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Benjamin First Birthday Party in New Jersey

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Time flies! That’s for sure! I’ve photographed Nikolle while she was pregnant of Benjamin. In my mind it was like yesterday—and I still remember her words about how powerful and beautiful she was feeling since beginning her pregnancy. Giving birth to a child is indeed something out of words.

When Nikolle contacted me to photograph Benjamin first party I was shocked! How come—I’ve make the maternity shots a few months ago! It’s so rewarding to re-encounter these mamas and having the opportunity to meet their little ones! <3

Nikolle and Ulas had in mind something outside NYC—some place where the kids could experience a bit of nature instead of being inside an indoor playground. Alstede Farms is about 60 miles from Manhattan—in New Jersey. It was such a pleasant and fun day! The farm rents tends for birthday parties and offers lots of activities for the kids—from planting strawberries to feed animals. You can take a drive into the field and appreciate the view and nature—a great scape from the tall buildings and noise in NYC.

Family photos in Sao Paulo, Brazil

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After over 6 years living abroad, photographing these marvellous people in Brazil made me emotional! We’ve met while living in Singapore, a fews years back. We became friends—family, actually. When they moved back to Brazil, Manuela was a few months pregnant of their first girl!

The hardest part of living abroad is exactly this: not being part of your family and friends’ routine. FaceTime is not the same as a hug, a long lunch making small talk or a bottle of wine mixed with laughs, confessions, people that you love! You are constantly split between longing and excitement.

It was amazing seeing this family growing and I’ve no words to say how grateful I am for this photoshoot! Thank you, Manu and Joao! Love you all! xx

Ballet at Oculus, in World Trace Center

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Many years before becoming a photographer, I remember being obsessed and delighted with ballet and dance photography—although never had the posture and discipline for dancing. My first time in US, when I was only 15, I’ve visited a museum in Florida—I can’t remember which one, but still have in mind the photos of ballerinas dancing in black and white. I never pictured myself one day holding a camera and capturing such beautiful movements, but I must say It’s a dream coming to life.

If you want to shoot inside Oculus—World Trace Center in New York—you’ll need a permit from the Westfield World Trade Center office. Just email them and ask for a permission to take a few shots when it’s less crowded—avoid rushing hours at all cost!

A huge thanks for Ju and Bebel, these gorgeous ballerinas, for waking up so early and open a slot in their super tight schedule for these amazing photos!

Live proposal in New York! She said YES!

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And… she said YES!!!! OMG! I’ve no words to describe this moment! I was soaked, but the pouring rain made everything even more romantic! While hiding behind the trees with a telephoto lens, I was counting the minutes for these two birds to have their lives changed forever! Sean picked the spot and we met a few minutes before to make sure we’re all ready—her family was waiting for them as well across the street—and guarantee the surprise for Megan!

Congratulations! Lots of love for both! xx

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Engagement proposal photos by @DaniellePhotographySa

Engagement proposal photos by @DaniellePhotographySa

Ballet in SoHo, New York

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In my previous post I relied on my words on photography not being about perfection, but the moment. I guess I’ll contradict myself here. These photos are all about perfection. The perfection of the moment, the expression, the hands, the foot, the posture, the legs… it’s all about the second that the moment is frozen on absolutely perfection.

I photograph ballerinas just for fun! It’s my hobby moment—like an artist painting, I take ballet photos. I still have a long way towards the perfection of dance photography—as so marvellous photographers as Rachel Neville do it so beautifully—but for me it’s like chasing a perfection that exist only on that second and maybe, the camera will never caught it. Just your eyes.

Thank you, Camila and Alejandra! For challenging myself; for training my eyes for more perfection and for the fun afternoon while most New Yorkers were soaking in the pouring rain. And a HUGE thanks for Barrows, for allowing us to use this beautiful space on a Sunday! #FeelingBlessed

Family Photos in Greenwhich Village, New York

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Photographing kids takes patience—lots of it and love. At the age of 2, they are impatient. They just want to explore the world around them, to run, to touch, to experience, to feel, to be free. They don’t allow boredom. And they grow up so fast—each moment of their childhood is priceless.

Being part of these moments is priceless. That’s the most valuable gift of being a photographer. Usually my sessions with family and kids take a bit longer—around 2 hours. But I let them feel free—to be themselves. I don’t pose, I don’t aim for the perfect background, the perfect posture, the perfect smile. I aim for the moment; for capturing the essence of each one of them. The singularity of each photo, each hug, each smile, each spontaneous moment—that’s priceless.

Specially in these days, we are continuously seeking perfection—the best make up, the straight hair, the best pose to slim the face, hips, tricks to hide singularities—we are constantly loosing the chance to be ourselves. For me, the role of photography is not capturing perfection, but the moment that is perfect on their heart.

