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Here’s a fine example of an all-day stylish engagement session, covering catacombs, 50 Shades of Grey, designer gowns, Manhattan sunset, and a killer BMW i8.

Izzy and Tommy were referred to me by their friend who has had his own all-day stylish engagement session with me last year so all the benefits and experience were already known and anticipated. We had a full day but with three boroughs to cover, acted time-efficiently. Started on Staten Island at the Snug Harbor, then sneaked into a secret spot elsewhere on Staten Island where I photographed another beautiful couple a couple of years ago. I even allowed myself to reuse an idea from that session, although I shot from the other side of the door for a much more enigmatic feel. Always try to avoid reusing my ideas but I’m a human with a limited potential and occasional slackness, still massively outweighed by the creative shots. 🙂

Once done on Staten Island, we drove away for an in-studio shoot taking full advantage of dramatic lighting, so welcomed in à la 50 Shades of Grey theme requested by the lovely couple. Showing just a couple of samples from there.

Finally, we moved on to Queens for a view of Manhattan’s skyline. Having BMW i8 around and not using it would account for a misdeed so the ubiquitous question was where to find a good spot for it? It should not only offer a good unobtrusive view of the cityscape but also be approachable and preferably, free to use! I once did a badass engagement session with a sports bike in a similar strategic spot in Brooklyn but revisiting that place later ran me into a problem when I tried to briefly shoot my own car. I was requested to leave the area but since then, discovered an alternative location for this shoot and isn’t it awesome?! We also timed it around the sunset for an extra woof factor.

And what an all-day stylish engagement session would be without a change of outfit and using a couple of gowns! This red designer dress turned heads and looked stunning both near the BMW beast and on the promenade.

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Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov
Ed Hafizov is a creative director and lead photographer of Zorz Studios, Manhattan-based boutique photography studio, offering arousing and daring fashion, commercial, beauty, and wedding photography. Multiple Fearless Photographer™ award winner, named among the top 50 US wedding photographers, top 10 NY wedding photographers, winner of Adobe contests, featured by Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Elle et al, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week photographer, and a distinguished member of Grace Ormonde Wedding Style‘s Platinum List, he is eager to step out of his and willing clients' comfort zone to pursue original artwork with a lasting impression.


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