img_5663retouchedsmall

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
celebrate-survival-email-21

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
il_570xn268930151

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
img_2092retsmall

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
img_7445retouchedsmall

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

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Kristin came to me not too long ago wanting “slightly naughty” maternity photos–and she said the former with this really lovely European accent (I think she’s from Norway?).  Now of course, due to the nature of some of the photos, I can’t publish them all. But here are a handful that she gave me permission to post publicly.

I’ll be seeing Kristin again this week and meeting her 5 day old daughter!

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

Glowing {New York City Maternity Photographer}

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

…they start photographing their dogs on really classy backdrops from Drop It Modern.

Bebop had absolutely no idea WHAT was going on. Eventually she calmed down, but those first few minutes involved me catching her mid-leap off of the box.

Red on the other hand was a natural. He just plopped down and I couldn’t get him to stand up even after the shoot was over.

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

This is What Happens to Bored Photographers on Snow Days

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

These cuties were born just a little bit before Thanksgiving and were teeeeeeeny! I wanted to pour ketchup on their thighs and eat them like little chicken tenders.

As a sidebar, Sean always asks me why women want to eat babies…I had no real answer except, “Ummm, HAVE YOU SEEN THE THIGHS?? How do you NOT want to eat them!”

He still didn’t quite get it.

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Holiday Portraits - The Twins

Brody & Matteo

Brody and Matteo are brothers out in Hoboken–which, for the record is one of my favorite places ever right now. It is such a cute little area and seems like a great place to live. Brody is 4 months old and Matteo (they call him Teo) is, I think, 5. Teo was VERY into posing for the camera. He went from one pose, kneeling to laying on his side–I’m pretty sure he would have sommersaulted to stand on his head if I had asked for it.

And sweet little Brody was all smiles for me–well, except when it came time to photograph with his brother. Then I think he was cranky and so over the whole “camera” thing. My favorite is the one with Brody crying and Matteo looking at me–it looks like he’s rolling his eyes at the baby. I love it!

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Brody & Matteo

Not Quite a Baker

Every time we visit Sean’s family, his mom makes zucchini bread. And it’s some of the most delicious bread I’ve ever had. It’s always so moist in the middle but carmelized on the outside and crust. And in the mornings, she takes it out and puts it on top of the coffee maker so that it heats up while coffee is brewing. HOW BRILLIANT IS THAT??

So, I had asked for the recipe. A while ago. And I just got around to baking my own loaf. And it tasted great–not AS great, but good enough to hit the spot. Only–I have this problem whenever I bake or cook anything. It comes out looking like crap. I don’t know if I just don’t have the correct cooking equipment or what–but seriously? Look at that…doesn’t that look like a big log of poop?

Not Quite a Baker

In fact, does anyone remember that movie: Three Men and a Baby II…the second movie where the mom is always trying to cook, but constantly screws it up? Yeah. THAT IS THE STORY OF MY LIFE.

Patience

I’m attempting to teach Luna about patience. And what better way to do that than with sunflower seeds…her most FAVORITE SNACK IN THE WORLD. By placing the seeds one by one her nose, I made her wait to eat the rest–only, I think this was better in theory than in execution. In actuality, I don’t think she or Red even realized they had sunflower seeds on their snouts. At least not until Luna jerked her head around, not only sending seeds flying in every direction…but also knocking the bag of seeds out of my hands. Sean tackled Red to the ground and I managed to get Luna in a headlock.

Sean: (breathless from holding the Red down) Maybe we should just let them eat the seeds when they fall?

Me: No. They…(gasp)…must…(cough)…learn…(wheeze)…PATIENCE!

Just then, Luna managed to headbutt me and I had no choice but to release her from the headlock. The dogs feasted on dozens of sunflower seeds and Sean and I were lost in a sea of slobber, tongues and sniffing. So much for patience.

I imagine this is what it must feel like to have children…that is, if your children are hairy, slobbery, hyperactive messes who don’t listen to a word you say. I suddenly feel the need to call my mom and apologize…

Patience

Patience

Patience

PG-13

A couple weekends ago I photographed promotional portraits forthe sensual Plume de Lune, a burlesque dancer here in Brooklyn. She’s got that cute/sexy mixture that Bettie Paige had. Plume de Lune is actually going to be performing tomorrow night (Friday, October 9th) at Duane Park with live music by Brian Newman Trio.  Definitely pop in if you’re in the New York area and check out her performance!

PG-13

PG-13

PG-13

PG-13PG-13

PG-13

PG-13

PG-13

PG-13

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

I am seriously SO behind in posting my recent photoshoots. This session was actually taken back in JULY. What month is this? Oh yeah…it’s September. Anyway, these cuties are Nissi and Dori (I have no idea if I got their spelling right!) and they were two of the sweetest kids ever. Both so happy despite how hot it got. And we photographed in a park near DUMBO–otherwise known as Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass. One of the greatest places ever to photograph!

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass

Lullabye

Lullabye

Lullabye

This is sweet little Hayden. She had trouble going to sleep and staying asleep during this shoot, but I think we got a nice mix of awake and asleep images. Thanks to Cali and Anthony for being so patient during this long shoot. They were so self-conscious that Hayden’s crying made her my “worst session ever” and let me just reassure you, Hayden was so sweet and beautiful and nowhere NEAR being my worst session. Because my worst session ever is and always will be my beautiful niece who is the queen of screaming and crying!!! And she’s all: “No little newborn is going to take away my title!”

Thanks again Cali and Anthony! Hayden is gorgeous and I hope to see you all soon!

Lullabye

Lullabye

Lullabye

Lullabye

What I’ve been Doing

What Ive been Doing

The sad thing is, this shoot is months old. I just simply haven’t had the time to update!

In any case, Lindsay and Vince are such a gorgeous couple! Not only that, but the three of us had so much fun running around Philadelphia doing this engagement shoot. They’re playful and goofy–which I love. There were easily 100 amazing photographs to choose from, but here are a couple of my favorites.

What Ive been Doing

What Ive been Doing

What Ive been Doing