If your photo appears in the New York Times, it probably means you did something very right... or very wrong. It's safe to say Allison and Chris are all right, and the NYT agreed!
Ed is the perfect combination of talent and charm. We hate posing for pictures, but his bedside manner put us at ease and made the whole experience fun. Not to mention, it's easy to relax when you can trust that the photos are going to turn out beautiful, which is always true with Ed. He was pleasant and constructive about which poses and places worked and which didn't work, and he was very good at guiding us through the process. When we look back on the how fantastic the photos turned out, we can't believe how fun and easy the whole time was.
Katy and I met on a sub-30 degree morning in Riverside Park, Manhattan for this shoot. She was an amazing sport, and demonstrated grit, poise, and humor in order to pull off such natural poses and athletic leaps. Keep an eye out for Katy on a Broadway stage near you. www.therealslimkaty.com
I met these high school sweethearts at their Astoria, Queens apartment where we explored the neighborhood and Astoria Park. Ethan and Maria radiate humor and kindness, which comes across in their photos. Major credit goes to their dog, Frankie, who kept her parents in line throughout the afternoon. www.ethanmeyer.com
We dragged our feet on getting professionally photographed for more than eight years of marriage. After working with Ed, we’re eager to do it again. He understood what was important and authentic to our family, along with putting all three of us instantly at ease. Our dog Frankie is a difficult talent, and Ed was very respectful of her and tolerant of her slightly obsessed parents.
When you work with the first-prize winner of a national beard competition, you better show that sucker off. Chris holds tremendous pride in his adopted home of Astoria, Queens where we shot on a brisk autumn day. As a TV producer by day and stand-up comic and drummer by night, Chris's dynamism shines through in his photos. www.chrisaiola.com
A shoot with Ed doesn't feel like work at all, unless your definition of "work" involves a friendly and professional guy who makes you feel totally relaxed while he brings out the best in you. Then yeah, it's a LOT of work!
A Southern California transplant, Adrianna is a New York-based artist who directs and dances for TREES (The Rhythm Encompassing Every Sound). She possesses a multidimensionality that allows her to express both intensity and playfulness with ease.
Working with Ed is always a calming yet comedic and joyful experience. He knows how to subtly catch you at your best moments without you even realizing it.
The Rhythm Encompassing Every Sound - TREES. I had the privilege to witness these particular TREES in the wild where they not only encompassed rhythms and sounds, but objects as well such as Central Park's Bethesda Fountain. Their upcoming show at the time explored the idea of Time. I thought about both freezing and elongating time using varying time exposures, which created the still and blurred motion you see here.
The aptly-named dancer, actor, and aerial yoga instructor brightens the days of everyone she meets. Sunny put her creativity and athleticism to work in and around Madison Square Park where she transformed her surroundings into her personal jungle gym. It's safe to say the Tønsberg, Norway native literally and figuratively has embraced New York. Her energy and joy shone through on this shoot where I just tried to keep up and not get kicked in the face.
During my photoshoot with Ed, he managed to create an atmosphere that was both supportive, lighthearted and professional. He gave wonderful directions and also gave me creative freedom. The pictures came out beautiful and I can't wait to work with him again!
I met Kirsten at the Brooklyn Heights Promenade. She said she needed professional photos for her coaching and consulting website but didn't want to appear too stiff or serious. A trained improviser, Kirsten was game to try a wide variety of poses including using the classic "soup can-telephone" for her site's contact page. We walked the line of professional-meets-personality, and got the results she wanted. www.kirstenhenning.com
I've overseen loads of photo shoots in my life but never done my own so I was nervous to say the least. Ed is patient, kind, and sharp--exactly what I needed to be myself.
Fresh out of Juilliard, Victoria is an actress to keep an eye on. On top of being crazy talented, she happens to be exceptionally kind. Having lived in New York since college, Victoria was right at home in our Lower East Side backdrop.
Ed is amazing to work with - he manages to keep the shoot spirited and calm all at once. We got to try out a bunch of looks in a bunch of locations so I have a wonderfully diverse collection of images. I'm thrilled with his shots and I'd recommend him wholeheartedly!
I met up with Jared and Alison at Pier 1 by Riverside Park in Manhattan. Alison has fond memories of coming here when she lived on the Upper West Side, so it was nice homecoming of sorts. They donned custom-knitted beanies by Jared's mom and their favorite down jackets from a recent Utah ski trip. The newly-engaged couple's outfits embodied their love of family and travel, which they'll carry into the next chapter of their lives.