Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Meet Vivienne Nicole

Meet Vivienne Nicole Fatu. She was born today November 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm after a 16 hours of labor. She weighs 3.5 kg and is 50 cm long. On the Apgar scale she scored a beautiful 9.9 score which is the best! 
Her hair is curly, blond and her eyes are grey/green.
She seems to get very quite in her Dad's arms and I just love that. It seems she has quite an appetite and already started her breast milk diet. 
Victoria feels good and is happy mother. Beside Victoria, our two faithful nurses from Shawnee Mission Hospital Lacey and Ashley, the birth crew included the brilliant Dr. Finkelston, grandma Sophia who came all the way from Moscow and dad Christian. 
I got to admit, my chest gets full with pride when the medical staff calls me Dad.
I am overwhelmed with happiness and I am grateful to God every second.
More to come. Stay tuned.
For a complete photo reportage please head out to her own website:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My family

Yesterday was family picture time and we had a blast. Here is my wife Victoria, her mother Sophia, somewhere there Vivienne and me in the last shot. 
I used a single light, the SB 600 strobe shot through an umbrella triggered with this nice and cheap chinese triggers I've bought from I believe they're called Cowboy something...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Costumul nou - New Suit

Draga mama,
Acesta este costumul cel nou. Ma simt minunat in el si iti multumesc pentru cadou.
Te imbratisez,

Letter to my mom in Romanian.


This is Margo, daughter of my very good friends Ben and Lolita. We visited them on Halloween and I had the 50mm with me. Since the light was very low I stopped down to f.2.2 - 2.8 with ISO 800. It's amazing how good is the low light capability in the new DSLR's.
She's very cute and posed like a real model for us. Enjoy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sophia, Victoria and Vivienne

Last week while waiting for Beau, Aidan and Zhanna I took this shots of Victoria and her mom. Beautiful chili morning. The light was a bit harsh but I used to highlight their hair and the nice tones in the fall foliage. This was Halloween day so, Victoria dressed up :)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Our friend Natasha came all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia to visit us and here are couple of shots with her and Victoria in Vivienne's room.
Off camera strobe in various positions...Manual ISO 400, Shutter Speed 1/100 sec. at f. 8

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Selim and his mightiness Batman

This was Halloween and this Selim/Batman. Very cool kid! Had loads of fun taking this shots.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Aiden, Zhanna and Beau

Hoorayy... Aiden's first Halloween together with my best friends, mommy Zhanna and daddy Beau. Chili morning yesterday in Loose Park where we met for this wonderful photos. He's a real sport and endured bravely the 3 or 4 outfit changes he went through. There were times where he protested but we figured out his just trying  a new pose so we went with him.
The lighting was mixed, sunny - overcast - sunny - overcast.... so we adjust accordingly using a nice, big Westcott reflector kindly handled by my trusty assistant and wife Victoria.
All was shot mainly with the 50mm stopped down around f 1.8 through 5.6 and some with the 18-105VR at 18mm. Camera of choice, of course Nikon D90!
Playgrounds are great places to capture kids or babies. One quick tip: Go on a cold morning or as early as possible and you'll find it empty or mostly empty. That will cut the clutter and distractions coming from the other little clients.
Well, it's a new week and I need to go back to my real job, music. 
More to come. Two really cute ones awaiting to go online :)