AUSTIN'S 7TH BIRTHDAY | SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY CHILD PHOTOGRAPHER

AUSTIN’S 7TH BIRTHDAY | SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY CHILD PHOTOGRAPHER

This week I thought I’d post up some photos from Austin’s  seventh birthday party.  I know I say this a lot, but it’s pretty amazing how fast kids grow..  Feels like just a couple of years ago, I was throwing him up in the air, like a sack of potatos (because.. I do that often).  If I were to do that now, I’d probably throw my back out.  =P  The first photo is one of the little guy when he was just a wee tyke for comparison!  Now he’s running around, playing Pokemon and Beyblade all day…  =)  ENJOY!

Apologies for the blurriness, I took this with my cell phone and all those years back, there weren’t very many manual controls… but, of course, the content always trumps everything else  😉

7 rambunctious years later .. 😉

Pokeball cake = awesome mom.

When I used to live in Westchester, this Sleepy Hollow park was home to pot smokers and mucho police activity.  So glad they finally cleaned it up and beautified it!

I think 65% of the moms I know own a DSLR

CHINESE OPERA PERFORMANCE | NEW YORK, NY EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

CHINESE OPERA PERFORMANCE | NEW YORK, NY EVENT PHOTOGRAPHER

As promised, here are some photos of the behind-the-scenes workings during my shoot of the Cantonese Opera performance in Chinatown, Manhattan.  It’s really too bad the images can’t show the time necessary in which to create this look (several hours worth!) of intricate costuming and elaborate makeup..  My own parents are in some of the shots, and I’ve always been proud of them, for their dedication to this performance art.  Hope you enjoy the images!

 

Pretty detailed embroidery…

Testing some lighting using my lovely assistant for the day…

I LOVED getting the musician shots…

CHINESE OPERA PORTRAITS | NEW YORK, NY PHOTOGRAPHER

CHINESE OPERA PORTRAITS | NEW YORK, NY PHOTOGRAPHER

Recently, I’d been given the opportunity to photograph a Cantonese Opera performance in the Lower East side of Manhattan, (where else but Chinatown) and go backstage.  I loved it, because I felt like a VIP (Very Important Photog) or something, running around and capturing just how everything unfolds…  You wouldn’t believe the time and effort it takes to achieve the look of the final product!  I’m splitting this event into two posts, this one as a replacement for my typical sneak peek.  Many of the actors requested some portrait shots, so they’re the subject matter for this post.  Lighting setup was typically my 580EXII speedlite bounced into a 45″ Westcott umbrella, and my lovely assistant holding up a reflector.  Tomorrow, I’ll post the behind-the-scenes action of how they got to this point, as well as some performance shots!