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Thursday, July 21, 2011

My latest Testimonials

Libba and James Fyke of Tennessee
in NYC for their engagement photo session.

I thought I would update you all on my latest testimonials from the first half of 2011!

“Christina was the photographer for our engagement photos in NYC. She exceeded all of our expectations and produced phenomenal photographs that we will forever treasure. She used our initial ideas as a building block, then used her creativity to expound upon those ideas and create images that truly reflected our love for each other and our love for the city! Thank you, Christina!” July 26, 2011

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Good Value

Libba Fyke,

Congressman Grimm appearance at
a middle school in Staten Island for the Century Council

"Christina was very professional and all of the photos from our event at the middle school turned out great. She was much better than many photographers I've hired accross the country!"

Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, On Time

Tyler Allen, Communications Assistant at The Century Council

Aron Schoenfeld, CEO/Entrepreneur

"Christina was extremely easy to deal with and made the entire [headshot] process very simple. The results were great and I couldn't be happier!"

Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative

Aron Schoenfeld, CEO of Vlassified.com

"Christina's knows how to capture that special moment that truly tells a story. She's professional and easy to communicate with."

Wincilla Edwards, Owner, Designer, A Wincy Glass N' Design, LLC

"Christina was wonderful to work with. She was very prompt (in fact she was early) and she took many more shots than I expected. Christina was able to capture many of the looks that I wanted. I do recommend her services to anyone that's looking for a professional, reliable photographer that is personable and reasonably priced."

Iesha Sabater

"Christina, what can I say she is awesome. She's very professional and she's very friendly feels like I know her forever. She took professional pictures of my products and it was a pleasure hiring her, I love it! love it! I will used her again in the future. She offers the best quality and the highest standard of work anyone can offer."

Lisa Marie Hubbard
Mis Alas by Lisa Marie
Skin * Hair * Body Naturally!

"Christina's talent behind the camera is obvious in her alluring and creative photographs. The way she captures a moment is remarkable."

"Christina is very professional and her work is extremely excellent. Working with her is really great. She will work well with every bride on their package needs for their photos that is a lifetime to look at. If you want a lifetime of beautiful pictures Christina is your photographer. "

Makeup Artist

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Headshots for Entrepreneur / CEO of Vlassified.com

This weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Aron Schoenfeld, Small Business Entrepreneur, for a headshot photoshoot.

Having been exposed to the business world at a very early age, his father, an office supplies salesman, afforded Aron the opportunity to work in various business ventures while teaching him general business principles and sales practices. By the age of 15, Aron had already managed a successful office supply store and video rental business during the summers in a bungalow colony in Monticello, NY. Aron also worked door-to-door with his brother selling crock-pot and oven liners, as well as selling office supplies to corporations with his father, and working as a booking agent for a hotel in upstate New York.

 While pursuing an MBA from Baruch College, he worked full time in public accounting at several firms including Ernst and Young. During his time at Ernst and Young, he met a composer from The Juilliard School while playing darts at a local pub. After talking for a few hours and meeting a few more times, they co-founded DreamArtists Studios, a boutique music production company composing original music for television, film, and commercials. After success in the music industry while head of Business Operations at DreamArtists Studios, he decided to keep the music industry as his main focus. He is also co-founder of PipeDream Entertainment, a startup that will focus on experimental music for video and advertising. One of Aron's projects is Do It In Person, LLC (http://www.doitinperson.com/), a resource site to teach people in person communication skills and facilitate opportunities for these skills to be used and practiced. This site serves to be an aggregator of in person communication skills so that the next generation, which will grow up on social media, will have access to these resources to teach them real world skills.

Aron also serves on the Board of Advisors for New York Entrepreneur Week and the Bergen Newspaper Group and is very involved in various not for profit organizations throughout the New York area.

Aron's newest venture is Vlassified.com.  Businesses and classifieds will be able to make 30 second videos where they can explain their products, goods or services and sell it to the viewer. Maybe there is something unique about what you do or offer, you want to show off a special feature on the car you are going to sell or even showing a real view of the game from the seats your are going to sell. With pictures and words, these items may be hard to communicate – but with video, you will get your point across better than you ever have before.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Shoot with Fitness Trainer in Port Jefferson, NY

I had a great time this past Sunday shooting Alex Goldenberg. He is a fitness trainer in Port Jefferson, NY. These shots will be on his webpage launching at the end of the summer so stay tuned for that link in late August.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Teaming up with DJ Rudy and Fabrika Latina Productions

Hi all.  I would like to announce my partnership with DJ Rudy and Fabrika Latina Productions. 

