Well, it looks like it’s that time once again when we reflect on a year passed, revel in it’s happenings, and resolve to make the next year even better than the one before.  For us, it was quite an intense year, one marked by great losses in both of our families but also the year that we brought the greatest love of our lives into our home.

As far as events are concerned, we are calling this year our Museum moment: the season began and ended with an event inside an amazing NYC museum (namely Museum of the Moving Image and the Natural History Museum), and we also captured Krista and David’s wedding which took place at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Along with events at some of our regular spots, we were introduced to two favorite venues: Tribeca Rooftop downtown and Buttermilk Falls Inn in the Hudson Valley.  We had a tough time narrowing down our ‘Best of 2013′ images.  After looking through hundreds of images, we came up with this lot. Hope you enjoy!

Here’s wishing all of you a fabulous, fun filled, adventurous, peaceful, prosperous, healthy, and loving 2014!

xoxo

Jess, Josh, and Baby Silan

Our Photo Booth was a hit at Screwball Spaces's Open Studios in Redhook, fortunately, only Silan loved to eat the mustaches.

Our Photo Booth was a hit at Screwball Spaces’s Open Studios in Redhook, fortunately, only Silan loved to eat the mustaches.

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A favorite image from our inspiration shoot up at The Living Room In Cold Spring, NY

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Two of our favorite DIYs of the season: Left: Luka and Glen’s gorgeous and elegant center pieces at Craft Restaurant. Right: Bride Erica drew each of her guests to use as their escort cards at her Farm to Table wedding in the Hudson Valley

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Left: Julie looked stunning in this Carolina Herrera, Gold leaf hand painted wedding gown. Right: Her elegant center pieces designed by David Beahm. Venue: Museum of Natural History

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Julie and Jonathan’s First Look at The Museum Of Natural History

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Gorgeous Tablescapes designed by David Beahm. Event Planning by Amy Shey Jacobs of Chandelier Events. Venue: The Museum Of Natural History

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Our favorite dress of 2013 which beautifully incorporated hand painted gold Leaf. By Carolina Herrera.

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Luka and Glen pose for a photo before their intimate ceremony at Craft

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Luka and Glen post ceremony at Craft. Our favorite small scale wedding of 2013

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Laurie in her childhood home

A still life set up by Florist and designer Kerry Quade as part of our inspiration shoot with her and Betty Brooklyn at The Green Building

A still life set up by Florist and designer Kerry Quade as part of our inspiration shoot with her and Betty Brooklyn at The Green Building

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Laurie has her veil placed

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Krista on the dance floor at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Favorite dance floor of 2013

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Joyous Father of The Bride

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Krista and David walk outside of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with City Hall as their backdrop

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Krista and David during their ceremony at The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

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Erica before her ceremony at Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, New York. Favorite venue of 2013

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Guests walk towards reception. Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, New York

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Erica and Doug. Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, New York

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The First Look. Buttermilk Falls Inn, Milton, New York

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Grace and Tobey at their backyard wedding in New Rochelle

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On the dance floor at Tribeca Rooftop

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First Dance, Tribeca Rooftop. Favorite Manhattan wedding of 2013

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Jono and Stephanie after ceremony. Tribeca Rooftop

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Taking in the view. Tribeca Rooftop

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A groomsman gets ready. London Hotel

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Getting ready. London Hotel

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Bar mitzvah boy and the chest bump. Museum of the Moving Image. Favorite Bar/Bat Mitzvah of 2013

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Museum of the Moving Image

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Mom and Bar Mitzvah Boy. Museum of the Moving Image

 

 

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And, lastly, our favorite Photo Booth pic of the season…

We have had this gorgeous Bohemian Harvest inspiration shoot on the back burner for a month now, just waiting for Thanksgiving to roll around so we could share it with y’all.

With the Hudson River by our side,  we drove North on a perfect autumn day in October to The Living Room, an intimate venue in Cold Spring where we collaborated with Brita Olsen Creative to create this “faux’” wedding shoot.

Cold Spring is a perfect close destination spot for a wedding. It has small town charm, Hudson river views,  a sprawling waterfront with a beach nearby, woods with plenty of hiking and walking trails, and bed and breakfasts for your guests.  Everywhere we turned there seemed to be another perfect backdrop for our bride and groom.

