It’s rare that I shoot for myself and it’s even more rare that I print for myself. But when I talked to Jamey, the owner of my favorite local coffee spot, Roots Cafe, about hanging some art in his shop, the wheels in my head began turning. I wanted to not just hang some prints, but match the aesthetic of Roots. I got the idea to print some of my favorite iPhone photos onto wood… so began the task of doing so! A couple of bloody fingers and a completely destroyed apartment later, I came up with the following. They’re on display at Roots through the end of this month, so check them out if you’re local!
If you’re interested in buying one, act quickly! Apparently they’re selling quite fast. If you want to know about future prints or custom orders, send me an email!
(PS: One of my favorite shoots ever was with Jamey and his wife Randi at Roots Cafe a few years ago. Check it out, here!)
Say hello to Tim and Lee and their incredibly amazing family and friends! The two were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope, NJ and I was pretty much in love with every single detail of their day. The color choices… Lee’s dress… their adorable favors.. I could go on and on, but I will stop here and let the photographs do the talking for me. I’m pretty certain you’ll be in love too! A giant thank you to Lee & Tim for choosing me to capture their wedding and to all their family and friends for being so much fun to be around. Enjoy!
Music: DJ Gaza, 74 Events
Florist: Peggy Patton, The Flower Mill (Hope, NJ)
Hair Stylist: Jenny, My Makeup Artist Victoria
Make Up Artist: Kelsey Makofsky, KelseyMak MakeUp
Dress Maker: Watters Wtoo
Bridesmaids: Lela Rose
Officiant: Michael Boyd
Cake/Caterer: Frungillo Caterers
Lighting: Barbara Woodruff/The Floral Design Group
Farm Table: LoHo Living
We’re so glad you and Vince could be there, Jody! Susan, thank you for noticing all the details…after all the planning that went into them, it really means so much. We are so happy to have chosen Kristina to capture all the moments of what turned out to be a pretty fabulous wedding
These images ROCK! Amazing work once again Kristina Hill! And to the Bride and Groom…..a beautiful venue, amazing dress (noticed the circular repeating details), totally fun event with loads of incredible details (love the window pane seating charts!)and guests that evidently love you both and, a good party! Wedding Congrats to the Bride & Groom and kudos for choosing such a talented photographer to document your day!
Lee and Timmy,
These are gorgeous, we are honored to have been included in your big day. I “think” I see myself in the background of one of these pictures! (just where I like to be) haha
Jody and Vince
As I continue to watch the news and look at photos of the damages caused by Sandy, my heart truly goes out to everyone who have and who continue to suffer. Seeing the devastation first-hand in some of my most beloved Brooklyn neighborhoods has been difficult. Most of my family resides in New Jersey and it is a huge relief that they are all safe and sound. I feel incredibly lucky.
If you grew up in or near to Jersey, it’s likely you are particularly attached to one or more of the towns along the Jersey shore. My shore town of choice happens to be Seaside Heights. My family vacationed there every summer for pretty much my entire life. It’s a place that has always been incredibly sentimental to both myself and my family. Watching the reports of how Sandy has left Seaside and other towns ‘down the shore,’ is heartbreaking. Just a few weeks ago, I headed to Seaside with my sister, April and her husband, Michael to shoot their two year anniversary photos. As adults, we’ve woven this place into our lives just as seamlessly as we did as kids, creating new memories and recounting old memories when we visit.
When April and I walked that boardwalk together we couldn’t help but laugh (a lot), recounting memories shared with our parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. We commented on how the rides were pretty much identical to what they were as kids and which ones we loved the most. We mimicked how I used to pinch my nose and comment in a funny voice on how terribly I felt the sausage stand smelled each time we passed it or how my parents sometimes rented a stroller for me until the age of about 8 (I truly wish I were exaggerating on that), because I didn’t like to walk too much. We thought about the toys we HAD to win (pogo ball anyone?!) or how we could play in Central Arcade for hours with our grandmother. We chose to eat our pizza at The Sawmill, because it’s where we ate as kids and we love how the slices are still bigger than our heads – even now. So while our “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt’em…” jump suits were replaced by “Call Me, Maybe…” cropped shirts and Angry Birds and iPads hang as prizes where our Care Bears and Discmans did, the feeling of the board walk was exactly the same.
Today I’m sharing April & Michael’s shoot with you. I hope these images accurately capture the place we loved as kids and continue to love as adults. I look forward to seeing Seaside and all its neighboring towns come back stronger than they were before, so with that thought is a link to Rebuild the Jersey Shore on Facebook, for those of you interested in volunteering or keeping up with the relief efforts.
