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Kristina Hill is a NYC based photographer specializing in weddings and portraiture.
It’s rare that I shoot for myself and it’s even more rare that I print for myself. But when I talked to Jamey, the owner of my favorite local coffee spot, Roots Cafe, about hanging some art in his shop, the wheels in my head began turning. I wanted to not just hang some prints, but match the aesthetic of Roots. I got the idea to print some of my favorite iPhone photos onto wood… so began the task of doing so! A couple of bloody fingers and a completely destroyed apartment later, I came up with the following. They’re on display at Roots through the end of this month, so check them out if you’re local!
If you’re interested in buying one, act quickly! Apparently they’re selling quite fast. If you want to know about future prints or custom orders, send me an email!
(PS: One of my favorite shoots ever was with Jamey and his wife Randi at Roots Cafe a few years ago. Check it out, here!)
Say hello to Tim and Lee and their incredibly amazing family and friends! The two were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope, NJ and I was pretty much in love with every single detail of their day. The color choices… Lee’s dress… their adorable favors.. I could go on and on, but I will stop here and let the photographs do the talking for me. I’m pretty certain you’ll be in love too! A giant thank you to Lee & Tim for choosing me to capture their wedding and to all their family and friends for being so much fun to be around. Enjoy!
Music: DJ Gaza, 74 Events
Florist: Peggy Patton, The Flower Mill (Hope, NJ)
Hair Stylist: Jenny, My Makeup Artist Victoria
Make Up Artist: Kelsey Makofsky, KelseyMak MakeUp
Dress Maker: Watters Wtoo
Bridesmaids: Lela Rose
Officiant: Michael Boyd
Cake/Caterer: Frungillo Caterers
Lighting: Barbara Woodruff/The Floral Design Group
Farm Table: LoHo Living
As I continue to watch the news and look at photos of the damages caused by Sandy, my heart truly goes out to everyone who have and who continue to suffer. Seeing the devastation first-hand in some of my most beloved Brooklyn neighborhoods has been difficult. Most of my family resides in New Jersey and it is a huge relief that they are all safe and sound. I feel incredibly lucky.
If you grew up in or near to Jersey, it’s likely you are particularly attached to one or more of the towns along the Jersey shore. My shore town of choice happens to be Seaside Heights. My family vacationed there every summer for pretty much my entire life. It’s a place that has always been incredibly sentimental to both myself and my family. Watching the reports of how Sandy has left Seaside and other towns ‘down the shore,’ is heartbreaking. Just a few weeks ago, I headed to Seaside with my sister, April and her husband, Michael to shoot their two year anniversary photos. As adults, we’ve woven this place into our lives just as seamlessly as we did as kids, creating new memories and recounting old memories when we visit.
When April and I walked that boardwalk together we couldn’t help but laugh (a lot), recounting memories shared with our parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. We commented on how the rides were pretty much identical to what they were as kids and which ones we loved the most. We mimicked how I used to pinch my nose and comment in a funny voice on how terribly I felt the sausage stand smelled each time we passed it or how my parents sometimes rented a stroller for me until the age of about 8 (I truly wish I were exaggerating on that), because I didn’t like to walk too much. We thought about the toys we HAD to win (pogo ball anyone?!) or how we could play in Central Arcade for hours with our grandmother. We chose to eat our pizza at The Sawmill, because it’s where we ate as kids and we love how the slices are still bigger than our heads – even now. So while our “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt’em…” jump suits were replaced by “Call Me, Maybe…” cropped shirts and Angry Birds and iPads hang as prizes where our Care Bears and Discmans did, the feeling of the board walk was exactly the same.
Today I’m sharing April & Michael’s shoot with you. I hope these images accurately capture the place we loved as kids and continue to love as adults. I look forward to seeing Seaside and all its neighboring towns come back stronger than they were before, so with that thought is a link to Rebuild the Jersey Shore on Facebook, for those of you interested in volunteering or keeping up with the relief efforts.
Thanks for reading and I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well.
I’m super excited to bring Jennifer and Mike to the blog in the first of many posts! The two were married at the beautiful Colonial Inn in Norwood, NJ this summer. Since our first meeting last year, I knew that Jennifer’s attention to detail was pretty flawless, so it was wonderful to see everything come together seamlessly on their wedding day! It was a hot, hot day, but everyone braved the sun and heat with an awesome attitude. I would like to also note, that Jen and Mike had one of the most ROCKING dance floors of my 2012 wedding season – as you will see below. Congrats and enjoy!
Why hello, readers. Happy fall!
My little old blog has been quiet lately, this I know. It’s been a complete whirlwind these past few weeks (Eep, are we going on months?!), but I’m back and excited to be bringing you lots and lots of weddings and shoots to the blog over the next few posts!
For now… here is a tiny peek at what I’ve been up to.
Update: The SPLC Teams Up With Us To Demand That Delgaudio Stop Using Brian & Tom’s Engagement Photo
I’ve been bombarded with e-mails and comments regarding this situation – it’s so nice to have the support of so many wonderful people and photographers! It’s been a really busy and stressful time for all of us, but we are so excited with where we are at right now. I am sharing with you, below, the press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Again, thank you for your continued support. While I might not answer everyone’s e-mails, each one helps fuel this fight further. Brian, Tom and I really do appreciate all of the love!!!
I’m not going to post all of the news outlets that have picked up our story, but I do want to share Brian & Tom’s appearance on ABC Local Channel 7 last night (at end of post). To keep up, you can check out my Facebook page, my twitter or Brian’s Blog – we’ve been sharing coverage as we are made aware.