Check out our DJ & Photography packages
Fabrika Latina Productions is a Tri-State Area premiere mobile Disc Jockey Service (family-owned and operated - Husband & Wife), established in 1995. They provide professional DJs for wedding receptions (bodas latinas), sweet 16/Quincea├▒eras, school dances, corporate functions, anniversary, birthdays, and all other events.
Fabrika Latina Productions can provide you with the classy, exciting DJ entertainment you deserve. They have provided sophisticated and professional entertainment for thousands of events.  From the smallest get-together to the largest party. Fabrika Latina Productions has the equipment, the music, and knowledge to make your event a complete success.

They always provide a high quality of professional music and service at competitive prices. FLP's experience with different Latin Bands allow us to ensure reliability, quality and a range of competitive prices.  Please feel free to browse through their site.

Are you planning the wedding you always dreamed of?
Do you want your memories to be captured as you never imagined they could?
Want someone who will treat your special day as if it were their own?
Your memories are too important to leave to chance.

Then the right choice is NYPhotoshoot Photography

And the best choice is choosing both NYPhotoshoot and Fabrika Latina Productions to make your event one to remember.

Contact us for more information:

Fabrika Latina Productions:
Mobile (862) 368-3110 / 3090
Email: info@fabrikalatina.com

NYPhotoshoot Photography
Mobile (347) 608-6857
Email: nyphotoshoot@aol.com
(Serving the Tri-State NY, NJ, CT & PA)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Long Island Graduate and Family Portraits

I had a wonderful time meeting Nicole, her nephew Ken and the rest of the clan in June to photograph Ken's graduation party that had the whole family fly in from all over the country. A great opportunity to get them all in photos.

Congratulations and much continued success and happiness!



Friday, June 24, 2011

Family Portrait and customer loyalty

The Katari's

I recently did a family portrait shoot for The Katari Family. She had previously hired me to photograph her daughter's first birthday.

She asked me to photograph the family since her grandparents were here from India.  It was a wonderful and rare opportunity to get the whole family together. 
Individual portraits
As a loyal customer I offered her the previous year's price for the first hour and gave her a discount for adding a second hour plus a mini album for the family.

It was a two hour shoot and incorporated 9 adults and three children. Included were photos of the large group and smaller group and individual photos were taken.

It was fun for all involved and it was great to see the family again and see how they have grown. 

Large Family Photo



Friday, May 20, 2011

Kids on the right track


This week I had the privelege of working with the The Century Council and Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island at an assembly at The Totten Intermediate School regarding the Ask, Listen and Learn program.   The Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don't Mix program empowers kids to say "YES" to a healthy lifestyle and "NO" to underage drinking.


Search Amazon.com for underage drinking books

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Photographer Christina Martinez Introduces Her Sunset Series

Sunset Series - No. 2

May 10th, 2011 - Howard Beach, NY

Christina Martinez has released her Sunset Series for purchase on Fine Art America. There are currently five different sunsets in the series with more to come. Please visit http://nyphotoshoot.artistwebsites.com/index.html to purchase one or all five of the beautiful sunsets in the series.

Published photographer, artist, poet, mother, and daughter, Christina Martinez was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Her fascination with photography began at the age of 17 while studying at Fashion Industries High School. She began by being inspired by photographing the landscapes of New York City and the millions of chances to capture all the wonderful traits of this city and it's inhabitants. The result of her talent is amazing frozen moments in time. She has been published by the New York Times, the Jackson Sun and internationally by Cadetto, a Japanese medical industry magazine.

Purchase my Fine Art Prints

You can purchase my art prints at Fine Art America. 

Art Prints

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vegas, Vegas, Vegas show

Show pictures from March 12, 2011 from the Union City Performing Arts Center show.  Click the title to view the slideshow.

My day at the beach

Hi all. I wanted to share some casual moments at the beach. Check out the photos and share the link with friends.  Click the title to view the slideshow.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wedding Etiquette Do's and Don'ts

What you are about to read are things to do and not to do at your wedding. Some of the information comes from professional etiquette guides and other information comes from what we've learned through the years. So if you want to pull this day off the PROPER way keep reading. If you don't fancy etiquette rules, FB has given you a few suggestions.


If you don't want children at your wedding, you have 2 options:

When addressing your invitations, leave the children's names off it and also don't mention them in the invitation.

Have friends and family pass the word around that you don't want children there.

How many people know or understand etiquette. In some cases you have to cut straight to the chase and say what you mean. We suggest adding one of these phrases to the bottom of your reply card:

Adult Reception

We hope that the (# of) of you will be able to join us

(# of) seats have been reserved in your names

Other invitation stuff:

If someone hasn't responded to your invitation, 1 week past the "Reply by" date, call him or her and confirm over the phone.

Children over the age of 16 get their own invitations.
Your officiant and their better half get an invitation

Send your parents and wedding party invitations, as a keepsake. They don't have to reply.

You have to put return postage on your RSVP's.



It is considered rude to put "cash only gifts", or other wording meaning the same thing on the invitation.

You're not supposed to put registry information on your wedding invitation. It's left up to friends and family to inform everyone. However, you can put gift information on an insert in your bridal shower invitations. FB Says: If you have a personal wedding website with info for bridal party and guests (and gift registry info), you can include an insert with the link to your website in your wedding invitation.

You're not required to open your gifts at the reception or in front of anyone.


You're supposed to return the engagement ring (now that's hilarious!!!)

You have to send back all the gifts with a brief explanation why it was cancelled. (So don't use anything until you say, "I do".)

It's written that if a gift is engraved or personalized, you don't have to return it.

Don't speak poorly of your ex because somewhere down the line you might get back together. (Darsi added this one all by herself.)

You should inform out-of-town guests first so that they can change or cancel their travel and lodging arrangements.

If you're postponing your wedding, of course every guest has to be contacted. Etiquette pros say that you have to send another invitation with the new date.


If you've been married before or have children it's perfectly acceptable to wear white.

If you've been married before or have children you're not supposed to wear a veil or have a train attached to your dress or carry orange blossoms. (Must be a sign of purity or virginity thing).

The second time around, your parents are not obligated to pay for anything.

If you get along with your ex-husband and his family and it's fine with your fianc├ę, then it's acceptable to invite them to the wedding. (why you'd want to is another story)



Don't seat battling relatives together.

So that everyone has a good time, seat teens together, aunts and uncles together, etc. Try seating groups either by their relationship to you or by their ages.

As for the head table, the rule has changed so often that there isn't one anymore. You and your better half can sit at a raised table with your wedding party below you. You can have your own table with a table on either side of you with your wedding party. You and your husband in the middle of a long table with men on one side and women on the other, or boy, girl, boy, girl. Parents and grandparents at the table or not, it's up to you.

Stick to table numbers. Famous couples, places you've been, etc., are hard to see from across the room. We've heard many complaints by guests at weddings, when they have to search for their tables.

Reserved tables are all you need. Why put yourself through the extra work of having a reserved chair for each guest? It just gives people something else to complain about.

It's a good idea to have a "Reserved" card at the parents seats. They are the only ones that need preferred seating.



Gloves give your wedding attire such an elegant look. You can take them off sometime before you put on your wedding ring and hand them to your maid of honour. She'll give them back to you at an appropriate time.  It's appropriate to wear your gloves in the receiving line and the first dance. When it comes time to eat and party, the gloves come off.


Don't assume that the couple knows you're coming to their wedding. You must send back your reply card before the "Reply by" date.

If you have declined an invitation, you are not expected to send a gift.

If you arrive at the church during the procession, you should wait until the bride has gone down the aisle before entering. Also, don't peek through the doors to watch because you'll be in her photos.

If you are late for the ceremony, you should walk down an outside aisle and find a seat quickly and quietly.

If you are of a different faith, you are not required to participate in the rituals, but if you want to that's fine.

You have to buy the couple a gift.

The gift should be something that they can both use.

If you have sent a wedding gift through the mail, then you don't have to bring another one to the reception.

It's wise to give a cash gift to couples that are getting married out-of-town because they will have to ship everything back home and that's an added cost to them.

Many couples that have lived together for awhile will not register for gifts. That's because they already have everything they need. In this case, cash in a wedding card is appropriate.

Guests pay for their own transportation and lodgings.


Bride's Family

All Reception Costs
Church Fees
Groom's Rings
Flowers for Church, Bridesmaids and Reception
Music for Ceremony
Transportation for Bridal Party
Gifts for Bridal Party
Groom's Gift
Lodging for Bridesmaids, if necessary

Bridal Party

Your Attire
The Shower
If you're from out-of-town, Transportation to the Town the wedding is in
Gift for the Couple
The advice above is traditional. We realize that things have changed in the past 50 years.

Groom's Family

Bride's Ring
Clergy Fees
Bride's Bouquet, Corsages and Boutonnieres
Rehearsal Dinner
Transportation for Groomsmen
Gifts for Groomsmen
Bride's Gift
Lodging for Groomsmen, if necessary


Your Attire
The Stag
If you're from out-of-town, Transportation to the Town the wedding is in
Gift for the Couple



1st Anniversary - Paper
2nd Anniversary - Cotton
3rd Anniversary - Leather
4th Anniversary - Linen
5th Anniversary - Wood
6th Anniversary - Iron
7th Anniversary - Copper or Brass
8th Anniversary - Bronze or Electrical Appliance
9th Anniversary - Pottery
10th Anniversary - Tin or Aluminium
11th Anniversary - Steel
12th Anniversary - Silk 13th Anniversary - Lace
14th Anniversary - Ivory
15th Anniversary - Crystal
20th Anniversary - China
25th Anniversary - Silver
30th Anniversary - Pearls
35th Anniversary - Coral or Jade
40th Anniversary - Rubies or Garnets
45th Anniversary - Sapphires
50th Anniversary - Gold
55th Anniversary - Emeralds
60th Anniversary - Diamonds