Friday, September 19, 2008


Have you all heard of Boudoir Photography? At first I didn't know what to make of it, thought it was a little silly, unnatural, etc. But then I realized the buzz around this type of photography and how much women of all ages, shapes, sizes are totally into this and how great it can make them feel with just some great light, a little lingerie and maybe a poll dancing lesson.
So a few days before I flew out to NY my friend Temis asked me if I wanted to take this poll dancing class at the S factor Studios in Chelsea. I was like, "yeah right, me pole dancing?" I'm sure that's every woman's reaction to these classes who are not um, professional pole dancers. But I was amazed at how many regular women go to these classes and are totally into it. It was an interesting experience and I can see why women are becoming addicted, it's very empowering, not cheesy at all and it's a great work out. After the class we headed back to her place because there was a monsoon storm going on and our original idea of the outdoor exhibit at PS1 would be out of the question. What started out as a ordinary portrait session turned into a cool boudoir session. Maybe it was the high after the pole dancing class, I don't know, but I'm excited to do more of these in the future.
Here are a few pics from our session. She showed them to her boyfriend and he loved them. So, unexpectedly, this is turning into a new photography venture for me. I didn't plan to offer this type of service but I can't not offer this to women who want to feel beautiful and special. Pole dancing class not required prior to session but I highly recommend trying it just once :)

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Kreta & Adi - NYC

It was great being back in NY again where I had the pleasure of shooting the engagement session of Kreta and Adi. They are going to have a traditional Indian wedding in december back in India, but also wanted some fun NY pictures.
We walked around the meatpacking district and then finished up on the rooftop of the Gansevoort Hotel where the manager was so generous to let us shoot wherever we wanted. The sun was setting by the time I clicked my last frame on my very full card and as I looked over the glowing city below I felt the same excitement I had four years earlier when I first moved to this city to work in fashion. But this time the excitement was from the sheer happiness to being able to finally do what I love. I know I raved about the beautiful light and landscape of california, but there's something thrilling about being able to take pictures in one of the best cities in the world and I'm glad I'll be back in November for more.