Alexandra | Portraits in the Park

I had a lovely portrait session with my good friend and makeup artist Alex at Blydenburgh Park last week! It was a cool summer evening at the docks with some interesting lighting from the sky. She was so much fun to work with and we will definitely be planning a fall shoot in the next few months. Check out Alex’s Instagram and Youtube for her awesome makeup tutorials.

If you’d like to book a portrait session please feel free to email me at info@ericamengouchian.com.

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The Milky Way Captured

Back in January I wrote a post about my photography goals for 2017. It is with great excitement that I can say I have accomplished one of these goals – I photographed the Milky Way.

Along with last week’s solar eclipse came a new moon. A perfect window of a few days with extremely dark skies. I decided it was finally time to try and make this happen. Last Wednesday night my boyfriend and I got our cameras ready and drove down to Robert Moses State Park around 9pm and heading to field 2, which is open for stargazing. For anyone who isn’t familiar, Robert Moses is a beach on the south shore of Long Island, New York and a favorite spot of mine.

I had done tons of research to make sure I would be able to see and capture this beautiful sight. The odds are against us here in New York, with NYC’s lights brightening the sky from miles away. At this time of year the Milky Way is usually visible fairly early after sunset in the southern part of the sky. This was perfect because the beach is on the south shore of Long Island, which would place the Milky Way towards the water, over the darkest parts of the sky over the Atlantic Ocean.

We made it down to the beach and it was incredibly dark, even eerie being there at night. I stepped out of the car and I’m pretty sure I teared up a little. With the naked eye the Milky Way was faint but clearly visible in the sky. I couldn’t believe what I’ve wanted to see and photograph for so long was a short drive from home, being at the right place at the right time. I set up my tripod and camera along with my wide angle lens and experimented with multiple settings adjusting exposure time and ISO. I took tons of photos and have shared my favorites below. I hope everyone can someday experience seeing the Milky Way and its wonders.

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Camera Upgrade!

I’m very excited to share that I have purchased a new camera!

For the past 6 years I’ve been using the first DSLR I purchased, a Canon Rebel T2i. It has definitely served me well, but an upgrade was necessary. Canon’s new 6D Mark ii is a lovely addition to my equipment. I can’t wait to use it more and really see what I can do with it.

Here’s a shot from last night at Sunken Meadow:

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Hey Summer!

Hello everyone! It’s been a crazy week so I apologize for not posting last week. Summer has officially begun and I’m excited to share what I’ve been working on and what my future plans are.

I had the opportunity to photograph my friends for their engagement photos! Here’s a preview from their shoot.

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I collaborated with Island Strong for a fun print and t-shirt giveaway over the weekend. They do a giveaway every Saturday so definitely check them out on Instagram to catch the next one!

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I have a few planned shoots coming up that I’m really excited for. A friend of mine is launching her makeup line later this year, and I have an Etsy shop owner who needs some images of the jewelry she sells. I’ll be sure to share those when they are completed.

I’m also planning on visiting Lavender by the Bay here on Long Island to photograph the lavender fields in a couple weeks, weather permitting. I missed this last year so I hope I can make there before the blooms are harvested.

I hope everyone has a great week and thank you for reading! 🙂

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Update – New Posting Time!

Hello everyone!

Just here to let you know that I’m changing my weekly blog post time from Monday night to Tuesday night. Mondays have just been very busy and hectic, as I’m sure they are for everyone else as well.

Make sure you subscribe to receive an email every time a new post goes up! Thank you to everyone for taking the time to view my work.

Last weekend I spent sunset at Robert Moses and got lucky with some really gorgeous light. I’ll be sharing those photos in next week’s post! Below is one of my favorites from that day.

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5 Reasons to Hire a Photographer for Your Blog, Brand or Business

There’s no doubt that images have become one of the most powerful methods of communication in today’s world. They are used for social media, websites, blog posts, marketing material and more. Hiring a photographer to create professional imagery will set your blog, brand or business apart from the others.

Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Product Photography

Whether it’s done in a studio setting or a natural environment that fits your brand, one of the most crucial aspects of selling your product is how it is displayed to a potential buyer. The better a product or service looks, the better it will sell.

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2. Portraits & Headshots

The way you present yourself is a reflection upon your brand. A professional portrait or headshot is a must to give your social media and website visitors a good first impression. If you’re a blogger or active social media user, book several shoots throughout the year and generate a constant flow of new and original content for your followers.

3. Location Photos

Have photos taken of your business’s interior and exterior during the time of day it looks best to provide a preview of what people can expect when they visit. Share photos of the areas surrounding your location to give people even more of a reason to keep coming back.

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4. Event Coverage

Hire a photographer for an event you host to capture photos of the guests, special moments and other details that you can share online for everyone to see. Measure the event’s success and spread the word by using the photos as marketing material to attract more attendees in the future.

5. Photos for Print

Refresh your home, office space or business with prints to create the ambience that best suits you, your colleagues and your clients. See what photos a photographer is currently offering for sale, or commission a personalized project to meet your specific needs.

Thank you for reading! Please email info@ericamengouchian.com for booking inquiries if you are interested services listed above. All of the photos on this blog were taken by Erica Mengouchian.

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