Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Wonder"-ful Photography by Stacey Ilyse

                                                                                                        All images courtesy of Stacey Ilyse Photography

I heard a bit good news about my old hood Brooklyn on the news today! Coney Island’s renewed amusement park Luna Park drew more than 400,000 visitors this summer, more than any summer since Steeplechase Park closed in 1964. In May, as part of New York City’s Coney Island Revitalization Plan, the City and Central Amusement International opened Luna Park – a new 3.1 acre amusement park featuring 19 traditional and cutting-edge state-of-the-art rides. The new park drew more than 400,000 visitors, who took more than 1.7 million rides during its inaugural season, and it helped bring about Coney Island’s most active summer in decades. More than 14 million people visited Coney Island’s Beach and Boardwalk – almost four times as many as in 2009. Perhaps the dog days are over after all!

If that was not enough to make me cheer, I received these GORGEOUS images to feature from one of my favorite photographers, Stacey Ilyse of Stacey Ilyse Photography. 

What we love most about Stacey--beyond her adorable, down-to-earth, creative nature--is that her work truly goes beyond just being a documentarian.  As she told us, her clients want her to capture their moments candidly using natural elements already present at the location. With Stacey, nothing is ever too posed or contrived. According to her, whether she's shooting a couple at Coney Island or their own backyard, she looks for the “moment within the moment” to get that great shot. She thrives on the challenge of spontaneity because it forces her to think on her toes and really take that image to another level. That’s how I make what could be just a standard wedding photo into art. And Stacey pours over her images for weeks to ensure that they received just the right treatment to bring them to life. 

These drop-dead gorgeous images are from Stacey's recent clients, Michele and Dave, who  were married on their 10-year anniversary. They met at Michele's prom: Dave grew up only a few blocks away but went to a different school out in Brooklyn. He went to her prom with a friend of hers (all as friends) and after a chance encounter having something to do with his resemblance of TRL's VJ Carson Daley (and her crush!), they soon went on their first date to Coney Island. It was only natural they'd end up doing their wedding day shoot in front of the Wonder Wheel and Parachute Drop. Doesn't get more fun than that!

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AmusingTheZillion said...

Beautifully atmospheric photos. I work in Coney and what we'd love to see is people not only taking wedding pix in Coney Island but getting married on the Cyclone, Wonder Wheel, Brooklyn Flyer!

kobe said...

perfect wedding, there are so many bridesmaids