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OnePointSix Streetstyle, part 1

I recently did some streetstyle fashion photography in collaboration with my friend Karen, who owns the label OnePointSix. Her clothing is beautifully tailored, made of high quality, and will seamlessly fit you day and night. I fell in love with the collection when I tried on the Avery Dress. Not only can you shop online, you can also sign up to learn about upcoming trunk shows so you can try all the pieces in person. Here are some of the photos

This first set features the Edward Blazer

The Auden Skirt

One of my favorites, the Philip Blazer

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One year old S

Little S recently turned one and her parents asked me to come to their home to play with her and capture this moment in her life for years to come. I like doing sessions for kids at this age at home, because it’s where they are the most comfortable, where we have all their favorite toys and food, and it shows a moment in their lives. This little girl is fiercely loyal, curious, shy, and just learned to walk. We had so much fun!

She just learned to make an “angry face”… but I think Dad was more happy to do this with her

S is a huge fan of Happy Baby Organic Puffs. During the session she constantly munched on them


And when we get a bit tired from playing… homemade apple sauce will do the trick

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Modern Romantic, an in(SP)ired fashion shoot

Dreamy. I loved working with Caroline of Modern Romantic, a fashion blogger and costume designer based in New York City. Her style is incredibly unique and fun. For our fashion in(SP)ired shoot in Central Park, she pulled out vintage pieces in her closet that were actually created and designed by her mother! Both these pieces are romantic and also mod, recalling the style of the 70s. Caroline was so incredible in working with the low temperatures we experienced after a snowfall in Central Park, and was equally adventurous in sliding over patches of black ice for the perfect shot. Follow the Modern Romantic at her blog, YouTube, and Instagram for more inspiration.

Her mother created this beautiful wool cape with a rabbit fur collar. I love the feminine detail Caroline added by styling with lace up gloves

The second outfit is a wool plaid jumper with button details up front and a matching scarf. Caroline’s mother felt that Caroline evoked the look of Ali MacGraw from the 1970 film “Love Story” – I completely agree!

 

If you love fashion, are a fashion blogger, just love to dress up, and would like to capture some iconic looks, I’d love to hear from how we can work together on an in(SP)iration session. Check out my work and contact me, let’s create something beautiful together.

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2 days in Miami

Some personal photographs from my trip to Miami. Scroll to the end to see where I went and how I planned a trip that was budgeted for $250.



My original budget for this trip inclusive of everything was $250. The canceled flight busted that budget, but you can see below how I managed most of it.

Flight: I flew American Airlines down (booked with 7,500 British Airways Avios points) and United Airlines back up (10,000 miles) + $11 in fees

Hotel: I stayed at the Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove with a free category 1 – 5 night coupon I’d earned last year. I valet parked with this hotel with in and out privileges for $24… I could have probably tried to do street parking as well but it meant waking up frequently to check the meter. Your biggest expense in Miami is likely lodging as this city has grown in popularity as an international destination over the years. Due to the snowstorm over the weekend my original flight back to NYC was canceled. I used HotelTonight to get a last minute hotel booking at the Crowne Plaza which had airport shuttle service. Use my promo code of schen256 if you want $25 off your next booking. It busted my budget but it was the best option I had available. I thought of booking the South Beach hostel but the taxi rides required to get there and back would cost the same as being at an airport hotel.

Car: I rented through Hotwire and it was via Payless which was at the airport rental center. It was a super cute VW Beetle which is perfect for my short height and made parking everywhere easy. The rental itself was crazy cheap $40 but I added third party insurance for $30 because I really wasn’t sure if I’d get totaled driving in Miami – and it was the right judgment call because I had several harrowing occasions where Miami drivers would pass me getting on and off the highway! My Chase Sapphire Preferred credit card covered primary insurance. Sign up through my referral link to get 40K points at sign-up, it’s my favorite credit card for travel and dining.

Parking: Parking in Miami can be difficult – street parking takes patience to find and Miami drivers are crazy. I googled in advance of my trip to find affordable garage rates. Most municipal garages are pretty affordable and for parking at Lincoln Road I found the 640 17th Street parking garage which charged $1 per hour for the first 6 hours and I used that as the jumping off point for walking Lincoln Road and South Beach itself

Planning: I used the My maps functionality in Google Maps to create a map for my trip detailing points of interest, garage places, and restaurants. Then I downloaded it to my Google Nexus 5 phone use the My Maps app. All in all a very smooth experience and I’m definitely doing this again.

Points of attraction: I visited the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and did a self guided walk of South Beach and Lincoln Road Mall.

Where to eat:

For a casual lunch and if you don’t mind driving to a more residential area, try My Ceviche. You can buy $20 of food for $10 via Yelp and if you check in via Yelp you get a free guac and chips.

For a fancy dinner I went to The River Oyster Bar (reservations recommended). I wish I’d ordered the whole fried yellowtail snapper that everyone raves about because I just got a simple grilled filet of fish and I wasn’t starving. For parking I parked across the river and did the 15 minute walk – it wasn’t bad, but it made me realize Miami is not a city that is built for walking, lots of missing sidewalks and construction.

If shopping near Lincoln Road / South Beach, do not miss Chalan on the Beach, which is where I got the lomo saltado, a plate of steak and fries (see picture above). Simply delicious home style Peruvian food, no fuss, big portions, and not touristy. It was my favorite meal of the trip

Newark bus: My trip back took me to Newark airport. The fastest way to get to the airport is using the Newark Airport Express. Buses run every 15 minutes and they are FAST. I came back to NYC after it’d snowed and I saw so many NJ Transit buses stranded, but my bus plowed along and got me into the city with morning traffic in 45 minutes. I never had to take any PTO as a result (I also got up early and flew standby on the 6:30AM flight out of Miami)

A proper gentleman and his ray of sunshine | Wedding photos in Central Park

You know someone really loves you when they are with you even though they’re allergic to your cat and dog.

Meet April and Kit, a wonderful couple who are relaxed, low key, and opposite sides of the same coin. They’re not the kind of people who want to draw a lot of attention to themselves, so they have skipped the traditional wedding reception. In lieu, they have chosen to have their wedding photos taken in Central Park to commemorate the start of the rest of their lives. As is my philosophy, the entire session was personalized to who they were – natural, not forced, in the moment. I would say that April and Kit can be very silly with each other. And yet, Kit is every bit the proper gentleman, making sure April can walk in her heels, that she isn’t too cold, and that her hair is the way she likes it. Kit told me that all he wants is to see April smile all day, because she lights up his world. Cue waterworks. Congratulations April and Kit!

We landed on one of the most incredible days for foliage in Central Park. The trees were on fire! Fiyah!

This next picture links to a larger panorama – click to enlarge (large file size – ~4mb)

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