2.10.2016

Battery Park City Engagement Session. NYC Wedding Photographer

September ligth just might be my favorite light in New York City. The day lasts forever and the light is golden till dusk. I was so excited to photograph Sammie and Tomer for their engagement photos in Battery Park City last Fall. I haven't spent a lot of time downtown so it was fun to explore a different part of the city with one of my favorite engaged couples. Sammie and Tomer are just perfect for each other. They finish each other's sentences, laugh for days and smile from ear to ear when they are with one another. Their love is truly palpable! We took full advantage of the waterfront views along the park and even found a quiet nook to sneak in some dreamy portraits. I am so excited for their wedding at Brooklyn Winery this Spring. It's going to be so much fun!

2.03.2016

Classic NYC Wedding at The Rainbow Room. New York City Wedding Photographer

On the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, you are whisked away with sweeping views of New York City inside the iconic Rainbow Room. The mosaic ceiling above the ceremony space is breathtaking and there are thousands of hanging crystals that line the reception room that make the dance floor sparkle. For Sara and John, this was the perfect NYC venue to celebrate their marriage with among their closest family and friends. The bride wore a fitted lace wedding dress by Amsale and her Mother's diamond bracelet for her something borrowed and old. John and his groomsmen got ready at the Waldorf Astoria just a few blocks away. The soon to be newlyweds, shared their first look underneath 30 Rock's famous Rainbow Room neon sign. We walked around the plaza to for their bridal portraits and were showered with well wished by onlooking tourists exploring the city. Before they walked down the aisle, Sara and John signed their Ketubah in a private ceremony and the room became overjoyed with excitement. Underneath the chuppah adorned with fresh cherry blossoms, they said their vows and kissed for the first time as husband and wife. For their first dance, the newlyweds surprised their guests with an impromptu breakdance session by the groom. Their guests cheered with delight! Before the evening ended, the bride and groom cut their wedding cake that was designed by Sylvia Weinstock and thanked their guests for being with them on their special day. I'm so honored I could be part of their wedding and capture their cheerful celebration. Congratulations Newlyweds!

Sylvia Weinstock Wedding Cake

// Wedding Vendors // Wedding Ceremony and Reception - Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center // Florists - SPINA // Videographer - McKenzie Miller Films // Wedding Band - Henry Marks Agency // Groom's getting ready location - The Waldorf Astoria // Bride's Shoes - Stuart Weitzman // Brides Wedding Dress - Amsale // Groom's Tux - Brooks Brothers // Wedding Cake - Sylvia Weinstock // Wedding Photography - Brklyn View Photography //

1.27.2016

5 Tips For What to Wear While Photographing a Wedding Pregnant!

I still remember the day I found out that my husband and I were going to be parents. I was overwhelmed with so many different emotions ranging from happiness, fear, joy, love, nervousness but above all else, I felt truly blessed that our wish had finally come true. As a wedding photographer, my job is very physically demanding as I'm on my feet for 8-10 hours a day. I started to worry about carrying around 30+ pounds of extra weight on a wedding day and how was I going to survive without risking my health. So, I asked my fellow wedding photographers for advice and hired the best second and third shooters to join me for my weddings to ensure everything was covered. I shot my final wedding at 36 weeks and I'm happy to say everything went off without a hitch. We are so happy that our baby girl is here and I can't believe she's already 7 months old. I simply can't remember life without her!! I thought it might be helpful to share my top 5 tips on what to wear when you are pregnant and have to photograph a wedding or work for long hours on your feet. If you have any questions or need any advice, please leave a comment below. I'd love to share what I learned and help any fellow expecting momma's out there! xo, Jainé

1 - Comfortable Shoes - Being on my feet for hours, I knew I needed a comfortable yet stylish (wedding approved!) pair of shoes. I was SO happy when I found Jambu Spin's Too in Black* - they saved my life when working for hours on my swollen feet. I broke them in during my engagement sessions (which are between 1-2 hours), so when I had to wear them for my weddings, they were molded to my feet and so comfortable.

2 - Supportive underpinnings - Once your belly starts to grow and expand (for me it was around 20 weeks) I needed more support to carry the weight. I invested in a body shaper from Destination Maternity (similar to shown). It was snug, breathable and gave me a bit of lift that I needed.

3 - A Little Black Dress - I didn't want the fact that my stomach entered a room before me hinder my overall appearance, so I invested in maternity little black dress that I wore for my weddings. I felt pretty and professional while working and I could focus on doing my job.

4 - Wear Less Gear - Carrying an extra 30lbs at the end of my pregnancy, I knew I couldn't carry more than my camera body throughout a wedding day. I normally carry two bodies, two lenses, a flash and accessories. I purchased a UNDFind Waist Shooter which would allow me to carry one body and one lens and batteries. A much lighter load that was manageable for my growing body and tired legs.

5 - Snacks, Water, Food and more Snacks! - Besides having a second and third shooter along with my assistant with me throughout the day, I packed enough snacks to feed a small village. I brought along my favorite protein bars, ThinkThin in creamy peanut butter, three bottles of water, bags of crackers, pretzels, cheddar and swiss cheese sticks and even a sandwich to eat after the ceremony. It might have been overkill but I didn't want to be without food at any part of the day. I needed all the energy I could get for myself and my growing baby girl while I was working.

*I received a pair of Jambu Spin Too shoes in exchange for an honest review and I'm so glad that I did. They are fantastic shoes and I'm a HUGE fan!

1.18.2016

Brooklyn Heights Engagement Session. Brooklyn Wedding Photographer

On a random weeknight, Jessica met John for a quick drink at a local bar not thinking anything would come from her date but she was wrong. Once they got to talking, she was smitten and the rest is history. John proposed to Jessica in Montauk where they spent a lot of time building their relationship and falling in love. The happy couple lives in Brooklyn, so choosing locations for their engagement session was pretty easy. We visited Bevacco, where they had their first date, strolled along Willow Street in Brooklyn Heights before catching the sunset on the Promenade. I'm so excited for their wedding later this year at the Montauk Yacht Club!

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