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Dominique

Dominique & Her Angel

Dominique & Aeran

Looking Sassy!

Ok! I did it! I admit, I had a bit of anxiety leading up to our shoot last Sunday – I even had a nightmare the night before where everything that could go wrong, did. Now looking back, I can say that I had nothing to worry about…our shoot was a complete success and it even surpassed my expectations. It didn’t hurt that we were able to make all of this happen in Suite 201, a 3 300square ft fully equipped studio located in Chelsea, New York.

Our model for the day was Dominique and I still can’t believe that she’s 8 months pregnant (35 weeks so be precise). Dominique and her husband, Aeran, are expecting a little girl in a few short weeks. She and I met just over 2 years ago through a mutual friend. Dominique knew that I was working towards a career shooting Maternity & Babies/Children, so it worked out perfectly that she was comfortable enough to sit in front of the camera for the 4 hours and 3 set changes.

I was also fortunate to have a very talented and professional hair and makeup artist, Mayra, working with us throughout the shoot. I have worked with Mayra on a number of occasions while assisting Jason Groupp and her work is always impeccable, this time was no exception.

Though there are a few things that I would have done differently (maybe not so late into the pregnancy, found something soft to put under Dominique’s poor knees while she was kneeling on the concrete!), all in all, I’m very proud of myself and the final results. Dominique called today to thank me (after already sending me a hand-written Thank You card) and that means the world to me. I’m so honored to have had the chance to capture such a beautiful moment in her and Aeran’s life. So THANK YOU Dominique, the pleasure was all mine 😉

I can’t wait to meet the little angel~

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MGM Grand - Home of WPPI

Paris At Night

The Fremont Experience - Original Las Vegas

This past week, I had the pleasure of attending my very first WPPI Conference – Wedding & Portrait Photographers International – held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. While planning my trip, I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that it was going to be an overwhelming experience with an attendance of over 12 000 photographers.

I was so very organized. I had spent many hours going through the class schedule and choosing my 1st and 2nd choices for each time slot and deciding which events were worth attending. By the time I boarded the plane, I was ready! For what, exactly, I didn’t really know but I would soon find out…

WPPI was everything I had hoped it would be. From the various classes (Lighting/Posing, Marketing, Portraiture), to meeting new people in line while waiting to enter the conference rooms, to the dinners and parties (best=Pictage party @ Studio 54), everything exceeded my expectations. I sat in on classes with 100 people and others with over 1 2oo (Jasmine Star is hilarious!).

I left Las Vegas with a huge amount of inspiration and motivation. It was nice to be surrounded by other photographers from different backgrounds and to feel as though we were the only ones standing in the way of our success.

There is no doubt in my mind that I will be there again next year. As a matter of fact, there’s an off chance that I may even be on stage with my fellow associates for a platform class of our own!

To everyone I met…it truly was a pleasure!

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