Jenny & Mike’s Battery Park NYC Wedding

Inspiration, wedding photography

This weekend, I flew to NYC to shoot a wedding that has been a long time in the making. I was initially supposed to photograph Mike and Jenny’s wedding back in May, and it got postponed due to Covid. They decided to hold a smaller wedding with 50 people to comply with NYC regulations, so I hopped on a plane and came back to the Big Apple to be there for their special day!

The day started off with some fun in Jenny’s hotel room, with the girls popping champagne and Jenny finishing writing her vows in her vow book. And let’s not forget the insane view they had from downtown NYC!

Then I started shooting her details, from her high heels to the flowers to the stunning dress. The lace work on her gown was so intricate that I wanted to make sure to get some details of it with my macro lens.

Next it was time for Jenny and her girls to get ready for the wedding, which included hair, makeup and getting their dresses on!

Here’s a detail of her flowers, which included something borrowed and something blue from her family:

We walked outside to take some family photos, and the lighting was so great! I love this candid shot I got of Jenny crossing the street.

Then I headed down the street to Mike’s apartment by Battery Park so I could shoot some images of the guys getting ready. They were having a good time hanging out.

We went to the roof to take a few pictures, and the view was insane. You could see the Statue of Liberty, New Jersey and uptown. It was stunning.

Soon it was time to head over to the venue and photograph all the details of the wedding and reception before the guests got there.

And just like that, it was time for them to get married! They read their own vows that they had written, and Mike mentioned how he’d protect Jenny from dinosaurs. It was adorable.

I also managed to run up to the roof to get a wide shot of the wedding. You can see the Staten Island Ferry on the river in the background, as well as the Statue of Liberty.

Around sunset, I took Mike and Jenny into the park for a few shots before the reception. The lighting was great all day, and the park was empty, so we got some stunning photos.

Then it was time for the reception, where there were some great toasts given and things got wild on the dance floor!

All in all, it was a stunning wedding and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it. For more of my wedding photos, head over to my weddings page and my weddings Instagram.

The Badass Women Gallery Show in NYC ROCKED!

Inspiration

On March 7, 2020 I hosted a gallery show highlighting the 55 portraits of female founders, entrepreneurs, creators and do-ers that I had been photographing for the past year and a half in New York City. It was a big undertaking for me, and I can’t believe it happened! Let me start off by saying that I was super nervous for this event. It’s my first gallery show in NYC and the first solo event I’ve hosted here, so I wanted it to go well! It worked out perfectly that the next day was International Women’s Day, and March is International Women’s Month, so we were feeling all the girl power vibes that weekend.

Before the event we had to get some takeout from down the street. Huge shout out to my dad, my friend Shane, and my roommate Lauren for helping set up all day. They rock. I also made a video tour of the show, which you can check out here:

This is the first wall finally completed. It took about four hours to hang this side, and about two hours to hang the other side. Most of the time was spent figuring out the math for the rows and decided how to hang the command strips. Once we had everything laid out and the first few rows done, it was a piece of cake! (And yes if you’re wondering, all 55 frames and a few spares were in my tiny New York apartment for about three weeks leading up to the event. It was crazy.)

We also set up a networking wall called the Give and Take wall, where people could write Post-It notes for things they could offer, a service they could provide, or something they were looking for. Folks could take Post-It notes if there was something they could help with. By the end of the event, the wall was totally covered with Post-It’s, which was so awesome to see!

Here’s a couple photos of me getting excited once we had the posters outside hung up. Shout out to Lauren for curling my hair and helping me hang the posters, and a big thank you to Jenessa, the owner of the space, for being so helpful throughout the process of hanging the work and coming in clutch when we forgot the wine opener (oops!).

Did anyone catch my Taylor Swift quote on the show info poster? I had to sneak that in since she’s one of my role models as a badass woman herself! I was also excited to see that many people were using the #BadassWomenNYC hashtag on social media with photos and videos from the show!

And suddenly it was time for the event to start! The gallery show was open from 7-10pm, and it was surprisingly packed almost the entire time. That really blew me away. I really felt the support of so many badass women who showed up to see the show! It was a huge relief once all the frames were hung, and I could just relax and talk to all the guests that attended!

I have to give a huge THANK YOU to our drink sponsors, T Edward Wines! They donated a case of delicious sparkling wine for the event, so of course we had to do a celebratory pop at the beginning of the event.

One personal highlight of the night for me was when my cousin Adrianne and her fiancee Tyler surprised me. They flew into NYC from Chicago to come to my gallery show! It was such a sweet moment, and I’m so glad I got to share the event with them.

Then around 8pm, it was time to give my speech! I always get a little nervous with public speaking, but I felt good about this one because I could just explain the story of how the project came together without having to rehearse it too much. I also had my friend Anisa Benitez say a few words about the importance of the representation of women in the media right now. I think she totally nailed it. You can watch the full speech below:

I really couldn’t believe the turnout. The show was packed the entire night! One thing that people kept telling me is how inspiring it was to see all the photos and quotes together. I’m so glad that I could shine a light on so many amazing women that are making the world a better place, and inspire folks in the process! Empowering women is so important to me, and I love that I get to use photography to do that! I made so many new connections, and I hope everyone else did too.

The Post-It wall was totally covered by the end = total success!

And let’s not forget the #BadassWomenNYC balloon wall that people loved getting their photo taken with! Gotta do it for the ‘Gram! This will definitely be at future events, because it was such a popular element that everyone wanted to take photos of (myself included).

And of course I have to give a big shout out to these ladies, who have been a huge support to me over the past two years in NYC. I could not have done it without them!

Lauren also made a quick little video recap of the show, which you can check out here:

To everyone that came to the show and checked it out, to everyone that let me photograph them for the series, to my friends and family that have supported me throughout this process, thank you all so much! This show meant so much to me and I’m grateful for your encouragement.

Lastly, I’m continuing the series and expanding it to San Diego and Austin this year! So on that note, feel free to fill out this form highlighting a Badass Women who you think should be included!

Check out this page on my website for all the portraits and quotes from the women and more updates on the project, and make sure to subscribe to my email alerts to be the first to know about future shows!

Badass Women Gallery Show

Inspiration

I’m so excited to announce my art gallery show happening this March in NYC! The event is called Badass Women, and it will feature 50 portraits of women entrepreneurs and female founders in NYC that I’ve photographed over the past year. It will also be a great networking opportunity and is free and open to the public. Feel free to share with your friends and network! You can check out the attached poster, the Eventbrite page, and the fb page for all the details. 

You can learn more about the project at my website or on Instagram. Thanks so much and looking forward to seeing you there!

Pink Photoshoot Locations in NYC

Inspiration, photography tips

If you’re like me, you might be kinda obsessed with the color pink. One of my favorite pastimes is wandering around New York and finding perfect pink spots to set up photoshoots. So, I thought it would be awesome to compile all the information into one article. After two years of exploring, here are my personal recommendations for the best pink photoshoot locations in NYC.

Museum of Ice Cream

The Museum of Ice Cream is a fabulous playground in NYC for all things ice cream related. As an added bonus, the entire building is painted head to toe with pink pastels. We spent almost three hours exploring and taking tons of pictures, and it’s a super fun activity for an afternoon. We went on a weekday, which was way less busy than the weekends.

Cha Cha Matcha

This pink matcha heaven also doubles as a great spot to grab a drink or even some soft serve! They have multiple locations, but the biggest one with the pink doorway is the 1558 Broadway location. This just proves that we love pink so matcha!

M Tea

M Tea just opened up in Flushing, Queens, and it is a lovely space that does not disappoint. It will take you some time to trek to Flushing from the city, but I promise it will be worth it for the amazing photos! It’s a two story building that includes clusters of pink chair pods, a massive pink hot air balloon that ascends to the ceiling, and a pink phone booth upstairs. I had the pink smoothie (big surprise) and it was as delicious as it was pink!

Pietro Nolita

Pietro Nolita is a very pink restaurant that prides itself on being “Pink as F*ck.” I went there for my birthday this year and took some fun pink inspired photos, as well as tried some of their amazing pasta. There’s lots of options, because the inside is just as pink as the outside benches. Also, I HIGHLY recommend checking out the bathroom, as it’s completely pink as well!

