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It's been 7 years since I started Photography by Roy and my love for photography hasn't diminished one bit. (500 newborns and counting!)
My photographic journey started a few years before digital began to transform the industry. Using film was a great way to learn my craft and for personal projects I sometimes still shoot medium format film.
Since 1999 I've been involved in the photographic industry in one way or another. From working in a lab professionally retouching images, to maintaining an e-commerce site selling photographic gear to working at weddings and events. Each of these jobs has helped me develop skills that I now use on a daily basis.
I consider myself very fortunate to be able to photograph for a living.
I love capturing sincere smiles, and the best way to achieve that is by making sure my clients are comfortable and having genuine fun during our session.
Sessions are always relaxed to capture real and natural moments.
Photojournalism is my favorite style of shooting. Taking a step back and letting you be yourself is most important.
Work Ethics & Personality
Easy going yet always after the perfect shot; and always excited to do what I do.
I usually book one client per day, and always make sure there is no need to rush during a session.
Ask any of my clients and they'll probably tell you my patience and professionalism are what stand out the most.
Under-Promise and Over-Deliver
I work hard for each and every one of my clients and I like to think it shows in the results... I try to always go above and beyond what is expected.
This post is here to showcase some of the photos from Tyra’s Senior portrait session in NYC we did last week.
Tyra was visiting from Chicago and was only here for a couple of days but made sure to have her portraits done in Manhattan during her visit.
Senior Portrait sessions are a fun and memorable experience for all of my high school seniors..
Senior Portrait Review:
Here’s what Tyra’s mom had to say about the experience and her daughter’s senior portraits:
Rating ★★★★★Amazing Talent
I can not begin to describe the incredible pictures Roy took of my daughter for her Senior Portraits. My daughter requested to shoot in NYC for her Senior pictures and after much research we decided Roy would be perfect for what we had in mind. He has a very welcoming personality and extremely patient. My daughters photo shoot was taken throughout New York City and from the moment he started taking pictures my daughter was very much at ease and somehow turned into a fashion model.
The pictures are absolutely stunning, we couldn’t be happier. My daughter usually complains about her pictures but not this time. She LOVES THEM ALL. I HIGHLY recommend Roy as a photographer for any event. Thank you Roy and we can’t wait to come back to the big apple and take more pics ❤️
Top 4 Tips for Making a Photo Session with Kids Easier
If you’re preparing for a photo session with your children, you may be feeling a bit apprehensive. Children aren’t always easy to deal with, which is why the below tips will definitely come in handy before your upcoming photo session.
Don’t make a huge deal out of it. If you’re stressed out and cranky, your kids will usually pick up on it and act accordingly. Their behavior will usually be better if you are relaxed and having fun. You may have to make some compromises to keep the peace such as letting your energetic daughter’s hair stay straight instead of curling it into because she won’t sit still. Focus on the big picture and don’t sweat the small stuff.
Make it fun. Let the kids have a couple “fun pictures” where they get to pick their own pose or props. You get to keep the more serious photos while they get to keep their silly photos. This way everyone wins. If you are struggling to get your kids to sit still, turn the photo session into a game. Simon Says usually works like a charm.
Be prepared. If you’re going to be out for several hours, ensure that your children are well rested and have had their nap. Bringing some snacks and activities along is also a great idea. If you are having your own photos taken too then you might want to bring a babysitter or family member along to watch the kids. If you happen to be shooting in a remote location, you never know when you might need something like bug spray, tissues or a first aid kit so bring that along too.
Be patient. Save your sanity by trying not to control the photo session too much. Sometimes the best photos come from kids just doing their own thing. Work with your photographer and your photos will look fantastic.
Have a chat. Get your children talking to both you and the photographer about topics such as school or their favorite songs. This allows them to feel more comfortable around your photographer and will also give your photographer a chance to capture a few candid and cute expressions.
Tips for Beautiful Fall or Winter Photos – NYC Photographer
There is a special kind of magic that comes with outdoor, winter photo sessions. The snow lightly falling and icicles hanging from the branches create a lovely backdrop for any photo session. Here are some tips to make your winter or fall photo sessions go smoothly.
Dress warmly. You will be surprised at how often this is overlooked. Since you’ll be standing outside for a long period of time, short sleeves, thin fabrics, and open toe shoes will not be comfortable for very long. Shivering makes it hard to look happy and pose properly.
Wear sunscreen. Protecting your skin should be a priority throughout the year, not just in summer. Use a good moisturizer to protect your skin from chilly winds.
Watch the weather. Warmer days may seem more pleasant but melting snow can change the entire look of your backdrop. If you are looking for light snow flurries, try and keep an eye on the weather forecast to make sure that you don’t end up with melting or heavy snow.
Be flexible. If the weather isn’t exactly what you had hoped for, see if you can still make the photo session work. If you are however scheduling this session in advance, you may just have to work with the weather on that particular day.
Incorporate color. Even though fall and winter have some amazing colors to work with, why not wear a splash of color to really stand out in your photos? For example, vibrant shades of blues and greens look amazing amongst crunchy brown leaves. Click here for information about fall photography in Central Park
Plan your day. Taking your photos just after the sun rises or just before it sets will provide you with amazing lighting so try and plan your session around those times.
On cold winter sessions we’ll often stop for some hot tea or coffee to make your photo session even more enjoyable and get ready for some beautiful results.
When it comes to specific locations we can definitely help you with the decision and the logistics. We know almost all of the popular locations (and even the more quiet/personal ones) in Manhattan… Including all the go-to spots in Central Park, Soho, Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square and more.
Choosing a photo shoot location might seem like a big deal but it really doesn’t have to be difficult. A location usually drives some of the other decisions you will need to make about your shoot so it’s important to choose the right place. Here are a few questions to ask yourself before you decide on a location:
What kind of theme do I want? If a particular building or natural backdrop would work well with your theme, look around your area for spots that meet your requirements. If you don’t know what kind of backdrop you want, take a day trip around the part of the city that you’re considering. Ask family, friends or your photographer for ideas too. Keep in mind what kind of theme you’re after (romantic, urban, natural).
Are you allowed to take pictures there? Make sure that you can legally take pictures at the location that you have in mind. If it’s not public property or available to the public you will need to get permission first.
Is it accessible? Consider that not all outdoor locations may be available all year round or you might not be able to get to them at all. Your safety is also an important aspect to think about before you decide on a location. Taking pictures on a mountain ledge may look neat but it’s best not to put yourself in harm’s way.
How do you get to your location? Will it be easy to walk to the session location and if not, are you able to change your clothing and touch up your hair and makeup before the shoot? You should also find out whether there is a restroom that’s close enough in case you need it.
Will the photo session be in a public place? If the location you have chosen has a lot of foot traffic you might think you won’t feel comfortable, however, we’ve noticed clients almost always get comfortable after about 15 minutes of shooting… Even the ones who don’t believe they will. Busy locations can be good to add another interesting aspect to your photos.
If you really don’t think you’d like too many other people around, we know plenty of quiet and beautiful side streets in NYC.
Make sure that your location doesn’t become a distraction and that there is shelter nearby if you need it. For example, shooting in Central Park in the middle of winter can be pretty, but there aren’t many options of where we can go in to warm up.
Your location can help tell your story, we’re glad to help with advice and guidance!
Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session
Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth and an extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot.
Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.
Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look really dated in 20 years’ time. Classic is definitely better and there are many fun options to choose from.
Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can actually find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.
Size matters. There are some larger props that work really well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa’s farm tractor as a background piece. However, there are some larger props that can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn’t detract from it.
Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family.
Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.
Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.