Spring time! Maternity Photoshoot in Central Park!

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Yes, I absolutely love photographing in Central Park! What else I could say—it’s always a stunning background!

What I most love about my work is connecting with people, with their stories—capturing such beautiful time of their lives. Yes, I’m Brazilian, meaning I’m emotional! I guess that’s why I related to photography my hole life! As I always say, they are not just clients, they are marvellous people that Universe gifted me.

It was such a pleasure meeting this couple from Jordan, expecting their first little one! Sending lots of love to you and wishing this little pumpkin all the happiness!

Maternity Photos in Central Park

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I believe every person in New York was supper excited for the Spring, but the beginning of May was rainy, cloudy and cold—completely unpredictable weather! We had to reschedule the photoshoot twice and still, I was walking to the subway station when the drizzles started! But since everything about New York is a surprise, we had a wonderful time!

No matter which season, Central Park is alway stunning and you can discover different spots each time you go! I love taking maternity photos here—it’s always like a delight walk around the park!

Gorgeous Family Photos for Mother's Day

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Every single photoshoot I worked on, it’s always special. Every couple, family, baby, kid that I connected with leave a huge mark in my heart—I just love what I do so much! Every photo I clicked has a piece of my heart in it and all those amazing clients are just special people that the Universe gave me!

This session was more than special! I saw once Chloe welcoming to Gabi’s arms—this little human being, so anxious to meet her parents that she came a bit premature. Instead of taking Gabi’s maternity photos, I had to rush to the hospital and adventure on this inexplicable word of photographing births. Never saw a childbirth before in my life! I’ve explained Gabi that I didn’t have any experience with birth photography, but my heart was all on it! I was with Gabi and Sean from 10am till 11pm on that Sunday. It’s only so much words able to describe what I felt, what I experienced. It was beyond photography… it was beyond taking pictures… I was holding Gabi’s hand experiencing that miracle, that little human being coming after almost exhausting 20 hours in labor. She was just gorgeous! At that point I understood how privileged I was, how gifted. I’ll carry that day in my heart, forever!

Today, Chloe is 4 months old. The most beautiful little pumpkin I ever seen! I’m just grateful… I’ve no more words to say than that. Thank you, Universe! Just thank you!

Family Photoshoot in New York

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For those who are wondering where to do a family photoshoot that is not as crowded as Central Park, the Riverside South Park is a beautiful spot in New York City!

There are some improvements coming soon, which will make the park even more charming. With gorgeous trees and a few areas to rest, it’s perfect for a walk or just to chill and watch the sunset. It’s a pretty good alternative to run away from tourists and the crowd in Central Park, especially now the sun if finally, here!

I love photographing families, babies and catch this special moment—they just grow up too fast!!! After a raining week and several days of cloudy afternoons, we’re pretty lucky to get this “summery” shots! What a beautiful Wednesday!

Live proposal in Dumbo, Brooklyn: She said Yes!

Oh, my heart! And she said YES! There’s only so much words to describe how thrilled I was to be part of this moment. What a Monday!

I got super excited when Guilherme contacted me about his idea to propose Luiza and do a mini photoshoot in Dumbo! The weather hasn’t been great since April—lots of unexpected rain and cloudy days—so we got apprehensive that the rain would wash out the big surprise! On my way to Dumbo I was caught in the middle of some drizzle, but as soon as we started the session, a gorgeous light came around and we got some beautiful shots—just in time for the big question to pop up!

As you probably realised at this point, I absolutely love photographing in Dumbo and capturing such a special moment is priceless! I’m just so happy for them! A huge cheer to LOVE!

Live proposal in Dumbo, Brooklyn: She said Yes! @DaniellePhotographySa

Live proposal in Dumbo, Brooklyn: She said Yes! @DaniellePhotographySa

Planning your maternity photoshoot? Tops places in NY for best maternity photos

The spring is finally colouring and warming the city, making it a perfect season for a romantic outdoor photoshoot. Central Park is definitely one of the most famous destination for a maternity photoshoot, but Dumbo is getting popular, not only for engagements photos.

Dumbo (or DUMBO, short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) is a neighbourhood in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. A couple of years back, this area was known for the Brooklyn Bridge view only and a huge area with 100-year-old warehouses that now have turned into luxury condos, hip restaurants, cutting-edge performance art spaces and tech start-ups. Today, It is one of New York City’s hippest, historic neighbourhoods with unsurpassed views and the city’s best pizza! Best of all, you can take some of the best photos of New York City skyline.

There’s quite a few different scenarios for your photos, from Jane’s Carousel lights to both iconic bridges, Manhattan and Brooklyn, cozy cafes and restaurants, park and Pebble Beach— a charming place to chill and just watch the sunset over the river.