Pixinity

The Pixinity Pop-Up was an immersive experience complete with pixelated icons, a New York themed room, a giant avocado, and a massive pink ball pit. The pop up ended in November, but creator Tianyu Qiu told me that he has some more pop up ideas up his sleeve, so keep an eye out for his next project!

Central Park

Central Park in the spring is the perfect place to get your pink on! When the Crabapple trees start blooming, pink petals create a stunning pastel spectacle in the park. Check out Conservatory Garden’s Center Garden from mid-April to mid-May, that’s when they’re typically in bloom.

Tiny’s and the Bar Upstairs

This adorable pink building is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot in NYC. You do have to be careful though, because that street can get busy with traffic, but we went on a Sunday morning and it was completely empty. I’ve also eaten at Tiny’s and the food is phenomenal!

Your Apartment

Look, when all else fails, buy some confetti and have your own shoot in your room! We bought a pack of pink confetti from Amazon for less than $10 and had a mini photoshoot against a white wall in our apartment. Pro tip: use a wall that’s facing a window, so you get the best lighting. Second pro tip: use the slow-mo option on your iPhone and take an awesome video throwing the confetti!

I hope these locations got you excited to take some pink photos around the city! If you liked this article, have a look at my website, InstagramYouTube and Pinterest! I hope this gave you some new ideas to try out on your next photoshoot. Tag me @gdeimz on social if you go to any of the pink spots for a photoshoot in NYC!

9 Poses in 9 Minutes

photography tips

If you never quite sure just how to pose with your partner for a great picture, or you’re a photographer looking for posing ideas, then this is the article for you! I’ve compiled a list of my go-to poses for couples, and I have a one-page freebie at the bottom for you to keep as a helpful guide! Big thanks to my favorite couple Jersey and Luis for being my models for this project (and standing in the freezing New York City winter weather to get these shots!) Now let’s dive into these poses.

Lean Toward Each Other

Position the couple so one person’s shoulder is leaning into the other person’s chest, and have the person behind wrap their arm around and lightly grab the right arm of the first person. It helps to mention to lean their heads toward each other and getting their noses close together. This cozy pose is great for a mid shot, or a close up.

Facing Each Other

This one is an easy one. Have the two look at each other while holding hands. Can be used for a wide shot or a close up, and you can play with how close they are standing to each other. One person can also wrap their hands around the other person’s neck and lean in close for a kiss (warning: it’s adorable!!)

Facing The Camera

The classic shot shows the couple fairly close together with one person wrapping their arm around the other. You can vary the hands–hands in pockets, hands straight down, or like in this shot, Jersey had her hand by her face, tucking her hair behind her ear. Do whatever feels most natural for you.

Half Looking at the Camera

This can be a great moment. Have one person look at their partner while the other person looks at the camera. This usually results in some natural smiles and laughs, because who doesn’t get excited when they spend a few seconds taking in how lovely their partner looks?! A great variation of this can be to alternate having both partners look at each other at the same time.

The Ear Whisper

Alright, now that you are warmed up and have the basic poses down, here are a few advanced level poses! This one is a great prompt I use with couples. When a couple is already fairly close to each other, I’ll tell one partner to lean in and whisper something into the other person’s ear. It’s great for capturing a candid moment, because generally one of them will say something silly, or sweet, and the other person will break out into a huge smile or laugh. If you’re not great with posed photos, I recommend a pose like this, which can help bring out your personality and feel really natural.

Arm Around The Shoulder

Have one or both partners wrap their arm around the shoulder or waist of the other person. A few variations are to have them both look at each other, at the camera, and one person looking down candidly. You can also alternate between serious expressions and smiles.

Touching Foreheads

I love this pose so much! Why? Because look at how cute it is! It’s pretty simple too: hold hands and touch foreheads. For a more intimate moment, you can have them get close and close their eyes, too. For a more playful and fun shot, tell them to smile and laugh. Leaning in for a kiss is also an easy pose to go to from this one!

Walking

This can be another great natural moment between the two. You can walk toward the camera, hold hands while walking away from the camera, and even start walking away and then turn around and look back at the camera. I usually tell my couples to walk in “slow motion” so they’re relaxed and not rushed. In terms of eye contact, they can look forward, at each other, down and around. I usually tell them not to look directly at the camera, so the shot comes out looking a little more like a candid moment.

