Stellar Year Wedding Photography » New York Wedding Photography Blog

We recently had the pleasure of photographing newborn Cameron with his proud first-time parents, Megan and Matt. Cameron was 7 days old when we photographed him at his home with our on-location studio setup. Cameron must be the calmest baby we’ve photographed to date – he barely made a fuss at all the entire session.

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We got out the macro lens and got in real close for the next three photos.

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We wrapped Cameron in a baby blue cheesecloth next for photos in the basket.  Look how happy and comfortable he looks!

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At the end of the session, we took some photos of Matt and Megan interacting with their beautiful newborn.  The connection between parent and child is always amazing in these shots and they’re always our favorites from our newborn sessions.

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Megan and Matt, you both really hit a home run with this baby! He is adorable and so well-mannered. Even when he was awake during parts of the session, he remained very calm and under control. Congratulations again and thanks for asking us to photograph this beautiful baby for you.

Your newborn photographers,

- Stellar Year Photography

One of the privileges of what we do is being part of a couple’s love story from beginning to end.  This past winter, we were there to document Michael’s Columbus Circle proposal and now, with planning for their big day in full swing, we organized an engagement shoot in Manhattan.  Lauren and Michael were very excited for this session and it took no convincing at all to get them to agree to meet at the crack of dawn on what turned out to be the earliest sunrise of the year!  We started, therefore, at 5:15AM on a Sunday morning in June at the East River Park underneath the Williamsburg Bridge.
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The sunrise silhouette is one of our favorite shots, and the East River Park has a perfect backdrop! bac_blog_03 bac_blog_04 bac_blog_05 bac_blog_06 bac_blog_07 bac_blog_08 Just south of the Williamsburg Bridge is this amphitheater with a gorgeous cable-stayed arch reaching over the audience.

bac_blog_09 bac_blog_10 After a quick coffee break, it was off to the High Line on the West side of Manhattan.  The park was empty at this time of the morning and it provides an awesome variety of views, backdrops, and unique photo opportunities. bac_blog_11 bac_blog_12 bac_blog_13 bac_blog_14 bac_blog_15 bac_blog_16 bac_blog_17 bac_blog_18

Pak ran down to street level to grab this image showing the High Line’s integration into Manhattan’s landscape.  We call this the “fishbowl” shot and it’s one of our favorite spots, even if it means Pak had to play a bit of Frogger to avoid traffic. bac_blog_19 bac_blog_20 bac_blog_21 bac_blog_22 bac_blog_23 bac_blog_24

With our creative juices flowing, it was easy to use everything the High Line had to offer and we ended our morning around 10:00AM.  High Line engagement sessions are always incredibly rewarding and we love when clients opt for this location.  For more, check out this video slideshow of the day we spent with the happy couple!

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Michael and Lauren, congratulations again on you engagement!  Thank you for letting us be so creative and for getting up so early!  We had such an awesome time with the two of you and can’t wait to finish telling your love story next August!

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Your early-bird photographers,

- Antonis and Pak

Bobby, a long-time friend of ours, came to us a few weeks ago with a plan in mind for an awesome Central Park proposal for his girlfriend, Jacklyn. She’d seen so much of Pak’s photography online that she would likely recognize him, so he asked Antonis to play the role of the “tourist with a nice camera” in an elaborate set-up to surprise Jacklyn at Bethesda Fountain in Central Park. Pak would be positioned at a distance so there was no chance of Jacklyn seeing him, with Bobby taking her through the park using paths specifically chosen to avoid us. Saturday was the big day with the crucial moment planned for just after 7:00pm when the light would be ideal and the park would (hopefully) be less crowded.

We arrived early to scout our locations, with Pak planted atop the Bethesda arches. The light was glorious and the crowd thinned just before Jacklyn and Bobby arrived.

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While Pak set up his gear up top, Antonis wandered around down below, trying to look like a tourist and snapping some background images.  This is one of our favorite parts of the city.  (You can see Pak set up at the top left of the balcony). chen_prop_03 chen_prop_04 chen_prop_05

As 7pm rolled around, we kept an eye out for Bobby and his unsuspecting girlfriend.  They approached the fountain and started taking selfies.  Our signal was for Bobby to step back and take an image of Jacklyn.  I walked past him at the right moment for him to ask me, “Excuse me, do you mind taking a picture of the two of us?”  I agreed and took a picture of the two of them with their phone.  Then I took out my camera and said, “I’m doing a project, taking pictures of people in NYC, do you mind if I take an image of the two of you?”  They agreed and the first images I snapped is the one at left, below.  Then I stepped back to give Bobby some privacy and that was his queue to kneel and pop the question!  Jacklyn was totally taken aback and her reaction was utterly charming and touching.
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Once the big moment was over, all was revealed to Jacklyn, and Pak made his presence known.  We then posed the newly engaged couple for a few shots beneath the famous arches.

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With the photography taken care of, it was time for Jacklyn to start letting everybody know about the big news.  She was so excited and couldn’t wait to share with her friends and family! chen_prop_14

We parted ways with the happy couple, and Bobby drove us downtown under the guise of dropping off somewhere more convenient for us.  What Jacklyn didn’t know was that Bobby had planned a large dinner with family and friends at El Quijote in Manhattan and that he’d asked us to take a few shots.  He, therefore, dropped us off near the restaurant and went to park, so that we wouldn’t spoil the surprise for Jacklyn.  With all of their friends and family waiting outside, the couple arrived and Jacklyn was hit with another unexpected pleasure!
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Here is the beautiful slideshow w/ video of the magic moment!


Jacklyn and Bobby – We are so happy for the two of you and were honored to document this special day!  Congrats again, you two!
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- Pak and Antonis