Thanks for reading and I hope that you and your loved ones are all safe and well.
Kristina, Absolutely beautiful! you are an amazing photographer!! April & Michael pictures are Unbelievable! Your story is from the heart , extremely well written.. As being 1 of the Aunts who shared in those memories I was sitting here crying. Just to let you know I spent a lot of money on that Care Bear stand so both you and April would have a Care Bear. I have the photo of you sleeping the night you got it in a chair in the back house we shared with your mom & dad. Seaside I haven’t seen in 12 years but the memories I will have for ever.They will rebuild bigger & better. My thoughts & Prayers are with all those affected by Sandy…GREAT JOB!! xoxo I Love You!
This made me cry. I have so many great memories of our time down the shore. These pics are awesome, they totally capture the essence of the boardwalk.
Beautifully written. Those last two (the side by side black and whites and the one with the pretty glow) are just so beautiful! Your work is amazing.
I’m super excited to bring Jennifer and Mike to the blog in the first of many posts! The two were married at the beautiful Colonial Inn in Norwood, NJ this summer. Since our first meeting last year, I knew that Jennifer’s attention to detail was pretty flawless, so it was wonderful to see everything come together seamlessly on their wedding day! It was a hot, hot day, but everyone braved the sun and heat with an awesome attitude. I would like to also note, that Jen and Mike had one of the most ROCKING dance floors of my 2012 wedding season – as you will see below. Congrats and enjoy!
Why hello, readers. Happy fall!
My little old blog has been quiet lately, this I know. It’s been a complete whirlwind these past few weeks (Eep, are we going on months?!), but I’m back and excited to be bringing you lots and lots of weddings and shoots to the blog over the next few posts!
For now… here is a tiny peek at what I’ve been up to.
Update: The SPLC Teams Up With Us To Demand That Delgaudio Stop Using Brian & Tom’s Engagement Photo
I’ve been bombarded with e-mails and comments regarding this situation – it’s so nice to have the support of so many wonderful people and photographers! It’s been a really busy and stressful time for all of us, but we are so excited with where we are at right now. I am sharing with you, below, the press release from the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Again, thank you for your continued support. While I might not answer everyone’s e-mails, each one helps fuel this fight further. Brian, Tom and I really do appreciate all of the love!!!
I’m not going to post all of the news outlets that have picked up our story, but I do want to share Brian & Tom’s appearance on ABC Local Channel 7 last night (at end of post). To keep up, you can check out my Facebook page, my twitter or Brian’s Blog – we’ve been sharing coverage as we are made aware.
* SPLC Press Release *
SPLC demands hate group stop misusing gay couple’s engagement photo
It was supposed to be a reminder of one of the most special days shared by Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere – their engagement photo.
The black-and-white photograph shows the two men kissing with the New York City skyline in the background. The picture was one of several that Edwards posted on his blog to allow friends and family unable to attend the couple’s wedding to share their joy. But what was supposed to be a symbol of the life-long commitment between two people in love was hijacked by an anti-gay hate group.
Recently, the men discovered their photo had been taken from the Internet and used in an anti-gay mailer to attack a political candidate in Colorado. The city skyline had been removed from the background and replaced with snow-covered trees one might find in Colorado. Bold words, on a red background, were added: “State Senator Jean White’s idea of ‘Family Values?’” White supported Colorado’s civil union legislation. “This photo represented our love and commitment and the many challenges we have overcome in order to share our lives together,” Edwards said. “When I first saw how our photo had been publicly destroyed and used against gay and lesbian families, I was shocked, heartbroken and livid. I don’t want this to happen to another gay or lesbian couple.”
Neither the couple, nor the photographer, knew about the doctored photo until a friend of the couple informed them. The mailer was the work of Public Advocate of the United States, a Falls Church, Va., organization the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated as an anti-gay hate group.
Today, the SPLC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the group and Eugene Delgaudio, its president. The letter, sent on behalf of the couple and photographer Kristina Hill, warns that the SPLC is investigating the unauthorized use of the copyrighted photo and demands that Delgaudio, Public Advocate and anyone acting on their behalf immediately stop using the photo. It asks Delgaudio to confirm within 10 days that he and Public Advocate have stopped using the photo.
“Delgaudio’s use of Brian and Tom’s personal photo is morally reprehensible,” said Christine P. Sun, deputy legal director for the SPLC. “For years, Delgaudio and Public Advocate have led a crusade against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This latest attack is the most vicious yet and should serve as a warning that your personal photos are not safe from anyone willing to stoop to the vilest level of harassment.”