The Finale: Kiss and Foot Pop!

This is a great shot to do toward the end of the shoot. Have the couple get really close to each other, put their hands on each other’s waist or around their neck, and smooch! Jersey did the foot pop with her right foot, which I love. An advanced level variation of this is to do the dip: dip your partner halfway and then have a dramatic kiss. This might not be the pose for everyone, but if you like a grand gesture (and I do) then this can be the perfect pose!

I’ll be honest, I wrote this in part because my partner hates posing and I wanted to have a quick page of ideas that I could glance at when we’re out and I want to get a cute shot. So, I made a one-page PDF with pictures of all the poses and I’m giving it to you, too! Click here to download the freebie couple posing guide!

And if you liked this, have a look at my website, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest! I hope this gave you some ideas to try out on your next photoshoot, and good luck to everyone with your posing! Tag me @gdeimz on social if you post any of the ideas you try out!

West Village Photoshoot with Melissa Frusco

Inspiration, photography tips

This was a fun one! Melissa and I decided to meet by Christopher Street Station in West Village in NYC for a street style shoot. It was a bit of a moody day, but I love the foggy atmosphere it provided. Her overall outfit and look fit the vibe really well, and we had a great time shooting some portraits and street shots.

One thing I love to do on city shoots is have the model walk right in the middle of the street (while the walk sign is a go, only!). It creates beautiful lines from the street, especially if there are traffic lights and cars in the background that you can blue out a little bit with bokeh. These two shots are great examples of that! It really adds an urban vibe while still focusing on the subject.

There was also a crazy man that stopped us along the way, but honestly not too surprising in NYC, haha. I also loved the pops of yellow from the signs and taxi cabs. You can use elements like this to add to the overall visual story of the shoot. And I thought the old wine store across the street made for a great grungy backdrop to match her outfit.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

High Line NYC Photoshoot

photography tips

It’s January in New York City! You might be wondering, why, Gaby, are you doing outdoor photoshoots in January? Well, the answer is I can’t get enough of photography. I didn’t get to do too many shoots in December with the holidays and once January rolled around I was itching to get back to it and do some fun shoots to get my creative energy going for 2020!

So I asked my friend Anisa if she wanted to do a shoot on one of the rare warm days this week. We decided to shoot along the High Line and the sun came out for the shoot, which I was very excited for! I love how these shots turned out. Sometimes shooting with the sun in the background can be tricky, you just need to make sure the subject is still correctly exposed. That caused the sky to be a little overexposed, but I like that look and tend to shoot a little bright anyway, so that doesn’t bother me too much.

The shot on the left is when the sun went away for a second and the sky got more blue, and then on the right is when the sun popped back out and made the shot super warm toned. I love her sunglasses in this shot. This just goes to show how different of a mood you can get depending on how the lighting changes in natural light.

My favorite part of the shoot was when we stumbled on this cool walkway on the high line with awesome industrial metal. The wind even blew Anisa’s hair back to add to the epicness of the shot! I think the lines really add to the confidence in her pose and they both work together nicely.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

The Butcher’s Daughter Nolita Shoot

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I had a super fun shoot at The Butcher’s Daughter in Nolita the other day, so I thought I would share it with you! My friend Emily Kammeyer had the idea to shoot there and I’m glad she did because I’ve been wanting to shoot there for awhile. It actually started raining during our shoot, but luckily you can’t tell in the images!

One thing I love with bright colored buildings is that they just look so crisp against light outfits. Her white top and jeans ensemble made the shoot feel light and fun against the backdrop of The Butcher’s Daughter. We went to the Nolita location at 19 Kenmare Street and it wasn’t busy at all. They have adorable yellow tables (although I did have to move a table and bench away so it didn’t distract from Emily as the focus).

She had also just gotten a cheetah print bag in the mail from Burberry (!!!) and it was the perfect pop of color to match the table. We also did some shots of her walking across the street with The Butcher’s Daughter in the background to add a street style feel.

