Why I sometimes make my clients freeze : )

Portraits and headshots come in one big clump for me. One needs the other. And I love them both. The reason they are so much fun for me is that, unlike wedding photography (which I also obviously love) portraits come with more control for me in terms of time, lighting conditions, etc.

Headshots Men New York - Company Headshots by RitaRosePhotography

David needed some photography for his graphic design business and approached me to do them. This shoot was in Columbus Circle – half in the park and half in the mall! This was in the middle of the freezing winter, so after about 15 minutes we sought shelter inside (this was pre-planned since I knew we would freeze). This lovely gray wall was on the third floor, with diffused window lighting coming from David’s right.

I hear you saying “why don’t you have a studio so that your clients don’t have to freeze their tuchus off?”. For me, studio photography isn’t natural enough. There are also not enough variations in backgrounds. The idea of a backdrop makes me shudder (although never say never, of course). I love the imperfections in nature and if you play it right, they will only enrich your images.

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How to make your wedding fancy (Alma House in Even Yehuda, Israel)

Some weddings are fancier than others. This was a really fun wedding that I went to last summer. The gorgeous couple was Shir and David. How to make your wedding fancy? Have it at the the Alma House in Even Yehuda (Israel) where there is a pathway to the chuppah on a pool of water. Get violinists. Three of them, in sparkling white gowns. (Bonus question for you at the end of this blog post!)

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Here was the least fancy part in the whole wedding. I love photographing moving things because I can either freeze the motion or blur it.

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

Wedding Photography at Alma House in Even Yehuda Israel

And now over to you. What’s your favorite style of wedding?

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My cousin

My sweet little cousin. I didn’t know the extent of my love for you until I lost you.

I took this picture of you while we were on a family trip together in Moscow in 2006 and I remember this moment clearly. You resisted, as most of my family members do; asked “why are you taking pictures of me”? I assured you it was to practice my lighting and that I saw something really cool. You gave in and returned to your previous pose. You even let me torture you a little until I got the elements around you just right in my frame.

Mark

You were my baby cousin whom I would come in the middle of the day to take to the bathroom in your kindergarten when you didn’t trust any of your teachers; you had a huge smile on your face that I’ll never forget. You were my teenage cousin with a loving heart, who would come up to me and hug me really tight (after I yelled at you and grounded you and made you clean your room as punishment after you tried to have a party at home while I was ‘babysitting’ you).

You had a beautiful soul… and souls never die. Know that you will always live in my heart and that I’ll always miss you.

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How about a horse-drawn carriage to deliver the bride to the altar.

Israel has lots of weddings. Like LOTS. Some are just truly spectacular, with horse-drawn carriages that drive the bride to the altar (note: these are VERY rare). Here is one such amazing wedding of Jacob and Faina that I attended in the summer in White Halo in Magshimim, Israel. I think the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy and share!

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

To see more of my wedding gallery, feel free to do that by clicking HERE!

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Tel Aviv Weddings by RitaRosePhotography

Enjoy, share, and pin : )

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Who said I can’t shoot men! Headshots for Entrepreneurs.

Recently, in addition to weddings, I’ve been getting a LOT of requests for small and medium business headshots (and space shots). Erez Landau is the CEO and founder of Erez Israel, a company that provides meaningful tours in Israel and lectures all around the world.

Headshots in Tel Aviv, Israel - Company Headshots by RitaRosePhotography

The shoot took place in Neveh Zedek, an artsy neighborhood of Tel Aviv, where there are so many amazing doorways and backgrounds to choose from.

Business & Company Headshots in Israel by RitaRosePhotography

(Also, I loved this wall… a lot).

Business & Company Headshots in Israel by RitaRosePhotography

Erez is ridiculously photogenic, if that term exists at all.

Business & Company Headshots in Israel by RitaRosePhotography

Erez also sings and drums to enrich the touring experience and make it just a little more authentic.

Business & Company Headshots in Israel by RitaRosePhotography

What are the differences between photographing women and men? There are definitely a few. In fact, sometimes you want to achieve the opposite effect. Here are recent headshots of a female entrepreneur.

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Wedding of Emil and Lauren (Tel Aviv, Israel)

Here is the wedding shoot that I’m very excited to showcase, because Lauren and Emil and just sooo cute and also because it’s my second wedding in Israel!!! If you want to see their engagement shoot that I shot a few months back when it was still warm, feel free to do so!

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Emil waits nervously in the bridal gown store, as Lauren prepares behind the scenes.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Here Emil is about to turn around, see Lauren, and maybe get a little bit emotional. (I’ll keep that between me and the couple : )
On an unrelated note, the dress shop lady was trying to get me to take the photos inside (think yellow spot lighting), but the amazing diffused daylight just kept on pulling me in the other direction.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

So happy to see her.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Cute doggie belonging to Emil’s family.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Lauren and Emil seem to have one of those bonds that gives you goosebumps. They met in Yiddish class and have been speaking Yiddish together ever since.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Lauren is a serious polyglot (as in, I can’t even remember all the languages she speaks). She has recently added Romanian (because of Emil) to the mix, in which she was conversing with his family during the wedding. Like, wow.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Our wedding walk was around Basel in Tel Aviv, which has the nicest urband backdrop. Tel Aviv is just a really cute city.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

We walked.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

… And then walked some more. (Notice the amazing diffused lighting that doesn’t create any harsh shadows on their faces).

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

We stumbled upon a bookshop and that’s when Lauren and Emil seemed to really light up. Love playing with window reflections.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Love Hurts! (It actually seems to be very pleasant when you look at Lauren and Emil). And a book in Yiddish.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Basel square!

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

A great big hug after the ceremony is over.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

The dreaded chairs!

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

The dancing was super fun and the music was awesome.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Some time in the middle of the wedding Lauren put on a really cool side net thing. I’m very into those things, although I don’t really know what they are called.

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

Yay. : )

RitaRosePhotography Wedding Tel Aviv Riverside Daniel Rowing Center

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