Our groom model was so bewitched by the views (and his stunning bride!) that he actually proposed to our bride model right there during the shoot!  It was quite memorable, and lucky for them, they now have a physical imprint of this very special day…

Here are a few faves from our shoot:

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Makeup Artist Stacey Ford prepares our bride model

Makeup Artist Stacie Ford prepares our bride model

Before and After the engagement

Before and After the engagement

Catering by the Farm on Adderly, Brooklyn, NY

Catering by the Farm on Adderley, Brooklyn, NY

Simple rose boutonniere and gorgeous bouquet in shades of purple

Simple rose boutonniere and gorgeous bouquet in shades of purple

The couple on the steps of a house on Main Street.  The bride wore a 90 year old vintage lace dress from Wildfell Hall Vintage

The couple on the steps of a house on Main Street. The bride wore a 90 year old vintage lace dress from Wildfell Hall Vintage

Arrangement by Brita Olsen Creative

Arrangement by Brita Olsen Creative

Simple and gorgeous flan by the Farm on Adderly

Simple and gorgeous flan by the Farm on Adderley

Bohemian Harvest Tablescape by Brita Olsen Creative

Bohemian Harvest Tablescape by Brita Olsen Creative

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Menu by Calligrapher Kathryn Murray

Roses, fruit and greens make for a bountiful and gorgeous tablescape by Brita Olsen Creative

Roses, fruit and greens make for a bountiful and gorgeous tablescape by Brita Olsen Creative

Simple, elegant candle-scape with A Doily votive DIY by Brita Olsen  Creative

Simple, elegant candle-scape with A Doily votive DIY by Brita Olsen Creative

The couple on the banks of the river in Cold Spring, NY

The couple on the banks of the river in Cold Spring, NY

Invitations by  Ladyfingers Letterpress

Invitations by Ladyfingers Letterpress

The couple on the steps of The Living Room

The couple on the steps of The Living Room

On the banks of the river in Cold Spring

On the banks of the river in Cold Spring

A wall of Red Ivy makes a stunning backdrop for our bride and groom

A wall of Red Ivy makes a stunning backdrop for our bride and groom

Perfect Small town charm

Perfect Small town charm

Doily votive DIY: 

The antique doily votives are a unique and simple DIY that anyone can master. Brita collected crocheted doilies on Etsy and from local flea markets, then painted them with fabric stiffener and laid them over a small plastic cup to dry overnight. When dry, the doilies will hold a cone shape that looks so lovely illuminated with a standard tea light. She then mixed them with fall leaves, greenery and speckled hydrangea and added grape clusters and pomegranates for a look that is full on fall romance!

Venue: The Living Room www.coldspringlivingroom.com

Event Design: Brita Olsen Creative  http://www.britaolsencreative.com/

Photographer: Josh Strauss of Josh Strauss Studios http://www.joshstrauss.com/

Flowers: Brita Olsen Creative  http://www.britaolsencreative.com/

Caterer: The Farm on Adderley http://thefarmonadderley.com/

Invitation: Ladyfingers Letterpress http://ladyfingersletterpress.com/

Calligraphy: Kathryn Murray http://kathrynmurray.com/

Makeup: Stacie Ford http://staciefordweddings.com/

Wedding Dress: Wildfell Hall Vintage http://www.etsy.com/shop/wildfellhallvintage

 

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Last weekend, while Jess was busy shooting a wedding film at the Allegra Hotel in Long Beach, Josh was shooting a much more intimate affair in a backyard in New Rochelle. Toby and Grace’s wedding was by far the most quintessential DIY event we have yet to shoot. The wedding took place at Grace’s father’s home, Grace’s mom created all of the beautiful flower arrangements, and friends and family took care of the colorful decor.  One of the most impressive projects was the cake: Toby’s mom baked the cake in England back in June, and then infused it with Brandy every day up to the wedding, and fortunately it did not need its own passport to go through customs.

