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Central Park Elopement || Kristen & Sam || New York City

I photographed Kristen & Sam’s Central Park elopement this past summer. They were such a dream to work with in every way and gave me so much freedom to be creative. I started the day with them at The Blakely where they were getting ready – and sipping champagne. Afterwards, we hopped in a limo and headed to Central Park to meet up with Genevieve Dreizen for their ceremony. We found a quiet spot around the corner from Bow Bridge for their ceremony. It was completely private and hidden from the path, so their ceremony had such a great intimacy to it. Then it was time for portraits! We wandered through The Ramble and then walked around the Upper West Side, and these two kept me laughing all afternoon. Kristen & Sam – thank you both so much for everything!

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Dress: ASOS  ||  Flowers: Foxglove  ||  Hair/Make-up: Cari Duprey  ||  Officiant: Cheerleader for Love

 

Fine Art Portraits || E || NYC

During my off season earlier this year, I needed a project that was completely different than everything else I’ve ever done. I wanted a new challenge. I decided I wanted to try some fine art portraits of women in a studio setting, and I had so many volunteers after I announced the project. I spent the winter and early spring shooting these boudoir-type sessions, and I just fell in love with the editorial nature of the portraits. I learned so much about posing an individual, and it was such a great experience. It was so much fun for me to be creative in a completely different way. I’ll be blogging all of these sessions over the next few months.

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daaaaang! These are stunning!!! Love the color too! Wowsa!

Babe.

Holy cow. Gorgeous!

Montauk Elopement Photographer || FIND Montauk

When I first became interested in photography, digital was not really a thing. I’m sure it existed somewhere, but it was not like it is now. I learned on film and spent many wonderful hours in my school’s darkroom. Watching an image I’d taken slowly appear on paper in front of me always blew my mind – the excitement of seeing if what you’d captured days earlier turned out the way you envisioned. It was magical and it never failed to amaze me. …Or maybe I was just high from the fumes. Either way, for film and I it was always true love.

Times change, technology changes, and now digital has taken over. Film has sort of become this lost art, and for a while, I’ve been wanting to get back to my roots. When I saw one of my favorite film photographers, Jonathan Canlas, was hosting one of his Film is Not Dead workshops just a few hours from me in Montauk, New York, I knew I had to be there.

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The workshop was held at the end of April, and it was like summer camp for film. I stayed in a big house with seven other photographers, and we just geeked out on photography for four days. There is nothing more fun than spending time with people who are passionate about the same thing you are, and I had such a fantastic time.

We learned so much about film stocks – which ones work best in which lighting situations, pushing/pulling film, how to expose for each one – cameras, light meters, post production on film, business, and the importance of personal work. I left with a renewed love for film and so much more confidence in my own ability to shoot film and achieve the look I desire. It was an incredibly intense week, but it was BY FAR the best workshop I’ve ever spent money on, hands down. There wasn’t a lot of fluff – it was real, applicable stuff, and I immediately saw a difference in my work afterwards.

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During FIND Montauk, we did several portrait sessions with real couples, and spent a lot of time shooting personal work as well. Over the next few weeks, I’ll finally be sharing the photographs I shot during the workshop, so keep an eye out.

2015 is going to be the year of film for me – both for personal work and with clients. (I’ll still be shooting digital, but I’ll be incorporating a lot more film.)

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(All the images in this post were shot on either Portra 160 or Ektar 100.)

City Hall Wedding Photographer || Anna & Paul || New York City

Anna & Paul’s City Hall wedding was one of my favorites this year. I photographed their elopement this past summer, and I had such a wonderful time working with and getting to know these two. They were so much fun! I first met Anna in Little Italy where she was getting ready with her family, and then we headed off to City Hall to meet up with Paul and his family. I just loved the moment when we walked in the doors and they saw each other for the first time that day. It was perfect. After their ceremony, we were off to the Meatpacking District and the High Line for portraits. It was raining and sunny at the same time, which made for fantastic light! I could not have had a lovelier evening with these two!

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My 2015 Calendar is Open! || NYC Elopement Photographer

I wanted to pop in to announce that I have officially opened up my 2015 calendar for weddings and portrait sessions! I’ll begin shooting portrait sessions in March and elopements in April. If you’ve been waiting for my calendar to open up for 2015, today is the day! I may be a bit slow to respond to emails, as I am still on maternity leave, but I will do my best to get to everyone in a timely manner.

I think 2015 will be exciting, with many changes in the way I do business. I want to focus on non-City Hall elopements, and will be scaling back the number of City Hall weddings I take on. I will be incorporating a lot more film into my work next year. I will be aiming for even faster turnaround times, introducing new albums and fine art prints, and will hopefully be blogging A LOT more in 2015. And in general, I will be shooting less than I have in years past, because I want to put more focus on my family and my awesome, brand new twin daughters.

Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me while my life turned upside down. Last year was tough – I had to majorly limit the work I was able to do as my pregnancy progressed and I ended up on bed rest. I’m so excited to jump back into things full force now that I’m feeling like myself again, and am hopeful 2015 will be one of the best years yet for Katie Jane Photography!

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