Pixinity NYC Pop Up Photoshoot

Inspiration

It’s not a regular pop-up shop where you snap a photo for The Gram and leave. This is an entire art installation with a heartfelt meaning. The artist, Tianyu Qiu, decided to make his own pop up and partner with Autism Speaks. His sister was diagnosed with autism, and they use computers and iconographic symbols to communicate over verbal communication. He wanted to create a world where anyone could come interact with the art in an accessible way. I loved that concept, so I stopped by this week to check out Pixinity!

It starts out with a wall of shades of pink–my favorite. They told us that pink is the symbol for hope, so there’s a thread of pink throughout the entire show.

Then we moved on to the hallway of neon that transported us out of 2019 and into the digital, pixelated world full of pixelated people, food, and cities!

The blue room is filled with foam pixels for you to play around with and emojis with different expressions in pixel form. It kind of feels like you’re walking around a live version of Mario Bros, which was awesome.

I won’t give all the surprises away, but let’s just say there are some blacklight rooms that are very trippy and an infinity mirror you could stare at all day long (we did). What I loved about this pop-up is that it wasn’t just about photos. You could tell the artist spent a lot of time thinking of ways to make it interactive and interesting for the audience, and created a safe space where everyone was free to play in their own way.

This room, unsurprisingly, was my favorite. It was all about sending a love letter and there were pink paper airplanes flying around the room and this pixelated heart with wings. Not to mention the massive pink ballpit. This always brings out my inner child, and I had fun swimming around in a pixelated pink ocean!

The whole experience is filled with vibrant colors that correspond to different themes in the rooms. Here are a few other favorite shots, including one I took of the creator of the project, Tianyu. We had fun playing for a few hours and letting our inner child run around!

The Pink Ballpit!

This was honestly my favorite part of the entire shoot. It was just so pink. Aka my favorite. If you haven’t gone yet, definitely check Pixinity out this fall before it’s gone. I was really hyped to support a pop-up that had a deeper meaning and was partnering for an awesome cause.

If you like 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 🙂

Plaza Hotel NYC Engagement Photoshoot

Inspiration

Jersey and Luis are the most adorable couple. They’re born and raised New Yorkers who run a wellness Instagram together where they coach others and help people on their fitness journey. They’re also foodies who love cooking elaborate dishes together in their Upper East Side Apartment.

I asked them if they’d want to do a quick couple shoot near The Plaza Hotel and Central Park, and it just so happened that the day we shot together was their four year wedding anniversary! It was meant to be. From the second we met, they were all laughs, high energy, and so sweet. You could tell from their infectious smiles that they’re best friends and have so much fun together.

I tried a variety of poses and angles with them on this shoot. Walking together, sitting, crossing the street, facing each other and holding hands are all great options for couple photos. In some shots, like with the walking and crossing the street, I like to add a bit of movement, so I had Jersey move her skirt so it flowed a little bit.

The Pulitzer Fountain and trees made a great backdrop and bokeh, and for some of the shots I also tried a technique where I laid on the ground and angled up so The Plaza was directly behind them. As always, we had the best time shooting and I can’t wait to collaborate more with them. We’re planning a fitness shoot for them soon, so keep an eye out for that.

What are your favorite poses for engagement shoots? Also, are there any places in NYC that I just have to shoot at?! Drop a comment below with your thoughts and tell me what you think! And check out my favorites from our shoot at The Plaza below:

If you like 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 Color Factory NYC Photoshoot

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My friend Cameisha modeled for The Color Factory for their opening last year, so she asked me if I wanted to go back and take some fun fashion shots! I knew that the pop up was filled with dozens of colorfully painted rooms with awesome activities, so I was super excited to explore with her and shoot some photos.

One of the first rooms we walked in was bright ombre red and orange. There are all these balloons that are blowing around with words and phrases on them (my favorite was “a lot of pizza”). We had fun trying to make the balloons stay still long enough for a quick photo.

Another cool thing about The Color Factory is that all the walls have stripes, rainbows, and colors galore! Literally every hallway, door, room, and corner are covered with colors, murals, and art pieces. It makes the entire experience a prime spot for all photo taking. Of course we had to do a quick outfit change with her fun sequin pants to match the vibrant walls.

My personal favorite room is the Disco room! It’s covered in sequins, a dance floor, neon, and is blasting with music. You feel like you’re in a nightclub of color. Cameisha’s black feather coat and neon pink bodysuit made for the perfect combination.

We went a little crazy and even had Cameisha lay on the disco lit floor for a few shots. People did stare, just a little bit. That’s the only downside of shooting in a public place–you have to be okay causing a bit of a scene. Fashion shoots in public are not for the faint of heart!

The last room is definitely the best–a massive blue ball pit filled with literally thousands of balls to jump in, play with, and of course, take photos with. To get this shot, I had to dive in with her so I could shoot from a little bit of an overhead angle. I highly recommend flash for these types of pictures, because lighting was a little dark. The last thing is to be patient, because there were a lot of people also playing in the ball pit, and the last thing you want in a fashion shot is random strangers in the background.

Overall, we had a blast, and I highly recommend you check out The Color Factory, or maybe The Pint Shop, or the newest pop-up in NYC, Pixinity. Pop-ups are a such a fun way to take unique photos and get creative!

If you like 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 🙂

UES. Ice Cream Photoshoot

Inspiration

One of my favorite things to do in NYC is bring my camera to places that have cute backdrops and cause a huge scene doing a mini photoshoot in a public place with lots of people staring at us.

