Senior Portraits & Why They're Lame

Oh, high school. All I really remember about you is how hungry I was all the time (bottomless pit over here) and how awkward every single moment of my existence was during those 4 years. I might as well say 6 years since junior high was just as, if not more, brutal. I clumsily made my way through my high school experience, ridiculously long limbs and all, hoping I was cool. I very much wasn't.

Then graduation was just around the corner and the excitement for freedom (kinda) was palpable. Just had to make it through senior portraits. You know, that right of passage where you attempt to be modelesque for some minimum wage employee of a massive, mediocre photography studio that SERIOUSLY abused the "chin leaning on fist" pose. I think the fact that my parents opted to keep the proofs and never actually ordered prints is a testament to how wonderful the end result was. 

Fast-forward about 14 years and you'll see a drastic change in the portraiture world in general. Digital has made a lot more possible in terms of shooting high-end imagery at a mid-level price. Quite frankly, the results are stunning all around. But honestly, senior portraits are still a bit… well… blah. Apparently I missed the memo where I'm supposed to take a regular teenager and photograph them to look ridiculously gawky and awkward. As if they aren't self-conscious enough. 

In my humble opinion, the game needs to be changed. So this is my answer.

Cheers,

Nats

Chris+Kirk // Engagement

Since it's supposedly the day of love and there's a lot of people loving each other and love is abounding and love, love, love, I thought I'd do a little post on one of my lady loves. She befriended me when I was the new kid way back in the days of elementary school. It's been two decades and despite our glaringly obvious differences, we somehow managed to remain friends. Best friends, in fact. BFFs til' kingdom come. Now she's being whisked away into marriage and I had the pleasure of photographing her engagement. I have not cried… not just yet...

Cheers,

Natalie

RJPDesigns//Look Book

Despite the fact that my car broke down and we lost light like it was going out of style, we still managed to bust out these beauties for local jewelry designer Robert Palazzolo. Yes, indeed, I did have to step in as the model for this particular job. And of course, the lovely Collette stepped right in and worked her photography magic. The girl is a continuous rock star. 

Cheers,

Natalie

NewYorkLovesMe

Since we're on the cusp of fall, I thought I would post some photos I took last winter.   

Don't worry, the logic of the last sentence alludes me as well. 

This is J, my brother from another mother. He does not like to have his photo taken. This only makes me want to take as many photos of him as I can. Photography puts a strain on our relationship. 

Too bad he can never get rid of me. Never. Ever.

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New York City has some serious tricks up it's sleeve. It is truly magical... despite the decades of grime impacted on every square inch of tangible surface. Hence, the invention of antibacterial wipes.

Cheers,

Nat