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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…

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

The Bigger Picture

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 people who’ve planned a wedding realize that can add up PRETTY quickly.

The second invitation design, I liked almost as much and was $2 cheaper. I liked it enough to save that money. After corresponding with the designer over the course of a few days, I asked how she can accept payment. We were hoping to put the cost on our credit card (preferable with Paypal since I know it can sometimes be easiest) in order to gain miles.

At that point, she said she preferred checks or cash. She claimed to not use Paypal at all. And if we were to pay credit card, she uses (insert name of an online credit company akin to Paypal). AND with this particular credit card company, she had to charge us an extra 15%. Ok. Wow. One inaccuracy at a time! She had her products listed on Etsy. I am pretty sure that Etsy requires all payment through Paypal. I felt lied to. Paypal is ridiculously easy AND includes seller and buyer protection, so I would have felt more comfortable paying that way. The fact she works in an online selling biz and doesn’t have a paypal account? Red flag. An extra 15% charge!?!?!?! Absolutely ludicrous. Any credibility she may have had was completely lost at that exact moment.

Could I have sent her a check and avoided that additional charge? OF COURSE. Did I want to hire her after feeling as though she were trying to take advantage of me? DEFINITELY NOT. The point is, she lost a VERY large sale (as my family is enormous and we had tons of invitations to send out) because she didn’t want to accept a payment via credit card. Not to mention, you don’t have any protection by just mailing someone a check…for all I knew, she could have just disappeared after receiving the first payment. Do I THINK that would have happened? No. But I wasn’t willing to take the chance.

In terms of a business decision, this was a poor choice. I ended up going with the more expensive designer–whose work was FABULOUS by the way. It was worth the extra money to not feel taken advantage of and to be investing in someone I trusted.

That fabulous designer I used is Erica Morgan Long of WickedBride.com. I won’t post the actual invitation (because, really? I don’t want y’all all showin up on my wedding day!!! =0) But, here is a picture of the wedding card design we went with as found on her Etsy page.

The Bigger Picture

For the Holidays…

For those of my clients who celebrate the holidays and have a Christmas or Holiday tree in their house, I’m excited to announce that I am offering this beautiful product for the season! It’s a stunning pewter ornament with a metal photograph (of your choice, of course) printed right onto the silver.

This is only one of the designs (there is another in square form and I think one other in a wreath form and one design even has the year engraved on it) that I ordered as a sample because I just loved the snowflake. Because me personally? I love snow.

For the Holidays...

The ornaments are priced at $64.99 (plus tax) or if you purchase my ‘Holiday Package’, you receive a one and a half hour shoot, editing and retouching of all the images, 15 of the high resolution digital images and all of your digital proofs (small, wallet-sized files) on CD, one ornament of your choice and 50 Holiday Cards (with your own unique design) for $499.

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Jen also joined in on the Pin-Up Party Fun! Jen is the fabulous makeup artist that I work with regularly. All the makeup that you see in these pin-up party shots were done by Jen.

The other super fun thing about Jen’s shoot is that she was getting married (is married now)! So we themed her shoot to be retro bride chic. We also played around and had her dress like the “groom” a little bit, too. How cute are these???

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

Pin-Up Party ~ Jen

To book your own Pin-Up Party, all you need is a few of your friends (minimum 4 girls, maximum 10) and a deposit to secure your date. For only $125 per girl, you receive a 20-minute boudoir shoot in one location, one high resolution digital image and an 8×12 wall print.  Or for $195 you receive two 20-minute boudoir sessions in two locations and two high resolution digital images and one 12×18 wall print.

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

This is the same Pin-Up Party that Julia was a part of. I think we had about 6 girls–all of which I’m going to try to feature over the next few weeks. Eliza’s shoot was interesting…Liza and I have been friends for quite a while. She doesn’t wear makeup. She sees it as a misrepresentation of herself. In fact, she (and her sister who also joined in the Pin-Up fun) don’t even own foundation. Which is a pretty important part of preparing for a shoot. You know, the lights and camera can sometimes wash you out, blah blah blah.