* SPLC Press Release *
SPLC demands hate group stop misusing gay couple’s engagement photo
It was supposed to be a reminder of one of the most special days shared by Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere – their engagement photo.
The black-and-white photograph shows the two men kissing with the New York City skyline in the background. The picture was one of several that Edwards posted on his blog to allow friends and family unable to attend the couple’s wedding to share their joy. But what was supposed to be a symbol of the life-long commitment between two people in love was hijacked by an anti-gay hate group.
Recently, the men discovered their photo had been taken from the Internet and used in an anti-gay mailer to attack a political candidate in Colorado. The city skyline had been removed from the background and replaced with snow-covered trees one might find in Colorado. Bold words, on a red background, were added: “State Senator Jean White’s idea of ‘Family Values?’” White supported Colorado’s civil union legislation. “This photo represented our love and commitment and the many challenges we have overcome in order to share our lives together,” Edwards said. “When I first saw how our photo had been publicly destroyed and used against gay and lesbian families, I was shocked, heartbroken and livid. I don’t want this to happen to another gay or lesbian couple.”
Neither the couple, nor the photographer, knew about the doctored photo until a friend of the couple informed them. The mailer was the work of Public Advocate of the United States, a Falls Church, Va., organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-gay hate group.
Today, the SPLC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group and Eugene Delgaudio, its president. The letter, sent on behalf of the couple and photographer Kristina Hill, warns that the SPLC is investigating the unauthorized use of the copyrighted photo and demands that Delgaudio, Public Advocate and anyone acting on their behalf immediately stop using the photo. It asks Delgaudio to confirm within 10 days that he and Public Advocate have stopped using the photo.
“Delgaudio’s use of Brian and Tom’s personal photo is morally reprehensible,” said Christine P. Sun, deputy legal director for the SPLC. “For years, Delgaudio and Public Advocate have led a crusade against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This latest attack is the most vicious yet and should serve as a warning that your personal photos are not safe from anyone willing to stoop to the vilest level of harassment.”
Hill, the photographer, said the doctored image twists the original meaning of the image.
“When I took this photo, I was capturing the love that Brian and Tom share,” she said. “When I saw how my image was used, I was sad for Brian and Tom. I was angry that someone would take my work, distort it and use it to reflect the opposite of what it was meant to express.”
Public Advocate has a history of attacking the LGBT community. The letter notes that Public Advocate “has spread lies and vitriol about LGBT people to raise funds, impede progress toward greater equality and to deny LGBT people basic dignity and respect.” It also describes other anti-gay activities by the group, including:
•Provoking readers through a fundraising letter to “imagine a world where the police allow homosexual adults to rape young boys in the streets”;
•Comparing marriage equality to bestiality through production of a “Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony”;
•Defamation of gay people as pedophiles and rapists to be feared. For instance, permitting gay men to be Boy Scout leaders, Public Advocate said, is “the same as being an accessory to the rape of hundreds of boys”; and
•Mischaracterizing national legislation to address an epidemic of anti-LGBT harassment at schools as “requir[ing] schools to teach appalling homosexual acts… force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual agenda… ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America…. create a new America based on sexual promiscuity.” The thought that Public Advocate has used a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment for an attack cuts deep for the men.
“Knowing our image had been used to spread lies, hate and fear, contradicts the original meaning of the picture,” Privitere said. “It was used to attack what Brian and I hold dear – our lives together, our family, and marriage equality.”
The SPLC is dedicated to defending the rights of the LGBT community. It has worked to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students – including LGBT students – through educational campaigns and legal action. And it has taken action to protect the rights of LGBT adults.
* Brian & Tom on ABC Local News *
This blog post has been a bit difficult for me to write. I sat on it over night, because I didn’t want to write anything too reactionary and I also wanted to thoughtfully explain how I feel.
Brian, a client and good friend, called me last night to share his discovery that one of the images I had taken during their engagement session had been stolen, digitally manipulated and reproduced in a campaign targeting a senator for her vote in support of a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. When I heard this, a range of emotions flooded through me. When I actually saw the image, my heart dropped. Below is a side by side of the two images that I created in photoshop for Brian to use on his blog post:
It’s my hope that my readers and clients know that what I do is incredibly important to me. I love love, I adore my clients and when I make images for them, it’s my goal to document their love with creativity and honesty. It fuels me as a photographer to know that these images will be cherished. That they will hang on walls, be passed around at gatherings, put in albums, and that someday maybe children and grandchildren will display these moments in their own homes.
To see an image, taken with that intent being used in the way it was used is heart-breaking for me. Brian’s reaction is so perfectly stated, I highly recommend you read it: “Public Advocate of the United States” Steal a Kiss – And it’s Gay. I agree with every word written.
The Denver Post article written by reporter Lynn Bartels can be read here.
Update: The Atlantic Wire covers the story. Read Alexander AbadD-Santos’ coverage here.
UPDATE! As many people are coming directly to this post, please visit the following post for an update on the situation. And, again, thank you for your support!
I had the pleasure of shooting Erica and Michael’s wedding at the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens just a few weeks ago. After their engagement shoot, I knew working with them on their wedding day would be a complete pleasure (and I was right!). It was my first time working at the Palm House and I loved every second of it! There are so many stunning backgrounds and beautiful spots and everything on their day went just perfectly. Congratulations to Erica and Michael! Enjoy!!!
Planner: Leigh Kamioner
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Hair Stylist: Lisa, Cocorro
Make Up Artist: Anni Bruno
Dress Maker: Pronovias
Officiate: Bettina Yiannakourou
Ceremony Music: Gainsborough Trio
Cocktail Hour: Baby Soda
Reception: DJ – Play Something Good
Cake: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)
Caterer: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)