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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

Bubble Time

Ok, so I don’t have a picture of this–yes, I know I’m a photographer, but some things I only HEAR about. I don’t see! That’s not a good enough excuse? ::sigh:: ok, I’ll work on it. But in the meantime–to my mommy readers out there (and my young at heart adult readers too), I saw this post on Pinterest which was amaaaaaazing!

Step 1: Cut open a glow stick.

Step 2: Pour contents into a bubble solution.

Result? GLOW IN THE DARK BUBBLES!!!!

See? Amazing.

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

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.

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

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A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

A Film Photoshoot

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)

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Is there Anything Cuter...

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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...

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Is there Anything Cuter...

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Is there Anything Cuter...

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Double the Cuteness. Double the Trouble. {Mini-Session Portraits}

Ok, maybe not so much with the trouble yet. Give them another 6 months before the trouble begins. You might remember Christian & Camille from their newborn session back in November? I think it was November, at least.

The twins are beginning their modeling career–these are their 4-month photos also doubling as their headshots. In fact, Christian already booked his first modeling gig with Carter - the ads will be coming out in June.

Interested in your own mini-session? Shoot me an email! They’re offered any weekday afternoon!

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Double the Cuteness. Double the Trouble. {Mini-Session Portraits}

Double the Cuteness. Double the Trouble. {Mini-Session Portraits}

Double the Cuteness. Double the Trouble. {Mini-Session Portraits}

Double the Cuteness. Double the Trouble. {Mini-Session Portraits}