My shoot for National Geographic…

This weekend I had a wonderful opportunity. I was contacted by a producer at National Geographic because they wanted to film me shooting as part of a television special… as it happens it was a studio portrait session they wanted to tape for a scene featuring one of the subjects of the program . Dave, seen below, is an actor/model here in the city, and they wanted to show him doing his thing– so was I up for it? Hell yes. Here are a few sneak preview images from the shoot, and a few behind the scenes shots my assistant took while we were in the studio– the place was so full of equipment (the film crew’s and mine) and people, it was way crazier than I expected… not sure what I thought they’d be shooting on but I had no idea how large those broadcast HD cameras were– and somehow this DP was able to shoot handheld for hours. Perhaps needless to say I was a little nervous about having my shoot documented and edited for TV, but when National Geographic calls, you do not say no, am I right? I’ll post again when I know the date/time program will air so you can tune in and watch for my minute of fame… Sounds like not for a while as they are still in the middle of production on it.051_davenatgeo_sarahtewphotography-2



Behind the scenes shots below taken by Jeff Zorabediannatgeobehindscenessarahtewshoot-1-4natgeobehindscenessarahtewshoot-1-2


it was tough acting natural and ‘just shooting’ when i could actually see the camera they were filming me with in my own viewfinder… at least when the crew was off to the side i could try to forget what was going on and concentrate on getting my shots as usual!

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.