After the ceremony, guests were seated at a 75 foot long table where they were served a five course meal catered by an Italian restaurant from the famous Arthur Avenue in the Bronx.  Dancing was slow to begin after all the heavy food, but once everyone had time to digest it all, they danced their asses off to a hot “garage band.” No, the band was not of the DIY type-made up of musician friends, this time they went professional, but they did in fact play out of the garage. Happily, for us  (and for them) they also did not choose to have a “photographer friend” shoot the wedding. Here’s a sneak peak of the fun filled evening:

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Yes, it’s true, crazy as it sounds, we decided to take our 5 month old daughter (now almost 6 months!) on a three week Midwest road trip so that we could introduce her to our extended families in Chicago and Detroit. With basically all of our most important material items (including Sophie the Giraffe and our brand new Mark III) in tow in our small Toyota Matrix we headed west on the last day of June. We first stopped at Frank Lloyd Wrights Falling Water in Pennsylvania, which was beyond impressive, then one night in Chicago before heading to Eagle River Wisconsin for some much needed R & R by Josh’s Aunt And Uncle’s Lake house. Before heading out on our trip, we made sure to leave a small amount of space in our trunk since we knew we were headed to some great antique shopping country. With our vintage aesthetic Photo Booth becoming more and more popular we have been wanting to invest in some more authentic costumes, and we struck gold at the Eagle River Antique Show! After our amazing hat find, we needed some cases for our display, and we found just that in Evanston, our next stop on our road trip. Now, we are in Detroit, and I know we can find some amazing goodies here as well, but alas, no more room, although there is always the roof…

Here we are modeling our finds:

The air was sticky and sweaty in NYC on Jono and Stephanie’s big day, but bride and groom and their fabulous entourage braved the heat and allowed us to lead them through the Small cobblestone alleys of Tribeca to get some great quintessential NYC shots.

Bride and Groom got ready at The London hotel in midtown (fitting for the British Groom) which made for quite the long commute to Tribeca Rooftop during rush hour, but we all made it with time to spare thanks to the amazingly efficient crew at the venue. We hope to be back there soon since we loved shooting at such a light filled gorgeous space in one of our favorite NYC neighborhoods, and with the outdoor rooftop as an option as well, it makes for a perfect “best of both worlds” kind of place.

Here are some faves of the hot couple on a very hot day…

We kicked off our busy season with quite the amazing and unique celebration. It is not often that we get to photograph a B’Nai Mitzvah- which is a Bar Mitvah for siblings, and what made it even more special is that the entire event took place in the incredible Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, Queens. After an impressive and emotional ceremony, the kids got a chance to run around the museum and play with ‘toys’ that we grew up with, like the Ms Pac Man arcade game, or learn about the history of the Music video. Yes, we felt pretty old seeing our childhood favorites represented in a museum, but once we were on the dance floor with the excited teenagers, we were full of youthful energy as we captured their incredible dance moves inspired by some very talented DJ motivators.

Amy Jacobs of Chandelier Events and Florist Rebecca Shepard created a fun and lively atmosphere, transforming an otherwise white walled and somewhat cold museum interior into a loungy rec area, an elegant dining room for the adults, and a spacious and funky dance floor.

Here are a few of our favorite pics from this awesome party:
To see the full gallery go here

A very unique invite using an old school viewmaster

This week, we headed on over to the Green Building,a whopping two blocks from our apt and where we happened to get married in April 2011, in order to shoot some inspirational setups with our friends Kerry Quade, Betty Brooklyn, and the White Gown. It was the perfect shoot for us post baby, nice and quiet and Silan enjoyed being tagged along and even slept in the baby carrier while mommy took her turn shooting. It was also great to get out of the house for once and do something creative with supportive industry pals. Betty Brooklyn cooked up some incredible bites that we were able to enjoy at the end of the shoot, what a treat!

Take a look at this vintage inspired photo shoot:

Mommy shoots with baby in tow

She may not be ready yet to hold a camera, but she sure is ready to strike a pose! On January 23rd, 2013, we welcomed Silan Rayne Strauss into our lives. She is beyond adorable and we feel blessed beyond belief (and exhausted!). Jess always said she wanted a winter baby when it’s our slow season, and it really is perfect timing since we can both be at home during this precious time to share in all the many chores and delights. Here is one of our favorite photographs which made us realize that yes, leaving the Canon 5D out at all times so that we don’t always take a photo with our phone is very well worth it!

There is no better way for us to celebrate the legalization of same sex marriage in NYC than photographing the union ourselves! Desiree and Emily decided to have their big bash on a boat around Manhattan. Aside from the fact that it was a rainy day and evening and that the officiant forgot to get off the boat before it set sail (ceremony was while the boat was docked) causing a bit of stress early on, the wedding was quite an awesome party. We started the day in Brooklyn and in Staten Island for the getting ready shots and then ended up at their home in Fort Greene for their first look and more formal portraits. We then headed to The Royal Princess for the ceremony and reception. It was our first boat wedding, and hopefully not to be our last!