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New York Lifestyle Photographer

Being a New York lifestyle photographer is great fun, since you never know what kind of shoot you’ll encounter!

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I’ve been hired to capture proposals, hiding in the bushes or behind a landmark while waiting for the couple to cross my path. I’ve photographed lifestyle engagement sessions in parks, cafes, at tourist attractions, and in the couples’ own apartments. I’ve photographed babies in my studio and at home. I’ve photographed maternity sessions in clients’ apartments, parks, and in a variety of other amazing locations. I’ve photographed pets. I’ve photographed families, both in my studio and in natural, outdoor settings. Being a New York lifestyle photographer means that you have to be prepared for anything and everything! Shoots range in subject matter and style, and you have to be ready for them all.

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One of my favorite things to shoot as a New York lifestyle photographer is performers, dancers, and actors. This New York lifestyle photography session was of Betsy Struxness, who was appearing in Hamilton an American Musical. She was part of the original Broadway cast, and it was a delight to work with her. Her New York lifestyle photography session included some dance images. She was dressed in green pointe shoes from her time in Wicked, and that shoot featured a dressier look. We moved through several other different looks, ending up with a street-style contemporary look. I love her hair and makeup by Michelle Elise Artistry!

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As a New York lifestyle photographer, I have to light and pose my subjects in a very natural manner. This pose perfectly illustrates Betsy’s fierce nature, as well as her innate sweetness. It’s the perfect marriage of charming and tough. I love the light on her face and how the dramatic light mirrors the dramatic pose and styling of the shot.

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It was a joy to work with Betsy on her New York lifestyle shoot, as I’d been a fan of her in Hamilton for quite awhile. She commands the stage, and I found myself watching her scene in and scene out. From the very first number, she caught my eye and stayed there for the rest of the show. I especially loved her work in "The Room Where It Happens" and "Wait For It." She is a fierce performer, and so very graceful. I hadn’t seen her in any of her previous turns on Broadway, so it was a delight to discover her in Hamilton!

. 1/250; f/1.8; ISO 900; 85.0 mm.