Hill, the photographer, said the doctored image twists the original meaning of the image.
“When I took this photo, I was capturing the love that Brian and Tom share,” she said. “When I saw how my image was used, I was sad for Brian and Tom. I was angry that someone would take my work, distort it and use it to reflect the opposite of what it was meant to express.”
Public Advocate has a history of attacking the LGBT community. The letter notes that Public Advocate “has spread lies and vitriol about LGBT people to raise funds, impede progress toward greater equality and to deny LGBT people basic dignity and respect.” It also describes other anti-gay activities by the group, including:
•Provoking readers through a fundraising letter to “imagine a world where the police allow homosexual adults to rape young boys in the streets”;
•Comparing marriage equality to bestiality through production of a “Man-Donkey Mock Wedding Ceremony”;
•Defamation of gay people as pedophiles and rapists to be feared. For instance, permitting gay men to be Boy Scout leaders, Public Advocate said, is “the same as being an accessory to the rape of hundreds of boys”; and
•Mischaracterizing national legislation to address an epidemic of anti-LGBT harassment at schools as “requir[ing] schools to teach appalling homosexual acts… force private and even religious schools to teach a pro-homosexual agenda… ram through their entire perverted vision for a homosexual America…. create a new America based on sexual promiscuity.” The thought that Public Advocate has used a symbol of the couple’s love and commitment for an attack cuts deep for the men.
“Knowing our image had been used to spread lies, hate and fear, contradicts the original meaning of the picture,” Privitere said. “It was used to attack what Brian and I hold dear – our lives together, our family, and marriage equality.”
The SPLC is dedicated to defending the rights of the LGBT community. It has worked to ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for all students – including LGBT students – through educational campaigns and legal action. And it has taken action to protect the rights of LGBT adults.
* Brian & Tom on ABC Local News *
I just wanted to send a little message of support from a wedding photographer in England. I imagine you must have been very angry at having your picture not only stolen but used by ‘hate people’. Sue them, get paid and take the free publicity.
Your clients too have suffered but I believe this will make them stronger. To support each other and to see millions of people prepared to fight for their equality rights is a good thing. It is surely painful for you all right now but please know that you will be alright, that the situation will be resolved and what’s his name (The hate bloke) will be paying for this for years.
Best wishes and love
Please share with Brian and Tom that there is some good to come out of this. Despite the hate groups using their photo, now their beautiful day has been shared with millions of people whom DO support gay marriage. I love the original photo and while I don’t like how it was used, I am glad to be able to see it and appreciate the beautiful picture it is – setting, lighting and subjects! My best wishes to the happy couple for a lifetime of joy!
I was wondering if we could see the original picture without the hate message. They look like a beautiful couple and I’d like to look at them without the words Thank you for standing up for the LGBT community.
This blog post has been a bit difficult for me to write. I sat on it over night, because I didn’t want to write anything too reactionary and I also wanted to thoughtfully explain how I feel.
Brian, a client and good friend, called me last night to share his discovery that one of the images I had taken during their engagement session had been stolen, digitally manipulated and reproduced in a campaign targeting a senator for her vote in support of a bill allowing same-sex couples to form civil unions. When I heard this, a range of emotions flooded through me. When I actually saw the image, my heart dropped. Below is a side by side of the two images that I created in photoshop for Brian to use on his blog post:
It’s my hope that my readers and clients know that what I do is incredibly important to me. I love love, I adore my clients and when I make images for them, it’s my goal to document their love with creativity and honesty. It fuels me as a photographer to know that these images will be cherished. That they will hang on walls, be passed around at gatherings, put in albums, and that someday maybe children and grandchildren will display these moments in their own homes.
To see an image, taken with that intent being used in the way it was used is heart-breaking for me. Brian’s reaction is so perfectly stated, I highly recommend you read it: “Public Advocate of the United States” Steal a Kiss – And it’s Gay. I agree with every word written.
The Denver Post article written by reporter Lynn Bartels can be read here.
Update: The Atlantic Wire covers the story. Read Alexander AbadD-Santos’ coverage here.
UPDATE! As many people are coming directly to this post, please visit the following post for an update on the situation. And, again, thank you for your support!
Ms Hill, I hope you, Mr Privitere and Mr Edwards get the full extent of what is coming to the three of you. They stole your art and they stole Mr Privitere and Mr Edwards images to portray a false message without any of your permission or approval. Good luck to the three of you.
it is so sad that such a beautiful piece of work is used in an ugly intended article by those who want to spread hatred among the peoples. Legal action needs to be taken against those involved, to protect the interests of the peace-loving individuals. I reckon.
first off i love the beautifull image(Original) everyone should be able to express their love freely. this kind of negative use for a copywritten image upsets me very much. reading the article i can’t imagine that happening to my images. may you succeed in the case.