Liza’s also a very modest person. Going out for drinks and dancing, she (like me usually) tends to wear casual cute clothing–not anything too revealing or tight. She chose to wear this Esther Williams bathing suit for her 20-minute session which photographed beautifully.

It just goes to show that your pin-up shoot or boudoir session can be anything you want it to be. It doesn’t have to be revealing or suggestive. It can be cute and fun and retro!

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party ~ Eliza

Pin-Up Party - Julia

The Pin-Up Party is my latest project. It’s essentially a way to do a boudoir shoot with a few of your friends (minimum 4 girls, maximum 10) at an inexpensive price! For only $125 per girl, you receive a 20-minute boudoir shoot in one location, one high resolution digital image and an 8×12 wall print.  Or for $195 you receive two 20-minute boudoir sessions in two locations and two high resolution digital images and one 12×18 wall print.

Julia was involved with Katana Photography’s first ever pin-up party and I’m going to show you one by one, each girl’s shoot. The girls went with a very retro theme and I couldn’t help but think Julia had channeled Dita Von Teese for this shoot. STUNNING!

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Pin-Up Party - Julia

Choices.

Marriage is a weird thing, right? The idea of choosing one person for the rest of your life. One person to eat with, sleep with, share income and space with, someone who will no doubt eat the last of the cereal and then put the empty box back in the cabinet, someone you’ll share closet space with and give up some of your favorite items because they’re too girlie for him–someone you’ll eventually create little half-you/half-him persons with. It’s a pretty colossal decision.

I don’t believe in soul mates, personally. The idea that out of 7-billion+ people on this Earth that there is one person and one person only without whom you wouldn’t be complete. I dunno, maybe it’s a little cynical, but it just sounds a bit like bull to me. There are lots of people I’ve connected with in my life. I’ve felt love, I’ve felt loss with more than one person.

Calling your partner your soul mate feels like a cop-out. This story that you wouldn’t have had to do anything and the fates would have still brought you two together. Relationships take effort. They’re not work necessarily, but it’s not always easy. In my mind, I think it’s more romantic–more meaningful to say to a person that out of all the relationships I’ve had or could have, yours is the one I want to be in forever. You are the person I choose out of all the men I’ve known, met and loved.

For those who haven’t heard yet: He proposed. I said yes.

Sean, I choose you.

Choices.

Choices.

Choices.

Anita’s Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

About a month ago, Anita participated in my first Pin-Up Party. While her makeup and hair looked very glamorous and beautiful, she wanted something that was a little more ‘her’–something that more accurately illustrated who ANITA is! I loved this shoot–I think it perfectly shows her personality, fashion, humor and sensuality.

Also, FYI, girlfriend was wearing Givenchy shoes! Let’s all take a moment to sigh over those… (Anita also taught me that it is pronounced Jee-vohn-shay not Gah-vehn-chi like I said)

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Anitas Boudoir and Lifestyle Shoot

Blankies and Little Boys

We’ve had exciting news within the Katana family that I’ve been BURSTING to tell people, but couldn’t. Do you know what that feels like? Trying to keep a secret from the internet…your bestest friend in the whole wide world? It’s like trying to not pick the dried boogie that’s been itching in your nose all day! I mean–what? I don’t do that…

Anyway…my sister is having a baby! Not just a baby, but a baby BOY! As soon as I heard the news (and also was told that I couldn’t blog about it yet) I knew I had to keep my hands busy so NOTTOTYPEITINCAPSALLOVERMYWEBSITE! My solution–I went to work knitting him a blankie. Bebop is seen here modeling Harrison’s (that is his name) first baby blanket. Congrats Adam, Bridget and big sister Adelynn!!!!

Blankies and Little Boys

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Andaye and Wayne were two of the sweetest, cutest couples I’ve ever photographed. I met with Andaye about a year ago (closer to spring/early summer) and she just immediately lit up when I asked her to tell me about Wayne and how they met. Furthermore, I think the colors they chose and the bright tropical themed flowers reflected her bubbly personality perfectly. I do have to admit, they were a tough couple to photograph {only} because Wayne was SO SO SO TALL! Other than that–the whole day was perfect.

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

Wedding Wednesday: Andaye and Wayne

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!