Talk about busy people and (lucky) last-minute booking… One spring day in March I am getting a call from a young lady who was among the guests of Maya and Stan’s notable wedding in Jamaica and has become my fan since then. So, she proceeds with a curious story about her brother Boris who is getting married in about three weeks. As I understood, as a business owner, he hasn’t quite had time to arrange for a professional photographer, or rather, consider the merits of having some guy hanging around in a way, on a day for them to enjoy. Fortunately, I was available and his sister persuaded him, alluring with a perspective of stress-free selection process, confidently referring to just one candidate – ahem – Zorz Studios. So, in an emergency meeting with the siblings in their workplace two weeks before the wedding, we went through few formalities and the basics. As expected, I was booked on the spot and just hoped for meeting the bride before the wedding. Granted with such an opportunity, I had a pleasure of hosting the couple in our Manhattan studio a week before the wedding.
The rest just happened. With much improvisation, a few bumps, and a ton of fun, my team with curious and charismatic Olga and invaluable assistant JP, jumped through the day. Knowing that there was just no time allotted for our regular “photo adventure”, we were shooting everything that moved around us, especially if having similarities with our bride and groom. I spent much time photographing Oksana in a chic home studio of her makeup artist Gigi while her maid of honor and mom were getting ready. Later, I found myself in the sands shooting Boris and those of the groomsmen who were not fashionably late, he-he…
Regardless, we came out with a predictably cool coverage, sweetened (or spiced up?) by a bombastic Cirque du Soleil type cabaret-show presented by the famous Russian venue, Rasputin Restaurant. That’s what I call wedding guest entertainment… Remarkably, one of the show dancers is my legendary client and dear friend, Tanya, who became part of the studio’s logo. That night I was also formally introduced to another dancer Dasha, who jumped the ship and participated in Zorz Studio’s second boudoir marathon just a few days later.
My special thanks go to Boris’ sister Masha and her husband Dimitry, who handled many aspects of the wedding preparation, demonstrating the value of friendship and family bonds. Another special thanks goes to JP, who briefly covered me during the reception show. And Olga, you are practically always the Queen.
The images below are quick edits from my main camera only, second camera photos will be added soon.