I don’t shoot black and white very often, but we snapped a few at the end that I loved! The contrast is so nice against her white shirt and the black wall. Love how these turned out, and it just goes to show that you never know what cool shots you’ll end up with when you’re free to be creative and try new things on a shoot.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂

Top 5 Pink Desserts In NYC

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This is a very specific article, I know. But let me give you some background. I’ve been on a little side project all year long. I wanted to see if I could take my love of all things pink, and find it translated into desserts in the city.

It all started because I wanted some adorable pink food that matched my aesthetic to post on Instagram. But then it became a challenge for me, and I started seeking out shops, menus, and restaurants on social media to see if I could compile an all-pink list. And I did, right here, just for you! So if you’ve ever thought, hmm, I wonder what kinds of pink desserts NYC has to offer, this is your spot to find out!

Simply Delicious Yellow Cake with Sweet Pink Buttercream Icing from Amy’s Bread

Amy’s Bread is a classic bakery in NYC, and their pink cake is no exception. It’s sweet icing is the perfect topper for the moist cake, and is the perfect pink dessert to grab with a coffee or on a weekend outing with friends. I highly recommend this cake for looks + taste. I might need to run to Chelsea Market later to grab a slice!

Strawberry Shortcake & Red Raspberry Cakes at Ring Ding Bar

Pink on the outside AND inside! This dessert bar does a modern take on the classic 1950’s dessert Ding Dongs, which is basically a mini cake with a chocolate layer overtop and filling in the inside. The strawberry shortcake is absolutely delicious, not to mention adorable, and the shop is even cuter! I highly recommend heading downtown to check it out in person!

Pink Bubble Tea at Bar Pa Tea

While I admit this is borderline in the “dessert” category, I’m still counting it because it’s a sweet treat! The store itself gets extra points for looking adorable and pink, and is great for photos too. They have lots of other flavors, including matcha, coffee, and add-in flavors, so go check them out for a sweet drink.

Lavender Ice Cream with Lucky Charms and a Pink Cone from Soft Swerve

Oh my gosh, where do I start with this?! While it’s not all technically pink and there is a lot of purple in the dessert, I included it because this. was. the. best. ice. cream. I’ve. ever. eaten. For real, it was delicious. And it’s so pretty for ice cream! Beware, there might be a bit of a line, but they’re speedy and it’s absolutely worth it!

Strawberry Cronut at Mia’s Bakery

If you haven’t tried the cronut yet, you need to head on over to Mia’s bakery immediately. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy cronut texture and silky sweet icing on top. And it’s pink, of course. The strawberry flavors tasted incredible, but note that it’s very rich, so might be best to share with a friend if you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth.

Bonus: Vegan Raspberry Cake at Mia’s Bakery

The folks at Mia’s were so nice and helpful that they gave me multiple pink dishes to photograph! This one is for all my Vegan friends out there. It’s a Vegan raspberry cake with a raspberry drizzle. Talk about amazing. With the filling and layers of icing, I was in total pink heaven.

Give these a try the next time you’re out and about in the city, and if you have any recommendations of other pink food or desserts that I should photograph, hit me up at gdeimz@gmail.com or on Instagram @gdeimz. Thanks so much and hope you have a pastel pink day! 🙂

Anden Concert at Governor’s Island

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I got connected to the electronic music duo named Anden from a friend of a friend, and when I saw they were performing at the historic Governor’s Island in NYC, I knew it would be a really fun show to photograph. They have been hosting these awesome dance party events in various places around NYC for the past six years.

The first DJ, Wassu, started the party off around 1pm. Can we just talk for a minute about how cute this is?! He wanted to bring his daughter to show her what he does. We were losing it–too cute!

There was lots of great music all day long and the crowd was really getting into it. They partnered with Threes Brewing and had the event on the Liggett Terrace beer garden on Governor’s Island, which was just a 10-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. The weather was perfect for an all-day dance party.

The second artist that went on was the duo named Local Dialect. Dezza mixed after them, and of course Anden closed out the show in the evening to a crowd of a couple hundred. If you’re into EDM or trance music, they are definitely worth checking out.

If you liked these photos, make sure to have a look at my website and follow me on Instagram! Feel free to drop me an email at gdeimz@gmail.com for any shoot requests, questions, or just to chat! If you’re in the NYC area, let’s grab coffee and talk lenses and shoot locations 🙂