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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!

Weekly Coffee

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

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!

I Can’t Believe I Haven’t Posted These Yet…

I just realized I have several weddings from the summer that I never posted on the blog! They’re over on Facebook…but sometimes all these sites are just daunting to keep up with! Blarg.

Ok, so…Lisa and Vivek. These two are a few of my favorite people ever. Their so sweet, so in love. They actually married at a courthouse a while ago. Then they went to India and married in Vivek’s hometown with all the traditional Indian ceremonies. Then, they had their last big party here in NY where they celebrated both family cultures, dancing the Hora and J’ai Ho and they had a woman (who apparently is considered the Indian Jane Fonda…her words, not mine…though I cannot remember her name!) who taught the crowd some Indian dance moves. It was fantastic–the two families, though so different, loved each other so much. And Vivek’s mother and Lisa’s mother talk on the phone weekly!!! Here are a handful of my favorites:

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Suzanne’s Trash the Dress Session

Suzanne and I wandered around the waterfalls at Lucia Falls in OR. She was totally cool, 8 weeks pregnant and still 100% willing to do just about anything. She climbed on rocks, hiked down to the water and then proceeded to dive right in.

One of the main questions brides ask me when I mention the trash the dress sessions is how often people actually do this? What if their daughter wants to someday wear their dress?

Well, everybody is different, of course. I don’t ever want to push something on a client who doesn’t want it! BUT, I’m in love with the trash the dress shoot. How many times do you get to wear your wedding dress again? Usually never. And how many of us wanted to wear our mother’s wedding gown? Not many of us…and for those that did, a lot of stars have to align–correct sizing, etc. And, most of the time, your dress will already be very dirty by the end of the night. Usually you need to have it cleaned before sending it off to storage–So…why not put that gown back on, embrace the dirt and get some beautiful beach portraits?

And if worse comes to worst, you can always have your dress professionally cleaned and it will take care of all that sand and dirt you bring home with you from the beach after your shoot.

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Suzannes Trash the Dress Session

Missy’s Trash the Dress Session

A month ago, I visited the Vancouver, WA/Portland, OR area and stayed with my best friend. She and I decided to photograph each other trashing wedding dresses on the beach for fun–And OH MY GOD, was it fun. Fun and freezing.

Before my little story…here are the photos I took of Missy. Is my best friend stunning or what? I mean, yowza. Her hubby is a lucky, lucky man.

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Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Ok, so now…I just wanted to show these photos that Missy took of me. I knew the water was going to be freezing…so in order to NOT chicken out, I ran as fast as I could into the ocean. Only–I totally lost my footing and fell face first into that icy water. Not one of my shining moments…but wow does it make a funny slideshow of pictures! (keep in mind these aren’t really edited…they’re pretty much raw images) Let’s all have a quick laugh at my expense…

Here I am running…

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Running all graceful-like (look at those pretty, pointed toes)

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Looking back at Missy…

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Oh, craptastic

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Walk it off, Colleen. Just walk it off like nothing happened.

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Aaaaand last but not least, I give in and laugh at myself.

Missys Trash the Dress Session

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

This might come as a bit of a surprise to people, but my niece Adelynn is the absolute hardest portrait subject I’ve ever had to photograph. Because I’m her aunt, she doesn’t tend to take the time we have together seriously (portrait-wise). She DEFINITELY doesn’t want to sit or stand still long enough for the shutter to click and she doesn’t like being told to smile.  Oh, she smiles plenty on a normal day, but the second I hold that camera up to my eye, she stops smiling altogether. These smiles that you see were taken in the last 5 minutes that she was in town–while Bridget and Adam were packing up the car. Luckily, they were A+ smiles…

Usually when I come to visit, it’s for a holiday or a birthday. The weekend typically involves copious amounts of sugar and presents. On this last trip, however, it was for no specific reason. Just a weekend that I decided to come down and see everyone. We celebrated things like a late mother’s day, an early father’s day and my (early) birthday while I was in town, but it was very low-key.  I think that for this reason, Addie and I finally had a chance to bond.

