Rockefeller Center Christmas Engagement

My last session of the year was a Rockefeller Center Christmas Marriage Proposal for Eddie and Elsi. How absolutely romantic! We met at Rockefeller Center and I was able to capture the engagement and do a quick portrait session afterward. It was such a pleasure to capture such a special night for Lara Photo Studio. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Meet Alynne

Meet Alynne. She is the 8 month old daughter of my good friends Brooke and Ron. My friend Brooke had recently received a family heirloom, a rocking horse so when I went to visit her this week, we thought it would be a perfect day for a mini photo shoot in Riverside Park in NYC!

Brooke's uncle made this rocking horse almost 30 years ago!

Brooke's uncle made this rocking horse almost 30 years ago!

Alynne recently discovered crawling and standing so I photographed her for less than 10 minutes

Alynne recently discovered crawling and standing so I photographed her for less than 10 minutes

Scroll down to see the adorable "before" shot of these little Sperry's!

Scroll down to see the adorable "before" shot of these little Sperry's!

In case you haven't gone through my site and haven't met the Arevalo's, allow me to introduce you to my wonderful friends, Brooke and Ron. I've photographed their maternity and newborn sessions. To read more about them, follow the Arevalo's on their blog Dreaming in Color

Maternity Riverside Park
Maternity Riverside Park
Alynne was about 1 week old in this photo.

Alynne was about 1 week old in this photo.

Review - Chelsea Camera Bag by ONA

My trusty everyday camera bag is the Vector Photo Daypack which is great for everyday use and travel but it doesn't blend in well during formal events so a few weeks ago I purchased the Chelsea Camera Bag by ONA and love it!

The Chelsea Camera Bag by ONA

The Chelsea Camera Bag by ONA

All my every day equipment in my Chelsea camera bag

All my every day equipment in my Chelsea camera bag

About it  - The Chelsea bag holds all my equipment safely and easily accessible during shoots while being stylish and discrete. The bag is split into two sides. The first fits personal items like a wallet, external hard drives or even my MacBook Air. The second has 3 velcro inserts to keep lenses and camera body secure and separate. I've even used a section to keep a bottle of water cool during hot summer weddings or an umbrella just in case. The Chelsea also has a cross body strap so I can be hands free while shooting. It also has a structured and sturdy bottom with gold studs that make it stand up right so I don't have to worry about it tipping over with my equipment inside if I place it down.

Downsides  -  I don't have any downsides to share for The Chelsea other than it does get very heavy but this isn't the bag's fault. I'd really like for this bag to have attachable back straps (like a back pack) instead of a cross body strap because I feel like I have to switch from side to side during long shoots to feel balanced. Other than that, the side strap is really comfortable.

Worth It?  -  The Chelsea goes for $369. Since I'm not one for buying handbags, the price point hit me a little hard but I saw it and it was beautiful. I decided that it was time for a new bag and more importantly, something that was a little more camouflaged during weddings. The Chelsea holds my equipment securely and easily accessible and every time I've used it someone asks me where I got it not even knowing it's a camera bag. Its been a great investment and I recommend it to anyone who wants a stylish and functional camera bag!

Where to get it  -  I bought my Chelsea bag at my favorite photography store in NYC, Adorama. It's located on 18th street between 5th Avenue and Avenue of the Americas.