Beyond its work staging traditional photo shoots and portraiture, Garden State Photo Studio's team of event photojournalists is dispatched to special occasions to tell their stories. As celebrations such as weddings, sweet sixteens, and bar mitzvahs unfold, photogs follow the belles of the ball, snapping or videotaping a chronology of candid moments with their professional-grade digital cameras and lighting equipment.
Garden State’s traveling photo booths fuel party-time fun and memory-making. After attendants set up the stationary photographer, party-goers pile in as the booth snaps pictures of the revelry. Instant images are printed onto strips and posted online so that guests can relive the memories later or ask the photo booth accusingly why it took so many pictures of Karen.
The final zipping of a wedding dress before the bride races off to the church. A newborn boy resting his head against his mother's cupped palms. When Umberto Esposito steps behind the lens, he strives to capture candid, yet profound moments like these. In both his studio and on location, Umberto also snaps shots of expectant moms, families, and kids about to tip over their first three-dimensional chessboard in frustration.
At Bright Light Studios, photographer Sameh draws on more than a decade of experience in the industry to helm a creative team dedicated to capturing professional photographs and recording momentous occasions on video. The artistic photographers aim their lenses at subjects of all ages and dispositions, from graduating seniors and smitten couples to cats looking to start viral Internet memes. They also snap images at landmark events, blending into the background at bar mitzvahs or crouching behind tiered cakes at weddings so as not to interfere with candid moments. Back in the studio, a team of graphic designers helps businesses get off their feet, designing company logos and layouts for brochures and marketing campaigns.
Singer and actress Meg Buzzard knows that first impressions, especially in the arts, can make all the difference. So she founded New Day Photography to help other artistically minded individuals express their personality in headshots. Finding success there, she branched out to include love (engagement shoots), marriage (wedding shoots), and the baby in the baby carriage (maternity, baby, and family shoots). Photography sessions can take place in Meg's studio or outdoors in locations such as Central Park and The Cloisters.
Daniel Rey Lozano's mother always encouraged him to pursue the arts. Because of her support, Daniel started drawing in second grade and added the guitar to his repertoire of skills at age 12. He continued experimenting with new modes of expression throughout high school and eventually found work as a director in TV and film production. His passion for moving pictures made it easy to transition into photography—the art form his mother always wanted to pursue. Today, he snaps candid portraits and chronicles actors and musicians onstage as they perform and backstage as they argue with their power-hungry puppeteers. He also documents weddings, captures personality-rich headshots, and uses long exposure to create cityscapes with swirling bands of neon light.
Efrain Duenas has one of the best canvases a photographer could ask for: New York City. The man behind Ezzy's Photography totes his camera around the bustling metropolis, capturing weddings, families, cultural events, and Fashion Week with the eye of a photojournalist and the passion of an artist. He also finds time to venture out of the concrete jungle to the lush backdrop of the Galapagos Islands. There, he snaps photos of endangered species and plants for The Galapagos Project, which will culminate in a coffee table book of images. The project aims to help raise awareness about the dangers of pollution on one of the Earth's most inimitable and fragile ecosystems.
Awaiting the birth of a child is as nerve-racking as it is exciting. Is the baby a boy or a girl? Does she have enough legroom in there? Will she inherit the family ear lobes? Nine months becomes an eternity, but some of the more pressing questions may be answered with a brief glimpse into the womb via Tiny Portraits’ 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D ultrasound technology. Although not to be mistaken as an alternative for regular doctor visits, these non-diagnostic sessions with Tiny Portraits can generate a 3-D image of your baby’s face, fingers, toes and in-utero rounds of “Where is Thumbkin?” Using the same technologies as two-dimensional methods, 3-D ultrasounds send out multiple audio frequencies and compile the results into a three-dimensional image. 4-D takes this one step further and adds in motion. Clients may glimpse images at Tiny Portrait’s Upper Manhattan and Midtown locations, or techs can come out to the home and emblazon images or video onto a disc amid family and friends. To permanently capture fresh new faces once they’ve come into the world, Tiny Portraits also snaps newborn pictures to compare with those taken in the womb. For a sampling of some of the work, click here.