COURAGE

February 28, 2009

All this talk of Stimulus Packages and whatnot is reminding me of my own Stimulus Magnetic Project! Great words from great minds have always filled me with hope during down times. I designed these handmade capsules of magnetic inspiration with an elegant magnetic easel to display anywhere…maybe as sophisticated little centerpieces at your wedding? I realized I have easels and different themes left over. I thought I’d share a little inspiration, which are available for purchase by the way!

Magnetic Easel – $25
Capsule (w/seven pieces of inspiration) -$10 each

Today’s theme is: COURAGE

Courage or Cowardice?

Courage or Cowardice?

I have more themes coming. Look out for them.

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{minna tip} #6

February 25, 2009

Embrace the Sun – Nature provides a fresh light source, so whenever we have an opportunity to take advantage of daylight, let’s do it! I adore shooting with as much natural lighting as possible and only use flash when necessary. Daylight provides a beautiful glow against your skin and seems to illuminate your church and reception hall perfectly. At dusk, ambient lighting from crystals and candlelit centerpieces are great alternatives which look absolutely lovely in your wedding photos.

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And the Oscar goes to…

February 22, 2009

Roll out your red carpet. Pull on your tiara & white gloves. Shake your apple martini and pray for a Bjork-in-a-swan-dress moment. That’s right, it’s Oscar time!

So out of my top ten films from 2008 …

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10. The Happening
9. Milk
8. Slumdog Millionaire
7. Religulous
6. The Secret Life of Bees
5. The Visitor
4. Synecdoche, New York
3. Happy-Go-Lucky
2. Let the Right One In
1. You, the Living

…only three were nominated – Slumdog Millionaire, The Visitor, and Milk. I guess I’ll have to push for Slumdog tonight. So who are your Academy Award picks? Did they win?

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As we wait for Spring to break the winter doldrums and grace us with her presence, I thought I’d share a slideshow from my last engagement session in Central Park. Enjoy!

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{minna tip} #5

February 16, 2009

Schedule your wedding-day dry-run with your engagement session – Like most brides-to-be, you’ll probably schedule a test run of your wedding-day hairstyle and make-up. But don’t let your sweeping updo, ringlets, freshly-plucked eyebrows or new lip color go to waste! They may look good in a magazine, but I’m sure you’re curious to know how they translate to your real life and real photographs. Don’t wait for your wedding day to find out! Book your engagement session, make-up & hair trials together. Take advantage of these dry-runs and produce beautiful images of you and your fiancé. Plus, if need be, you’ll have the time to study and modify your look before the most memorable day of your life.

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The “Kings” are back…

February 13, 2009

Just to weird you out pre-Valentines Day, I’m posting something terribly unromantic. Yes, war photos from the futuristic biblical drama, “Kings.”

I’ll tell you, I never know what will show up in my neighborhood on any given day. This is the fourth time I’ve seen the “Kings” crew…this time with blinding floodlights and solider boys! I guess it’s great news for the show and great business for New York City.

“Kings” doesn’t look like something I would normally view, but I might watch to see the final production edited down to reflect these epic battle scenes. I’d rather see a ballroom scene with gowns, make-up and big hair! Highly improbable, I know, given that the show is a military drama. But, hey, when (or rather IF) there are any, I’ll be sure to post pics!

orange butterfly flags & police barricades

orange butterfly flags & faux police barricades

soldiers with their arsenal

soldiers with their arsenal

film crew and actors take a short break

film crew and actors take a short break

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{minna tip} #4

February 12, 2009

Don’t try to fit an 8 hour day into 4 hours – rushing around to get a lot of stuff done in an unrealistic timeframe will be more nerve-racking as your special day unfolds. There’s never enough time to enjoy those special moments if you’re scrambling to cross off the next item on your itinerary. When you are stressed, you will look even more stressed and distracted in your wedding photographs. Here’s an idea. Schedule eight solid hours of activity in eight hours, with ample time in-between for prepping, mingling with your loved ones and of course, taking your wedding photos. If you are unable to schedule all the hours when you book your wedding, don’t worry about it. You can always upgrade your contract to add them later. Even on your wedding day, if you need more hours on the spot, no problem. You can always purchase more time with us. So, slow down, enjoy your wedding day, (because it goes by in a blink of an eye) and look cute in your photos while you’re doing it!

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MoMA plasters Brooklyn

February 10, 2009

All week I’ve seen this advertising building swiftly throughout the Atlantic subway station, so much so, I was afraid if I stood too still, MoMA might plaster me with an ad! Take a look – 

MoMA

MoMA

MoMA ad plastered on platform

MoMA ad plastered on platform

MoMA on the turnstyles

MoMA taking over the turnstyles

not a MoMA ad - O look, there's actually art - Kara Walker lithograph

not a MoMA ad - O look, there's actually art - Kara Walker lithograph

Seems the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) wants to attract Brooklynites to the MoMA by exhibiting over 50 reproductions from their collection throughout the Atlantic/Pacific hub in the heart of Brooklyn. I, for one, will appreciate their efforts, as I am an avid art lover in all its forms. Plus it beats looking at crusty podiatry advertisements as I ponder life’s peculiarities on the IRT!

Great idea, but I dunno. I was at the Brooklyn Museum of Art (BMA) last Saturday. This seemed to be Brooklyn’s response:

BMA's Beaux-Arts Court

a packed BMA's Beaux-Arts Court - James Brown vs. Fela Kuti danceoff...(I think Fela won)

Retro Brooklyn style...circa 1989?

Retro Brooklyn style, circa 1989

A closer look at BMA partygoers

tie-dyed BMA

A couple of couples

A couple of couples

BMA First Saturday...a look from the other side

First Saturday...a look from the other side

an appreciative partygoer sends a little love to the DJ

an appreciative partygoer sends a little love to the DJ

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{minna tip} #3

February 8, 2009

Pick a trusted friend to dissolve family issues…in advance! – inevitably you may have to invite one family member who doesn’t get along with another. This is real life. It’s very, very common. Your wedding day may not smooth out long term squabbles even though you may want it to. So do yourself a favor. Assign someone dependable from your personal entourage to diffuse conflicts between the ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ who are having a spat. You grab your mate and two glasses of champagne, and let’s take a few more wedding photographs until the whole thing blows over. Then the both of you whisk in, and resume your place in the spotlight. Works like a charm every time!

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{minna tip} #2

February 5, 2009

Book your Engagement Session – You take pictures all the time, I’m sure. In this age of digital photography you should be used to it, right? Maybe, but on your wedding day, you and your mate are usually the sole focus of our cameras and the hundred or so cameras of your guests! Like Britney Spears (or whoever the paparazzi is trailing now), it can be daunting to suddenly be the object of that much attention. Engagement Sessions are good for normalizing an abnormal situation. You get to experience the click of a camera with spectators looking on and practice looking your best. Plus you’ll receive a CD full of images of you and your mate in your everyday-looks. You can even create an Engagement Guest Book or a Signature Board as keepsakes. Your guests will especially love checking you out when you play your Engagement DVD Slideshow at your cocktail hour. Now is a great time to book your springtime Engagement Session. It may be freezing outside, but April will be here any minute!

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{minna tip} #1

February 4, 2009

minna | foto wants your special day to be as perfect as you always imagined it to be. So we’d like to take this opportunity to start a new feature and share a few tips we’ve learned shooting weddings. I hope these will be beneficial to you in the planning of your own wedding. Enjoy:

Don’t stress, let loose! – Be yourself. Just because it’s your wedding day, it doesn’t mean you have to look like a school girl on her best behavior. Have a great time. Do crazy, fun things. It translates well to your photographs when the stress of looking like an ad in Brides Magazine disappears. The best weddings I have seen, are those where the newlyweds let loose and have fun!

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