa and Vivek welcomed baby Sameer or “Sam” into their lives about a month ago. Their wedding was one of my most amazing and beautiful events I had ever witnessed. Lisa is Jewish and Vivek in Hindi–Two very different backgrounds, but the families meshed so beautifully, it literally brought tears to my eyes. And even now, their mothers still talk on the phone once a week and the in laws plan trips to visit each other–sometimes without Lisa and Vivek.  My absolute favorite line from Sameer’s photo session was when Lisa told me they call Sam their own little “Hin-Jew!” LOVE IT! Congratulations, you guys. He is absolutely perfect!

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Sameer Newborn

Mother’s and Father’s Day Special!

For the months of May and June, I’m running a joint Mother’s and Father’s Day special for Glamour and Boudoir photography sessions! You’ll receive 50% off of my session fee!!! This fee includes my photography time (usually about 60 minutes for a session), full hair and makeup by one of my extremely talented makeup artists, editing and retouching of your images and a DVD slideshow set to music of your photographs. This session fee is normally $499, but for these two months, they will be only $249.

I know, right! Crazy!

Boudoir photography is changing the face of contemporary woman portraiture–it is not a centerfold picture of you in lingerie. It’s a sensual portrait of yourself…in whatever way you define sexy. That hot little black dress that always sits at the back of closet? BRING IT! The pair of jeans that whenever you put them on makes your hips swing a little more? Let’s do it! That lacy piece of lingerie you could never get the courage to wear? Well, now’s the time!

For men giving as a gift next weekend, email me! I’ll get you set up immediately so that mom has a gift card to open on Mother’s Day.

For the mom’s out there…giving the photos as a secret gift to dad? Let’s schedule your shoot asap so that he can have something to unwrap (other than you!) on Father’s Day!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

Mothers and Fathers Day Special!

The Glamour/Boudoir Experience

I heard a quote today. It went as follows:

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did.

But they will NEVER forget the way you made them feel!”

My business model has shifted slightly. I still photograph family and babies and newborns and maternity–but after July of 2012, I will no longer be photographing weddings and events. Instead, my focus will be on boudoir and glamour photography–what I otherwise like to call the contemporary portrait.

It will be a whole experience. You and I will have a consultation where we will put together ideas and storyboards. The day of your session will be a day of pampering. You’ll have your hair and makeup done while sipping champagne and nibbling on cheese and strawberries. Afterwards, we’ll meet for happy hour and go through your images where you will choose your favorites and decide on the best options for dispaly for you–whether that’s in a small album tucked away in your nightstand or as a 20×30 wall portrait in your living room.

I’m not selling you a picture. I’m giving you an experience.

And because it’s hard for me to post anything without a picture…here is a photograph from Sarah’s lifestyle session. Stunning girl.

The Glamour/Boudoir Experience

Ellie Belly

I’ve known Holly and Rob for years now. Since Holly and I worked together on Nick News. She was one of my first clients and one of my most loyal. Just before the holidays, I photographed her family pictures. She mentioned specifically that she wanted an “Anthropologie” look with the outside shots. I knew JUST what she meant. I had in my head the color palate, the croppings, the compositions. It’s quite similar to my favorite stylings as well and I couldn’t WAIT to start the shoot. Since it was winter, we did begin inside in the studio. Ellie is just now starting to sort of remember who I am and that I see her yearly. And I soon came to learn there were two things about my apartment (which I turn into a studio for indoor shoots) that absolutely fascinated her. 1) My dogs. and 2) My fridge.

Kids are funny little things. She wanted to see my dogs SO BADLY. She kept asking for them, so during breaks, I would bring out Bebop. Typically chihuahua’s have a bad rep for not being good with kids–Bebop is the anomaly. She is GREAT with kids. Even friends who bring their newborns over, she will simply smother them with kisses. Now, Red on the other hand isn’t BAD with kids necessarily…he just doesn’t understand them. I think they freak him out a little. He gets very focused on them and trying to understand what this little human is doing walking around his house. So, I always feel more comfortable keeping Red away from kids. But NO! Ellie wanted to see the big dog! He was her favorite! However, she didn’t want to touch him. She just wanted to look at him. While being held by her mother.

