One of my favorite ways to photograph people, whether it be kids, entrepreneurs or brands, is in a studio. Since most of my portraits are taken in environments or outside, I find it really fun to flex the studio lighting muscles I honed years ago when I worked at a big photo studio! Here's a few faves from past years' sessions. They're filling up fast but if these entice you, feel free to drop me an email to inquire about updated availability! Sessions take place in a loft in Manhattan.
Introducing your toddler to their new baby sister can be stressful for the parents. But I often find that even a toddler-aged child will show unexpected sweetness with their fragile new sibling! That's definitely what happened at this shoot, below.
If you're nervous, I understand! But it's certainly worth a try for some priceless heirlooms (to torture them with later, at the very least!) by documenting the first few days when the two kids first met.
You guys - a flamingo themed party! What could be cuter for summer... there was so much incredible decor, I arrived an entire hour early to be sure I could document it all! There was family photography happening, pony rides happening, and sugar overload happily happening all over the place. Scroll down!
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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AND NOW... a little video!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.)
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!
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.
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!
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.
Thank you to ALL the beautiful people who let me photograph them this year, these fifty-three faces and all the rest! Your energy is still with me as I post this, grinning from ear to ear.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
I recently shot some fun photos for Joanna Goddard on Cup of Jo! The girls were all wearing Hatch, who makes such stylish stuff. You can wear their clothes during and after pregnancy, or when you're not pregnant at all! Click through to see the whole post.
BONUS: A squirrel threw flower petals at us!)
Ana is hitting the road this Spring, and has photo session availability in many cities around the world. It can be a commercial inquiry, a brand project, a family session, an event or a portrait! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, availability and rates.
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.
Photography on a a rainy day in Clinton Hill is never dull with a cutie like this!