Saturday morning she slipped into my bedroom with a box of birthday candles to wake me up. She crawled into bed with me and we watched Clubhouse Mickey while my sister showered and dressed. I rubbed her back and her head for the 30 minutes that the show was on and as the credits rolled, I stopped momentarily to stretch. In those 20 seconds that I stopped rubbing her back, Adelynn put her hand on the small of her back (like I’ve seen my dad do after lifting something heavy) and gave a loud sigh. “Oh, my back, Aunt Colleen.” She moaned as if she had just spent the whole day at the office and all she could use at the moment was a backrub and a brewskie. It was THAT kind of grunt.

Obviously, I had to continue with her backrub after that. We spent the rest of the weekend playing dress-up, tea parties, doing Addie’s and my make up…all those girlie things that you can do with your auntie.

The following week after I had gotten back to NY, my sister sent me an email. She had bought Adelynn a pack of headbands (which comes with 3 to a pack) and upon giving them to Adelynn, Addie set one aside.

“Who’s that for?” My sister asked.

“Aunt Colleen,” she responded as though it was the most idiotic question she’d heard in her life, “because she has fashbon-cents.”

Damn right, kid! Don’t you forget who the “fashbonable” one of the family is!

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

Portrait Session with My Niece {North Carolina Portrait Photographer}

A Fantastic Cause, Spectacular Food and an Amazing Night To Come…

I try not to plug things too often–that is, unless it’s something that I 100% want and believe in. I only review things I love (or hate for that matter) and for me to talk about loving an organization and blog–you know I must really love it!

That being said, there is an organization called THE LAMP. A quick explanation of this organization (as it can be found on their website) is as follows: The LAMP is a non-profit organization creating a grassroots movement to reform and improve media. This is achieved through free media literacy workshops and public events for youth, parents and educators.

I think we can all agree that media is powerful. And with the infiltration of media into SO many aspects of all our lives (which can be both a positive and negative thing), we all need to become more educated on the best way to utilize the tools we’ve been given. But not only this, but RECOGNIZE when we’re being influenced by media. There was a recent statement made by a public figure head about how technology can be a distraction–and I agree. Without the proper education on how to use technology and media, it can be a very negative distraction–it’s all in how you use it.

But, I digress. THE LAMP is hosting a benefit along with a friend of ours (and by friend, I mean fellow blogger whom I’ve never actually met), the stunning Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert.

On Wednesday, June 9 in Brooklyn, some of the hottest, most delectable food bloggers will face off in a dessert challenge. Celebrity judges will mediate AND as an attendee, you get drink specials, an entry into the raffle AND you get to taste all the desserts. Let me say that again–YOU GET TO TASTE THE DESSERTS. It’s a party–where the main focus is trying different sweets. I honestly don’t see how it could get any better. Except–oh, oh…wait a minute–all the proceeds go to benefit an extremely important cause!

Tickets are only $20 and you can buy them here or at the door for $25.

Seriously, guys. Check it out. If you can’t attend the actual event, go read THE LAMP’s blog now and then. It’s a real eye opener…and for some great style, cooking, baking, event planning ideas, check out Always Order Dessert.

A Fantastic Cause, Spectacular Food and an Amazing Night To Come...

A Gift From Me–To Me.

I bought myself a gift…because I’ve been so busy and so booked the past few months that after my last wedding, I decided to treat myself to some boots that I’ve been drooling over for a couple years. And not only did I buy the boots, but I went with Frye boots, which according to sources (and their price tag) are the best quality and should last me a lifetime.

I kept seeing girls in the city walking around with boots similar to these…wearing them over jeans, with summer dresses, in the rain, in the heat. They go with EVERYTHING! Or at least, that seems to be the trend. So, I got mine…in a distressed brown leather. AND I LOVE THEM. The only place I don’t wear them, is the gym. And believe me, if it didn’t scuff the damn Pilates room floor, IWOULDTOTALLYWORKOUTINTHEM!

A Gift From Me--To Me.

A Gift From Me--To Me.

A Gift From Me--To Me.

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

You might remember Julia and Patrick from their engagement photos I shot in Central Park last summer. The two got married down in Playa del Carmen, Mexico back in January…and I was there to document their big day (and to do a little vacationing, myself)! Those photographs will be posted soon enough. In the meantime, because I do things a little a** backwards sometimes, here are their after-session images! Some might call this a “trash-the-dress” session…except there was very little (to none) of trashing the dress. It might have gotten a little dirty around the hem walking around the streets of Brooklyn–but other than that, not so much!

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

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A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

A Not-So-Trash the Dress Session {New York City Wedding Photographer}

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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