If you are planing your maternity photoshoot, you might consider Dumbo as part of an iconic memory of New York City!

Ballerina Photoshoot at the New York Public Library | Camila Rodrigues

What a dream! The truth is I’m still in ecstasy after this amazing opportunity to photograph the Brazilian ballerina Camila Rodrigues at the iconic New York Public Library.

Since the beginning of my career as a photographer, I was fascinated about dance photography and the movements frozen in a frame—such passion, strength and daintiness all together. It took me a while to move this step forward and try something different, completely out of my comfort zone. I LOVED IT!

Ballet photography requires patience and technique knowledge and it’s much more about perfection and details—completely different from a documentary or lifestyle photoshoot. Photographing Camila definitely made me push myself harder and drive my eyes to a different point of view. I am absolutely certain that this project is the first of many more to come!

Thank you, Camila! It was a honour and a pleasure doing this photoshoot with you! And for those who are interested in photographing at New York Public Library in Bryant Park, you won’t need a permit since you don’t use either flash/light equipment or tripod—just bring your camera and have fun!

Maternity Photoshoot in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Usually the big island, Manhattan, gets the whole attention when talking about photoshoots. But as a Brooklyn person, I must say there’re so many stunning and charming streets around Brooklyn Heights and Cobble Hill—a perfect scenario for a chill and spontaneous photoshoot.

Walking along Congress Street, we found this small park, Cobble Hill, with gorgeous and romantic townhouses in the background—just in time for spring! I love combining indoor and outdoor photoshoots, so we can get a broad range of photos, from a more intimate scenario to a walk around the neighbourhood with all the spring vibe!

Next time, when scouting for places for your maternity photoshoot, go check around Bergen St, Pacific St and Cobble Hill Park! You won’t regret!

Couple Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn

Have you ever imagined doing a couple or engagement photoshoot under drizzles and rain? So, it turned out a beautiful evening and we got gorgeous shots of Thamires and Michael at the Brooklyn Bridge Park.

This spot in Dumbo, called Pebble Beach, gives you a stunning view to Brooklyn Bridge and it’s one of my favourites places for an engagement photoshoot. On an early evening, right after the sun goes down, you can see Manhattan lights and Jane’s Carousel at the background.

It’s always fun to shoot in Dumbo! Sunny or raining, it’s impossible not to get home with some beautiful shots!

Engagement Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn

If you are visiting New York and planing a destination engagement photoshoot, you might consider Dumbo in your list of options. Either on a sunny or cloudy day, you’ll always come back home with beautiful and romantic memories with your loved one! I must say, it’s one of my favourites spots in town!

You’ll get so many different scenarios, as Brooklyn Bridge, Jane’s Carousel lights, the parallelepiped streets and cozy cafes, the breath taking view of Manhattan skyline and many more spots! I always schedule my shots a couple of hours before the sunset and finish the photoshoot with a beautiful sunset photo at Pebble Beach.

Even if you live in town, it’s impossible to get enough of this neighbourhood. If you are planning a couple or engagement photoshoot, you must go in the afternoon and check the chill vibe in the area!

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Engagement Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn by @DaniellePhotographySa

Engagement Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn by @DaniellePhotographySa

Fashion Photoshoot in SoHo | Welcome Spring 2019

There’s no doubt SoHo is the best spot for a fashion and street photoshoot in New York. I had so much fun with @ColoursOfCoco walking around Spring St, Broome St and the instagrammable Nomo Hotel—a classic spot for a photo.

If you are scouting for spots to fashion your collection or just boost your Instagram or Blog with nice photos, just go check around some of my favourite spots in SoHo for a photoshoot:

1. Nomo Hotel

2. L’Appartement Sézane shop

3. Greene St and Mercer St, corner with Spring St

4. Max-Bone shop

Go check www.coloursofcoco.com for some tips for this spring!

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Fashion Photoshoot in SoHo by @DaniellePhotographySa

Fashion Photoshoot in SoHo by @DaniellePhotographySa

Maternity Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn

At this point you probably have realised that I love photographing in Brooklyn, specially around Dumbo area. On a sunny day, the gold colour around sunset time gives the photos such a romantic and soft feel.

The weather in NY changes so quickly that I rather wait till last minute before canceling a photoshoot. The day I met with Camila and Julien, had been raining for entire morning and when I was almost losing hope, we had such a beautiful afternoon with a golden sun at the background! <3 Perfect scenario for a maternity photoshoot by the Brooklyn Bridge and Jane’s Carousel!

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Maternity Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn by @DaniellePhotographySa

Maternity Photoshoot in Dumbo, Brooklyn by @DaniellePhotographySa