Okay, I’m joking, but seriously, sometimes restaurants, graffiti walls, and NYC popups are too cute to just snap a pic with my iPhone. So I get all dressed up, trudge to the location in heels, bring my wide lens and a flash, and just have a full-on photoshoot wherever we are. Pro tip: You can’t be embarrassed by this in NYC. Everyone is doing mini photoshoots for The Gram, so I just go with it and act like it’s perfectly natural to be staging a shoot in whatever public place we’re at that day.

A few faves: The Pint Shop. It’s a pink paradise with larger than life pints of ice cream and sprinkles. The Gucci photo pop up. It’s a room filled with hundreds of old photographs and Polaroids. And most recently, UES. ice cream shop, well, in the Upper East Side. This place has a twist, though. You have to say a codeword to the shop manager, and suddenly the wall of hundreds of pints of ice cream opens to reveal a secret door that leads you into a hidden speakeasy in the back!

WHAT! Pretty sweet, huh?! When my friend told me about it, I was excited to go and check it out, but I knew that I wanted a cute photo in front of that adorable ice cream wall, so we rounded up a few girlfriends and met outside the shop to get our ice cream and drink on.

When we got there, we realized that the shop was tiny, and only about 4-5 people can fit in there at a time. It was a tight squeeze, but we managed to get a cute waffle cone with sprinkles and snap some fun shots (with strangers onlooking, but you can’t be bothered by that in NYC) before saying the secret phrase: “I’d like to volunteer for your storage room.”

Then suddenly, an attendant whisked us to the back, revealing the speakeasy! We spent the rest of the evening in ice cream bliss, enjoying our sweets, ice cream flavored drinks, and the excitement of the hidden secrecy of the place. If you’re in NYC, it’s definitely worth a visit for the delicious ice cream and drinks in the back.

Check out some of the photos we took below:

Brooklyn Bridge Engagement Sunset Shoot

photography tips

Just as I had written a post last week about my Brooklyn Bridge shoot, a couple contacted me wanting to do an engagement shoot of sorts on the bridge at sunset! They had lived in NYC for a few years but moved to Boston for medical school, and wanted to come back to do a shoot before they got married. I was super hyped to help them capture this moment, so I said of course!

I was excited to shoot again on the bridge, but this time I shot on the BK side, so the shots had a little bit different feel with the Manhattan skyline in the background. I’ve decided that either side works perfectly, and it just depends what time of day you’re shooting to which side you might want to shoot from.

Evening was the only time that worked for them, and I knew that would be a little tricky with all the people, but we managed to still get some adorable shots even with all the tourists walking the bridge! If you have the time (and don’t mind getting up at dawn) then I’d definitely say go for sunrise or early morning shots. The benefit to this is that hardly anyone will be on the bridge, so the background will look a little cleaner.

We ended up having a few breaks of people and I had enough time to snap some shots without anyone in the background, which was lucky because there were hundreds of people crossing the bridge! But sometimes you have to be crafty with your angles and just make it work.

The other tip I’d say is that Ela was wearing heels and I had forgotten that it’s a pretty long trek to get to the archway of the bridge (at least a 10-15 minute walk on the BK side) so definitely bring a change of shoes if you’re planning on wearing heels or something that’s not too comfortable for a mini hike. Besides that, the weather was perfect and we had a great time shooting!

You can check out my favorite photos from the shoot below:

If you like these, 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 🙂

Brooklyn Bridge Sunrise Wedding Shoot

wedding photography

I met my good friend Stanley when I first moved to NYC. He’s the sweetest guy in the entire world, and his wife is even more adorable! Stanley and I are both photographers, and through some of the wedding shoots we did together, he told me that he didn’t hire a professional photographer for his wedding!

As a photographer, I was like, “Dude, you’re crazy!” A photographer not getting high quality pictures at his own wedding?! I knew we had to remedy this. So when we got the opportunity to shoot some new Hayley Paige dresses in NYC, I thought, THIS IS IT!

Dress by Hayley Paige

I pretty much insisted (and wouldn’t take no for an option) that he and his lovely wife model the looks, and get some much needed gorgeous wedding photos. We decided to shoot on the Brooklyn Bridge at sunrise. It was a substantial undertaking, because we knew that to be *at* the BKB by 5am, we’d have to get ready, do makeup, etc. wayyy before that.

We ended up meeting around 3am to start the project (Stanley was late per usual). There were some very sleepy eyes and tired brains involved. But everything was worth it once we got to the bridge. There was nobody on the bridge, besides a few cyclists here and there. It was the perfect setting, and the sun was just about to rise.

Sunrise on the Brooklyn Bridge

And they turned out to be the MOST gorgeous photos I’ve ever taken there. Stanley and his wife looked absolutely stunning, and the backdrop of the city was even better than I could have hoped for. They were so natural together, and the intricate detail of the dress matched perfectly.

The second we started shooting, we knew that waking up in the middle of the night had totally been worth it for the shots. We shot everything in about 45 minutes, and just like that, the sun had risen and people started to wake up. Tourists began walking on the bridge, and we headed home for a nice nap.

To this day, they are still some of my all-time wedding photos I’ve taken EVER. Because, look at how adorable they are! When I do styled shoots, I almost always like to use real couples as the models, because you can tell how authentic their love is in the shot.

Tips For Shooting On The Brooklyn Bridge: Go for sunrise. Hardly anyone will be there, which will mean you can grab the perfect shot, and get the gorgeous golden hour tones. Walk over from the Manhattan side, I’ve found that the lighting is better this way.

Check out the rest of my favorites from the shoot: