Pia is 1!

You guys - a flamingo themed party! What could be cuter for summer...

Sydney's Sweets nailed the dessert course. 

Sydney's Sweets nailed the dessert course. 

The details were EVERYTHING in this pink garden party, with entertainment galore and a bohemian vibe that had all the guests laughing and dancing non-stop.

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The planners at EMM really made everything magnificent! 

The planners at EMM really made everything magnificent! 

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Awesome face paint by Melissa!

Awesome face paint by Melissa!

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AND NOW... a little video!


My own wedding!

Here's a fun thing - thanks to my friend Shannen's beautiful photos, my wedding last October was just published on Martha Stewart! It's been so wonderful this week to go through and re-live the love we packed into that room. I feel so full and happy every time I look at these!

Shannen - your talents amaze me forever and always. 

This photo makes me laugh so hard! I LOVE New York. 

This photo makes me laugh so hard! I LOVE New York. 

The AG Print Shop is Live! | Ana Gambuto

I travel a lot, and I love-love adding to my travel photo archive. After getting inquiries on Instagram about buying my travel work printed, I decided to open a print shop online! I was planning a newly re-vamped website anyway, to include branding with my new married name, Ana Gambuto.

My bestie Julie then had a brilliant idea - and kindly offered her home - a prosecco party to launch the print shop! Julie's beautiful apartment and fabulous taste was integral to my curating a beautiful (pink!) neighborhood happy hour to look at the work, large and all over the walls. 


As a child on the coast of California, I spent my days experimenting with art and imagination.

As an adult, that sense of exploration feeds my love for big cities, new friends and travel.

The works in this collection are all deeply meaningful to me. There's a thread of beauty--often mystery--and always a sense of possibility. From my heart to your walls! 

There's prints in three sizes, framed or unframed. 

**Photos at the party were taken by my beautiful friend and photographer Sandy Soo Hoo!

There were pink cake truffles from the Milk Bar, beet-cured salmon bites from Poppy's, and my favorite-ever prosecco from Waterfront Wines

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The Gambutos thank you for coming! 

The Gambutos thank you for coming! 

BABIES! | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

I've been a professional photographer for fourteen years, and I've photographed all kinds of stuff. My favorite-favorite lens candy though, will always be your weird, hyper, spectacular, drooling, messy little baby-kid person. Here's a few favorite baby photos I've taken,  new and old, that make me smile ear to ear!

The 1-year-old CAKE SMASH! | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

Recently I've had a lot of requests for a special kind of photoshoot - and it TICKLES me good - the CAKE SMASH to celebrate a one-year-old's birthday!

Ooh-lala! Baby pink ruffles on three tiers, created to perfection by Nine Cakes.

The first year of life is so much fun, with new milestones early daily. There are rites of passage left and right, though often, babies reach their 1-year mark having never or rarely eaten sugar! What better way to break in those new teeth than a camera-ready crowd of cheering people initiating baby into the world of The Sugar High! 

The key is to place the cake down, and then... give it time! It takes sometimes 10-15 minutes for the little one to figure out the whole cake situation and how fun it can be! 

How cute is this puppy-themed cake? Betsy at Nine Cakes does it again! 

It can also be a good idea to get down to just a diaper before the grand cake smash begins!

Clear the floor, it's about to get a sugar-crusted coating. 

This gorgeous little number is from Ovenly bakery!

The Women's March on Washington | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

On Saturday I marched on Washington with my new sister @isabellagambuto and about 800,000 of my female humanity-positivity-solidarity-sisters. What an incredible and overwhelming wave of joy we rode together, refusing to sit quietly in our place, refusing to accept the unacceptable. TOGETHER! Here are even more photos, up today on Cup of jo!

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My new sister Isabella (I just married her brother!) makes these wonderful embroideries. She handmade all her jacket's patches! Visit her Etsy shop here. 

We hopped up here to get a better view!

And finally, here is a video I made during my day of marching. I am so honored to have kept stride with each of the beautiful strangers I met! Onward, ladies! (The next step is 10 Actions in 10 Days, learn more about that here.)

Making Signs for the Women's March | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

My friend Ashley is an artist. She makes incredible crafts and art works by hand, with just paper, pen, and paint. She and l realized we were both going to the Women's March together, and we decided to throw a sign-making party for our community! 

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We gathered and purchased supplies, and Ashley painted us a party logo sign. We sent out a bunch of emails, and the response was fantastic! Kids and adults alike showed up to make signs to march for Women's rights here at home in NYC or in Washington DC. Some people weren't even able to attend a march, but wanted to make art anyway. We figure everyone will need posters and buttons to wear for the ongoing resistance!

Ashley created some button designs to start us off, and then people could also use a circle template to make their own buttons!

Ashley created some button designs to start us off, and then people could also use a circle template to make their own buttons!

Tristin and Tyler came to the party! They're always out and about helping their community. 

It started crazy snowing outside during our art party! It was so pretty to watch the flakes out the ninth floor of our workshop. We rented the beautiful space by the day from Breather, and had a great experience! It's a nice way to hold a short gathering in NYC when there's too many people to be at your own house.

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Just a few of the buttons we made!

Who runs the world? GIRLS!

A Sign-making Party for the Women's March on Washington! With Artist Ashley Page Norton and photographer Ana Gambuto.

We're so proud of our work and we had a blast just hanging out and making things with our community. See you at the March, or if I don't, I stand with you wherever you are! 

A family shoot at home | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

Yeah, I know it's dark at 3pm and it's colder than cold out, but the sun DOES still rise... and from in here, you can't even tell! Don't be afraid to plan a shoot indoors in the winter, especially if these slower months are the only time you might get around to it.

Ali Forney Center | Brooklyn Photographer Ana Gambuto

Tonight my friend Sole and I hosted a dinner at my house. Food, feels and a bit of action. Sole cooked a beautiful meal, and we all sat down together.

We watched a five minute video on the Center, telling us about Ali, the youth whose light shined so bright that he inspired the work of helping generations of others.

Donations go in the basket! The sign is a handy prop left over from my recent wedding.

December 2016 feels crazy. There's been one wave after another of change in the the world, and one development is crazier than the next. This week as each new cabinet member gets announced feels especially nuts. It feels like being flattened between two whooshing subway trains, barely able to grasp the scope of one disaster before the next barrels toward you. It is easy to feel paralyzed. 

One thing that felt important was connecting with others. Last night we had some really great conversations about our fears and concerns, the steps we've taken to enact change, and the different histories and personal experiences that brought us together. 

We thought, let's do something super-local, to benefit our community. The massively unknown future our country faces has stakes that are too high to stay still.

We asked each guest to bring $40 bucks or so, and we'd provide the dinner. The whole pot goes directly to the Ali Forney Center

Our mission is to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools needed to live independently. -Ali Forney Center

They provide shelter to young people who need it. Enough said. That's why we chose them.

There are many groups of people who are in grave danger of losing their rights in the coming months, and gay youth are high on that list; these are, for the most part, kids whose very identity has brought abuse and violence upon them, often by their own parents, who have kicked them out or made them feel unsafe. 

I think about all the good fortune in my life, the basics of which are having been born white, heterosexual, and with a culturally acceptable gender identity. I was loved and cherished as a young person in my home.

Home is supposed to be a safe place, the safest place you know. What if that essential part of your life is the very part that shames you and kicks you out in the cold? I quite literally can't imagine it. I'm aware of my incredible good fortune, and I vow to act on behalf of those who don't have that luxury.

We raised $1,000! I am proud of our efforts and uplifted by the conversations we had last night. One little step at a time!

Sole Anatrone, chef hard at work!

Sole and Ana!

Sole and Ana!

To read more about the Ali Forney Center, or to donate. CLICK HERE

(post not sponsored, this was a labor of love).

Tomorrow, I get married

Tomorrow, I get married and I'm totally ready. I'm filled with anticipation and butterflies, but in the very best way. How will I group hug so many of my loved ones at once? Will I remember to thank everyone I cherish? 

I'm on the edge of this huge life change, and doing a tiny moment of reflection. I'm looking forward with a huge surge of gratitude and love for where I've been, and eager on my tiptoes for all that is to come. Tomorrow, I marry the love of my life.

Tomorrow, a Gambuto!

Jessi Arrington's Human Rainbow

As soon as I heard, I dressed in RED and literally ran. I ran all the way from my house in Brooklyn Heights to the Brooklyn Bridge, and I was so early to the Human Rainbow event that I was literally the first one there. Me and the NY1 guy, who was there to put the rainbow on local TV. 

Jessi Arrington has always loved rainbows. In the wake of the tragedy in Orlando, she decided her colorful instincts could be put to an incredible good use. She planned a beautiful moment of community. People spanned the Brooklyn Bridge, arm in arm, wearing all colors of the rainbow.

We're going to link arms and show the world that love is brighter and bolder than hate. Every time. Even now. Tuesday, June 14, dress solidly in one bright color of the rainbow, and show up at the middle of the Brooklyn Bridge at 6:30pm.

Click over to the Human Rainbow page to hear Jessi talk about the project much better, in her own words. I know for my part that it was a moving experience to dress up, walk alone onto the bridge, and smile and hug hundreds of strangers. It feels good, and it feels important, to celebrate love.

We figured out how to find the actual middle!

We figured out how to find the actual middle!

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Hello from Japan!

I am so excited to be in Japan. It's been at the top of my bucket list for a long time now! So far, this beautiful, organized and super-polite country has NOT disappointed. (alternate headline: my matcha green tea obsession continues!)

Color Psychology with Fiona Humberstone in Manhattan

Branding your business can be daunting. But when you work together, it gets easier! Fiona Humberstone, the Brand Stylist, leads an intimate crew of creatives through an enlightening, fun and thought provoking workshop in Manhattan. 

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The Brand Stylist, Fiona Humberstone

Fiona is a passionate teacher. She is warm, enthusiastic and a great listener. But you're well served to do more listening than talking! She's overflowing with knowledge to share.

This workshop was a brilliant day for me, because I got to "audit" it while I documented it! 

Aren't these hanging green things amazing?! They're kokedamas! I need them all over my house. Need! Eco-florist Gloria B. Collins created these gorgeous green miracles, and I'm absolutely in awe of them. 

The food was divine as well! Catered by Poppy's in Brooklyn.

The food was divine as well! Catered by Poppy's in Brooklyn.

I'm now obsessed with confetti shooters! 

I'm now obsessed with confetti shooters! 

Good Light Studio was a beautiful location for a workshop! 

Good Light Studio was a beautiful location for a workshop! 

 

 

Clinton Hill's 5lb. new resident, and his puppy | Ana Gambuto Photography

 

I am so excited to share these photos of baby Kaden! I've known K's mama for many years, and she's a total NYC bad ass, having worked for every A-list photography production house in the entirety of New York City over the last 10 years, AND being my hilarious, loving and beautiful friend. 

Introducing baby to pup can be stressful... or just hilarious! 

Introducing baby to pup can be stressful... or just hilarious! 

Photography on a a rainy day in Clinton Hill is never dull with a cutie like this!

Galway, Ireland

I visited many towns and counties in Ireland during my stay. Though I only had one day in Galway, it left a lasting impression on me. The charm of the streets and the friendliness of the shop owners impressed me. I learned about a progressive Swedish Illustrator and the slow fashion movement, not to mention that I stumbled upon some serious foodie delights!

Dawn hits the rainy streets of Galway.

Dawn hits the rainy streets of Galway.

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With the help of my friend Cliodhna, I discovered a coffeeshop named Coffeewerk + Press! Such style within these doors. Shop owner Daniel humbly turns out a selection of goods that is as elevated style-wise as any cool-kid boutique in my Brooklyn neighborhood. I took forever picking through his collection of goodies. He supports artists all over the world! The coffee options at Coffeewerk are also certainly worth a mention. Take it from this coffee snob--you're in good hands here!

I knew I would love it just by looking at the logo and facade! Coffeewerk + Press, Galway, Ireland November 2015

I knew I would love it just by looking at the logo and facade! Coffeewerk + Press, Galway, Ireland November 2015

Dan's coffeeshop is across the street from the sweetest toy shop called Wooden Heart, which is run by his parents! The family has been in Galway for many years, and both shops are beloved.

Dan's coffeeshop is across the street from the sweetest toy shop called Wooden Heart, which is run by his parents! The family has been in Galway for many years, and both shops are beloved.

This is a sweet little book that I purchased over at the Wooden Heart, and then photographed at Coffeewerk + Press, because how beautiful are these tiles? 

This is a sweet little book that I purchased over at the Wooden Heart, and then photographed at Coffeewerk + Press, because how beautiful are these tiles? 

The author of this book, the much-loved Swedish author and illustrator Elsa Beskow, has quite a wonderful story of her own. 

Elsa Beskow always loved fairy tales, and started telling stories even before she could speak properly. She told stories to her older brother Hans, who would help her find the right words and give suggestions on the plot. 

Her upbringing was liberal and she was raised to stand up for her ideals. These values are reflected in her children's picture books. The Flowers' Festival, from 1914, argues for freedom of speech for everyone, and some suggest that Mrs Chestnut, in her loose-fitting dress, is depicted as pregnant - a daring thing to do at a time when the middle classes were of the view that pregnant women should be kept out of sight.

Elsa Beskow's aunts and uncle had progressive views of parenting and education, and they began a school where children learned through games and enjoyment and with focus on understanding what they studied. 

How wonderful that such a talented artist was also one of the original believers of what we call play-based learning today! I'm fascinated by her. Read more about her here, or get one of her books for yourself and see what I mean!

A table at Ard Bia, where brunch is a whole new version of wonderful. An empty table is rare! I snapped this in the five seconds after it was cleaned before the new eager patrons were seated.

A table at Ard Bia, where brunch is a whole new version of wonderful. An empty table is rare! I snapped this in the five seconds after it was cleaned before the new eager patrons were seated.

There is SO MUCH talent in this town.

The hottest table in Galway is certainly Ard Bia, whether for lunch or dinner. The things coming out of this kitchen were absolutely fantastic. I wish I had more photos of the dinner I had (I ate there twice in 24 hours!) but sadly they were eaten too quickly to be photographed. 

Ard Bia owner Aoibheann is also a partner in the Tweed Project, and I couldn't resist buying their beautiful shawl! The Tweed Project creates handmade, one off pieces that combine beautiful Irish fabrics with modern tailoring for a truly authentic expression of Irish design. Their aesthetic and their website is really wonderful, I highly recommend clicking over. 

Galway is a special place, and not just because it's so photogenic. (The photographer's bias!) My experience there played a huge role in how much I came away from Ireland absolutely in love with all things Irish!