Your photo and the moment you captured are beautiful. I hope you intend to sue and I wish you all the best!
A cease and desist has been sent… please see following post
As a photographer I am fuming that he stole your image.
As a citizen I am fuming at the message.
This makes me angry on so many levels.. I will be writing this “prospective senator” a strongly worded statement.
Why hire a politician that is stealing BEFORE he even gets into office.
(leaving the incredibly prejudice message aside)
If I were that client.. I would sue. and If I were you I would have my lawyer send a cease and desist immediately
You absolutely should pursue legal action!!
Kristina, this has really upset me and i would like to post the info to my facebbok page, but want your permission. I am writing this on Independence Day and would like to know when we will be independent of bigotry and hate!
These photos will be cherished.
As a fellow photographer, I share your hurt and dismay and am just sick to my stomach over the misappropriation of your image. PLEASE SUE! For Brian and his husband! For all fellow photographers! For all those who do not wish to have their private, intimate moments of joy and love used in the service of hate! Sometimes, we do not choose greatness; sometimes, it is thrust upon us. The world needs you to pursue this until justice is done. The rewards at justice being done will greatly outweigh the dark hours to come.
Yours in solidarity,
This makes my heart break. I hope you go after them and make them pay.
Kristina I am so disheartened that your beautiful image was used to promote such awful agenda. I hope that Brian and his husband are able to receive compensation as well as a lengthy apology for their actions.
All the best in your lawsuit and “fair rights” claims.
This is terrible, it makes me want to cry. To ruin a loving couple’s beloved photo in a political smear campaign? My heart goes out to Brian and his husband. I am so sorry that someone stole your photo and tried to make it something ugly. They are the ugly ones.
Best of luck to you Kristina on your copyright suit.
Kristina, I am so disgusted on behalf of you and your wonderful clients. Your image was lovely. I hope the copyright violators are punished for this horrific theft and manipulation.
Let me just give a loud SECOND to Dina Douglas’ post. Their claim of “fair use” for your image is outrageous if not just plain laughable. I hope you prevail in any actions you take against these thieves.
I think this is crazy this should of never happened and the pics of Bryan and Tom are gorgous and u do a great job on ur photos! I think u should sue them and I’m only 13 years old! I try to put myself in Kristina, Tom, and Bryan’s position I would feel very upset and Furious! Trying just Bryan and Tom’s position I would of threw up!
Kristina, I am just horrified for you and for your clients. This situation is just awful, and despite what the image thief claimed, this misappropriation of your image is the furthest possible thing from fair use. I hope you pursue every legal option available to you, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide you with any help. I sent you an email as well, with contact info for my own copyright attorney (who recently helped me win a copyright case).
There is an entire community that would be willing to support you should you decide to sue. Just say the word and we will help however we can.
Contact the ACLU and document this, take screen shots and be sure to document all correspondence.. This needs to be a legal action and I’m sure several groups will be happy to represent you for free. Do not be shy about going down that road. These people need to be taught that there are consequences for exploiting people.
Well said Kristina.
Are you going to sue? Because you absolutely should..that is awful.
I pray that you sue them. If you did not sell this photo then they have right to use it, and copyright infringement is a crime. You can sue for a lot of money, but more importantly, they will have to stop using it and you will bring light to this. It should not end here. There are many lawyers that for this kind of issue and the publicity will take your case pro bono.
I absolutely loved the photos you shot of Brian & Tom. They were creative and beautiful. It is heartbreaking that the images were stolen and used so maliciously. I truly hope that something good can come from this.
I had the pleasure of shooting Erica and Michael’s wedding at the stunning Brooklyn Botanic Gardens just a few weeks ago. After their engagement shoot, I knew working with them on their wedding day would be a complete pleasure (and I was right!). It was my first time working at the Palm House and I loved every second of it! There are so many stunning backgrounds and beautiful spots and everything on their day went just perfectly. Congratulations to Erica and Michael! Enjoy!!!
Planner: Leigh Kamioner
Florist: Denise Fasanello
Hair Stylist: Lisa, Cocorro
Make Up Artist: Anni Bruno
Dress Maker: Pronovias
Officiate: Bettina Yiannakourou
Ceremony Music: Gainsborough Trio
Cocktail Hour: Baby Soda
Reception: DJ – Play Something Good
Cake: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)
Caterer: Charles Sally Charles (Palm House caterers)