Birthing Buster… 24 hours of labor!

I had the incredible honor of shooting a live home birth with one of my maternity subjects, Alice these last 30 or so hours… It was a magical day– the first real snow here in NYC to stick, and walking to Alice’s apartment in the lower east side I got to take in the beautiful clean snow scenes… seemed like a good omen to me.  I walked in around 1pm on the 19th to find Alice already sitting in her warm birthing pool, having contractions (still mild), and didn’t leave (or sleep really) until today around 1pm.

The birthing was so very intense and painful for her, and the labor dragged on for so long, she was exhausted, but what a trooper! Fortunately the reward was equally extreme–seeing this couple’s joy when they finally gave birth to their first baby, a boy they’ll be calling Buster, all the releif and the outpoaring of love, it was amazing to be present and I felt so happy to be able to be there documenting it in photographs. I know they will be amazed to look at and remember all the work they did to get this boy out into the world. Here are a few blog-suitable favorites, shown with permission of course.

Michael Delaney's Headshot

Earlier this week I had a great time shooting a new headshot for Michael Delaney, perhaps most widely known for his frequent guest appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Now he’s been cast in the new 4-man broadway show written by and starring Will Ferrell, titled You’re Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush, playing soon at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. So naturally he needs a new headshot for the playbill! I was honored to work with such a talent.

Delaney is hilarious in various long-form improv troupes that perform at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre– most notably The Stepfathers and the brilliant troupe (now mostly on hiatus), The Swarm. If you ever have a chance to see him perform, take it! A night at the UCB makes for a great date and if you get interested in performing yourself they offer classes for beginners through advanced levels of improv.

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Michael Delaney’s Headshot

Earlier this week I had a great time shooting a new headshot for Michael Delaney, perhaps most widely known for his frequent guest appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. Now he’s been cast in the new 4-man broadway show written by and starring Will Ferrell, titled You’re Welcome America: A Final Night With George W. Bush, playing soon at the Cort Theatre on Broadway. So naturally he needs a new headshot for the playbill! I was honored to work with such a talent.

Delaney is hilarious in various long-form improv troupes that perform at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade Theatre– most notably The Stepfathers and the brilliant troupe (now mostly on hiatus), The Swarm. If you ever have a chance to see him perform, take it! A night at the UCB makes for a great date and if you get interested in performing yourself they offer classes for beginners through advanced levels of improv.

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1, 2, 3 very cute dogs!

So I was at Lydia’s house to make portraits of her new baby, Zachary… but I COULD not help photographing her beautiful dogs while I was there… I mean look at this ear.  It does not quit. Much fun with my new favorite lens, the 50mm 1.2 L from Canon.

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Anna Gonzales - September 20, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Awwww… so funny the ear still standing up 🙂 there sooo cute!

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble!

I finally saw the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble playing again in the subway station at Union Square. This group is so amazing to see playing live, they make my spirit soar every time I see them… I bought another cd from them after shooting a few pictures- all their songs are original. Check out this video about them, they moved to NYC from the south side of Chicago. Every song draws a crowd and people look around at eachother with the biggest grins– the spontaneous enjoyment of street musicians is truly one of my favorite NYC experiences… this group is one of the most unbeleivable I’ve ever seen.

See the NY Times piece about them here on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTQa_aU7pfE

and their website is here:

http://hypnoticbrass.net

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