As I mentioned, she also really wanted to see my refrigerator. No problem. There’s hardly anything in there anyway. I opened it up and showed her. Inside I had laughing cow cheese, half and half, some turkey, a pickle (yes, just one), and beer. She found this hilarious. “What do you eat!?” She asked with her shoulders raised to her ears.

“Do you want to see my recipe book?’

She nodded emphatically. From the top of the fridge, I pulled down 30 take-out menus. “This is the extent of my cooking.” She slapped her hand to her forehead and started laughing the deepest belly-laugh I ever heard from a 3 year old.

When I have one (someday many moons from now), I hope she’s just like Ellie.

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

Ellie Belly

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

Isla was born in late summer and I met her mother months and months before. I feel like she was long-awaited and worth every minute of suspense. Her parents decided to not find out her gender prior to her birthday (which was super exciting). It also meant I couldn’t plan too many props ahead of time–I had to wait to choose appropriate pillows and such.

Her shoot came out stunning. Based on the chats I had with Isla’s parents, we used props that were meaningful and pointed…such as the Shel Silverstein books which were a gift to Isla from her grandmother. And her father’s fireman helmet (obviously, he is a firefighter here in the city and without being a cliche, I’ll say it just once, he’s a hero to many).

Here are a few of my favorites from the session–Isla, welcome to the world, beautiful girl. Your daddy is going to have his hands full once you’re old enough to date! Maybe I can introduce you to my nephew when the time comes. ;0)

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

The Beautiful Isla {New York City Newborn Photographer}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

I had been doing quite well with all of my blogging–that is until a couple of weeks ago. All in one day, I got both wonderful news and terrible news. My sister gave birth to her second child, her little boy, Harrison Robert. Within minutes of receiving the phone call from her very happy husband–I got another call from my mother. My uncle had passed away.

It’s a weird feeling–switching from elated to melancholy in the course of minutes. Uncle Pete was a great man. He was hilariously funny, snarky and witty all the while still being very compassionate and loving. He would bend over backwards for friends and family. His health had been on the decline over the past couple of years, so while this wasn’t completely unexpected, it was still somewhat of a shock since we were told he was in rehab and getting better. The funeral lasted two days and I was glad to have had the chance to say good-bye to such an amazing man. RIP Uncle Pete.

Two days later, I met my godson, Harrison. He does very well in the daytime–but then when about 4pm hits, something in his brain switches and he unleashes what I call ‘the monster’. Every day at 4pm, he decides that he hates this world and everyone in it and makes this fact known by screaming his little head off. Poor little man. Then we discovered the formula the hospital had given us was expired–BY THREE MONTHS. I think we found the culprit.

Big sister, Adelynn is adjusting slowly but surely. She definitely doesn’t love not being the center of attention anymore, but she seems to be growing more and more ok with this idea. For the first week, she refused to touch Harrison or come near any of us who were holding him. After a night at home with them, Adelynn decided to start playing chase with me. I took Harrison from his pack ‘n play and without missing a beat, continued chasing Adelynn. I kept saying “Harrison got you!” as I would run up to her. Including him in playtime seemed to work really well and within minutes she was kissing him and wanted to hold him. SCORE FOR AUNT COLLEEN! Aunt Melanie might have the better toys and the bigger house, but remember Addy–I GOT YOU TO LOVE YOUR BROTHER.

Here is Harrison’s first photoshoot with a few at the end of Adelynn’s first encounter holding Harrison (The ones of Adelynn and Harrison were taken at 8pm sort of impromptu, so they’re a little dark!). We ran the gamut in terms of costumes and props and stuff, but the little hats were just too cute to not use!!

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

And just for fun before I headed back to NYC, we passed the camera around and got a few of me and the other adults…well, all except my bro-in-law. Poor schmo had to go to work that morning. Bummer!

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

Big Sister, Little Brother {North Carolina Newborn Session}

A Film Photoshoot

Some clients decide that on top of their digital images, the want to have some film pictures taken of themselves as well. With this family, also seen here, we did one roll of medium format film (shot with my Hasselblad) while we were outside. The look of these just seems so different than the digital ones. There’s a different sort of softness to them that’s very lovable. At least I think so.

If you decide you want to add a roll of film onto your photo session, they are priced per roll! Be sure to ask about it during your initial consultation.

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot