El Museo del Barrio | Becoming Julia de Burgos

I love working with El Museo del Barrio. They always provide the best programs and cultural events. It doesn’t feel like I am working because I am always learning something new. And shooting Becoming Julia de Burgos was another example. I have heard of Julia in passing, but from covering this event I learned more about her life. Enjoy-

 

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Sneak Peek | Schilb Family Portraits

It was great seeing the Schilb family again. Boy was it a windy day for family portraits, but Brian, Katie, Jacob and Carly were up for the challenge. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek | Hay Family in Central Park

I got to photograph one of my favorite families, The Hay Family. I first meet them three years ago when they bought my AmazonLocal Coupon and we galloped around Central Park taking photos. I so love seeing how big these girls get each year and how their personality are blossoming. I even got in trouble this time by not bring anything cool for them to play with like last years photo session. But I have learned my lesson next year I am going to be prepared. In the meantime enjoy the awesome photos we took Sunday in The Conservatory Garden in Central Park.

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Lohud photographer rescues bride, groom stuck in massive traffic

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It was one crazy Friday for me. I was dubbed the Lohud Angel after rescuing Mahopac Newlyweds Robert & Katherine when they were stuck along with their bridal party in traffic for over an hour. There was a six car accident where 3 people were seriously injured and sent to various hospitals. Due to the nature of the accident the police kept the road shut for hours.

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I was sent to cover the accident when I first spotted the bridal party from an overpass. I took a couple of pictures of them stranded along the road, but then I tried to get some shots of the accident I was asked to leave by the cops. As I was driving away I came upon my stranded bridal party and thought I should get their info. I parked in the emergency lane hopped the barrier and proceeded to take more photos of the stranded motorist and try to get the names of the newlyweds.

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Right before I was about to leave a groomsmen asked if I could take the bride and groom with me to their reception. I thought about it for a second, then I said sure. So, they hopped over the barrier climbed into my car and off we were to get them to their reception.

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Once we arrived we were greeted with smiles and cheer from the couple’s parents, grandparents and wedding guest. They were so happy that I was able to get the couple to their reception. I told them it was no big deal I was just glad that I was able to help. One of the dad’s said, “We want you to take a picture with the couple,” then some one shouted give her a kiss on the cheek. It was a great feeling to know that I was able to help someone in need and now Rob and Katherine will have a wedding to remember forever.  

To hear more in depth of what happened check out my video diary of the events as they unfolded. Photographer Recaps Rescue of Bride & Groom Stuck in Traffic and lohud.com for photo gallery and full coverage.

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Sneak Peek | Meet Mr. & Mrs. Sampson

Photographing family is always exciting. This weekend I got to chance to photograph my adoptive sister as she married Jamal in a small church on Saturday. It was filled with love and happiness. Here is a little sneak peek. Enjoy!

 

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Sweet 15th Birthday in Long Island

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#UptownBounce in Harlem

During the dog days of summer, what’s left to do but throw a block party with a neighbor? And that is what The Museum of the City of New York and El Museo del Barrio did last night during the first Wednesday night of #uptownbounce. This summer Nights @ 104th & Fifth,” is a series of music, dance and art events tied with extended hours and free admission to both museums. And I had a blast taking pictures last night. Here are just a few pictures… but I hope to see all of you guys next Wed Aug. 6th!!

 

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Sneak Peek | Larnie & Patti’s Prospect Park Wedding

College Sweethearts who found each other again is the making of a true love story.  And that is what happened when Larnie married Patti in Prospect Park.  Family and friends gathered in lawn chairs and blankets to witness the union of this lovely couple and their six daughters. Yes, they are truly a very Brady Family.  Enjoy the pics!

 

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10 Years ago I came to NYC

10 years ago today I packed up my VW Jetta with my dad and drove up to New York City to take a job at #lohud and start the next chapter in my life. I moved to a city where I knew no one and I found a home in Harlem where over the years I began to build a great network of friends and family. From my kids at The Salvation Army with my volunteer buddies at New York Cares to the gang at Harlem YMCA- Mondays will never be the same without Keshawn’s class.

Wanting to find the love of my life I began I dating everyone in New York from a convicted felon, a weed head, a professor, a hobbit, a hip hop producer, a jamaican, a haitian, a jew, many many africans and a guy who smuggled people to many desperate nights of surfing Craiglist to find love (in my defense CL was the SH!T back in the day)!!

And the funny thing is the love of my life, Mr. Wonderful found me on Myspace when I was trying to start my freelance business.

Along the way I have learned the value of not getting on an empty subway car to navigating the endless traffic jams (thanks mom for teaching me that learning more than one way home can save your sanity)!

Most importantly I learned that when you street park your car, your car is no longer yours and having a birthday party on the hood of the car isn’t a bad idea if they give you a piece of cake.

I have been to so many places and photographed so much with my job I don’t know where to start… Some of my favorite: US Open, #Mets, #Yankees, #Knicks, #Rangers, Millrose Games, Countless Broadway shows to celebrities like Phylicia Rashad, Cindy Lauper, Bill & Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin, Richard Geer, Martha Stewart, Vanessa Williams and the rest I can’t remember. Google me!

But what I love the most are the people who are everyone day people who inspire, creative, dream, and change the world we live in for the better. They constantly remind me why I decided to be come a photojournalist, opps I have a new title now,Visuals Journalist (yes even my job title change over 10 years).

Yes, my job title has changed and I have more on my plate and not enough money to have that Kardashian lifestyle, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I get to photographed people starting their lives, creating lives and just living in a world that can be so damn hard, but they continue to find the beauty and the joy of life.

Wow, that is a mouthful! It has been one kick ass ten years in New York. I am so glad I took a big bite out that damn apple. Can’t wait for what the next ten years have for me!!!

Thanks for loving and supporting me along the way!

-Love,
Carucha

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Sneak Peek | Derrick & Joii Bobian Vow Renewal

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Sneak Peek | Celebrating Gayle’s 50th Birthday

It was honored to capture the love friends and family showered Gayle with on her 50th Birthday. Those who know Gayle knows she is a woman of action, kindness and love. Thank you for letting me be there to capture this milestone. Happy Birthday, Gayle!

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Sneak Peek | Camilo Andres Newborn Session

The latest addition for Chris and Lilly is Camilo Andres. It just seems like yesterday I was taking newborn photos of Dulce and now she’s a big sister. Wishing many continued blessing to this lovely family. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek | Chris & Bette in Prospect Park

I had an adventurous day with Chris and Bette filled with homemade bread, tea and a bruise hand. There is never a dull moment taking pictures. Enjoy

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Sneak Peek| Christian + Amarilys Maternity Session bebe dos

I was so thrilled to get a call from Chris to tell me that he and Lily were expecting their second child, a boy. This past weekend I meet up with them for their maternity session. And I was so glad to see them all especially Dulce. She is so big now I can’t hardly believe it.  Seeing them again had me looking back at their first maternity session and wow!  Now I can’t wait to meet the newest Nunez.

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Parasher Family Session | Riverside Park

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FALL MINI SESSION is here…. OCT. 13th

Fall Mini Session

This is a great way to get those wonderful photos finished in time for the Holiday Season. When you call/email to schedule your photo shoot be prepared to give me the following information:

1) Full Name

2.) Email Address

(please only use one address)

3) Phone Number

4) Who going to be in the photo

5) If you have a theme you like or props for your session

6) PLEASE mention your interested in the Fall Mini Session

Breakdown of the photo shoot: The session is at Turtle Pond in Central Park (I will meet you near the entrance at 100th St. and Central Park West). Each session is for only 45 minutes. During that time we will take photos around Turtle Pond. ONLY ONE OUTFIT for the session. The session is for up to four people. If you have additional person the cost is $15. After the shoot it will take about a week retouch the images. Once the images are done you will receive an email to view your photos in a password protected gallery (please understand the wait may be a little longer during high peak times). You will be given instruction on how to select your 15 digital images. Once you pick your images, I will send out an email showing you how to download the images from CLM Visuals dropbox account. Each image is high resolution (3MB). You will be able to purchase additional photos that are not included in your coupon directly from the gallery. You can pay for purchases via PayPal or money order.

Prices, Rules and Regulations: Must pay for the session before the date of the fall mini session (it reserves your spot). You can pay via paypal, check or money order.  The Fall Mini Session includes 15 edited high resolution digital images for $150 up to 4 persons. Additional person is $15.  There is no additional charge for pets.

Cancellation: You have 48 hours before your photo shoot to cancel. If you do not call or email 48 hours before the photo shoot then you loose your money and your photo shoot is canceled. If you call within the 48 hours, you can use your Fall Mini session towards a regular session which is $250 for 2 hours with 25 edited images.  If there is bad weather the makeup date is October 20th 9am-4pm.

Late to session: We all get stuck in traffic- be it bus/subway/car and getting off work late. However, since this is Fall Mini Session there is no room for tardness, please be kind for the person booked after you and arrive early. So, if your late it comes out of your session.

Retouching: The photos will be light retouches: Cropping, alignment, color balance and correction. Extra retouching is $50 for every photo. For example smoothing your skin, bringing out your eye color, fixing dark circles under eyes, under eyes wrinkles, taking out few pounds, and removing or adding anything to the photo. Please come to the sessions with an open mind and good energy. It is my job to make you look good, feel good, and if you are in a bad mood it will translate on film. Photos last a life time and when you are building memories you want to look your best.

What to Wear: Think fun and comfortable it will translate best on camera. Wear something that brings out your personality and best features, i.e. eye color, skin tone or body shape. Make sure the cut of the clothes fit your body type you don’t want anything too baggy or too tight. Also, keep in mind of length of your skirts and necklines. Rule of thumb if you can jump up and down and nothing falls out your good to go!

What’s the best way to contact you: Email (clm@clmvisuals.com) is the best way to get a hold of me, because most of the time I am out and about shooting or editing. But, if you are a phone person I can be reached at 914.310.4228. And I will call/text you back as soon as I can.

Carucha L. Meuse

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Sneak Peek | Hay Family in Central Park

It was a nice day in the park for photos and I had a blast with the Hay family.  Thanks so so much Roxie, Skylar, Nicole and Farbod!

Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek | Dailey Family in Far Rockaway

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Sneak Peek | Alfredo & Barbara NYC Courthouse Wedding

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Monica & Mitchell Brooklyn

I had a wonderful time with these lovely ladies. Monica wore this beautiful red dress that belong to her mother and her daughter wore a dress that she used to wear. They just looked gorgeous.

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Alterio Family shoot at Wave Hill

It was a beautiful day for photos. The air was cool and the sun setting over the Hudson was just breath taking.  Michael I hope you enjoy these photos taken with Violet and Happy 50th Birthday!!!

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Julian Family in Central Park

I had way to much fun with the Julian family in Central Park. They were just so great despite the fact that it was so so hot. Brooks had his ready made poses and a smile that melted my heart. Abbie was full of ideas and suggestions of different type of poses. And every photographer loves it when clients come with ideas. Rachel & Rick you guys have such a great family. I might just have to jump in the car and go with you guys back down south. In the meantime here are just a few pictures from our hot and stick day in Central Park. Enjoy-

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Celebrating Maya’s 1st Birthday

Happy Birthday Maya!!

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Jordan Brand Classic basketball game at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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Basketball Championship Wrap up at Westchester County Center

I was not always a big basketball fan. My freshman year of high school a good friend of mine said we should try out for the team. And I actually made it. Now I was no Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson I rode the pine more than actual court time, nonetheless I still love the game. There is something about the game be it the past pace or the physical contact.

Now fast forward to last week it was section 1 basketball championships in New York.  I felt like was on the bench again. And I wanted people to get a feeling of what it is like to covering several teams battling to be the best to go state championships. – Side note, be carefully of what you wish or ask for. So, I convinced my editor that I wanted to produce a ESPN/NBC wrap up package from the staffs videos and photos from the week.

Editing a weeks worth of five photographers in two days proved to be challenging… I love the final product. Let me know what you think.

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Basketball Championship Week Wrap Up

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Obama’s Second Term in Office

As Barack is sworn in front of millions today I think back to four years ago when document a bus load of supporters made their way down to DC to watch this historical moment in history.  I had been to DC for Bill Clinton’s inauguration but there was nothing like the spirit and crowds of people who were lining up for miles and miles to see Barack being sworn in. Please take a moment to see some of the images I shot from the inauguration and Behind the Lens: Road to The White House.

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End of 2012| Morres Family in Central Park

Marjolein wanted to surprise her parents for their 35 wedding anniversary with a photo shoot in Central Park. Oh, we had a wonderful time despite the mucho frio temperatures. This was a great way to end 2012! Thank you so much Marjolein, Rudi, Kate, Jos, Mariette, Arno, Fieke, and Linda!

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The various self-portraits of me, CLM

The life of a photographer is filled with a lots of time waiting… and every photographer’s first subject is themselves. And this past year I have taken over 100 different self portraits of myself. Here are just the one from my cell phone. happy holidays!

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Top 12 iphone + instagram photos of 2012

Below are my top 12 picks of photos I took with my iphone & instagram. This year I got an iphone for work and discovered the app- instagram and it as been one amazing year documenting life unfold through the lens.

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I was driving home waiting at the red light. I looked up watching the sun set over 125th St.I thought to myself the Apollo

Theater never look more magnificent. So I rolled down my window and took this photo.

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What I love most about NYC you see everything. I was finishing up with a client in Central Park

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It seems like I am always in Central Park. I decided to go the green lawn to enjoy my lunch before meeting up with clients.

It wasn’t particularly hot that day, but it the first time in a long time since the sun was out. And it felt good just

to have it shine all over you. I rolled over and saw this girl taking full advantage of the sun too.

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I was on assignment up in Stony Point, NY. I decided to take the Bear Mountain Bridge back to the city.

The fog was think looming over the Hudson River. I just had to stop and take a photo.

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It was COLD outside. The day before was a big snow storm in NYC, where I thought I might had to cancel

my outdoor session in Central Park. We decided to work with the snow and have fun. I was shooting my clients near

the fountain. When I turned around I noticed she was having her photo shoot too.

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I have lived in Harlem for over 8 years. I have never actually been to the Harlem Day Parade. I have been either working

or on vacation. This year I didn’t have anything schedule and the parade was right outside of my house. So I decided to attend

and it was great. And this photo of Mason I captured took me back in time.

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LA was just beautiful. I had never watch the sun set like this before. My boyfriend and I sat on the beach in Venice and

watched the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t done it before I say  DO IT!!!

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I was on assignment in Harlem capturing the essence of Easter Sunday.

“I have been attending Shiloh Baptist Church for over 38 years, says Obe Everett after attending services in Harlem.

” I always dress nice and not just for holidays.”

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Shoe shinning are you kidding me. This was just a wonderful find while running errands on 125th. St.

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Two friends fishing in Rockland Lake. No words needed.

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I just love , love LOVe this photo. I was on the platform at 34th street waiting for the D train uptown. When I notice the pay phone.

When I saw the broke phone hanging I wondered when was the last time I used one.

Surprisingly enough it was last year in Queens when my

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I went to Florida for my grandmother’s funeral. I am not a big fan of funerals I don’t like my last memory of people

in a casket. I didn’t want to remember my grandmother like that. I want to remember her as the one who gave me chocolate cake,

sodas and let me eat all of the candy I want. She even let me and my sister walk down the street to the corner store on our own.

She was a strong, loyal and loving woman who made a profound impact on my life even though she could never say my name right.

To her I will always be Carutha.

While I was at the service I couldn’t bring my self to look at the casket. So as I distracted myself looking out of the window

I notice the usher crisp white gloves. And it gave me a sweet memory of getting dressed up and going to church with my grandmother.

So this is my favorite photo for 2012.

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Sneak Peek | Adam’s Risky Business Photo Shoot

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Sneak Peek | Carlos, Cecilia, & Julián in Central Park

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Marjolein + Robert | Central Park Engagement

I finally meet up with Robert and Marjolein in Central Park and oh what a beautiful day to take pictures. Who would have know a week ago we had Hurricane Sandy followed by a Nor’eastern storm that gave us snow and cold weather.  You would never have known it because we just had a great time in the park with our balloons.

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Sneak Peek | Povolny Family in Central Park

When you say photo session people think of sitting in your Sunday best and smiling nonstop. Well not for Povolny family we had a day full of fun-riding scooters, throwing snow, soccer game, tag and so much more. We had so much fun I completely forgot that I working and they forgot it was a photo session. I think I might just need to schedule another playdate, because I had way too much fun.   Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek | Milentijevic Family in Central Park

Rain washed out our last shoot and I was so glad that Sandy didn’t spoil our session in Central Park.  The park couldn’t have been any more beautiful with the trees bursting with color. I had so much fun playing tag with Danilo and Zoya. I was even buried alive with leaves… I think they thought they were on a play date instead of a photo shoot.

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Sneak Peek | The Cappella family at Weed Beach in Darian, CT

Despite it being very windy outside I truly enjoyed being with the Cappella family. Enjoy

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The Meadow’s family in Prospect Park

First off I just want to say I so want to be apart of this family and its not just because they are so cute! I had a blast with Angela, Bob and Xavier. Xavier was such a good baby, despite being in love the grass. He was engaging and his personality of being laid back was just so Infectious. Don’t take my word for it. The photos say it all. Enjoy


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Sneak Peek | Mandana at Highline Park

Some people just make you smile and enjoy your job. For a person who has never been professionally photographed Mandana was a pro. She just relaxed and went with the flow and you can tell with the great photos. Enjoy!

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Sneak Peek | Eddie & Cara in Central Park

I had so much fun with Cara & Eddie. Despite the threat of rain we had a wonderful time running around Central Park and UWS. I wish them nothing but the best!!

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Sneak Peek | Tam Family in Central Park

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Sneak Peek | The Eisenberg Family in Central Park

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