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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…

About Me
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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…

Weekly Style
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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

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin and I met a couple of years ago when she first moved to NYC. She is an actress and model and was just recently crowned Miss New York! We had done a shoot together prior to her being crowned (which I will post soon) and when she was in need of her crown and sash photographs for autograph cards and business cards, I was SO HAPPY she chose me. We work really well together and she seriously is one of the sweetest girls you’ll meet.

Her handsome boyfriend came along as well and was the perfect assistant–holding hangers and hangers of dresses and a makeup kit, his hands busy with lipstick and mascara–that poor guy. But he was awesome and supportive through the whole shoot. And as it turned out, he was also a huge comic book fan. After the shoot, he and Sean had a blast talking about all sorts of geeky things while Kaitlin and I chatted about how awesome our men are (sarcasm? what?).

Here are a few of my absolute favorites from her shoot–my ‘favorites’ were practically IMPOSSIBLE to narrow down, by the way! Congratulations Kaitlin–can’t wait to see you in Miss America next year!

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Kaitlin Monte, Miss NY Headshots

Madison Turns One!

I can’t believe this little girl is a year old already. I’ve seen her entire year, which in itself is unbelievable to me. Time goes so fast and I know Nadine must be floored that her baby girl is already a whole year old. This is why I love my job–people who are “clients” invite me into their lives and yes I am their photographer, but I become so much more to that. I get to grow with them and see the first time their child stands or smiles. Their first tooth. And it’s an amazing thing. Thank you Nadine, Marvin and Madison for welcoming me into this beautiful first year. I hope for many more to come!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

Madison Turns One!

LA Bound | Krista’s Headshot Session

Krista and I have become really close in the past year or so. She is this amazingly beautiful, extremely smart, talented writer, producer and actress. And just as I thought she and I were destined to grab brunch every Sunday Sex and the City style–BAM! She hits me with the fact that she’s probably moving to LA. I say probably because I’m clinging to the hope that her plans might fall through.

Here are some of my favorite shots from her headshot session we did a couple of months ago. I know she’ll exceed in life wherever she lives–I only wish it could be closer to me. But that’s selfish, I guess. At least now, I have a reason to come visit LA!

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

LA Bound | Kristas Headshot Session

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Abigail is such a strikingly beautiful child. I could not tear my eyes away from those baby blues and fiery red hair. Honestly–so, so, so gorgeous. Her parents were also beautiful people–on the inside, too. And maybe that was one of my favorite things about photographing this family. They were all three (even the 6-month old!) so mellow and kind and relaxed during this shoot. And as a result, we got these:

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Fiery Hair, Baby Blues

Is there Anything Cuter…

Than a baby wearing sunglasses? NO! Miss Madison has been a client of mine since she was first born. These were her 9-month portraits taken a few months ago, just as the weather warmed up and the sun came out. She’s always such a little ham for the camera, smiling and posing.

I think she’s getting to the point where she recognizes me and remembers that I’m fun–because, I AM FUN! FUN ENOUGH TO REMEMBER!!! (That’s my excited voice I use to get kids to smile. It’s much better in person, I promise) I’m looking forward to the day that she can say my name and come give me a hug. =0)

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

This puppy decided to randomly come up to Madison and give her some kisses…

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Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Is there Anything Cuter...

Portugal

I love shooting with my film cameras–namely the Holga and Hasselblad. The holga and hasselblad both shoot with 120 film (medium format negatives), but the look of the images are totally different. The holga is completely unpredictable and tends to have funky light leaks and very little ways of constructing the image. It’s sort of a “whatever happens happens” camera. The Hasselblad is much more particular–hard to focus, the lighting has to be metered just right and its hard to compose an image. Overall, it’s two completely different ways of photographing, both of which produce awesome photos making the extra effort totally worth the reward.

However, the one MAIN downside to this is that getting these images scanned in takes FOREVER. Like, think FOR.EV.ER. in the way the kid in The Sandlot says it. Over and over. FOOOOOOR.EEEEEEEEV.EEEEEEEEEER. And, not sure if you know this about me: I’m not a patient person.

Why is our sushi not here yet? (because I just hung up from ordering it). Why haven’t I burned 800 calories yet? (Because I’ve only been on the treadmill for 2 minutes). I also turn everything into a contest–but that’s a whole other issue.

So, basically if any task takes more than a few minutes, I get very impatient and it becomes a game to see how fast I can finish (without sacrificing quality, OF COURSE). Although, ok, when scanning these negatives, it takes SO LONG and is SO TEDIOUS, that I definitely don’t mind sacrificing quality a little. Mostly because I don’t print them from the digital scans–only prints come from the negative.  That being said–here are a couple of my favorites from the first few rolls:

Hasselblad:

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Holga:

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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

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)

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

Greys Scrubs Practice ER

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.

Ellis Newborn Session

This is little Ellis–he was the perfect baby, literally until I rang their doorbell. Then it was as though the world came crumbling down on him. He did not want to sleep. He did not want to be put down at all. It took us over 3-hours, but we finally got some beautiful images of this little guy.

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session

Ellis Newborn Session